Make a positive impact with your wallet by supporting brands that are giving back to the queer community for Pride Month.
This article was originally published on June 1, 2023 and has been updated.
Happy Pride Month! To kick off the brightest, most colourful time of the year, we’ve rounded up a few beauty brands we love that are giving back to the queer community by supporting LGBTQ2S+ charities during Pride Month. These Pride collections, launches, and limited-edition releases directly benefit the queer community, so when you’re shopping for beauty products, make a positive impact with your wallet by supporting brands that give back.
Learn more about the beauty brands that are giving back for Pride Month, and the charities they’re supporting, below.
Canadian and LGBTQIA2S+-founded brand Consonant is partnering with Toronto drag queen Van Goth during the month of June to celebrate the queer community and support Rainbow Railroad. The organization helps LGBTQIA2S+ people escape violence and persecution in their own countries and get them to safety. During Pride Month, Consonant customers will receive $5 off the purchase of Consonant Skin+Care Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil and $5 from their purchase will be donated to Rainbow Railroad.
Shop Consonant Skin+Care Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil here.
Canadian brand Quickies launched in May 2022, and in just one year, has become one of our favourite picks for press-on nails. The brand’s Pride Drop features three different 24-piece press-on nail sets: Born This Way (a nude, blue and purple almond-shaped French manicure), Love is Love (a short, chrome gloss pastel set), and Your Pride is Showing (a French manicure set adorned with rainbow hearts). $1 from every Quickies order is donated to LGBTQ+ organizations and the National Network of Abortion Funds.
Shop Quickies Pride Drop here.
JVN Hair, the beloved hair care brand by (even more beloved) Queer Eye star Jonathan van Ness, has partnered with GLSEN, an organization that provides students with a safe, supportive and LGBTQ-inclusive education throughout elementary and high school, to create the You are Complete Duo, which includes full-size Complete Conditioning Mist and Complete Nourishing Shine Drops. In honour of Pride Month, 10 per cent of profits from the JVN x GLSEN Pride Hair Set will benefit GLSEN.
Shop the JVN You Are Complete Duo here.
To kick off Pride Month, Quo Beauty has launched a limited-edition collection of bright and colourful makeup and accessories, including everything from lip gloss, eyeshadow, false nails and lashes and nail polish, to key chains, backpacks and sunglasses. And you can feel good about shopping the truly impressive range of products, because Shoppers Drug Mart is donating 10 per cent of sales (up to $25,000) from the Quo Beauty Pride Collection to Pflag Canada, a national charity founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ2S+ children.
Shop Quo Beauty’s Pride Month collection here.
Skincare brand Kiehl’s has partnered with queer Canadian artist Jon Hanlan, to create limited-edition packaging for the brand’s cult fave Ultra Facial Cream. With playful illustrations that evoke joy and optimism, Hanlan’s goal was to transport us to “a world of whimsy.” Kiehl’s has also partnered with The Get REAL movement, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to combatting LGBTQ2S+ discrimination, racism, and bullying in schools, summer camps and workplaces. For the month of June, $20 from all purchases of Ultra Facial Cream designed by Jon Hanlan will be donated directly to the organization. With the help of this partnership, over 53,000 students across Canada will have access to LGBTQ2S+ education workshops via The Get REAL movement.
Shop Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream here.
Canadian clean beauty brand, Graydon Skincare, has launched a limited-edition version of their beloved Superfood Serum for Pride Month. $1 from every purchase of Superfood Serum will be donated to Rainbow Railroad, to help LGBTQI+ individuals access lives free from persecution.
Shop Graydon Skincare Superfood Serum here.
The Body Shop
This year, The Body Shop has partnered with It Gets Better Canada, a charity that aims to uplift, empower, and connect LGBTQ2S+ youth across the country. From May 31st to August 31st (that’s right—The Body Shop’s contributions will extend past Pride Month and continue all summer long), $1 from every Out For Love Highlighter sold (up to $10,000) will go to It Gets Better Canada, to support their ongoing initiatives.
Pick up The Body Shop’s Out For Love Highlighter here.
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