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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries December 2013

edited 30 November 2013 at 3:17PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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KT2802KT2802 Forumite
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edited 30 November 2013 at 3:17PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
:santa2::xmastree::snow_grin:xmassmile:rudolf: Happy Christmas everyone :santa2::xmastree::snow_grin:xmassmile:rudolf:

AND 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 Maddiemay 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 locked 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 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 sig as a reminder?

We have a "Swaps Group" on Facebook when you can swap good condition items with other like-minded addicts. PM Trudij, Tokkiandoliver, seasideDreamer or luvlycake your email address and they can add you to the group.

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 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 as mentioned earlier.

It helps to avoid the places where temptation lurks for you; be it QVC, Boots,Body Shop, 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!*


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

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 nosey??!!

Useful abbreviations!

WIBA? - Will I 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!
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.From Erma Bombeck who said, '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' 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 rather than binned or UU, to charity,as a present, or "just because!".

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.

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 Jun 2012
5. Seaside dreamer -graduated with honours Oct 2012

Previous threads:

In case you need to refer back to a previous stash list or product review here are the links for the past few months challenge threads (just 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
September 2012
October 2012
November 2012
December 2012
January 2013
February 2013
March 2013
April 2013
May 2013
June 2013
July 2013
August 2013
September 2013
October 2013
November 2013

Can't wait to hear how people get on stash busting over the festive period and hearing about gifts that people get!


  • edited 26 December 2013 at 10:24PM
    TheOxfordOwlTheOxfordOwl Forumite
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    edited 26 December 2013 at 10:24PM
    I'm in, hurrah, and I've rearranged my stash list specially - I'm now counting normal and Lush stuff together! :o

    It's a little easier for me to see what I've got in real categories - soap is still soap, etc.

    Current stash 80, target 32.

    Body moisturiser 920ml (2 reasonable)
    1. NSpa Passionfruit Body Butter 200ml.
    2. The Body Shop Papaya Body Butter 200ml.
    3. The Body Shop Passionfruit Body Butter 200ml.
    4. Bio Oil 200ml
    5. Ro's Argan Body Conditioner 45g
    6. NSpa Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk Whipped Body Creme 75ml
    7. Celebrate body lotion 45g
    8. NSpa Peach Body Butter 200ml

    Hand cream (2 reasonable)
    1. The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream 30ml
    2. L'Occitane Rose Tendresse Hand Cream 30ml
    3. L'Occitane Subtle Violet Hand Cream 30ml
    4. The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream 30ml

    Face moisturiser (1 day, 1 night)
    1. Mizon Multi Function Snail Repair Cream 75ml
    2. Johnson's Daily Essentials Hydrating Day Cream 50ml
    3. Nivea Pure and Natural night cream 50ml
    4. Boots Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream 50ml
    5. Balance Me Moisture Rich Face Cream 20ml
    6. Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer 50ml

    Face masks (1)
    1. Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask 30ml
    2. Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask 50ml
    3. L'Occitane brightening moisture mask sachet

    Cleanser (1)
    1. Burts Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream 20g
    2. Boots Botanics All Bright Gentle Cleansing Cream 250ml
    3. Boots Botanics All Bright Gentle Cleansing Cream 250ml
    4. Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash 150ml

    Toner (1)
    1. Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner 250ml
    2. Boots Botanics 100% Rosewater Toning Spritz 150ml
    3. Eau Roma toner 100g

    Face scrubs (1)
    1. Let the Good Times Roll cleanser
    2. St Ives Apricot Scrub 150ml

    Soap -1.206kg (4)
    1. Hey Soapy Soapy Mintra Soap 100g
    2. North Pole, White 33g
    3. HIWTK 99g
    4. Ice Blue 76g
    5. Ice Blue 93g
    6. Ice Blue 96g
    7. Ice Blue 96g
    8. Queen of Hearts 115g
    9. Figs and Leaves 176g
    10. Godmother 180g
    11. Figs and Leaves 82g
    12. Angel's Delight 120g
    13. Snowcake 120g
    14. Rockstar 22g
    15. Bohemian 100g
    16. Hey Soapy Soapy Mint and Menthol Soap 100g
    17. Ice Blue 42g

    Body Wash - 1.134L (2)
    1. Arran Aromatics Feelgood Formulas Bergamot and Ginger Shower gel 30ml
    2. Arran Aromatics Feelgood Formulas Bergamot and Ginger Shower gel 30ml
    3. Rose Jam 500g
    4. It's Raining Men 250g
    5. Rose Jam 100g
    6. Snow Fairy 100g
    7. Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie 45g
    8. Disney Resorts H2O+ Blushing Orange shower gel 37ml
    9. Dirty 250g
    10. Disney Resorts H2O+ Blushing Orange shower gel 37ml

    Body scrubs (1)
    1. NSpa Skin Glow Sea Salt Scrub 650g
    2. Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk Wash Grains with Crushed Bamboo 75ml
    3. NSpa Skin Glow Sea Salt Scrub 650g (2/3)

    Bubble bath (1)
    1. NSpa Indulgent Angel Cake Bath Melt 350ml
    2. Cherry Blossom and Rice Milk Bath Melt 100ml

