We're happy to present this article from one of our favorite sites, Real Beauty.
If you are looking to get rid of the clutter under your bathroom cabinet, start by donating your free samples and unopened beauty products to women in need.
In addition to gaining good karma, giving away your old makeup is tax deductible (just don't forget to get a receipt as an official record of your donation)! If you're looking to do a cosmetics overhaul, check out these organizations.
Dress for Success: This non-profit organization prepares less-fortunate ladies for job interviews by providing professional attire and career training courses. The group accepts unopened products, business suits, shoes, and jewelry. Your stash of unused Clinique samples may help someone land her dream career. dressforsuccess.org
Beauty Bus Foundation: There is no better medicine than a mini makeover! This charity enlists beauty professionals to visit homes and hospitals to spruce up the lives (and appearances) of the terminally ill as well as their caregivers. Beauty Bus also compiles gift bags of goodies for the sick. Send in your favorite neon nail color to brighten up a patient's day. beautybus.org
Donate My Dress: Allow a teenage girl to be the belle of the ball. Many non-profits that facilitate the donation of prom dresses also accept makeup and beauty services. Every teenage girl needs the perfect eye shadow to match her tulle on the big night. Locate an organization near you at donatemydress.org.
Women's Shelter: If you need a place to deposit your old makeup, look no further than your local women's shelter. Centers that specialize in the care of homeless and abused women are willing to accept a little cheer in the form of a half-full bottle of your favorite fragrance.