Beauty Clean Out for “Good”

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The beginning of the year often comes with resolutions. Many that surround changing your habits, getting in shape and getting organized. Perhaps it’s the excesses of the holiday season (too much food, too many nights out, too much stuff), but the beginning of the year seems to make most of us want a fresh start. Cleaning out offices, closets, and drawers gives us the ability to turn a page.

I recently found myself in this situation and wondered where I could donate my excess beauty products. Some have never been used, but some I used once to try it and decided it wasn’t for me. It seemed a waste to toss it in that situation, but would anyone take it? I decided to find out.



Below is a list of places that will happily accept your donations.

Beauty Bus

Beauty Bus offers support to terminally ill patients and caregivers through beauty, including bags of products, at home-services, and pop up salons at hospitals and social service centers. They accept new, un-opened and un-expired products. They are unable to accept fragrances, deodorant, razors, and makeup bags.

Beauty Bus Foundation
2716 Ocean Park Boulevard, Suite 1062
Santa Monica, CA 90405


Dress for Success

Along with providing clothing, Dress for Success provides grooming products as well. They would love to have your un-opened and unused cosmetics and toiletry products that are within 6 months of their expiration date.


Share Your Beauty

With the goal of putting a bit of sparkle and dignity back into the lives of women and teens in crisis, the Share Your Beauty program taps into the huge surplus of beauty products generated by the beauty industry, by collecting unused products and delivering them to organizations serving women in crisis. They’ll happily accept your new, unopened, unexpired cosmetics, hair and skincare products, and personal care items.

Share Your Beauty
PO Box 255
Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706


Project Beauty Share

This organization “collects personal hygiene, cosmetics, and beauty products and distributes them through non-profit organizations that serve women and families overcoming abuse, addiction, homelessness and poverty.”

They will accept gently used products: powder eyeshadows, powder blush, bronzers, and highlighters; eye and lip liner pencils that can be sharpened; liquid foundations in airless pump and squeeze tube containers. Anything else must be new. Skin care and hair care products in squeeze tube or pumps can be used as well. Unused and un-opened items in jars are also welcome.

Project Beauty Share
2718 E. Sprague Avenue
Spokane, WA 99202


In researching all this I was overcome by how many organizations really need your unused beauty items. I know it may be a bit of a hassle to pack up one or two items, but altogether we can make an impact. To encourage you to give instead of toss, Bellacara will have a beauty donation drive. Because we don’t have the capacity to inspect used products, we are requesting only new items be donated. Everyone who donates their unused cosmetic, skin care, or hair care items during our donation drive will receive 10 percent off their purchases that day and be entered into a raffle for a $200 gift certificate to the store. So, please consider bringing your unused items to the store January 25th for our Beauty Donation Drive. Let’s make this beauty clean out a “good” one.


  • The latest from Angela
I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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