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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries October 2014

edited 1 October 2014 at 9:35AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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SundaysgirlSundaysgirl Forumite
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edited 1 October 2014 at 9:35AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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 Babafette 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 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
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
June 2014
July 2014
August 2014
September 2014
MFW 2017 #123 2018: £1,852.64/£39,200 (4.7%)


  • edited 21 October 2014 at 1:43PM
    SundaysgirlSundaysgirl Forumite
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    edited 21 October 2014 at 1:43PM
    My October PP:

    1. No7 Pampering Dry Oil Body Spray 200ml
    [STRIKE] 2. No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream 25ml
    [/STRIKE]3. MAC Prep & Prime Skin Base 6ml
    4. No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream 25ml
    [STRIKE]5. Joico K-Pak Shampoo 50ml
    6. Joico K-Pak Conditioner 50ml[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]7. Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe Bio-Advanced Restorative Treatment 50ml[/STRIKE]
    8. John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock Glosser 25ml
    [STRIKE]9. TBS Rainforest Volume Shampoo 60ml[/STRIKE]
    10. S&G Hand Food 50ml
    [STRIKE]11. Elemis Revitalise Me Shower Gel 50ml[/STRIKE]
    12. Cussons Mum & me Relax & Unwind Bath Soak 50ml
    13. DKNY MYNY EDP sample
    14. L'Occitane Pivoine Flora EDT 5ml
    [STRIKE]15. Aveeno Moisturising Cream 15ml
    MFW 2017 #123 2018: £1,852.64/£39,200 (4.7%)
  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Eighth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    Thanks Sundaysgirl for the new thread. October has taken me by surprise.

    I am in for another month.

    My PP list for October

    Ren Vita Mineral Day Cream 3ml & 15ml
    Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser
    Ren Frankincense Night Cream
    Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlilly Bath & Shower gel 50ml
    Molton Brown Bilssfull templetree Bath & shower gel 50ml
    Avon Spring Garden Bubble Bath 500ml
    Avon Far Away Shower Gel 50ml
    Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate 100ml
    Lancome Serum 7ml
    Lancome Genefique Serum 7ml
    Trilogy Rosehip oil 2ml x 2
    L'occ Vanilla hand cream
    Elemis Pro Radiance hand cream
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 18/66
  • Happy October everyone! My PP for this month;

    • Bioderma Photoderm MAX Ultra-Fluid SPF50+
    • Bumble & Bumble Shampoo & Conditioner sample
    • TBS Hemp Hand Cream
    • La Roche-Posay Lipikar Xerand Hand Repair Cream
    • Castor Oil
    • Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
    No more goo hoarding!

    2018 UU: 9 IN: 1 TA: 0 Total: 58/67
    2017 UU: 50 IN: 16 TA: 2 Total: 42/78 2016 UU: 53 IN: 17 TA: 0 Total: 36/72
    2015 UU: 74 IN: 43 TA: 3 Total: 32/64
    2014 UU: 114 IN: 67 TA: 7 Total: 38/92
  • butterfly2507butterfly2507 Forumite
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    Fifth Anniversary 100 Posts Photogenic
    Thank you for the new thread! I hope to finish up at least 10 products as well but I won't make a list since I get bored with products really easily.

    Good luck to everyone! :beer::T
    books read 2020: 29 / 100
    Weight loss journey: 1,5 KG / 9 KG

    english is not my first language, sorry for any misspellings :o
  • edited 29 October 2014 at 10:33AM
    mrs-moneypennymrs-moneypenny Forumite
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    edited 29 October 2014 at 10:33AM
    Thank you to Babafette for kick starting the september thread and to sundaysGirl for this month's thread,

    hope all are well.
    happy pampering everyone

    first full count list done for a while was at End of Feb 2014 had 358
    now have 332 items

    Perfumes - 20 you have to admit my DH has very good taste in perfumes
    Thierry Mugler X2 8ml
    Thierry Mugler Angel 25ml
    Narciso Rodriguez for her X2
    Hugo Boss Deep Red
    Lacoste pour femme
    Agent Provocateur X2
    Tresor in love
    Viktor&Rolf flowerbomb
    Jimmy Choo
    Doir poison
    Nina Ricci RicciRicci
    Vera Wang Lovestruck
    Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely
    Jean Paul Gaultier classique
    Lush Gorrilla perfume karma
    lush solid perfume honey i shrunk the kids
    [STRIKE]Ralph Lauren polo sport woman[/STRIKE]
    Charlie red

