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3 Beauty Brands that Give Back to Women

3 Beauty Brands that Give Back to Women

Updated April 6, 2019

Disclosure: I only highlight companies and products that align with Empower Palette’s values and/or I personally use. This blog receives a commission from purchases through some of the links in this post (affiliate links). To see a full list of the brands I earn commissions from, check out the shop page.


Women empowerment is such a broad statement, a broad topic, that many of us support, but don't know where to start. How do I empower women? How do I empower one woman or the women in my life?

This type of empowerment is not about granting a woman official political power or legal power. It's about supporting other women to discover and claim their personal power. Read that again. Thus, being empowered differs between each and every one of us.

We can find our power anywhere. In being creative, in treating patients, or while sitting at a playground admiring the mini human you popped out who loves you unconditionally. We can support each other on this journey as we continuously remind ourselves how powerful we are.

We evolve and grow. As a result, our self-awareness of our personal power must also grow. Five months ago you felt stuck, but today you realize who in your life was draining your energy to shine. Today you have a huge decision to make, but tomorrow you learn who you are because of that one decision.

Women empowerment is not some big, scary goal we must accomplish by 2025 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Actually, I think we have until 3:00 p.m.

Women empowerment is in asking for a raise and showing other women in the office they can do the same. It's in flaunting your “flaws” so that one little girl can see her beauty. It's in signing a petition to end child marriage. It's in the small things.

Think back on what hurt your body image, your confidence, your boldness. It's not because of some massive life event. It was that mean word, that one magazine photo or Instagram profile, the snickering, the boy or girl who chose someone else.

For those of us who have experienced traumatic events like cyberbullying or sexual assault, we didn't lose our power in those moments. Your power can NEVER be taken away from you. It's the little things that happen after that hurt your boldness the most. The comments, the stares, not having a voice, the blame, and the internal struggle.

It is time to use small, positive moments and choices to create a world where women won't have to face the same struggles. Adding up to a society of confident, thrill-seeking, badass, and courageous women who embody the empowerment we are fighting for today.

I am highlighting a few brands supporting girls and women in their education, livelihood, and endeavors. We are just giving each other a little push closer to claiming our power.

1. Julep Founded by Jane Park

  • Cruelty-free

  • Nail polish is 5-free & vegan-friendly (free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP, camphor, & animal ingredients or byproducts)

Julep is an OG brand when it comes to empowering women. They donated and volunteered since day one.

  • Partners with Good360 to make quarterly polish donations to nonprofit organizations that empower women to thrive in work & life with clothing, cosmetics, & essentials needed to go forward confidently

  • Joined Habitat for Humanity for their 9th Annual Women Build, which works to recruit, empower, & train women to build & maintain affordable homes for hardworking families & communities

  • Donated 100% of proceeds from their signature Malala nail color to the Malala Fund, totaling more than $18,000.

  • Julep collects essentials and organizes survival kits to be distributed to women living in shelters and temporary housing through Dignity for Divas (supports life transitions by providing personal care items to homeless women)

The Korean method of double cleansing is the foundation to clear, enviably glowing skin. By thoroughly removing all surface and deep-down impurities, you’re clearing the way for the rest of your skincare routine to deliver optimal results.

It contains micro-pearls, caffeine, and turmeric. 💛 To see the full list of ingredients click here.

To see how Julep's monthly beauty box works click here.

2. GIVESCENT Co-founded by Elena Brower and Alexandra Lyon Perelman

GIVESCENT was created to share the beauty of their intoxicating scent, and in turn empower women and give them a voice. By purchasing a bottle of GIVESCENT, you are helping to support women worldwide.

  • Inspired by Italy and the scent of a Sicilian almond oil blend

  • Free of alcohol, formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates, & sulfates

  • Cruelty-free

GIVESCENT gives $2.45 from the sale of each bottle of GIVESCENT to Women for Women International.

Women for Women International supports female survivors of war with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency.

Women for Women International has helped an estimated 429,000 women through a combination of direct aid, rights education, job skills training and small business development.

Here are their scents:

GIVE signature is a captivating blend of sun-ripened citrus and spicy vanilla inspired by the first sultry summer days in Italy. Ingredients: perfume oil, essential oils, & sweet almond oil

GIVESCENT Signature.jpg

GIVE green is an invigorating blend of bergamot, lemon, and mint inspired by the citrus groves of the Mediterranean. Ingredients: perfume oil, essential oils, & fractionated coconut oil

GIVE orange is a sensuous blend of bergamot, grapefruit, and musk inspired by summer afternoons on the coast of Sardinia. Ingredients: perfume oil, essential oils, & fractionated coconut oil

GIVE azure is a tranquil beach scent with subtle notes of amber and musk inspired by summer days on the coast of Southern California. The delicate blend of oils reveals their essence upon application to your skin. Ingredients: perfume oil, essential oils, & fractionated coconut oil

You can shop samples here and find their stockists here.

3. Hairprint Co-founded by Elizabeth Lindsey and Jasmine Scalesciani

  • Vegan

  • Cruelty-free

  • Free of fragrance, gluten, sulfates, PEG, & silicone

  • See their ingredient list here

Hairprint helps provide education to girls in developing countries through the Warren Buffett Foundation. 20% of their profits go directly to providing education to girls.

EP'S Picks:

Chelating Shampoo

via  Instagram

via Instagram

  • This is perfect if you are making the switch to chemical-free products.

  • Removes buildup on the hair caused by modern hair care products and hard water

  • 80% of US municipal water is hard water, and all well water is hard

  • Hard water causes mineral build up on your hair of calcium, iron & magnesium deposits

  • You can’t see it but you can feel it on your hair as it can become limp, dull, & bounceless

  • Adds softness, bounce, & sheen

Ingredients: water deionized/purified, aloe vera leaf juice, glucose/coconut cleansers, radish root + coconut milk, vegetable glycerin, saw palmetto fruit, olive leaf, green coffee bean, sea buckthorn fruit, willow bark, Senegal acacia and xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, & lactic acid

Organic Argan & Jojoba Oil

The hair oil is anti-inflammatory, emollient, moisturizing, skin healing, antioxidant, anti-degenerative, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, moisturizing, anti-acne, anti-dandruff and anti-aging. 😍✨ So basically it's magic.

Ingredients: virgin organic argan oil, organic jojoba oil, & Tahitian vanilla extract

& to remember: “The scalp is the skin, thus anything that nourishes and soothes the scalp will be healing and regenerative to the skin on all parts of the body, particularly face, hands, and legs.” - Hairprint

via  Instagram

via Instagram

Organic Baobab & Kalahari Seed Oil

This oil treats dandruff, quells itchy scalp, & breathes new life into hair.

Ingredients: virgin organic baobab oil, virgin Kalahari melon seed oil, & organic lavender oil

More divine ways to use these oils:

  • Remove your makeup at night (Rub a small amount onto the skin in a circular motion over your face, just as you would with makeup remover. Then rinse with a washcloth in warm water.)

  • Add a few drops of oil into your bath to hydrate & soften your skin

+ read about fashion that gives back 

What little moment would you like to create to empower women around you? What if everything you bought helped other women?

Post a comment or question below and don’t hesitate to share this post and help create a cycle of women giving back through their beauty picks 😘

& remember to allow your authentic self to empower the women around you

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