October might spell the beginning of autumn proper and be synonymous with a whole spectrum of burnt orange and bronze shades, but over the years we've come to expect a bold influx of pink too. October is the UK’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the time of the year when people show their support for the cause by wearing ribbons, sponsoring runs and brands leap into action by launching new bright pink editions of hero products, their standout pink branding a signal that a portion of their price gets donated to charities and organisations like Breast Cancer Awareness, CoppaFeel!, Look Good Feel Better, to name just a few.
This year a number of breast cancer charities have teamed up with the likes of ghd, Trinny London and Carolina Herrera to raise awareness and funds meaning that those of us who are a little less than au fait with charity bake sale prep - and those of us who dominate the charity bake sale for that matter - have even avenues of support to go down this month.
Keen to browse the the beauty buys doing good this Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Scroll on down:
Shop: The Best Beauty Buys Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness This Month
The Best Beauty Buys For Breast Cancer Awareness Month
These handy little capsules are a 2-month supply of antioxidant-rich day and night facial oils to help to improve the visible signs of ageing whilst breaking down skin-clogging toxins. The morning capsule helps nourish and soften skin with Rose Absolute, while the evening capsule is infused with soothing Lavender to help repair and protect skin overnight. £10 of the retail purchase price will go to Breast Cancer Now, but regardless of sales, ELEMIS has pledged to donate a minimum of £33,000 to Breast Cancer Now to take the stand against cancer.
The newest member of the Trinny tribe, and in turn the latest Lip2Cheek shade, is Sherin, and 10% of every sale of the Lip2Cheek shade (and others across the range) will be donated to Sherin's chosen charity, Breast Cancer Now, who supported her on her own personal journey. Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Friday 1st October – Sunday 31st October), Trinny London will also be offering one-to-one virtual appointments to those receiving cancer treatment, with the aim of sharing the best products, tips and tricks as their skin adapts to treatment – whether it's increased sensitivity, redness or sparse brows.
For another year, GHD are campaigning to raise awareness of the importance of self-checking, and are supporting breast cancer charities with their Take Control Now collection, including the GHD gold hair straightener in limited edition rose pink. Expect the brands salon quality, sleek results from with two next-generation heat sensor plates, without extreme heat.
Carolina Herrera have launched not one product, but an entire range, 'A Touch of Love' for Pink October, a new initiative to help support and raise awareness around breast cancer around the world. 10% of the proceeds from the edit (including fragrances and makeup refills) will go to the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), which offers free services for patients and families affected by cancer.
This year Scientia are launching an exclusive new product in partnership with the Pink Ribbon Foundation, revamped with Limited Edition pink packaging and a special kind of Zinc Oxide to make the formula pink too. The blemish paste not only reduces redness but works to prevent budding blemishes too. But its only available for a limited time, and with 100% of proceeds going to the charity, there's no better reason not to snap this up now.
With 10% of profits going to Breast Cancer Now, this relaxing lavender and amber candle is the ultimate in self gifting, creating a 'sensual' and relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy, and helping to contribute towards cancer research and care.
Elemental Herbology has partnered with The Pink Ribbon Foundation to create a Limited Edition gift collection, with £5 from each Calm & Soothe Collection kit sold, helping to relieve the needs of people who are suffering from or have been affected by breast cancer. Each gift set contains a Breast Self-Check Guide, Antioxidant Hydration Mist, Neroli & Rose Damask Body Cream and Aromatherapy Candle, designed to calm the mind and soothe the skin with with a gentle blend of rose damask, neroli and chamomile.
This October, haircare brand KEVIN.MURPHY are standing up to Breast Cancer with their MORE THAN PINK kit. Including the ultra voluminsing Plumping Wash, Plumping Rinse, and Session Spray Flex, for every kit sold, KEVIN.MURPHY will donate £1 to CoppaFeel!,
And remember TLC, to touch, look, and check...
According to statistics from Breast Cancer Now, almost half (47%) of women in the UK do not check their breasts regularly for potential signs of breast cancer, and one in 10 women have ‘never checked their breasts for new or unusual changes’.
When asked what stopped or prevented them from checking their breasts more regularly, almost half of women said they ‘forget’.
Remember, checking your breasts, upper chest and armpits only takes a few minutes, and if you find anything that concerns you always book in an appointment with your GP. Sign up to a monthly boob check reminder from CoppaFeel! here and brush up on the best technique below: