Channel your inner teen rom-com yogi with Beyond Yoga’s Charity Teardrop Back Cami ($71) from the Pretty in Pink Capsule Collection. The ruching around the bust is extra flattering, with a supportive, full-coverage fit. 25% of all proceeds will go to Making Strides for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Whether you’re escaping the chilly weather with a hot yoga class or are hitting the beach for Stand-Up Paddleboarding (Floridians, I’m talking to you), add a chic pink touch with Lacoste Home’s Pink Croc Collection beach towel ($55). 10% of the retail price goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Exhale Mind Body Spa is holding donation-only Core Fusion classes on October 16 with all proceeds supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Recommended donation is $35. Visit exhalespa.com to reserve your spot.
Zobha’s Circle of Grace is hosting yoga workshops throughout the month, and will be donating 100% of the proceeds to breast cancer awareness organizations. Visit zobha.com to find one near you!
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It’s easy to get wrapped up in training for fall marathons and Halloween 5Ks this time of year, but there’s another important event to keep in mind: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to support survivors of the disease and spread knowledge of how to prevent it.
According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in their life. The good news is that, if detected early, the disease can be treated and survived—but being proactive about cancer screening is crucial.
So when we sport pink to support the fight against breast cancer this October 2019, it’s the perfect time to start conversations about the importance of routine testing for women.
With that in mind, here are several great ways runners can help support breast cancer research and spread awareness this season.
- Products We Love That Support Breast Cancer Awareness
- Breast cancer awareness products profit off survivors’ suffering
- The Pretty Pink Products You Can Buy to Support Breast Cancer Awareness
- Stand Up To Breast Cancer Sweatshirt by Alternative
- BECCA Ultimate Lipstick Love in Pink Ribbon by BECCA Cosmetics
- Resort Scarf by Lilly Pulitzer
- Read More: â€‹The Importance of Monitoring Your Own Breast Health, Beyond Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Ombre Tote by Oliver Thomas for Peloton
- Fleming Wallet Cross-Body by Tory Burch
- Breast Cancer Awareness Slip-On by Vans
- Renaissance Cuff Bracelet with Cultured Freshwater Opalescent Pearl & 18K Yellow Gold by David Yurman
- Breast cancer awareness month 2019: Best products from jumpers to perfume that give back to charity
- Accessorize x CoppaFeel! square scarf: £15, Accessorize
- Vans classic slip on breast cancer awareness nude check shoes: £54.99, Office
- Clinique dramatically different moisturising lotion jumbo limited edition, 200ml: £39, Clinique
- Stella McCartney x Adidas mastectomy sports bra: £59, Stella McCartney
- Girls vs Cancer knockers sweatshirt: £38, Girls vs Cancer
- Breast Cancer Now teatowel: £10, Breast Cancer Care
- Bobbi Brown proud to be pink lip colour duo: £35, Harrods
- Papier x pot yer tits away luv notebook: £19.99, Papier
- The Natural Deodorant Co palmarosa and mandarin deodorant, 55g: £11, The Natural Deodorant Co
- Mr Kipling cherry bakewells: £1, Asda
- Accessorize x Coppafeel! pearly pair necklace: £5, Accessorize
- Jo Malone breast cancer campaign red roses cologne: £98, Jo Malone
- The verdict: Breast cancer awareness products that give back
Run a Race
While there are races and walks throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer, October is chock-full of races ranging in distance from 5K to marathon and beyond.
The Famously Pink Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K runs on October 12 in Columbia, South Carolina, coloring the South Carolina state capitol with neon pink to raise funds for the local Palmetto Health Breast Center.
In Shelter Island, New York, October 19’s Shelter Island Fall 5K—whose race proceeds benefit breast cancer patients in the east end of Long Island—gives special awards for the first-place survivor in the walking and running categories. Then later in San Antonio, Texas, the sevnth-annual Paint the Parkway Pink 5K will be held on October 26; the race offers a VIP “Survivors Tent” where breast cancer survivors can enjoy exclusive postrace food, drink, and goodies.
