June 20, 2021


Keep Fit & Healthy

I Asked 23 of My Friends for the Amazon Products That’ll Make Your Life Easier

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I turn to my friends for advice on just about everything in my life—where the best new restaurants are, what to watch on Netflix, who the emerging fashion designers to watch are—so it’s only natural that I was curious to find out what their favorite Amazon buys happen to be. Obviously, Amazon is a common resource for just about everything, but it is especially handy for cheap and cheerful items that miraculously improve your life. You know the kind of item: the under-$25 toothbrush that makes you feel like you just left the dentist or the $15 orthopedic pillow that helps you skip a trip to the chiropractor. It’s a treasure trove for cheap but useful everyday products, all available in one place.

Keeping this in mind, I emailed my friends to find out what affordable Amazon products they think make a positive difference in their lives. Continue ahead to shop their picks, and be sure to read their quotes to find out if you should add these items to your cart.

Asterwood Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($11)

“Love a little hyaluronic acid. It’s organic and the perfect anti-aging serum to put on your skin before layering on oils and sunscreen.” — Kate Castonguay 

Daily Ritual Cozy Knit Jogger ($29)

“I love these Amazon brand sweatpants. I was skeptical about ordering them, figuring they would just fall apart after one wash, but have been pleasantly surprised. Not only do they hold up well, but they’re super comfortable and are about as ‘sleek’ as a pair of sweatpants can be, with the perfect slim fit that isn’t tight (the last thing I want in a sweatpant). They’re also versatile: When I’m not pairing them with a 10-year-old T-shirt to chill at home, I’ve dressed them up a bit with an oversize blazer and cool sneakers to look a little less schlubby while traveling.” — Jessica Schiffer

AmazonBasics Cotton Jersey Bed Sheet Set ($36)

“These are by far the best sheets I’ve ever owned. They are so soft, cozy and inexpensive. I love the oatmeal color, but all the options are really good. I definitely plan to buy more.” — Cory Sargeant

Friendsheep Organic Eco Wool Dryer Balls ($24)

“They are organic, fair-trade, cruelty-free, zero-waste, hypoallergenic, and best of all, significantly reduce dryer time. I will NEVER buy dryer sheets again. Oh yeah, they also plant one tree for every bag sold.” — Val Snow

Ernsting Bluetooth Sleeping Eye Mask ($22)

“This may not be the sexiest sleep mask, but the Bluetooth sleep mask is great for plane rides (or in the meantime, zening out on your couch).” — Vanessa Kensing

Attmu Classic Rubber Transparent Hot Water Bottle With Knit Cover ($10)

“I am old-timey at heart and a hot water bottle is one of my favorite ways to feel like I’m one of the March sisters. It’s perfect for cramps, sore muscles, or warming up the bed on cold, lonely nights. And the cute little sweater is so adorable—I can’t take it. There’s also nothing funnier than when someone comes over, sees it, and asks what the tiny fat turtleneck on my dresser is. But seriously, it really is delightfully cozy! Would recommend to anyone.” — Lourdes Uribe

Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 Repairing Treatment ($28)

“I color my hair frequently and already have a thick and coarse texture, leaving my strands parched a lot of the time. This deep-conditioning treatment is an absolute savior for my hair. I usually put it in once a week in the morning and let it work its magic for several hours with a shower cap over top (a very chic sight!) as I work from home. Needless to say, I avoid video conferences during this time.” —

Finishing Touch Touch Flawless Legs Hair Remover ($40)

“This little guy is so convenient if you’re strapped for time or if (when) you miss a spot shaving. It’s tiny enough to keep in your bag, desk, car, etc and is chord-free and rechargeable. It’s perfect for any last-minute hair removal needs your heart desires.” — Sarah Chiarot

Phogary Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads (16 Pack) ($9)

“These haven’t drastically changed my nighttime skincare routine, but I feel 100% better about not throwing a couple of cotton pads into the garbage every day. Plus, the bamboo feels so much better on my face than the disposable alternatives.” — Gina Marinelli

Reliable Dash 100GH Hand-Held Garment Steamer ($56)

“I’ve always been averse to wrinkles, but since my early years of working in the fashion industry, I quickly learned the importance of a steamer, particularly one that you can pack. This one is a little bigger than most ‘travel-size’ steamers, but I prioritize it for every trip, and it’s never let me down (except when I once plugged it into an adapter in Paris but that was totally my fault). It works incredibly well, heating up super fast and never spitting out water onto my clothes, which I’ve learned is a very common side-effect to small travel-size steamers.” — Laura Lajiness

