If you love beauty subscriptions boxes as much as I do, then you know sometimes those fun little items can have a tendency to pile up. Especially if you subscribe to more than one box, which I must say is easy to do!  So when your makeup bag begins to overflow with these goodies, where do you go with it? I say, do NOT let anything go to waste. Let me tell you a few ideas I have that will help you get the most of your beauty subscription boxes.

If you’re not familiar with what these boxes are all about, I occasionally share my recent boxes in my posts here and here. Birchbox is the subscription that I’ve been enjoying for years for just $10 per month, but there are plenty of others to choose from. And if a monthly box is too frequent for you, Walmart offers a quarterly box at just 5 bucks per box!  If you need help finding a subscription box that’s right for you, check out this free app from Amazon called Subscription Box Finder to help you find subscription boxes for any interests!

Yes, I love my subscription, but let’s face it, not all of the contents are winners. Even the stuff you love can get a bit redundant over time. By that I mean, YES, sometimes there really CAN be too much of a good thing! This, however, is not nearly reason enough for me not to indulge this little addiction of self gifting. I deserve it! And so do you!

So what’s a girl to do? Plenty. Let’s think outside the box here and make sure none of these goodies go to waste. Here is my list of how you can donate, use up and re-gift your unwanted beauty products.


Even though your boxes are customized for you, you may sometimes end up with a color that just doesn’t work on you, or a sample that for whatever reason you simply cannot use. It happens. But your trash can be someone else’s treasure. These little samples make great stocking stuffers, small secret Santa gifts and great additions birthday, baby shower and graduation gifts.

The best idea for re-gifting the boxes is to use the box itself. I don’t pretend to have any talent in the area of gift wrapping (I quite hate it, in fact), but just slap a bow on them to cover the print, and you’ve got a lovely gift box in an instant. Of course, you can get a bit more fancy and wrap the whole thing, too. The size is so perfect for gifting small gadgets, jewelry and especially for disguising gift cards.

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My favorite idea for making use of unwanted products is to donate them to those who really need them. Specifically domestic abuse shelters. One to look into for donating shower soaps & shampoos is Giving the Basics charity, which gives basic hygiene products to low income families with children as well as women’s shelters.  Since shelters are mostly run locally, you can find a shelter in your area from this directory.


When I’m feeling lazy and just want to get rid of a sample, I’ve been known to repurpose them for other uses. Like what, you ask? Some examples are to use shampoos for scrubbing sinks and bathtubs (leaves them smelling so good!). Their conditioner samples make terrific shaving lotions, or use a small amount to tame frizz on dry & styled hair. My favorite.


If you do any amount of air travel, I’m sure you’re familiar with the 3-1-1 rule. All liquids and gels must be no larger than 3 oz. The sizes of these samples are absolutely perfect for that travel requirement. Even if you don’t travel via air, the compact size of these goodies make it so you can bring more with you, and take much less space in your luggage.

Having options for products that I wouldn’t otherwise buy myself is why I love and will continue to keep my beauty subscriptions going. And with so many subscriptions to choose from, there is a product option and price point for everyone. What not to love? So if you have a subscription and have unique ways to use them up, I’d love to hear about it!

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