Perhaps the most unique run of them all, the Pinkathon on Saturday, October 26 in San Francisco offers race distances of 50K, marathon, half marathon, 10 mile, 10K, and 5K, as well as a new two-hour-long “adventurethon.” Race entry to the Pinkathon is free, though the race directors welcome donations to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Can’t make it to any of these races? You can search for events happening near you at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure website, or check with your local running store or group to find out if any are going on in your area. Odds are, there will be something worthwhile.
Rock Pink Gear
From blush-colored to vibrant fuchsia, limited-edition running apparel and workout gear are showing up in all shades of pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. When you buy any one of these products, a portion of the sales benefit breast cancer research and prevention organizations.
Products We Love That Support Breast Cancer Awareness
Women’s With Love Kinvara 10 Saucony $120.00 Peloton Wear Pink Tank Peloton $24.00 Save the Tatas Pink Socks Sockguy $12.95 Pink Topaz Traveler S’well $35.00 Peloton Ombre Tote Oliver Thomas $149.00 Save the Tatas Arm Warmers Sockguy $21.95 Balega Grit & Grace Socks Balega $13.00 Pink Ribbon Resolve Jacket The North Face $90.00 Women’s Waveknit R2 Mizuno $130.00 Pink Chevron Silicone Swim Cap TYR $9.99 Pink Ribbon Hybrid Vest The North Face $140.00
Our advice? Go full pink-out from head to toe, then enter a run that supports ending breast cancer for good.
We’ll see you out there!
Hailey Middlebrook Digital Editor Hailey first got hooked on running news as an intern with Running Times, and now she reports on elite runners and cyclists, feel-good stories, and training pieces for Runner’s World and Bicycling magazines.
Breast cancer awareness products profit off survivors’ suffering
Pink ribbons, pink candles, pink sweaters, pink yogurt labels, pink lipstick: There’s an endless array of products sold in the name of breast cancer awareness, appealing to shoppers’ sense of advocacy and activism by offering an easy way to support a cause. Pink products — which proliferate especially during October, designated since 1985 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month — supposedly give a percentage of profit to cancer research or awareness. The idea is that the money contributed by buying these branded items helps bring the disease one step closer to eradication.
But the actual benefit to this pink overload isn’t so rosy. There’s been backlash for years now over “pinkwashing” and the commodification of breast cancer. Activists have pointed out that the money trail of allocated funds to cancer research is nearly impossible to track, and survivors have spoken out about how they feel their disease is being exploited in the name of profit. Medical experts also fear that breast cancer awareness products do just that — bring “awareness,” without offering any tangible information about the disease to help educate the public.
Gayle Sulik, a medical sociologist with the University at Albany, has spent years researching the pink products industry and how companies have turned breast cancer awareness into big business. Her 2011 book, Pink Ribbon Blues, won awards and critical acclaim for taking on the shadowy industry.
Sulik has since gone on to start the Breast Cancer Consortium, a research group dedicated to highlighting critical health literacy and evidence-based medicine. I spoke with her recently about the history of pink products, why the idea of shopping for a cause is rooted in sexism, and how shoppers can make educated decisions about how to advocate with their dollars. This interview has been edited and condensed.
How did you initially get into this field of research? What tipped you off to it?
I started looking into breast cancer when I was in graduate school. A friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35. She was treated, cancer-free for a few years, and then had a recurrence that spread to other parts of her body. She was treated for metastatic breast cancer until she died at age 40.
During her last few years, we talked a lot about what she was going through. She had no interest in support groups or pink ribbons or cancer walks; she just wanted to live. She didn’t see the point, beyond the possibility of raising money for research. So I started to look into . The more I looked, the more I learned that something else was going on and it had nothing to do with research. Breast cancer got “branded,” and companies were using the pink ribbon as a logo, not the rallying call it was intended to be.
Where does the pink ribbon as a symbol for breast cancer come from?
