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Throw That Old Make Up Away!

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I contacted Clinique, which is indirectly connected to Origins, and they said that the Origins program will take any company’s empty cleaned out make up bottles for recycling. I checked at my local Origins counter and the woman there said they will even take old mascara containers (not washed out). www.origins.com/about/index.tmpl?page=recycle

It can be hard to part with a favorite lipstick or shadow but not too hard if you find yourself with repeated infections from using expired cosmetics. This is as good of a time as any to print out this list and go through that stash in the back of your make up drawer and make a clean sweep.

Sources:
http://cosmetics.suite101.com/article.cfm/makeup_shelf_life

http://earth911.com/blog/2009/09/07/360-cosmetics/

Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in women’s health care and quality of care issues. Other articles by Michele can be read at http://www.helium.com/users/487540/show_articles

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I am not a big make up user either. I do wear contact lenses though and anyone with lenses should be extra careful to get rid of old eye make up to avoid problems.

September 15, 2009 - 4:06am

sounds like it's time to keep a sharpie in the bathroom. Put your own date on it.

September 14, 2009 - 4:20pm

I am guilty of keeping make up longer than I should. The good thing is that I hardly ever use anything other than a bit of eyeline (sometimes) and lip gloss. And those 2 never go bad because I actually use them.

I think a lot of women tend to forget when we bought this or could that be expired? It would be nice if manufacturer's had expiration dates on their items but sadly most make up goes bad after you've opened it and used it. This is a good article to keep handy for those wondering how long each item lasts for.

My husband had a bad stye 2 weeks ago-- I wonder if he has been using my old make-up...Hmm...

Just Kidding. :-)

September 14, 2009 - 8:50am
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