Bellabeat Spring Hydration Smart Tracker Water Bottle ($80)

“This water bottle is game-changing. It takes the guesswork out of making sure you’re hydrated. All you do is give it a little shake and it updates straight to the app how many ounces you’ve consumed. Even sends you reminders!” — Alyssa Marie

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush ($46)

“This tool is magic. It dries my hair in 18 minutes flat. Everyone always thinks I have my hair blown out professionally. It is also a volumizer, so I use it very close to my roots to give my hair a lift, which has helped me not need to wash my hair every day! There’s a reason a ton of WWW staffers have the brush too.” — Paulina Galoostian

Conair Fabric Defuzzer ($15)

“It had never occurred to me that there was a way to spruce up my coats other than getting them dry cleaned, which I really only do once or twice a year. This de-piller smooths out even the pilliest of wool coats and cashmere sweaters, leaving them looking brand new. It’s worth every penny, easy to use, and oddly meditative. The satisfaction of watching it shave off each dreaded little pill is better than a glass of wine.” — Lourdes Uribe

Yeamon Beauty Bar Golden Pulse Face Masager ($19)

“I just bought this tool. I like to do my face massage while I watch Top Chef after dinner and before bed with this rose-hip oil. It not only promotes lymphatic drainage but is also a very relaxing way to apply serums and such without touching your face. You can use it as a back massager too!” — Drew Elovitz

Deesse’s Linkage Meu 4x Treatment ($9)

“I’ve had platinum-blonde hair for almost two years, and I use this Japanese hair mask once a week. This treatment is a powerhouse conditioner and a little goes a long way. I use about 1/3 of a capsule every time I do the treatment. Someone with long hair might need to use the whole thing, but at $10 for four treatments, it’s a steal. Also, it never leaves my hair feeling greasy.” — Val Snow

San Francisco Salt Company Italian Black Truffle Salt 5 oz. Resealable Pouch ($11)

“When you’re looking to enhance your Netflix experience, add popcorn. When you’re looking to enhance your popcorn experience, add truffle salt.  I stumbled upon this inexpensive salt (an $11 pouch lasts me about three months) after my husband and I traded our bagged kettle corn habit for a microwave air popper. It’s full of flavor and makes our sofa snacking feel a little fancy.” — Olympia Thomson 

Uttu Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow ($45)

“I’ve spent so much money on pillows over the years searching for the right amount of firmness and fluff, only to be disappointed and left with a stiff neck. This adjustable memory foam pillow from amazon is just what I was looking for. Soft with the right amount of firmness. I love that you can remove a layer if you want less cushion and the removable bamboo cover is easy to wash. Amazon for the win again!” — Tamerri Ater

Elutong Non Skid Slip Sticky Grippers Socks ($13)

“I try to go to either Pilates or barre classes four to five days a week, but those little gripper socks that you need to wear can get pretty pricey if you purchase them at the studio. I can admit to spending a lot on cute socks before, but I draw the line at spending $20-plus on a pair that aren’t part of a ‘lewk.'” — Meaghan Hartland 

Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Food Bag ($12)

“These Stasher bags have CHANGED me. They are dishwasher safe and make it incredibly easy to have healthy snacks or just snacks on the go. I recently flew with a couple and saved so much money at the airport. Strapped with snacks is my motto.” — Alyssa Marie

Dr. Teal’s Foaming Bath With Pure Epsom Salt, Soothe & Sleep With Lavender ($5)

“I recently became a bath person and realized how much I need a copious amount of bubbles to fully enjoy the experience. Coupled with a few candles and a good show or movie to stream as I soak, this bubble bath transports me to a heavenly spa thanks to the soothing lavender scent and always relieves sore muscles with Epsom salt as part of the formula. I usually bathe before bed, too, and this process always helps prepare me for a sound sleep.” — Laura Lajiness

Olafus 16 Pack LED Fairy Lights ($17)

“I love these sets of string lights from Amazon that come with their own batteries. I use them in plain glass jars, as part of floral arrangements, or for holiday décor. (They’re awesome woven into a wreath!) They always add a lovely pop of brightness to my apartment.” — Natasha Soto-Albors

Febreze Unstopables Fresh Fabric Refresher ($11)

“Weird admission, but I love the smell of cleaning products and the fresh scent of clean laundry. Since I don’t have a washing machine in my building and have to send my laundry out (got to love NYC life!), I’ve become addicted to spritzing my clothes with this Febreze spray. Even if it’s a fresh-from-the-dry-cleaner item, the airy scent is a little mood booster when getting dressed. It’s also great for freshening up those items you wear a few times before washing, like jeans.” — Laura Lajiness

