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Where can I donate makeup in the UK?

Donating unwanted makeup, beauty products or toiletries can be an amazing way to help those in need, while also making space around the home. But where do you donate these items? Where do you start?

Post written by Leanne Perilly

Beauty Banks

Beauty Banks are a UK based movement, run by people who believe hygiene rights are a priority rather than a luxury. And they’re totally right! They aim to tackle the poverty crisis in the UK by making nationwide changes to hygiene accessibility and personal care essentials.

You can donate to this incredible company by keeping up-to-date with their regular pop-up donation points. Recent additions to their locations include Salisbury, Carnoustie and Newcastle. Check out their Instagram for regular updates. The only items they do not accept are nail polishes.

In addition, if you’re also a firm believer of their strong desire for change, you can further support their #HelpingHands campaign by donating to their GoFundMe page here – https://www.gofundme.com/f/helpinghands-for-covid19 .

The Hygiene Bank

The Hygiene Bank are another incredible company, set up by a group of people who are also currently tackling the poverty and hygiene accessibility crisis across the UK. All every day necessities are welcomed, from gifted deodorants, to unused makeup items, to hair care products. You can find your local donation point by visiting their website here – https://thehygienebank.com/locations/ .

Toiletries Amnesty

The Toiletries Amnesty are a nationwide movement with a total of 75 donation drop off points across the whole of the UK, with additional locations in Africa and Trinidad. This company further donates the products they attain to those in need, including refugees, food banks and mental health services. Your donations truly do make a difference! To find your nearest drop-off point, visit their website here – https://www.toiletriesamnesty.org/directory/ .

Give and Makeup

Give and Makeup are a UK based organisation which aims to provide support and supplies to those in less fortunate positions. They accept all beauty donations, ranging from new and lightly used toiletries and makeup, and give these to local refuge shelters and Women’s Aid. 

All contributions help to provide women and children who are victims of domestic violence the necessities to overcome their crises, one donation at a time. However, it is important to note that they do not currently accept mascaras or lip glosses. Visit their website for further information – https://www.carolinehirons.com/page-give-and-makeup .

Your local charity shop, homeless shelter or women’s refuges

If none of the above organisations or campaigns are currently available for collection in your area, your local charity shops are also likely to accept various beauty donations. If your products are sealed and unused, charity shops would gladly welcome these donations.

However, if your donations have been lightly used, homeless shelters or women’s refuges will likely take these donations with open arms. This is a simple and easy option for donating your beauty products – not to mention, also helpful to the local community and those in desperate need.

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