Breast cancer is an issue that people—women, especially—should be thinking about year-round. But it takes center stage in October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a critical reminder to take charge of your own health, from knowing your family’s medical history to getting an annual check-up and mammogram. So this month, whether you’re just giving to your favorite charity or simply in need of a little retail therapy, support companies and organizations making a difference.
A-list celebs like Halle Berry wear Brokedown Clothing’s vintage-inspired screen tees. Flaunt your support in their latest BCA creation.
Donation: 20 percent of the price tag goes to the Vail Cancer Awareness Group
Buy It: $57 (pink only), Roxy, 2628 E. Third Ave., 303-316-7774; 1408 Larimer St., 303-623-7774; 172 E. Gore Creek Dr., Vail, 970-476-7774; and 124 Beaver Creek Plaza, Avon, 970-845-7774; roxyvail.com
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Pretend it’s summer for just a little longer with these TKEES leather flip-flops made exclusively for Calypso St. Barth’s.
Donation: 50 percent of sales benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Buy Them: $50, Calypso St. Barth, 105 Fillmore St., 303-399-4664, calypsostbarth.com
Pick up some stylish arm candy from one of my favorite jewelry labels, the Woods. Each of the four styles (prices start at $88) features garnet and pyrite and some even contain pink Buddha heads, but I'm digging this blinged-out version's pink sapphire accents.
Donation: 20 percent of sales go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Buy It: $264, Goldyn, 2040 W. 30th Ave., 720-489-0580, shopgoldyn.com
Evelyn H. Lauder (Estée's daughter-in-law) founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in 1993 to fund research worldwide. In support of this year’s campaign, the Evelyn Lauder Dream Solid Perfume Compact features the iconic Pink Ribbon design—with an added touch of blue to represent that one percent of U.S. breast cancer cases are diagnosed in men. The collectible compact houses the ever-popular Pleasures, a floral fragrance comprised of lilies, peonies, and jasmine, with a hint of exotic Baie Rose (pink berry).
Donation: 100 percent of the suggested retail price goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Buy It: $49.50, select Estée Lauder counters and esteelauder.com
How do you protect skin during the most dehydrating season of the year? Try this super girly, vanilla-scented Pink Ribbon Cupcake Bath Bomb, which both moisturizes (with oil from the tropical kokum tree) and detoxifies (thanks to Dead Sea and Epson salts) the skin. Simply unwrap the treat and throw it in the tub for a decadent bathtime. Tip: The icing can be used separately as a sugar scrub.
Donation: Five percent of sales benefit the American Cancer Society
Buy It: $5.50 (mini), $10.50 (large), candycakesco.com
Stress can negatively affect your health, so it's important to find ways to counteract it (or reduce it). Enter Bed of Nails, a mini-mattress made up of more than 6,000 nontoxic plastic spikes. No, they don't hurt. The product is based on the same philosophy as acupuncture. The “nails” are harmless, but they put pressure against your skin to calm overactive nerves and provide pain relief. Used for at least 10 minutes a day, the bed can help alleviate everyday stressors like headaches and muscle aches (but please consult your doctor before using).
Donation: 10 percent of sales benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Buy It: $39.95, bedofnails.org
SOL’s BCA campaign is simple: donate your bras and help others. Throughout October, the lingerie emporium is accepting gently worn bras for Denver's the Gathering Place. This year, the store is also accepting monetary donations—the goal is $3,000—to purchase bras in not-as-common sizes. One lucky donor will win two bra-and-panty sets worth $400 (like, maybe, this Marie Jo Morgane push-up bra, $175, and matching bikini, $85).
Donation: All the bras go to the Gathering Place
Buy It: SOL, 248 Detroit St., 303-394-1060, sollingerie.com