Get Rewarded for Recycling Your Empty Personal Care & Beauty Products

No matter if your motivation is to protect the environment, help people in need, or simply earn free products for yourself, there are many great reasons to recycle empty containers!

Your beauty and personal hygiene routines are essential to feeling and looking your best, but the unique packaging may present a recycling challenge. Fortunately there are many places where your skincare, haircare, nailcare, and cosmetic product containers can find new life after you are finished with them!

Green Heart Love Nature

Green Heart Love Nature

Continue reading to learn more about how you can return old containers for benefits like free productsdonate old mascara wands to help wildlife, or donate gently used products to women-in-need (perfect for things that didn’t work out, color experiments gone wrong, or free samples you just don’t want).

Recycle Beauty & Personal Containers to Get Rewards!

20+ Beauty Brands with Bonus Rewards for Recycling Products

20+ Beauty Brands with Bonus Rewards for Recycling Products

This list of cosmetic companies includes those who will reward you for recycling your containers with them. Take advantage of free products, discounts, and loyalty points!

1. bareMinerals

Empty full-sized makeup and skincare products from any brand are accepted as part of the bareMinerals Give Back Get Back Recycling Program. FAB Program Members are eligible to participate in bareMinerals Give Back Get Back Recycling Program at all participating bareMinerals boutique locations, as a way to earn 5 FAB pointsfor every empty item brought in to participating bareMinerals boutiques (no purchase necessary).

Read more about the program at bareminerals.com/terms-conditions-fab.

2. Burt’s Bees

There are 2 ways to recycle your used Burt’s Bees containers! Either bundle your empties in groups of at least 3 and request a prepaid label to send directly back to Burt’s Bees for recycling. While this is a great option to have, you will not receive any incentive for doing so.

Alternatively, you may choose to send your Burt’s Bees recycling to Terracycle to earn points! Shipments over 1 lb receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound (shipments under 1 lb do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

3. Colgate

Colgate has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for oral care product packaging. Shipments over 2 lbs receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound (shipments under 2 lb do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

4. EOS

EOS Recycle Rewards Program

EOS Recycle Rewards Program

EOS has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for eos lip, lotion, and shave packaging. Shipments over 1 pound receive 100 TerraCycle points / pound (shipments under 1 lb do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

5. Everyday Minerals

Trade your empties for free blush! Send back 8 large empty jars (Base, Face, or Cheek), and you will receive your choice of an Everyday Minerals blush for free!

6. Garnier

Garnier has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for empty Garnier containers with a TerraCycle® logo. Shipments over 10 lbs receive 2 TerraCycle points / unit (shipments under 10 lbs do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

7. Herbal Essences

Herbal Essences has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Herbal Essences hair care packaging. Shipments can be any size to earn points — you will earn 100 TerraCycle points per pound of recycled waste.

8. Innisfree

Take advantage of the Innisfree Eco recycling program and recycle up to 5 bottles a month. You’ll receive 50 loyalty points per full-size bottle. In-store only.

9. Josie Maran

Josie Maran Cosmetics has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Josie Maran Cosmetics packaging. Shipments can be any size to earn points — you will earn 100 TerraCycle points per pound of recycled waste.

10. Kiehl’s Since 1851 

Recycle full-size Kiehl’s products to receive a stamp (deluxe samples & complimentary products can be returned for recycling but do not receive a stamp). Customers will also receive one recycle count when using a Kiehl’s tote bag while shopping in a Kiehl’s retail location. Ten stamps earn a free 2.5oz travel-size product.

11. Lip Ink

Send in any four (4) empty full sized LIP-INK® vials and you can choose any LIP-INK Liquid Lip Color for FREE along with FREE domestic shipping. Limit 1 per customer per year (must purchase an additional item). Note that you may to send in any number of vials for recycling but only 4 vials will be credited towards free LIP-INK® lip color.

12. L’Occitane en Provence

L'Occitane Recycling Rewards Program

L’Occitane Recycling Rewards Program

Bring back (to stores) your empty, full-sized product from L’OCCITANE (or any beauty brand) and receive 10% off a FULL-SIZED product! Accepted waste includes:

  1. Beauty packaging such as lip balm tubes, makeup remover bottles and pumps, fragrances bottles and pumps, and deodorant sticks
  2. Skin care packaging such as face mask packaging, refill pouches, and dispensers and tubes for soap, facial cleansers and body lotions
  3. Hair care packaging such as pumps and caps from shampoo and conditioner bottles, hair care dispensers and containers, hair product trigger heads, and refill pouches

13. Lush USA 

Bring back 5 empty, clean black LUSH pots to your local shop for recycling and receive a free Fresh face mask!

