Cosmetics for a Cause
These small indulgences aren’t just good for the skin—they’re good for the soul, too.
Sure, a day at the spa is rewarding. But when you can't make it to your favorite day spa, you can take the spa experience home by seeking out products that help you rejuvenate, relax and restore your mind, body and soul. While you're at it, consider these cosmetics for a cause-from a cream that supports programs for the visually impaired to lip color that supports men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDS. Now the rewards of a little self-indulgence can go a long way toward helping others.
Good Energy Shower Gel & Bubble Bath
Philosophy's Good Energy shower gel and bubble bath fuels the soul with its orange cassis scent and an invigoratingly rich lather that leaves skin feeling soft. 100 percent of philosophy's net proceeds from the sale of this product are donated to the Young Women's Leadership Network. 16 ounces. $20. www.philosophy.com
The Way of the Bath Matcha Tea Body Soak
The Matcha bath soak by Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins is effervescent and purifying, providing healthy refreshment for the body and soul. Rich in natural antioxidants plus revitalizing Japanese sea salts, it unburdens skin, enlivens consciousness, revives the spirit and silences stress to restore the four perfect principles of the Tea Ceremony - "Wa (harmony), kei (respect), sei (purity), jaku (tranquility)". All after-tax profits from royalties from the sale of Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins™ products go directly to the Weil Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting integrative medicine through training, education and research. 16 ounces. $45. www.weilfoundation.org
Viva Glam Lipstick
M·A·C donates every cent of the selling price of its VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass to the M·A·C AIDS Fund to support men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDS. If that isn't reason enough to buy this product, do it for the show-stopping glamorous color you'll be putting on your lips. Shades include Viva Glam, an outspoken deep red that was universal in appeal and glamour; Viva Glam II, a pinked mauve; Viva Glam III, a foxy brown plum; Viva Glam IV, a heartful rose charged with gold; Viva Glam V, a pure neutral pink with a delicious Lustre finish; and Viva Glam VI, a warm terracotta-plum with pearl finish. Each $14. www.maccosmetics.com
Immortelle Very Precious Cream
Since 1997, L'Occitane has packaged most of its products to feature the name of the range and product in Braille - given in English so that it can be understood by the greatest number of people. On October 1, 2008, L'OCCITANE received the Helen Keller award from the American Foundation for the Blind for its help to the visually impaired by using Braille on its packaging. This award is given to individuals and companies who improve the quality of life of those who are visually impaired. In 2006 the L'Occitane Foundation was founded to give a better quality of life to the people affected by sensory deficiencies, develop the autonomy of women managing projects of economic development in developing countries, and support actions aiding in the preservation of the "knowledge of nature" in Provence. The sale of products such as its Very Precious Cream supports those efforts. The cream stimulates and regenerates skin through the night, and fights all signs of aging: skin disorganization, wrinkles, loss of firmness, loss of radiance and pigmentation marks. 1.7 ounces. $75. www.usa.loccitane.com