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Those who have been reading the blog for a while now know how important breast cancer awareness + breast cancer research is to me. If you’re a new reader, you can read more about why I’m so passionate about it here. It’s pretty amazing how far research and treatments have come in just 10 years. Though, of course, we all dream of a day when all cancers can be cured. To give you a bit of an idea of how far research has come, back when my mom had genetic testing after battling breast cancer (about nine years ago), there weren’t nearly as many known gene mutations as there are today. Today, with many more gene mutations known, many women with a family history of breast cancer choose to have genetic testing done so that they’re able to make short-term and long-term decisions for their health. If a gene mutation is found, a woman (or man!) may decide to have preventative MRI’s, a mastectomy, take preventative medications, etc. Knowledge is power and is empowering. If you have a family history of a particular type of cancer, I strongly urge you to see a genetic counselor to create a plan for yourself. If you’re worried about the cost, (trust me, I was too) most health insurance companies will cover this with a referral from your primary care doctor. If you have a primary care doctor who won’t take your concerns seriously, I strongly urge you to see a new doctor. You can read more about my family’s history of breast cancer and my experience seeing a genetic counselor for the first time, in this post.

There’s no doubt that this “pink movement” and the movement of spreading breast cancer awareness through the month of October has helped millions of women and men throughout the years. Many companies are choosing to donate a percentage of sales of a particular item towards breast cancer research or for breast cancer foundations that support patients and survivors. That being said, just because an item is pink and has breast cancer ribbons on it, doesn’t meant that proceeds will be donated. I share this with you all so that you’re aware of where your hard-earned money is going. There’s nothing worse than thinking that you’re donating to an amazing cause just to find out that someone is pocketing your money. Here are some things you should look for and/or think about when deciding to donate/purchase an item that is donating to breast cancer.

  1. What percentage of the sales are going to an organization/foundation?
  2. Is there a cap on how much money will be donated?
  3. What organization is the money going to?
  4. How will the organization spend the money?

I share these questions with you guys not to say which is right or wrong, but just to get you thinking a bit about where your money is or may not be going.


25+ ITEMS TO PURCHASE IN OCTOBER TO SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

 

1. Kendra Scott, Lee Drop Earrings

From October 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017, Kendra Scott is donating 20% of the purchase price from this item to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, up to $50,000. BCRF’s mission is advancing the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. For more information about BCRF, visit http://www.bcrfcure.org.

2. ELEMIS, Breast Cancer Awareness Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

ELEMIS has partnered with Breast Cancer Care for the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon. To celebrate, ELEMIS is donating $30,000 to help Breast Cancer Care “continue their excellent work supporting women living with and beyond breast cancer.” Over the years, ELEMIS has proudly donated over $200,000 to Breast Cancer Care. Money from the sale of this item ($30,000 to be exact) will be donated to Breast Cancer Care.

3. Athleta, Pink Power of She Bra

12% of the sales of this bra will be donated to Recovery on Water (ROW), a sisterhood of breast cancer patients and survivors that exercise together to recover together.

4. Estēe Lauder, Advanced Night Repair

Estée Lauder will donate 20% of each purchase of this product to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

5. Bobbi Brown, Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzing Powder Set

A set created by Bobbi in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign’s 25th anniversary and, with every purchase, Bobbi will donate $11 dollars to BCRF.

6. Pink Topaz + Hope Disc Necklace

Celebrates fighters + promotes breast cancer awareness. Note: I was unable to find out what percentage is donated to breast cancer foundations. Keep this in mind if purchasing.

7. Smashbox, Breast Cancer Awareness Photo Finish Foundation Primer 

To support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Smashbox dressed up their best-selling Photo Finish Primer Water with the iconic pink ribbon exclusively for the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign. In 2017, the Estée Lauder Companies have a one-year fundraising goal of 8 million dollars., their highest one-year fundraising goal to date.

8. Clinique, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

With each sale, Clinique will donate $10 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure in our lifetime.

9. Sea Bags Maine, Cure Pink Mariner Stripe Handbag

For their 11th Annual Cure Campaign, Sea Bags Maine is partnering with the Maine Cancer Foundation to help fund cancer prevention, early detection and treatment programs for every affected person in Maine. Featuring a fresh stripe of pink, their recycled sailcloth Mariner Stripe Handbag displays a coordinating pink ribbon Chart Metalworks Charm. Through the end of the year, 20% of sales of all products in their Nautical For a Cure Collection will be donated to Maine Cancer Foundation in support of their cause.

10. Kendra Scott, Rose Quartz Nail Polish

From October 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017, Kendra Scott is donating 20% of the purchase price from this item to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, up to $50,000. BCRF’s mission is advancing the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. For more information about BCRF, visit http://www.bcrfcure.org. Also, for every piece purchased, Kendra Scott will gift a piece of jewelry with a handwritten note to a woman battling breast cancer.

11. Sigma, Pink F80 Flat Kabuki Brush

The special limited-edition version of Sigma’s #1 foundation brush featuring a pink handle. 20% of the proceeds from each brush sold will be donated to Bright Pink, a non-profit organization empowering women to live proactively from a young age, saving lives from breast and ovarian cancer.

