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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries April 2017

edited 31 March 2017 at 6:29PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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bingbonbingbon Forumite
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edited 31 March 2017 at 6:29PM 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 sstevo19 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
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
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April 2014
May 2014
June 2014
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October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
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April 2015
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June 2015
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January 2016
February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016
January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490 :)


  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
    5.2K posts
    Seventh Anniversary 1,000 Posts Photogenic I've been Money Tipped!
    Thanks bingbon for the new thread. I'm in of course.

    My April PP list:

    Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Honey Bath
    Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Body Souffle
    Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Body Wash
    Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk EDT
    Boots Glycerine & Rosewater
    Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions All Over Clearing Treatment
    Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask
    Crabtree & Evelyn Summer Hill Shower Gel
    Crabtree & Evelyn Summer Hill Body Lotion
    St Ives Apricot Scrub
    L'oreal Ever Sleek Shampoo
    L'oreal Ever Sleek Conditioner
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
  • mcculloch29mcculloch29 Forumite
    5K posts
    Rampant Recycler
    Thanks Bingbon. Will work out a short and hopefully realistic PP list. I will have an NBI to kick off with, but nothing should be needed in April.
    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.
  • catherinekatecatherinekate Forumite
    187 posts
    Fourth Anniversary 100 Posts Name Dropper
    Thanks Bingbon! I'm in again.

    I'm aiming for 10UUs but there is very little obviously close to the end, so we'll see how it goes. And 1 IN - I will allow myself a purchase of foundation. Not strictly necessary but I don't have much that I like.
  • SuiDreamsSuiDreams Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts
    Thanks Bingbon.

    Still need to UU my Lush Sleepy body Lotion from my Feb PP list, have been really bad at using Body Lotion.

    My 5 by Summer

    1 - UD Gwen Steffani Lipstick in Ex Girlfreind
    2 - UD Gwen Steffani Lipliner in Ex Girlfriend
    3 - UD Lip Gloss in Walk of Shame
    4 - Boss Ma Vie Perfume
    5 - Benefit Gimme Brow

    1 item left from 5 by Christmas.
    2 - Urban Decay one & Done - not yet finished - almost

    2 items left from 7 by Autumn
    1 - Benefit Fake up Concealer Full sized - Hate this
    2 - Benefit Watts Up Highlighter sample 2.5g. - Prefer Powder highlighter
  • Thanks Bingbon, please count me in this month and hopefully I will finish up products rather than just make progress this month.

    Superdrug pro vit E Classic shampoo 400ml (Feb)
    Superdrug Exfoliating face mask (Jan)
    Bar of plain baby soap (Mar)
    Nivea Crème 50ml (Mar)
    Nivea Q10 face cream(Mar)
    Lush Avobath bath bomb (Mar)
    Original Source Mint & Tea Tree Showergel (Mar)
    Superdrug Lime & ginger Showergel
    B&H 130ml rose & ylang ylang & Patchouli body lotion
    :pDesperately Determined to Destroy the Debts one at a time.. and Seriously Save for the Spectacular future.:p
  • KT2802KT2802 Forumite
    595 posts
    I'm in, thanks for the new thread bingbon. Have been following along but not posting recently, going to try and post regularly this month as it seems to help keep me motivated.

    I was thinking about selling my urban decay naked 2 palette as I've never used it but just saw on eBay that they only sell for about £5, doesn't seem worth it!

    Going to go through my stash tomorrow and change up my make up for the month. Had my hair done last weekend and am really not happy with it, it's very yellowy :( haven't had my hair dyed for a while so am very disappointed. Know I should go back and complain but I just can't face it. Going to try leaving a toner on it for a while but need to buy one first. Had a toner put on it in the salon but was only on for a few minutes.
  • edited 2 May 2017 at 8:19PM
    pinkfluffybabepinkfluffybabe Forumite
    2.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Photogenic Xmas Saver!
    edited 2 May 2017 at 8:19PM
    Thanks for the thread bingbon! In for April.

    Aiming to finish:

    Ren face wash
    Sjal toner
    Elemental herbology cleanser
    [STRIKE]L'occitane moisturiser[/STRIKE]
    Chanel Coco Noir perfume
    L'occitane almond soap
    Kiehl's Grapefruit hand creme
    Alpha H liquid gold
    Nuxe lip balm
    [STRIKE]Ren shampoo[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Elizabeth Arden 8hr creme[/STRIKE]
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 10/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £69.91/£600
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
    1.3K posts
    1,000 Posts Fourth Anniversary I've been Money Tipped!
    Thanks bingbon for starting us off this month :)

    My PP list will have two items carried over from last month.

    My PP list for April:

    Aquafresh Complete Care Mouthwash
    Avon Naturals Sugar Plum Spritz
    Avon Planet Spa Thai Lotus Flower Body Souffle
    Any one of the hand creams I have in use

    I might have a few UUs in the next day or so, so April should be off to a good start for me :)
  • bingbonbingbon Forumite
    270 posts
    Had a UU in my bath this morning! Good start to April!
    1. Lush Grass Shower Gel (from Kitchen) WBA. I did like this but need to remember to use it more regularly if I get it again as it discoloured quite a bit. Still smelt fine but it was a bit offputting that it had gone a bit brown!

    Will have INs this week coming from a Lush order I made on Thursday.

    I don't think I'm going to bother with a PP list this month. I am trying to pull out the things that are almost empty even if they're not my favourite things. I am enjoying seeing space on my bathroom shelf!
    Enjoy the weekend! :)
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490 :)
  • KT2802KT2802 Forumite
    595 posts
    1 TA today - Benefit Watts Up mini highlighter. This came in a blush set, hardly used it but the lid on it never shut properly. Didn't look like it had dried out but can't really use because of the lid not closing. Have loads of highlighters anyway.
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