Charlotte Haley, a 68-year-old activist . She was giving out peach ribbons to raise awareness about the lack of federal funding for breast cancer prevention. She tied peach ribbons by hand to notecards saying, “The National Cancer Institute annual budget is $1.8 billion; only 5 percent goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up our legislators and America by wearing this ribbon.” Haley wrote editorials, contacted public women, and gave out the peach ribbons at local venues in her community to spread the message.
Evelyn Lauder asked Haley to use her peach ribbon for a Self magazine , but Haley declined because she did not want her message to be watered down or commercialized. The simple solution? Change the color. Evelyn Lauder and Self magazine introduced the pink ribbon as their official symbol for breast cancer awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1992.
The color pink symbolized the virtuous and blameless aspects of breast cancer and the femininity the disease threatened. By 1993, breast cancer became the darling of corporations, and the pink ribbon was its logo.
The Los Angeles Sparks lay out pink basketballs before a game against the Phoenix Mercury in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Staples Center on September 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
Why is October associated with breast cancer?
The first national breast cancer awareness movement was in 1985, and it was a week long. It was helped started by Betty Ford, , with the idea to spread information. It eventually moved to the month of October, although now the timeline to profit off of breast cancer awareness is all year long. Mother’s Day is a big time for breast cancer awareness, and Komen races happen all throughout the year. Avon has said that they, too, are not confined to October. But this time of year is when you start to see pink products everywhere.
Can anyone use the pink logo to make money off products now, or is it trademarked?
Some groups have trademarked a certain style of ribbon. Susan G. Komen has trademarked their style of pink ribbon, for example, so if you see their ribbon on a product, it means that item is partnered with Komen. But a general pink ribbon is not trademarked, so, yes, anyone can put a ribbon on anything. The industry is completely unregulated, so anyone can make products that are pink and say they are donating money to breast cancer, and no one is held accountable.
Who are the players in the breast cancer awareness economy, and how big a market is it?
It is everywhere. You could say that the pink ribbon has helped create a cottage industry surrounding breast cancer awareness, because companies are “riding the tails” of the pink ribbon. Everyone you can imagine is making pink products. There’s pink clothing, grocery items like eggs and yeast with pink labels, pink tech. There was even a pink fracking drill bit from Baker Hughes a few years ago — that is going into the ground, so what sort of awareness does that bring? That also caused a lot of scrutiny on behalf of Komen, which has a history of questionable partnerships.
To give you a good picture of how pervasive this pink industry is, I’ll walk you through a trip I took to Pennsylvania two weeks ago: I took a flight with American Airlines, where they had pink ribbon napkins. There were pink ribbon signs at the rental car agency. A few hours later, I passed a tow truck in a little town in Pennsylvania that said “Towing for Tatas” with a pink ribbon too. Then I passed a bank with a sign of people wearing pink ribbons. And this was all in a few hours! There were so many pink products, but none of it actually tells me anything.
A pink winter coat from the Canadian outerwear brand Mackage, which will donate $100 for every Adali coat sold, up to $10,000, to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Mackage
Does anyone know where the money going to breast cancer awareness actually goes?
The vast majority of funding for breast cancer research comes from the federal government, not from cause marketing campaigns. With money coming from pink products, the numbers are difficult to track because they’re not all part of official cause marketing programs. That’s the main issue with this industry: Anyone can buy anything that says it’s related to breast cancer awareness, or has imagery about it, but it could just as easily not be related to the cause at all. For a lot of companies, it’s just another way to profit, since October is the season of breast cancer.
Think of companies like Estée Lauder or Ann Taylor. They both have big connections to breast cancer. Go into Ann Taylor and there will be a promotion to have a percentage off that goes to the Avon Foundation, so breast cancer is a promotion for the shopper. Every other time of year, they will market with some other type of promotion. So the way I see it, it’s just another advertising campaign. It’s marketing to make a certain amount of money, which they can write off through advertising.
But what’s wrong with spending money on marketing that goes to awareness about the disease?
