First of all, this is a legit thing. It’s a real trend. After stores close…under cover of darkness, resourceful beauty lovers are getting into their cars, driving out to stores like Sephora and Ulta, and going scavenging in dumpsters for beauty products.
I had no idea! — but it’s a big deal on YouTube, where people post videos of themselves going out to these dumpsters and dumpster diving for makeup. Then they share their hauls in videos.
Sometimes the products are brand new and completely untouched, but sometimes they aren’t. Companies discard products for a variety of reasons, from broken packaging to customer returns to expiration dates and inventory control.
Sometimes the items are sabotaged by employees before being thrown out to discourage dumpster diving. It’s called “souping,” and some dumpster divers go through a process to recover these destroyed products before they end up in landfills (props for resourcefulness). It’s fascinating!
I mean…I can see the appeal. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt worth potentially thousands of dollars in beauty products, and it’s also slightly dangerous and exciting.
But there are risks. Dumpsters are almost always on private property, so it could be trespassing. There could also be used syringes, old food and other health risks mixed in with the products (ugh!). The items might also be expired or subject to a recall. You can’t always tell.
I don’t think I’d do it at this point in my life…but I can’t say that I wouldn’t have considered it when I was 15 or 16 years old. If my friends had wanted to dig through the Sephora garbage on a Friday night to see if there were any unused Urban Decay palettes up in there, hmm… That would have been hard to resist. I don’t know.
Would you ever go beauty dumpster diving? Or have you done it before? Let me know!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,