Some ‘things’ in the downsizing process are easy to get rid of. Clothes can be handed down or given to charity. Books can be donated to your local library. Electronics can be sold or recycled. However, when it comes to beauty products, it gets a little trickier.
It’s a gray area which products can safely go down the drain and some products are designated as hazardous waste (i.e. nail polish and hairspray).
I personally have an overflow of beauty products that I don’t use. Since I work from home, I hardly ever wear makeup or style my hair. And yet, I still have an entire bin under my bathroom sink full of stuff. Think mini shampoos, styling products that didn’t work, gifted creams that aren’t my smell, and shades of makeup that don’t match me (I’m a unique shade of pale).
So, imagine my delight when I discovered Project Beauty Share® – a 501c(3) non-profit organization that accepts new and gently used beauty products for distribution to women who wouldn’t have access to them otherwise. According to Julie Farley, the founder of Project Beauty Share®, “A lot of what we do is about health and hygiene, but it’s really about dignity. Project Beauty Share® wants to help women regain their dignity and get back on their feet.”
They have a full list of what they accept on their website. For obvious reasons, certain products must be new and unopened to be accepted (i.e. deodorant, toothbrushes, nail polish). But even with those restrictions, any woman with beauty extras should be able to find something that fits the guidelines.
How does Project Beauty Share work?
- Pick out the items that you don’t need anymore that fit their guidelines.
- Pack it up in a box and ship it to them (they are located in Spokane, Washington).
- Feel content knowing you have simultaneously contributed to your minimalist journey and helped a woman in need.
Where does your donation go?
The products are donated (after processing) to local Spokane agencies like shelters, homes, and organizations. A complete list is available on their website.
Because of the surplus of beauty products I own, I decided to box some of it up and ship it! I packed 20ish items in an old box I had been holding onto just for such an occasion and took it to the post office.
Now, because I live in Canada, shipping to Washington state cost me $30.00- which is quite a lot! But it was a cost I was more than happy to absorb. If you plan properly, and pack your box to the brim, this kind of donation wouldn’t need to happen more than twice a year.
From my experience and what I have read online, Project Beauty Share seems like a great organization. I wish we had something like it closer to home.
So next time you’re thinking of chucking out barely used beauty products- now you know what you can do with them!