Last February while scrolling through some articles I came across a piece on The Pool website by Sali Hughes, a wonderful writer and broadcaster I have followed for some time.

In this article Sali described the growing issue of “hygiene poverty”. A lack of basic hygiene products and toiletries was a huge concern for charities that provide support to people in crisis.

So, along with her friend Jo Jones, a very well respected Brand & Communications Expert for Beauty Brands, they launched Beauty Banks. 

Beauty Banks is a non-profit organisation that seeks to galvanise the beauty community to provide toiletries and cosmetic products to people living in serious poverty.

I’ve worked in the beauty industry since 1992 and I have loved every minute of it. It has given me my business, I’ve meet some fantastic people that I have a huge amount of respect for and it has allowed me more opportunities than I can count.

However, I wanted to do more and after following what The Beauty Banks were doing for a while I felt like I had to do something, anything to help those in desperate situations in my home city Dundee.

Families shouldn’t have to make a choice between feeding their family and buying themselves hygiene and sanitary products.

Beauty can often be seen as empty and shallow – but it brings confidence and self worth and being clean is crucial for our dignity, self confidence and mental health.

So on 8th November 2018, just before our 23rd birthday our salon joined The Beauty Banks Community.

We are so proud to be part of this community as we all share the belief that being clean is a basic human right and not a privilege.

Beauty Banks exists to provide those living in poverty with basic daily hygiene essentials and personal care items and the odd beauty treat or two and so far our clients have been amazing at helping us support those in need in Dundee.

We now have a fantastic relationship with The Trussell Trust Foodbank in Dundee who collect your donations from us at The Sunflower Room every Friday.

Their volunteers work tirelessly to provide for those in need in our local community and it’s a pleasure to work with them!

While in London recently I met Jo Jones from The Beauty Banks who has been an incredible support. We had a wonderful chat and she gave me lots of new ideas to help reach more people in need … There’s lots more good things to come!

I am so grateful for all of your support these past few months. You, our generous clients, my amazing staff and the wider Dundee community – together we are making a huge difference!

I am beyond grateful.

All power to us! 

Jen X

Drop your donations into the salon.

WE NEED

DEODORANT | SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER | BODY WASH | BAR SOAP

TOOTHBRUSHES | TOOTHPASTE | TAMPONS | SANITARY TOWELS

SHAVING FOAM / GEL / CREAM | DISPOSABLE RAZORS | FACE MOISTURISER

NAIL CLIPPERS | HAIRBRUSHES | NAPPIES | BABY LOTION / BATH | LIP BALM

AND ALSO …

UNUSED MAKE UP | SPOT / BLEMISH CLEARING PRODUCTS

BODY CREAM | BODY SPRAY