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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June 2014

edited 1 June 2014 at 8:15AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 1 June 2014 at 8:15AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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 dolly84 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 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?

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

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
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
December 2013
January 2014
February 2014
March 2014
April 2014

May 2014
:heart: Ageing is a privilege not everyone gets.


  • edited 1 June 2014 at 9:02AM
    sunshineydaysunshineyday Forumite
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    edited 1 June 2014 at 9:02AM
    Morning ladies

    Thanks to Clutterfree for the shiny new thread :T
    I'm back in again for June, money will be tight this month so no ins planned

    Happy pampering xo
  • edited 29 June 2014 at 5:44PM
    ClutterfreeClutterfree Forumite
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    edited 29 June 2014 at 5:44PM
    Morning Ladies.

    I hardly bought anything in May :T but didn't UU much either so only down 6 for the month.
    I am going to be ruthless this month and throw away anything I really don't like. Also for my June YBD I chose lipsticks so there will be no INs from that! :D (I don't count make up!) :p

    My stash...

    Challenge started 13/11/2013
    (items in red are "INs" after I started challenge. :o )


    Cleansers ([strike]11[/strike] NOW 9)
    Clinique Take The Day Off Balm 125ml
    REN Ever Calm Gentle cleansing milk
    Balance Me cleanse & smooth balm
    Balance Me pure skin face wash
    Emma Hardie Moringa Balm 200ml
    Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter 90ml
    [strike]Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil 200ml[/strike]

    Alpha H Balancing Cleanser 200ml
    Bio2you Organic Facial Cleanser 100ml
    Garnier Micellar Water

    Sample/travel size cleansers ([strike]16[/strike] NOW 12)
    REN Rosa Centifolia cleansing gel x 2
    REN Evercalm gentle cleansing milk
    REN No 1 Purity Cleansing Balm 5ml
    REN Micro Polish Cleanser 5ml
    Emma Hardie Moringa Balm
    Clarisonic refreshing gel cleanser
    Clarisonic nourishing care cleanser
    Clinique liquid mild facial soap
    Philosophy Purity x 2
    [strike]Collin Resultime Micellar Radiance Cleansing water 50ml[/strike]
    Collin Resultime Micellar Radiance Cleansing Water 50ml

    Toners ([strike]8[/strike] NOW 9)
    Pixi Glow Tonic x 2
    Caudalie Beauty Elixir
    La Roche-Posay Serozinc 150ml
    Jurlique Rose Hydrating Mist
    Alpha H Liquid Gold
    Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer 30ml
    Alpha H Liquid Gold 200ml
    Body Shop Vitamin E mist 100ml

    Moisturisers ([STRIKE]13[/STRIKE] NOW 8)
    No 7 Protect & Perfect Day Cream 50ml x 2
    No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream 50ml
    Steam Cream x 2
    [strike]Alpha H Rejuvenating cream[/strike]
    Emma Hardie Rejuvenating night cream
    Philosophy Hope in a Jar
    Garnier BB cream
    [strike]Merumaya Youth Preservation Moisturiser SPF15 15ml[/strike]

    Sample/travel size moisturisers ([strike]22[/strike] NOW 20)
    Balance Me moisture-rich face cream
    Balance Me balancing face moisturiser
    REN Vita-mineral day cream
    REN Hydra-calm Global Protection Day Cream 5ml
    REN T-zone Balancing Day Fluid 5ml
    REN Evercalm global protection day cream
    REN Frankincense revitalising night cream
    Caudalie Vinoperfect day perfecting cream x 3
    Garner Moisture Match protect & glow (sachet)
    Embryolisse nourishing moisturiser (sachet)
    Guinot Youth Renewing skin cream
    No 7 Lift & Luminate night cream x 2
    No 7 Protect & Perfect day cream
    Elemis SOS Emergency cream
    Emma Hardie firming treatment
    Elave Age Delay Night Treatment 5ml (sachet)
    Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint 1ml (sachet)

