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No More Buying Unnecessary Toiletries Until...August 2015

edited 31 July 2015 at 10:50PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 31 July 2015 at 10:50PM 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 BirdNerdSophoe 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?

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 August 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 !) O- 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
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
Please call me 'Pickle'
No More Buying Books: ???
No More Buying DVDs: ???
NMB Toiletries ??? and I've gone back for my Masters at the University of Use Ups!
roud to be dealing with her debts 1198~



  • Hi guys!

    So, I know I've technically graduated but I couldn't see a thread for the new month so I started it. I hope you don't mind. I think I will be around a bit more than I have been recently as I have a fair few toiletries that were being stored at my mum's house to UU.

    Happy using up this month! :D
    Please call me 'Pickle'
    No More Buying Books: ???
    No More Buying DVDs: ???
    NMB Toiletries ??? and I've gone back for my Masters at the University of Use Ups!
    roud to be dealing with her debts 1198~

  • edited 31 August 2015 at 7:38PM
    mrs-moneypennymrs-moneypenny Forumite
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    edited 31 August 2015 at 7:38PM
    Thank you for the new thread pickle
    hope everyone is well and managing to UU more than they add

    would like to be below 250 by the end of the year
    first full count list done for a while was at End of Feb 2014 had 358
    now have 307 items

    Perfumes - 19
    Sexy Amber michael kors
    vivienne Westwood boudoir
    Thierry Mugler X2 8ml
    Thierry Mugler Angel 25ml
    Narciso Rodriguez for her X2
    Hugo Boss Deep Red
    Agent Provocateur X2
    Tresor in love
    Viktor&Rolf flowerbomb
    Jimmy Choo
    Doir poison
    Nina Ricci RicciRicci
    Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely
    Jean Paul Gaultier classique
    Lush Gorrilla perfume karma
    lush solid perfume honey i shrunk the kids

    face care - 18
    aldi face mask
    Anew clinical eye lift pro
    Anew clinical defence deep recovery cream x2
    ren rosa centifolia hot cloth cleanser
    skin doctor instant face lift
    skin doctor instant eye lift
    skin therapy eye make up remover
    Aveeno cleansing lotion X2
    Anew ultimate age repair cream cleanser
    dead sea magik gentle cleansing face wash
    balance me pure skin face wash
    No7 skin spritz
    dead sea magik mild exfoliant
    body ultimate skin care face & body polish
    body ultimate skin care collagen therapy gel
    Lacura Q10 renew multi intensive serum

    Body butters - 9
    S&G the righteous Butter 300ml
    salonniere body butter
    Elle Macpherson nourishing honey butter
    sanctuary body butter X 4
    sanctuary mande lular body souffle
    champneys moisture miracle body butter

    scrubs & polishes - 11
    Body boutique body scrub
    sanctuary mande lular body scrub
    spa O2 revitalising body scrub
    sanctuary body scrub
    bhs brazilian lime sugar cane and basil body scrub
    Gok gorgeous body polish with almond oil
    Busy but beautiful smooth body polish
    B&h skin spa body polish
    B&h sweet mandarin & grapefruit body polish
    Salonniere body polish
    no7 cleansing body polish

    lotions and creams - 31
    Bath boutique body lotion
    Royal jelly body lotion X 2
    B&H lemon blossom and white rose hand & body lotion
    B&H cherry blossom oriental lily & lotus flower steam cream wash
    B&H cherry blossom oriental lily& lotus flower steam shower body cleanser
    cerise tube of GW body lotion
    B&H french lavendar and cassis body balm
    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 hand &body lotion
    O2spa hand and body lotion
    sanctuary body lotion X2
    Lush dream team hand and body lotion
    cowshed grumpy cow body lotion
    ArranAromatics shimmer gel
    Hypnose senses body lotion
    Lush potion body lotion
    B&H silky hand and body lotion
    B&H cherry blossom oriental lily and lotus flower hand & body lotion
    Boots oriental floral mimosa body cream
    nivea soft X2
    boots royal jelly body lotion
    Natural extracts body lotion with vitamin E

    Oils - 9
    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
    Avon SSS dry oil body spray
    Agent provocateur body massage oil
    Aromatherapy massage oil
    Dr organic organic vitamin e pure oil complex

    bath and shower - 25
    Body boutique bubble bath
    Avon 1000ml mandarin & white jasmine bubble bath
    Avon 1000ml White Lily bubble bath
    Avon 1000ml romantic rose bubble bath
    Avon 1000ml soft rose bubble bath
    Avon 500ml mandarin & white jasmine bubble bath
    Avon 500ml lavender bubble bath
    Avon 500ml strawberry sorbet bubble bath
    Lush snow fairy
    Sanctuary body wash X3
    Royal jelly shower gel
    S&G Sugar Crush Body Wash
    salonniere body wash
    salonniere bath creme
    BS chocomania shower gel
    BS pink grapefruit shower gel
    fenjal luxury shower oil
    Angel perfume shower gel X2
    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
    Champneys skin comforting bath soak powder

    feet - 11
    Elle Macpherson pedicure in a jar
    the rectory softening foot cream
    the rectory smoothing foot polish
    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
    SpaO2 foot lotion

    Hands - 6
    Tester hand cream
    30ml tube of sanctuary hand cream
    salonniere hand cream
    champneys vitamiracle hand & nail cream X2
    Anew ultimate Hand cream

    bath bombs - 13
    8 bomb bath bomb
    5 lush bath bombs

    deodorant - 2
    Roll on deodorant
    Sanctuary body spritz

    hairspray and hair - 14
    Hair spray - tester product
    aldi hair spray
    Vo5 heat protect spray
    Lee Stafford dry shampoo
    phytologue phytoctrus soin hair mask
    paul mitchell colour protect locking spray
    catwalk frisky scrunching gel
    Argan oil conditioner
    Natural extracts shampoo
    Treseme 500ml shampoo colour protect
    Treseme 500ml shampoo &conditioner
    Lush solid shampoo bar

    talc 2
    2 assorted

    sachets and samples - 2
    avon clear skin blemish treatment
    Maybellene superstay better skin tester

    soap - 13
    Body boutique soap
    carex liquid soap x2
    apple tango hand wash
    sainsburys antibacterial hand wash X3
    so fruity fresh mandarin hand wash 750ml
    lush snow fairy bar
    bomb cosmetic soap in a sponge
    Imperial leather soap 3

    Massage bars - 2
    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 - 26
    polishes assorted X20
    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 - 84
    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 X4
    eye pencils assorted X14
    lip pencils assorted X4
    body shop choc lip butter
    lip sticks assorted X 27
    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
  • Gemzie121Gemzie121 Forumite
    668 posts
    Count me in again!

    PP list:

    1.Vaseline aloe lip balm
    2.avon garden of Eden shower gel
    3. Garnier ultimate blends lemon and green tea shampoo
    4. Garnier ultimate blends lemon and green tea conditioner
    5. Avon naturals chamomile hair mask
    6. Beautlicious vanilla body cream
    7. Dove vanilla and Shea cream bath
    8. Lush bubble bar (1/2 used needs finishing)
    9. Body shop Shea soap bar
    10. Sanex roll on deodorant
    11. Nivea spray deodorant
    12. Loccitane vanilla Bouqet hand cream
    13. Next just pink hand cream
    14. Lush bubblegum lip scrub
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2015/2016/2017/2018

    UUs for 2016: 513 In's: 447 UUs for 2017: 207 Ins: 161
    UUs for 2018: In's:
    Self Confessed Lush Addict!
  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Seventh Anniversary 1,000 Posts Photogenic I've been Money Tipped!
    Thanks for the new thread pickle.

    I have some uu's to report (technically July but only just)

    Avon Spring Garden Bubble Bath 500ml - WBA, lovely scent, loads of bubbles and doesn't dry out my skin.

    Elemis Frangipani Body Oil 35ml - I WNB this but will happily use it, I only use it after a bath so it is easy to melt it in the bath whilst it is running.

    My hair was like straw from being on the beach so before my bath I washed it and applied a generous dollop of Macadamia Deep Repair Mask and left it on for an hour and now it is like silk and smells amazing - I will definitely be buying this again when it runs out.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Seventh Anniversary 1,000 Posts Photogenic I've been Money Tipped!
    My PP list for August:

    1. Elemis Quiet Mind Bubble Bath 300ml
    2. Aromatherapy Associates De Stress Mind Bath Oil 10ml
    3. Estee Lauder Day Wear 15ml
    4. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Day Cream 15ml
    5. Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser 200ml
    6. Hawaiian Tropic Coconut Body Butter
    7. Crabtree & Evelyn Rose Hand Cream 25ml
    8. DHC Cleansing Oil 30ml
    9. Benefit Benebalm
    10. Imperial Leather Foamburst Vanilla & Cherry Blossom
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
  • How I did with my July PP, oh dear 'must try harder!'

    Garnier vital restore night cream
    Superdrug natural radience 12 hour day cream
    Beauty formula cleanser and toner
    [STRIKE]Garnier shea butter hand cream[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Jergens daily moisture hand and cuticle cream[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Misc. bar soap (bought at a market many moons ago - have no idea what it is)[/STRIKE]
    Addidas deo roll on
    L'oreal nutri bronze facial tan lotion
    [STRIKE]Johnsons summer body gradual tan lotion[/STRIKE]
    Lypsyl 'honeyberry' lipbalm (yes I hoard lipbalms!)

    gym bag
    [STRIKE]Garnier 'in shower' bodylotion[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]M&S witch hazel toning cream[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]M&S alove vera & honey balm[/STRIKE]
    Lacura roll on deo
    Tesco coconut milk conditioner
    Schwarztkopf hair theraphy leave in conditioner
    [STRIKE]Misc. unlabeled shampoo (in travel bottle) [/STRIKE]

    Off on hols tomorrow so taking my La Occitane minis gift bag given to me by my lovely daughter for mothers day. She is an impoverished uni student who saved up for weeks to buy it. Came home for the summer and saw the gift bag still sitting on my dressing table - 'I GAVE you that to USE!' :o uh oh Since it's all lovely rich moistering stuff will be just the job. Surfing wrecks havoc on my hair though I have to say as long as I remember to moisterise it makes my skin lovely, clear and glowing! I will also be taking a big bottle of cheap conditioner. My step mum is aussie and a marine biologist, she said she would rinses her hair in conditioner everyday after diving.

