Using Up Health and Beauty Products

Health and Beauty Products
Health and beauty items that you don't use or want to use for their intended purpose can often be put to a different use such as using lotions for shaving. If unopened they could be donated to a shelter. This is a page about using it up health and beauty products.


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September 26, 2017

Don't throw it out. I use mine for hand washing combs, hair and makeup brushes, lingerie and cashmere sweaters. Sometimes, as in the case of this bottle, if I see a really good deal I will buy it and save it for this purpose.

A bottle of baby shampoo.

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February 15, 2002

My niece was telling me that she often receives gifts of scented bubble baths, lotions, perfumes, shampoos and conditioners that she can't use because she doesn't care for the scent. Does anyone have ideas on how to put these to other uses? One that I thought of was to donate them to homeless shelters.

By Lynn, Western OR


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For bubble bath, shampoos, body washes, etc. I use them for hand washables and they work so well. Plus, they come out smelling so nice.

For body lotion, moisturizers, hair conditioners, etc. I use them to shave with instead of shave cream, which is so expensive. And they work so well for this purpose and leave the skin very silky and moisturized, too.


As far as perfume, I don't use it for anything if I don't like the scent. I just bring it to work and put a "free to anyone" label on it so that whoever likes it, can have it and that'll make someone else
happy. Hope this helps :)
- A.P.

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Alot of food pantries would be happy to receive unwanted personal hygiene items and other non-food items such as bath tissue, baby items etc.. I know first hand about these items being very much needed by agencies that help people who although they work may not have enough money left to buy these necessities.


Mrs. B New york

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February 17, 20020 found this helpful
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Nursing Homes would be another good place to donate such things. There are always elderly people with no families to get little extras like that, who would probably love a little pampering.

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February 19, 20020 found this helpful
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I usually save gifts like that to give away to someone else for a birthday or bridal shower gift, then I don't have to go shopping later

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By Tawnda (Guest Post)
May 5, 20040 found this helpful
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Most Children's Services are in desperate need of "overnight" bags or suitcases for children going into foster care. Most do not have anything of their own. They are taken with only clothes on their backs. There are several organizations that work on putting together overnight bags that come with a pillow or blanket (even if it is infant size, it is something to call their own), a toy and toiletry items.


100% of the items that goes into those bags is donated by the public or local businesses that give back to their community. Many people think of the smaller children and forget that there are teens that are taken into child services as well. They would greatly appreciate bath and lotion items to call their own. Most have never had their own.

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April 24, 20112 found this helpful
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Do not give to others anything you would not consider fit for yourself and your loved ones. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Having worked in shelters, a lot of stuff that is worthless or not fit is donated because some people think that homeless or poor people should be grateful to get your garbage.


Garbage belongs in the trash, not in donation boxes. Used soap bars, torn stained clothing cannot be used and it winds up creating more work since it has to be thrown out on our end. Please use love and dignity towards others inside and outside your place of worship.

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