Fragrance

By Jacqueline Jameson

Feeling an economic crunch these days? Charities are feeling the pinch too and charitable donations are decreasing, according to The Center on Philanthropy. Luckily for us, there’s a way to do good buying the things we love. Great companies have teamed up with charities to make philanthropy an easy part of every day life. Take care of yourself and take care of others by purchasing fragrances that make donations to charities. Why not put your money to work double time? You’ll have an air of generosity about you when use these fragrances.

Pure giving at heart, the brand (PRODUCT) Red was created (by Bono and Bobby Shriver) solely to raise money for The Global Fund. This philanthropic organization funds HIV/AIDS programs in Africa, with a focus on women and children. A high-profile campaign, (PRODUCT) Red partners with major brands, including Gap, Hallmark, Armani, Converse, Dell and Apple. How does it work? Brilliantly organized, the funds from the sale of (PRODUCT) Red go directly to The Global Fund with no administrative cost. Armani has been a partner of (PRODUCT) RED since 2006 and they donate 40% of the profits from their (PRODUCT) RED to The Global Fund.

Armani’s fragrance for women, simply named (Product) Red is described as a beautiful blend of vibrant bergamot, mandarin orange, a sparkle of blackcurrant and green fig leaves with a simple freshness. The package features vivid, graphic red and white work of contemporary Ghanan artist, Owusu-Ankomah, an interpretation of a pictogram with positive, symbolic charms.

Available: Armani Stores

Soothe your senses and your soul with one of Philosophy’s five charity shower gels, each with a custom scent. You will feel great knowing a remarkable 100% of the net proceeds is donated to one of five fantastic charities. Do you love the rainforest? The clean, crisp fragrance of the mineral enriched, high-volume bubble bath, Message in a Bottle, benefits The Rainforest Foundation. Inspired by the rainforest, a pure scent of sea and rainwater can be enjoyed by both men and women. Named in honor of founders Sting and Trudie Styler, Message in A Bottle helps The Rainforest Foundation protect the rainforests and their indigenous residents.

Lift your spirit with the feminine peony scent of the Joyful Heart shower gel benefiting the Joyful Heart Foundation. Founded by Mariska Hargitay, The Joyful Heart Foundation’s mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence and child abuse and to shed light on the darkness that surrounds these issues.

Sales from the brand new She Colors My Day bath gel and the creamy, fruity Shower for the Cure shower gel moisturizes with milk proteins will benefit the Women’s Cancer Research Fund of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Peace and tranquility are the inspiration for Inner Grace benefiting the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The scented shampoo, bath and shower gel will help focus and calm. The Foundation funds research on spinal cord injury and improves the quality of life for people living with paralysis.

Available: Sephora Stores, www.sephora.com and www.philosophy.com

For the lovers of floral fragrance, Donna Karan Cosmetics will make a donation of $15,000 in connection with the October sales of its limited edition Cashmere Mist Eau de Toilette Spray to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The bottle and box bear the iconic pink ribbon in support of the Foundation. Wrap yourself in Cashmere Mist’s lily of the valley and Moroccan jasmine, bright bergamot and warm sandalwood, amber and musk.

Available: Fine department stores and donnakaranbeauty.com.

Originally published September 2008
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