Donating Cosmetics, Makeup, Skincare in Greater Toronto Area, including Mississauga.

Update 2020:
Due to COVID, unfortunately all opened, used or gently used cosmetics are not applicable to be accepted.
Products must be still new in packaging to be dropped off at your local shelter or location of choice.

Here is confirmed list that will take used cosmetics:

1. Blur Makeup Room in Toronto: takes unused cosmetics to donate to local shelters and trade slightly used cosmetics with other makeup artists.

  • 425 Queen St. West
    Lower Level
    Toronto ON M5V 2A5
    (Queen & Spadina)
  • Store Hours
    Monday-Saturday: 11-7
    Sunday: 12-6

2. *Me*!
If you are willing to ship to Toronto, feel free to contact me to drop off your donation and I will put it to good use! Preferably you contact the shelters first to see if they can take your donation as they can really use the help.

If they cannot and your items are in great condition but not unopened or new, I can give back your donation at my next charity event, give back to community, for lessons and clients open to using etc.

I cannot take anything that has a chance of contamination:
-Jars, shampoos, conditioners, tubes that are dipped back in, etc.

If you’re not sure, feel free to ask!


Original Post:

donation with olivia haWhen was the last time you cleaned out your toiletries and cosmetics!? If it’s a bad reaction on your face then perhaps it’s time! (Good things will happen when you do something for yourself, I promise 😉 Keep reading to the bottom for a surprise!)

For the Spring clean up, I know it’s important to me that my space is clean and tidy.
I try to always update and clean my stash, but there are still some unused cosmetics laying around!

“You are the space you keep” – that still rings in my head realizing I have this clutter around, unable to use it all, so I started to look at places I could donate these cosmetics to.

Then I started to research and realize it’s hard to find places that accept gently used makeup. Almost no places accept it and only wish for new items. A lot of my products have been only swatched once and left in it’s original packaging!

As I started to look around, I see it is actually not publicized very well where these shelters are, for security reasons to keep the women in them safe, but a lot of people don’t know where they exist in the city too.

I kept researching and my heart sank more… the more I realize there are a lot of women in need. A lot of them don’t feel home is the safest place for them to be. They require a lot of help, from finding proper housing on their own, getting a job, having clothing that will help them get there, basically starting fresh again as if they just arrived to the city – brand new.

I can’t imagine how some have to go through that, living in the fear that whoever is abusing them will find them to hunt them down and make their lives unlivable.

However…I believe we all can make a difference this spring to the local communities. So I challenge you to at least donate 5 items laying around in your house to a local shelter.

Sometimes I believe that just showing up to make that donation will make all that difference in someone’s life that there are people out there that care and hope to make a difference in someone’s life that is in need.

Step 1:

– Finding that local shelter that will accept your items.
– See what else they accept to see what else you can package for someone, like spring birthday for someone.
– Make sure to also contact the shelter first to see if they require an appointment for security purposes

Step 2: Locations:

In Mississauga:

1. Interim Place:

See Wish List Here:
For more information please call (905) 403-9691 ext. 2223 before coming for the address or

Personal Care Items (new items only in full or regular sizes, no sample sizes please)
Feminine care products
Diapers, diaper wipes, and diaper rash ointment & baby lotion
Tooth brushes & toothpaste Over the counter medications: Pain relief, cough & cold
Curling irons & hair straighteners
Hair care products
Black hair products
Skin care products (i.e.: bar & hand washing soaps)
Multi – vitamins and prenatal vitamins
Toilet paper & paper towels


Here’s what else I found in Toronto:


2. Covenant House:
Donations Department
Covenant House Toronto
(416) 598-4898, ext. 7085

Toiletries must be new. Travel-sizes are welcome. Please note, we have a greater need for men’s toiletries.

Hair products
Deodorant, body spray
Disposable razors, shaving cream
Sanitary pads
Toothbrushes, toothpaste

3. Women’s Aide:
14 Herne Hill
Toronto, Ontario
M9A 2X1

Tracey Cairns – Founder/Director
T: 416 236-5110

“For liability and personal hygiene reasons, all donated products MUST be unopened. We do NOT collect clothing, toys, household appliances, hotel toiletries or trial size products.
Cotton Swabs
Toilet tissue
Tissue (Kleenex)
Laundry Detergent
Feminine Protection
Paper towels
Dish Soap
Rubber gloves
Diapers (any size)
Baby Wipes
Baby Formula
Baby Food – Jars
Pacifiers ”

4. Red Door Shelter:
Drop off Times
Monday through Friday- 9am to 5pm *Please note that you must call ahead to ensure that we are able to accept your donation: Denise Nishihiro at 416-915-5671 ext 234.

