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    • By mcculloch29 1st May 17, 12:09 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries May 2017
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    • 1st May 17, 12:09 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries May 2017 1st May 17 at 12:09 AM
    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 bingbon 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: letís 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 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 May 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!

    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!


    Graduates

    Here is a list of our lovely,fragrant ladies who have polished and pampered their way through their products and managed to get their toiletries stash under control. Ladies - congratulations, you are an inspiration to the rest of us, xx . Thanks also to InaPickle who suggested we start the Graduate list. To join the list of graduates let us know by posting that you are graduating in big colourful letters, that way the OP can easily spot you and add you to the list, or better still - PM the OP as the thread can move really quickly! You may also wish to add how many products you have used up during the challenge. Good luck ladies! xx

    1. mineallmine - graduated with honours March
    2. Bronnie - graduated with honours March 2011
    3. lostinrates - graduated with honours around June 2010
    4. Ruby_Eskimo - graduated with honours June 2012
    5. Seaside dreamer - graduated with honours October 2012
    6. InaPickle - graduated with honours September 2014
    7. Fiasco55 - graduated with honours May 2017

    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:


    January 2012
    February 2012
    March 2012
    April 2012
    May 2012
    June 2012
    July 2012
    August 2012
    September 2012
    October 2012
    November 2012
    December 2012
    January 2013
    February 2013
    March 2013
    April 2013
    May 2013
    June 2013
    July 2013
    August 2013
    September 2013
    October 2013
    November 2013
    December 2013
    January 2014
    February 2014
    March 2014
    April 2014
    May 2014
    June 2014
    July 2014
    August 2014
    September 2014
    October 2014
    November 2014
    December 2014
    January 2015
    February 2015
    March 2015
    April 2015
    May 2015
    June 2015
    July 2015
    August 2015
    September 2015
    October 2015
    November 2015
    December 2015
    January 2016
    February 2016
    March 2016
    April 2016
    May 2016
    June 2016
    July 2016
    August 2016
    September 2016
    October 2016
    November 2016
    December 2016
    January 2017
    February 2017
    March 2017
    April 2017
    Last edited by mcculloch29; 07-05-2017 at 9:18 PM.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 1st May 17, 12:17 AM
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    I don't have a stash list so won't be starting the thread with this, but looking forward to reading those posted.
    My Project Pan for May is:

    Aldi Lacura Argan Oil Hand Cream

    50 ml Sanctuary Body Lotion

    Revitalift Serum 30 ml

    Revitalift Repair 10 Daily Moisturiser

    L'Oreal Everstrong Shampoo for Fragile Hair

    Nioxin Intensive Hair Treatment (wash out conditioner)

    Half pack of Carino Lightest Brown Hair Colour
    Last edited by mcculloch29; 10-05-2017 at 11:32 PM.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 1st May 17, 6:04 AM
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    • 1st May 17, 6:04 AM
    Hi, I'm in of course. I'll copy over my PP list and Finish 5 by Summer list over tomorrow when I have access to a keyboard.

    I am probably going to buy some of the new OPI colours the weekend after next depending on what they look like swatched. Haven't seen them online yet even though they are available to purchase.

    Other than that I will need a hair colour kit but hopefully that is it.
    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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    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 1st May 17, 8:41 AM
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    Thanks mcculloch29 for starting us off this month.

    I don't think I'm going to have a PP list this month, I'm just going to see what I UU this month. I have a few products that are nearly finished, so I should have a few UUs this week
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 1st May 17, 8:52 AM
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    Thanks And for starting us off this month.

    I'm in and will post a PP list later.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler.
    • donkids22
    • By donkids22 1st May 17, 8:58 AM
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    Most of my PP list will be the same as for feb, mar.

    Avon morroccan shower gel
    Soap and glory clean on me (on its last few squirts)
    Soap and glory body cream
    Soap and glory peaches and clean
    Liz earle moisturiser
    L'occitane rose hand cream (using as a foot cream)
    If you dream it can you do it????????
    • London baby
    • By London baby 1st May 17, 10:52 AM
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    • 1st May 17, 10:52 AM
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    First UU:

    Rose hip oil base oil: WMBA, lasted for a long time as only a small quantity is needed. I'm not quite sure whether my skin benefitted from it so I'm going to use up my coconut oil and compare.
    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 1st May 17, 11:20 AM
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    Thanks for the new thread mcculloch29! I'm in again of course
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490
    • mad_scientist
    • By mad_scientist 1st May 17, 12:36 PM
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    • 1st May 17, 12:36 PM
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    Hi guys, I would like to join/rejoin the thread!

