Look Good While Doing Good: 8 Beauty Products That Give Back

The holiday season is upon us! With just a couple hectic weeks between you and a much-deserved winter break, it’s time to get a head start on your holiday to-do list. Whether you’re adding to a shopping or a wish list, it’s important to think about giving back to the community during this season as well. If you’ve got beauty on the brain, look no further: we’ve rounded up the best beauty products that do double time, adding a boost to your winter look while benefitting those in need. Scroll through for a few of our favorite charitable finds. 

MAC Viva Glam

With spokeswomen like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj backing it, MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam is a powerhouse of charitable beauty. The collection boasts a variety of candy-colored lipsticks and lip glosses to choose from, and every cent from the sale goes toward helping women, men, and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Available at MAC ($30.00)

FEED Projects and Clarins

FEED Projects’ latest collaboration (previous partnerships have included Tory Burch and Godiva) joins up with cult French beauty brand Clarins to bring us the FEED 10 and FEED 15 pouches. Each pouch contains 100% organic products, and provides school meals to children in need. Over the course of two years, FEED is hoping to provide one million meals to children through the Clarins partnership.

(contains 3 Clarins products)
Available at Clarins ($30.00)
(contains 4 Clarins products)
Available at Sephora ($40.00)

Lush Charity Pot

Every penny from the purchase of Lush’s fresh, handmade Cocoa Butter Charity Pot goes to fund and support grassroots charities all around the world. You end up with softer, hydrated skin, and doing a world of good – what’s not to like about that?

Available at LUSH USA ($22.95)

Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brushes

Beauty editors rave about Sonia Kashuk’s affordable yet professional-quality makeup brushes. Give your makeup bag a makeover of its own with this rosy-hued set and 15% of your purchase will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Pretty in pink, indeed!

Available at Target ($15.99)

Murad Hydrate for Hope

Give your skin some much-needed T.L.C. from the harsh winter weather with Murad’s Hydrate for Hope Set, which includes moisturizers for the face and eyes. Ten percent of each purchase will be donated to City of Hope, an organization that benefits women’s cancer programs.

Available at Murad ($49.50) 

Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter

Whether it’s the yummy scent or super-moisturizing formula, you’ll be hooked on the Body Shop’s eco-friendly Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter the moment you try it. Use the sulfate-, silicone-, and paraben-free conditioning treatment as a mask for soft, glossy locks. The packaging of all of the brand’s Rainforest products is naturally biodegradable and aquatic friendly – which, as they say, makes it 100% mermaid-approved!

Available at Amazon (Regular $12.72, Mini $8.00) 

Kiehl’s Limited-Edition Crème de Corps

Kiehl’s luxurious Crème de Corps has been a cult-favorite among editors and consumers alike for over four decades now. This year, the classic brand snagged artist Kenny Scharf to design the Pop Art-meets-surrealism holiday edition. Purchase of the limited-edition bottle will benefit RxArt, a non-profit organization committed to fostering artistic expression and awareness for young patients in pediatric hospitals.

Available at Kiehl’s ($29.50)

Philosophy WhyHunger To Believe Charity Products

Philosophy’s To Believe shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath is a pampering triple-threat. The cranberry and currant-scented formula cleanses and conditions from head to toe, leaving skin and hair feeling ultra soft. Philosophy will donate 100% of net proceeds to WhyHunger, which builds the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food. Plus, the holiday-hued packaging features original lyrics from musician Jackie Evancho for some additional inspiration. 

Available at Sephora ($20.00)


Emilie Sintobin is a senior at Boston College studying French and Art History. A diehard fashion enthusiast and francophile, she dreams of the day she can return to Paris, where she spent a semester studying abroad last year. This fall, in addition to writing for Her Campus BC, she is also joining the Her Campus National team as an editorial intern. In her spare time, Emilie devours the pages of Vogue Paris and W, loves listening to oldies tunes, and can't get enough of a good old-fashioned dance party.

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