No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries - October 2023

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.

Thanks to ruby_eskimo for starting last month's thread.

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!
Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2024 6/53 UU, 3 IN
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  • pinkfluffybabe
    pinkfluffybabe Posts: 2,981
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    edited 4 November 2023 at 9:49PM
    Back in for October.

    October PP List (more everyday stuff):

    Caudalie Grape Water
    Faith in Nature Coconut Shower Gel
    Aveda Nutriplenish Shampoo
    Aveda Nutriplenish Conditioner
    Laura Mercier Handcream
    Cerave Hydrating Cleanser
    Drunk Elephant Protini
    E45 Body Lotion
    Ren Evercalm Cleanser
    Biossance Face Oil

    Winter List (more long-haul stuff):

    The Inkey List PHA Toner
    Espa Lip Balm
    Chanel Coco Noir Perfume
    Burts Bees Cherry Lipbalm
    Phillip Kingsley Elasticiser
    Living Proof Healthy Dry Shampoo
    Drunk Elephant Juju Cleanser
    Drunk Elephant Pekee Cleanser
    Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia
    Laura Mercier Handcream

    Got one UU already this morning:

    Biossance Face Oil. WNBA. Was a sample but prefer my Medik8.

    Three IN from Space NK too:

    Drunk Elephant Protini refill.
    Fresh Soy Cleanser Sample
    Sisley Black Rose Moisturiser Sample.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2024 6/53 UU, 3 IN
  • Watty1
    Watty1 Posts: 4,686
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    I'm still in.  The stash still seems huge but, I can open the cupboard door without things falling out so I'm calling that a win.

    Found myself browsing beauty advent calendars today!  Remind me I still have use ups from past years and a lot of candles from the charity shop (our local charity shop does a great turn in candles, often 50p each to maybe £3 for something really nice so I have no reason for any advent calendar at all.  My stash should take me into next June I think!
    Made it to mortgage free but what a muddle that became

    In the event the proverbial hits the fan then co-habitees are better stashing their cash than being mortgage free !!
  • Thanks for the new thread, @pinkfluffybabe!

    PP list- 23 for 2023: 12 gone so far!
    1. Tony Moly - The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Skin toner: using as body toner since it is quite fragranced.
    2. Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner:  soon to start this one
    3. Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Body Oil
    4. Elf Jelly Pop Glow Stick
    5. LilyLolo Mineral Blush- Goddess: a deeper more rusty rose red colour. Since trying to pan this, I discover I do actually like it!
    6. Benefit Gogo Tint: bright cherry lip n cheek tint.  Might last a hundred years as you don't need much of it, and I can't see how much is in the bottle.
    7. Simple- Detox & Brighten Clay Mask
    8. Sugarpill loose eyeshadow in Absinthe:  A sparkly green, of which I have many and when I just swatched my loose ones this was my least favourite, so I am going to work on this one as I have had it a while.
    9. NYX Born to Glow in Light:  Is too oily for my face.  Trying to finish this for ages but it is lasting FOREVER!
    10. I'm From - Fig Boosting Essence:  Not far off expiry, so will use on body.
    11. I'm From - Rice Toner:  Expires by the end of Sept apparently so really do need to crack on and start using this one!    I had to bin this one, so adding a new one to the list for fairness.
    12. Sugarpill loose eyeshadow in Penelope- new addition:  a super reflective metallic copper with extra large particles. Basically it is giant and flakey and annoying.  Beautiful colour, but I hate the giant flake formula- it goes everywhere.  And it's not really my colour, so lets try and get it out of the collection.

    I think I will struggle finishing any skincare products now for the rest of the year, as I'm going to have to be so careful and slow with reintroducing items back into my routine, for fear of triggering more allergic reactions- booooo!

    But I'll keep going and we'll see what happens.  :)
    Jan Grocery Challenge 2023:  £181.18/£400
    OSWLC 2023 Q1:  0/10
  • VALM
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    Thanks @pinkfluffybabe for the new thread. I was on my cruise last week and all usafe groubd to a halt as i prefer to take cheaper and/or older products that i wont mind getting broken/lost. Anyway my new PP List:-

    Carried forward 
    Essie Good to go top coat
    Garnier body lotion
    Nip & FAB wipes
    The Comfort Zone
    Laura Geller Peach sorbet 
    Charlotte Tilbury red vixen 

    Added
    MUA Cupcake Blush
    M&S Discover Coconut fragrance
    MAC Born to rule
    KVD Trooper eyeliner

    Quite makeup heavy but think they are all manageable if not this month at least this year now.

    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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  • UU
    • Nina Ricci- 1 x perfume sample spray: Been spraying this on my wrists and clothes, as I don’t want to spray on my neck just yet.  Delicious smell, still have a few more of these sample size ones.
    Jan Grocery Challenge 2023:  £181.18/£400
    OSWLC 2023 Q1:  0/10
  • Watty1
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    ohh  I used to like Nina Ricci perfume ..can't remember which one though (will not google in case goes through a checkout!

    UU Malin+Goetz Vitamin E face moisturiser.  Was a sample size and I really wanted to like it as would like to find a slightly better moisturiser but this one was greasy and didn't feel great on the skin.  (Using up stuff has really helped me identify what I like and don't like!)
    Made it to mortgage free but what a muddle that became

    In the event the proverbial hits the fan then co-habitees are better stashing their cash than being mortgage free !!
  • Just used up yet another Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish - this one in the orange flower scent.
    I will always have this in my stash, but I prefer the original scent.
    My stash of cleansers was huge and, although still big at 16, it is going down as I don't let myself buy any!
    Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without
  • Watty1
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    Another UU  a small cottage brand of a a body moisturiser. I liked the concept (coconut and essential oils) but would not buy again.
    Made it to mortgage free but what a muddle that became

    In the event the proverbial hits the fan then co-habitees are better stashing their cash than being mortgage free !!
  • VALM
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    Watty1 said:
    ohh  I used to like Nina Ricci perfume ..can't remember which one though (will not google in case goes through a checkout!

    UU Malin+Goetz Vitamin E face moisturiser.  Was a sample size and I really wanted to like it as would like to find a slightly better moisturiser but this one was greasy and didn't feel great on the skin.  (Using up stuff has really helped me identify what I like and don't like!)
    What kind of moisturiser do you like? I like a gel type consistency for day time use.
    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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  • VALM
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    Ive replaced the KVD Liner in my PP List with a Percy & Reed mousse. The KVD liners are great value. The one i was using was deluxe sized and lasted a good 6-9 months with daily usage. Replaced with full size.

    I hit pan yesterday on my Bare Minerals Pressed Mineral Veil yesterday.

    I also bought the Orly Plot Twist collection. Was a very good price on their website.
    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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