While awareness campaigns stimulate interest in breast cancer as a trendy social cause, they do little to promote knowledge about breast cancer. The commercialization of breast cancer has contributed a lighthearted approach to awareness and advocacy that very often centers on fun-filled activities in the name of breast cancer awareness. This trivializes breast cancer and limits our ability to comprehend what it’s really like to face the disease, live with medical uncertainty, and accept the difficult realities of risk, recurrence, treatment, and even death.
In the book Hiding Politics in Plain Sight, Patricia Strach shows how cause marketing in particular waters down problems like cancer, transforming advocacy into individualized, easily marketable products and services that limit how we think about these problems and what we can do to solve them.
What does raising money for awareness even mean? I’ve been told by other breast cancer research experts that a lot of the money just goes back into T-shirts and bracelets that are given away at races and stuff.
Crowds at the Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County Race for the Cure at Dodger Stadium on March 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images
What does awareness mean? We don’t know. What I personally think it means is brand recognition: seeing a pink ribbon and knowing it has to do with breast cancer. But it doesn’t necessarily mean the money is going anywhere trustworthy, and it doesn’t mean that it’s going to research or to helping people.
Companies use the breast cancer brand and its association with the color pink to market to women during awareness season. It’s an intentional strategy to sell more stuff and gain consumer loyalty. Consumers seem to like supporting causes with their purchases.
Over the years, “pinkwasher” has become a common term used to describe the hypocrisy and lack of transparency that surrounds Breast Cancer Awareness Month and fundraising. It was coined by the group Breast Cancer Action in response to growing concerns about pink ribbon commercialization and the glut of pink ribbon products on the market. This has been going on since 2002.
Do you think all companies that make pink products are doing it for the wrong reasons?
No. I think across the board, some people have good ideas, and some companies want to give money. There are those with good intentions. But in this industry, it’s not about intentions; it’s about following the money and seeing where it lands. I’ve seen companies get specific, like saying they are raising money for a specific research project or helping someone pay off their medical bills. But because of the ubiquity of this, people are not looking to see where the money is going. Now there’s this watered-down message, and it’s hard to find a meaningful campaign that is actually trying to do good things.
In your research, what have you found is the reaction cancer survivors have to this industry?
I’ve heard survivors say they feel like companies are making money off their suffering, off their disease. It makes people angry because they are being used as profit. These companies don’t really care about the people suffering; they care about the advertising effects. I’ve also seen a chasm with women who’ve been treated and have no evidence of disease and those for whom cancer returned and are now in treatment until they die from the disease. Anyone who doesn’t fit the mold of the triumphant, plucky breast cancer survivor doesn’t have much of a place in the pink industry.
Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs paint their bodies in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Sanford Stadium on October 15, 2016. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
So you think this industry also objectifies women?
Absolutely. The images of races and walks, and products, show a very specific type of woman. The difficult realities of cancer are much less palatable for public consumption, and that’s why the look of a woman in the breast cancer awareness industry is sexualized.
How is she sexualized, though? Isn’t this disease literally about breasts?
No, this is about a systemic cancer. What kills people when they have cancer is not a disease of the breast; it’s when it spreads to other organs. This is a huge issue with breast cancer awareness because it is all about the boobs.
The other thing, though, is that you can talk about breasts with objectifying them. I have never seen in any disease-oriented campaign the amount of skin that gets shown with breast cancer ones. There is tons of cleavage; women are always touching their breasts. Even serious subjects, like covers from Time magazine, have this type of imagery. Women’s bodies and their breasts are always the focus point. I think it’s important to see this disease as something that’s full-body, not just homing in on chest level.
Do you think this concept of shopping and spending money on breast cancer has anything to do with the fact that this is largely a woman’s disease?
The NFL shield is adorned with a pink ribbon in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2009, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
Absolutely. I’ve seen some similarities with the “Movember” movement, which is for prostate cancer awareness. There’s overlap, with a mustache and the ribbon, in that people don’t know what they are aware of. But in terms of the sheer amount of product, it’s not at all similar between men and women.
