October is here, which means it’s the month in which we talk about Breast Cancer. On the one hand, it’s serves as an important reminder to women of being proactive with their health by getting annual mammograms and breast exams, while also honoring those women who’ve survived this horrible disease (my mother included – congratulations mom on reaching the 20-year mark!). On the other hand, the stark statistic that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime is still unacceptably high. This morning, I was on Colorado’s Best discussing with hosts Paula Haddock and Joana Canals about how anyone can help raise money to aid further research and also assist survivors in this fight by being a conscientious consumer. Here's my roundup of products that give back a percentage of proceeds to an official breast cancer organization:
Highlands green beauty boutique Vert carries a hand-selected collection of non-toxic skincare, makeup and personal beauty brands. This month, pick up one of Jane Iredale’s hydration sprays ($30 each) – either Smell The Roses or Lemongrass Love – and 100% of the profits will go to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Foundation. Vert is also donating 100% of VERT beauty Concealer Pencil sales ($20) to the Susan G Koman Foundation. It’s a beauty arsenal must-have (you can read why in my 5280 write-up about it here).
Denver-based designer Dana Schoonover has created her line, Never a Wallflower, as a colorful, upbeat take on current styles. Her functional, comfortable clothing can easily take a woman from daytime to evening. During the month of October, Schoonover is donating 20% of the proceeds from all web sales for her entire collection to Susan G Koman Colorado.
Chamilia is best known for their interchangeable bead and charm bracelets in a variety of materials, including sterling silver, crystals, stones, Murano glass, and 14 karat gold. Creating unique charms to support special causes, from autism to the Humane Society, is part of this brand’s MO. This month, a percentage of proceeds from their sterling silver “Brave & Strong” charm ($45) will go toward American Cancer Society’s efforts in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
The most personal company in this lineup for me is Geeg by Gina de Givenchy (pronounced Geej). I worked with Gina during my time at Chanel, and recently learned she went through breast cancer about four years ago. Her experience buying headwraps to hide her hair loss during treatment were so dated and sad looking - plus they were made of uncomfortable fabrics - that she was determined to create a line for women to take them from hair loss to regrowth that were soft and looked stylish. Her chic line of turbans and scarves works as follows: The beanie comes in neutral hues to mimic natural hair color, and you can accent it with a turban or scarf. For a really special gift, check out the support sets, which are perfect for mothers and daughters. Geeg gives a percentage of its proceeds all year long to Family Reach, a non-profit organization that assists families dealing with financial difficulties due to cancer treatment costs.
Originally based in Telluride and now also in Cherry Creek North, local jewelry and fine art boutique Dolce is known for finding small-scale, limited production designers with unique pieces and high quality materials from all over the world. The selection of jewelry I showed on TV included Aida Bergsen pale pink coral ring in 18 karat yellow gold and diamonds, Ray Griffiths pink opal and ruby earrings in 18 karat yellow gold, and Patrick Mohs oval cabochon pink tourmaline ring in 18 karat yellow gold paired with two diamond stacking bands in 18 karat rose gold. Dolce is donating 10% of proceeds in October from all jewelry with pink stones to benefit breast cancer research (In store only, exclusions may apply).
PUR Attitude is all about carcinogen-free skincare. Since new beauty industry laws haven’t been passed in the US since the 1930s, many US-made skincare lines contain ingredients banned in other parts of the world. But PUR’s formulations omit about 1,300 chemicals from their line up. They also don’t formulate their products with water, which frequently can be up to 95% of a formula. Instead, they pump their moisture content up with hyaluronic acid - a naturally occurring component in the human body with the ability to bind 1,000 times its weight in moisture to the skin. But before you commit to a new regimen, try out their potions in a special trial size kit ($20), which includes their top selling Vitamin-C serum, Moisturizing Gel Cream and Multi-Effects Eye Cream. The brand is donating 25% of profits on each kit to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.