Drop off Location
21 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4M 2R6

“New Toiletries: shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, baby wipes, diapers, feminine products.”

Other Shelters that list toiletries (not sure about cosmetics):

5. Interval House:
For security reasons, we can only accept in-kind donations by appointment.
You can email or call us at 416-924-1411 ext. 256 and let us know your name, contact information and the items you wish to donate. We will contact you to discuss further details.

Interval House
131 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1R8

Interval House currently has a high need for:
Clothing for children 5+
Clothing for teenage boys
Casual purses/backpacks
Women’s career clothing, especially: full suits (size 14 and over), full suits (size 4 and under),
dress shirts (sizes XL, XXL, XXXL), and closed-toe shoes (size 10 and higher)
Toiletries, including: shampoo, body wash, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste
Baby toiletries, including: baby wipes, baby body wash, baby shampoo”

6. North York Women’s Shelter:
1140 Sheppard Ave. West, Unit 2
North York, ON
M3K 2A2

“Toiletries and Self-Care
Feminine Hygiene products
Shampoo & Conditioner
Body Wash”

7. Nellie’s Shelter:

Permanent Needs
-Shampoo and Conditioner
– Deodorant
– Toothpaste
– Tooth brushes
– Hair brushes
– Combs
– Body lotion
– Vaseline
– Shower curtains and liners
– Pillows
– Towels
– Bedding (twin size)
– Gift Certificates (Target, Walmart, Movie Passes)
– TTC Tokens
– Food Vouchers (No Frills, Sobeys, President’s Choice)

Step 3

Package your donation with your love.

– Opt to donate products in tubes, squeezable sanitary packaging.
– Jars can be easier to contaminate so it’s harder to share among a shelter of women.
– Make sure your products aren’t expired

Heartfelt Checklist:
– If you were running away from something abusive in your life, what do you believe you will appreciate? Try and donate something like that which you first thought of.
– Write a genuine note in the box/package you’re donating to the shelter. I’m sure even though you may never see this lady, or the group you’re donating to, I’m really sure they will feel your appreciation and care for them in such a tough time. This may boost their spirits to go out there in confidence that people will help them start again.
– Make a little wish for the people and the difference you wish to make this spring for yourself, and for the people you hope to affect.
– Watch the good that comes in your life in different areas. A magic coin may or may not appear, people may not treat you nicer, but know that EVERYTHING has a ripple effect. Your action that day has rippled a beautiful effect in something you wish for the world (your own world you live in).
– Know and truly believe that you deserve that type of love you just gave out too <3

For anyone that has donated something to a local shelter:
1. Take a picture of what you have donated
2. Post what you have donated here
and you will be invited to have a complimentary mini-makeover, courtesy of me helping you pay it forward. You deserve pampering too.
You can then go out there, shine, radiate with your beautiful self and be rewarded for making a positive difference with hoping to do so in the first place.


Ready, set go!

Warmest Hugs,

Inner Beauty Guru
Makeup • Hair • Beauty Specialist

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32 Responses

  1. wanda
    | Reply

    Thanks for sharing this. I have been attemmpting to donate my slightly used products out. this list is perfect.

    • admin
      | Reply

      I’m glad I’m able to help Wanda! When you donate the products, make sure you take a snapshot and post it here! I will be sure to pamper you 🙂

  2. Char
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    Thanks for this list. I was surprised to see so many shelters turning down hotel toiletries! Especially when hotels often has really good products now (Paul Michell, Aveda, Moroccan, body shop, fresh, etc.) it’s too bad because they could get so many more items if they accepted trial sized/smaller sizes.

    • Olivia
      | Reply

      Hi Char!
      I dropped off a bunch of things at the Mississauga shelter and they just accepted everything and said they will sort through the items. I’m sure if maybe it’s sealed they might still take it! We can at least try 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by Char hope this was helpful to you.

