Generally, I get frustrated when "charity" products wind up giving only a miniscule percentage of profits to the causes they supposedly benefit. Maybe I'm a cynic, but it seems tacky for a company to bring out a charity product, then donate only 5% or so to the charity while keeping 95% as profits. So I'm really happy that through sales of its new limited-edition Hi-Shine Lip Treatment ($11.50), The Body Shop is giving at least 75% of proceeds to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
In the tube, this limited-edition gloss looks like it might be too disco. It's a bubblegum pink with tiny pink sparkles, which—let's face it—has the potential to be a little more Barbie-at-Studio-54 than you'd ever want. Fortunately, when it's on lips, it's subtle enough for daytime wear. The translucent color provides shine without adding color, making it a good choice for a layering gloss. It's slightly sticky, which I'm not crazy about because I keep smacking my lips. Then again, I wouldn't be smacking my lips so much if it weren't for the delightful scent of the gloss. The Body Shop says it's scented with passion fruit, but to me it smells exactly like Kasugai litchi gummies. Yum.