How to Donate Your Gently-Used Beauty Products

Updated 12/23/14. We all have purchased various beauty products that we ended up not using, either because the product wasn’t a fit for the skin, we didn’t like the smell of it, or we just never got around to using it. It’s a shame to let these products go to waste, which is why I encourage people to donate their unused or gently-used beauty products (for skin, hair, body, makeup, or nails) to a local women’s shelter.

Women who have been affected by domestic violence, when they arrive to these shelters, most often come with just the clothes on their back, so they are in need of personal care items to get them looking and feeling their best while they are trying to build a life away from their abuser. I have personally been affected by domestic violence.

Read: Beauty is Truly More Than Skin Deep

It is important that when you donate beauty products you do your best to inspect and sterilize them so they are appropriate and in good shape to pass on.

Here are some quick guidelines to follow when donating your beauty products…

SKIN CARE:

Toss all products that come in a jar. Even for products with a strong preservative system to keep the product sanitary, I personally don’t feel products (like a cream or mask) that you dip your fingers into should be shared with others. So I recommend products in jars not be passed on.

Donate any product that comes in a bottle or tube. Any products that come in a bottle, whether they have a screw cap or a pump, are perfectly okay to share, because your fingers have not been in there. This includes cleansers, toners, serums, lotions, and exfoliants.

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HAIR CARE:

Donate hair brushes and combs, but sterilize them first. It’s always best when passing on these items to be sure to clean them free of hair and then take them to your hair dresser and ask if he or she will sterilize your brushes for you before you donate them. Hair salons have all sorts of powerful sanitizing equipment for their own use, and I’m sure they’d be happy to help a good cause by getting your hair care tools clean and sterile.

Donate any product that comes in a bottle or tube. This would include most shampoos, conditioners, hair gels, pomades, or mousses that come in a tube or bottle, and since your fingers are not getting into the product, these should be perfectly appropriate to donate.

Read: Cleansing Wipes: Are They Good to Use On Your Skin?

MAKEUP:

Donate lipsticks, but sterilize them first. Lipsticks, even though they have been applied to your lips, which would seem unsanitary, can be sterilized in alcohol to get rid of any germs. I also recommend cutting the top of the lipstick (the pointed part) blunt, just to give it a better aesthetic look for donation.

Donate blushes and eye shadows. Bacteria can’t live in air, so as long as it’s not a cream shadow, regular powder shadows and blushes are safe to donate. I generally won’t donate any blush or shadow that is almost gone, where the bottom of the container is showing. I feel that it’s best to donate something that looks fresh and fairly new for these women in need, rather than something with barely any product left.

Toss mascaras. Mascara is a personal item, and for sanitary reasons, should not be shared.

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Liquid foundations are optional to donate. As long as your fingers haven’t touched inside the bottle, liquid foundations are okay to donate.

NAIL CARE:

Nail polish, nail polish remover, and hand creams are all safe to donate.

Read: Secrets to Beautiful, Younger-Looking Hands From a Hand Model

BODY CARE:

Most lotions come in bottles, so they are safe to donate. If a body cream comes in a jar, don’t donate it. I don’t recommend donating loofahs, a lot of time they can carry bacteria, and get grungy and old-looking really quickly.

You can really make a difference in the life of a woman when you pass on your beauty care items. I really encourage you to do so—just follow these simple steps to make sure your products are in a safe, useable condition.

At Renée Rouleau Skin Care Spas, helping women is near and dear to our heart. We offer our Cosmetic Donation Program where you’re invited to send your unused/gently used makeup, skin care or beauty products to The Family Place and they will gladly donate them to the women in need. It’s wonderful to know that you are helping to make a difference in another woman’s life. Mail your donations to The Family Place, P.O. Box 7999, Dallas, Texas, 75209. They accept donations year round. You can also contact your local shelter to see if they accept cosmetics and toiletries.

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  1. […] then came across this article on how to donate gently used items to the Renee Rouleau spa in Texas. They take in other people’s makeup and then donate them […]

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  2. Is there a way I can get cosmetic donations in the mail. Im a single mother to an 8month oldl. I got laid off my job. And haven’t been able to buy shampoo let alone makeup. I’m looking for a job and need to look my best. Any advice?

    Posted By: destiny  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Can you contact your local shelter and see if they have any donations to spare? Or how about asking friends or neighbors if they have any items they are no longer using? Hope that helps.

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  3. Destiny, I have some shampoo and conditioners that I have only used a few times, they are pantene pro v, I may also have some cosmetics too. I am doing some cleaning out of products in the next few days. Would you be interested in these items? Let me know.

    Posted By: Micah  | 

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  4. I don’t live in the area, but I want to donate my gently-used beauty products. Would it be possible for me to mail them to your spa? Thanks.

