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Old 08-31-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
 
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Question How old is your stash?

I'm a recovering product junkie. After a lifetime of 'buy and try' I've narrowed down the product graveyard to a select number of HGs and a few novelties.

Problem is, I've still got a HUGE stash of all of the same products. Four bottles of this, two jars of that, a large and small size of that, and five jars of this in case they change the formula, etc.....I'm like hurricane STOCKED on Holy Grails.

Case in point - I'm on my last full jar of Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding ORIGINAL FORMULA from 3-4 years ago when I stocked up in fear.

I know products expire, grow bacteria, etc. and you have to be aware of shelf life, blah, blah,blah but I ain't throwin' out my stuff. I'll take my chances.

Question - am I the only one? How old is your stash?
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:21 PM   #2
 
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My stash is not old at all. I think the oldest thing I have is my raw Shea butter which maybe about six months old. I do buy in multiples but my stock gets used up quickly now that I have to share with my girls.
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:27 PM   #3
 
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My stash isn't too old. I didn't go back to hauling until late '09 after a long break from buying stuff since I had so much. It looks like I may take another long break from pjism because it gets boring after a while. I have my staples too so my quest for the best is now over.
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:40 PM   #4
 
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I got some stuff that is pretty old. Maybe about 3-4 years. I found one bottle of swimmer's shampoo that was 15 years old.

I've been going at my stash pretty hard. I threw away a lot of stuff and gave the still good stuff away to Salvation Army or as gifts. I don't have too much left now but it'll still take a while to get rid of it. I don't need much product. *sigh*

I think I have some form of hoarding. I bought mutiples of a lot of stuff only to not use it. Now, I think of every product as dollar signs. It's money I'm wasting if I don't use it.
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I got some stuff that is pretty old. Maybe about 3-4 years. I found one bottle of swimmer's shampoo that was 15 years old.

I've been going at my stash pretty hard. I threw away a lot of stuff and gave the still good stuff away to Salvation Army or as gifts. I don't have too much left now but it'll still take a while to get rid of it. I don't need much product. *sigh*

I think I have some form of hoarding. I bought mutiples of a lot of stuff only to not use it. Now, I think of every product as dollar signs. It's money I'm wasting if I don't use it.
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:56 AM   #6
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I have an unopened dusty PCJ relaxer kit from about 5ish years ago... back when I thought kiddie relaxers were "safer" than regular ones lol
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:39 AM   #7
 
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I have 6 Miss Jessies big jars (all about 90% full) that my mom talked me into purchasing say about 6 or 7 yrs ago (sad part I wasn't even natural back then lol).

Otherwise most of my stash isn't more than a year or 18 months old. I try to give away and toss items regularly.

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Old 09-01-2011, 05:13 AM   #8
 
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a year, i go thru my summer stash quick, its the butters and pomades I dont use a lot of.

Ive been going thru it this summer though so im good.
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:18 AM   #9
 
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The oldest things in my stash is this Suave shampoo that's nearly two years old. Everything else is anywhere from a month-18 months old. I tend to toss stuff after about 2 years regardless how often it was used.
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:46 PM   #10
 
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The majority of my stash is mid range I guess (1-2 years), but I do still have the first product I bought for my natural hair when I first transitioned 6 years ago, a tube of Matrix Wet Shine Flood Gel. Im almost done with it, pretty good stuff. Im moving through my older stash to get rid of it.
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:53 PM   #11
 
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Mostly about 2-3 months old
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:15 PM   #12
 
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They oldest product I have is a 1 year old 8oz KCCC. I have about 15% left...

Everything else is months old and only one other item from late last year.
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:41 PM   #13
 
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I recently tried to clean up my stash, by throwing away products I knew I could no longer use. I found some products I used in middle school, so they had to be at least 6-7 years old...I had a pretty good laugh about it, knowing what I know now, at how awful some of those products were. And I use to wonder why my hair was always so frizzy and out of control lol
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:59 PM   #14
 
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I keep a record of my stash.

Non-Naturals
Organix, Aussie Moist, etc - had for a year or more

Semi Natural (97-98%)
Curl Junkie, some SheScentIt, etc - no more than 9 months old (Curl Junkie can last up to 2 years if unopened and kept cool)

Natural
Oyin, Kyra's Ultimate Indulgence, etc - 3-6 months old is as long as I will keep it.

Homemade stuff
My flaxseed custards last about a week
My shea butter or mango butter blends I freeze until ready to use

Oils
Natural mixed (Lakshmi oil from the UK) I keep about 6 months
KBB Jojoba Heaven I've had for 9 months


KBB Luscious Locks hair Mask I add perservatives to it that I buy online for New Directions
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:45 PM   #15
 
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Most of my stash is a year or less. I do worry about my natural stylers going bad. Although I use them daily, I only use a little bit and I have seven of them. I've got to stop myself from buying another one or I'll drive myself nuts trying to keep up. I still have some Kinky Curly Curling Custard from 3 years ago. My goal is to finish it off by the end of this year.
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:59 PM   #16
 
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No more than a year. I try to buy just enough so what I purchase will last until the next known sale. I also started giving away stuff I cannot use so that go rid of a lot of nonsense.

The one exception is a container of eco-styler gel and call me crazy but I am not sure that stuff even goes bad LOL
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:09 PM   #17
 
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The oldest thing I have is from 2 years ago, some Lusters Gloss or whatever its called. Other than that some olive oil from a year ago. Everything else is from within the last 8-10 months.

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