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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 28th Feb 17, 6:13 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries - March 2017
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    • 28th Feb 17, 6:13 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries - March 2017 28th Feb 17 at 6:13 PM
    Here we go again for another month. As usual this initial post has been shamelessly copied from the many previous months. A big thank you to bingbon for starting us off last month.

    Welcome all newbies and regulars to this very friendly and chatty thread where we give lots of lovely tips on how to use up your stash and lots of support and encouragement if you need them.

    Keep up the pampering and keep down the spending: let’s make the naughty step an empty and lonely place this month (rather than one so long that it can be seen from space)! Will this be the month when the "usual suspects" rein it in a bit? Let's see..... (but I doubt it!)

    Remember - those products do nothing for you while they are stashed in drawers, boxes and cupboards!

    We are eternally grateful to Katie Clampet who set up this fab challenge in January 2010. Here's her original challenge post:

    "No buying any new toiletries, cosmetics, perfume etc... until I have used up ALL the ones I already have. I got a huge amount of (really nice) stuff for Christmas but I am going to resist the urge to browse Boots, Asda, Superdrug etc, and pop another tub of cream, face scrub, shampoo or conditioner into my basket. I reckon the stuff I have will last me until possibly June. I have decided that the money I save I will put into my special holiday account. Anyone else?"

    Lots of us have taken part in the challenge over the past few months (and some of us even years!!) and are making great progress in reducing our stashes and unnecessary/excessive spending.

    Regulars ignore this, but a quick resume is always helpful for newbies:

    Why not add the challenge to your signature as a reminder?

    How about taking a bit of time to do a stock-take and see if there are any gaps in your stash that you might need to spend on this month? Some of us set a budget for the month for essential purchases or to help with withdrawal symptoms, others like to go cold-turkey!! Other ideas which some people find useful: Listing everything out so you can cross things off as used to increase the sense of achievement, and putting a sum of money in a pot each time you use up an item to save for something you really want, or simply to assist in making future essential purchases "cash neutral".

    Remember the challenge is about making the most of your money, enjoying your products, finding which products really suit you best and are worth buying, giving yourself a well-deserved pampering and breaking the habit of buying for the sake of buying. In money-saving tradition, it should also be about making your products l-a-s-t as long as possible (although the temptation of using an unloved shower gel extravagantly to finish it off is sometimes too much to bear!).

    Brand new products (or opened perfume) sell well on eBay.

    Unsuitable products can be repurposed and used for other jobs (shower gel/shampoo as handwash etc).

    Some items can be returned to certain stores for exchange (for essential items or gifts!!) without a receipt.

    Unwanted items can be recycled as gifts or for gift hampers (saving the money you'd have spent on gifts).

    Unsuitable items can be donated to charity or a local women's refuge as mentioned earlier

    It helps to avoid the places where temptation lurks for you; be it QVC, Boots, Body Shop, email newsletter, the supermarket toiletries aisles, Grabbit board, online toiletries browsing, seductive department store beauty counter offers etc. Remember retailers are making offers and promotions all the time, so there will always be another deal! Honest!

    Good luck all for March and indeed the coming months, and remember to keep your stash lists updated, keep popping in for inspiration and support and to report your UU's and IN's, especially any sales bargains - we want a nosy!

    Welcome to all newbies - the more the merrier. Please introduce yourselves so we can welcome you properly!

    Oh - and anyone thinking "OMG my stash is FAR bigger than all of theirs, I cant possibly join" - believe you me, we have been doing this challenge for well over a year some of us - you wont scare us, and I can almost guarantee that someone somewhere will have had more and survived.... we are very supportive (and protective - so don't be scared!!) oh - and did we mention that are nosy??!!

    Useful abbreviations and jargon!

    WBA - Will Buy Again
    UU - Use Ups
    IN - Self explanatory - stuff you've gained into your stash - warning: lines may be given out for unnecessary purchases or you may be sent to the naughty step!
    NBI - A non-bought item such as a present, gift with purchase or free sample
    WNBA - Will Not Buy Again!
    Glitch - when a shop/online store make a pricing mistake so you end up paying less or even get freebies!
    PYN(M/T/W/Th/F/Sa/Su) DELETE AS APPROPRIATE! - Paint Your Nails Monday/Tuesday...... it allows everyone to try and finish those dastardly nail varnishes with group support! You can never be too groomed for this thread. Also see PY(T)N... - for toenails!
    Splutterer - the stage where an item is nearing the end of it's life and spluttering - also the most annoying and seemingly never ending stage!
    GWP - Gift With Purchase - a sample or mini sized item
    HG - Holy Grail - this is the product you would go back for time and time again, it does the job brilliantly, and is either economical, or so fantastic price becomes no object!
    NPI - Near Purchasing Incident (OMG we all have those!)
    LHJ - Long Haul Job - for those products - love 'em or hate 'em - that never seem to end no matter how often you use them
    PRCP - Pink Rose Candle Philosophy inspired by Erma Bombeck who said: 'If I had my life to live over again I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose that melted in storage'. Don't keep things 'for best' or 'for a special occasion'. That day never arrives. Give the best to yourself now and enjoy it. (Thanks to McCulloch29 for introducing this thought provoking sentiment to us)
    GA - for an out that was given away to charity, as a present, or "just because" rather than binned or UU
    TA - for an out that was thrown away due to going off (generally as it has been lurking at the back of a stash since time immemorial) or for any other reason such as a broken container or spillage
    PP - Project Pan: a list of specific items targeted to be used up

    If anyone can think of any more we can add to the list so newbies won't be intimidated by our jargon!


