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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries February 2019

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM 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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  • ponypalponypal
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    February PP List - some carried over some switched in

    Lush Roots Hair Treatment - really need to commit to using this!
    Lush The North Polar Bear Left the Tap on Soap - want to focus on using this for showergel before it disintegrates - I forgot how much I hate when Lush soap goes all mushy
    Lush Dream Cream - don't plan on this getting used up but want to focus on it before it goes past its intended use by date
    Elemis Superfood facial oil sample - I imagine I will UU this by Spring but don't want to rush it unnecessarily
    Urban decay Naked Skin foundation - I don't wear make up on a day to day basis but want to get into using this more as its almost used up
    Urban decay all-nighter eyeliner - I love how this looks so want to commit to wearing it more

    Essence stay all day concealer - really want to use this up and get it out of my stash!
    Barry M Peel It peel off base coat - not a fan of this and it's the only basecoat I have right now and I am forcing myself to finish it before I get the one I actually like.
    Superdrug style expertise heat styling spray - keep forgetting to use this so putting it here so remind me to use it on a daily basis when I straighten my hair
    Maximum of 4 Lush bath products - trying to savour my stash and not be frivolous

    Still on a ban, so no buys unless I have to. Can't imagine what I need and I will of course admit them here. I still don't have face cream but am thinking of just using up sunscreen before it is ineffective.
    Debt Free since December 2017
  • MsM09MsM09
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    Lush Roots Hair Treatment - really need to commit to using this!

    I’ve used this before! I actually quite Liike this product, can imagine it suiting many hair types. It’s tingly when you wash it out too!
  • MsM09MsM09
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    Currently PP list

    L’Or!al colour correcting cream
    2x shower gel (any)
    Lacoste body lotion 100ml
    Batiste dry shampoo 400ml
    Herbal essences shampoo 400ml
    Body shop cranberry scrub 300ml
    5x samples (any)
    Liz Earle cleanser 200g
    Lush angels on bare skin scrub 100g
    1x mascara (think this is by essence in wilko)
  • ponypalponypal
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    MsM09 wrote: »

    Lush Roots Hair Treatment - really need to commit to using this!

    I’ve used this before! I actually quite Liike this product, can imagine it suiting many hair types. It’s tingly when you wash it out too!

    yes I like it too just always forget about it in the cupboard, maybe I'll try and make it a weekly ritual!
    Debt Free since December 2017
  • In yet again.
  • edited 23 February 2019 at 4:17PM
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    edited 23 February 2019 at 4:17PM
    Thanks for the new thread sstevo. I'm in. My lists are as follows:

    'Finish 7 by Spring' items.

    1. Benefit single eyeshadow in champagne pink colour
    2. [STRIKE]Laura Mercier Caviar Stick mini in Amethyst[/STRIKE]
    3. Max Factor All Day Flawless foundation
    4. Clinique High Impact Mascara
    5. Givenchy Mascara mini
    6. No17 Eye Brow Pencil
    7. Rimmel Colour Boost Lip Crayon - Keep Mauvin

    Will not need to buy in 2019

    Shower gel - one can of Rituals foaming shower gel bought January
    Body moisturiser
    Hair conditioner/hair masks - one Bumble & Bumble styling cream bought January
    Foot cream
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup (except maybe foundation)
    Bubble Bath

    May need to buy in 2019

    Shampoo - we have lots but everyone is using the same ones now
    Cleanser - will need to buy in Spring
    Eye cream - only have the one which is in use -
    Day cream - only have one in use and one backup
    Nail polish remover -
    Curl cream - have one in use and one backup
    Deodorant - will be good for quite a while
    Hand cream - 2 from Avon in January.

    My February PP list

    Estee Lauder Beautiful Body Lotion 100ml (b/f from Jan)
    Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel 1L (b/f from Jan)
    Sally Hansen Top Coat (b/f from Jan)
    Lancome La Vie Est Belle Shower Gel 50ml
    Lancome La Vie Est Belle Body Lotion 50ml
    Lancome La Vie Est Belle EDP 30ml
    Superdrug Vitamin E Body Lotion 50ml
    Hawaiian Tropic Coconut Body Butter 200ml
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
  • sstevo19sstevo19
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    My PP list for February:

    Alkimi Cleansing Melt 50ml
    La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume 40ml
    La Roche Posay Effaclar Clay Mask 100ml
    Primark x Alex Steinherr Maximum Moisture Moisturiser 75ml
    Soltan Protect & Moisturise Active Suncare Stick SPF30 5g
    Hask Cactus Water Shampoo 355ml
    Hask Cactus Water Conditioner 355ml
    Tigi Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo 400ml

    My PP list month is more about using things consistently and reminding me to use them. But hopefully going to finish them as well.
  • sstevo19sstevo19
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    A few INs today:

    La Roche Posay Cicaplast Mains Hand Cream 50ml
    La Roche Posay Cicaplast Levres Lip Balm 7.5ml
    Oral B Satin Tape 25m

    A few essentials, sort of.
  • edited 1 February 2019 at 9:35PM
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    edited 1 February 2019 at 9:35PM
    I'm in as well! List as for January!

    Thank you VALM for the Netflix recommendations

    I'll have to squeeze in the viewing pronto as I won't continue with the service for longer than the free month; I was just curious about Marie Kondo because I'd read a number of articles about her.
  • edited 25 February 2019 at 9:27PM
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    edited 25 February 2019 at 9:27PM
    I'm in again for February. PP list mostly carried forward!

    My current PP list is:

    [STRIKE]Aveda shampure shampoo[/STRIKE]
    Aveda shampure conditioner
    Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel
    Aveda body oil
    [STRIKE]Dr Haushka rose day cream[/STRIKE]
    Korres rose face brightening mask
    Keihls Ultimate hand cream
    Nuxe lip balm
    [STRIKE]Caudalie shower gel[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]E45 body lotion[/STRIKE]
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 4/91 UU, 0 IN
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2020 £42.98/£600
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