  3. Tina
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    Hi Olivia! What a wonderful program and incentive. I have TONS of gently used (and hardly used) good quality make-up that I’m sure would be well received by the women in the shelters. Are you still doing this program or has it ended as it looks like it is a spring 2015 program? Please advise either way as I plan to clean out my makeup drawers either way! Great job and what a wonderful program to help those women in need and make them feel more beautiful….

    • Olivia
      | Reply

      Hi Tina!
      I would gladly honor this request as it’s never too late to help out the community. So many women are in need of just the smallest donation that don’t know that anyone is out there to help. This will go directly to women in the community where you know they will appreciate your help.
      I know for sure they will accept unused makeup, but if it’s gently used, make sure it’s still not expired or clean (no jars as they expire faster).
      A good rule of thumb is to imagine yourself receiving this box of cosmetics, would you be hesitant to use it or does it show clear signs that it’s safe to use.

      If you do donate, please take pictures of your donation or even a video (for me to put together as part of a community project) as proof at the shelter being donated to and I would gladly give you a pampering mini-makeover!

      You can direct any other inquiries to olivia [at]


  4. Cesca
    | Reply

    Hi this is great! What a wonderful initiative. I came across your site because I also have items I’d like to donate. I’m starting to research and I hope I will find places like these in Montreal, Quebec. If you know of anywhere, I’d appreciate it 🙂

    • Olivia
      | Reply

      Hi Franceska,
      It’s so lovely of you to help your community in Montreal!
      Unfortunately I don’t as I have not been apart of the cosmetic donations in your city.
      Please let me know if you do find one though, I would love to list it for anyone else in your city that you have success with!

      Let me know if you are ever in the GTA/Toronto for a quick treat from me!

  5. Lisa
    | Reply

    Hi Olivia,

    Thank you for putting together this list. I have a bunch of things I’ve wanted to donate and came across your website.


    • Olivia
      | Reply

      Hi Lisa!
      Thank you for taking the time to contact me, I hope you were able to find a place for your donation. If not please let me know and I will place it with a local charity or an event I can host to pay it forward!

  6. Vivian
    | Reply

    Hi Olivia
    Would you know of any locations in Richmond Hill?
    Thanks for posting this great information

    • Olivia
      | Reply

      Hi Vivian! I have updated a location that takes used cosmetics, as well as opened up myself to sort out any used cosmetics and donations to give out to women that will appreciate this donation! Hopefully the options will be accessible to you. Please let me know if you would like to drop it off to me in which I can drop it off at Blur Makeup Room or another charity.

  7. Katherine
    | Reply

    Hi Olivia,

    Thank you for taking the time to post and update all this useful information! 🙂
    I travel a lot for work and almost always collect the unused toiletries with me to donate when I’m back in town. My office has a bin set up for just that, but they don’t accept make-up. Also, sample-sized make-up (ie. Sephora goodies) is the most difficult to find recipients for. The ones I have are unused and/or in sealed packaging. Any suggestions?

    • Olivia
      | Reply

      Hi Katherine!
      From what I know, most shelters prefer the unused sample size because some women are “on the go” and appreciate the small sample sizes!
      I remember reading it on a shelter but I would definitely contact the closest one to see if they are open to it. I think a good indicator for everyone when donating is if you received the product, would you be happy to have received it being in a position of a shelter? If it looks clean, sanitary and especially in your case Katherine, where the packaging is sealed and unused (check the expiry too), I see no issue with it! I tried to do a search for you about sample sizes and nothing comes up. I don’t see where it says it’s not accepted. Do you remember which shelter turned down your donation offer?

  8. Katerina
    | Reply

    Hi Olivia, does any of these places except nail polish? I have lots I would like to donate and a lot of them weren’t even used once.

    • Olivia
      | Reply

      I would absolutely believe so Katerina! I know I and Blur Makeup Room (Toronto) accept these donations, as a lady I could definitely appreciate it!
      I know I did a giant nail polish donation (a whole drawer of them) and they accepted it in the box I had them in. I’m not sure if they kept it or threw it out after but I do know they accepted it! Please keep me updated to see the situation of it so far.