    Bubble bars/Bath melts (2)
    1. Brightside
    2. Penguin
    3. Star Light Star Bright bath melt
    4. Gold FUN
    5. Christmas Eve
    6. Christmas Eve
    7. Floating Island bath melt
    8. Pumkin

    Bath bombs (1)
    1. Cinders
    2. Cinders
    3. So White
    4. So White
    5. Sex Bomb
    6. Luxury Lush Pud
    7. Secret Santa

    Shampoo (1)
    1. Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo 400ml
    2. Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo 500ml
    3. John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shampoo 250ml

    Conditioner (2)
    1. Herbal Essences Bee Strong Conditioner 400ml
    2. Herbal Essences Bee Strong Conditioner 400ml
    3. Herbal Essences Bee Strong Strengthening Intensive Mask 200ml
    4. Sainsbury's Basics Conditioner 1L

    Other haircare (1 heat spray, 1 hair spray, 1 serum/oil, 1 treatment)
    1. TreSemme Heat Protect Spray 250ml
    2. TreSemme Hair Spray 500ml (1/2)
    3. Nicky Clarke Smooth It Over Hair Serum 75ml
    4. Toni and Guy Shine Gloss Serum 30ml
    5. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 40ml
    6. R&B Hair Moisturiser
    7. Ojon Rare Blend Oil 15ml

    Lipbalm (3)
    1. Nivea Soft Rose
    2. Nivea Pearly Shine
    3. The Body Shop Born Lippy Strawberry
    4. The Body Shop Born Lippy Raspberry
    5. The Body Shop Born Lippy Guava
    6. The Body Shop Born Lippy Passionberry
    7. The Body Shop Born Lippy Stick Plum
    8. The Body Shop Dragonfruit Lip Butter
    9. Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
    10. Silver Owl (toffee apple)
    11. Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter
    12. Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter
    13. Shell Lip Balm
    14. The Body Shop Honeymania Lip Butter
    15. Celebrate lip tint
    16. Santa Baby lip tint
    17. Pink Owl (strawberry)

    Massage bars (1)
    1. From Dusk til Dawn
    2. Midnight Massage
    3. Midnight Massage
    4. Therapy
    5. Snow Fairy Sparkle

    Other (0)
    1. Whoosh Temple Balm
    2. Chou Chou I Love You Toothy Tabs
    3. Lustre dust
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries in January!
    UU: 5, IN: 2
    Total Stash: 99 - ultimate target 33 (year start 99)
  • Im IN, might buy the Burt Bees set on Amazon later but that will still be November;) Not sure I need anything this month but will be stocking up for next year in the sales:money:
    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
  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
    5.2K posts
    Seventh Anniversary 1,000 Posts Photogenic I've been Money Tipped!
    Thanks for the new thread KT2802, count me in.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
  • BabafetteBabafette Forumite
    1.5K posts
    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker Photogenic Bake Off Boss!
    Count me in again for December please! :o
    Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.... :/
  • maddiemaymaddiemay Forumite
    4.3K posts
    Eighth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Photogenic Name Dropper
    Thank you for starting us off for another month KT2802, I am in please. My November total of 10 UU and 6 IN was much better than I had expected.
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • Thank you KT for the new thread, I am in once again and I will be making a PP list for the month, anyone in?
    Don't turn a slip up into a give up:D
    *NSD Challenge Nov 0/10* *£10 a day challenge Nov £0/£300*
    No buying unnecessary toiletries challenge-in it for the long haul

  • Cant believe its December tomorrow already :eek:

    Thanks for the new thread KT2802, I'm in again!

    I did well in November with no bought ins and am planning the same for December.

    I managed 8/10 PPs in November, my December list is as follows:

    1. No7 serum
    2. Lee Stafford Arganoil
    3. Elemis cleansing balm
    4. Hello Kitty Liberty hand lotion
    5. Clinique dd moisturising gel
    6. Soap & Glory righteous lotion
    7. Clinique dd moisturising lotion
    8. John Frieda Brilliant Brunette mousse
    9. Aussie miracle hair insurance
    10. L'Occitane Eau Angelique eye roller
    MFW 2017 #123 2018: £1,852.64/£39,200 (4.7%)
  • Thanks for staring us off again KT2802 - I'm back in although it's not likely to be a good month for stash reduction. :D Already have a couple of things on order that have GWPs so I will have to work hard to counteract some of those. Couple of things spluttering so quite hopeful that some extra December pampering might help reduce the damage.

    Project Pans

    1. BS Rainforest Moisture Conditioner 250ml
    2. Sanctuary Spa - Body Lotion 250ml
    3. Le Reve - Invigorating Body Shampoo 200ml
    4. L'Oreal Perfect Clear Apricot Face Back Scrub 150ml
    5. Simple - Deep Cleansing Face Mask 75ml
    6. Olay - Complete Defence SPF30 75ml
    7. Garnier - 3 in 1 Wash Scrub Mask 150ml
    8. Clarins - Super Restorative Day Cream 30ml
    9. Ragdale Hall - Spa Sugar Scrub 200ml
    10. Phillip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner 60ml

    Hope you all have a lovely pampered December.
    Start January 2017: $268,012
    Latest balance $266,734
    Reduction: $1,278.45
  • Count me in again - must update my stash list. :j
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries: July stash 72/0 INS/2 UU/0 TA
  • im in again!

    thank you for starting us off KT! x
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries!
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