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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June

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 asajj 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


Also, why not reward your efforts by banking and recycling your use ups/throw aways with Boots scan2recycle points at participating Boots stores: Recycle at Boots - Get rewarded for recycling - Boots 

Alternatively, simply drop them off at Maybelline Recycling points: www.maybelline.co.uk . Unfortunately, you won't be rewarded for the latter but the earth will thank you :-)


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!

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  • edited 4 June at 10:38PM
    pinkfluffybabepinkfluffybabe Forumite
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    edited 4 June at 10:38PM
    Thanks for the new thread london_baby

    Back in for June. 

    PP List:
    Aveda Cherry Conditioner
    Natural Siberia Shampoo

    Cerave Hydrating Cleanser
    Ren Evercalm Cleanser
    Ren Glycol Lactic Mask
    Arran Aromatics Shower Gel
    Aromatherapy Associates Overnight Mask
    Aveda Damage Remedy Leave In Conditioner
     
    Seven for Summer List:
    Eight Hour Cream
    Midnight Recovery Concentrate
    This Works Eye Cream
    Phillip Kingsley Elasticiser
    The Inkey List PHA Toner
    Burts Bees Lip Balm
    Espa Lip Balm
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2021 23/91 UU, 17 IN
  • ponypalponypal Forumite
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    Brilliant thanks for the thread I am in. 
    PP list for June is:
    Finish a bar of soap

    Burts Bees Raspberry Lip balm

    HEMA moisturising gel for nails and cuticles

    Head and Shoulders Shampoo

    XHC Vegan Banana Conditioner

    Elemis rehydrating ginseng toner

    Coconut oil

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    #11 3-6 month Emergency Fund - £6,000.00/£6,000.00
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    Thanks london_baby for the new thread :) 

    I will post my PP list soon 
  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread londonbaby.  Hoping for a low spend month!  PP List as follows:-
    Carried forward:-
    Bath & Body Works Pink Cashmere shower gel
    BlabzBeautyBar Coconut cuticle oil
    Lacura Glycolic pads
    Liz Earle Skin Repair
    Skinsense Day Cream
    Skinsense Vitamin Complex serum
    Newly added:-
    Alpha H Balancing Cleanser
    Skinsense eye cream
    The Inkey List Vitamin C Serum
    Ultrasun Factor 30 face

    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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  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Finish 7 by Summer update:-
    Smashbox Full Exposure matte brown shadow.  This is now depotted and is being used loosely.  Hope to finish it by the end of this challenge.
    Laura Geller lipstick Kiss - goal to keep in rotation and use at least twice a week.
    Bare Minerals Heart loose eyeshadow - ditto
    Hourglass highlighter from the Edit 4 palett - goal to hit pan.

    No movement really on any of these.  Must try harder.

    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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  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread London_baby.

    June PP List

    Peppermint Foot Cream - b/f from forever
    Ed Hardy Original EDP 100ml - b/f from May
    Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Body Lotion 500ml - b/f from May
    Cowshed Body Lotion 300ml
    Liz Earle Lavender & Basil Body Wash 200ml
    Korres Bergamot Pear Body Wash



    My 7 by Summer list
    1.  No7 Lip Crayon in Statement
    2. Barbara Daly Trade Secrets Sheer lip melt in Adorable b/f from the last challenge
    4. Miss Sporty Stick Concealer - b/f from the last challenge
    5. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
    6. Soap & Glory nude eyeshadow from quad
    7.  Bare Minerals Eyeliner in Plum - b/f from the last challenge

    Will not need to buy in 2021.
    Shower gel
    Body moisturiser
    Hair conditioner/hair masks
    Foot cream
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup (4 x foundations purchased in January)
    Perfume
    Bubble Bath - 1 bottle in the stash them I intend to make my own bath oils

    May need to buy in 2021

    Shampoo bar - 4 bought in April
    Cleanser
    Facial Oil - bought in May
    Curl cream
    Deodorant
    Hand cream - bought in May
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler


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  • shed35shed35 Forumite
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    Hi  
    My first update for June
    UU
    Benefit Pore Primer
    Molton Brown Oatmeal Soap x 2
    Balmoral Skin Balm
    Tea Tree Oil
    Body Shop Satsuma Hand Cream
    Body Shop Satsuma Body Shower
    Rose Tree Body Oil

    Total 104
  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    One UU this morning:

    Lush Sleepy Soap 100g - WPBA but I'm going to look at more independent brands for hand soaps. I like this soap but Lush has some very questionable ethical choices. 
  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    uu

    Liz Earle Lavender & Basil Botanical Body Wash 200ml - didn't hang around long with 4 people using it but it was nice whilst it lasted.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler


    Fashion on the Ration 28/66
  • asajjasajj Forumite
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    Hello everyone! I have sold 2 Philip Kingsley products on eBay so 2 out.
    I purchased Pumice Power from Lush - it is a foot soap and I was a bit sceptical but works very nicely on my feet.

    ally.
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