12. Bumble and Bumble, Pink Ribbon Bb. Thickening Spray

20% of the sales of this thickening spray will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

13. Sea Bags Maine, Cure Pink Stripe Foldover Clutch

For their 11th Annual Cure Campaign, Sea Bags Maine is partnering with the Maine Cancer Foundation to help fund cancer prevention, early detection and treatment programs for every affected person in Maine. Featuring a fresh stripe of pink, their recycled sailcloth Mariner Stripe Handbag displays a coordinating pink ribbon Chart Metalworks Charm. Through the end of the year, 20% of sales of all products in their Nautical For a Cure Collection will be donated to Maine Cancer Foundation in support of their cause.

14. Kiehl’s, Butterstick Lip Duo Treatment

This Butterstick Lip Treatment Duo will deliver a “kiss for the cure,” with 100% of net profits up to $25,000 benefiting Breast Cancer Research.

15. Shiseido, Rouge Rouge Lipstick

With every purchase of Rouge Rouge in Murrey, Burning Up or Crime of Passion, Shiseido will donate $5 to Cancer and Careers.

16. Estée Lauder Pink Ribbon Knockout Eyes Gift Set

Estée Lauder will donate 100% of each purchase of this product to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

17. Oribe, Dry Texturizing Spray (Limited Edition Pink Design)

One of my favorite products ever, and it smells so heavenly… Seriously, you won’t stop smelling yourself. This Limited Edition Pink Design of Dry Texturizing Spray was created in partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® Oribe Hair Care’s donation and proud support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® helps fund early detection, education and support services for women across the country.

18. Movado, Women’s Swiss Bold Rose Gold Ion-Plated Stainless Steel Bangle Bracelet Watch 25mm

I am 99% sure this is the same watch my mom has and it is even prettier in person if that’s possible! While this item is definitely more of a splurge, if you’re in need of a gift for someone for a special occasion (or yourself) this is a beautiful one. If you like more of a statement, it also comes in the 30 mm. The Movado Group Foundation will donate $50 from each Pink Gold-Toned Movado Bold® watch purchased on macys.com in October to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.

19. Origins, Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask for Breast Cancer Research

Origins will donate $5 from the purchase of this limited edition on Macy’s.com (while supplies last) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

20. Tory Burch, Breast Cancer Awareness Love Relentlessly Eau de Parfum Rollerball

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, Tory Burch has created a pink heart Limited Edition Rollerball. In support of the Estée Lauder companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, Tory Burch will donate 20% of the sale of this product with a maximum donation of $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF). BCRF is dedicated to advancing the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer.

21. Guess, Women’s Breast Cancer Pink Genuine Leather Strap Watch 36mm

September 1st, 2017 thru January 31st 2018, GUESS Watches will donate 10% of each retail sale made on macys.com, until supplies last, of this Limited Edition timepiece to The Get In Touch Foundation, a 501©(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing breast health education to people of all ages.

22. La Mer, The Breast Cancer Campaign Crème de La Mer

This will forever be one of (if not the very best) moisturizers I’ve ever used in my entire life. It’s no secret that it doesn’t come cheap, however, if you can justify it and are looking to donate to an amazing cause in the process, this product certainly won’t disappoint. In support of the Estèe Lauder companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, La Mer will donate $10 from each purchase of this limited-edition Crème de La Mer Moisturizing Cream, with a maximum donation of $52.680, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF). BCRF is dedicated to advancing the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer.

23. Ralph Lauren, Romance Eau de Parfum Spray

Ralph Lauren Fragrances will donate to the Pink Pony fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation 100% of the profits of each Ralph Lauren Romance, Tender Romance & Midnight Romance purchased in the US, Puerto Rico or DC at macys.com.

24. Smashbox, BCA Radiance with Hyaluronic Acid Primer

In support of The Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, Smashbox will donate $5.00 USD from the purchase price of Photo Finish Foundation Primer Radiance in a jar, up to a maximum of $20,000, in the month of October 2017 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation ® (BCRF), dedicated to advancing the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer.

25. APL, Women’s Techloom Phantom BCA Sneakers

To support the cause, Athletic Propulsion Labs will donate 20% of the gross sales price for each pair of the APL® Men’s and Women’s Techloom Phantom to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, A Breast Cancer Research Foundation Program (BCRF) sold from October 2017 through September 2018. Note: Available in women’s and men’s sizes. All shoes are unisex. If your size is sold out, simply select a men’s size on the site and adjust the fit down by a size and half. For example, a size 9 in women’s is a size 7.5 in men’s.

26. Kendra Scott, Ellie Gold Stud Earrings

From October 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017, Kendra Scott is donating 20% of the purchase price from this item to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, up to $50,000. BCRF’s mission is advancing the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. For more information about BCRF, visit http://www.bcrfcure.org. Additionally, for every piece purchased, Kendra Scott will gift a piece of jewelry with a handwritten note to a woman battling breast cancer.