Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021

October 26th, 2021

October 26th, 2021

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the annual health campaign, which has promoted public understanding of the disease and fundraised for its research and treatment since its inauguration in 1985, has drawn the support of both big-name and indie cosmetic companies for decades —and 2021 is no exception.

After nearly one million women missed their breast cancer checks due to the pandemic, there’s never been a more important time to discuss this widespread issue.  In the UK alone, a woman is diagnosed with the disease every 10 minutes, while approximately 11,500 women die every year from it.  Just last month, Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding passed away from the illness, after being diagnosed the previous year.  Her tragic death aged 39 has been followed by Julia Bradbury‘s diagnosis a few weeks ago, reminding us all of just how prevalent this disease is.

Here is our annual round up of pink ribbon products or brands making donations to breast cancer charities.


Lip2Cheek (£25) is Trinny London‘s multi-tasking wonder product – and it now comes in a brand-new colour to support a good causeA warm peachy terracotta, 10% of each sale of the Sherin shade will be donated to Breast Cancer Now, who have supported Trinny on her own breast cancer journey.  Available from trinnylondon.


Lady Showbiz have released a limited-edition nail polish in support of The Pink Ribbon Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

For every special edition of Pink Ribbon polish Pink Sensation (£12) purchased, £6 will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.  The polishes are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and free from 12 toxins. Available from ladyshowbiz.


Jane Iredale is donating all proceeds from the sale of her limited-edition HydroPure Hyaluronic Lip Gloss in Pink Glacé (£21)  to the research charity Against Breast Cancer.  This will enhance your lips whilst also hydrating them.  Available from janeiredale.


Long-term supporters of breast cancer research, Estee Lauder have released a limited-edition sleeve for their much-loved Advanced Night Repair with Pink Ribbon (£82).  The case honours and supports breast cancer awareness.  Its silky formula works to minimise the look of pores, while aiding moisture levels for a plumper and firmer complexion.  20% of the RRP (less vat) will be donated to the Estee Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Campaign, from 1st October 2021 to June 2022.  Available from esteelauder


Bobbi Brown has released two products in its Proud to Be Pink Crushed Oil-Infused Duo (£29.50). They have married bestsellers Love Letter and New Romantic for the luscious kit,

All proceeds (less vat) of these moisturising full-colour lipglosses will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Available from bobbibrown.


Throughout October Dr.PAWPAW will be donating to the Look Good Feel Better charity.  They have worked with them for many years and fully support their work to boost the confidence of those facing cancer and it’s side effects through their dedicated and inspiring make up workshops.  The brand will be donating 20% of sales on two items  bought on their website: Tinted Peach Pink Balm 25ml and Tinted Hot Pink Balm 25ml, both £6.25.  Available from drpawpaw.


Scientia are donating 100% of the profits from sales of their Pure Clarity Pink Ribbon Blemish Paste (£16) to The Pink Ribbon Foundation.  Suitable for both teenage and menopausal skin, this new paste targets breakouts, redness and spots.  The key actives of calamine, white willow bark and bentonite clay will de-congest, replenish, purify and refine the skin.  Zinc oxide soothes while glycerin hydrates. Available from scientiabeauty.


Also supporting Look Good Feel Better is Philip Kingsley.  The No Scent No Colour Shampoo and No Scent No Colour Conditioner (£20.50 each) were created for women who are undergoing treatment for cancer that is gentle enough to use on their scalp.  The products are fragrance, colour, paraben and SLS-free for extra gentle cleansing and are suitable for daily use.  In 2006, the late Philip Kingsley himself created the No Scent No Colour Shampoo and Conditioner for his wife Joan, whilst she was being treated for breast cancer.

50p from every 250ml bottle of Philip Kingsley No Scent, No Colour Shampoo and Conditioner sold is donated to Look Good Feel Better, and are made throughout the year, not just during October.  Available from philipkingsley.


Salon System have a few campaigns running this month to help support #NailBreastCancer in aid of the Future Dreams Charity.  The brand’s Gellux nail experts – including Julie-AnneKaren LouiseRosanna Hatherell and Jaz Moger – have been challenged to create their own #nailbreastcancer designs using a selection of pink Gellux polishes.  Additionally, each week throughout October, Salon System have been sharing one of the designs on its Instagram grid.  Followers of the @salonsystem Instagram have been asked to comment with a 💅 ‘Nail Polish’ emoji underneath the post.  For every 💅 they get Salon System are donating £1 to Future Dreams, so get commenting on Insta!

Salon System is also encouraging beauty pros to ask their clients to donate £5 for every manicure they have in the month of October.  They can donate £5 by texting LNBC5 to 70500 or donating directly through


UK curly hair specialists Only Curls have pledged 20% of the profits from sales of their pink accessories in support of Breast Cancer, throughout the month of October, donating to Look Good Feel Better.  After chemo hair can often grow back curly when it was previously straight, or curly hair may have a different texture or curl pattern after treatment.  Only Curls products can help make hair feel healthier and more manageable.  Accessories included in the offer are some of the brand’s best sellers, including pink silk scrunchies and pillowcase; satin headband, turban, scrunchie and pineapple protector; a pink satin lined baseball cap, combs, clips and a hair towel.  All available from onlycurls.


Freshly Cosmetics, the Spanish vegan and cruelty-free skincare brand, are also supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Throughout the month of October, customers have the opportunity to add an additional £1 to their basket which will be donated to The Pink Ribbon Foundation..



About the charities:

Against Breast Cancer funds pioneering research into new treatments, tools for earlier diagnosis and advice to reduce the risk of recurrence and secondary spread of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Now is a UK charity providing world-class research and life-changing care for people affected by breast cancer.

The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign / Breast Cancer Research Foundation – Founded by the late Evelyn H. Lauder in 1992, The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign supports lifesaving research, education and medical services in its mission to create a breast cancer-free world. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), also founded by Evelyn H. Lauder, is The Estée Lauder Companies’ leading partner in The Campaign. It is the highest rated non-profit breast cancer organization in the U.S., dedicated to advancing the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer.

Future Dreams Charity is a UK cancer charity aiming to make a breast cancer experience less bleak and lonely with their mission that no-one should have to face breast cancer on their own.  Founded in 2006 by a mum and daughter who both had breast cancer and who both lost their battles in 2009, the charity has continued their legacy to raise over £6.5m for support, awareness and research.

Look Good Feel Better are a UK cancer charity support helping boost the physical and emotional wellbeing of people undergoing cancer treatment.  They run confidence boosting workshops which provide a chance for people to meet others in a similar situation, as well as learning useful skills and techniques to manage the side effects of cancer treatment.

The Pink Ribbon Foundation is a grant making trust with a mission to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, have been affected by breast cancer, or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer and its early detection and treatment.

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