14. MAC Cosmetics 

Earn free lipstick with the Back To M·A·C Program! Simply return six (6) M·A·C primary packaging containers to a M·A·C counter or M·A·C Cosmetics Online, and receive a free M·A·C Lipstick of your choice (VIVA GLAM Lipsticks and Lipglass can be recycled but do not count towards free gift).

15. Origins

Origins recycles cosmetic empties from any brand, everyday. You will earn 25 loyaly points each time you drop-off your cosmetic empties (once per month) at participating locations.

16. Pacifica Beauty

Pacifica's Preserve Recycling Rewards Program

Pacifica’s Preserve Recycling Rewards Program

Pacifica has partnered with Preserve to create an easy to use recycling program. Send your empty products with a pre-paid shipping label in an envelope, box, or bag of your choice. You will recieve 100 loyalty points for your recycled products (limit 100 points per month)!

The BEST news is that your product moves from being garbage to having a new life! Check out Preserve’s products here!

17. Schmidt’s 

Schmidt’s Naturals has an easy recycling program that rewards you with a free product! Recycle 5 products, get 1 free! Simply, empty five of their sustainable glass jars, ship them back for free, receive a free deodorant of your choice!

18. Skyn ICELAND

Send your qualifying used skyn ICELAND jars, tubes, bottles and packaging. You pay the shipping, receive a bonus offer on skynICELAND.com to receive $10 off every $40 you spend on skynICELAND.com.

19. Tom’s of Maine

Josie Maran Cosmetics has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Josie Maran Cosmetics packaging. Shipments over 4 lbs earn 2 TerraCycle points / unit (shipments under 4 lbs do not earn points but can still be sent back for recycling).

20. Welleda

Welleda has partnered with TerraCycle to create a free recycling program for Herbal Essences hair care packaging. Shipments can be any size to earn points — you will earn 100 TerraCycle points per pound of recycled waste.

21. ZOYA

Zoya offered a discount for recycling old nail polish bottles during April as part of an Earth Day promotion. Although this promotion is now expired, keep an eye out each year for future Earth Day promotions.

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NOTE: Previously, there were recycling programs available at Aveda and Stowaway Cosmetics, but as of article posting time, these programs appear to have been discontinued.

Other Empty Container Recycling Programs

It’s still a great idea to recycle empty containers — even if you won’t be incintivized to do so. Here are programs that help you to recycle unwanted and empty items.

Empty Bottles for Recycling

Empty Bottles for Recycling

1. AppalachianWild.org 

Your old mascara wands can help wildlife when used to remove fly eggs and larva from the fur of animals (they work great because the bristles are so close together). Donations are accepted twice a year (in October and February). Learn more about #smallbrushbigimpact at AppalachianWild.org and mail your cleaned mascara wands during their donation window.

2. Gillette & Venus Razors

Recycle all brands of blades and razors through this program via TerraCycle.

3. Lilah B. 

Send an Email to Lilah B. to receive a prepaid return shipping label allowing you to send us your unwanted beauty products – lilah b. or otherwise.

4. LimeLife by Alcone

Recycle all LimeLife by Alcone skincare and cosmetics packaging, such as face cleanser bottles and pumps, facial oil bottles and caps, custom cosmetics palettes, sunscreen tubes and caps, and face mask jars via TerraCycle.

5. Malin + Goetz

All Malin + Goetz packaging is recyclable and most is biodegradable. Empty products can be dropped at either of their NYC stores, and the company will ensure the products are taken to a recycling center.

6. P&G Soft Packs (Dawn, Old Spice, Olay)

Recycle Old Spice, Olay, and Dawn Soft Packs through this program via TerraCycle.

Where to Donate Gently Used (Non-Empty) Items

We all share the experience of trying out a new product, but for whatever reason, it just doesn’t work out. I’ve had this happen with just about every product type out there (shampoo, makeup, nail polish, moisturizer, etc). While it’s great to sample the latest and greatest products, it stinks to feel wasteful when you don’t finish the bottle!

