This month there’s only one shade on our radar: pink
You may associate October purely with Halloween season but it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great chance to spread awareness of the illness. It’s a time to raise money not only for scientific research around the disease, but also support for those affected.
You’ve probably seen the pink ribbon several times before now, a symbol of the annual campaign to raise awareness for this devastating disease. But as well as wearing the ribbon, you can also show your support in another way – by shopping.
This month many of our favourite brands have given products a pink twist in order to support amazing breast cancer charities. From gorgeous perfumes to super skincare, beautiful bags and stylish accessories, this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness month edit has covered all bases.
It’s estimated that almost 1,000 women in the UK die from breast cancer every month, so showing your support this October is as vital as ever. Getting a cancer diagnosis is hard, but with the help of Breast Cancer Awareness we can work together and try to make that burden a tiny bit easier.
Want to do your bit? We’ve rounded up the (mostly pink) products that are donating to breast cancer charities during October.
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
Arguably one of the best moisturisers in the world, ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream has gone pink for October in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sales from the pink-packaged face cream will go towards a £25,000 target donation from ELEMIS to Breast Cancer Care.
Jo Malone London Red Roses Cologne
This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Campaign, the companies biggest charitable initiative, which has raised more than $65 million all over the world to support breast cancer charities and research. Jo Malone is one of their many brands raising funds for breast cancer initiatives; for the whole of October, £20 from every sale of their Red Roses Cologne will go to the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.
ghd Pink Blush collection
Ghd is sort of synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness month – over the last 13 years they’ve raised more than £10 million for breast cancer charities all over the world. The brand has now remodelled its newest model, the Platinum Styler in a dreamy blush pink shade for October, with £10 of the proceeds going towards breast cancer research.
Want to go the extra mile and treat yourself to a completely new hairstyling kit? The ghd shopping doesn’t stop at straighteners this October; you can also pick up a pink blush version of go-to Air Hairdryer this month or treat yourself to a new paddle brush, both of which will also donate to breast cancer research.
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Another member of the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, 20% of the proceeds from the peony set will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The Limited Edition Peony Set will be available at Bobbi Brown counters and online from October
Charm Bracelets by Branch On The Park
Branch On The Park has created these adorable pink charm bracelets for Breast Cancer Awareness month, coming in both a silver and 18-carat gold plated version. Wear your charm bracelet with pride throughout October and for each sold, £2 will go to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Estée Lauder’s groundbreaking night serum has been given the pink treatment once again for their Breast Cancer Campaign. Lauder has been making gorgeous collectables for years, and this keyring attached to every Advanced Night Repair II is no different.
Aveda Hand Relief
As part of the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, Aveda’s global network is aiming to raise a total of $330,000. Approximately £3 from every individual sale of Hand Relief – sporting the pink ribbon – will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation towards cruelty-free research.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask
Think of this little tube as dry and uncomfortable skin’s best friend. While there’ll always be a space in our hearts for the usual avocado-green packaging, this limited edition pink ribbon design might just cinch it (especially as £4 is donated to the Breast Cancer Campaign).
Bumble and Bumble thickening spray
If you’ve got thin or limp hair and you haven’t tried Bb. Thickening Spray, now’s your chance. 20% of sales of the limited edition pink bottle will go towards breast cancer research as part of the Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Campaign.
Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo and Conditioner
A little known fact is that Philip Kingsley first created the No Scent No Colour shampoo and conditioner for his wife, Joan, after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. The hair specialist saw first hand how difficult it was for those undergoing cancer treatment to find the right shampoo and conditioner; Joan couldn’t use any products containing perfumes or colours, but still wanted to use products that made her feel good about herself.
He then created No Scent No Colour specifically for her, and it’s now available others having chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
For every 75ml bottle sold, 25p will go to breast cancer charity Look Good Feel Better, who work to support the well-being and confidence of those undergoing cancer treatment. 50p from sales of every 250ml bottle will also be donated to the charity.
La Mer Moisturising Cream
La Mer’s moisturising cream is arguably one of the most famous products on the entire beauty market; even if you’ve never tried it, you’ve heard of it. For BCA month they’ve rolled out a 15ml pink version of their hero product, sales of which will donate £19.50 towards breast cancer research.
Be Relaxed Tee ‘No Rain No Rainbow’ Screen Print from Made By Riley
Made By Riley partnered with Maggie’s, a charity aimed at supporting cancer sufferers as well as those who help hold them upright. True to their pared down aesthetic and love of laidback loungewear, this slouchy Be Relaxed tee is one of three products designed in collaboration with Maggie’s. A fraction of all proceeds this shirt and two others in the collection will go towards the cancer support charity.
Handbag favourite Fiorelli is launching its #CARRYYOURCONFIDENCE campaign for October. The Bethnal bag (pictured) is one of four handbags that are raising money for Breast Cancer Care. Each bag sold sees a £10 donation to the charity, and Fiorelli hopes to raise £75,000.
Fiorelli’s Carry Your Confidence bags will be available from the beginning of October
Jane Iredale Magic Mitt
This October all net profits from sales of Jane Iredale’s Magic Mitt – which removes all traces of make-up with out the need for cleanser – will be donated to charity organisation Against Breast Cancer.
Popband’s Pink Ribbon Range
Snag-free hair ties brand Popband has launched an entire Pink Ribbon range, comprising five different packs of four bands – so whether you love pink or would rather a more subtle-coloured hair accessory, there’s a pack for all tastes.
K by Kelly Hoppen Breast Cancer Care Pendant
This pretty rose gold-plated pendant and chain from Kelly Hoppen features the word ‘Hope’ and has a brilliant-cut topaz stone in place of the ‘o’. Created especially for Breast Cancer Care, at least 60% of the sale price will be paid to Breast Cancer Care.
Here’s to pink replacing orange as the go-to colour for October.
Taken a fancy to any of the products donating to breast cancer charities this October? Let us know by tweeting us at @marieclaireuk