7 beauty brands giving back this International Women’s Day


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Since things are always slightly harder for women (see: making equal wages, simply being warm and comfortable at work, choosing what’s right for your own body), literally spend International Women’s Day—which is today, folks!—supporting and empowering women around you via the powers of online shopping.

A slew of beauty brands have rolled out programs and products to celebrate this holy day in a number of ways, like by helping women break into notoriously male-dominated professional fields, increasing access to education, and donating funds to further breast cancer research. So, by shopping today, you’ll be getting products you love and also bringing up the #bossbabes who surround you. Let’s help each other (and gift ourselves our favorite things in the process).

See the brands giving back this International Women’s Day below.

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1. L’Occitane

The brand is releasing their annual Solidarity Balm, and will be donating 100% of the profits to the Burkinabe women, who help harvest the raw shea ingredients that the product is made with.

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2. Feel Beauty

The natural beauty brand is unveiling a new limited-edition (and philanthropic) Lip Balm Kit that will be available through end of the month. The $56 kit comes with four lip balms, and 50 percent of its proceeds will benefit the Movemeant Foundation, which offers young women the tools and opportunities to empower themselves through fitness as a platform for social change.

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3. Function of Beauty

Today, this brand, which creates custom hair-care products, will donate 100 percent of its profits to one of three different organizations—the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, No More (an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence) and Step Up (which helps ensure girls graduate from high school). When you make your purchase, you choose the organization your money will benefit.

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4. Skylar Body

Natural fragrance brand Skylar created a crowd-sourcing contest called the Skylar Scent Search in honor of IWD. Today the brand is set to announce the winning scent, and 100 percent of the pre-order proceeds made will go to Step Up.

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5. Ritual

As a company that celebrates health via technology, it’s only appropriate that Ritual celebrates International Women’s Day by donating the profits from its new subscriptions ($30 a month) to Girls Who Code, an organization aimed to decrease the gender gap in STEM industries.

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6. Urban Decay

For IWD, Urban Decay is launching it’s Vice Lipstick in Outspoken, a limited-edition shade with 100 percent of the purchase price benefiting the brand’s in-house global initiative called the Ultraviolet Edge. Some of the many initiatives Ultraviolet Edge supports are a program that provides literacy programs and micro-loans to women in Uganda, one that educates young girls in Kenya, and another that helps abused women in New York City find legal representation.

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7. Elemis

Proceeds from Elemis’ limited edition Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, which retails at $200, will be used to donate $46,000 to marginalized women in conflict areas. The brand will also donate $1 every time today that the hashtag #MessageToMySister is used.

For more empowerment, read about Aly Raisman’s inspiring #metoo moment and this International Women’s Day pop-up bookstore

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