Just in case you haven’t heard about Beauty Banks, I wanted to use my own little platform to tell you about their amazing work….
I would first of all (after reading this post) encourage you to have a read of Sali’s article on The Pool (Linked HERE) which kicked off their initiative to stop hygiene poverty, but in summary The Beauty Bank is a non-profit organisation providing toiletries and cosmetics to people living in serious poverty. Started by Sali Hughes (a journalist and broadcaster who is massive in the beauty industry) and Jo Jones (who has worked in beauty PR for years!) they saw the urgent need for those who are in desperate need for items such as razors, tampons, shower gel, toothpaste – basic hygiene products we all take for granted! They also saw the vast amount of beauty products which get sent to journalist and bloggers (often unnecessary amounts!) and saw the perfect opportunity to help!
Similar to how food banks work for those in poverty, why not donate those hygiene products to those who need it most. They encourage everyone to send any unwanted toiletries and cosmetics you may have, especially travel sized products as they are easier to carry for the homeless, and send over to the Beauty Bank HQ. They then repackage into parcels which they can send to food banks and shelters around the UK. Sali and Jo have even set-up an Amazon wish-list if you don’t have any products to donate. So if you want to contribute, you can order products online and send directly onto The Beauty Banks. You can find out more details and the address to send any beauty products you may have on The Pool (HERE).
Personally, I have started a box at home and I am dropping in all of my unwanted products in it so when it’s full, I will send it their way. Surprisingly I’ve discovered there is quite a bit in my beauty draws which I can donate –
- Tons of beauty samples which are often travel sizes, so as mentioned before, these are really helpful for those who are homeless and have to travel with all their belongings with them
- Unwanted products from gift sets – For example, when you get gifted your favourite perfume or cleanser and it comes with a matching shower gel or haircare – I never ever end up using these products, or I either try them once and end up giving them away to friends or shamefully throwing them out because I don’t like them. Knowing realistically I won’t be using them, I’m now adding these to my Beauty Bank box too knowing they will be greatly appreciated by someone who desperately needs them.
- Spare products from those 3 for 2 deals – When I’m in Boots or Superdrug, or even supermarket toiletries aisle I always have a look out for any bargains and 9 times out of 10 there is always a buy one get one free, or 3 for 2 offers on my favourite shower gel or shampoo/conditioner. I then keep all the spare/free products from these deals in a box which we call the ‘spares’ box in our house but quite honestly this tends to be overflowing because I pick them up as and when I see them on offer – not really when I need them. And everytime I walk past it I now think of all those people who actually need these products. So going forward any free bottles I gain through these deals, I will be popping into my Beauty Banks box to send to the Beauty Bank team. So if you want to help, maybe you can do this too?
I know many of you might already know about their brilliant work, but just in case I can let one more person know about the great cause than I thought it was worth sharing this post! You can also follow them on Instagram too (linked HERE).