Toss or Trash: It’s Been A While But I Have A Pile

It’s been a while since I blogged a Toss or Trash post. I’ve been saving up my empties and putting them in a box. This weekend I went to look for something and I found two boxes full of trash! Yuck! I photographed these and got them out of the house!!!

Let’s start with the hair products. I just finished up L’Oreal’s EverStrong Overnight Hair Repair Treatment. I love that stuff! And, I’m going to miss it. I gave up buying L’Oreal products this year. ย I am choosing to stop purchasing from, at least, one company a year that continues to test on animals. Thus, I won’t be replacing any of the L’Oreal haircare products that I have used for so long. And that includes the Total Repair 5 shampoo and conditioner. Here, you see that I finished the conditioner. As much as I love these two products, I love animals more…


Suave’s Moroccan Deep Conditioner has made my hair super soft. And, the smell is lovely!!!! I found that I needed to use a lot of it for my hair to turn out soft though. I couldn’t be stingy and still get my wide-tooth comb through my hair. All in all, I would say that all of these are trash, meaning I would buy them again. But, since L’Oreal and I have parted ways, these won’t get replaced with same. And the Moroccan Conditioner was just OK. I am placing that in the trash column. (Yes, I know Suave is made by Unilever who still tests on animals.)

Next up are two spray leave-in conditioners…


I purchased both of these over 2 years ago at a beauty show in Orlando. It’s funny how both of them became empty at about the same time.

First, Black 15 in 1 is a brand I had high hopes for. When I purchased this leave-in conditioner, I also purchased the shampoo and conditioner by that brand. Of the three, I did like the leave-in conditioner the most but, it is not a product that blew me away. I have no intention of repurchasing it…


I have quite a love affair with leave-in conditioners. As I have aged, my hair is getting thinner and becomes dried out faster. I knew this was coming as I saw it happening to my mother. At least I am working on being proactive and treating my hair the best that I can. 12 Benefits leave-in conditioner is a winner because I feel that it helps keep my hair healthy. I would repurchase this one if I knew where I could readily pick it up. However, I have never seen it in any store or salon that I have visited…


Next are the face products. Kiehl’s is my go-to brand. They give out samples and that’s what wins me over. I used Avon’s Anew line from the beginning, however, when I went to a blogger event at Nordstrom’s and Kiehl’s gave their demonstrations and I took home samples, that’s all it took for me to fall hook, line and sinker! I won’t lie; the Midnight Recovery Concentrate is expensive. This bottle is $70 and it’s only 1.7 ounces. It does last me a year, though. I use about 5 to 6 drops per night. When I am not testing out another product for a review, Midnight Recovery Concentrate is my best and favorite love.

Reviva Labs Vitamin E Stick was a discovery from doing a review for them. This simple little balm stick does a lot of different jobs. I use it on my lips and all around my mouth, for my dry cuticles and I will rub some of it under my eyes when I feel like my skin is especially dry there. I also put it on pimples so they don’t scar. For $2.50, you get a work horse! I have already replaced this as I don’t want to be without it. Now, for Avon’s Lip Treatment…


OK, this stuff is great! What is not great is that I had to swipe my finger in it to use it. I know I could have used a Q-tip (too hairy) or a lip brush (too much of a hassle at bedtime) but, it just got to be gross. And, since I have medium-length nails, it really got to be a hassle towards the bottom of the jar. And, I think this little, bitty jar lasted me like over 2 years!!! It just couldn’t be used up!!!! I was so happy to finally finish it! As much as I liked how it worked on my lips and kept them moist, I don’t like the packaging so I will not be repurchasing this. Look, the label didn’t even last as long as the product!…


I moved from Orlando to Denver last year and came out here before my husband. He stayed behind for several months to not only pack up our house but to deal with selling it and all that. When he told me he went to Bath and Body Works and asked for empty boxes to pack all my products from them, and they gave him CASES so he could pack up all my candles, lotions and potions from them, I was shamed into facing the fact that I owned my own B&BW!!! I have diligently worked on not only reducing my inventory but also, not so readily buying their new fragrances every season. Here’s what I have used up in the past few months…


But, don’t you just LOVE getting those minis to try out fragrances!!!! I do! And, their Stress Relief body wash and lotion are stables at the vanity. That’s a good thing!!! I loved all of these fragrances. The ‘Be Enchanted’ was a hot passion for me when it first came out too.

