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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries January 2018

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, 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!


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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January 2014
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  • mcculloch29mcculloch29 Forumite
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    Thanks for starting us off, sstevo19, IN for another month ... and another year!
    The NBT Dec 2010 was the very first thread I 'joined' on MSE, and in each monthly re-incarnation it is still one of the most friendly and supportive ones that the forum has.

    Looking forward to lots of pampering and minimal spends in 2018.
    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.
  • GwylimTGwylimT Forumite
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    We are joining in this year. Lets see if I can do this correctly.

    Before our big move someone in the family went slightly mad, the products below will hopefully either be used this year or donated/given away. It is currently taking up space on all the racking in the garage!

    I think PP is what i need for most.
    Faith in nature shower gel 600ml x8
    Australian body care shower get 1L x2
    Sanex 0% bath foam x 4
    Tigi conditioner 700ml x 4
    Tigi shampoo 700ml x 4
    E45 shampoo x4
    Clinique comforting body lotion x3
    E45 body wash x6
    L'occitane hand wash refills x4
    Coconut oil x3 (i might use this to cook to get rid quicker)
    No7 serum x3
    Clinique face moisturiser 200ml x2
    Clinigue face soap bars x3
    Shaving foam can x6
    Lip balms (theres an entire shoe box of them!)
    Philip k elastisizer 1L
    L'occitane baby body lotion x3

    Dead sea shower gel
    Lush shampoo bar
    Faith in nature conditioner
    L'occitane hand cream
    Body shop body butter
  • edited 18 January 2018 at 7:23PM
    pinkfluffybabepinkfluffybabe Forumite
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    edited 18 January 2018 at 7:23PM
    Thank you sstevo, in again for 2018.

    I did my spreadsheet the other day, and decided to include sachets in all my counts as I'm overrun with them.

    I'm starting with 162 products. I had far too many INs last year although my UU were good. My biggest problem areas are body lotions and face masks so need to put some focus on that.

    I'd like to UU 100 products in 2018 as I resent the space that my stash is taking up :D

    My products that I'd like to UU in January are:

    Aveda Eye Cream
    Ren Rose Face Wash
    Aveda Body Oil
    Green People Serum
    Burts Bees Honey Lip Balm
    [STRIKE]Aromatherapy Associates Bath/Shower Oil[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Ila shower gel [/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Living Proof Volume conditioner[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Ren moisturiser[/STRIKE]
    Living proof prime

    Good luck everyone, we can do this :A
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 10/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £69.91/£600
  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Thanks Steven for the new thread and Happy New Year to you all.

    I'm in again. Am on strict No Buy now for January and general low buy for rest of the year. We booked another trip to Orlando yesterday for October so I only want to buy new toiletries then. I will post a PP list later.

    I did post recently that I want to finish 18 powder products in 2018 and I remember dolly84 posting that this would be hard so I am changing this to 18 make up products in 2018. I am not prechoosing these but intend to roll products in each month and if I then hit pan keep them in rotation to finish.

    Anybody interested in the Finish 5 by Spring Challenge mentioned by dolly84? I am and again will post items later.
    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
  • mickey_mousemickey_mouse Forumite
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    I would love to join you all this month and for 2018.
    Use up toiletries in 2020. 55
    Make £2020 in 2020. No 85. £1455.00/£2020
  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    I would love to join you all this month and for 2018.

    Welcome. Feel free to post an inventory and/or any goals for this Year x
    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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  • mickey_mousemickey_mouse Forumite
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    VALM wrote: »
    Welcome. Feel free to post an inventory and/or any goals for this Year x
    Thanks - too many items to list . I counted them yesterday and have 124.This female loves her bath/shower stuff. I haven’t included make-up. My goal for 2018 is to use as many items as possible.
    Use up toiletries in 2020. 55
    Make £2020 in 2020. No 85. £1455.00/£2020
  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread sstevo.

    My PP list

    Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Cream 100ml
    Avon MagiX Concealer
    Body Shop Vitamin E Serum in Oil 30ml
    Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask 500ml
    YSL Paris 30ml
    Poppy King Lip Crayon
    Avon Peach Bubble Bath 1L
    L'occitane Shea Body Lotion
    Elemis Cleansing Balm

    The first 3 items have been carried over from December.

    My 5 by Spring list

    Garnier Oil Free BB Cream
    No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eyeshadow
    Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit - I would just like to hit pan on this.
    No7 stick concealer

    Mac Lipstick

    Will not need to buy in 2018

    Shower gel
    Body moisturiser
    Hair conditioner/hair masks
    Night cream
    Foot cream
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup of any sort
    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
    Hand cream - should get halfway through the year
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    My PP list for January is:

    The Body Shop Spiced Apple Body Gel-Lotion 250ml
    Avon Dark Orchid & Raspberry Bubble Bath 250ml
    Avon Chocolate & Orange Bubble Bath 500ml
    Avon Naturals Cinnamon and Cranberry Spritz 100ml
    SVR Topialyse Mains Hand Cream 50ml
    Avon Naturals Milk & Honey Shower Gel 200ml
    Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief Normal to Dry Skin Moisturiser 60ml
    Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant 30ml
    Avene Eau Thermale Spray 150ml

    I really hope that I manage to finish most, if not all of the items on my PP list this month. A few things have been opened since January 2017 so I need to use them up quickly before they go bad :)
  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    PP List (first 4 carried over from December):-

    Botanist eye cream
    Liz Earle Orange Flower body wash 500ml
    Nivea Pore deodorant
    Jessica Phenomenon Oil mini
    L'Occitane Lavender liquid soap
    First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Cleanser
    Elemis PCMC 15ml
    Kind Natured shampoo
    OPI Nail Polish remover mini bottle
    ESSIE Gel Setter top coat

    5 by Spring:-

    Benefit Dallas blush
    Eyeshadow from Smashbox Full Exposure palette

    Have put these as joint as they are both well underway

    Sephora by OPI JUST A Little Dangerous
    Laura Geller Balance N Brighten
    L'Occitane Amber and Santal fragrance
    Laura Mercier Grey Pearl Caviar stick
    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
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