What To Do With Expired Beauty Products

what to do with expired beauty products

Happy New Year to all my readers! At the beginning of each year, I like to do a massive clean out of food and products. I was going through my beauty room on the weekend, sorting through all my expired beauty products. I really hate wasting so a lot of the times I don’t throw out expired products and try to find another use for it. Of course if the product smells, texture changed or has started separating, in the bin it goes.

What To Do With Expired Beauty Products

  • Facial Cleansers – There are many uses for old cleansing products. I’ve cleansed my makeup brushes with facial cleansers and also as a shaving cream on my legs. If you’re a beauty blogger, save the cleansers to remove swatches on the arm or hand.
  • Face Moisturisers – Moisuriser can be used on other areas not as sensitive as the face. I use it on my arms, legs and feet.
  • Shampoos – If you’re looking for ideas on what to do with old shampoo, I use mine to wash clip-on hair extensions or wigs.
  • Conditioners – A few months ago, we washed our dog who was going through his annual molt. It ended up matting his fur, so we used conditioner as a detangler to remove the knots.
  • Lip balms– Lip balms can be use on cuticles to help soften and reduce any dryness. I’ve read lip balms can also be used to minimise foot blisters by applying a layer of lip balm to reduce the friction caused by new shoes.
  • Foundations – Foundations can be used to cover any uneven skin on arms and legs such as bruises or mosquito bites.
  • Facial oils – I keep my old Rosehip oil and use it on the heels of my foot and put on a pair of socks so I don’t get my carpet oily.
  • Eye Shadows – Old eye shadows can be used for art and crafty projects. Katie from Running With A Glue Gun shows how to re-purpose eye shadows and create a beautiful painting.
  • Mascaras –  You can convert the mascara brush into a brow brush, just make sure you wash off the mascara first.
  • Lip sticks – Lipsticks can also be re-purposed for arts and craft. I scribbled with an old lipstick to create the photo above.
  • Body Mist/Perfumes – Perfumes can be sprayed on bed sheets, curtains or bathroom and pretty much anywhere. It’s even possible to create a DIY Home Diffuser with old perfume.

Do you re-purpose expired beauty products?


26 comments on What To Do With Expired Beauty Products

  1. CherryBlossom
    January 2, 2017 at 10:50 pm (11 months ago)

    I enjoyed reading the reuse ideas, you’ve mentioned a lot of beauty products, so thanks for the suggestions!

  2. Charlie
    January 3, 2017 at 1:13 am (11 months ago)

    Is it wrong to ask what’s wrong with using expired stuff? 😛 Other than they’re pprobs just less effective? Also do you have a guide on sorting out nail polish? I’ve got my collection that started in the 80s which are most likely to have those 5 chemicals.

    • Kerri
      January 3, 2017 at 8:54 pm (11 months ago)

      I think probably less effective and may cause a reaction of some sort. I have nail polish from 10 years ago and the oils have started to separate. I find after a good shake they work just as good as new.
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  3. Shell
    January 3, 2017 at 9:27 am (11 months ago)

    I’m currently using an expired shampoo as a makeup brush cleaner & it works well. I’ve also used facial oils as a body moisturiser & I’m doing double duty with a hair mask atm, using it both as a shaving cream as well as a hair mask. I also use perfumes I don’t like as air fresheners in the bathroom.
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  4. Lubz
    January 3, 2017 at 10:18 am (11 months ago)

    These are some great ideas! I do reuse the mascara wand, but the other ones like repurposing shadows and lipsticks for art – brilliant!

  5. Laura
    January 3, 2017 at 12:04 pm (11 months ago)

    I love this post!! Such a great idea! I’ve never even thought about using expired cleansers for cleaning make up brushes!

    Laura || http://www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

  6. Meneka
    January 3, 2017 at 12:10 pm (11 months ago)

    This is so clever! Definitely going to do these!

  7. Rachel Walker
    January 3, 2017 at 12:29 pm (11 months ago)

    I love your recommendations! I’m currently going through my beauty products and I know I need to get rid of some expired items, but I’m not ready to part ways with them. Great solution xx

  8. Jasmine
    January 3, 2017 at 10:06 pm (11 months ago)

    Hahahahaha yeeessss “expired” 😛
    Just kidding. This is such a great resource though as I’m sure as many beauty bloggers know, you simply cannot use everything haha xx

  9. Di from Max The Unicorn
    January 3, 2017 at 11:35 pm (11 months ago)

    Loved reading this as I never would have thought of some of those! Great tips, will definitely use old eyeshadow and lipstick for craft projects.
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  10. Norlin
    January 5, 2017 at 4:47 pm (11 months ago)

    LOVE this post!!!! I’ve got a number of facial oils that might have expired (have yet to check), and good idea on using expired/old perfumes as a home diffuser!!

  11. CandyFairy
    January 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm (10 months ago)

    I loooove getting these kinds of ideas! I think they’re great for when products don’t work or go funky. It’s great recycling!! 😀


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