To be clear, leaning into retail therapy isn’t the first-and-foremost way to improve women's lives. Overhauling a vastly unequal society and chipping away at misogyny requires work that extends far beyond being mindful of your shopping habits. Nonetheless, being a conscious consumer is a safe and actionable way to show some support.
Below, find 7 brands with International Women’s Day initiatives to support this month and beyond.
If you're looking to revamp your skin-care routine, consider LINNÉ, which has a line of botanical organic goodies that arrive in sustainable packaging. As a bonus, LINNÉ is donating a portion of March sales to organizations such as Girl Effect, Women1One, Girlstart, and Malala.
Shop Now: Purify Face Wash, $58
Saalt aims to bring simplified menstrual care products to all, as it always allocates 2 percent of revenue to donating period products to those who need it most. But on March 8, the company is donating a full 100 percent of sales to Her International, an organization that empowers women and girls in Nepal with work opportunities and scholarships for girls in rural communities.
Shop Now: Elemental High Waist Brief, $39
Papier is known for putting out the most gorgeous notebooks, and this one is next-level. Model, mental health activist, and founder of Gurls Talk Adwoa Aboah collaborated with the (all-women) design team for a special line of products, including this self-reflection notebook.
It features cute prompts like "What's the one song that always lights up you?," filled with inspirational quotes from the likes of Serena Williams and Sinéad Burke, and has a helpline section at the back with mental health resources in the United Kingdom and United States. All March proceeds from the collection are being donated to Gurls Talk.
Shop Now: Limited Edition Notebook, $33
4. Seattle Chocolate
Last March, Seattle Chocolate launched its "Cheers to Our Heroes" collection. If you want to send your favorite IRL heroine a treat, you can't go wrong with something from this cheerfully packaged designer truffle bar. Five percent of the collection's net sales is donated to Mary’s Place, a Seattle-based organization supporting women and children in their journey out of homelessness.
Shop Now: You’re My Hero Care Package, $42
Vitruvi, home of sleek, minimalist essential-oil diffusers, recently launched a partnership with the body: a home for love, a donation-based wellness membership space for Black sexual trauma survivors. For Vitruvi's International Women's Day expands that partnership by donating 30 percent of on-site sales to the body: a home for love on March 8.
Shop Now: Stone Diffuser, $119
Kegels are important for keeping the pelvic floor strong and healthy, resulting in less leakage, stronger orgasms, and more. Kegelbell, a company with tools for "kegel training" is donating 10 percent of its sales to the Sojourner Center, an organization that provides women and children with a safe haven from domestic violence.
Shop Now: Kegelbell The Vagina Gym Original Kit, $100
7. Dashing Diva
If you're missing manicures big-time, Dashing Diva has some charming press-on designs to keep you chic during the pandemic and beyond. This month, the brand is donating more than a thousand nail products to The Stay Beautiful Foundation, a nonprofit that delivers free boxes of clean beauty products to women undergoing cancer treatment. Likewise, on March 8, it'll donate 10 percent of its website sales to the same organization.
Shop Now: Stay in Line, $9
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