Hello, all! I know it’s been a while. But trust me, I’ve got lots to talk about this semester, so stay tuned
I would like to dedicate this post to a project I’ve been working on this year with my roommate, Tessa. It is an experiment of sorts, but also a valuable life lesson.
I have a slight addiction to personal care products …
My current inventory is as follows:
- 7 bottles of body lotion
- 6 bottles of perfume (actually the total count is 10 because I have stocked up a lifetime’s supply of my favorite kind)
- 3 deodorants
- 2 face lotions
- 2 bottles of shampoo
- 3 bottles of face wash
… aaaand I started thinking in the fall, as I staggered down the stairs with a box full of these products, weighing approximately 5,000 pounds, that I own too much of this stuff.
I don’t think I’m the only 19-year-old girl with this problem. Tell me if I’m wrong.
Anyway, I felt very convicted about being more intentional about how much of my money is actually going into purchasing lotion, perfume, etc. So I started what I’m calling “Do-you-hear-that?-It’s-the-sound-of-your-money-being-totally-wasted project” Here’s how it works:
- I consume the products that I already own at a normal pace; that is, I make an honest attempt not to rush through them or use them extra slowly.
- Opening an unopened product before the opened one is completely consumed is not allowed.
- When a bottle, tube, or other product is completely consumed, the empty container goes in the Closet of Shame.
- At any point, when I need to replace personal care products, I record the amount spent on those products and tally those figures up as the year goes on.
- Collect data
Based on the observations I have made thus far, here are some hypotheses:
- I will not have to purchase more toothpaste until April.
- Face moisturizer needs to be replaced every 3.5 months.
- I consume one deodorant every 3 months.
- I have enough active bottles of perfume to last 10 years.
- I will not need to buy any more lotion until 2099.
My total expenditures on personal care products this year so far is $65.00. I have had to shop ONCE.
The lesson that I am learning from all of this is simply this: I don’t need what I think I need.
True or false: I need Bath and Body Works’ new line of body lotion!
True or false: I need to buy another moisturizer soon; it’s been about a month since I bought my last bottle.
Cool. I guess here’s what I’m trying to say to all you readers: in college, one doesn’t exactly have an abundant disposable income. It’s easy to get sucked into buying copious amounts of nice-smelling substances, but at least in my opinion, it isn’t worth it. Save the money and put it aside for books or, if you’re cool and social unlike me, spend it on fun outings with friends. The general public doesn’t care if your legs are luxuriously moisturized, they don’t notice when your armpits smell like pears, and they can’t tell the difference between Sensual Amber and Twilight Woods. So use whatcha got and don’t be wasteful