Spring into the new season with guilt-free shopping that gives back

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Today is the first day of Spring; So why not spring into the new season with a good reason to shop. Lifestyle Expert Jamie Krell stopped by to share the fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands that give back to great causes

PRODUCT/COMPANY:  eBay & CFDA’s You Can’t Fake Fashion

Why it’s great: Over 90 designers including: Alice + Olivia, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Derek Lam, DVF, Kate Spade NY, Kenneth Cole, Marchesa, Rachel Zoe, Rachel Roy, Nanette Lepore, Zac Posen, Tory Burch, Tommy Hilfiger and more have customized and created one-of-a-kind toes to raise awareness against counterfeits and to celebrate original design

How it gives back: All proceeds of the sales benefit the CFDA Foundation

Price: One-of-a-kind designer customized totes are available at auction beginning at $100. The standard ‘You Can’t Fake Fashion’ tote is $50

Where to buy:

www.ebay.com/youcantfakefashion from March 18th – March 25th


Why its great:  Kiehl’s is donating $50,000 to DonorsChoose.org, specifically to science education projects looking to raise funds via the site, and Kiehl’s customers will help distribute the funds amongst the projects on the site

Every customer purchasing the product will receive a $50 DonorsChoose.org gift code, found in the underside of each sleeve.

Customers are then invited to visit www.DonorsChoose.org/Kiehls and redeem their gift code to apply $50 of Kiehl’s donation to the project of his or her choice

DonorsChoose.org is a New York-based organization that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Through DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers nationwide can post fund-raising requests for their classroom, which can include anything from classroom computers to books, art supplies to other teaching materials. Donors can search by location, school or subject to find projects and donate to those that most inspire them.

Price: $100

Where to buy: Through April 15, a quantity of Kiehl’s 3.4 oz. new jumbo size Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (retail price $100) will be available with a specially designed sleeve at Kiehl’s NY stores—such as Kiehl’s Since 1851, 109 Third Avenue, New York, and www.kiehls.com

PRODUCT/COMPANY:  New Barefoot Impression Red Blend

Why it’s great: Barefoot celebrates people making a difference in their local communities. They searched the country to recognize the “soles of the year” – people who have put their heart and “sole” into the local causes they support.

How it gives back: Along with sharing their stories, Barefoot will be making a donation to and providing support for each nonprofit.

Price: $7 and $12

Where to buy: www.barefootwine.com


Why it’s great: They instituted the “Green Eileen” program in 2009 and in 2011 opened their first freestanding store in Yonkers, NY. It’s both a store and a recycling program.

How it gives back: All proceeds support women and girls – for each gently used garment that customers donate, a $5 rewards card is issued and the donated pieces are then mended and cleaned for resale at the store bringing a broader range of customers at a more accessible price point.

Where to buy: www.eileenfisher.com

PRODUCT/COMPANY: Aveda Light The Way Candle

Why it’s great: Candles always make great gifts and wonderful accents and decor for your own home. This one uses 100% reclaimed glass beverage bottles with 100% certified organic essential oils.

How it gives back: Aveda donates 100% of the purchase price of the candle to Global Greengrants Fund – a non-profit orginization that channels grants to grassroots groups working to solve environmental problems.

Price: $12

*NOTE: $12 may not seem like much, but in places like India, it supports one year of water conservation, health and hygiene for an entire family.

Where to buy: Aveda Salons, spas stores and www.aveda.com


Why it’s great: The divine oil (and the entire brand!) is a multi-purpose dry oil that moisturizers and nourishes face, body and hair that is made up of grapeseed, argan, sesame and hibiscus oil.

How it gives back: For every bottle of divine oil sold, they plant one tree. Last year, they planted 150,000 trees in Peru and over the next 3 years they will plant over 200,000 trees in Brazil. Caudalie is also the partner of 1% for the planet which means they donate 1% of their sales worldwide, to environmental charities, year round.

Price: $49

Where to buy: Caudalie boutiques on Bleeker and Lexington Ave in NY or www.caudalie.com

PRODUCT/COMPANY: Enlightened.org

Why it’s great: Shop your favorite clothing brands like Ray Ban, Dolce Vita, Hudson, Rag & Bone, John Varvatos, Diesel, Vans, converse and more…

How it gives back: Earn up to 10% to your favorite philanthropies every time you shop for your favorite brands. Donate your earnings to causes you choose

*NOTE: A pair of Hudson jeans educates a child for one year

Where to buy: www.enlightened.org

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