What are you doing with your unusued beauty products?

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Categories: From the Field
I've got a lot of beauty products, just like you.  Lots and lots.  Bags full of really nice products that I may never use or have tried once.  My husband would like me to "do something" with them, since I can't possibly use them all on my one body in my lifetime.  But what?  I've given plenty away for benefit raffles, and shared with my friends, but somehow the pile doesn't really diminish.   I hate to throw it all away.

Then this week I read a story that really made me sit up and take notice.  Harrah's Entertainment is working with the Orlando-based charity Clean the World, which collects soap and shampoo left behind by hotel guests and  distributes them to impoverished families in the United States and more than 30 countries.  In recent months, more than a ton of soap has been gathered from from five Harrah's resorts in Las Vegas; Paris, Bally's, Harrah's, Imperial Palace and Caesars Palace.  Clean the World also received a $100k grant from Harrah's to develop a soap recycling facility in Las Vegas.  KUDOS to Harrah's, that's really doing something useful.

The mission statement of Clean the World reads "We are committed to the prevention of illness and death caused by acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease in countries across the globe.  Each year over 5 million lives are lost to these diseases - with the majority of the deaths being children under 5 years old."

I contacted Clean the World and asked if they also were interested in gently used beauty products, but they regretfully declined due to their orientation on cleanliness and their focused mission statement.  They did bring to my attention that October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, and the website, with fun, colorful graphics, offers tools and resources that help spread the word on cleanliness.  Very inspiring.

This left me wondering if someone out there is doing something useful with all of the leftover beauty products in the world; sunscreens, face and body moisturizers and cosmetics should be able to be put to good use somewhere.  The beauty industry should be doing something like this.

Love to hear your thoughts, and if you know of any organizations that are doing this, please let me know!
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We are phasing out our current skin care line and going with another line in a couple of months. I thought maybe I could put an ad on craigslist offering all of the professional products/back bar to someone for a small donation or offer. We plan to keep the retail of our current skin care line and we will continue to selll it online to anyone who wants it. But if we get a response from craigslist, the person who is interested in all of the back bar would have to come and pick up the products from us. We are not going to ship them.

The back bar products are still in good use and within the recommended time to be used. Perhaps a new spa looking to keep costs down will respond and take advantage of our current back bar for sale.

I've thrown out gobs of professional/back bar skin care products before because they were expired and I didn't see the sense in offering them for free to my staff or friends because the products were past the expiration date.

The church I attend asks for donations of toiletries and bath products so they can take them to the elderly or sick in the nursing homes or assisted living centers. But spa skin care, I think, is too much out of the realm from the basic soap and shampoo that these nursing homes are using.

Wow...I LEARNED ALOT from you...All the good works and Global Handwashing day.
SO needed.
Your are right...I have an entire room of Beauty...my husband asks the same your does. I am now sharing with HIM and his skin, my sisters and friends.

There needs to be a place we can send those beauties.

I do donate things to Group Homes for Down Syndrome residents. They love it!

We created a "movement" in our area for something that hits what you are talking about right on the head - check it out - www.theglamproject.com
In less than a year we have grown significantly and are on track to obtain official non profit status, but most importantly have donated over 8000 gently used products to women of need in our area to date!!

If you have products to donate - send them to us, we will gladly get them in the hands of women who truly need them.