The arrival of October signifies many things, notably, the realisation that we are well and truly in autumn, which means there’s only three months until the end of the year (cue New Year resolution panic)!
However, October is also the pink month. Breast Cancer Awareness month is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the disease, which is the leading cause of death among women. It provides an opportunity for countless fundraising efforts all aimed at supporting research to find ways to beat breast cancer, faster. Doing their bit for the cause, a number of beauty and wellbeing brands have created limited edition products or are donating a percentage of profits, in aid of breast cancer support. While others are simply great for breast cancer survivors.
Here’s our 15 top picks:
- Limited Edition Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 100ml for Breast Cancer Care
While the cream will smooth, hydrate and firm your skin, the brand will also donate £25,000 to Breast Cancer Care, so it’s a win-win! The cream itself is priced at £99 but is worth £160 so you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth. You can also show your support on social media by posting a pic of your cream with the hashtag #elemisXbcc
- Boca Organic Mint & Rose
This organic toothpaste helps individuals who are in the process of having chemotherapy or are recovering from the treatment. Its organic ingredients means it is softer on the gums which is great for those who have recently had chemo as they are often left with a metallic taste in their mouth. A one-time purchase of Boca toothpaste is £9.99 and to subscribe is only £9.50 every two months. It’s also possible to get a free trial to see if it works for you.
- Dawn Breast Cancer Crusade Friendship Bracelet
Not quite a beauty product, but we couldn’t resist adding this item in the list. This adorable friendship bracelet by Avon is silver plated and features the iconic pink ribbon. Also, £1 of every bracelet sold will go to Coppafeel! A charity that aims to help women understand the importance of checking their breasts regularly.
- Hand Cleansing Gels (Coppafeel edition)
This delicious, lollipop scented hand gel from Merci Handy is small enough to fit in your pocket so you can take it everywhere. That’s not all, 100% of the proceeds from this limited-edition gel will go straight to Coppafeel!
- Breast Cancer Campaign Beauty Box
This limited-edition beauty box pulls together top items from Estee Lauder companies to help fund the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Donating £15 of the £25 price (worth £91), to the foundation, the box includes items from some of the world’s biggest beauty brands such as Origins, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble, Smashbox and GLAMGLOW!
- Magic Mitt®
Imagine a microfibre cloth that will take away the need to buy makeup wipes ever again! The only thing to add to the Magic Mitt is a little bit of water and it’ll wipe away your entire face of makeup. With easy shipping to the UK, all of its profits will go to Living Beyond Breast Cancer (llbc.org).
Jane Iredale, $15
- Doll 10 Breast Cancer Care Champagne H2Glo Highlighter Duo
This dewy highlighter duo is easy to apply and has a non-drying formula. Just one of many breast cancer related items from the home shopping giant, at least 60% of its sale price will go to Breast Cancer Care. QVC don’t play with their fundraising for breast cancer, this year’s efforts is expected to raise a whopping £300,000!
- The Pampered Body Collection
A wholesome body collection that will help to combat dry itchy, sore, and sensitive skin. The collection contains the essentials needed to soothe damaged skin and nails associated with chemotherapy, and radiotherapy.
- RevitaLash® Advanced Pink 3.5ml
This luxurious eyelash conditioner promises to help protect lashes from brittleness and breakage. This limited-edition pink-sleeved 3.5ml size is priced at £104, but should last at least six months. A percentage of profits is going to charities that help to empower women living with cancer.
- Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzing Powder Set (Limited Edition)
This pretty pink set is perfect for the pinkest themed month of the year. Created by Bobbi Brown in support of the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness, 20% of each set will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Bobbi Brown, £35
- Advanced Night Repair with Pink Ribbon Keychain
Estee Lauder is showing its support of Breast Cancer Awareness by donating 20% of sales from its number one repair serum to Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a body originally founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993 to prevent and cure breast cancer through research. The serum comes with a collectible pink ribbon keychain, with has a hint of blue in the design to represent the less than 1% of men who are diagnosed with breast cancer.
Estee Lauder, £72
- No Scent No Colour Shampoo
This shampoo is aimed specifically at those who have fine, medium or coarse African Caribbean hair and have recently undergone chemotherapy. When hair grows back after chemotherapy it can grow back differently and this shampoo is aimed specifically at catering to that change and nurturing it back to its original self.
Philip Kingsley, £18.50
- Pink Marshmallow Candle by Honey Birdette X The McGrath Foundation
October sees boutique lingerie brand, Honey Birdette, releasing a limited edition Pink Marshmallow Candle on behalf of the McGrath Foundation, a charity that supports breast cancer patients with breast care nurses. A 100% of all profits will be going to the charity, with a minimum $10,000 donation.
- Renew Skin Balm
This Beauty Awards 2016 shortlisted balm is a must for anyone who has recently undergone chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Packed with Echinacea to help with immunity, French lavender to give it a gorgeous scent, and Australian Manuka to soothe skin that needs some extra TLC.
Etie’no Skincare, £10
- Crème de la Mer moisturising cream
This Creme De La Mer limited edition moisturising cream is formulated with the brands nutrient-rich Miracle Broth and $10 of every purchase will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.