No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries October 2020

sstevo19 Posts: 1,492 Forumite
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edited 30 September 2020 at 1:14PM 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 this month 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!

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:



  • Betharooni
    Betharooni Posts: 393 Forumite
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    edited 30 September 2020 at 8:27PM
    Hi all

    After an absence of a few months, I hope you don’t mind me joining back in. My lists are as follows:

    PP List

    - Lynx Attract for Women Body Spray 150ml

    - Champneys Heavenly Days Pillow Mist 50ml

    - L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo 400ml

    - Oral B Floss Picks

    - Mandara Spa Tropical Blooms Shower Gel 50ml

    - Baylis & Harding Moroccan Rose Body Wash 100ml (using as hand wash)

    - Baylis & Harding Moroccan Rose Shower Crème 100ml (using as hand wash)

    7 by Xmas List

    - Mandara Spa Amber Heaven Shower Cream 50ml

    - Boots Nail & Cuticle Oil 9ml

    - No7 Beautiful Skin Radiant Exfoliator 75ml

    - No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum 5ml

    - Deep Cleansing Nose Pore Strips

    - Pantene Smooth & Sleek Shampoo 75ml

    - Pantene Smooth & Sleek Conditioner 75ml

    Main Toiletries Totals (including items currently in use)

    Toothbrush - 4 

    Toothpaste - 3 

    Mouthwash - 1 

    Deodorant - 4

    Perfume - 2

    Shampoo - 6 

    Conditioner - 1 

    Shower Gel - 7 

    Shave Gel - 2 

    Cleanser - 4 

    Toner - 2 

    Face Cream - 3

    Body Cream - 4

    Hand Cream - 3

    Foot Cream - 2

    Exfoliator 1

    Eye Make Up Remover - 3

    Nail Varnish - 6

    I’m not intending to buy anything much this month toiletries-wise. Possibly a can of dry shampoo using my Boots points, but nothing else.

    Also just a reminder about the Boots recycling scheme Unfortunately it does not appear to be UK wide but mainly focused on the South so I hope some will be able to make use of it.

    B x

  • lantanna
    lantanna Posts: 4,386 Forumite
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    One out to report, molten brown shower gel mini. I was looking round my bathroom last night and I’m astounded by the difference compared to last year. I think next year I’ll be pretty much even on the ins and outs as I have used up most of my stash
  • sstevo19
    sstevo19 Posts: 1,492 Forumite
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    My PP list for October is the same as September. I did not make any progress on using up my bath products. Never had chance to have a bath :( 

    PP list:
    Jordan Samuel Skin The Performance Cream 60ml
    Lush Fairy Dust Dusting Powder
    Batiste Dry Shampoo & A Hint of Colour For Blondes 200ml
    Lush Peachy Bath Bomb
    Lush Goddess Bath Bomb
    Lush Validation Shower Bomb
    Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar
    Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar

    And one UU this morning:

    The Body Shop British Rose Shower Gel 60ml - WPB as a full size. A lovely rose scent, but I much prefer the Lush Rose Jam for a rose scented shower gel. 
  • shed35
    shed35 Posts: 240 Forumite
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    edited 3 October 2020 at 4:52PM
    This is my first update for October

    Waitrose Lime and Basil Soap
    Burt Bee Deep Pore Cleanser
    Liz Earle Lavender and Veltier Polish  Body Cleanser
    Vintage Hand Cream (Travel Size) x 2
    Marseille Savon Soap
    Dove Creme Bath
    Weleda Calendula Soap
    L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask
    Weleda Almon Facial Oil
    Palmolive Children Bath and Shower Gel

    Balmond Skin Balm x 3
    Rose Tree Body Oil
    Avon Supreme Hair Shampoo x 2
    Avon Supreme Hair Conditioner x 2
    Dove Bath Creme x 3
    T'weak Rise & Shine Revitalising Hair Treatment Mist
    T'weak Rise & Shine Volumising Hair Scrub

    Total 104

  • dolly84
    dolly84 Posts: 5,851 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread sstevo

    October PP List

    Le Soft Stick Perfume
    Sanctuary White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion 250ml - b/f from September
    Lyons Leaf Beauty Balm 60ml - b/f from September
    Rituals Shower Oil
    Philosophy Honey Buns Shower Gel 498ml
    Rituals Rose Body Cream 200ml

    My 7 by Christmas list
    1. Gosh Brow Kit (has 3 shades and a wax but I only use the darkest shade for brows) b/f from the last challenge
    2. Burts Bees Lip Shimmer - Strawberry b/f from the last challenge
    3. Poppy King Lip Crayon in Smiling
    4. Barbara Daly Trade Secrets Sheer lip melt in Adorable b/f from the last challenge
    5. Clinique High Impact Mascara mini
    6.  Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink b/f from the last challenge
    7.  Miss Sporty Stick Concealer

    Will not need to buy in 2020.
    Shower gel
    Body moisturiser
    Hair conditioner/hair masks
    Foot cream
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup (except maybe foundation) - already purchased
    Bubble Bath
    Still nothing purchased from this list.

    May need to buy in 2020

    Shampoo bar - bought 4 in July.
    Cleanser - 2 bought in September
    Facial Oil - have one in use and one back up
    Curl cream - bought a can of hair mousse to try
    Deodorant - have purchased a natural handmade one from Blushberry Botanicals
    Hand cream - will be buying ingredients to make my own

    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

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  • dolly84
    dolly84 Posts: 5,851 Forumite
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    Sanctuary Spa White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion - this had a nice scent but was quite a wet lotion which rubbed in super easy but left me feeling a bit damp, plus it didn't do anything amazing as far as moisturising is concerned.  WNBA.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 28/66
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