    Here is a list of our lovely,fragrant ladies who have polished and pampered their way through their products and managed to get their toiletries stash under control. Ladies - congratulations, you are an inspiration to the rest of us, xx . Thanks also to InaPickle who suggested we start the Graduate list. To join the list of graduates let us know by posting that you are graduating in big colourful letters, that way the OP can easily spot you and add you to the list, or better still - PM the OP as the thread can move really quickly! You may also wish to add how many products you have used up during the challenge. Good luck ladies! xx

    1. mineallmine - graduated with honours March
    2. Bronnie - graduated with honours March 2011
    3. lostinrates - graduated with honours around June 2010
    4. Ruby_Eskimo - graduated with honours June 2012
    5. Seaside dreamer - graduated with honours October 2012
    6. InaPickle - graduated with honours September 2014

    Previous threads

    In case you need to refer back to a previous stash list or product review, here are links to past challenge threads. Click on the date to take you straight to it:

    January 2012
    February 2012
    March 2012
    April 2012
    May 2012
    June 2012
    July 2012
    August 2012
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    October 2012
    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
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    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 25th Mar 17, 9:59 PM
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    Ladies ladies I'm currently debating making my first ever lush order as today's kitchen menu is amazing and I want things!!! I know I will use it all.... but should I?

    Also does anyone know what 'coming soon' means? How soon?!
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    Hi Houseplant!
    If it says coming soon, it'll be out as part of next week's menu. If you look on the Lush Kitchen Instagram they put the menu for the following week up on a Friday and it tells you what day each thing will come out. I think they go live at 8am on their respective day. So, unfortunately, if you want something from Monday's menu and something from Friday's menu, you'd probably have to make two orders and pay two lots of p&p because Monday's will most likely be sold out by Friday. Some stuff sells out within a couple of hours in the Kitchen.
    The only thing I would say about the Kitchen stuff is that it's a bit risky sometimes to buy unless you're really confident you're going to like the smells. I always have an extra careful look at the ingredients list to see if there's anything I might not like!
    Hope that helps!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490
    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 25th Mar 17, 10:10 PM
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    Hello all!
    Hope everyone who has been feeling a bit down is feeling a bit better. It must be doing the rounds, I've been right grumpy and down in the dumps the last few weeks.

    Few UUs
    13. Primark Golden Ashwood candle WBA. This was a nice one, burnt really well and decent scent throw.
    14. Lush Boo Bath Melt WDBA. This was from Halloween and I only just got round to using it. Wish I'd bought more than one. I really liked that it was half melt/half bubble bar. It was really moisturising. Will stock up if it comes out again this year.
    15. Yorkshire Soap Co Almond Exfoliating Soap WDBA. I used this as a body scrub and really liked it. The only thing is - as I think Valm has mentioned - their postage is a bit much. I got this in the shop when I visited York last year. Not likely to be going there again very soon. I'm down South. I live closer to France than York! I do like this as a scrub though so I will look into how expensive it works out including p&p. I definitely prefer solid scrubs which makes it quite limiting (pretty much just Lush I think) so this might still be an option as it's not that expensive in itself.

    One IN: Primark candle - Deep Nectar and Ginger Flower. They had 3 new scents in their more basic range of candles but this was the only one I liked. I got a £1 jar candle and some tealights (but I don't count those) so hardly big bucks.

    Have a good weekend all!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490
    • Gemzie121
    • By Gemzie121 26th Mar 17, 12:57 AM
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    Couple of small UU tonight:

    Lush supertramp shower gel sample- WBA this was sent to me by someone. Never thought i would be a fan of this but i actually loved it. Its Such a fresh and clean scent and left a lovely smell on me. On the hunt for a bottle of it now!

    Lush retread hair conditioner sample- WBA i have a full size ordered. This smells very pleasant and Although when you apply it feels like its doing nothing as its very lightweight my hair was so soft once dried!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2015 & 2016 & 2017

    UUs for 2016: 513 In's: 447 UUs for 2017: 194 Ins: 146
    Self Confessed Lush Addict!
    • VALM
    • By VALM 26th Mar 17, 4:52 AM
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    2 more UUs
    Will be flying off soon but quick report.

    30 L'Occitane Divine cream this was the newer one actually with the ombr! packaging. Felt and smelt the same as the origin.

    31 L'Occitane Divine cream lovely.

    I did buy a no 7 foundation and powder yesterday qualifying for the GWP.

    See you all soon. Xx
    Back for the No Buying Toiletries challenge. I pledge to only buy when I run out of a product that is not already in my stash no matter what wonderful emails land in in my Inbox or threads I read on MSE re: glitches!