Boody EcoWear Shaper Bra ($17)

“I’ve become more sensitive to uncomfortable clothing since I’ve been working from home, and I’ve bought this bra three times now because I basically can’t bear to wear any other. It’s that comfortable. It’s somehow even way more comfortable than a sports bra because it manages to not be too tight and binding even though it has a similar cut. I also love that it’s produced ethically.” — Kat Collings

Naipo Shiatsu Massage Pillow Back Neck Massager with Heat ($35)

“I use this massager on tight shoulder muscles from carrying a heavy laptop bag and/or kids, sore legs from workouts, or too much time in heels and even on my hands when they get crampy from too much texting! It’s an always available and accessible feel-good escape. Plus, it just topped The Strategist’s list of best electric back massagers.” — Barbi Jurman

Simple Houseware Under Sink 2 Tier Expandable Shelf Organizer Rack ($22)

“Limited bathroom storage is nothing surprising when it comes to New York City apartments, but since my one tiny under-the-sink cabinet is 50% occupied by pipes, it’s even more of a challenge. A friend suggested these expandable (although I keep mine on the smallest setting) shelves that have literally doubled my storage. It’s not dramatic, but at least it can now hold more than a bottle of Listerine and a hair dryer.” — Gina Marinelli

Real Purity Roll-On Natural Deodorant ($19)

“After a yearslong quest for a good natural deodorant that kept me dry and didn’t irritate my skin, I finally found her. This roller isn’t messy, won’t stain or smear on your clothes, won’t irritate the most sensitive skin, and will keep your armpits feeling fresh (yes, for real).” — Lexi Berard

NuDerma Portable Handheld High Frequency Skin Therapy Machine ($30)

“I bought this as an acne treatment, and it works wonders! If I see a breakout coming, I use the currency with my acne cream to kill any bacteria in the area, and I see immediate results the next day. This is also a miracle for back acne. Best to use daily for preventative breakouts but also works on individual pimples.” — Paulina Galoostian

Mofeini 6 Pcs Silk Hair Scrunchies ($8)

“These silk scrunchies have seriously saved my already-thin hair from further damage. They’re also useful for creating soft waves sans any hot tools. I simply wrap my hair in a low bun before bed, tie it up with one of these scrunchies, and voilà. I wake up with that effortless beachy look.” — Michaela Bushkin

Sportneer Ankle Weights ($30)

“I bought these ankle weights months ago to step up my at-home fitness game, but I had no idea just how essential they’d become. I wear them while I’m doing mundane tasks like laundry or walking the dog to get my heart pumping. They come in so handy for all the guided workouts I’ve been streaming lately, too.” — Courtney Higgs

Scentered Aromatherapy Balm Gift Set ($35)

“I buy this for literally everyone I know who tells me they are stressed or can’t sleep. I apply the lavender every night before bed and keep the de-stress balm on hand whenever I need a pick-me-up—that one’s my favorite.” — Drew Elovitz

Bright Stone Phone Stand for Desk ($14)

“As we are all responsibly practicing social distancing, we can all admit our screen time has undoubtedly climbed exponentially (at least mine has). It’s gotten to a point where my hands hurt from holding my phone in the same position for too long. This affordable, not to mention cute, phone/tablet holder has been an absolute game changer! It also comes in black and rose gold.” — Daphne Fan

Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream ($12)

“If you love Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream but you really don’t love spending almost $300 on moisturizer, Weleda Skin Food is your friend. It’s MUA-approved, under $15, and the only thing I can put on at night that still makes me feel moisturized and glowy in the morning. Keep in mind, my skin is thirsty and used to oils, but even friends I know who feel like it’s too rich to use on their faces love to use it on their hands and elbows and heels, anywhere that gets dry. I feel obliged to tell you there’s also a heavenly body butter and ultra hardworking lip butter.” — Natalie Cantell 

Polar Sleep Mattress Topper ($63)

“My husband and I kept waking up with back pains, which led us to acupuncture treatments and massage memberships. Our mattress was the culprit, but it’s not that old, so we didn’t want to shell out thousands on a new one. I looked into mattress toppers, found this one on Amazon, and it has been a back saver! I look forward to going to sleep every night because it’s so comfy. It’s not the prettiest thing, but when you put your sheets on, you won’t know the difference.” — Tamerri Ater

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