Gifts That Give Back: Beauty & Self-Care

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These gifts do double duty by helping charities and the community. Photo: Flashpop/Getty Images

Attention, shoppers! Helping out can be as easy as treating everyone on your gift list to a little pampering.


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1. The Brand: Estée Lauder

When Evelyn Lauder pinned a little slip of pink ribbon to her lapel in 1992, she may not have realized she’d just helped create one of the most enduring symbols of hope and charity. And, although the visionary passed away in 2011, the Pink Ribbon/ Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign carries on, and has raised US$99 million in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


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The Gift: Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause Limited Edition Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, in a limited edition pink bottle, 200 ml, $54,

Why: In support of the Breast Cancer Campaign, $10 from each purchase, with a maximum donation of $490,000, will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, until June 30, 2022. For more participating brands:



2. The Brand: Clarins

From the love-inspires files: When Jacques Courtin-Clarins, the company’s founder, learned that his wife was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), he put his scientific resources to use beyond the quest for beauty. In 1989, Courtin-Clarins established the Association for Polyarthritis Research. Today, his son Olivier carries on via the company’s Arthritis Foundation, supporting the Cure RA project, in effort to discover ways to pre-empt the disease before it reaches the inflammatory stage. 


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The Gift: Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil, 100 ml, $68

Why: With each purchase of this firming and toning oil, Clarins makes an annual donation to the Arthritis Foundation to help fund its research. Also, specifically for Canada, Clarins is donating all the proceeds from the sale of Olivier’s plant-based cookbook, Beauty in My Recipes, to the Canadian Arthritis Foundation. $28,



3. The Brand: NYX Professional

This little cult brand-that-could may look, on the surface, young and edgy, but we think its fluid nature and inventive product line is what gives it all-ages clout. An L.A.-based subsidiary of L’Oréal, its brow pencils and primers, in particular, get the professional makeup artist seal of approval, no matter your age. And it’s at a price point that invites experimentation.


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The Gift: The bestselling Micro Brow Pencil, with precision tip for fine, hair-like strokes. $13.50; or the new Lift & Snatch Brow Tint Pen, $14.;

Why: NYX Professional Makeup works with It Gets Better Canada and donates $25,000 annually to support the LGBTQ+ youth community in various ways.