Product of the Month
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 Chronicles. 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.
PR queen Natasha Koifman, whose NKPR company includes client Artists For Peace And Justice which supports communities in Haiti, is a woman of many talents. She has designed a stunning ring-to-wrist bracelet in collaboration with Toronto jewelers !Xam Diamonds to support AFPJ. The delicate chains and bejeweled pieces — all hand-made and made to order — come in 14K rose gold featuring five, ethically sourced, treated black diamonds from South Africa ($1300) and sterling silver featuring five handpicked crimson rubies ethically sourced from Thailand ($350). 100 percent of net profits go to AFPJ. They can be ordered online. — K.B.
Avon Canada’s new “Start Something” movement is to help “open the door to confidence and empower young women to speak out against bullying and domestic violence. The direct sales beauty company kicked off the campaign by donating $200,000 and now is taking it to the consumer to top it up by selling 1G USB key bracelets — the Start Something Rhinestone bracelet ($20) and an unadorned, plain version ($9). 100% of the net proceeds go to Avon Safe & Sound program at the Canadian Women’s Foundation and Big Sisters mentoring programs across Canada, split equally, according to Avon. Each bracelet has a silicone strap and the word “start” debossed in multiple languages — K.B.
Beauty is ocean deep. High-end cosmetics line Chantecaille has made a solid commitment to nature preservation. Two of its latest makeup palettes — containing powders for base highlighter, eye colour, eye liner and cheek — benefit ocean life. Five percent of all proceeds from the purchase of the Save The Sharks Palette ($83) supports ocean conservation group Bloom Association, which is dedicated to protecting sharks and implementing a global ban on finning. The purchase of The Coral Reefs Palette ($79) helps the Marine Conservation Institute win protection for 10 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020. The paraben-free refillable palettes are for sale in the U.S. at Chantecaille.com, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York locations and in Canada at Holt Renfrew. There are also palettes to save tigers and elephants — K.B.
Keep your wine or olive oil fresh and put money in the hands of Nairobi artisans by purchasing this hand-carved and painted Corky Giraffe Bottle Topper. There’s also a zebra and cheetah version. Sold by fair trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages, which creates long-term opportunities and fair wages for artisans in developing countries, the bottle toppers are exported by Otic International and sell for $12. OTIC provides export and marketing support for a number of small workshops around Nairobi, some of which offer their artisans training in wood carving, while others provide short-term, zero interest loans. All groups seek to ensure higher-than-average earnings. Ten Thousand Villages has approxiamately 120 stores across North America and sells online. — K.B.
Start a baby’s life off in style and another with basic necessities. The purchase of this gorgeous limited-edition Armani baby blanket, made exclusively for Canadian luxury retailer Holt Renfrew, benefits Free The Children. Just $50, funds generated from the blanket will support international developing communities in Kenya, providing the necessary healthcare, clean water and support needed for Maasai mamas and their babies through the first year of the child’s life. The blanket is available in four designs — green multi-colour, pink, red multi-colour and navy blue — inspired by the traditional kanga wrap worn by Maasai mamas. Holt Renfrew’s goal is to raise $100,000 for Free The Children. The Armani baby blanket is available at all Holt Renfrew stores or online, while quantities last. Think of it as a two baby benefit blanket.— K.B.
It bears buying — Build-A Bear-Workshop, the interactive retailer which allows customers to make their own stuffed animals from scratch on the premise, has created a limited-edition cute-as-a-button blue bear to support Autism Speaks Canada and Autism Speaks in the U.S.. The Autism Speaks Bear sells for $23 and $1 from every sale will be donated to Autism Speaks to help fund research into the causes and treatments of autism. Autism Speaks bear-sized t-shirts are also available for $8, with 50 cents from every sale going to the charity. Throughout April, customers can also donate $1 or more to Autism Speaks when they check out at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in Canada or online at buildabear.com. Since 2005, Build-A-Bear Workshop has raised more than $545,000 to support Autism Speaks. — K.B.
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