You may recall that earlier in the year, I got rid of a lot of "bath stuff." I had it all: body lotions, shower gels, bubble bath, soaps, and body splash and most of it sat pretty much unused or partially used in the bathroom closet for... well a long time. And once after posting about it on twitter I got asked why I didn't just use it up. It got me thinking, why didn't I use it up. Why did I opt for pitching or donating almost all of it? Which of course sort of led to the question of why I had it anyway.
And well, for some the answer to the first question was easy, it didn't smell the way it should have smelled.
Lotions, oils, soaps all have a shelf life after which they start to break down. So my vanilla body spray from Victoria Secret stopped smelling like vanilla and started to smell like alcohol--the kind you drink. Let's just say it wasn't pleasant. Other things (like the bath and body works cucumber melon) just were not to my liking anymore. They still smelled like they were supposed to, but I no longer really found that to be a pleasing scent.
Which of course begs the question--why if I liked it so much did I not use it up to start with? Why did the vanilla body spray go bad?
That answer is more complex.
In the case of the vanilla spray, I loved it so much and then Victoria Secret discontinued that scent. I wanted to save this for special occasions. I didn't WANT to use it up, because then it would be gone and irreplaceable. I was going to say, that might actually be useful for some things, but then I couldn't think of a single thing that you could save quite like that. Maybe a concert t-shirt?
In the case of the second example above--it is no longer to my taste. Well how did I end up with so much of it, that I tired of it before I ran out of it? Why did I have 4 travel sized bottles of cucumber melon shower gel, when I don't even like cucumber melon? And the answer is, that at one point I liked it enough to buy some, and then when people asked for gift suggestions or looked around at what I was using, they saw cucumber melon--and bought it for me. And then I tired of it. But trust me, when you have tired of a scent--you won't use it up.
Then there is the whole issue of I don't really use lotion anymore.
I used to have super dry skin in the winter. I used a lot of lotion. I liked lotion. But then I switched soaps--I started using a home made soap that I buy from the maker and it really doesn't dry my skin. So I don't really use lotion anymore.
I bring all this up because recently, I found a stash of shampoo in another cupboard. These seem to be bottles I bought for some specific purpose or out of desperation maybe? And I decided that maybe I'd use these up. One is shampoo I bought when I took swimming lessons (a few years ago--not as a kid) to keep my hair from getting super weird between winter and chlorine. Another is a shampoo I bought when Suave discontinued my regular kind. Both of them seem to not have broken down and neither has a strong scent, so I decided I'd just use them up. Although, maybe one of them will just get pitched, we'll see how it goes, either way--it will be gone.