    Eye Creams ([strike]10[/strike] NOW 10)
    Collin Resultime Cellular Eye Contour
    Collin Resultime Cellular Eye Contour Cream 15ml
    Garnier Roll-on anti-dark circles
    Simple Anti-wrinkle eye cream
    Philosophy Hope in a Tube eye & lip firming cream
    Dead Sea Spa age response eye cream
    Avon Anew Rejuvenate 24 hour eye cream x 2
    Alpha H Age Delay Eye & Lip cream
    [strike]Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex 15ml[/strike]

    Sample size eye creams ([strike]12[/strike] NOW 9)
    Clinique All About Eyes
    Balance Me wonder eye cream
    Emma Hardie firming eye serum x 2
    No 7 Stay Perfect Eye Mousse x 2
    Philosophy Hope in a Tube eye & lip cream x 3

    Serums, Treatments and Masks, etc ([STRIKE]20[/STRIKE] NOW 18)
    Balance Me Oil x 2
    Balance Me facial expression filler
    [strike]Collin Resultime Regenerating Collagen Gel 50ml[/strike]
    Collin Resultime Regenerating Collagen Gel 50ml
    Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron 30ml
    Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron 30ml
    REN Invisible Pores Detox mask
    Alpha H Liquid Gold smoothing & perfecting mask
    Philosophy The Great Mystery
    Philosophy Microdelivery exfoliating wash 236ml
    Philosophy Microdelivery Peel crystals & activating gel
    Dead Sea Spa Age response wrinkle filler
    Dead Sea Spa Mud Mask
    Dead Sea Spa delicate boosting mask
    Clayspray Brightening 30ml
    Glamglow Youth Mud
    Body Shop Vitamin E Serum in Oil 30ml

    Samples ([strike]17[/strike] NOW 16)
    REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask
    Vichy Idealia life serum (sachet)
    No 7 Protect & Perfect serum 5ml x 2
    Emma Hardie rosehip exfoliating seeds x 3
    Philosophy The Great Mystery
    Guinot Instant Radiance Moisturising mask
    Guinot Biological Peeling Radiance Gel
    Erno Laszlo Phormua 3-9 Repair Serum 2ml (sachet)
    Aromatherapy Associates Mattifying Refining Face oil 3ml x 2
    Aromatherapy Associates Anti-ageing Intensive Skin Treatment oil 3ml
    YSL Youth Serum

    Wipes ([strike]10[/strike] NOW 7)
    Boots Baby wipes x 3
    Johnsons Baby wipes x 3
    This Works In Transit No Trades cleansing pads 60 pads


    Body Lotions ([strike]35[/strike] NOW 25)
    SBC Collagen Gel x 2
    SBC Propolis Gel x 2
    SBC Aloe Vera & Cucumber Gel
    Lusardi Shimmer Lotion
    Jergens Naturals ultra hydrating
    212 Sexy
    Elizabeth Arden Provocative
    REN Moroccan Rose Otto 50ml
    Philosophy Pure Grace lotion 236.6ml x 2
    Philosophy Pure Grace body butter
    Philosophy Falling in Love shimmer lotion
    Kyusu Essence moisture mist RELIC!
    Dead Sea Spa silky smooth lotion
    M & S cotton collection body cream x 2
    Bio Oil x 2
    Find Sculpted Silhouette anti-cellulite treatment
    E45 lotion x 2 (6ml sachets)
    Champneys Spa Indulgence Exotic Retreat Body Cream 50ml

    Body Scrubs ([STRIKE]8[/STRIKE] NOW 5)
    Molton Brown exfoliating oatmeal & milk cleanse bar x 2
    Dead Sea Spa Salt Brushing scrub
    Rituals Fortune Scrub Sweet Orange & Cedar 150ml
    Champneys Spa Indulgence Distant Shores Body Scrub 50g

    Hand Creams ([strike]7[/strike] NOW 4)
    Balance Me super moisturising hand cream
    No 7 Protect & Perfect hand cream
    Neal's Yard Citrus Hand lotion
    Champneys Spa Treatments Hand and Nail cream 40ml

