Gift With a Purpose: 6 Beauty Brands That Give Back


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There’s a lot that goes into finding the perfect gift. It should have the right balance: personal and thoughtful, useful and practical. This year, I challenge you to take it a step further and search for gifts that also have some kind of give-back component both you and the receiver can feel good about. After all, who doesn’t want to feel all warm and fuzzy during the holidays?

If you have any beauty lovers on your gift list, you’re in luck! We’ve rounded up six feel-good beauty brands with give-back values woven into their DNA. Here are the best beauty brands to gift based on the causes they’re most passionate about.

For the animal lover


Not only is Hourglass a cult-favorite cruelty-free brand who has pledged to become completely vegan in 2020, it also donates 1% of all profits to the Nonhuman Rights Project—the only civil rights organization working to secure fundamental rights for animals.

Beautylish recommends Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette and Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick

For the environment enthusiast


This luxury vinotherapy skincare line harnesses the anti-aging benefits of grapevines for all-natural, plant-powered formulas. Plus, Caudalie contributes 1% of its worldwide turnover to organizations working to protect the environment. Bonus: they’re well on their way to have planted over 8 million trees in 8 countries by 2021!

Beautylish recommends Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and Caudalie Vinosource SOS Intense Moisturizing Cream

For the recycling-obsessed


This 75–90% organic brand sources the cleanest possible raw ingredients in their formulas and sources packaging materials that are both safe for the planet and product. U.S. customers can mail in up to 5 empty beauty products per month—from any brand—and ILIA will break it down responsibly, so it doesn’t end up in a landfill.

Beautylish recommends ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 40 and ILIA Multi Stick

For the one fighting to end world hunger


Farmacy Beauty supports two hunger relief organizations—Feeding America in the U.S. and Second Harvest in Canada—in an effort to make healthy food accessible to all. Both organizations work to end hunger and food waste by redistributing good food to those in need before it goes to waste.

Beautylish recommends Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Serum and Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask

For the botanic aficionado


This cult-favorite French pharmacy line creates botanical-based hair care with sustainably-sourced, all-natural plant extracts. Known for its safe, effective products and commitment to the environment, Klorane founded the Klorane Botanical Foundation to preserve and promote plant heritage. The foundation focuses on 3 essential missions: protect plant species under threat, explore the treasures of the plant world to better understand and protect them, and share botanical knowledge with others, particularly children.

Beautylish recommends Klorane Shampoo with Flax Fiber and Klorane Shampoo with Oat Milk

For the overall do-gooder

Vintner’s Daughter

Inspired by fine winemaking, Vintner’s Daughter operates on the principles of unparalleled quality and efficacy and makes it a priority to give back. Vintner’s Daughter supports Every Mother Counts, Black Mamas Matter, Futures Without Violence, Color of Change, Girls Not Brides, New Story, Black Lives Matter, OLE Health, Vitamin Angels, NAACP, Project Night Night, National Women’s Law Center, Black Future’s Lab, Dress For Success, CharityWater and Tipping Point.

Beautylish recommends Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum and Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence