Back in 2009, I did a series of blog posts about bizarre beauty products. If you weren't a reader back then, I talked about products that are used for beauty purposes, despite the fact that the products themselves aren't actually DESIGNED for beauty purposes. For example, we discussed using toilet seat covers as blotting paper, which led to readers sharing that they also use Starbucks napkins as blotting paper.
In 2009, the idea of using Monistat Chafing Gel as face primer was still new to me, so I wrote about that too (I know, I know, it's quite commonplace now, but back then it was still a relatively new idea). And when I heard that people were also using Mitchum clear deodorant as face primer I kind of freaked out (in fact, I'm still shuddering to think of putting antiperspirant on your FACE).
Since 2009, I've heard of some other nontraditional uses for various products, such as the famous Aspirin Mask , Milk of Magnesia for oil control, and baking soda for facial exfoliation and also for clarifying shampoo (FYI, applying Milk of Magnesia or baking soda on the face are techniques that have caused some controversy in recent years. There's talk that these types of products might harm the skin's delicate acid mantle).
And heck, back in 2010 I even did a little review of one of my favorites: using Vicks Vapo Rub as cuticle balm!
But now, I've gotta ask: do you have anything else to contribute to this list? I love hearing about this kind of thing, so if you've seen/read/heard of a new use for a non-beauty product, please share in the comments. Also, if you use any of the above products, I'd love to hear about your experiences.
DISCLAIMER: Nouveau Cheap does not endorse, recommend, suggest or condone the use of any product featured in this post for purposes other than its intended use. If you use any of the ideas mentioned in this post, you are doing so at your own risk.