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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries December 2020

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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:

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  • savingfortomorrowsavingfortomorrow Forumite
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    sign me up again. 
  • edited 28 December 2020 at 10:28PM
    pinkfluffybabepinkfluffybabe Forumite
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    edited 28 December 2020 at 10:28PM
    Thanks for the new thread sstevo, back in for December. 
    Want a final push to get the stash numbers down. Some of these hair stuff is samples for using up. 

    PP list: 

    Ren rose shower gel 
    Ren rose body lotion 
    Aveda sap moss shampoo
    Aveda sap moss conditioner 
    Percy and Reed shampoo
    Percy and Reed conditioner

    Living Proof Shampoo
    Living Proof conditioner 
    Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel
    Drunk Elephant protini moisturiser
    Cerave hydrating cleanser
    Burts bees lip balm
    Bamboo hair oil
    Origins ginger body creme
    Keihls ultimate hand cream 
    Origins drink up mask
    The ordinary niacinimide and zinc 

    Winter List:
    Midnight recovery concentrate
    Phillip Kingsley elasticiser
    Pixi glow tonic
    Soaped duper ginger shower gel


    That should keep me going  :D
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2021 15/91 UU, 4 IN
  • edited 28 December 2020 at 8:16PM
    dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    edited 28 December 2020 at 8:16PM
    Thanks for the new thread sstevo.

    December PP List

    Le Soft Stick Perfume  in Artist
    Soap & Glory Righteous Butter - b/f from November
    Mandara Spa Butter Collection Body Lotion
    L'oreal Ever Riche Nourishing Hair Mask
    Peppermint Foot Cream
    Miss Sporty Dr Balm Lip Balm
    Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel 480ml



    My 7 by Spring list
    1. Poppy King Lip Crayon in Smiling - b/f from the last challenge
    2. Barbara Daly Trade Secrets Sheer lip melt in Adorable b/f from the last challenge
    3. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink b/f from the last challenge
    4. Miss Sporty Stick Concealer - b/f from the last challenge
    5. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
    6. Benefit rsvp cream shadow mini
    7.  Bare Minerals Eyeliner in Plum

    Will not need to buy in 2020.
    Shower gel
    Body moisturiser - was gifted 3 in November
    Hair conditioner/hair masks
    Foot cream
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup (except maybe foundation) - already purchased
    Perfume
    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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  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Relivio Dry Skin Cream 200ml - this came free with a skincare order a long time ago, I used it as handcream, foot cream and body lotion, I have a 500ml pump bottle in the stash which also came free.

    Burts Bees Lip Shimmer in Strawberry - I like the lip shimmers but this was a frosted pink so WNB this colour again.

    I have placed an order for some cleansing balm, I have one in use and one spare but DD uses this too so I thought I would get a back up whilst they had a discount code on, I also bought some soap from them.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler


    Fashion on the Ration 28/66
  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    My PP List this month
    The Ordinary Rose Hip oil
    Liz Eerle Skin Repair
    Lacura hand cream
    ABC Body lotion 
    Elemis Apricot Toner
    The Inkey List Vitamin C serum
    Skin Sense Retinol eye cream
    Skin Sense day cream
    Skin Sense overnight mask
    E45 cream

    Quite easy this month as these are well advanced.

    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 Christmas
    Kat von D lip lacquer in Lovecraft.  DONE
    Laura Geller Gilded Honey Highlighter DONE
    Too Faced Honey pot eyeshadow from the Natural Eyes palette DONE
    Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb Midnight fragrance DONE
    Colourpop Birthday Cake eyeshadow 
    OPI Do You Take Lei Away lacquer 
    NARS Outlaw blush 


    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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  • savingfortomorrowsavingfortomorrow Forumite
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    Use up December 
    La Roche Posey moisturizer 
    Toothpaste oral b

  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    I'm in again, obviously  :D

    My PP list for December: 
    Lush Fairy Dust Dusting Powder 
    Lush Peachy Bath Bomb 
    Lush Goddess Bath Bomb 
    Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar 
    Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar 

    One IN yesterday:
    Superdrug Dragon Fruit and Vanilla Shower Gel 250ml - I had no shower gels left so I grabbed one to use until my Lush order arrives.

    And one UU today:
    Oral B Satin Tape 25m - WDBA and have done. Cheap and effective :) 

  • sstevo19sstevo19 Forumite
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    One UU from this morning:

    JKosmmune Lotion 1ml sample - WPNB but this was nice. I'm focusing on using my samples up. 
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