How to ship cosmetics and toiletries internationally

For businesses looking to expand their cosmetics and makeup sales overseas, individuals shipping beauty products as gifts or shoppers buying toiletries online, Eurosender offers cheap and fast international deliveries. Get access to the best couriers at the best rates and tips on how to pack and ship cosmetics, toiletries, perfumes and makeup abroad.

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Are you a cosmetics manufacturer or retailer looking for the cheapest way to ship makeup products and perfumes across Europe and internationally? Or are you selling your handmade cosmetics, such as soap, skincare products, makeup items and want to send samples to social media influencers or to your customers?


Cosmetics shipping: delivery options to match any need

Depending on the size and time sensitivity of your cosmetics shipment, you can choose the best service to send makeup items, beauty products, and other cosmetics internationally.

Standard shipping

Ideal for sending small packages by courier
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Express shipping

The fastest delivery option. 24-72h globally
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Pallet delivery

Send bigger loads from producers to retailers
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Van service

Relocate your beauty store in a van reserved for you
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*Please have in mind that some courier companies may include cosmetics in the list of prohibited items. For any clarifications, please contact our team of specialists via chat.


How to pack cosmetics and makeup products for shipping?

Before mailing cosmetics domestically or overseas, package the goods properly to make sure the items will arrive safe and undamaged. We have prepared some general instructions on how to pack and ship cosmetics by courier:

  1. Make sure that your products are sealed and secure the lid with tape.
  2. Ship the lipstick, foundation, lotion, cleanser, perfume or any other toiletry product in their original packaging.
  3. Place any liquids in a leak-proof bag.
  1. Wrap each item in a thermal bubble wrap or foil, securing it with adhesive tape.
  2. Place the items in a box and add enough cushioning materials.
  3. Close and seal the box with tape and mark it as “fragile” when sending glass bottles.


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Regulations on shipping cosmetics and beauty products in Europe and internationally

  • Companies and individuals can legally ship non-flammable and non-hazardous cosmetics products, domestically and overseas.
  • Companies that ship cosmetics as freight benefit from the CMR convention, which provides guaranteed insurance.
  • If you are shipping beauty or makeup products as an individual, consider that liquids are not recommended for sending by mail or courier. In case you still decide to ship any of these items, we recommend you carefully pack liquid products for shipping since insurance is not applicable in this case.
  • Cosmetics that include flammable substances or alcohol (e.g. nail polish, acetone, perfumes, colognes, aftershave products with alcohol) are not allowed for transportation within the EU and overseas unless properly packed and protected by licensed companies.


FAQs on shipping cosmetics, makeup and beauty products internationally

Can I ship cosmetics with every courier company?

It is important to note that not all courier companies will ship cosmetics internationally. For example, DHL, TNT and UPS will not ship packages containing certain cosmetic products. Each courier has specific rules and requirements for different shipments and services, so we recommend checking this further with the designated courier for your route. When booking Express or Regular plus shipping services, please make sure not to include these items as the courier will refuse to collect the parcel. If you need further assistance, you can reach us by chat, phone or email before shipping to discuss your options further.

What qualifies as cosmetics?

Cosmetics are any products used for personal care or to enhance or alter someone’s appearance. These include makeup products, hair dyes, face masks, lotions and many more products such as fragrances and perfumes. The majority of people use cosmetic products on a daily basis, and that is why so many people ship beauty products domestically and abroad as gifts for Valentine’s Day or Christmas presents.

Can I ship lipsticks, eyeshadows, foundations and lotions internationally?
Yes, sending cosmetics overseas is possible depending on the type of products and route. Maybe you want to send a high-end lip gloss as a gift to your sister who lives in another city. Or you could be a beauty product manufacturer looking for the best courier to ship makeup samples to your customers. Whatever the case might be, you can turn to Eurosender and find the best makeup delivery services to send beauty products within Europe or overseas.
Will makeup products melt in the mail? How to ship soap without melting?
It depends on the type of makeup product or soap you are going to ship. Some makeup products, like lipstick or oily foundation, are more temperature-sensitive and can melt or change the texture because of the heat. We recommend checking the instructions and pack the makeup products or handmade soaps carefully before shipping. You can also use dry ice or gel ice packs for storing makeup products and other cosmetics during transportation.
How to pack and ship lipstick? Can I send a lipstick in an envelope?

To package a lipstick for shipping, you can follow the packing guide we prepared for you. You can use tissue paper instead of bubble wrap to let the lipstick ‘breathe’. Wrap it 4-6 times depending on the fragility of the item. If you are packing more than one item, wrap them separately in bubble wrap. Tape the bubble wrap so it won’t get loose or open.You can opt for sending lipsticks in padded envelopes as well, however, make sure to still book the package service as our envelope service is suited for paper documents only.

How can I ship eyeshadow palettes safely?
If you’re sending eyeshadow, blush, or powder by post or courier, you can place a thin sheet of bubble wrap inside the palette. This will protect the product during transport. Also, cover the palettes with bubble wrap and add enough cushioning material inside the shipping box to prevent any movement.
Can you send shampoo and conditioner in the mail?
Depending on the courier company and pickup and destination countries, shipping up to 1L of liquids (which do not contain alcohol) may be allowed for individuals. If you wish to ship shampoo and conditioner overseas, have in mind that the courier may refuse to collect the package.
Can I send a hairspray and deodorant through the mail?
As body sprays and deodorants contain flammable substances and alcohol, they are not allowed for transportation within the EU and overseas. Still, many people decide to mail hair or body spays via courier services at their own risk.

Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping cosmetics products in Europe or internationally. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to ship cosmetic products, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.