Happy Thanksgiving (and the start of Hanukkah) week! We thought we’d take moment to express some gratitude to those beauty brands that we love, both because they make us look great, but also because of their efforts to give back to the community. Plus, they make it absolutely effortless for us — all we have to do is shop to help to contribute to a cause. Here are five great items that also support some terrific terrific charities.
1 & 2. MAC Viva Glam the Original Lipglass (1) and Lipstick (2), $15 each
RuPaul was the first famous face of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign in 1994, and now she’s returned with her beautiful burgundy red lipstick, which is now also available as a tinted Lipglass.
HOW IT HELPS: All profits from of the sale of any Viva Glam product benefits the MAC AIDS Fund, which helps women, men and children living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
3. Juara Hope Soy Candle, $32
This hand-poured candle, made from a blend of soy and vegetable wax, burns cleanly for hours. It fills the room with fragrances of lush greens, freesia, jasmine, bergamot and rose, as well as a tiny hint of coconut.
HOW IT HELPS: 10% of proceeds are donated to Walubi, an organization which aids in Indonesian disaster relief efforts.
4. Raven + Lily Handmilled Soap Gift Set, $18
Made with honey and apricot, this two-soap set is perfect for your sink, and comes packaged in a lovely gift box made of 100% recycled paper.
HOW IT HELPS: Raven + Lily work with female artisans in northern India, to connect them to the global market, and empower them through employment and literacy programs. These fair-trade soaps are made by such women, allowing them to access to all of the above.
5. Values Inside Out: YOU + SEPHORA Cosmetic Collection, $20
Inside this sweetly designed Sephora makeup pouch is a metallic-finish nail polish, a gorgeous, glittery eye liner and a pretty pink gloss. Perfect on-the-go products for any time of year.
HOW IT HELPS: For each limited edition set purchased, Sephora will donate $13 to benefit the American Heart Association.
Images courtesy of Maccosmetics.com, Dermstore.com, Givengoods.com, Sephora.com