Part of this is because women have been more consumers of the kind of stuff that’s being marketed. Women, as a target, niche group, are a driver, especially when you look at what sells the most, like cosmetics “for a cause.” Even the NFL got into breast cancer awareness. Why? Because they wanted to increase women football fans. When you start to pick apart the layers, the motivations for this industry become pretty clear.
What can shoppers do? Do you recommend avoiding all pink products?
I would say that if there’s a campaign, they should actually look into what organization the money is going to. Look and see if the organization actually exists, if it’s actually named and is credible. If a product says it “supports breast cancer awareness” but is really vague, that’s probably a red flag (or pink flag!) and you should walk away.
People should also try to find a timeline, because one big issue we see a lot is that companies will give a percentage of sales of something until October 31, but then the leftover stuff is being sold and they money isn’t being donated. But overall, do your due diligence. There’s no federally mandated rules for best practices of marketing campaigns, so it’s up to consumers to hold companies accountable.
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The Pretty Pink Products You Can Buy to Support Breast Cancer Awareness
Fork over your green to paint the town pink. As October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is wrapping up, many stores are offering products — from jewelry to apparel to lipstick — that support the cause. Each store below is donating (through portions of sales or direct contributions) to charities dedicated to breast cancer research and awareness, helping customers shop with a purpose.
Photo Courtesy of Bloomingdale’s
Stand Up To Breast Cancer Sweatshirt by Alternative
Suitable as athleisure or for your next fitness class, Alternative’s exclusive crewneck features a graphic by Esteé Lauder creative director Donald Robertson. Robertson collaborated with Bloomie’s in 2016 to create this sweatshirt to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (with a portion of the sales going to the foundation).
$40; Bloomingdale’s, White Plains
ðŸ’•Help support the fight against Breast Cancer! BECCA will donate 20% of every purchase price of NEW Ultimate Lipstick Love in Pink Ribbon to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® #TimeToEndBreastCancer @cultbeauty
BECCA Ultimate Lipstick Love in Pink Ribbon by BECCA Cosmetics
This limited-edition shade is infused with avocado and olive oils for an ultra-hydrating lipstick. BECCA will support The Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign by donating 20% of its purchase price to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation from now until June 30, 2020.
$24; Nordstrom, White Plains
Photo Courtesy of Lilly Pulitzer
Resort Scarf by Lilly Pulitzer
Though summer may be over, shopping Pulitzer pink is always in style. Part of Lilly’s “Pinking Positive” collection, which supports of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, this lightweight scarf with tassels, in bright prints like Prosecco Pink, is ideal for breezy fall days.
As Lilly Pulitzer debuts specific prints for certain causes through its Print with Purpose program (of which the Pinking Positive collection is a part), the brand is donating $22,000 this year to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
$68; Lilly Pulitzer, White Plains
Read More: â€‹The Importance of Monitoring Your Own Breast Health, Beyond Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Photo Courtesy of Peloton
Ombre Tote by Oliver Thomas for Peloton
As part of Peloton’s “Stronger” collection, which was inspired by the fight against breast cancer, this tote features customizable details. An adjustable crossbody strap, detachable yoga strap, and removable zip pouch are all in bright pink tones. For each sale, 10% will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in October.
$149; Peloton, White Plains
Photo Courtesy of Tory Burch
Fleming Wallet Cross-Body by Tory Burch
This light pink Tory Burch leather crossbody, with its diamond shaped quilting, features multiple interior pockets and an easy snap closure. Its removable gold chain strap also allows it to be used as a clutch, for a night out. Breast Cancer Research Foundation will receive 20% of the purchase price, up to $35,000.
