Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016: 13 best beauty products

Ensure your beauty budget goes the extra mile this month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so make your beauty purchases from one of these generous companies who are donating some of their profits to help save lives.

1. Neal's Yard Remedies Peppermint & Lime Deodorant: £8, Neal’s Yard Remedies

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Two brand new, natural, roller-ball deodorants from Neal's Yard are aluminium free and infused with organic, kind-to-skin, essential oils. They’re available in fresh and zingy peppermint and lime, or gentle floral rose and geranium. £1 from the sale of every deodorant in October will go to The Haven, which offers physical and practical support through complementary therapies, counselling, advice and support for those affected by breast cancer.

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2. Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne: £86 for 100ml, Jo Malone

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Seven of the world's most exquisite roses make up this incredible scent that blends delicate rose with crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon, for a very modern take on a rose fragrance. For every 100ml bottle of cologne sold during October in the UK, a whopping £20 will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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3. Elemis The Hero Collection: £55, Elemis  

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Elemis has donated £10,000 this year to Breast Cancer Care and, to help raise awareness, has launched The Hero Collection with the tagline 'support your skin, support each other'. Pink-boxed, and packed into a transparent pink wash bag are limited edition pink bottles, tubs and tubes of Elemis best-sellers (worth £95). They include Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules, Frangipani Monoi Body Oil and Pro-Collagen Neck & Decollete Balm.

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4. Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil: £45 for 55ml, Aromatherapy Associates

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This product was developed by Geraldine Howard, co-founder of Aromatherapy Associates, when she was having treatment for cancer and is for anyone suffering trauma, loss, bereavement, or anyone needing a powerful and positive boost. The unique blend of clary sage, frankincense and cardamom will help you find your strength whatever challenges life throws at you. 10 per cent of all proceeds, all year round, go to Defence Against Cancer.

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5. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II with Pink Ribbon Pin: £52 for 30ml, Estée Lauder

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Estée Lauder's award-winning, best-selling night serum maximises the skin's natural night-time renewal process to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Having tested this out in previous beauty round-ups, it really does deliver astonishing results. 20 per cent will be donated from every Breast Cancer Awareness bottle (which comes with an enamel pink ribbon pin) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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6. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask: £24 for 100ml, Origins

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Dehydrated post-summer complexions will love this thirst quenching mask to put back in what the sunshine, sea, sand and salt took out. In support of the Estée Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, Origins will donate £4 from the price of this limited edition Drink Up mask to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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7. English Mineral Makeup Macmillan Kabuki Brush in Pink: £15, English Mineral Makeup

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Make-up is all about the application and even more so when it comes to mineral make-up and loose powders. Invest in a good brush and you're half way there. But finding a large blusher or bronzer brush that doesn't take up valuable make-up bag space isn't easy. This short handled, but wide brush is perfect for seamlessly swirling blushers and bronzers into place. £10 from the sale of every brush in October will go straight to Breast Cancer Research.

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8. Estée Lauder Pink Perfection Colour Collection: £38, Estée Lauder

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This collection of best-selling shades include four Pure Colour Envy Eyeshadows, Pink Ingenue Blusher and Pure Colour Envy Lipstick in Powerful, all wrapped up in a pink zip-around mirrored purse. 20 per cent of every palette sold will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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9. Wet Brush Shades of Love Hair Brush: £13.99, Look Fantastic

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Available in pink, red and wine shades, this brush is an astonishing hair protector – no stretching, breaking or pulling when you brush wet hair, and it has an in-built brush cleaner on the handle. You pull off the cleaner when you need to remove unwanted hair or residue from the brush then reattach. 20 per cent of sales from these brushes will go the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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10. GHD Limited Edition Electric Pink V Styler and Roll Bag: £135,  GHD

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The classic GHD styler with advanced ceramic heat technology has had a pink makeover to raise money for Breast Cancer Now. Effortless styling and the ultimate in shine, still makes GHD the best in the business. £10 will be donated from every styler sold. And £10 from the sale of every classic hairdryer in Electric Pink (£99) will also be donated.

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11. RevitaLash Advanced: £69, RevitaLash Cosmetics 

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For anyone who has had chemotherapy and lost eyebrows and lashes, or if you've just not been blessed in the lash and brow department, RevitaLash and RevitaBrow are absolute miracle workers. Use every night, without fail, for six to eight weeks and the results are astonishing.10 per cent of all profits from sales of both products in October will go to breast cancer awareness, research and education initiatives.

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12. Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray: £23 for 90ml, Jane Iredale

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Keep oiliness at bay and reduce the appearance of pore size with this refreshing, hydrating, protecting, conditioning spritz. The lemongrass oil revives and refreshes, while Camomile extract reduces redness in itchy, easily irritated complexions. No parabens, no sulphates, no phthalates, 100 per cent natural and 30 per cent organic, this is pure goodness for the skin. 100 per cent of net profits will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

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13. Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Viva Pink: £3, Avon

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A 12-day chip-free claim, this Avon polish delivers serious colour longevity. Ours didn't quite last the 12 days (we blame the dog and three kids), but it did last an incredible nine days before it chipped a teeny tiny bit. With a normal price of £6 slashed in half, this is amazing value for money. And £1 from every sale of this pretty pink nail polish in October will be donated to Breast Cancer Now.

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Verdict

We can't really write a verdict because we're not comparing like for like as we usually do in IndyBest round-ups. But if you're looking to make a beauty purchase this month, please ensure it supports a Breast Cancer charity or initiative. These beauty company donations add up and make a real difference to people affected by Breast Cancer.

IndyBest product reviews are unbiased, independent advice you can trust. On some occasions, we earn revenue if you click the links and buy the products, but we never allow this to bias our coverage. The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing

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