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Tips For Upcycling Your Beauty Empties

by Malka Nebro April 22, 2021

Tips For Upcycling Your Beauty Empties

Recycling has become a standard practice in day-to-day life, but what’s even better for the earth is reusing and upcycling. In the spirit of Earth Day, we want to encourage you to reuse your beauty empties in a few ways you might not have thought of. We drew inspiration from our very own products, but you can reuse whatever you have  lying around.

Before we dive in,  we wanted to give you a quick  rundown of some of our  own packaging principles. All of our outer cartons and boxes are made with FSC Certified  post-consumer recycled paper and board. That means that these materials are already on their second lives (at least!), so why not give them a third? Our Nail Artist bottles are made of up to 50% post consumer recycled glass too. Now, let the upcycling commence. 

Nail Polish Bottles

Before tossing old polish bottles, take a moment to think about how you might reuse them in creative ways. Maybe you’ll choose to fill your bottles with nail polish remover for a travel-friendly hack, or glitter for all your crafting needs. You can even use  them as mini  vases for your nightstand, placing single stems of wildflowers inside with just enough water to keep them perky. 

If crafting and florals aren’t your thing and you decide to depart ways,  you’ll at least want to make sure your bottles are clean for recycling purposes.

Follow these quick steps to clean out your bottles:

Step 1: Fill your empty polish bottle about 1/3 of the way with nail polish remover.

Step 2: Cap the bottle and shake it until all the polish is removed from the inner sides.

Step 3: Repeat the above step as many times as necessary.

Step 4: With a cotton ball or round, remove dried polish from the opening of the bottle.

Step 5: Rinse thoroughly with soap and water.

Candle Jars

Reusing a candle jar is another no-brainer since they have so many uses. Maybe it’s a container for makeup brushes, an inexpensive lowball glass, or the jar for a new candle DIY all together. Lucky for you, it’s a piece of cake to clean too. 

Follow these quick steps to clean out your candle jars:

Step 1: Freeze candle overnight.

Step 2: Remove excess wax.

Step 3: Fill the jar with hot water and soap. Soak for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Empty and remove any remaining wax bits. Wipe clean.

Step 5: Rinse thoroughly with soap and water.

Removing the sticker labels is pretty easy too! Just soak the candle jar in hot water and dish soap for 10 minutes, or until the label slides right off. But we love keeping ours on too!

Outer Boxes

In addition to reusing product containers, look for opportunities to reuse any packaging they happen to come in (consider it a bonus!).  Our Lip R&R and Nail Artist boxes are rigid and fit with a structured lid. Not only do they look pretty, but they were designed to be used again and again. They make the perfect storage boxes for jewelry like earrings, rings, and pins, or for spare change and trinkets. The foam inserts in our rectangular boxes can be removed for slightly larger storage too! They’re great tools for travel, keeping small items in your bags organized and safe. 

When it comes to getting into upcycling (or anything for that matter), it’s always easiest to start small and work your way up. One day you might be cleaning out a candle jar, and the next you’ll be giving a piece of clothing a new life. You never know where your personal sustainability journey will take you, but we’d love for you to start with us. 


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