The beauty banks are a UK based registered charity. Their mission is to end hygiene poverty. They do this by collecting donations of personal hygiene and beauty products are donating them to those in need- think food banks for beauty products!
So why is this needed……
In the UK there are millions of families that are living in poverty- often these families can’t always afford to buy food (I’m sure you have seen in the news the statics for how many people are using food banks now- it’s shocking to think that so many people simply can’t afford to eat!) So if it’s a choice between feeding your family and keeping your family clean then I’m sure most of us would put eating as the top priority! However does this really mean that beauty and hygiene products should be considered a luxury? No! These are basic items that we need for every day life too. Imagine leaving your house without wearing deodorant, not brushing your teeth or knowing that you hadn’t washed your body or hair for days and how that would affect your confidence and self esteem- it would have a massive impact on your day and for some people that is becoming every day life- sometimes missing work/school or important meetings because of it. Bearing in mind that many of us wouldn’t consider leaving the house without make up there are certain items that we NEED just to leave the house feeling like a dignified human!
What do ‘Beauty banks’ actually do?
The Beauty banks collect the donations made by companies or the general public and distribute them to registered charity’s throughout the UK who in turn get them to the people who need them! They also work with select Mp’s, press and other charities to lobby for lasting change. Recently they had a massive win after ‘Free period protection’ was introduced by the government- schoolgirls can now be supplied with free sanitary products meaning thousands of children will no longer be missing school due to this issue.
What the beauty banks say…
” We believe that being clean is a basic human right, not a luxury and not a privilege. We exist to make ‘hygiene poverty’ history while supporting those living in poverty in the UK – those who can’t afford to be clean – with personal care and hygiene essentials. This is about dignity, self-confidence and mental wellbeing. This is also about change. We support those in need while lobbying the UK government, as part of a Beauty APPG, to make change happen”
Items that the beauty banks accept...
- (All items must be unopened).
- Toothbrushes and paste,
- Shower gel,
- Razors and razorblades,
- Shaving gel,
- Soap and flannels,
- Shampoo and conditioner,
- Tampons or sanitary towels,
- Face wash, moisturiser and skincare
- Body lotion,
- Make up,
- Hairbrushes and combs
- Nail clippers
- Products for men,
- Children need, talcum powder, baby shampoo, nappies, wipes, nappy rash cream, hair and toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby bath and lotion.
- Teen clients need deodorant, spot cream and sanitary protection.
Put yourself in any of their shoes and send what you’d need to feel human and dignified.
Items that cant be accepted….
Anything that has been opened or used! Fake tan, health supplements and vitamins, body slimming and weight loss products and nail polish.
How you can donate or help
At Libra Beauty we regularly run collection for the beauty banks, so you can drop your donations to us!
Beauty banks have drop off locations all around the UK- you can drop your donations to your most local drop off point. You could even become a drop off point your self!
If you would like to know more about the beauty banks you can find out here https://www.beautybanks.org.uk/