    Shower Gels & Bath Oils([strike]18[/strike] NOW 21)
    REN Moroccan Rose Otto 50ml
    Philosophy Pure Grace Foaming Bath and Shower cream 240ml
    Philosophy Eternal Grace
    Philosophy Inner Grace
    Philosophy You Are My Sunshine - lemonade
    Nivea Cashmere Moments
    Original Source Vanilla Milk & Raspberry
    [strike]Anatomicals You Need A Blooming Shower Rose cleanser[/strike]
    Anatomicals Sud the lot of you
    Balance Me Rose Otto
    Palmolive Ayurituel Energy (sachet)
    Champneys Spa Treatments Citrus Blush shower gel 200ml
    Noble Isle Willow Song Lavenham Walk bath & shower gel 75ml
    BalmBalm Relax bath & shower oil 5ml
    Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Mind bath & shower oil 55ml x 2
    Aromatherapy Associates Revive Evening bath & shower oil 3ml x 2
    Aromatherapy Associates Support Equilibrium bath & shower oil 3ml x 2
    Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe bath & shower oil 3ml
    Aromatherapy Associates Support Lavender & Peppermint bath & shower oil 3ml

    Perfumes ([strike]24[/strike] NOW 14)
    Wonderstruck Enchanted
    Suddenly Madame Glamour x 2
    212 Sexy
    So! Kiss Me
    Soap & Glory Mist You Madly body spray
    Philosophy Eternal Grace
    Philosophy Pure Grace roller-ball
    Pecksniffs Classic Chypre
    Pecksniffs Chypre Green x 2
    Elizabeth Arden Provocative

    Perfume Samples ([strike]16[/strike] NOW 5)
    Angel x 2
    Narciso Rodriguez x 2
    Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir

    Perfume Oil Dupes (3ml size) (9)
    Pomegranate Noir
    Ed Hardy
    Shalimar Women
    Vera Wang Woman
    Cinema Women
    Samsara Women
    Issey Miyake Women
    Hypnotic Poison
    Be Delicious Red


    Shampoo ([strike]9[/strike] NOW 6)
    Avon Argan Oil
    Aveda hair detoxifier
    Aussie Miracle Moist x 2
    Herbal Essences Bee Strong (sachet)
    L'Occitane Repairing Shampoo 75ml

    Conditioner ([strike]9[/strike] NOW 3)
    Sachajuan Leave in conditioner
    [strike]Avon Quick Touch leave in conditioner x 2[/strike]
    Herbal Essences Bee Strong (sachet)
    L'Occitane Repairing Conditioner 75ml

    Hair Miscellaneous ([strike]38[/strike] NOW 28)
    Toni & Guy glamour hairspray
    Philip Kingsley One More Day dry shampoo
    Avon Argan Oil hair mask
    [strike]Avon Argan Oil leave in treatment[/strike]
    Avon Celloshine treatment
    Avon Mirror Shine spray
    Silk Oil of Morocco Argan oil thermal shine spray
    Silk Oil of Morocco Argan rep-hair Creme
    Silk Oil of Morocco Pure Argan Oil
    Tesco Pro Formula hairspray
    Organics hairspray
    Paul Mitchell thermal protection spray
    Paul Mitchell Fast Form Cream gel
    Percy & Reed hairspray
    VO5 Give Me Texture spray
    [strike]VO5 Hairspray[/strike]
    Tresemme Volume & Lift mousse
    Pantene Ice Shine anti-frizz shine Creme
    Bed Head Hook- up mousse wax RELIC!
    Wella High Hair Style Builder RELIC!
    Wells High Hair pearl styler RELIC!
    John Frieda Frizz Ease 5 minute Manager
    Michael Di Cesare Clarifying Oat hair wash 6ml x 6(sachets)
    Percy & Reed Wonder Balm 75ml
    VO5 Pump it up dry shampoo


    Start stash: 307
    November: 292 (down 15)
    December: 286 (down 6)
    January: 280 (down 6)
    February: 269 (down 11)
    March: 262 (down 7)
    April: 255 (down 7)
    May: 249 (down 6) :o
    :heart: Ageing is a privilege not everyone gets.
  • edited 23 June 2014 at 1:27PM
    SundaysgirlSundaysgirl Forumite
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    edited 23 June 2014 at 1:27PM
    I'm in again, thanks clutterfree for starting us off!