    face care - [STRIKE]27[/STRIKE]26
    day cream tester product
    night cream tester product
    aldi face mask x2
    Anew clinical eye lift pro
    Anew clinical defence deep recovery cream
    ren rosa centifolia hot cloth cleanser
    Guinot radiance mask
    skin doctor instant face lift
    skin doctor instant eye lift
    skintherapy eye make up remover
    simple toner
    olay conditioning milk
    Aveeno cleansing lotion X2
    Anew ultimate age repair cream cleanser
    [STRIKE]Anew foaming cleanser[/STRIKE]
    dead sea magik gentle cleansing face wash
    balance me pure skin face wash
    No7 skin spritz
    dead sea magik mild exfoliant
    dead sea magik super night cream
    body ultimate skin care face & body polish
    body ultimate skin care collagen therapy gel
    Doctor organic Vitamin E oil pure complex
    Lacura CA restorative day cream
    Lacura Q10 renew multi intensive serum

    Body butters - 9
    salonniere body butter
    Elle Macpherson nourishing honey butter
    sanctuary body butter X 4
    sanctuary mande lularbody souffle X2
    champneys moisture miracle body butter

    scrubs - [STRIKE]7[/STRIKE]6
    sanctuary mande lular body scrub
    champneys citrus glow sugar scrub
    spa O2 revitalising body scrub
    sanctuary body scrub X [STRIKE]3[/STRIKE]2
    bhs brazilian lime sugar cane and basil body scrub

    lotions and creams - 34
    green tub of GW gorgeous body polish
    cerise tube of GW body lotion
    S&G sit tight bot cream
    salonniere body polish
    B&H french lavendar and cassis body balm
    Doctor Organic vitamin E skin lotion
    dead sea magik silky smooth body lotion
    pure poison body lotion
    secret obsession body lotion
    jean paul gaultier classique body lotion
    tresor in love body lotion
    agent provocateur body glamour lotion
    B&H white mulberry & marshmallow body lotion
    B&H sweet mandarin & grapefruit body polish
    O2spa hand and body lotion
    sanctuary body lotion X2
    Lush dream team hand and body lotion
    lush charity pot hand and body cream
    cowshed grumpy cow body lotion
    ArranAromatics shimmer gel
    champneys ultra smooth body moisturiser
    Hypnose senses body lotion
    busy but beautiful body lotion
    busy but beautiful body polish
    Lush potion body lotion
    lush charity pot generous hand and body lotion
    Palmers cocoa butter cream for stretch marks
    B&H body polish
    B&H silky hand and body lotion
    Boots oriental floral mimosa body cream
    nivea soft X2
    boots royal jelly body lotion

    Oils - [STRIKE]9[/STRIKE]8
    bodyshop sensual bath and massage oil
    bodyshop body oil spray mist
    source of purity massage oil
    sole to soul herbal oil
    botanics essential massage oil
    [STRIKE]aromatherapy massage oil[/STRIKE]
    Avon SSS dry oil body spray X2
    Agent provocateur body massage oil

    bath and shower - [STRIKE]24[/STRIKE]23
    75ml bottle of sanctuary luxury bath float
    purple bottle of GW bath essence
    happy hippy shower gel
    salonniere body wash
    salonniere bath creme
    B&H french lavendar and cassis body wash
    B&H french lavendar and cassis shower creme
    BS chocomania shower gel
    BS pink grapefruit shower gel.
    fenjal luxury shower oil
    [STRIKE]avon white lily bubble bath 1 litre[/STRIKE]
    avon romantic rose bubble bath 1 litre
    Angel perfume shower gel X2
    sanctuary body wash X3
    No7 cleansing body polish
    tresor in love shower gel
    hypnose senses shower gel
    bhs whitetea and gojiberry bath salts
    bhs olive sage and cocoa butter bath and shower gel
    spa bath petals
    boots royal jelly body wash

    feet - 11
    Elle Macpherson pedicure in a jar
    the rectory softening foot cream
    the rectory smoothing foot polish
    planet spa african shea butter foot and elbow cream
    body blitz revive foot scrub
    body blitz revive foot lotion
    sanctuary soothing foot lotion
    sanctraury intensive heel rescue balm
    scholl revitalising gel
    carnation anti blister stick
    carnation cracked heel cream