Enter the solution: Project Beauty Share!

Project Beauty Share is a charitable organization that accepts gently used items and gives them to women-in-need. Check online for more information about what Project Beauty Share accepts including items like these:

  • Barely Used Makeup
  • Facial Cleansers & Moisturizers
  • Body Lotion & Sunscreen (more than 1/2 full)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner (more than 1/2 full)
  • Clean or New Makeup Brushes
  • Perfume & Body Sprays
  • Hair Styling Products & Tools
  • Clean Makeup Bags

Donations can be dropped off at dozens of locations in Washington and Idaho, or can be mailed from anywhere to: Project Beauty Share, 2718 E. Sprague, Spokane, WA 99202

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You may have noticed the TerraCycle program was frequently mentioned as a partner for many of the above companies. This is a great resource for recycling many different, non-standard products (not just beauty and personal care items). Visit the TerraCycle website to learn more about earning discounts or points for recycling.

Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. See website for specific programs from these brands and more:

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In addition to all the places to recycling your old beauty containers, you may also be interested in learning more about how to be rewarded for recycling household container waste, recycling old clothing items & shoes, and recycling old electronics.

31 Responses

  1. beaut flo says:

    Impressive! Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Juma John Jongu says:

    Awesome buddy, we mostly fail to take care of our surroundings in different ways. We must monitor what we throw out there to keep our environment clean. We must practice how to put old products for reuse. I am really support the recycling award idea, this will for sure encourage people to participate well.

    Thank you for this informative post.

  3. Peter hanley says:

    What a great idea and sharing great ways to keep products out of Landfill.
    Being In Australia I shall certainly look at this further being an advocate of recycling where possible.

    Being rewarded should not be necessary however it will provide that extra incentive to participate In 
    the program.

    Our resources are scarce and costs hhigh and this will go a long way to helping both.

    Great informative information.

    Peter H

    • Alyce says:

      While it’s true that we shouldn’t need to be rewarded for doing a good thing like recycling, it’s always a nice bonus anyway. 🙂 Thanks for checking out the list and following up on recycling resources in your local area!!

  4. Jferrari says:

    Amazing, innovative and informative article. You have shared a great idea to save money as well as help the environment. Bareminerals can really be useful. Also good to know about the different programs about recycling these kind of  different products. Especially the Everyday Minerals, Herbal Essence. Earning 5 FAB for every single empty container is a good way of motivating people to use this program. I will be sharing this website with my sisters and mother also ask them to share it with all of their social media accounts.

     

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks so much for sharing the post with your friends and family – when enough people start to recycle regularly, hopefully we will all be able to enjoy a cleaner world! 

  5. Rodarrick says:

    This actually seems very interesting to me since I am a big fan of doing the little things and getting rewards from them. I love the fact that I can recycle my unused items and get paid for them. Another thing is the fact that most empty containers are considered useless before but seeing that I can make quite a lot from them, I see this as a very good offer. Thanks

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Rodarrick, I agree that it makes good sense to recycle these items and get rewarded for the effort too!

  6. Monalisha says:

    Hello, 

    There are many such bottles or quota in my house. I’ll definitely put them on the counter. But this recycling process is not available in many countries, it can be made much easier in the world if it is launched in all countries. This is a good initiative. We all need to know about the recycling process. 

    Thank you for giving such a good idea.

    • Alyce says:

      Even in the US, there is a lot of room for improvement. It’s great that these brands are leading the way with their own recycling programs.

  7. Hossen says:

    Hi there! 

    This is a really awesome idea. There are 2 ways to recycle our used Burt’s Bees containers Knowing this made me wonder. And I can get rewards by recycling it. I think this is a good initiative to protect the environment. I will share this information with my friends. You really wrote well about the topic of recycling. 

    Thank you.

    • Alyce says:

      Thank you for sharing! Hopefully it encourages more companies to start their own recycling programs!

  8. Harber says:

    Hello, 

    We often pollute our surroundings in different ways.We must monitor our surroundings to keep our environment good. We must know how we can put old products on the counters for our benefit. I am really pleased that the recycling award is available.

    After reading the article I got a clear idea about this.

    Thank you for writing a helpful post.

  9. Touhid says:

    wow!!

