No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries June 2022

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 VALM 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 1 July at 5:37PM
    pinkfluffybabepinkfluffybabe Forumite
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    edited 1 July at 5:37PM
    Am back in for June, PP List:

    Ren Evercalm Cleanser
    Aveda Nutriplenish Shampoo
    Sjal Face Oil
    Cerave Hydrating Cleanser
    Drunk Elephant Protini Moisturiser
    Fresh grapefruit shower gel
    Fresh grapefruit body lotion
    Aveda Botanicals leave-in conditioner

    Summer List of 4:

    Eight Hour Cream
    Espa Lip Balm
    L'occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
    The Inkey List PHA Toner
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2022 22/65 UU, 11 IN
  • ruby_eskimoruby_eskimo Forumite
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    Hi all, can I come and join in for June?  I did graduate from this thread a few years ago and while I have a rule of only buying replacements, there has been a bit of stocking up and people keep buying me things 😏 plus lots of travel sizes have been hanging around and need to be used sooner rather than later.  So I think that by focusing on a PP list and posting here again it will hold me to account.  My PP list for June is:

    Mac Lipgloss
    Garnier Micellear water
    Cantu body cream
    4 sheet masks
    First Aid Beauty eye cream
    NYX brow gel
    Honey foot mask
    Shea Moisture leave in conditioner
    TBS Avocado body butter
    Caudalie SPF 50+

    Not sure how much progress I'm going to make but have picked a couple of things that are close to being done so I can be sure of finishing at least one thing in June.  Also don't think I need to buy anything in the month but will make sure to check the minis before I go out and purchase something new.
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  • edited 12 June at 2:39PM
    dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    edited 12 June at 2:39PM
    Thanks pfb for the new thread.


    Makeup I want to finish in 2022

    1. Soap & Glory nude pink eyeshadow from a quad
    2. Soap & Glory dark brown eyeshadow from a quad
    3. The Balm Down Boy Blush
    4. Brillo lipgloss in a pale coral colour - keep this in the car to use
    5. Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara mini
    6. Model Co Cream Blush
    7. Bare Minerals Plum Eyeliner
    8. Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in rsvp
    9. Max Factor Fusion Mascara
    10. MAC Foundation
    11. Max Factor Facefinity Foundation
    12. Wet n Wild Foundation
    13. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
    14. Matte brown eyeshadow single (any of the ones I have taken from a palette and put into my magnetic palette.
    15. Lipstick Queen Thrilller Lip Crayon
    16. Revlon lip crayon in Honey
    17. Bobbi Brown concealer
    18. Too Faced Shadow Insurance



    Will not need to buy in 2022
    Shower gel of the liquid variety
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup  (except possibly foundation and mascara) Foundation purchased in February
    Perfume - was gifted one in January, another purchased in June
    Soap

    May need to buy in 2022

    Shampoo bar
    Cleanser - one purchased in March
    Facial Oil /Moisturiser - 2 oils purchased January/4 Moisturisers purchased February
    Curl cream - 2 purchased January and 1 NBI April
    Deodorant 
    Hand cream - 2 purchased April
    Foot Cream
    Hair Conditioner bar/refillable bottle of conditioner
    Solid shower gel bar - 4 puchased May
    Body Lotion/Bars - 2 body lotions received as a gift in March

    Progress is slow on makeup useage.  I have major pan on both S&G eyeshadows, pan on both blushers, I have about 1/3 of the Rimmel foundation left but everything else is still going strong.
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  • Clutterbug07Clutterbug07 Forumite
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    Project pan list 2022
    • The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate - using on my hands before moisturiser
    • Haruharu WONDER - Black Rice Hyaluronic Toner- too fragranced, am using on my hands and body.
    • Isntree Spotsaver Mugwort Ampoule- not sure if this works for my skin, might use on body
    • The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
    • Simple Protect 'N' Glow Radiance Booster SPF30
    • 1 x big Tresemme shampoo (my Mum had too many, so she gave me this. it's HUGE)
    • Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid
    • Concrete Minerals mineral Eyeshadow in Ruse: a very dull light rusty brown colour
    • 1 x e.l.f. Hydrating Satin Camo Concealer
    • Lily Lolo mineral concealer
    • Lily Lolo mineral green colour corrector
    • Lily Lolo mineral yellow colour corrector
    • The Inkey List 15% Vitamin C and EGF serum: kinda old and open a while, so repurposing as hand serum to combat any dark spots.
    • The Inkey List Alpha Arbutin: irritated my face, so again, also using on hands to combat any dark spots.  Will take AGES to finish, you only need a tiny amount.
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  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread pinkfluffybabe. 

