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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries May 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 er, 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 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
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  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Thanks for starting us off again ssteveo. X

    My PP List starting with carried overs:-

    Liz Earle Skin Repair
    Flora Mare eye cream
    OPI Original Nail Envy
    LUSH Dirty
    LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

    Adding in:-
    LUSH Cup o Coffee
    No 7 Nourishing cuticle cream
    ABC Skinwash
    Liz Earle Rosemary and Lavender hand cream
    OPI IS Top coat

    7 by Summer

    NARS Cruella
    MAC Whenever You Call eyeshadow
    No 7 Chilli lip lacquer
    NYX concealer
    OPI Apartment for Two mini
    Urban Decay Easy blush
    L'Occitane Jasmine & Bergamot fragrance

    Would love to finish the MAC shadow and lip lacquer this month. The nail polish is getting to the point where there's inconsistent application and could be swapped out soon.

    I had to throw away another OPI Glitter Polish yesterday. Tried adding thinner and polish remover to no avail. Am going to repaint my nails shortly with OPI By Popular Vote.

    Placed ny order last night for B&BW handcream, candle, hand wash and body lotion. Other than this I am hoping I will only need cotton wool pads, deodorant and hair colour 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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  • edited 1 May 2018 at 1:21PM
    dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    edited 1 May 2018 at 1:21PM
    Thanks sstevo, I'm in.

    My May PP list

    Percy & Reed Wonder Balm 75ml (b/f from February)
    L'oreal Ever Riche Shampoo 250ml
    Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Shower Gel 500ml
    Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar Shower Gel 500ml
    Crabtree & Evelyn Nantucket Briar Body Lotion 500ml
    Hawaiian Tropic Coconut Body Butter 200ml
    Clinique Moisture Surge Intense 15ml
    Leighton Denny mini in Plush Pink

    My 7 by Summer list

    Mac Patisserie Lipstick
    Bourjois CC Cream
    Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow Birthday Suit - try to hit pan- done.
    Nails Inc Top Coat
    Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
    [STRIKE]Body Shop Lip & Cheek Tint[/STRIKE]
    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 - already purchased so should be fine for a while.
    Curl cream - do have a few so should get quite a way through the year
    Hand cream - should get halfway through the year
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  • HermiaHermia Forumite
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    VALM wrote: »
    I had to throw away another OPI Glitter Polish yesterday. Tried adding thinner and polish remover to no avail.

    I learned a long time ago not to hoard OPI glitter polishes. I have had some dry up within a few months of buying them even though the lid was screwed on tight. Glitter polished by cheaper brands have lasted years so I am not sure what OPI does to theirs.

    I am in this month. I am going to try and sell some more of my stash on ebay as I managed to clear quite a chunk this month. I also want to use up some shampoo and body products.
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    I'm in again, haha.

    My PP list for the month:
    Bioderma Atoderm Cleansing Cream 200ml
    Mixa SOS Repair Hand Cream 50ml
    Caudalie Moisturising Toner 100ml
    Etude House Sunprise Must Daily Lotion SPF50+ 50g
    La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 100ml
    Superdrug Calm Skin Hydrating 2 in 1 Serum & Moisturiser 50ml
    The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Body Gel-Lotion 250ml
    Superdrug Little Moisturising Blue Stick 4.8g
    Colgate Plax Gentle Care Extra Mild Mouthwash 500ml

    I'm trying to be good. I'm going to try and not buy anything this month. I look at my stash and it's getting out of control. I've got three or four items left to arrive from an online order I made last month, so they will be my only INs this month. I'm going to try and sell or pass on a few items this month as well. I'm trying to be good this month.
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    One IN today:

    The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter 90ml

    This was bought at the end of last month, I was just waiting for my sister to drop it off for me. And she got it at a discounted price for me as well :)
  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    2 UUs already:-

    Bath and Body Works Magic is in the air body lotion. This was the Ultra Shea one in a tube. I do wish we had their stores here. As you know, I've ordered a replacement. It is the usual slightly thinner consistency of lotion.

    No 7 Beautiful Skin face wipes. HG. Have more in stash. If anyone knows of a comparable cheaper dupe I'd be interested.

    I hit pan in another eyeshadow- Linen from the Lorac Pro mini Matte palette. This is the third colour I have panned in this palette.
    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
  • mad_scientistmad_scientist Forumite
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    Thanks for starting us again sstevo I'm here for the rest of the year!

    Had one UU at the end of April, BS raspberry body butter, WPNBA prefer other smells. But it is a full size UU woohoo

    My ins for April were PCMC with a mag (the mag was rubbish, would never pay £4 for it alone!) and dead sea products brought back from my holidays

    I am going to try to have my only in for May being my birthday purchase from BS, I'll even try to buy toner or something else I don't have a stash of!

    Good luck everyone!
    No more buying unnecessary toiletries 2018
    35 UU / 13 unnecessary ins
  • sunny_moneysunny_money Forumite
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    Palmers hand cream
    Baylis and Harding hand cream
    Champneys hand cream
    *Use hand creams as body cream, I’m terrible at using it and when I do I should be using e45 or the like.
    Baylis and Harding body cream
    Espa exfoliating Body polish - mini

    Updated by Summer list
    *Mavala nail polish - 187 Roma (on a tight budget now, nails to be painted at home for a while!)
    *Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab
    *Aussie Dual Personality Curl Definition + Soft Serum Feel - dont think this is for my hair type, use as serum or GA
    *Nivea nourishing night cream
  • kaciekacie Forumite
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    Been a while since I've done this, but I need to get through my stash of things.
  • Robi90Robi90 Forumite
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    I'm in still!

    Had a UU today! Biore Deep Cleansing nose strips - WBA if I needed to. I think it took me so long to use them as I've been using cleansers and exfoliators on my face which have been quite effective.
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