Dumpster diving for beauty products seems to be a new trend in the YouTube community. Youtubers like Trina & Claire, Jessicasler, and Makeupjunkie 423 have gotten over 100k views on their dumpster diving videos. I randomly found out about this controversial trend while browsing through YouTube. I’m not going to lie after I watched one dumpster diving video, I was hooked. It’s not something I would try, but I don’t look down on people who do it!
The most popular store for dumpster diving seems to be Ulta. When Ulta workers dispose of their products, they are told to damage them to discourage dumpster divers. They may scrape the products out of the pan, or throw a bunch of makeup in a plastic bag and pour lotion all over them. When they pour lotion or foundation all over the products, they call that souping them up. Apparently if the workers don’t destroy the products, they risk being fired.
Some of the products are still salvageable, and some aren’t damaged by the workers. The dumpster divers take home the products that are in usable condition and clean/disinfect them. I’ve seen them walk away with barely used Too Faced or Naked palettes. Typically they save $100s of dollars, but rarely over $1000. The ones that I watched keep the products for themselves, or donate unopened products to women’s shelters.
Some of the divers go in the daylight, and some wait until the night. There is always the threat of getting caught. There are some situations where it can be considered trespassing, and other situations where it’s legal. The website below provides more information on the legality of dumpster diving.
So I want to talk about why this is such a controversial trend, besides the obvious. A lot of people are upset that you-tubers are filming their dumpster diving escapades, and making the hobby more mainstream. They are concerned that Ulta will become more serious about damaging their products. Another concern is that it will become too trendy, and there will be less to find.
One thing I really don’t like is that some of the youtubers don’t wear gloves while dumpster diving. Although Ulta’s dumpsters mostly contain beauty products and are a little less gross then most…it’s still a dumpster. If someone with the flu touched a beauty product, the virus can survive on that product for days. You never really know what germs you’re exposing yourself to.
A big reason why Ulta destroys their products to ward off dumpster divers, is because dumpster diving is a health hazard. You could get injured while climbing into the dumpster, or by objects inside of the dumpster. You never know if there’s glass or other sharp objects in there.
It’s not a trend I would try, but it’s really interesting to watch. Kind of in the way Extreme couponing shows are entertaining. You never know what products they will find! Like they say ” One mans trash is another mans treasure”.
Thanks for reading! I would love to know your thoughts on this trend, or if it’s something you’ve tried!