Product of the Month
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, plant-derived cosmetic line Aveda is hoping to raise $305,000 through the sale of a limited edition Hand Relief moisturizing crème. The sizeable tube (5 fl oz) — with a pink cap and band of pink containing the charity info and BCA pink ribbon — sells for $26 (CAD), $4 (U.S.) of which goes to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The cream contains its “calming shampure aroma” and is just thick enough that a little goes a long way and emits an awakening scent. Pick it up in stores or online. —K.B.
Launching Sept. 12, every penny from the sale of Lush’s new Charity Pot goes to charity. The fresh handmade cosmetics company sells the large Hand and Body Lotion for $25.95 (225g) and smaller one for $6.95 (45g). The lid of the pot has a sticker with one of the recipient charities on it and a brief description and link. Charity Pot was launched in 2007 and to date has given $11.8 million to 400 grassroots charities in 35 countries. The lotion is a “sweet delicately floral moisturizer.” Buy in stores or online. — K.B.
After extreme anti-gay hate group Westboro Baptist Church targeted Panic! At The Disco by creating a parody of their 2006 song “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and showing up to picket their Kansas City concert last month with their “God Hates Fags” nonsense, the band not only donated money to Human Right Campaign — which works for equal rights for the LGBT community — but is now selling limited-edition T-shirts for $25. All the money goes to HRC. One reads: Boys Love Boys And Girls; the other Girls Love Girls And Boys. Buy them here. — K.B.
Body Bijou’s handmade jewelry is designed by 14-year-old Torontonian Linda Manziaris. The pieces are stunning and unique — from necklaces, bracelets and earrings to chains for the waist, legs and shoulders — priced between $40 and $240. The best part? Fifty percent of the net profits are donated to Girls Helping Girls, a registered charity to help girls in need attend school, that was founded by Linda’s teen sister Susanna. “Your Body Bijou purchase is a force for change and is contributing to the empowerment of women and girls around the world,” it says on the web site. — K.B.
Amy Winehouse’s family set up the Foundation in the singer’s name shortly after her tragic death in 2011 at age 27. Amy, My Daughter, a biography written by her father Mitch Winehouse, was released in 2012 by HarperCollins. All proceeds from the 320-page book — a No.1 Sunday Times best-seller — go to The Amy Winehouse Foundation, which “works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people,” he writes on the website. “We also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.” A different photo appears on the cover, depending on the market. — K.B.
Oprah Winfrey has teamed up with Teavana, owned by Starbucks Corp., to create Teavana Oprah Chai Tea, described as “a bold infusion of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos,” In North America, Starbucks will make a donation for each Teavana Oprah Chai Tea product sold at Starbucks or Teavana to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which benefits educational opportunities for youth. There are handcrafted beverages, tins of tea, a large gift set or just the loose leaf. Click here to see donation amounts and to purchase online. — KB
April 5 marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s suicide and Los Angeles-based author/journalist Carrie Borzillo has chosen to give a portion of the sales from autographed copies of her reissued book on the band to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The book was originally published in 2000 under the title Eyewitness Nirvana: The Day by Day Chronicle. Carlton Books has re-issued it with a new cover and design, under the name Nirvana: In The Words of the People Who Were There. The charity copies must be purchased directly from Borzilla, via her website, and cost $25 (to U.S.) and $35 (international), inc. shipping. — K.B.
The sexiest man alive has graced us with his good looks on bottles of sunscreen. Will Ferrell’s Sunscreen Products sell for $13 (inc. S&H) and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Cancer For College Scholarship Fund. The dashing actor — seen in Anchorman, Blades of Glory, Talladega Nights and more — has been friends with two-time cancer survivor and charity founder Craig Pollard since their college days. The 30 SPF PABA and fragrance free light lotion comes in Sexy Hot Tan and Sunstroke. Unfortunately, the limited edition Forbidden Fruit is sold out. For a full list of ingredients, to purchase and info on the charity, go here. Only ships to U.S. Canada and Mexico. — K.B.
The Olympics in Sochi are on. Why not wear these red mitts inside, as you watch the games on TV, as well as outside during this wintery season? The Hudson Bay’s Canadian Olympic Collection 2014 Snow Top Red Mittens sell for just $10 and $3.33 from the purchase of every pair is donated to Canadian athletes through the Canadian Olympic Foundation. The mitts — which are acrylic and fleece-lined — are available in various sizes for infants, toddlers, youth and adults — as big as extra large. The gloves have a white “snow top” with “CAN” embossed on the top and a white maple leaf on the palm. The fold-over cuff also features the Olympic emblem. Order here or in-store.— K.B.
Freshii, the global fresh food chain founded by Canadian Matthew Corrin, has teamed up with charity Free The Children to help build school kitchens and vegetable gardens in developing communities overseas. By purchasing the reusable green bowl (with lid) for $5 at Freshii, proceeds go to this initiative to help support school lunch programs. In return, Freshii customers can sign up for exclusive green bowl freebies. The sale of 15,340 bowls equals one kitchen and garden, which means approximately 500 students in that community will be fed a healthy lunch every day. According to Free The Children, 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry in the developing world. — K.B.
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