I have a bit of a problem and I thought I'd share it with you guys. My body moisturiser collection is growing totally out of control! This is a long standing problem... at one point, about three years ago, I had a staggering 38 (yes I kid you not, 38) lotions, potions, oils, moisturisers and butters all designed to make my body smooth and firm! By forcing myself to use them up, I was able to get them down to a more manageable number. But by January this year, swelled by Christmas booty, I was up to 15 body moisturisers to use up again.
The thing is, I rarely ever specifically buy body moisturisers. They just appear in my beauty storage, from birthdays, Christmas's, hidden in gift sets, gift with purchases, nicked from hotels, Glossy Boxes - if I was buying them myself, they would all be Palmers Coco Body Lotion. They just find their way into my life. I just don't really use them up. Sometimes I do, religiously applying cream to my body every evening before bed. And then I go for months without even touching them, just sitting unused and unloved.
Today, I decided to do something about it, and gathered up all my body creams into one place. Somehow, my collection this year has grown again to 26 body moisturisers, most of which are half used. I don't think I've used up any of them since Chirstmas. This doesn't include a couple of stray bottles of Johnson's Holiday skin which I have in my also neglected "fake tan" storage, a bottle of YSL Parisian Body Lotion which I'm currently using as a hand cream at work or specific hand and feet creams which I also have a few of knocking around.
How can I have this many of them? I made them fit into my specific body cream storage box, with one in my bedside drawer and one in the bathroom for general usage. But I'm worried. The tsunami of beauty gift sets I get for Christmas will mean I'll have to look at another storage solution... and I simply have run out of space!
So my challenge is to reduce the number of body moisturisers I have - by actually using them up, although I have thrown one away today which had clearly gone off (the little one on the very right of the photo). So one down, 25 to go. There's no way I'm going to get through 25 moisturisers by Christmas, no matter how often I apply them. However, I'm planning on using up the ones with the least in them by moisturising, fully, at least once a day. If I could get it down to just 16 by Christmas, I'll have a fighting chance of getting the new ones to fit into my storage box... and probably a new challenge to start 2012!
Do you have a specific product stash that you just cannot reduce?
Thanks for reading! xx