Main site > Forums > Who & Where are You? > Charities > Donating Toiletries/Cosmetics to Charity? (Page 1)

IMPORTANT! This is MoneySavingExpert's open forum - anyone can post

Please exercise caution & report any spam, illegal, offensive, racist, libellous post to

  • Be nice to all MoneySavers
  • All the best tips go in the MoneySavingExpert weekly email

    Plus all the new guides, deals & loopholes

  • No spam/referral links
or Login with Facebook
Donating Toiletries/Cosmetics to Charity?
Closed Thread
Views: 8,908
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
# 1
Old 12-04-2008, 4:40 PM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 1,063
Question Donating Toiletries/Cosmetics to Charity?

I went to Gambia back in 2000 and there was a scheme mentioned out there at the time which meant you could send your half used toiletries/cosmetics you don't use anymore to them... I have searched the Internet for something like this but can't find anything, does anyone know of a charity/organisation that does this?

MissMuppet is offline
Report Post
# 2
Old 12-04-2008, 8:57 PM
Deliciously Dedicated Diehard MoneySaving Devotee
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 34,661

No, and although our charity can make use of unwanted toiletries and cosmetics we can't use ones which have been opened because of the potential risk of infection. I'm not saying no-one can use them, but I'd say their usefulness might be limited.
I'm a Board Guide on the Cutting Tax; Charities; Small Biz & Charity Organisers; and Silver Savers boards, which means I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly, and I can move and merge threads there. However, do remember, Board Guides don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to It is not part of my role to deal with reportable posts.

Any views are mine and are not the official line of

New to the Forum? Why not watch the Guide?

Back from holiday but away a lot
Savvy_Sue is offline
Report Post
# 3
Old 12-04-2008, 9:06 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 4,733

I travel a fair amount around the UK and i was asked if i could save the hotel toiletries and hand them in to a womans refuge. the nature of the organisation means women often turn up at odd hours with only the cloths on their back and nothing else. If you know of something similar they would be grateful for them, the only potential problem is the locations tend not to be broadcast so you may have to make arrangements through a third party to donate them.
Imagination is a mental faculty that serves as a coping mechanism for those who can't or won't accept reality - unicorns and dragons and wives who don't nag, are all figments of the "imagination".
ohreally is offline
Report Post
# 4
Old 12-04-2008, 9:09 PM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 1,063

Thanks for that, I thought that might be the case... I have put them all on Freecycle and someone is taking the lot of my hands tomorrow, just thought I would check about charities really.
MissMuppet is offline
Report Post
# 5
Old 13-04-2008, 11:28 AM
MoneySaving Stalwart
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 573

If you contact Refuge on one of the donation contacts listed here they can tell you how you could donate any unwanted bits and bobs to your local refuge. Some you can visit but others are secret so you might be put in contact with a local office who would pass them on for you.

It's a great idea, these small things can really make a difference
Ianna is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to Ianna For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 6
Old 13-04-2008, 6:21 PM
MoneySaving Newbie
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3

I'm part of a charity called Sikhcess. We're going to be doing a nationwide campaign soon (14th June) and it's geared towards providing the homeless with toiletries. I'm not sure about half used but anything decent would be more than welcomed.

Homeless shelters in general may benefit from your contribution. Especially in places such as London.
VazSingh is offline
Report Post
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to VazSingh For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 7
Old 14-04-2008, 9:15 AM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Mid Argyll
Posts: 2,923

I already do this and give them to a local place which provides food and support to homeless people. Got my work colleagues saving their hotel toiletries too. Works well.
Gers is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to Gers For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 8
Old 14-04-2008, 9:59 AM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 1,063

I'll remember this for next time... I buy stuff all the time, use it once and then never use it again, such a waste!
MissMuppet is offline
Report Post
Closed Thread


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 Forum Jump  

Contact Us - - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 7:34 AM.

 Forum Jump  

Free MoneySaving Email

Top deals: Week of 15 April 2015

Get all this & more in MoneySavingExpert's weekly email full of guides, vouchers and Deals

GET THIS FREE WEEKLY EMAIL Full of deals, guides & it's spam free

Latest News & Blogs

Martin's Twitter Feed


Cheap Travel Money

Find the best online rate for holiday cash with MSE's TravelMoneyMax.

Find the best online rate for your holiday cash with MoneySavingExpert's TravelMoneyMax.

MSE's Twitter Feed