Ulta is known widely among the cosmetics industry as one of the giants. However, the company surprisingly has very little to offer to Canadian shoppers.
So, does Ulta ship to Canada?
Ulta Beauty does not ship directly to Canada. However, if you are keen on getting their products delivered to you, you can opt for a parcel forwarder that will get Ulta’s products across the border and to your door in Canada.
In today’s post, we’ll go through what Ulta is and how you can get its products across the border.
Ulta Beauty is a chain of beauty stores across the United States, and it was founded in 1990.
The company is headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois, and is publicly traded under “ULTA.”
Ulta Beauty carries a vast range of cosmetic products, ranging from makeup, fragrance, beauty tools, hair care, and more.
They stock over 25,000 products from more than 600 brands, including their own “house” brand called the Ulta Beauty Collection.
Before the pandemic hit, the company saw more than USD $7 billion in annual net sales in 2019, along with more than USD $700 million in annual net income.
However, the company’s earnings were hit hard in 2020, dropping to USD $6 billion in annual net sales and USD $175 million in net income.
This is allegedly why the company scrapped its plans to move into the Canadian market in 2020, cancelling the opening of Ulta Beauty stores to the North of their border and cancelling all shipping options to Canada.
Ulta declared that it would instead focus on online sales to the United States. In the process of cancelling any expansion plans into Canada, it is said that the company is losing billions of dollars.
As of 2022, Ulta continues to have no stores in Canada and only ships to American addresses and PO boxes.
Despite not being able to have products shipped to Canada directly from the Ulta Beauty website, there may still be another option to have products delivered to you.
How? By using a package forwarder.
A package or parcel forwarder is a company that gives its customers the option to do cross-border online shopping with ease.
As a customer, you first get your package shipped to the warehouse of the forwarder (which is usually in the same country you are trying to order from).
Then, once it arrives at the warehouse, you pay them a package handling and shipping fee to have it shipped over to you in your country of choice!
Do note that this option will be more expensive and take a longer amount of time than ordering from a Canadian site. However, it may be a great option when you are considering buying a specific product that is not available in Canada.
If you decide to go this route, I would even recommend putting in an order with a friend or two, so you can split the shipping costs, making it even more cost-efficient!
1. Choose a Parcel Forwarder and Sign Up
Many users online recommend Planet Express for this step for their low fees, good customer service, and transparency.
However, there are several options out there that you can choose from. Make sure you do your research and go with a company that aligns with what you’re looking for.
Once you find a parcel forwarder, you can go ahead and sign up for their service. Depending on the company, you may be charged a monthly fee or a one-time fee.
2. Get Your Order Shipped to Your Chosen Parcel Forwarder
Once you sign up with your forwarder, you’ll be given a warehouse address that you can enter when you’re purchasing your item from Ulta Beauty.
Simply put in their warehouse address as the delivery address, pay for your item(s), and wait until it reaches their warehouse!
3. Wait for International Delivery
Once your package reaches the parcel forwarder’s warehouse, they’ll let you know (but you can also track it through the tracking information Ulta should have sent you when your products were dispatched).
Once at the warehouse, you’ll have the option to choose between various international shipping options, which may vary by cost and delivery time.
The cost of shipping is usually based on the value, weight, and size of your package.
Once you’ve chosen and paid for your international delivery option, your package will be on its way to you in Canada!
No, Ulta does not have any stores in Canada. The company was in the process of expanding into Canada before the pandemic, but these plans were scrapped for a variety of reasons.
You can find similar products that Ulta Beauty carries in Canadian beauty chains and department stores such as Sephora, Nordstrom, Hudson’s Bay, and even some drugstores.
However, if what you’re looking for is available in Ulta Beauty only, you will have to use a package forwarder or do your shopping in person the next time you’re across the border.
Ulta does not ship to Canada. However, there are parcel forwarding companies you can hire to act as a third party between you and the company.
Although this may be more cost and time-extensive, it may be worth it for items you’re really wanting!