Beauty Banks

Beauty Banks was set up in early 2018 with the aim of tackling hygiene poverty, following some crazy statistics about the number of girls missing school due to not being able to afford sanitary products. Once the co-founders, Jo Johnson and Sali Hughes, started to look into the issue further, they were quite shocked to discover via food banks and homeless shelters that people living in poverty often understandably have to prioritise eating over hygiene. Emma Jones recently wrote about the work of Beauty Banks in Ethos, which you can read here. You can follow their work on Instagram and Facebook.

Throughout January, we thought we would maximise on the unwanted Christmas smellies market and collect for Beauty Banks, delivering what we collect to North Liverpool food bank in early February. If you don’t have any unwanted Christmas items, have a rootle around your cupboards and cabinets at home, and take this opportunity to clear out any unwanted and unused toiletries and cosmetics, including sachets and trial packs, hotel minis and any other items you simply won’t use. A non-exhaustive list is below. Don’t forget to check with families and friends too, everything is gratefully received. If you’re unsure about anything, please email us ([email protected]) and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

NB: items must be unused and unopened and can be for men, women or children

Sanitary products
Disposable razors
Shampoo/ conditioner (incl baby shampoos)
Shaving foam / aftershave
Lip balms
Hand gel
Shower gel/ bath foams
Hairbrushes/ combs (incl nit combs)
Hairbands and accessories
Cotton wool/ cotton buds
Baby wipes
Face wash / spot cream / moisturiser
Make up
Body lotion
Socks (good quality and hard-wearing like hiking or football socks)
Tweezers/ nail clippers
Toothbrushes/ toothpaste/ mouthwash
Toiletry bags
Sponges/ flannels

There’s a crate outside the door of our studio on the Mezzanine of the Northern Lights building where goodies can be left, or if there’s someone in the studio, feel free to stop by. Thank you!

-Lucy M

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