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Our Fave Products From Women-Owned Brands That Give Back

women-owned brands that give back
Lindsay Lange
February 24, 2021

With Women’s History Month underway, we want to call attention to (not shockingly) women-owned brands. But the train doesn’t stop there. We’re going a step further and highlighting women-owned brands that also give back. 

We’re talking brands with donations going toward women across the globe in underprivileged communities, to research facilities fighting breast cancer, and to organizations working toward gender equality. And that’s no small feat.

And for more, check out our guide on products that honor game-changing women in history.

aluminum-free deodorant with biodegradable packaging

An aluminum-free deodorant that keeps ya covered in your sweatiest moments…

It’s also paraben-free, talc-free, and cruelty-free. With plastic-free and biodegradable packaging. It’s made from a mix of vegetable-based powders, mineral ingredients like baking soda, and prebiotics. So you’ll smell fresh all day long. The best part? A percentage of proceeds go toward City of Hope, one of the world’s leading research facilities for breast cancer. ($12.99, SmartyPits)

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daily notepad with different sections for organization

A daily notepad that’ll help you stay focused while working from home…

Because using 100 sticky notes posted in random spots isn’t keeping you organized. This notepad has a schedule section, a notes section, a priorities section, an accomplishments section, and a scorecard. Plus, inkWELL Press donates academic planners to teachers at the start of every school year. Surplus items also go to domestic violence shelters and residential treatment centers. ($15, inkWELL Press)

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gold-plated hoop earrings

A pair of hoop earrings that are handmade in Cambodia…

Each pair is made by women artisans who in exchange get access to fair wages, training, and educational opportunities. Started in 2013, The Little Market works with 70 artisan groups, producer groups, and social enterprises. They employee over 1,000 women in 28 countries. The goods are ethically made, in healthy work environments that provide safety from discrimation and forced labor. ($48, The Little Market)

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canvas tote bags with cute "women on a mission" quote

A tote that feeds 10 children in need…

And accurately describes what you are. Aka a woman on a mission. And we love supporting women on missions. Feed is an impact-driven lifestyle brand that provides school meals to communities across the world, through on-the-ground partners. The company also works with local artisans, from Kenya to India, to produce goods that in return provide stable wages. Check out the entire tote collection here. Psst...we know there’s a waitlist, but worth it. ($38, Feed)

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colorful girl power typography white short-sleeved t-shirt

A T-shirt that’s all about girl power…

And about helping women across the globe get access to education and safe housing. With 10% of sales going toward Equality Now, Round + Square is dedicated to supporting the battle for gender equality, with a focus on creating and enacting laws that treat men and women the same. But it doesn’t stop there. They use 100% organic cotton, with labels made from recycled PET bottles. So they’re treating Mother Earth well, too. ($50, Round + Square)

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black maternity tights with a stretchy waistband

Maternity-friendly tights that are both stretchy and soft…

Made from recycled nylon, this waistband is supportive and grows with you (literally). And since the fabric has lots of stretch, the tights can follow you post giving birth. So you’ll get lots of wear out of them after your pregnancy. For some background, Motherfigure is a wellness brand aimed at helping expecting and new moms. They curate products and provide a community for moms to read up on trending topics and ask questions. On International Women’s Day, they’re donating $500 and 20% of all proceeds to the education of Black midwives. ($28, Motherfigure)

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flexible and durable silicone menstrual cup

A menstrual cup made of flexible silicone to replace single-use period products…

This cup is soft, so it won’t cause any discomfort once inserted. And it’s FDA registered and compliant. It can provide up to 12 hours of protection, too. And on International Women’s Day, Saalt will be donating 100% of its website profits to Her International. And as a certified B Corporation, 2% of revenue is used to donate period care to regions in need. So far over 19,000 menstrual cups have been donated. ($29, Saalt)

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linen face mask with two layers and elastic ear loops

A linen face mask that’s made from upcycled materials…

A portion of proceeds (and all returned goods) go toward Atira Women's Resource Society. Each mask is double-layered, with elastic ear loops and a pocket for filters. Before wear, we recommend washing the mask. And before putting it on, we also recommend making sure your hands are clean. ($18, Flax Sleep)

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inspirational quote beaded bracelets with white beads and colored beads

An adorable bracelet that has a large impact…

Each bracelet is made with a different inspirational message and has a registration code. Once you get your bracelet, you can register it via the code and get access to the Nice Girl Gang. Aka a community of women dedicated to lifting each other up. For every bracelet sold, one dollar is donated to the Block Organization, a non-profit that focuses on building accepting and empowering women-lead communities across college campuses. ($20+, Little Words Project)

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turkish hand towels

A Turkish towel made by women artisans in Turkey…

They’re the perfect option for beach towels, bath towels, or kitchen hand towels. They’re all lightweight and absorbent, and made from 100% natural cotton. All artisans are paid fairly, and 10% of earnings go toward Bridge to Turkiye, a fund that helps Turkish girls get access to a full and comprehensive education. ($20+, Quiquattro)

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daily face moisturizer that's lightweight and great for sensitive skin

A daily moisturizer that’s fragrance-free and made for sensitive skin…

Intense hydration. No greasy after feeling. The formula is vegan, cruelty-free, and dermatologist-tested. And as a philanthropic partner, Nuria donates a portion of its sales to She’s the First. Otherwise known as a non-profit organization always fighting for gender equality through education. ($26, Nuria)

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mesh bralette with adjustable straps and full coverage cups

A mesh bralette that’s the perfect option while lounging around the house…

Goodbye, uncomfy bras. This one has lined cups with removable pads. And adjustable back straps so you can find the perfect fit. So far, Lively has donated more than 30,000 bras to women in need via I Support the Girls. They’ve paired together to set up bi-annual donations in November and June. ($35, Lively)

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PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. Thanks.

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