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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries March 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:

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  • edited 28 February 2019 at 9:55PM
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    edited 28 February 2019 at 9:55PM
    PP List for March - have switched this to things I hope to actually finish up this month
    Dermalogica ultra smoothing eye serum
    Sure Cotton Dry roll on
    Essence stay all day concealer
    Urban decay Naked Skin foundation
    Mina pencil eyeshadow in black - I have never used this, and want to try it out so promise I will this month

    Also - I want to not buy ANYTHING all month so will add that as a goal
    Debt Free since December 2017
  • edited 31 March 2019 at 7:32PM
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    edited 31 March 2019 at 7:32PM
    Thanks for the thread sstevo, I'm in again for March!

    My current PP list:

    L'occitane shea shower gel
    [STRIKE]Odilyque shampoo[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Aveda shampure conditioner[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel[/STRIKE]
    Dr Haushka cleanser
    [STRIKE]Dr Haushka facial tonic [/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Dr Haushka quince day cream[/STRIKE]
    Aveda body oil
    [STRIKE]L'occitane almond body cream[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Ila body lotion[/STRIKE]
    Korres rose face brightening mask
    Temple spa repose night cream
    [STRIKE]Keihls Ultimate hand cream[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Diptyque hand balm[/STRIKE]
    Nuxe lip balm
    Burts bees lip balm
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2020 4/91 UU, 0 IN
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  • edited 26 March 2019 at 2:32PM
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    edited 26 March 2019 at 2:32PM
    Thanks for the new thread sstevo. I'm in. My lists are as follows:

    'Finish 7 by Spring' items.

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

    My '7 by Summer' list

    1. No17 Brow Pencil
    2. Givenchy mini mascara
    3. Rimmel Colour Boost Lip Crayon - Keep Mauvin
    4. Benefit Throb Blush - would like to hit pan
    5. Smashbox Full Exposure mascara - full size
    6. Revlon Colourstay Foundation normal/combination
    7. Benefit Champagne Pink Eyeshadow single from Big Beautiful Eyes Palette.

    Will not need to buy in 2019

    Shower gel - one can of Rituals foaming shower gel bought January, and one that came with my Liz Earle order.
    Body moisturiser - set of 3 Sanctuary Spa Body Butters bought March from the CS
    Hair conditioner/hair masks - one Bumble & Bumble styling cream bought January
    Foot cream
    Nail polish - 2 BN Ciate polishes bought for £1 each from a CS
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup (except maybe foundation) - eye primer bought March.
    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 - already purchased Liz Earle
    Eye cream - only have the one which is in use -
    Day cream - already bought Liz Earle
    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 March PP list

    [STRIKE]Lancome La Vie Est Belle Body Lotion 50ml (b/f from Feb)[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Lancome La Vie Est Belle EDP 30ml (b/f from Feb)[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Hawaiian Tropic Lime Coolada Body Butter 200ml [/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Shower Gel 250ml[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Superdrug Brightening Night Cream 50ml[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]MUR Foundation Stick[/STRIKE]
    Revlon Colourstay Foundation
    [STRIKE]Nicky Clarke Instant Calmer 50ml[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]Garnier 7 Day Body Lotion Aloe 400ml[/STRIKE]

    Last few weeks for the 7 by Spring challenge and I think I have made more progress in this one than any of the others.

    I am really seeing my stash going down now, I probably finish on average 10 items per month but hardly buy anything new, soon it will all be stored in the bathroom, my makeup case or my bedside cabinet instead of numerous storage boxes and drawers full of the stuff.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

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  • edited 1 March 2019 at 10:05AM
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    edited 1 March 2019 at 10:05AM
    Carried forward

    Cremo Shave Cream
    Lacura “Flash Balm” copy
    Bare Minerals Good Hydrations Primer
    Nivea SPF for face

    Nivea Eye make up remover
    Decleor Herbal Clay Mask
    Elemis Sea Lavender and Samphire Shower milk
    Garner Ultimate Blends Argan shampoo
    Garnier Ultimate Blends Argan Conditioner
    OPI Original Nail Envy
    Samples - The Ordinary and Christophe Robin
    Dove Essential Body Lotion
    E45 Body Lotion (200ml)

    I’ve added more because, with the exception of the Creme Shave Cream all the carried forward products will be finished soon.

    I will purchase the Ordinary Caffeine Solution this month as my undereye does look brighter. The NYX concealer is not working as well as it did previously. Doesn’t spread even if I Warm it up and I don’t want to drag the skin. Am thinking of trying the ELF one.
    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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  • MsM09MsM09
    50 posts
    PP carried over:

    L’Or!al colour correcting cream
    5x samples (any)
    Liz Earle cleanser 200g
    Lush angels on bare skin scrub 100g
    1x mascara (think this is by essence in wilko)

    And to add for March:

    Lush once upon a time moisturiser 100g
    Herbal essences argan conditioner 400ml
    3x minis (under 50ml) if anything (I have plenty to choose from!)

    Setting the bar pretty low this month but I have lots of samples/minis I’m not touching and I want to try some new stuff out which has been in store since Xmas :j
  • ponypalponypal
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    100 Posts Second Anniversary Photogenic Debt-free and Proud!
    MsM09 wrote: »
    Lush once upon a time moisturiser 100g
    oh I forgot to add this, I have been using mine up too, don't know about you but I actually love it!
    Debt Free since December 2017
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    Part of the Furniture 2500 Posts
    1. LUSH Goddess Bath Bomb I’m off work at the moment with sinusitis and wanted another good soak in the bath. Couldn’t smell anything but my skin feels really soothed.
    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
  • Tolteca87Tolteca87
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    In yet again.
  • sstevo19sstevo19
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    1000 Posts Fourth Anniversary I've been Money Tipped!
    My PP list for March:

    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
    Tigi Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo 400ml

    All carried over from last month. This to get me to use them more regularly, and if I finish them, then that's even better :)
  • sstevo19sstevo19
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    1000 Posts Fourth Anniversary I've been Money Tipped!
    One UU this morning:

    The Body Shop Strawberry Smoothing Face Mist 60ml WPNB. This was nice to use on my body before applying body lotion. Really helps it sink in faster.

    And a few INs today:

    Dr Jart Ceramidin Oil Balm 40g
    Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream 15ml
    Dr Jart Ceramidin Liquid 30ml
    Dr Jart Ceramidin Gel Cream 10ml

    I strayed into TK Maxx and bought a few things that I've wanted to try for a while :)
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