Last, are the body and hand lotions…


La Source is from Evelyn and Crabtree and I love their hand lotions. There was an outlet store I visited often when I lived in Orlando so I had quite a few of these around. Now I’m seeing the end of them and miss that store! If you are looking for a very moisturizing hand lotion with instant results, you will want to get yourself La Source. There’s not much of a fragrance to this one; it’s busy being therapeutic!!!

Proclaim’s Coconut & Macadamia Nut Oil hand lotion didn’t smell as nice as I thought it would. Coming from Sally’s Beauty Supply, I thought it would be a winner. But, I won’t be seeking to replace this one just because it wasn’t all that great.

Jergen’s BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream lotion smells very nice. And, I liked how it made my skin soft. But, that’s about all it did. So, there’s no ‘illuminating’ and ‘firming’ like the claims state. I’m rather disappointed too.

Have you tried any of these products? See any that you want to try out?

  • I love the mini B&BW bottles! They are my favorite to stock up on

  • BeautyJudy

    Ah, I love that Stress Relief line, it smells so good!

  • Oh wow thats a lot of empties. good job girl. I love that BBW Stress relief line- so helpful. And the Kiehls Midnight Recovery I am digging lately too. I need to try that 12 Benefits hair stuff for sure.

  • Eucalyptus Spearmint has been my fave forever! LOVE it to pieces.

  • You know, I love your approach of slowly weeding out companies that test on animals. It’s less of a shock.

    • Kimberly Purcell

      L’Oreal was hard because, as you can see, I used a lot of their products and loved them! But, my heart led me to pick them this year.

  • La Source sounds great, I always need a good hand cream.

  • Noelle

    I have so many Bath and Body Works minis, it’s not even funny! Love them.

  • wow! So many empties! It was very interesting post!

  • I loved the Black 15 in 1 Spray but I wouldn’t repurchase it. I found that Dermorganic’s Spray Therapy worked better for me.

    • Kimberly Purcell

      That’s good to know, Phyrra!

  • Love the suave moroccan line. It really helps dry hair

  • Aleya Bamdad

    Love Suave. The Proclaim lotion sounds good too.

    • Kimberly Purcell

      I was less than happy with this Proclaim. As I mentioned, the fragrance didn’t win me over at all.

  • Betzy Carmona

    I have the Jergens BB cream sitting around waiting to be tested, I want to see if it does anything. Hopefully it will work out for me, since I see there was no illuminating for you.

  • OOO I have never heard of that BLACK 15in1! Sounds interesting!

  • Ange

    I love the Suave deep conditioner, I really don’t need much. Though, I have like no hair lol

    • Kimberly Purcell

      I may have super dry hair and that’s why I needed so much. I was surprised that I was needing so much to get it to work. But that’s great it works for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • cindyprimebeauty

    The Suave Morroccan Oil body lotion is great too!

  • I own my own BBW tooo… sigh. I just revisited my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Complex last night! I get swept up in trying new things, but truthfully, nothing has worked as well as that serum.

  • Anastasia

    Love empties posts! And yep, I totally grab minis to try out BBW fragrances too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I wish I had the patience to keep my empties around! Thanks for this big breakdown.

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Lots of empties! I like BBW too, it’s nice of them to give you cases!

  • I don’t think I’ve finished that many products in my entire life. I get bored too quickly.

  • love these posts!

  • I’m obsessed with the Reviva Vitamin E stick!

  • Angela Sherman

    I heard great things about the 15 in 1 treatment but when I tried it it broke me out ๐Ÿ™