$328; Tory Burch, White Plains
The Vans Breast Cancer Awareness collection features footwear, apparel & accessories with custom designed graphics that celebrate all bodies. A portion of the proceeds from the collection will benefit the UK based charity @CoppaFeelPeople Learn more at vans.com/bca
Breast Cancer Awareness Slip-On by Vans
Vans created a twist on its classic design with this nude pattern slip-on for their Breast Cancer Awareness collection. A minimum of $200,000 of the collection’s proceeds will be donated to CoppaFeel!, a UK-based organization dedicated to educating the youth on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
$60; Vans, White Plains
Photo Courtesy of Bloomingdale’s
Renaissance Cuff Bracelet with Cultured Freshwater Opalescent Pearl & 18K Yellow Gold by David Yurman
A Bloomingdale’s exclusive, this David Yurman bracelet features a cultured freshwater opalescent pearl and an open cuff closure. Five percent of the purchase price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
$475; Bloomingdale’s, White Plains
Breast cancer awareness month 2019: Best products from jumpers to perfume that give back to charity
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women in the UK.
It tends to occur more in women who are over 50 – although that’s not to say younger women can’t be affected, too.
The NHS estimates that one in eight women will be diagnosed with this type of the disease, but the chance of survival has never been better with 78 per cent of those diagnosed surviving which has doubled in the past 40 years.
Of course, the earlier the disease is caught, the more likely it is for patients overcome.
Every year, October is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease. Many brands launch limited edition products and collections and donate some or all of the proceeds to various breast cancer charities that help educate people on spotting the disease, and supporting those who are affected by it.
According to the NHS, the best way to check yourself is to look for large lumps, or thickened tissue. Often lumps are not cancerous, but always get them checked out by your doctor if you find one.
Other signs to look out for are discharge from your nipples, especially if there’s blood, lumps or swelling in either armpits, dimpling around the skin of your breasts, a rash on or around your nipples, and a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken.
If you’ve previously had a benign lump, a family history of breast cancer or are very tall or overweight then you may be more likely to be at risk, and should check yourself regularly.
Despite what many people think, pain in your breasts is not usually a sign of breast cancer.
Although many of these products have pink elements to them, and appear to be directly aimed at women, it’s not only women who can suffer from breast cancer.
An estimated 390 men are diagnosed each year, while around 54,800 women are diagnosed, and it usually occurs in men over 60, but it can also affect men younger than this. For men, the disease usually develops in the small amount of tissue behind their nipples.
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Accessorize x CoppaFeel! square scarf: £15, Accessorize
We love Accessorize’s whole range in collaboration with breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!, and one of our favourite pieces is this gorgeous silk-feel square scarf. The print features across the collection, which includes tote bags, necklaces, wash bags and other cute accessories. We love that this is something you could wear any time, not just during breast cancer awareness month. In support of CoppaFeel! – which encourages young people to check for signs of the disease – £20,000 of profits from Accessorize’s collaboration will go to the charity, which is even more reason to invest in this chic head piece.
Vans classic slip on breast cancer awareness nude check shoes: £54.99, Office
Vans has turned its black and white slip on shoe – arguably the brand’s best known product – into a mish mash of skin tones with the odd freed nipple and illustrations around the rubber sole. The collection also includes the SK8 Hi high tops with illustrations of people who’ve had a mastectomy. Expect the usual rubber sole
Clinique dramatically different moisturising lotion jumbo limited edition, 200ml: £39, Clinique
This classic moisturiser has probably graced most people’s beauty stashes at some point – and is still part of ours thanks to its silky feel, lightness and lack of scent, making it great for sensitive skin. It comes with a limited edition keyring in support of the charity. The brand will donate £7.84 to the Breast Cancer Campaign for every one of these bottles sold from 1 October. And as it’s so huge, it will last ages.
Stella McCartney x Adidas mastectomy sports bra: £59, Stella McCartney
Ok, so this one doesn’t support a charity – although the brand does have other products that do – but the entire idea and production of this raises more awareness of how women’s lives and bodies are affected, post mastectomy and we think that’s pretty important. The bra has a front close zip and extra soft lining which is designed to be comfortable on sensitive skin, it has also been made to support high impact.
