Cancer sucks, but in 2018, there are countless ways to support someone battling the disease. This year, brands big and small are putting their money where their mouth is, and helping to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
Regardless of whether there’s someone in your life navigating cancer, you’ve lost someone to the disease, or just want to support the cause, this October, these 13 items will give back to the various Canadian breast cancer charities. It might seem like a small drop in the bucket, but this kind of fundraising can add up quickly. Here’s what to buy this month to make a difference.
13 gifts that support Breast Cancer Awareness Month
BaskitsFeel-good company Baskits is donating 20 per cent of its sales from its ‘unwind’ basket to the Canadian Cancer Society. Each gift set includes a collection of high-end items like a nail therapy kit and a coconut and oat milk bath.
Unwind basket, $85 at Baskits.Baskits
estee lauderNow's your chance to try this cult favourite. Not only will this number one selling serum reveal smoother, more radiant skin, but 20 per cent of the purchase price will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, $123 at Estee Lauder. Estee Lauder
KnixLingerie label Knix is putting sales from its popular 8-in-1 Evolution Bra in the colours Passion and Blush to good use. Five per cent of each bra sold in October will be donated to breast cancer research, but not only that, every single pair of its athletic underwear in those same two hues will also give back. The brand pledges to donate a minimum of $10,000.
Evolution bras, $66 at Knix.Knix
TeapigsTea obsessed? Be sure to stock up on your favourite flavours at Teapigs this month. One dollar from every box of teas sold in October will give back to breast cancer. Maybe it’s time to finally host a classy tea party with your fav pals.
Various teas, starting at $9, Teapig.Teapigs
Lindo FThere’s no stopping it: winter is coming and your ears are soon going to hurt from the cold. Thankfully, Lindo F’s customizable pom pom toques make the snowy weather more manageable. Throughout October, $5 from each hat purchased online will go to Rethink Breast Cancer. Warm ears, warm heart.
Customizable toque, starting at $99 at Lindo F.Lindo F
SmytheThe Duchess blazer from Canadian fashion label Smythe will make any woman feel like royalty… or at least a confident boss lady. Not only that, $50 from each single-button blazer will go straight into the hands of, yes, you guessed it, Rethink Breast Cancer. Pink goes with everything, really.
Duchess Blazer in Rethink Pink, $695 at Smythe. Smythe
WaxonWaxon’s loofah scrub bars are the bomb dot com, and this month, the company is giving us a reason to feel good about getting sudsy thanks to its LemonRazz Loofah Scrub — a loofah and soap in one. $1 from every purchase goes directly to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Loofah scrub bar, $11 at Waxon.Waxon
H&MH&M had a rocky start to the year, but the clothing giant is looking to change things around with its feel-good, limited-edition H&M x Rethink capsule collection, which highlights the importance of breast health. Toronto-based artist Quinn Rockliff designed the illustrations on all five of the t-shirts, which are at select shops across the country. 100 per cent of the proceeds go to Rethink Breast Cancer.
H&M x Rethink capsule collection t-shirt, $17.99 at the following H&M locations while supplies last: Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto; Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto; 1100 St. Catherine St. W, Montreal; Rideau Centre, Ottawa; Pacific Centre, Vancouver; Chinook Centre, Calgary. H&M
Gee BeautyThe purchase of any lipstick or lip gloss from Gee Beauty during the month of October will give back to breast cancer research. The brand has committed to donating 10 per cent of all lip product sales to Rethink. There’s never been a better time to restock your lipstick arsenal.
Lipstick and lip gloss, from $28 at Gee Beauty.Gee Beauty
EarlsNot looking to collect more stuff? Earls restaurants across Canada are donating $2 from each Non-Alcoholic Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz sold this month. Yup, you can wet your whistle, and give back at the same time. Delicious.
Non-Alcoholic Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz, $5 at Earls.Earls
BikoA limited-edition rose gold collection from Canadian-based jewellery company Biko not only looks gorge on, but spreads a meaningful message when worn: we’re in this together. Twenty per cent of all sales from the capsule collection, which includes earrings, necklaces and bracelets, will go to Rethink.
Limited-edition rose gold capsule collection, $68 to $328 at Biko.Biko
Canadian TireUsually a pink tool set would set off sexist alarm bells, but this colourful kit’s heart is in the right place. One dollar from each tool set sold goes back to Rethink Breast Cancer, and the company promises to donate a minimum of $5,000.
135-piece Apollo Tools tool kit, $60 at Canadian Tire.Canadian Tire
AerieArie isn’t messing around with its breast cancer fundraising efforts. This year, 100 per cent of the sales from its limited-edition pink sports bra and leggings will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Society. Sports bras and leggings not your style? Five per cent of all Canadian sales in October will also be donated.
Sports bra and leggings, $35 and $60 at Aerie. Aerie