You’d think there aren’t many products I use up – fickle person that I am – but the truth is that I do use up quite a lot of products quite often. This is especially so with skincare. I am now quite particular about trying to finish my stuff – remind me to tell you about it another time.
But I got to wondering, just how far do you go to use up your products?
I use up toothpaste quite often – don’t you? Brushing your teeth twice a day means you go through toothpaste quite quickly. I’m quite good about using it up, and I try to squeeze out every last drop. I haven’t stooped to cutting the tube in half though! LOL :D
When toothpastes used to come in metal tubes (hands up who remembers those!) I’d be quite good about rolling up the tube from the bottom, as we approach the end, to ensure I get out as much product as I can.
But what about facial cleansers or serums or sunscreens… or even foundations etc. Stuff that don’t come in easy to manage open mouth jars. How do you deal with those? How far do you go to use them up?
To be honest, I don’t go very far to use up every last drop of product. Quite often, by the time I get to the end, I’m so relieved that I’m ready to move on! So, if it’s shampoo, conditioner or body washes, I’d just squeeze out what I can from the bottles, and even if there’s a little residue at the end, I’ll just get rid of it.
Recently however, I neared the end of my favourite morning cleanser, and because the product came in a glass bottle with a pump, I couldn’t squeeze out every last bit. The pump too, didn’t quite reach all the way to the bottom, so there was a few cm of product left.
Initially, I gave up on it and opened up another. But I found that the new facial wash didn’t live up to my expectations. So, I’d do my best to shake out the old product, removing the pump and hitting the mouth of the bottle against the heel of my palm to dislodge the cleanser. It worked, and I’d end up with painful palms, but happy skin, for a week or two. And then, it got harder and harder to dislodge because there was less and less product left.
Eventually, I hit upon leaving the bottle upside down, as you can see in the picture above, and letting gravity do its thing. There is still a fair bit of product in there, which I shake out every morning and it should last me another week or two, before I eventually have to give up and get something new.
The only reason I’m so persistent is because I really love this product. If I don’t, I’m more than happy to move along, even if I haven’t neared the end of the bottle. I am however, a little less persistent about other products. I’ve done something similar when using the Estee Lauder ANR serum because I enjoy using it and because it’s so expensive.
I remember my Mom would actually cut tubes of sunscreen into half to get every last bit out of the tube. I’m less hardcore. If I like the product, I’d do my best to eke out every last drop, but most of the time, I’m happy to move on even if I haven’t used it up to its last drop.
What about you?
How far do you go to use up every last drop of your favourite product?
Do you cut tubes and bottles open? I know of many people who do that with their Urban Decay eyelid primer. There are even tutorials online to show you how! Many people do this to save money as well. Every drop of product is paid for! I go the extra mile for products I particularly love, but not otherwise. You? :D