    Amazing and innovative idea you have shared. the bareminerals are really can be so useful. Also good to know about the different programs about recycling these kind of products. specially the Everyday Minrals, Herbal Essence I liked most. Surely these programs will help to make a healthy environment. Recycling is needed not only of these products but also every good we use like cloths, garbages, wirings and our daily utensils are needed to be recycled.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Touhid, I’m currently working on a post about recycling clothing and shoes! There are a lot of companies that offer incentives to recycle the clothing you no longer use. Stay tuned!

  10. Stella says:

    This is great opportunity for people to get reward for their impact to the environment. If this method can be adopted all over everywhere in the world, we won’t live to see the end of the world. Our day to day activities and waste plastic and nylon disposer are responsible for the awful condition our climates are facing. It is so amazing to see different companies that have the love of our climates and environment at heart  Thanks for this awareness. I will also make this known to my friends.

  11. Alam says:

    Hi there!
    So amazing and informative article. You have shared a nice idea to save money as well as the environment. The idea about recycling the beauty products is so nice. And also earning 5 FAB for every single empty container is innovative. Hope you to creat such ideas to help people to make themselves as well as the environment healthy.

  12. Ray says:

    Although I am male and don’t use these products, it’s great to see that these options for recycling are out there.

    I have to admit I was a hard sell when it came to separating items into recyclable, waste, or just garbage. This is what happens when one has spent most of his life just throwing everything in to a big metal container to be dumped into a landfill.

    Once I started taking more care with separating everything it became second nature. I even started saving all cans, bottles, and milk containers, and most months will earn about $7-$8 and treat myself to a Starbucks coffee and treat for doing my part in recycling.

    Great to see you writing about this important topic and I’m sure there are many women out there who will be very interested in what you have to say.-

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Ray, even men need to take care of their skin and hair, but I understand that these aren’t brands that you use. Stay tuned for an article coming tomorrow about where to recycle clothing items (including jeans) for rewards! 

  13. My Daily Pointers says:

    OMG!  How have I not known about all these things before?  And thank you for the reminder about MAC cosmetics – they are my favorite brand of cosmetics and because, I will admit, I can be a bit of a hoarder, I had been storing all the empty eyeshadow containers!  Now I can get a free lipstick!  I might actually begin purchasing from some of the other companies like Occitane because of the ability to recycle.  GO GREEN!

    • Alyce says:

      Haha… I can also be guilty of hoarding beauty products. 😁 Thankfully these brands give me a good reason to turn them in for recycling!!

  14. Nuttanee says:

    It is good to know that the cosmetic industry is stepping up their game and take it seriously with recycling. I am not aware of that until now. All I did was just to put it as recycling item and that was that. In NYC, you see people going around on recycling day to collect all the bottles to sell and that makes me wonder about all the cosmetic products that we use. Thank you for sharing this information, I will make sure to share this to all my friends. 🙂

    • Alyce says:

      Living in NYC on trash day will definitely open your eyes about how much waste is produced every week!! It’s great to think that there are easy ways to reduce the burden on the planet and be rewarded for doing so. Thanks so much for reading and sharing!

  15. Gomer says:

    We have too many of these bottles here in our house because my mother intentionally gathered them for selling to recyclers. Besides, our local government is active in segregating garbage by separating the recyclable and the biodegradable. But I understand that not all place in the world have this kind of program so this list of companies you have shared can help or at least give people ideas on how to recycle their beauty containers. You guys are very fortunate there in the United States as you can collect these items and have them shipped to proper handlers.

    • Alyce says:

      The recycling programs near my home are pretty hit or miss. There is no curbside recycling, so many items that could be recycled will end up in the trash and in the landfill. These programs are great since they give people an incentive to do the right thing and recycle their waste!

  16. Suzy says:

    Wow, what an informative and helpful site.

    I bet this took a long time to put together. It’s so helpful for those of us looking to save money any place that we can.

    I especially enjoyed reading about the Bengal Cat. I learned about them and now I would like to get one. After just losing my cat that was so special to me, this breed sounds perfect for me. I will be looking into this thanks to your information.

    I will be bookmarking your site for future reference and savings.

    Thanks for all the great information!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Suzy, It’s great that you could find some ways to save money or get extra bonuses when you shop!

      As for Bengal cats, mine has been great! She is full of personally and a great addition to our household!

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