    I was an occasional poster a few years ago with a very big stash of shower gels and body lotions mainly. I moved to Hong Kong 3 years ago to work as an English teacher so stopped keeping up with the thread, and also the bulk of my stash is currently in my parent's attic so it was hard to keep using it up!!

    I am moving back to the UK this summer so am trying to have a major declutter of my belongings in HK so I have less to move back, so it's time to start again with the toiletries challenge. My stash here is miniscule compared to what I had before but every UU in the next 3 months will be something less to fill my suitcase or TA when I leave. I've actually done pretty well with not buying loads when I'm here, a combination of a tiny living space and the horror of how much stuff I had to pack up from my old flat!

    I am excited/terrified to find out what I put in my parent's attic 3 years ago when I get back
    No more buying unnecessary toiletries 2018
    35 UU / 13 unnecessary ins
    • mad_scientist
    • By mad_scientist 1st May 17, 12:48 PM
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    My PP list for May:

    FCUK body wash (<50ml left)
    FCUK body lotion (50ish ml left)
    Clinique Clarifying Lotion - I just want this to go, I have been using it occasionally for about 5 years!!
    A body scrub, I have 4 currently open so 1 has to go
    Avon foundation, I have cut the tube open so need to finish


    Hopefully I will manage more UU than this! I bought toner this morning and can't think of anything else I will need this month so fingers crossed for no ins
    Last edited by mad_scientist; 01-06-2017 at 1:05 PM.
    No more buying unnecessary toiletries 2018
    35 UU / 13 unnecessary ins
    • catherine/kate
    • By catherine/kate 1st May 17, 1:43 PM
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    I'm in again for May!

    April: 5UU, 4 INs - looks good - except the last In was a makeup palette (Stila Perfect Hue) so sort of 7 ins in itself - never mind!

    Lots of spluttering going on here so hoping for 11 UUs in May. One already
    - Dune EDT by Dior 15ml. I've had this since 2002 and never much liked it.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 1st May 17, 2:28 PM
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    Hi guys, I would like to join/rejoin the thread!

    I was an occasional poster a few years ago with a very big stash of shower gels and body lotions mainly. I moved to Hong Kong 3 years ago to work as an English teacher so stopped keeping up with the thread, and also the bulk of my stash is currently in my parent's attic so it was hard to keep using it up!!

    I am moving back to the UK this summer so am trying to have a major declutter of my belongings in HK so I have less to move back, so it's time to start again with the toiletries challenge. My stash here is miniscule compared to what I had before but every UU in the next 3 months will be something less to fill my suitcase or TA when I leave. I've actually done pretty well with not buying loads when I'm here, a combination of a tiny living space and the horror of how much stuff I had to pack up from my old flat!

    I am excited/terrified to find out what I put in my parent's attic 3 years ago when I get back
    Originally posted by mad_scientist
    Welcome back! You'll find a few of the old gang here, some have moved on. I'm in touch with a few of them on Facebook and they are well and happy. One stopped posting when she had her lovely little girl, who is now two, toys took over toiletries.
    Is it really three years since you were here? Wow.
    I remember you as having a very high-end stash, so perhaps you have some lovely surprises. Fingers crossed for no pink rose candle moments (as in my sig).
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • VALM
    • By VALM 1st May 17, 3:13 PM
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    Hi guys, I would like to join/rejoin the thread!

    I was an occasional poster a few years ago with a very big stash of shower gels and body lotions mainly. I moved to Hong Kong 3 years ago to work as an English teacher so stopped keeping up with the thread, and also the bulk of my stash is currently in my parent's attic so it was hard to keep using it up!!

    I am moving back to the UK this summer so am trying to have a major declutter of my belongings in HK so I have less to move back, so it's time to start again with the toiletries challenge. My stash here is miniscule compared to what I had before but every UU in the next 3 months will be something less to fill my suitcase or TA when I leave. I've actually done pretty well with not buying loads when I'm here, a combination of a tiny living space and the horror of how much stuff I had to pack up from my old flat!

    I am excited/terrified to find out what I put in my parent's attic 3 years ago when I get back
    Originally posted by mad_scientist
    Welcome back mad-0_scientist. Here's to you keeping within your baggage allowance x
    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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    £2. Challenge member 55
    • VALM
    • By VALM 1st May 17, 3:17 PM
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    I'm in again for May!

    April: 5UU, 4 INs - looks good - except the last In was a makeup palette (Stila Perfect Hue) so sort of 7 ins in itself - never mind!

