Lions, Tigers and Lip Balm
While the fashion world has been expressing its love for felines by emblazoning lions and tigers onto T-shirts, sweaters, loafers, you name it (Kenzo’s catty Spring 2013 collection and Karl Lagerfeld’s line of Choupette-inspired accessories, anyone?), The Body Shop Foundation is trying to draw attention to a cause that makes sure these creatures of the wild stay happy and safe. One hundred percent of the net profits from the organization’s Dragon Fruit Lip Butter benefit The Body Shop Foundation and three national charities, including Big Cat Rescue, a sprawling animal sanctuary in Tampa, Florida. The lush, green space is home to more than 100 big cat species, including lions, tigers, bobcats, and leopards. The animals were saved from fur farms, circuses, mercenary breeders, and well-meaning owners who mistakenly thought the animals would make good pets. The support from The Body Shop helps the nonprofit maintain and expand the property, provides proper care for the cats, and aids with their continuous efforts to educate the public on the cruelties of the exotic animal trade. Giving back is as easy as adding some meow to your holiday gift mix.
The Body Shop Foundation Dragon Fruit Lip Butter, $6; thebodyshop-usa.com.— Baze Mpinja