  9. Everhoppy
    | Reply

    Hi Olivia!
    I make handcrafted Artisan Soap from scratch but not all bars are saleworthy (to my standards). They are the same quality ingredients but just didn’t turn out as planned. I’d like to donate these soaps, but not sure where I can take them. I’m in rural Ontario and don’t travel to the larger cities very often. Any suggestions?

    • Olivia
      | Reply

      Hi Everhoppy!
      Where in rural Ontario are you? Perhaps I can find something closeby in your area you can donate to!
      Love how you thought to donate your beautiful artisan soap!

  10. Jason
    | Reply

    Hey, I’m in Mississauga and we’ve got some shampoos and soaps at our house no one’s using that I don’t want to just toss out. Would you let me know how I could arrange a drop off with you? Thanks.

    • Olivia
      | Reply

      Hi Jason!
      Thank you for reaching out! In terms of shampoos and soaps, they would have to be gently used to new for sanitary reasons, if they are, please contact me over email: info (at) oliviaha (dot) com to arrange a drop-off!

  11. Steph
    | Reply

    Hi Olivia,

    Thanks for putting together this post. I have a number of high quality shampoos, conditioners and lotions that are opened but barely used. I’m moving to a new country so won’t be able to bring them with me, and it would be a shame for them to go to waste. I can’t seem to find anywhere that takes open products in Toronto though. Are you aware of any? Or are you still collecting these products in Mississauga?


    • Olivia
      | Reply

      Hi Stephanie!
      Yes I am still taking in donations, I plan to be giving away most of them during the summertime at shelters or for upcoming at other community events.
      May I ask how old the products are? If they cannot be in a condition that is sanitary I cannot receive them.
      If they are, you can definitely drop them off to me. Please email me at info(at)oliviaha(dot)com and we can set it up together!

  12. Ryley
    | Reply

    Hey I have a few makeup items I was hoping to donate but I am not sure if it’s the type of item that would be accepted or if I should just throw them away how can I find out if it is worth donating?

    • Olivia
      | Reply

      Hi Ryley,
      Thanks for taking the time to ask! A simple quick way to judge is to ask yourself: if the product came to you upon first looking at it, will it be something that you would be willing to reuse? If it looks unsanitary or questionable, the receiver may feel the same! If it’s barely used, or brand new, it is in re-usable condition. Anything like tubes of mascara, tubes of lipgloss, where the product comes in contact with skin and gets mixed in a liquid – it cannot be reused as it has been contaminated. I hope this helps!

  13. Tanya
    | Reply

    Are you still taking makeup donations??

    • Olivia
      | Reply

      Hi Tanya, Yes I am!
      I cut off used lipsticks, sanitize them and can donate these.
      What products do you have?

      • Tanya
        | Reply

        So sorry i didnt see your comment until now! I have unused lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes that have either not been used or have been gently used, would you be open to taking them?

  14. T
    | Reply

    Hi Olivia, I’ve recently been cleaning and have a number of bottles of partially or barely used nail polish that is rather donate than throw out. Do you know of any good places that might accept something like that? All my local shelters only take new products (which I can understand and respect), but I hate to just throw these out.

    • Olivia
      | Reply

      Hi Dreaming Wolf,
      Yes you can donate used nail polishes to Blur Makeup Room on Queen St West, in Toronto!

  15. Sarah Loretta
    | Reply

    Hello Olivia, I’m a coordinator for Allan Gardens Food & Clothing Share. We’ve been supporting Toronto’s downtown east side homeless community for 5 years. We welcome makeup donations and toiletries.
    We are set up every Sunday from 12-2pm directly in front of the Allan Gardens Conservatory located at Carlton and Sherbourne, we accept donation drop offs at that time.

  16. JJ
    | Reply

    Hi Olivia,
    Do you still take makeup products? I used to work for a makeup company and have a TON of unopened products lying around. Would love it if you could take it off my hands. Unfortunately, I’m not able to make it downtown so that rules out a lot of shelters you’ve listed. Please let me know, thank you!

  17. Tricia Boothe
    | Reply

    Hi Olvia,

    Are you still accepting products in Mississauga?

    The products I have may have been used 1x. Many are still brand new. The products are for mainly for black hair



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