    Lots of spluttering going on here so hoping for 11 UUs in May. One already
    - Dune EDT by Dior 15ml. I've had this since 2002 and never much liked it.
    Originally posted by catherine/kate
    Googled the Stila pallette which looks lovely. I'm currently watching a YouTuber pan Stila in the nude which is gorgeous. Thankfully it is an old Ulta exclusive so I can't get my hands on it.
    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!

    SPC Member 046
    £2. Challenge member 55
    • VALM
    • By VALM 1st May 17, 3:23 PM
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    1 Boots Extracts Mango body scrub you all know my feelings about these. Think this was the last one from the kit I bought in the January sale, I have two scrubs left : Sanctuary and Rituals.

    Pulled another category to replace this item and will put it in PP as it's been going a while : Category: something by Benefit : Benefit Goofproof eye brow pencil.

    I've also cut open my hand cream tube.
    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!

    SPC Member 046
    £2. Challenge member 55
    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 1st May 17, 3:29 PM
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    Hello mad_scientist! Good luck with your PP list.

    First UU of May. Weather is pretty miserable so I've had a nice long bath.
    1. Lush Kitchen Karma Bubble Bar WDBA This is the old style one without glitter. Really nice softening bubbles and a kind of spicy orange smell. Probably would be more suited to winter but I'm trying to work through my Lush stash in date order and this was the oldest. Definitely going to try and stick to only buying bubble bars rather than bath bombs unless I really love a scent. The bars are much kinder to my skin and I just love having bubbles!

    Hope you're all enjoying the bank holiday weekend!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2017. Jan stash: 490
    • sunny_money
    • By sunny_money 1st May 17, 4:26 PM
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    Hi guys, I would like to join/rejoin the thread!

    I was an occasional poster a few years ago with a very big stash of shower gels and body lotions mainly. I moved to Hong Kong 3 years ago to work as an English teacher so stopped keeping up with the thread, and also the bulk of my stash is currently in my parent's attic so it was hard to keep using it up!!

    I am moving back to the UK this summer so am trying to have a major declutter of my belongings in HK so I have less to move back, so it's time to start again with the toiletries challenge. My stash here is miniscule compared to what I had before but every UU in the next 3 months will be something less to fill my suitcase or TA when I leave. I've actually done pretty well with not buying loads when I'm here, a combination of a tiny living space and the horror of how much stuff I had to pack up from my old flat!

    I am excited/terrified to find out what I put in my parent's attic 3 years ago when I get back
    Originally posted by mad_scientist
    I can totally relate mad_scientist, moving countries forces you to evaluate your stash! Fingers crossed nothing has perished in storage.
    • sstevo19
    • By sstevo19 1st May 17, 4:27 PM
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    First UU of the month:

    Paula’s Choice Resist Youth Extending Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF50 sample WNB as full size. Was very fluid and easy to apply, but I think it's aggravating my skin.
    • Massa1982
    • By Massa1982 1st May 17, 6:08 PM
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    Thanks for the new Thread mcculloch29

    Hi guys, I would like to join/rejoin the thread!

    I am excited/terrified to find out what I put in my parent's attic 3 years ago when I get back
    Originally posted by mad_scientist
    Welcome back, I hope there's more exciting surprises than terrifying ones.

    I had a last minute flurry before the end of the month, a hand wash finished, I finally remembered to use the last of the face mask and a deo went in the bin as it had spluttered its last. When grabbing the next ones I realised I have about 2 nearing their end also so hopefully a few extra items to the PP list below.

    My PP List for May

    Bar of plain baby soap (Mar)
    Nivea Q10 face cream(Mar)
    B&H 130ml rose & ylang ylang & Patchouli body lotion(Apr)
    Lush Karma Solid Shampoo
    Nivea eye Cream
    Lush Wacky magic muscles
    Superdrug Shower gel cherry & Almond


    I would also like to finish the following 5 by Summer which are proving LHJ

    No 7 Foaming Cleanser
    CCS Foot Care Cream
    Dove Winter Care lotion
    Lush Karma Solid Perfume
    Elemis Softly daily moisturiser
    Desperately Determined to Destroy the Debts one at a time.. and Seriously Save for the Spectacular future.
    • asajj
    • By asajj 1st May 17, 6:30 PM
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    Thank you for the new thread and I'm naturally in :P

    I uu'ed TBS Grapefruit shower gel and Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Shampoo.

    TBS Shower Gel is nice, although i wasn't keen on the smell. I usually like grapefruit washes but this one wasn't for me.

    The shampoo is nice enough but poor value money imo. I might buy again if there is a good deal.
    £2015 in 2015 / £2015

    No buying unnecessary stuff.
    Clearing out by selling on Ebay, donating to charity etc.
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