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5 Ways to Upcycle Your Empty Skincare Containers

When we finish our skincare products, it’s so easy to just toss away our empties into the trash without even thinking twice. But this Earth Day, we need to do better. We started thinking of ways that we can make a change and help our planet. While each of our glowoasis products are recyclable, we figured, why not reuse and repurpose our empties instead? Check out our top ways to upcycle your old skincare containers into new eco-friendly items below:


1. Small Jewelry & Hair Accessories

If you’re like us, you’ve misplaced your favorite earrings, scrunchies and bobby pins more times than you can count. These items are so tiny that we always find them scattered all over every bedside table and dresser throughout the house. Thankfully, we’ve come up with a solution. Keep all your small jewelry and hair accessories together in old skincare containers. Our glowburst moisturizer and makeupmelt cleansing balm canisters are the perfect sizes to hold your everyday accessories like rings, bracelets, headbands, clips and so much more! 


2. Cotton Pads & Q-Tips

Similar to how you can use our glowburst moisturizer and makeupmelt containers as storage units for your jewelry and hair accessories, the same can be said for cotton pads and Q-tips. Clear up some room on your bathroom counter by placing these common household items in your empties. We suggest cleaning out any residue left behind with soap and water and letting the container fully dry before reusing. For those that want to go the extra mile here, you can even replace your single-use cotton pads with reusable ones.


3. Makeup Brushes

If your vanity set is overcrowded with makeup, perfumes, gels, lotions and more, this is a tip for you! Take your long makeup brushes and place them in tall skincare containers, like the ones our cloudcleanse cloud-whipped foam cleanser and milkdew pH balancing moisture milk toner come in. This will not only organize your makeup brushes, but also give you so much more valuable space you can work with.


4. Plants

Show off your green thumb by turning your empties into beautiful flower pots. Potted plants are a great addition to your office desk, bedroom windowsill, or you can even give them as a gift to a loved one. Just fill the container with potting mix, moss and the plant of your choice, and water regularly. We recommend growing a plant with tiny roots, since it is a small receptacle.  Who knew a skincare jar could be so versatile?!


5. Travel compartments

Booked a flight for an upcoming trip? You’ll want to keep plenty of empties on hand. 

Our powderporefect powder-to-foam enzyme cleanser, glowshot supercharged hydrating serum, makeupmelt cleansing balm and glowburst moisturizer cases are each made to hold less than 3.4 oz. This means you can completely fill these containers up with new liquids and still meet airline requirements. Repurposing your empties will save you the time, money and energy of running out to a convenience store to pick up travel-friendly toiletries. Now, you’ll have one less thing to worry about, so you can strictly focus on having a great time on your vacation.


While these ideas may seem so simple, they truly make a world of difference to the environment. Please keep them in mind this Earth Day, and every day. When you channel your creativity, you can transform your skincare empties into something new and fabulous.

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