A slather of body lotion, 15 minutes with a face mask on and a generous spritz of a refreshing face mist are all proof that beauty products have a feel-good factor. But do you know what feels even better? When your favourite products also support charitable causes.
As the UK beauty industry is estimated to be worth £17 billion, it makes perfect sense for a cut of those sales to be given to those in need. When you're looking out for charitable beauty buys, try and find out what causes they support and the exact ways in which they do so. After all, brands should always be transparent about their philanthropy so that you can rest assured your money is going to a good place.
If you're looking for great products that also give back, we've picked out seven of the best charitable beauty buys.
There's no squeaky skin feeling with this incredibly nourishing shea butter soap. As you lather up, you can also rest assured that 100% of the profits from the soap go to UNICEF. L'Occitane is supporting the organisation's Vitamin A Supplementation programme, as 500,000 children go blind each year due to a lack of the vitamin.
We all need to do our bit to save the bees. Did you know that a third of the world's food depends on their pollination? This little pot is such a great way to help, as a percentage of all of the sales from Neal's Yard's Bee Lovely range go to charities whose mission it is to protect bees. Aside from this balm, we recommend the honey, beeswax and propolis products. The brand is also very transparent about its donations.
This rich hand lotion with moisturising cocoa butter is an absolute joy to use. Plus, all of The Soap Co.'s products are handcrafted in the UK by individuals who are blind, disabled or disadvantaged. This brand has found a unique approach to giving back by empowering people who otherwise sometimes face challenges in the workforce.
The MAC AIDS Fund began in 1994, and it's still going strong. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from the Viva Glam line go to the fund. Now you can add a classic lipstick to your collection and help those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS too.
We can't get enough of the Fenty Beauty highlighters as it is, but this diamond shade is everything we've been waiting for. It looks incredible on every skin tone, but what we're most impressed by is that 100% of the proceeds go to Rihanna's charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation. The foundation benefits those in need of education and healthcare around the world.
The pot that managed to raise £4.3 million globally from 2014 to 2015 alone is all the motivation we need to pick up a Charity Pot. Yes, 100% of the proceeds go to grassroots groups that focus on human rights, animal welfare and the environment. The bonus is that this lotion also features fair trade ingredients like shea and cocoa butter. It also has the addictive scent of ylang-ylang.
With "giving" in its name, this brand certainly lives up to expectations. Kahina Giving Beauty donates a percentage of its annual revenue to organisations that benefit women in south Morocco. It also works with initiatives who fairly pay and support the hardworking Berber women who extract the oil.
So why not swap out some of your usual beauty purchases for these charitable buys? These editor-approved picks will show your support for some incredible causes.