Beauty Product Purge – Getting rid of unsafe products the right way

I am a beauty product junkie. And apparently a product hoarder. We moved a few months ago and I had the opportunity to purge – and I failed. I have drawers and containers full of half-used lotions and gels, sprays and makeup. It’s kind of embarrassing. And totally unnecessary.

Quite a collection

For years I was notorious for asking for Sephora gift cards as birthday and Christmas presents. I loved buying from Sephora online because they send always send a ton of free samples! And whether I planned on using them or not, I always was the first to accept the “gift with purchase” at department store makeup counters. I’m a sucker for the next best thing, and I usually give up on the last best thing before the bottle is done.

I sound like a liar when I say I hate waste but I really do. I guess that’s why I’ve been saving all these testers and half-used products…or at least that’s been my excuse.

Time to purge

My addiction has taken a different turn recently. As I continue to learn about (and become horrified by) the ingredients (read: preservatives, plastics, chemicals) that are added to my beloved products, I haven’t been wanting to use them. Not now, not ever. And now the stuff is really just taking up space. Time to get rid of it…but in the right way.

Do you know how good this felt?

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Disclaimer: I didn’t purge all of these at once. I had been saving a bunch of old product containers to send to TerraCycle. But I did do a major sweep of the products with toxic ingredients and happily added them to the collection.

Going to a good home

TerraCycle works with more than 100 major brands to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. As if that wasn’t enough, you also receive TerraCycle points that can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts, or for a payment of $0.01 per point to the non-profit organization or school of your choice.


So this was a triple whammy for me – I got rid of toxic products, I kept them out of a landfill, and I donated to a non-profit! Why didn’t I do this sooner?

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