“I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
The Lavender Touch SCIO raise funds to help support people with cancer living in The Scottish Borders. They do this through fundraising and selling their own developed products to help people with cancer.
“Our products are free from parabens, aluminium, sodium laurel sulphate, mineral oil and paraffin – an important consideration for someone with cancer. They also contain selected pure essential oils which can help with various symptoms and side effects commonly experienced.
Cancer can come with unwanted side effects to the skin, e.g. as a result of chemotherapy/radiotherapy. This is why it is important to choose wisely when making a purchase.”
Jennifer Young, creator of ‘Beauty Despite Cancer’:
'Women don’t stop being women when they are diagnosed with cancer.' I often find myself saying this as a way of explaining why I started www.beautydespitecancer.co.uk and why I created Defiant Beauty, skincare and beauty collections for cancer patients.
You didn’t stop being a woman when you were diagnosed with cancer but, in many respects, you have stopped being treated like one. No longer are you able to relax and enjoy products from Selfridges Beauty Hall (or the cosmetics aisle at Morrisions). Someone has told you to avoid a few of the ingredients in cosmetics but you’re not entirely sure what they are and which products they are in. Gone are the luxurious and delicately fragranced, beautifully wrapped serums, lotions and potions only to be replaced by thick white gloopy cream from a plastic pump topped dispenser – that’s your new skincare regime? You didn’t sign up for this.
Worse, your skin isn’t your skin anymore, it is itchy and sore and it reacts angrily when you put your favourite moisturiser on it. Losing you hair and feeling poorly you were prepared for, but this??? Nobody mentioned your nails either did they?
I hear this all of the time from cancer patients, each one thinking it is just them, or not wanting to ask about maintaining their appearance as they have cancer and so, to worry about how they look is shallow and unnecessary, but worry they do. Shallow and unnecessary it is not.
It was being told of all of these extra burdens carried by cancer patients that provided the motivation to create the Defiant Beauty Skincare Collections. A group of patients and survivors from my local hospital asked me to work with them to develop a range. The staff joined in and Defiant Beauty was the result. You can learn more about our skincare for cancer patients here.
Skincare was just the beginning – more products have followed – all at the request of cancer patients, charities or support groups. The new collections are created using the same ingredients criteria set out by the NHS team that we worked with.
Still, we were failing to meet the needs of women with cancer – www.beautydespitecancer.co.uk goes some way towards meeting those remaining needs.
We created a magazine as it was very clear that women with cancer are treated differently and they don’t want to be. Our online mag is a women’s magazine containing the information you have asked for- cancer specific beauty and well-being. Business and finances are covered, as are insurance, and post –treatment health concerns. We've even included fashion for cancer patients!"
Choose Hope is an American website, these gifts are different from the other websites on this page in that the gifts are a combination of defiance, e.g. ‘Girls fight tough’ bags. ‘stronger than you think’ t-shirts and temporary tattoos with ‘no one fights alone’, and hope e.g., prayer books, jewellery.
They have donated over $900,000 to Cancer Research in the U.S.
‘Not Another Bunch …’ is the brainchild of Anikka Burton who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33.
She uses her experience of being a cancer patient to handpick gifts that she herself would be pleased to receive.
Headcovers is an American website:
“When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it is often difficult to know how to help them, or what to buy. We offer unique cancer gifts that are geared especially towards cancer patients and their unique needs”
They have things such as eyebrows (human hair eyebrows, tattoo eyebrows, including eyebrows for men); false eyelashes; wigs; headwear (incl. sleep caps, chemo caps) as well as inspirational gifts and jewellery.
Cancer Be Glammed was "started by two mothers, close friends who experienced first-hand how hard it can be to hang onto your dignity and self-esteem while battling the side effects of cancer treatment."
Lisa had breast cancer at the age of 47 and her good friend Ellen, with whom she started Cancer Be Glammed, died of liver cancer in 2012.