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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries March 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 mcculloch29 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 can 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 February 2018 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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March 2013
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January 2014
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January 2015
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  • edited 31 March 2018 at 10:06PM
    pinkfluffybabepinkfluffybabe Forumite
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    edited 31 March 2018 at 10:06PM
    Thanks for the new thread :)

    In for March, PP list:

    [STRIKE]Korres Shower Gel[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Nuxe Shower Gel[/STRIKE]
    E45 spray cream
    Aveda body oil
    [STRIKE]Odilique Rose Toner[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Batiste dry shampoo[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Jo Malone Red Roses[/STRIKE]
    Ren Rose Face Wash
    Sjal face mask
    Aveda Eye Cream
    [STRIKE]Goldfaden serum[/STRIKE]
    Algenist serum
    Burts Bees Honey Lip Balm

    Target is 9 UU
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 10/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £62.52/£600
  • Tolteca87Tolteca87 Forumite
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    In again.

    Hides new bag of eye cream, overnight facial oil and night cream HG and a truely ridiculous number of samples I got given when I took refuge from a snow downflall in a skincare boutique..
  • edited 2 March 2018 at 10:53AM
    sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    edited 2 March 2018 at 10:53AM
    My PP List for the month is:

    Avon Naturals Cinnamon and Cranberry Spritz 100ml
    Bioderma Atoderm Huile de Douche 200ml
    First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 56.7g
    Noreva Sensidiane Micellar Milk Cleanser 500ml
    Paula's Choice Calm Redness Relief Normal to Dry Skin Moisturiser 60ml
    Superdrug Calm Skin Refreshing Facial Spritz 100ml
    Tigi Bed Head Dumb Blonde Toning Shampoo 400ml
    The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% 30ml

    The Paula's Choice moisturiser should be finished soon but it does seem to be lasting forever. I'm hoping to keep my INs to a bare minimum or none at all this month.
  • edited 22 March 2018 at 10:19AM
    dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    edited 22 March 2018 at 10:19AM
    Thanks for the new thread sstevo. I'm in.

    My PP list

    Poppy King Lip Crayon in Smiling (b/f from Feb)
    Liz Earle Skin Repair 50ml (b/f from Feb)
    Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream 50ml (b/f from Feb)
    Champneys Bubble Bath (b/f from Feb)
    Rituals White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren Body Cream 250ml (b/f from Feb)
    Soap & Glory Hand Food 50ml
    Chloe EDP 50ml
    Chloe Body Lotion
    DHC Cleansing Oil 30ml
    Pecksniffs Calm Body Lotion 200ml

    My 7 by Summer list

    Mac Patisserie Lipstick
    Bourjois CC Cream
    Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow Birthday Suit - try to hit pan
    Nails Inc Top Coat
    Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
    Body Shop Lip & Cheek Tint
    Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Plum Russian

    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
  • mcculloch29mcculloch29 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread, things are very quiet on the UU front once again, but steady progress!
    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.
  • asset2004asset2004 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread, February kind of ran away with me and didn't realise we were into March until someone posted a picture of a lion on facebook, here's hoping it goes out like a lamb as snowed in here!!
    I have a couple of NS Ins for February that I'm going to declare since I mised the February thread!
    Facial oil
    Facial tanning spray
    Baby wipes
    All sent to review so no cost. :)
    I don't have any outs though :/
    Life is a coin, you can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.
    Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you'll see further.
    Take time but don't waste time
  • edited 1 March 2018 at 9:26PM
    redglittersredglitters Forumite
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    edited 1 March 2018 at 9:26PM
    Thank you for the new thread, Im in for March,
    Here is my PP-

    First 4 carried over from feb,

    Decleor night balm 2.5ml
    Estee lauder ANR 7ml
    Superdrug showergel lemon and teatree 250ml
    Bourjois healthy mix foundation vanilla 30ml
    Colab dry shampoo rose gold 200ml
    Champneys Summer Dream body souffle 50ml
    Soap and glory handfood 50ml
    Dove deodorant invisible dry 150ml
    Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse moisturiser 15ml
    Pantene Colour protect shampoo 400ml
    Victor and Rolf bonbon edp 1.2ml
  • First UU this month,

    Kerastase Keratine Thermique 50ml WBA, It was nice to detangle hair and protect from heat also smells nice.
  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Am back, of course. Thanks Steveo for the new thread. My PP list (first two carried forward from February):-

    No 7 face wipes
    Caudalie Serum
    Bumble & Bumble B Straight Creme
    Liz Earle Skin Repair moisturiser
    Elemis PCMC
    Liz Earle Rose and Cedrat Cleanse and Polish
    ABC body lotion
    No 7 Pressed powder
    Avon Winter Dreamland shower gel
    Time Bomb hand 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
    £2. Challenge member 55
  • pinkfluffybabepinkfluffybabe Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Photogenic Xmas Saver!
    First UU of March:

    Goldfaden line smoothing concentrate. WNBA. Sample size, made my skin feel a bit tight.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 10/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £62.52/£600
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