As many of you will already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In fact, this year marks the 25th anniversary of BCA, and many brands are once again bringing out ‘pink’ products to help raise funds and spread awareness. In fact, so many brands now get involved, it’s hard to know where to put your money if you’re looking to treat yourself or a loved one to a ‘pink’ product this month… I’ve rounded up my top picks this year, both for value for money, the products themselves and the brands donations to charity.
Elemis have been a long-standing supporter of BCA month, and this year they’ve brought out this jumbo-sized 100ml pot of their cult Pro-Collagen Marine Cream in a pretty pink shade. Instead of donating a percentage of each purchase to charity, they’ve pledged £25,000 instead. This one’s a great pick if you use Pro-Collagen as your daily moisturiser (as both my mum and my sister do!) as you can stock up on it while helping support a good cause at the same time.
The same goes for another cult-classic skincare staple, Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum. They’ve reimagined their 50ml bottle in bright metallic pink, with a cute keyring around the neck, and are donating 20% of the RRP to the charity founded by Evelyn Lauder; The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
A little lighter on the wallet, my absolute favourite Wet Brush are releasing a super-cute limited edition brush, again with 20% of the RRP going to charity… so if you’re in need of a new brush, this could be a good choice – and if you don’t already own one of these brushes, I would highly recommend trying one – they are ace for knotty hair!
Lovely British bath and body brand, Branche d’Olive are donating £2 from every sale of their Pink Peony Room Diffusers sold this month to charity. These make lovely gifts too, so perfect if you have any birthdays coming up in October.
Bobbi Brown have brought out this gorgeous pink peony blush and cute pink brush set this year, with 20% of the £25 RRP going directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Perfect if you’re looking to update your makeup bag or a lovely gift too!
Avon have got involved this year by releasing a limited edition Pretty in Pink Nail Enamel, with £1.50 from every sale going to charity.
Smashbox’s cult Photo Finish Primer now comes in a ‘Radiance’ finish, and for BCA month they’ve launched a limited edition pink version with £5 from each sale going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Origins are getting involved again this year with their pink version of one of my favourite masks (especially for travel!) The Drink Up Intensive Mask… Not only is the packaging of this super cute (so much nicer than the normal tube IMO!) but they are donating £4 from each £25 sale directly to charity.
ghd have been long-term supporters of BCA, each year brining out limited edition pink stylers (with a different design every year!) This year they’ve launched not only the pink stylers (below!) but a pink version of their amazing Air hairdryer AND a pink paddle brush too, which you can check out on their website, or in ghd salons… with £10 from the dryer and stylers and £2 from the brush being donated to charity.
Jo Malone are continuing their annual tradition of donating a portion of the sales of their Red Roses Cologne to charity for the entire month of October. If this is your signature scent, now is the time to top up! The brand are giving £20 per bottle sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Bumble & Bumble have released a cute pink version of their super popular thickening hairspray and are donating 20% of the £23 RRP to charity.
One of my all time favourite hand creams; Aveda’s Hand Relief is now available as limited edition pink ribbon version, with £4 from every £20 sale going to cancer research.
Last but not least from the army of products being rolled out from under the Estee Lauder Companies umbrella in support of BCA this year, Estee Lauder have released this gorgeous ‘Pink Ribbon Knockout’ collection. This is actually a really lovely, wearable collection consisting of an 8-colour eyeshadow palette, full-size Sumptuous Knockout Mascara, a miniature Double-Wear eyeliner, full-size eyeshadow brush and a cute makeup bag to match. 20% of the £45 RRP goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
AND if that’s not enough for you, I would also highly recommend checking out Estee Lauder’s Pink Ribbon Beauty Box too… It’s £25, with £15 going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and it’s packed full of little treats from Estee Lauder brands including Bobbi Brown, Origins, Clinique, Bumble & Bumble, Glam Glow, Smashbox and Estee Lauder. You can find it here.