The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Second-hand beauty supplies

Do you think passing off beauty supplies to close friends or family members is acceptable? I do, but when I casually mentioned this to a friend, she thought it was gross. To put it in context, since I no longer have a problem with adult acne, I’m giving my high school-aged cousin a couple tubes of salicylic acid products that are practically full. My friend thought this was the nastiest thing she ever heard. But why?? It’s not as though the products were applied internally or contain any germs from my old zits, right? Plus, the things were expensive — like $15-$20 per tube, so I couldn’t bear to just throw them out.

Personally, I think my friend is overreacting. How about you? Is it OK to pass on beauty supplies like this?