Style File: Think Pink to Help Fight Breast Cancer

Smell the Roses by jane iredale

Smell the Roses by jane iredale

As you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which not only helps build awareness about this terrible disease, it also brings a flurry of pink products, specially formulated to help the cause.

One of my favorites is Jane Iredale’s Smell the Roses. This hydrating facial spritz launched in September, and 100% of the profits (not just proceeds) from the sale of Smell the Roses will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer,  a national education and support organization whose mission is to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.

I actually got my hands on a sample early this summer and it’s been a lovely, sweet smelling way to spritz on a little and help beat the heat. Just one little spray moisturizes and cleanses the skin, calms irritation and reduces redness, not to mention it smells like heaven!

Another great pink for the cure product to look for is Sparkling ICE, the now ubiquitous flavored, zero-calorie sparkling mountain spring water is promoting the message “Imagine a World Without Breast Cancer” on its pink grapefruit flavor bottles. In conjunction with this, the company has committed to donating a minimum of $25,000 to research facilities nationwide to help find a cure, in addition to aiding local affiliates and communities with more than $100,000 in donations annually.

They’ve even developed a “Sip Pink for the Cure” Cocktail using the pink grapefruit Sparkling ICE flavor. Here’s the recipe:

Sparkling ICE Sip Pink for the Cure Cocktail

Sip Pink for the Cure Cocktail, courtesy Sparkling ICE

Sip Pink for the Cure Cocktail, courtesy Sparkling ICE


•3 oz.  Grapefruit Sparkling ICE

•1 ½ oz.  vodka

•1 oz. lime juice

•Lime wedge

•Sliced fresh jalapeño

•Chili salt for rim of glass (Kosher salt mixed with chili powder)


1. Use a lime wedge to rub the entire rim of a chilled martini glass, and dip into chili salt mixture.

2. Combine vodka and jalapeno slices with ice in a shaker.

3. Strain and pour into the chilled martini glass.

4. Top with Grapefruit Sparkling ICE.

5. Garnish with a few Jalapeno slices.

One of three chairs being auctioned to support  breast cancer research. Courtesy Regency Shop.

One of three chairs being auctioned to support breast cancer research. Courtesy Regency Shop.

While you’re sipping that cocktail, you could also be sitting pretty in a unique, one-of-a-kind stylish lounge chair that Regency Shop is auctioning off to support breast cancer research. For more information, click here.

Some additional promotions this month include: will donate 15% of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation each time you purchase Vera Wang Truly Pink, Lacoste Love of Pink, Gap So Pink and Lacoste Joy of Pink.

• G.M. Collin skincare donates $2 of each sold product of Daily Ceramide Comfort Capsules to Pink Ribbons Inc.

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

•  For the 8th consecutive year, DECLÉOR will donate (10%) of net proceeds of the Sensorial Travel Collections sold during the month of October to Cancer and Careers, a program of CEW Foundation.  Each exclusive skincare program includes five full and travel-sized DECLÉOR products, housed in a large zippered travel pouch, that provide unique benefits targeted to a specific skin-type.

Suki Ultra Protect Body Balm, courtesy photo

Suki Ultra Protect Body Balm, courtesy photo

• The suki® ultra-protect™ body balm, a great moisturizing product, will donate 100% of proceeds from this month’s sales of this product will benefit Breast Cancer Action (, an organization whose mission is to achieve health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer.

—Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on October 9, 2014.

Cocktail Corner: Drink Pink

The pink-a-licious "Pink Dragon" at the Biltmore's Ty Lounge (courtesy photo)

The pink-a-licious “Pink Dragon” at the Biltmore’s Ty Lounge (courtesy photo)

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg

October is the perfect time to think pink and drink pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Why not try the pink-a-licious “Pink Dragon” at the Ty Lounge at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore (1260 Channel Dr.)? Made with Casamigos blanco tequila, Trimbach Liqueur Framboise, peach and strawberry shrub and exotic dragon fruit, this pretty-in-pink drink is not just tasty, it’s good for the soul:  10% of your proceeds benefit Cancer Center of Santa Barbara.

Another pink drink option is next weekend’s Crown the Town “Breast Drink” edition.  On Saturday, Oct. 12,  from 3–6 p.m. guests can go on a self-guided quest to find the “breast drink” in town!  Arch Rock Fish (608 Anacapa St.), Eureka! (791 Chapala St. in Paseo Nuevo), Chase Restaurant & Lounge (1012 State St.), Finch & Fork Restaurant (31 W. Carrillo St. in the Canary Hotel), Wildcat Lounge (15 W. Ortega St.) and Blue Agave (20 E. Cota St.) will all be pouring specialty “pink-infused” cocktails in honor of the occasion.  At the final stop guests vote on their favorite pink drink and the winner is crowned.

Sounds like a great girls night out to me! Presale tickets are just $30 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara.

If you know of any other pink drink celebrations in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please let me know. I’d love to share them with our readers.


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Originally appeared in Santa Barbara SEASONS Magazine.

Leslie Dinaberg

Leslie Dinaberg

When she’s not busy working as the editor of Santa Barbara SEASONS, Cocktail Corner author Leslie Dinaberg writes magazine articles, newspaper columns and grocery lists. When it comes to cocktails, Leslie considers herself a “goal-oriented drinker.”