    I really want the Philosophy GWP so there may be INs, but those are the only purchased ones I will allow myself this month. Definitely no need to repurchase anything else, I can shop my stash.

    I finished May on

    UU 118
    IN 132
    TA 1

    My PP for the month:

    1. Leo Bancroft shampoo 50ml
    2. Leon Bancroft conditioner 50ml
    [STRIKE]3. Yves Rocher conditioner 150ml[/STRIKE]
    4. Sanex shower gel 75ml
    5. Clinique DD lotion 30ml
    [STRIKE]6. No 7 serum 30ml[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]7. LRP Effaclar Duo 3ml[/STRIKE][STRIKE]
    8. Hugo Boss Intense EDP 90ml[/STRIKE]
    9. L'Occitane almond hand cream 10ml
    10. Sanctuary heel balm 75ml
    11. Gucci Premiere EDP 7ml
    12. Sanctuary bath soak 75ml
    [STRIKE]13. S&G Righteous Butter 50ml[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]14. TBS volume shampoo 60ml[/STRIKE]
    15. TBS balance conditioner 60ml
    MFW 2017 #123 2018: £1,852.64/£39,200 (4.7%)
  • emsjune78emsjune78 Forumite
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    Hi Ladies,

    I'm not around much at the moment but I'm still in and still counting. Thank you for the new thread Clutterfree. Another one here for whom June will be tight money wise due to several family birthdays and Father's Day. No substantial IN planned, although I can't be held responsible for any birthday IN I'm gifted :D

    Got some UU etc still to declare from the end of May but too fiddly posting on my phone, will fire laptop up later x
  • asset2004asset2004 Forumite
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    Thanks Clutterfree for the new thread :T
    I don't think I had any purchase INs for May so that is good
    No surprise to see that I'm back again for June :p
    Life is a coin, you can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.
    Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you'll see further.
    Take time but don't waste time
  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Thanks Clutterfree for getting us started. I am in for another month.

    I am getting things under control now although I do still have a huge stash particularly of shower gel and body butter/lotion.

    I had one final uu for May

    Body Shop Camomile Eye Make up Remover 60ml, WBA it does a good job and is very cooling and soothing.

    I ended last month on 30 uu/out and no ins.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
  • I'm here for June, and going to try really hard not to have any INs this month. I possibly need a new deodourant for my gym bag, maybe a new lipstick, but I think that's it.

    Main targets this month:

    Vitamin C Face Spritz
    MONU face primer
    Body Shop lipstick
    Bottle of conditioner
  • Back again this month - must try harder to use the stuff I have bought!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries: July stash 72/0 INS/2 UU/0 TA
  • maddiemaymaddiemay Forumite
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    Thank you Clutterfree for starting us off again. Count me in for another month too.

    Just come from a visit to Aldi, I picked up the eye cream, but gave myself a talking to:( and put it back on the shelf, I have enough eye cream for several months, so it was definitely a want and not a need. Did buy cotton pads, but I don't stash these and don't include them in totals.

    I have been doing a "half face" comparison using Rodial Glamtox cleansing balm and Merumaya balm, I bought the Rodial for a really low price on some offer or other, but although it is lovely I would not pay £50 ish for a cleanser. I am happy to report, that on my skin, could see or feel no diffrence at all between them:D
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • ClutterfreeClutterfree Forumite
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    I liked the Merumaya balm.
    Couldn't make my mind up about the fragrance but thought it was good to use neat for deep cleanse or add water for a morning cleanse.
    I think it would be ideal for travel as I'd only need to take one cleanser.
    I've lots of cleansers at the moment but think this will go on my shortlist for when the day finally comes when I need to purchase one.
    :heart: Ageing is a privilege not everyone gets.
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