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Cosmetics policy

Policy overview

Used cosmetics present some serious health and safety concerns because the products and applicators used to apply them often come into direct contact with the body. This is why we generally don't allow the sale of used cosmetics on eBay. The sale of new cosmetics is generally allowed on eBay, as long as sellers comply with FDA regulations.

See the What are the guidelines section for details about what you can and can't sell.

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?



  • New cosmetic brushes and applicators



  • New cosmetics as long as they are sold in their original container with ingredient labelling per FDA regulations

  • Used cosmetic brushes, as long as they have been thoroughly cleaned

  • Homemade cosmetics, as long as they comply with FDA regulations

  • Lotions, perfumes, and body washes, as long as they don't have an applicator that comes into contact with the body

  • Opened but unused cosmetics, as long as the seller clearly states that the container has been opened

  • Sample cosmetics, as long as they come in the original container that includes the ingredient list

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Used cosmetics

  • Used makeup sponges or applicators

  • Cosmetics, colognes, perfumes, lotions which do not come in the original container

Additional information

For more information on the sale of cosmetics, both used and unused, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Why does eBay have this policy?

We urge our buyers and sellers to follow all federal and state laws and regulations. Because sales of used cosmetics are prohibited by law, regulated, or may cause harm to eBay or its members, we don't allow sellers to list these items unless they meet our specific guidelines.

Contact Customer Service

You can contact Customer Service to report a listing you think violates this policy. Go to that listing, and then click the Report item link on the right side of the page.

We'll review your report and take appropriate action.

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