I know, there are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of money saving, living frugally blogs, pages, and pin boards out there. I look at some of them, take tips which work for me and try to come up with some of my own. One thing occurred to me today which hadn't before - and I'm mad I never thought about it. How to repurpose lotion you no longer like the scent of.
I'm not talking about hand/body/face lotion which has curdled from age or gone watery, throw that out.... it's time. I am talking about that great lotion you bought one year whose scent lured you in yet, for whatever reason, the next year you can't stand it. That kind. I've only thought of one thing to do with it so far without just outright pitching it but I would welcome any other suggestions.
Both men and women - to be inclusive: all genders of whatever degree - suffer from dry. cracked skin through the winter and sometimes due to their particular profession. Women have known for years to lotion up their feet and put socks on. Some men do this though many wouldn't tell you. Well, do it anyhow guys, it really helps. On to the repurposing:
If you have a formerly loved lotion that you just can't stand any more, USE IT ON YOUR FEET. It's the furthest away from your nose you can get and when covered with socks helps to minimize the scent. I know this sounds elementary but I sincerely didn't think of this before. This way, you aren't wasting something you paid good money for but you just aren't using it the way you used to. Once your out, if you still don't like it, don't buy it again.
The one scent in particular which came to mind today is from Bath and Body Works. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to shop there but sometimes, something which smelled amazing in the store, wears off quite quickly at home. For me this was Rio RumBerry. Thankfully I only bought a small bottle and yet I hated to throw it away. I needed to moisturize this morning - not due to cold weather but because I've been wearing flipflops a lot lately. I reached for one particular lotion and saw the small bottle of Rio RumBerry sticking out and an idea was born. Seriously, I am not a hoarder but in today's economy especially, I absolutely hate to throw something away unless I can't find a way to use it up.
Another way you could manage items such as lotion, perfume and aftershave you don't like any more is to check with the local Cinderella project or something which helps low income high school students with clothing and accessories to be able to attend their prom. Some places may not want opened product and some places may accept it then examine it before passing it on to students. It's okay either way. Even if they don't want it, you asked which is the point.
ALWAYS look for alternatives before you just pitch something. You might be surprised what you find.