Here’s a quick question, what do you do when your skincare bottles are empty? To be honest, we probably just throw them right out. But, instead of throwing them out and possibly harming the environment, why don’t we just recycle them instead? If you don’t know how or where to recycle skincare bottles in Singapore, well you are in luck. Instead of recycling the old fashion way through glass, paper and aluminium, Beauty Insider has a few ideas in mind. There are places you can actually go to recycle your empty skincare bottles! Many skincare and beauty brands actually have a skincare recycling program, in an effort to improve the environment. The best part is that some of these skincare and beauty brands will reward you too for your efforts! So, scroll on to see which few brands have a skincare recycling program you can check out. 

6 Places to Recycle Empty Skincare Bottles


Innisfree is one of the leading Korean skincare brands that started its Empty Bottle Recycling Campaign back in 2003. This ongoing campaign is aimed at Innisfree customers. Whenever you bring in an empty Innisfree bottle to recycle, you’ll be rewarded with store credits for you to accumulate and use for your next purchase! Do note that Innisfree only accepts hair, body and essence bottles from the brand itself. Members will also only be allowed to donate up to a maximum of 3 bottles a month. So if you have any Innisfree empty bottles lying around, head on over to your nearest Innisfree in Singapore to recycle and get rewarded!

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Another skincare brand that offers a skincare recycling program is L’Occitane. If you want to do your part in helping the environment, drop some of your empty skincare bottles off here! As part of their Big Little Things Recycling Program, this French luxury beauty brand is the first in Singapore that accepts empty bottles from any beauty brand! That’s right, it doesn’t have to specifically be a L’Occitane empty bottle. Whenever you recycle your empty bottles located at Vivocity, Plaza Singapore, ION Orchard and Paragon, you will receive a stamp on your digital recycling stamp card. for every full-sized empty bottle that is accepted. Once you collect a total of 10 stamps, you’ll be able to exchange them for a reward! When it comes to the rewards, you’ll be able to choose from L’Occitane’s shampoo, shower oil, hand cream, and a few others. 

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The Body Shop

The Body Shop also has its own refill and recycling scheme. With products that are cruelty-free and skin-loving, what’s not to love about The Body Shop? Acknowledging that we are in a “Global Plastic Crisis”, The Body Shop hopes to become a more sustainable brand. Back in 1993, founder Dame Anita Roddick started a revolutionary in-store refill and recycling scheme. This skincare recycling program recently returned in 2019 to help make it easier for you to recycle empty tubes and tubs. All you have to do is bring your empty skincare bottles to your nearest store and place it into the recycling bins. Once it is full to the brim, it will get sent to Sembcorp for sorting. 

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M.A.C Cosmetics 

Did you know that M.A.C Cosmetics has a recycling program that has been going on for years now? At M.A.C, they accept products that come in their original packaging. Anything ranging from eyeshadow pots, bottles, skincare bottles, blush compacts, foundation tubes, lipstick tubes and even lash cases are accepted. For every 6 containers you recycle at M.A.C Cosmetics, you’ll be rewarded with a free lipstick! This is definitely an excuse to NOT throw away all your old M.A.C Cosmetics products. 

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Kiehl’s is yet another skincare brand known for its skincare recycling program. Kiehl’s started this initiative back in 2009 and accepts empty Kiehl’s bottles. Furthermore, with every empty bottle that you recycle, you will receive a stamp. Collect enough stamps, and you’ll be able to exchange them for a Kiehl’s tote bag or even one of Kiehl’s travel-sized products. The most important thing is that you clean your bottles before returning them! 

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Lush Singapore

Although Lush has been known for its package-free products, some of its other products still need proper packaging. Lush has a recycling program that wants you to recycle the classic black pots and even online delivery boxes! Many of the recycled pots will be repurposed into new pots for new products. All you have to do is bring in 5 pots and you’ll be rewarded. Similarly, Lush is also accepting delivery boxes that are still in reusable conditions. Once you recycle 5 boxes to any Lush store, you’ll be rewarded with your choice of a full-sized Fresh Face Mask! So be sure to collect some of those boxes if you are on a Lush spree! 

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