    Hands - 9
    2x 30ml tubes of sanctuary hand cream
    salonniere hand cream
    dead sea magik super hand cream
    champneys vitamiracle hand & nail cream X2
    champneys skin loving rose hand and body lotion
    sanctuary hand cream
    Anew ultimate Hand cream

    bath bombs - 14
    6 bomb bath bomb
    8 lush bath bombs

    deodorant - [STRIKE]6[/STRIKE]5
    nivea pearl & beauty - 2
    nivea double effects - [STRIKE]3[/STRIKE] 2
    impluse hint of musk

    hairspray and hair - [STRIKE]13[/STRIKE]10
    soap & glory glad hair day shampoo
    [STRIKE]shockwaves ultra strong hairspray[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]silvikrin classic hairspray[/STRIKE]
    L'Oreal indestructable gel
    Wella shockwaves gel
    Vo5 heat protect spray
    Lee Stafford dry shampoo
    Carina hair culture deep cleaning shampoo 1lt
    [STRIKE]morrys conditioner[/STRIKE]
    shampoo bar
    phytologue phytoctrus soin hair mask
    paul mitchell colour protect locking spray
    catwalk frisky scrunching gel

    talc 3
    3 assorted

    sachets and samples - 10
    sachet of sanctuary 5min thermal detox mask
    advance7 X2
    avonfrizz control
    lancome dark circle eye cream
    olay 30 second wrinkle filler
    olay wrinkle relaxing complex
    olay 3 point serum
    avon clear skin blemish treatment
    lancome lip treatment plumping balm

    soap - 15
    carex liquid soap X2
    palmolive hygene plus liquid soap
    apple tango hand wash
    imperial leather chamomile care liquid soap
    sainsburys antibacterial hand wash X3
    assorted bars X7

    Massage bars - 3
    assorted Lush ones

    random items - 3
    L'Oreal solar advanced sun protection
    L'Oreal nutri summer tone up
    Clarnis sun wrinkle control cream

    Nail stuff - 33
    polishes assorted X26
    collection 2000 french white tips
    collection 2000 2in1 top coat
    nail attraction top coat
    nail attraction strenghtener
    avon exfoliating expert manicure gel
    boots holy grail nail and cuticle cream
    cutex nail polish remover

    skin and face - 96
    nivea tinted day cream
    maybellene dream matte mousse
    rimmel stay matte make up
    anovia BB cream
    rimmel double act foundation
    Elizabeth Arden let there be light compact
    No7 intellegient colour foundation
    estee lauder lucidity
    benefit show off
    benefit sun beam highlighter
    ritz loose powder
    olay loose glitter powder
    candida beauty glow loose powder
    candida beauty glow powder compact
    blushers assorted X5
    eye pencils assorted X14
    lip pencils assorted X4
    body shop choc lip butter
    lip sticks assorted X38
    mascara assorted X3
    eyeshadows assorted X17

    i think that all of it.
    i havent bothered counting the toothpaste & mouth wash products as they are essentials
    SPC~12 ot 124

    In a world that has decided that it's going to lose its mind, be more kind my friend, try to Be More Kind
  • straight away 2 INs to declare postie has just bought me a night cream and a day cream to test
    SPC~12 ot 124

    In a world that has decided that it's going to lose its mind, be more kind my friend, try to Be More Kind
  • I was wondering if a group 'Cold Turkey on Boots/Superdrug/supermarket toiletry aisle' might help?? Something like a group commitment not to go in to those places for the month and maybe even arranging for someone else to get any actual needs (i.e. one runs out of shampoo and has nothing in the stockpile that will do).

    Elizabeth :)
    Long-term No Buys: print books, make-up, art/craft items
    Lost 8 of the 20lbs I need to shed:D
  • edited 1 October 2014 at 12:45PM
    firefly5firefly5 Forumite
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    edited 1 October 2014 at 12:45PM
    I'm in for this month too, hoping to use up at least 10 bottles lurking in my cabinet!
  • Eek! I don't know if I can handle incorporating nail polish into this challenge though, I'm a total polishaholic! I've been trying not to spend money on polish though, I won a few contests and giveaways on instagram recently, so they are keeping my vice going for free!
  • ruby_eskimoruby_eskimo Forumite
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    Hi everyone, just bumbling along with the thread again this month. Have a couple of UU's to report from this morning:

    Superfacialist Vitamin C Brightening Eye Cream - This was an inoffensive eye cream, didn't really see any difference with it I don't think. Have a balance me one to use that I got with a birchbox.

    Lush Eau Roma Water - Quite nice and refreshing as I don't like using 'toners' and I find my skin feels a lot better when I just spritz this on and then apply my moisturiser over the top. Repurchased.

    Speaking of birchbox, my September one hasn't arrived. The original one was stolen as the courier just left it on my doorstep in plain view of the main road and the second one was apparently sent via royal mail almost 2 weeks ago so that's gone walkies too. It's certainly not making me want to renew my subscription next year...

    ETA: oh and thanks for the new thread sundaysgirl
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