Now don’t get me wrong people, there are some things that I buy new. These are what I call “The Truly Unavoidables.” In this category is food, cleaning products, and of course, personal hygiene products – which is the topic of this post. Toothbrushes, body lotions, shampoo, contact saline, dental floss, etc…these are necessary parts of life. However, throughout these past 9 months as a stripper, I have realized that even “necessary parts of life” can go from necessity to excessity. (don’t bother with your Webster – YES, I made up the word “excessity”)
I have been convicted that I buy more “necessary” items than I actually need. For example, I have found 4 rolls of dental floss around my house…along with 8 bottles of body lotion, and 10 eyeliners. Last year before “stripping” I got my hair cut at my fancy-pants salon and bought my favorite hair product…only to get home and find a forgotten bottle of the same one in my bathroom.
I am continually amazed to strip away one layer of my selfish being, only to discover another layer beneath it. Each layer I learn something new and valuable. Even though my (non-existant) rulebook says that a new bottle of lotion is fair game in the aisles at Target, I have been working hard to use up what I’ve got. To squeeze out those half-used travel toothpastes, to add a bit of water to those shampoo and facewash bottles, and to STOP BUYING DENTAL FLOSS!!!