    Posted By: Michelle  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Michelle, send your donations to The Family Place, P.O. Box 7999, Dallas, Texas, 75209.

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  5. If I mail my gently-used makeup, how can I make sure it doesn’t melt on the way?

    Posted By: Jennifer Roberts  | 

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  6. Are you still accepting donations? I have so many wonderful hair products and minimally used makeup that I would love to have go to someone who would appreciate it!

    Posted By: Lexi  | 

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      Yes, The Family Place accepts them all year round, Lexi! Send donations to The Family Place, P.O. Box 7999, Dallas, Texas, 75209.

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  7. Where could I send gently used makeup?

    Posted By: Susa stallings  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Package them carefully and send to: The Family Place, P.O. Box 7999, Dallas, Texas, 75209.

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  8. Do you provide receipts for donations for tax purposes?

    Posted By: MHarvey  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      No, you would need to contact The Family Place in Dallas for a receipt.

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  9. Hi do you still accept donations of gently-used makeup, and if so, which address do I mail them to?
    thanks so much!

    Posted By: PAVITHRA GEORGE  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Send your donations to The Family Place, P.O. Box 7999, Dallas, Texas, 75209.

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  10. So where should I send it

    Posted By: Katy  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      You can send donations to The Family Place, P.O. Box 7999, Dallas, Texas, 75209.

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  11. Would you accept donations of perfume as well?

    Posted By: lisa  | 

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  12. I just want to confirm that The Family Place is still accepting used makeup donations as of Dec 2014 (before I box and mail). Thx

    Posted By: lara  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Yes, they sure are. Thank you for your donation!

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  13. do i have to pay for the shipping if i want to send some stuff to you?
    i have tons of products to donate but i don’t want to have to pay to donate

    Posted By: an  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Yes, you would have to pay to ship your donations to them. Send your products to The Family Place, P.O. Box 7999, Dallas, Texas, 75209.

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  14. So glad I found you :) I have 2 bags full of cosmetics and misc. toiletries to send to The Family Place in hopes that you will find some wonderful deserving women who can use them. I will ship them out tomorrow! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted By: Kimberly  | 

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  15. Do you take perfumes?

    Posted By: rwm  | 

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  16. Soglad I found you. I have so many items that I have barely touched and feel bad tossing it away. Thank you for what you do.

    Posted By: Mary Jane  | 

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  17. I am a makeupartist, I have a lot of gently used makeup products to donate. Do you still accept them?

    Posted By: Ann  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Yes, you can send them to The Family Place, P.O. Box 7999, Dallas, Texas, 75209.

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  18. After asking around, I found that my local shelters do no accept ANY used beauty products, so expect a big donation from me within the next few months.

    Assuming the Family Place still takes such donations?

    Posted By: Ange  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      You will be sending the products directly to them so why don’t you call them and confirm. Let them know how big the donation is.

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  19. I have an abundance of unopened designer fragrances and skincare and cosmetics to donate.
    My daughter hasbeen a buyer for major firm for a long time. I have far more products than myself, family and friends can use. I need to donate these in Naples or Fort Myers Florida

    Posted By: Barbara Clark  | 

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  20. Do you guys accept make up brushes? I have some that I rarely use and are relatively new.

    Posted By: Jennifer Chan  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Yes, The Family Place accepts makeup brushes so send it to them.

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  21. Can I donate hair tools such as flat iron, crimper, and curling iron? I have purchased them but rarely used them.

    Posted By: Jennifer Chan  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Yes, you can send those items to The Family Place. Thank you!

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      • Do they accept beauty tools? I have a dermaroller kit that’s brand new and a Baby Quasar device that’s practically new. The Baby Quasar has a protective lid so it’s pretty sanitary. Thanks.

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  22. I live overseas (Australia) and we don’t really have locations where we can donate slightly used beauty products. Would I be able to send my products over?

    Posted By: Paulaena  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      Yes, you can send them directly to The Family Place at the address shown above in the post.

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  23. I am so glad I found this place were I can donate my gently-used cosmetics so that I can de-clutter! Do we have to contact them before sending the items over or can we just send it straight away? Thank you!

    Posted By: Kathleen  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      You can just send to The Family Place. No need to contact them. Thank you!

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  24. Do they accept beauty tools? I have a dermaroller kit that’s brand new and a Baby Quasar device that’s practically new. The Baby Quasar has a protective lid so it’s pretty sanitary. Thanks.

    Posted By: Jennifer Chan  | 

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    • Renée Rouleau

      I would imagine so. If you don’t have instructions, I suggest you print them up online and include it so they know what it is and how to use it.

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