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Travalo, the refillable fragrance atomizer bottle, has partnered with Bright Pink this October to raise money for breast cancer awareness month. Purchase the pink-coloured models Excel, Classic HD and Milano ($15.99 to $49 USD) and the company will donate 25 percent of the proceeds to the non-profit, which aims to reach 52 million women (ages 18 to 45) with its “innovative, life-saving breast and ovarian health programs.” Buy it here. — Karen Bliss

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South African-born actress Charlize Theron has partnered once again with TOMS to raise money for her Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Program (CTAOP), which she founded in 2007 to support African youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  The CTAOP navy washed women’s avalon slip-ons sell for $70 (CAD) and TOMS U.S. offers kids and youth versions and a backpack ($36-$78). With every TOMS + CTAOP product purchased, TOMS will donate $5 to CTAOP for a minimum total of $100,000 (USD). And as usual, with every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will give a new pair to a child in need.  Buy them here in Canada and here in the U.S. — Karen Bliss

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To celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month this June, the National Basketball Association has teamed up with Teespring to create NBA Pride T-shirts featuring the logos of all 30 teams in the colours of the rainbow.  Selling for $24.95 (USD), all proceeds go to GLSEN, which works “to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education.” Support your team. Support Pride. Support the rights of all. Not into basketball? Then just pick the coolest looking tee. Buy it here. — Karen Bliss



Sparkling Ice, which signed NBA player Kevin Durant as a brand ambassador in 2015, is selling a limited edition zero-calorie orange mango flavour for his eponymously-named charitable foundation (KDCF). On the 17 FL OZ bottle, it says “Sparkling Ice is partnering with KD and his foundation to revitalize basketball courts for inner-city youth" in the U.S. and internationally.  The proceeds will go to the Kevin Durant Charitable Foundation's Build It And They Will Ball Courts Renovation Initiative. — Karen Bliss

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Kiehl’s beauty brand, which a couple of times a year sells a charity product, turns its attention this month to saving the whale population. From now until Earth Day, April 22, with the purchase of this Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($36 for 15ml; $58 for 28ml), 100 percent of net profits, up to $10,000, will benefit Canadian Wildlife Federation to “help fund marine conservation efforts along Canada's coastlines, including efforts to help respond to marine animal emergencies,” it says in its sale material. The artwork for the container was designed by Olivia Mew from lifestyle brand Stay Home Club. Buy the cream here. — Karen Bliss


Madd Virgin Drinks makes a variety of alcohol free “wine,” “beer” and mixed drinks and gives a portion of each sale to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The bottled screw-cap “wine” comes in red and white, while their “champagne” bottle has a cork and cage closure. They also sell cans of virgin margarita, virgin mojito, and an award-winning virgin craft brewed lager. Prices range from $9.99 for 4-pack of cans and single bottles to $47.76 for 24-pack of lager.  Available in stores and ships to U.S. and Canada. — Karen Bliss

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Award-winning Dine Alone Records has released an album of lullabies by lullaby covers king Sparrow Sleeps, with net proceeds going to Toronto’s famed SickKids Foundation.  On this 16-track compilation, which label owner Joel Carriere produced because of his infant son’s own medical emergency, songs by such acts as Jimmy Eat World, Alexisonfire, Arkells, City and Colour, The Sheepdogs, Vanessa Carlton, Moneen and Monster Truck are snoozified, in a good way.  Buy it hereKaren Bliss.

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Twentysix is a 26-ingredient charity fragrance from Natasha Koifman, president of NKPR and Canadian chair for Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice, which helps communities in Haiti. Koifman is giving up all her profits from the sale of the scent ($75 for 50 ml) which she created with custom scent company Aromachology. At the core of the perfume is Haitian vetiver, a fragrant grass, which has been softened and sweetened with rose, peony, patchouli and more.  Twentysix is available online and at select Hudson’s Bay stores.  — Karen Bliss

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Singer Lights designed the sea princess artwork and lent her name to the latest Kiehl’s Rock for Kids limited edition Ultra Facial Cream, one of the brand’s top-selling products.  The cream comes in two sizes, 50 ml for $33 and 125 ml for $57 with 100 percent of net profits going to Canada's MusiCounts.  Kiehl’s will donate $50,000 to the nationwide charity which helps provide musical instruments to schools and communities in need.  Buy the cream here or in stores, while supplies last. — Karen Bliss

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How many drummers does it take to plant one tree?  One, if the kit is made by Drum Workshop Inc.  The company will plant one tree for every custom drum kit sold.  Their DW line sells between $1500 to $5000 (USD), and up. Its Pacific Drums & Percussion (PDP) kits are less expensive, priced between $250 to $1000 (USD). According to DW, “The plywood used from only one tree makes more than one drumset, so we actually replace far more timber than we use. Since 2002, we have planted more than 30,000 trees via American Forest’s Global Releaf program.” — Karen Bliss

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