    My updated PP List for June:-

    Carried over:-
    Skinsense Eye Concentrate - feels so light.  Must be close.
    Perfance face mask - have hit pan.
    Bath & Body Works Pink Chiffon Body cream
    Orly base coat - having to tip the bottle considerably to get product on the brush.
    Seche Vite top coat

    Added:-
    Bath & Body Works Hope hand cream - Winter Peach Marshmallow fragrance.  I always get compliments on this fragrance and may buy the body spray.

    Lush Snow Fairy Soap

    The Inkey List Vitamin C Serum.  When this is done I want to find an alternative.  I'm fed up of using this so fast due to the applicaiton method/container.

    Urban Decay Setting Spray mini

    Kat Burkhi Peptide cream mini.

    There is an ABC TSV coming up on QVC this weekend and I'm likely to purchase as we are down to our last litre. 



    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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    TA

    Vitapoint Hair Cream - this is ancient and I never use it, I tried it again yesterday but a little bit does nothing for my hair and too much makes it greasy.

    GA

    Philip Kingsley Preen Cream - this is a pretty much identical product to the above, right down to the smell.  This is just a mini which came in a GWP set, I am going to put this on Olio and see if anyone wants it.
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  • Clutterbug07Clutterbug07 Forumite
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    Happy Jubilee weekend everyone!

    UU
    • Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover: HG, love this.  Bought another.
    • Enature - Squeeze Green Watery Gel Cream: I really enjoyed this as my AM moisturiser.  It's a light gel texture but has some nice oils in here like avocado and rosehip- feels very nourishing despite being light.  WBA.
    Throw Away
    • Tarte- Tarteist Lash Paint: not quite sure what happened with this- went to open it and the wand broke at the top- maybe it had dried up inside?  Glad it was a free sample and not something I purchased!!

    INS- quite a few....

    • Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover: replacement
    • Byoma- Creamy Jelly Cleanser: replacement- my current first cleanse will be running out soon
    • Simple Micellar gel wash: because I couldn't decide which cleanser to get and I heard good things about this and it was like £2....
    • Garnier Overmakeup Super UV sunscreen spray- SPF50: replacement- mine will run out this month, so since I was in Boots I picked one up
    • Dove Antiperspirant spray- travel size
    • Simple Moisturising Facial Wash- travel size
    • Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo- travel size
    • Colab Dry Shampoo: I picked this up for travel, and then just as I was about to go pay for my products I saw the MUCH better travel-sized Lee Stafford and forgot to take this out of my basket.  DOH!!
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    uu

    Avon Nourishing Hand Cream - nice enough. 
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  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Updated PP List

    Perfance face mask
    Bath & Body Works Pink Chiffon Body cream
    Orly base coat 
    Seche Vite top coat
    Bath & Body Works Hope hand cream 
    The Inkey List Vitamin C Serum.
    Urban Decay Setting Spray mini
    Kat Burkhi Peptide cream mini.

    UU Skinsense eye concentrate.  DONE at last. The Jury is out on this one. Will see how the Optimum one compares.

    UU LUSH Snow Fairy soap. I thought there was more of this   I liked this block more than the previous one as it didn't change scent.

    UU ABC wipes.


    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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    uu

    Maldon Soap Co Deep Moisture Face Oil - this was lovely, WBA, won't be until next year though now as I have 3 oils in the stash.
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