Every October, the pink ribbons seem to multiply. On t-shirts, bags of chips -- even hair straighteners. Believe me, I'm happy for increased awareness, so long as that translates into more research dollars, screenings for low-income women, etc. But how do you know where the money is going?
Ever since my mom was treated for breast cancer a few years ago, I've been asking a lot of questions about products in pink ribbon-emblazoned packages. How much is the company contributing? Are they donating a set amount that has nothing to do with whether or not I buy a product? To cut some of the confusion, here are some products that we can get behind.
SpaRitual's 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection - The collection includes three shades of pink (what else?) polishes -- Wellness, Survivor, and Courage -- and 20% of profits will be donated to Cancer Schmancer, an early detection education and cancer advocacy program developed by actress Fran Drescher. This collection, like all SpaRitual nail lacquers, are free of DBP, toulene, and formaldehyde.
Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Face Peel for Breast Cancer Awareness - The company will donate 5% of profits from each unit sale of the two-step peel pads (which are free of parabens and pthalates) to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which provides mammograms for those in need and helps fund research to find a cure for the disease. Plus, from Oct. 1-3, you can visit Facebook.com/DGSkincare for a chance to win an "At-Home Facial and Spa Gift Basket" each day.
Skinn Cosmetics Twin Set- Collagen Boost Lipstick and Wet Gloss in Pink Tulip: Throughout October, Skinn will donate 100% of sales (not just profits) of the set to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
While you're at it, check out the recipes and tips in our "50 Ways to Stand Up to Cancer" digital issue -- each time it's viewed, we'll make a donation to Stand Up to Cancer.