I’ve been covering this topic over on Instagram (@britbeautyblog) but not so much here so I thought I’d do a (requested) round up of how beauty brands are playing their part in helping to ease the current situation for those of you who don’t use other channels. Most big brands are actively working on how they can contribute but it’s wonderful to see smaller brands such as Pai Skincare doing what they can (free hand sanitizers for their local community). This is a compilation of big and small brands contributions when I have spotted them.
Starting with REN, the brand has so far concentrated on the London area as it’s under so much pressure and are supplying various NHS trusts with hand wash and hand cream.
Dermalogica is taking a role in education and leadership of small and independent businesses to help them navigate through this difficult time with online content as well as getting useful products to where they need to be.
In France, Unilever brand, Garancia (REN and Dermalogica are also Unilever) is donating thousands of hand sanitizer units as well as making donations from sales.
L’Oreal has founded the European Solidarity Plan to support France and Europe – currently their La Roche Posay gels are going to hospitals, pharmacies and nursing homes, while Garnier gels are being distributed amongst food retailers. The group is donating £1 million to charities helping with the crisis.
L’Occitane has sent over 10k hand creams to the NHS and HSE across the UK and Ireland and has reassigned some of their facilities to produce 70,000 litres of sanitizer for French hospitals and health care authorities. Added to that, 25,000 units of soap and hand cream to French hospitals.
Guerlain’s fragrance product factory in France has been turned over to sanitizer production for the time being.
The Body Shop is doing various things around the world but in the UK are distributing care packages for NHS workers.
Swiss firm Firmenich, a name familiar more behind the beauty scenes than in front for being the leading privately-owned fragrance & flavor company (producing scents for so many popular brands), is shifting to produce disinfectant destined for Swiss hospitals.
Upcircle, a London based brand using coffee by product to create scrubs and skin care products have a page to nominate NHS workers for a free care package HERE. Mille Saisons, a hair accessory brand, is offering (while stocks last) free scrunchie making kits for anyone at home isolating HERE.
Avon is delivering soap across several countries, including Romania, while in the UK Miller Harris is donating soap, hand wash and hand lotion to vulnerable communities including Age UK.
Compression socks, that relieve tired legs, have been donated by travel company, TRTL, and are headed to Scottish nurses.
TOTM Organic Tampons have shipped out hundreds of free products to Southampton hospital and let’s not forget that Arnie has donated $1 million, and Rihanna has donated $5 million as well as equipment for hospitals.
If you know of any others even on a small and local level please feel free to give them a shout out in comments.
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Glad to read!
No matter the size of their enterprise, everyone contributing to society without hesitations and that represents humanity and unity within the people.
I really respect and appreciate them my wholeheartedly.
Stay Home! Stay Safe!!
Thanks so much, Jane! Very helpful. These firms are being Great Communitarians.
Thank you for taking the time to highlight the good some companies are doing for those who need it the most and for the front line health care professionals that are doing so much for us all.
I read that Neutrogena UK were asked to donate hand creams to paramedics suffering with dry, cracked hands due to repeated use of hand sanitiser and refused. Not a brand I’ll be buying from again.
Wow.. I hope not.. although it will largely be down to how much stock they actually hold – maybe they’re doing something for Norway so I won’t judge til I’ve looked a bit harder.
I read that Beiersdorf (Nivea, Eucerin, La Prairie) is making 500 tonnes of disinfectant for use in Europe.
Yes I think that’s right and also Estee Lauder companies have stepped to product sanitiser in the US.
Thanks for this Jane. When this is all over, it will be clear who the good guys are, and who deserves our money!
Way to go TOTM I’m a long time follower of Jane and Soton Hosp is my local
Pai have developed a hand sanitizer and have been distributing it locally as well as a buy one give one incentive if you bought it via their website.
Great to see the industry coming forward to make a difference. Garancia is a brand I love, even if it is a bit difficult to get here, so I’m really pleased to see them getting involved.
Ashby Aromatherapy are a small family run business who are offering all NHS staff 10% off all orders over £20. They make the most wonderful hand and body washes that I swear by.
LVMH has dedicated many of their factories to produce sanitizer, and they have bought several millions of masks for the hospitals, the number increases frequently. Weleda and Boiron have dedicated some of their labs to produce sanitizer too.
thanks Sarah x