By Doris Montanera
It’s not just the crisp October weather that’s making everything rosy. Retailers are in the pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve spotlighted a dozen fashion and beauty items. Whether special, limited-edition products or top-selling staples, here’s how much is being donated and where the money’s going.
1. We like Estée Lauder’s Jeweled Pink Ribbon Compact with refillable Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder. The blue stone nestled among the pink crystals was added this year to represent the 1% of men diagnosed with the disease. Estée Lauder Canada is donating $100,000 in connection with the sale of the Pink Ribbon Collection to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
$65, available at select The Bay and Holt Renfrew counters.
2. One of the company’s top sellers, this month Aveda’s Hand Relief for Breast Cancer Awareness has been specially packaged in a bigger, limited-edition tube. Besides the 7% price-per-ounce savings, it’s a great moisturizer. $4 from each sale goes to fund cruelty-free research through The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
$30 for 150ml/5oz, available at select Aveda salons, spas and stores.
3. What’s not to like about Sephora’s Pop-Up Hair Brush? It’s cute and compact, with a handy mirror, all in a slim, crystallized case perfect for the smallest of purses. $1 from every sale goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
$8, available at Sephora stores.
4. Curl Keeper is already tops with its silicone-free, natural, biodegradable ingredients, and animal-free testing. This month, $1 from every product sold online will be donated to the Breast Restoration Awareness Fund at the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, whose mission is to provide top reconstructive procedures and surgical and nursing care for women with breast cancer.
$17.50 for 8oz/240ml, available online at www.frizzoff.com.
5. Use Iman Cosmetics Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder as a blush or allover as a bronzer. Either way, you’ll be glowing. $1 from every purchase of the best-selling shade, Afterglow, will be donated to The Intercultural Cancer Council, which promotes policies, programs and research of all cancers, including breast cancer.
$22.50, available at Sears. Check www.imancosmetics.com for stores.
6. Sweet pink crystal-like stones or bold silver-toned breast cancer awareness ribbons, 100% of the net profits of Payless’ Embrace the Cause limited-edition earring set goes to The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
$3, available at Payless stores.
7. A best seller, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion limited edition for the month comes complete with miniature picture frame keychain and heart-shaped ribbon charm. $10 from each purchase will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
$45.50 for 6.7oz/200ml bottle, available at The Bay, Sears, Holt Renfrew, Ogilvy, Sephora and Mills Brothers.
8. This will light up your life. Lightly fragranced and in an elegant frosted-glass holder, Donna Karan’s Cashmere Mist Candle will burn for about 36 hours. $5 from every purchase goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
$30, available at The Bay, Holt Renfrew and Murale.
9. Harnessing the power of pretty, Origins Make a Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment is a cream-gel moisturizer designed for all skin types to help repair the look of aging and UV damage. $5 from every purchase of the limited-edition jar will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
$34.50 for 1oz/30ml, available at select The Bay counters.
10) Making a difference is as easy and comfortable as wearing pajamas. La Vie En Rose’s limited-edition cotton pjs comes in sizes S to XL. $15 from each sale during October goes to Roses of Hope Foundation.
$39.95, available at La Vie En Rose stores.
11) Crabtree & Evelyn is donating $1 from the sale of its new rosewater gift collection to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. We like its Traveller set, with the mini hand therapy, soap, body lotion, and bath and shower gel. None of the products contain parabens, lauryl sulfate, mineral oil and propylene glycol.
$20, available at Crabtree & Evelyn stores.
12. OPI’s nail polishes are DBP, toluene and formaldehyde-free. Now it’s dedicating $5,000 from the sale of its first pink shatter coat, Pink of Hearts, to support Rethink Breast Cancer, a Canadian charity focused on the under-40 crowd living with, or recovering from, breast cancer.
$10.95, available at professional salons and spas.