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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries August 2017

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM 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 me, haha, 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 June 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! Do de-lurk if you are lurking, this is one of the friendliest threads on MSE.

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
7. Fiasco55 - graduated with honours May 2017

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
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  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread sstevo19. Am in as always Need to be on very low buy this month.
    Back for the No Buying Toiletries challenge. I pledge to only buy when I run out of a product that is not already in my stash no matter what wonderful emails land in in my Inbox or threads I read on MSE re: glitches!

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  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    I've treated myself to a small French Pharmacy haul, so those will be my only INs this month. I'm putting myself on a strict no buy, where I'll only buy something if I don't have a back up of it already. I must stop spending so much. I'm hoping to reduce my stash down a bit this month. I'm going to try and sell a few items as well. If I don't use them or don't enjoy them, why not sell it someone else who might enjoy it more.
  • sunny_moneysunny_money Forumite
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    Last month I ended with 183 and I think have 178 now. I think I did better than that actually, I'm bad at keeping count.

    August PP list:
    Any older lipstick/lip gloss - Newer lip glosses and lipsticks to remain in lock-down! Didn't miss them at all, but I do miss having a long lasting lipstick though as I still haven't replaced them.
    Need to make a decision to keep or get rid of:
    Lipcote - horrible and doesn't really work. I'll persist with it but I will likely TA after this month if I still don't get on with it.
    St.Tropez - Everyday Face tan 50ml – I think this clogs my pores
    Pearl Drops - Now Smile Corrector - 5ml - old and not sure I can be bothered with it
    Bourjois - Volume Glamour Ultra Curl Mascara - 12ml - Like but the product comes out of the lid and is messy, just want it UU
    Blanx toothpaste - 75ml - annoying packaging, use weekly
    Beyond Bronze by Fake Bake – Self Tanning Mousse – 210ml – twice weekly
    Kiehl's - Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Aromatic Mist - 1.5ml - one use left
    Any hair styling product used at least once per week
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    My PP list for August:

    Simple Kind To Hair Gentle Care Shampoo 200ml
    Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser 190ml
    Avon Naturals Pomegranate & Mango Spritz 100ml

    These are the three products I want finished the most.
  • edited 31 August 2017 at 8:12PM
    pinkfluffybabepinkfluffybabe Forumite
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    edited 31 August 2017 at 8:12PM
    Thanks for the new thread sstevo19!

    Had a very slow month in July, need to start shifting my UUs :D

    PP list for August:

    Sjal toner
    Trilogy moisturiser
    Yes to blueberries shower gel
    Living proof prime
    [STRIKE]Living proof frizz shampoo[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Living proof frizz conditioner[/STRIKE]
    Living proof volume spray
    [STRIKE]Aveda cleansing soap[/STRIKE]
    Chanel Noir perfume
    Nuxe body oil
    Keihl's grapefruit hand creme
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 11/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £69.91/£600
  • WJN222WJN222 Forumite
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    Morning all and thanks for the new thread!!

    PP List for Aug:
    Monu eye cream - just want this finished now!
    Vitamin C serum - again sick of using as I don't think it does much for my skin
    Elemis Papaya face mask - I have other masks I prefer using but really muct finish this one
    Any 5 Samples :)

    First UU of the Month
    UU 1: Sure Deodorant - WNBA OK but not as good as my HG Dove
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    Save £5 for every PR: 10 of 35
  • maddiemaymaddiemay Forumite
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    Thank you sstevo19 for the new diary, I will be sticking around through August, and probably at least until next August too:eek: Each time I look in the drawers I use for storage I seem to find something else that I had forgotten that I own, I really need to have every of like stored together, but it seems difficult to achieve at present, but I will keep plodding on.

    August PP/In use list
    100ml Alpha-H Liquid gold
    15ml Clinique Repairwear Uplifting cream
    150ml Better You Magnesium Body Lotion
    56g First aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
    30ml Hotel body lotion
    30ml Molton Brown body lotion
    30ml Molton Brown ginseng body lotion
    30ml Lacura Face Treatment Oil
    250ml Verveine Hand and Nail Cream
    75ml OPI Avoplex Cuticle to Go
    5ml Vichy Eye Serum
    45 ml Clinique Almost Make Up
    30ml Percy & Reed No More Oil

    I ought to be able to UU all but the Magnesium lotion and the Alpha-H if I really apply myself.
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    Two UUs from last night:

    Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Body Treatment 2% BHA sample WMBA in the future but not right now. It was nice, even it did smell a bit like nail varnish remover :/

    Sensodyne Rapid Relief Toothpaste 15ml WBA. This was good. I will definitely buy a full size tube in the near future. But I don't need to buy any toothpaste as I have a back up. I used this every night and it does help.
  • TreasurequeenTreasurequeen Forumite
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    Thanks for this months thread sstevo, I am in this month. My PP list for this month is:

    Liz earle shower gel 500ml bottle
    Liz earle cleanse and polish
    mud mask
    LE foot spritz
    LE eyebright full size
    LE toner
    Ghost sweetheart perfume
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    £2 saver club #21 £40.00/£250
    Save for Christmas 2020 £1 a day challenge, 18 - Treasurequeen £ / £366
  • TreasurequeenTreasurequeen Forumite
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    One UU: Liz Earle foot scrub WNBA this product didn't help my dry skin on feet if anything it made it worse. It had a chemical smell to it and was hard to get out of the tube. I will be replacing it with a homemade foot scrub using store cupboard essentials.
    2019 Frugal Living Challenge
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    Save for Christmas 2020 £1 a day challenge, 18 - Treasurequeen £ / £366
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