The Body Shop’s very first store opened in Brighton in 1978, focusing on creating great products while being ethically minded. Over the last 14 years they’ve donated over £19 million to over 25,000 organisations around the world through their charitable trust, The Body Shop Foundation. Founded in 1989, The Body Shop Foundation supports local grassroots charities in the areas of animal welfare, human rights and environmental protection by donating funds that help innovative projects that target local communities and current issues. Within the last year the Foundation has issued over 92 grants (totaling over £500,000) to charities worldwide – including those in The Body Shop’s Head Office areas of London and Wake Forest, Carolina. As well as via fundraising activities, The Body Shop Foundation is also funded by sales of their charity products; this year it’s the £4.00 Dragon Fruit Lip Butter. 100% of the profits from each sale go to three local charities, which is split 50/30/20 according to the voting system; when you a buy the Foundation Lip Butter in store, you’ll receive a token that you slot into the box of your chosen charity out of three, which ensures they get your vote to receive the highest level of funding.
The Dragon Fruit Lip Butter contains shea butter from Ghana and beeswax from Cameroon to nourish and condition the lips, while leaving them glossy but not sticky. The scent is strong, exotic and citrus based, which lingers on the lips while the buttery textured balm is absorbed to smooth out dry or rough patches. Not only are they presented in a bright green and pink pot, which is the perfect size to pop in your bag to calm chapped lips in the cold weather, but by taking one home you also know you’ll be helping a UK charity in need of support.
The selected charities to benefit from Foundation Lip Butter sales in the UK include Erb’s Palsy Group (which offers support to those with the condition that can affect movement in a child’s arms,) Wild Futures (the only primate charity in the UK which will use the donation to fund The Monkey Sanctuary which provides a home for ex-pet monkeys,) and Book-Cycle (a volunteer-run charity that provides free books to children overseas and plants trees to encourage a habitat for rural UK wildlife.) Whichever charity you choose, you know that all the pennies from your purchase will go to support a worthy cause, while having beautifully soft lips to show for it!The Foundation Lip Butter is available for £4 from The Body Shop in store and online.
Written by Kirsty Paterson