    SPC Member 046
    £2. Challenge member 55
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 26th Mar 17, 8:24 AM
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    Latest NBI - and it's a nice one - Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Nourishing Body Lotion. This already had loads of reviews, but most of us who got one are raving about it.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 26th Mar 17, 2:13 PM
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    Dove Nourishing Oil Care Hair Mask 200ml - This works very well on my hair and I'm quite pleased with it. WDBA but working through the stash first.
    The Body Shop Berry Bliss Bath Fizzer - I bought some of these as stocking fillers but never used them so using them up whenever I have a bath. WMBA.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017 (Total 2016 UU - 211)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of Feb - 22
    |March - UU - 10| Makeup Total UU to end of Feb - 2
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 26th Mar 17, 7:15 PM
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    Bingbon thank you so much for shedding some light on things! Ah that's annoying there were some 'wow I want that so badly' ones on both menus!

    I'm really into florals herbal scents and some of them really caught my eye.

    On a lush theme I have a couple off UUs:
    Lush pines and needles shower Jelly WPNBA I like shower jellies but they get hard to use towards the end and I feel they don't last that long, I'd probably rather try a new one than rebuy even though I liked the scent.
    Lush flowering tea reusable bubble bar WMBA I really like this but i find the reusable bars on the end of a string just break off part way through using and it annoys me! Liked the smell and little flowers inside it.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 26th Mar 17, 7:30 PM
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    Hi everyone, not much progress here but I'm hoping to UU 1-2 things before the end of this month.

    I have used a sample of TBS Oils Of Life™ Intensely Revitalising Cream and loved it. Might buy it for winter. Really comfortable, not greasy.

    I have 2 Lancome samples that I will UU soon too.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • seasideDreamer
    • By seasideDreamer 26th Mar 17, 8:18 PM
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    A UU here Wilko Sweet vanilla & Honey Foam Bath, nice enough and one more in the stash. Onto a snow fairy, not used one for ages and forgo how nice it feels
    Debt free and busy treating myself

    No more toiletries/make up until I've used what I've got stashed since Jan 2011, graduated October 2012. Restocked Dec 13..damn those sales
    • asajj
    • By asajj 26th Mar 17, 10:03 PM
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    Forgot to say, I have GA an Avon Clearskin facial scrub today. I was taking a bag to charity and this one was sitting in the cupboard, untouched, unloved. Decided someone else might like it so 1 out.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 27th Mar 17, 7:28 AM
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    VALM - hope you enjoy your hols.

    I have some uu's

    Avon Chocolate Orange Bubble Bath 1L - WNBA in this scent but I do love Avon bubble bath.

    Dr Organic Coconut Monoi Moisture Melt 90g - I really like this and it has lots of good ingredients in but I am more a cream/butter person for the body rather than oil, I am always worried it will transfer onto furniture and stain.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • WJN222
    • By WJN222 27th Mar 17, 1:59 PM
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    afternoon all,

    NO UU here over the weekend but just wanted to pop in and say HI. Hoping to finish two more of my remaining 3 on March PP list but suspect 1 mayb 2 will be carried over.

    managed to resist all offers that came in via email this weekend so rather chuffed with that!
    walk 2017 miles in 2017 - 114 of 2017
    SW journey - loose 28lbs - 6.5lb of 28
    Declutter 2017 - 72 of 2017
    • asajj
    • By asajj 27th Mar 17, 9:35 PM
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    One UU - Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat protection spray. I had this for ages and I'm not sure whether these products really protect the hair. I didn't think it gave a shine either. It felt and smelt nice on the hair though.
    If anyone has any suggestions for a similar product, I'm happy to try out something different !
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
    • seasideDreamer
    • By seasideDreamer 28th Mar 17, 8:47 AM
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    2 more UU Burt Bees Lip Balm Pomegranate and L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Re-balancing conditioner. Have another conditioner in stash bt dont think ill buy again when that runs out, my hair prefers Timotei or Dove.
    Debt free and busy treating myself

    No more toiletries/make up until I've used what I've got stashed since Jan 2011, graduated October 2012. Restocked Dec 13..damn those sales
    • WJN222
    • By WJN222 28th Mar 17, 9:38 AM
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    morning all,

    another March PP UU: Soap and Glory Righteous Butter - WDBA - this was great, really moisturising, still able to feel it hours later, went on and sank in well and the tub lasted ages.

    Have opened an Elemis one - get the feeling this wont last as well! and that leaves only 1 body moisturiser left in my stash! (well full sized anyway!)
    walk 2017 miles in 2017 - 114 of 2017
    SW journey - loose 28lbs - 6.5lb of 28
    Declutter 2017 - 72 of 2017
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 28th Mar 17, 8:49 PM
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    I don't think I'll have many more UUs this month. I have organised a few products into a pile that are to be either given away or traded on another forum I use.

    My skin has been pretty sore this past week or so, but The Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Butter is a saviour. But now I can't use my go to cleanser

    I'm going to persevere with the items on my PP list and see how much I get used before the end of the month.
    Last edited by sstevo19; Yesterday at 9:30 PM.
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