    Will update with a Aug. PP list when I get back.
    No buying unnecessary toiletries 2014. Epiphany on 4/4/14 - went into shop to buy 2 items, walked out with 17!

  • edited 1 August 2015 at 10:44AM
    mrs-moneypennymrs-moneypenny Forumite
    15.5K posts
    edited 1 August 2015 at 10:44AM
    Morning all
    First UU of the month the tub of night cream I was testing has been scrapped out and all gone.

    Hopefully the first of lots this month.

    Need to sort a PP list
    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
  • Last in for July was sanctuary mandelular body scrub, from tk maxx. I actually bought it because I've seen so many peeps on here have it, but I didn't smell before I got it and I'm not altogether convinced I'm going to like it.
    For once, I really did need it, as the only body scrub I had has one use left and I need to get all the fake tan off my knees.
    I had been considering a big clarins order, but this should stave that off.
  • Thanks Pickle for starting us off this month.

    My PP for July was as below - so pretty good progress made, especially as I managed to UU a few not on this list in addition:

    [STRIKE]- This works perfect heels rescue balm [/STRIKE]
    - Crabtree and Evelyn Summer Hill hand therapy
    [STRIKE]- Faith in Nature Coconut shower gel
    - Body Shop Coconut Shimmer body butter
    - Antipodes Avocado Night Cream
    - Aurelia Cell repair night oil
    - Clarins Eye Contour balm[/STRIKE]
    - Antipodes Ananda Gentle toner
    [STRIKE]- Ren V-Cense day cream
    - Lancome Bi-Facial eye make up remover
    - Dove Go Fresh pomegranate deodorant (mini)[/STRIKE]

    I've got familiar enough with my stash over the last month to know I do not need anything in August except razor blades which I can stick in my supermarket shop, so the intention is to

    a) Keep away from shops that are a source of temptation. That really means Whole Foods, Neal's Yard, Bare Minerals, Liz Earle, L'Occitane, all departments stores and my local beauty shop.

    b) continue to cut down on e temptation
    - put computer away instead of leaving downstairs,
    - add more beauty sites to my blocked list (which I get a maximum of 30 minutes per day on in total - and I include facebook and most news sites on that list).
    - move emails from beauty sites into my spam folder. I haven't done this before in case I ordered from them - but I don't need to order anything for ages and if in a year's time I do need to, I can just check my spam for the order confirmation.

    c) Continue building up my routine of actually using the products. I have been a lot better since I rejoined this thread at doing a pre-bed face routine which I usually only managed when I wore make up - and that's not often. I have also put make up on a bit more and got footcream on more regularly too.

    d) Continue searching through stash for part used items and when I next finish something up, move onto a part used item rather than opening something new as the part used one will go off sooner. Just before I started re-posting I had to TA a few items that had gone off.

    e) TA or GA anything that really doesn't work for me. Last month I TA a bottle of shampoo that was 1/3 full which had always left my hair tangled and didn't help my scalp although it was meant for dry scalps. Looking back I can't believe I persisted for that long with it. Do I really think punishing myself for mistakes is healthy?? That one wasn't even a frivolous spend, my scalp was giving me hell and I thought it would help.

    f) sort out travel wash bag for upcoming trips away (got three within the next 6 weeks) and make sure I have no excuse to buy sample sizes at Boots when I fly for the last of the three (I often buy something last minute due to disorganisation).

    PP for this month

    - Crabtree and Evelyn Summer Hill hand therapy
    - Antipodes Ananda Gentle toner
    - Ren Hydracalm serum
    - Ren Hydracalm day cream (generous sample size)
    - Aurelia face scrub
    - Another tube of this works perfect heels rescue balm
    - Clarins Multi-Active night cream (generous sample size)
    - Korres Jasmine Body Wash
    - Korres Jamine Body Lotion
    - Mio Boob Tube (bust firmer)
    - Mio The Activist (firming body oil)
    - Mio Workout Wonder (invigorating muscle gel)
    - No7 face scrub (sample size)

    There are other products I expect to use but are full enough I won't UU during the month.

    Good luck with your plans for this month everyone.
  • asajjasajj Forumite
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    Fifth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Rampant Recycler I've been Money Tipped!
    Thanks for the new thread! I will come up with a PP list soon x
    £2020in 2020 / £601
    Trying to de-clutter one drawer at a time
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