Girls vs Cancer knockers sweatshirt: £38, Girls vs Cancer
A welcomed colour change, this chunky marl grey jumper comes with three different tongue-in-cheek slogans across it: bangers, fun bags and knockers. The latter is our favourite and we love the American sport-tee style font in contrasting white. From each jumper, 25 per cent of the price is split equally between CopaaFeel!, Future Dreams, Trekstock and Look Good Feel Better which all encourage people to know how to spot the signs. There’s also fun printed tees and bags too.
Breast Cancer Now teatowel: £10, Breast Cancer Care
We love this vintage-inspired printed teatowel by print designers Thornback & Peel that reminds us of the original Peter Rabbit drawings, and who doesn’t love that? Made from 100 per cent cotton, it’s a great one to whip out as Easter themed kitchen decor too.The entire proceeds from this teatowel goes back into the charity to support people who are affected by breast cancer.
Bobbi Brown proud to be pink lip colour duo: £35, Harrods
We’re big fans of Bobbi Brown’s lipstick formula so any excuse to buy another lippy is good for us. Luckily, this is a great one, as £5 from every purchase of this “proud to be” lipstick duo goes to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Two of the brand’s existing shades are encased in limited edition pink packaging. Bobbi Brown’s “tulle” is a deep mauve colour and “pink” is a dark fuschia, both are really wearable and the formula is long-lasting.
Papier x pot yer tits away luv notebook: £19.99, Papier
This is made in collaboration between stationary brand Papier and potter Emma Low, who is behind the “pot yer tits away luv” campaign, making “tit pots” that celebrate real bodies, beginning with her own self portrait pot which was a Christmas gift back in 2016. Supporting the Breast Cancer Haven charity – with 100 per cent of the profits going to the cause – her pots are now on the front of this cute hardback notebook. Inside there’s 96 leave of plain, 150gsm silk-paper finish.
The Natural Deodorant Co palmarosa and mandarin deodorant, 55g: £11, The Natural Deodorant Co
This balm deodorant is an alternative to your usual roll-on or spray and the best thing about it, as the name suggests, is that its made from natural ingredients and is free of aluminium which is found in most other deodorants. Instead it uses antibacterial magnesium and sodium bicarbonate with coconut oil and shea butter. Apply with your fingers, or a little wooden spatula if you prefer. It’s smooth on your skin and doesn’t leave you feeling sticky at the end of the day. For this month, the brand is supporting the CoppaFeel! charity.
Mr Kipling cherry bakewells: £1, Asda
The supermarket has a whole range of products from flowers to shower gels, fizzy drinks and condiments that are marked with the little pink ribbon, known as Tickled Pink products, to indicate money from these products is supporting Breast Cancer Now. The charity helps fund life-saving research and supports those affected by breast cancer across the UK.
Accessorize x Coppafeel! pearly pair necklace: £5, Accessorize
There’s no nicer reminder to check your breasts than this dainty necklace from Accessorize’s collaboration with CoppaFeel!. Layering gold pieces is all the rage at the moment, so we love how on-trend this is. As the charming “pearly pair” name suggests, this necklace is a fun take on raising awareness for a brilliant cause.
Jo Malone breast cancer campaign red roses cologne: £98, Jo Malone
If you’re after a new floral fragrance, you’re in luck with Jo Malone’s red roses cologne. The scent is “inspired by a voluptuous blend of seven of the world’s most exquisite roses” and for every bottle sold in the UK in 2019, the brand will donate £20 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Crushed violet leaves and lemon cut through the floral notes to make this a fresh fragrance for a good cause. As always, we love the brand’s packaging too.
The verdict: Breast cancer awareness products that give back
We love the Accessorise x CoppaFeel! square scarf for its gorgeous print and for the fact it’s something we can wear all year round too. We also love the Papier x pot yer tits away luv notebook for a fab gift, and for something fun you can also wear all the time we think the Girls vs Cancer knockers sweatshirt is a great buy.
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