No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries December 2018

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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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  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread sstevo.

    Heres my December PP list

    Burts Bees Almond Milk Hand Cream - carried over again:eek:
    L'oreal Ever Riche Shampoo - carried over
    Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst - carried over
    Benefit single pink champagne eyeshadow - carried over
    Hawaiian Tropic Lime Coolada Body Butter
    Superdrug B Hydrating Eye Cream
    Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
    Philosophy Pumpkin Pie Shower Gel 480ml

    There never seems a good time of day to use the Burts Bees hand cream - it is sooo greasy.
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  • edited 28 December 2018 at 5:22PM
    dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    edited 28 December 2018 at 5:22PM
    My other lists:

    I have decided on my 'Finish 7 by Spring' items.

    1. Benefit single eyeshadow in champagne pink colour

    2. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick mini in Amethyst
    3. Max Factor All Day Flawless foundation
    4. Clinique High Impact Mascara
    5. Guerlian Mascara mini
    6. No17 Eye Brow Pencil
    7. Rimmel Colour Boost Lip Crayon - Keep Mauvin
    Finish 7 by Christmas

    1. Max Factor All Day Flawless Foundation
    2. Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Plum Russian
    3. [STRIKE]Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer[/STRIKE]
    4. Laura Mercier Brown Eyeliner
    5. Soap & Glory Cheekmate
    6. [STRIKE]Revlon Photo Finish Powder[/STRIKE] (dropped and shattered but was almost done anyway).
    7. Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil

    Will not need to buy in 2018

    Shower gel - have bought 3 small ones in a CS set
    Body moisturiser
    Hair conditioner/hair masks - have bought one mini in a CS
    Night cream - all the oils/balms I had were breaking me out so I bought one which matches the day cream I bought.
    Foot cream
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup of any sort - did buy two Elf Matte Lip Crayons
    Bubble Bath

    May need to buy in 2018

    Shampoo - we have lots but everyone is using the same ones now
    Cleanser - bought one in November.
    Eye cream - only have the one which is in use - replaced this so will be fine for rest of year
    Day cream - bought a new one in October.
    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
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 28/66
  • edited 31 December 2018 at 8:13PM
    pinkfluffybabepinkfluffybabe Forumite
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    edited 31 December 2018 at 8:13PM
    Thanks sstevo!

    I'm in again for December. Most of my PP list is carried over from November and is all taking forever to UU!

    Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
    [STRIKE]Dr Haushka Rose Day Cream[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Odilyque aloe vera shower gel[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Faith in Nature Coconut shower gel[/STRIKE]
    Aveda Shampure shampoo
    Aveda Shampure conditioner
    [STRIKE]Aurelia Firm and Replenish Body Serum[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Laura Mercier Creme Brûle body lotion[/STRIKE]
    Kiehl's Coriander Hand Salve
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2021 30/91 UU, 17 IN
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    My PP list for December:

    Aderma Sensifluid Cleansing Micellar Lotion 400ml
    Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner 180ml
    Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner 118ml
    Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Shampoo 250ml
    Pureology Strength Cure Conditioner 250ml

    The first two items have been carried over from last month. I should definitely finish the Klairs toner this month. I'm also going to work on using the samples I have up.
  • kadisonkadison Forumite
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    I'm in again....obviously!

    One thing, I'm very happy to say I only gave in on one thing for Black Friday which was this at less than half price on Amazon......

    Elemis Limited Edition Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm 200g

    Though to be fair, the offers were pretty disappointing in the main!
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  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    One UU today:

    Cosrx Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser sample WMBA. This was just what I needed. It's a foaming cleanser, so I probably won't buy a full size but if someone bought it for me, I'd probably use it.

    And one IN today:

    The Body Shop Peppermint Candy Cane Shower Gel 60ml My sister has treated me to an Advent Calendar as part of my Christmas presents this year and she got me The Body Shop one :) So I will have an IN everyday until Christmas :)
  • Tolteca87Tolteca87 Forumite
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    Eyes Step pyramid of storage boxes and bags. In yet again.
  • lucia22lucia22 Forumite
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    I used up a conditioner last month but forgot to update.

    The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter 200ml - Loved this! Won't replace just yet as have some in stash.

    Only INs are a mini Orla Kiely shower gel, shampoo, bar of soap and conditioner - freebie from a hotel stay.

    Have just moved to London and I'm pretty much skint after two months here. Luckily having too many toiletries at my parents' house has turned out to be a good thing as I'll bring back some of my stockpile when I travel home for Christmas.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2019 Total UU since 2016 - 396 | Total February UU - 1
  • London_babyLondon_baby Forumite
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    Tigi curls rock shampoo WBA, HG Resisted buying some at poundland as I have 2 more shampoos in stock to use up at first. Very proud of my strong will.


    2 x aqueous cream as my local poundland has not had them in stock for a long time and I resent paying 3 x the price in supermarkets.

    To use up some face masks and more pampering products to lift my mood.
  • savingfortomorrowsavingfortomorrow Forumite
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    finally a few outs
    elvive shampoo the gloss one
    holland and barrett rose bath oil
    mini shampoo vegan one from sallys. it was nice but i don't have a trade card so it is a massive issue in my local branch.
    micelluar water garnier.... have 2 unopened left
    i dropped an eye shadow... out
    black eyeliner that was sore on the eyes
    lip pencil as the centre pencil fell out of it.

    so i have had more used up in the last day or so than the full year.
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