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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries December 2017

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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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, err me, 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!



Graduates

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
March 2012
April 2012
May 2012
June 2012
July 2012
August 2012
September 2012
October 2012
November 2012
December 2012
January 2013
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  • edited 30 December 2017 at 10:09PM
    pinkfluffybabepinkfluffybabe Forumite
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    edited 30 December 2017 at 10:09PM
    I’m in again for December. Thanks for the new thread sstevo!

    December PP list:

    [STRIKE]Pai Cleanser[/STRIKE]
    Ren moisturiser
    [STRIKE]Korres shower gel[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Cowshed shower gel[/STRIKE]
    Ren face wash
    [STRIKE]Chanel Noir perfume[/STRIKE]
    Aveda body oil
    Burts bees lip balm
    Green People serum
    Aveda eye cream
    [STRIKE]Living proof volume spray[/STRIKE]
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 10/91 UU, 0 IN
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  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Finish 5:-

    OPI Spare Me A French Quarter- am wearing this at the mo. Noticed that application is getting patchy.

    Benefit Dallas blush. Am now picking up more product on my brush on application. Have decided for next year I want to rotate blush monthly in the hope of getting through some.

    Tiger Balm. Have neglected this cos MRM complains about the smell. Think I'll apply it in the mornings before I leave for work.

    Burst Bees lip balm. Again, I've neglected this and need to be more diligent.

    PP List:-

    L'Occitane Amber and Santal perfume - have Quarter of full size left
    L'Occitane eye make up remover oil - sample size
    Botanicals eye cream - tube is becoming difficult to squeeze
    Lush Cup o Coffee - small tub and should be gone this month
    Liz Earle body wash - 500ml bottle that has been on the go for too long. Want it gone.
    Smashbox eyeshadow- still want to hit pan on it
    Nivea deodorant
    Boots nail polish remover
    Aussie shampoo
    Jessica Phenomal oil - need to be more diligent in looking after hands and cuticles.

    Am off work for a few days. Am shopping today and will be going to LUSH for Dirty cream.
    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!

    SPC Member 046
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  • edited 6 December 2017 at 10:12AM
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    edited 6 December 2017 at 10:12AM
    Thanks for the new thread sstevo.

    My PP list

    Philip Kingsley Moisture Balance Conditioner 1L
    Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Cream 100ml
    Avon MagiX Concealer
    Boots Time Delay Cleansing Oil 200ml
    Body Shop Vitamin E Serum in Oil 30ml
    Hawaiian Tropic Coconut Body Butter 200ml
    Tigi Curls Rock Shampoo 750ml
    Burberry Weekend EDP 30ml

    My 5 by Christmas list

    Garnier Oil Free BB Cream
    Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush - surely this time I can finish it :eek:
    Bare Minerals Brightening Primer
    No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eyeshadow
    Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit - I would just like to hit pan on this.

    Will not need to buy in 2018

    Shower gel
    Body moisturiser
    Hair conditioner
    Night cream
    Foot cream
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup of any sort
    Perfume
    Bubble Bath

    May need to buy in 2018

    Shampoo - we have lots but everyone is using the same ones now
    Cleanser - should get through most of the year
    Eye cream - only have the one which is in use
    Day cream - should get half way through the year
    Nail polish remover
    Curl cream - do have a few so should get quite a way through the year
    Deodorant
    Hand cream - should get halfway through the year
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler


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  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    My PP list for the month:

    Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream 50ml
    The Body Shop Spiced Apple Body Gel-Lotion 250ml
    Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant 30ml
    Avon Dark Orchid & Raspberry Bubble Bath 250ml


    The hand cream is nearly done, I just need to finish using it. The body lotion may be a LHJ, but I'll see how I get on with it. The BHA Liquid needs using up before the end of next month, I'm going to test it on a small area as an all over exfoliant, as I just use it as a spot treatment.
  • kadisonkadison Forumite
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    I'm in again for the month :money:
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2020
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  • asajjasajj Forumite
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    Thank you for the new thread and I'm in for another month.
    I just finished Alpha Gold Balancing cleanser. WMBA this. It lasted for ages. Cleans skin well. Don't break me out.
    £2020in 2020 / £601
    Trying to de-clutter one drawer at a time
  • Tolteca87Tolteca87 Forumite
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    In again. I have been a bad, bad, bad, bag girl.
  • mcculloch29mcculloch29 Forumite
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    Back on MSE, after real life and my new job kept me very busy for summer and autumn. Joining you again, have relaxed my regime of late, so it will be good to be prompted. Thanks for starting the new thread.,
    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.
  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Back on MSE, after real life and my new job kept me very busy for summer and autumn. Joining you again, have relaxed my regime of late, so it will be good to be prompted. Thanks for starting the new thread.,

    I have missed you And. Welcome back.
    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!

    SPC Member 046
    £2. Challenge member 55
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    One UU this morning:

    SVR Topialyse Emollient Cream 10ml WNBA as full size. Even though it has nothing I'm normally sensitive to in it, I'm starting to feel an itch after using this. And it smells like coconuts but there's no coconut oil in it. I'll definitely not be buying this in the future.
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