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    Updated on Sep 4, 2020. Posted on Aug 30, 2020

    34 Products That Are Honestly Better Than A Spa Visit

    Including a candle that sounds like a crackling fireplace when lit, my friends.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Moisturizing gloves infused with collagen and shea butter that are a cheaper alternative for the bougie manicure you wanted to splurge on. Moisturized hands = less hangnails, better cuticles, and a better at-home manicure.

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    Promising review: "I get extremely dry, flaky skin seems like all times of the year but I love nail polish and having my nails done. These gloves are amazing. A sticky tab for all size hands, an outer cover that allows me to use my phone, and just the right amount of product make for a perfectly convenient use with divine results." —Rescue Dog Mom

    Get a set from Amazon for $12.99.

    2. A hand massager to provide quick relief after excessive typing and 'gram scrolling. One side of this roller works out the kinks in your fingers while the other functions as a palm massager, plus reviewers swear it's helped them with carpal tunnel and arthritis!

    Amazon

    Promising review: Really works. I work on a computer all day typing and clicking away and my index finger began to get very sore and have sharp pains. This massager actually works really well. No need to buy the $50 ones, which probably also work great, but for the price this is an exceptional value that I am grateful for!" —Matthew Robillard

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    3. A deep pore-cleaning Aztec Secret clay mask with a powerful calcium bentonite clay formula to basically scare even the most stubborn cystic acne away. Simply dilute this mask with either apple cider vinegar or water for best results and et voila, prepare for clear complexions ahead.

    on the left, BuzzFeed employee Sarah Wainschel with redness and acne around her chin labeled "before" and on the right, an image of Sarah labeled "after" with significantly less acne
    BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Honestly this mask is AMAZING! I try my hardest to do it once a week because I’m so obsessed and I don’t want to dry out my face! But OMG, I had acne scars and some small pimples and it seriously clears it all out." —Demi

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

    To learn more, check out "We Tried The Aztec Healing Clay Mask And It Really Made A Difference".

    4. A eucalyptus bundle for an easy (and foolproof) way to add a bit of aromatherapy to the otherwise boring ritual of showering. This one is even wrapped with natural twine so you can easily hang it from your shower head.

    twine-wrapped eucalyptus hanging from shower head
    BotanicaFleur / Etsy

    Get it from BotanicaFleur on Etsy for $8+ (available in four sizes).

    5. A Takeya infusion pitcher because nothing says ~spa day~ quite like cucumber water. Hydrating in total luxury is easy — just throw in some ingredients (a combination of lemon and mint is my personal heaven), let it sit for three to 24 hours, pour, and enjoy.

    on the left, fruit being added to inner infuser; in middle, fruit added to pitcher; on right, model pouring tea into glass
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've filled this with cucumbers, lemons, limes, mint leaves, etc. The only thing stopping you is your own creativity! This is really an excellent product." —D. Chandler

    Get it from Amazon for $15.36+ (available in three sizes and five colors).

    6. A tiny USB cactus humidifier that adds moisture to the air and combats dryness with ease. Say sayonara to chapped lips, irritated sinuses, dehydrated complexions, and common cold symptoms with this adorable desk accessory.

    white diffuser with green cactus-inspired top
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I LOVE these little humidifiers! I bought my first one to use at my desk at work, because the air is so dry in the building, and it has been a godsend. Not only does it help keep my sinuses happier, but it looks great too. I bought a second one for my nightstand that I use while I sleep at night, and they both work perfectly." —Selene Schneider

    Get it from Amazon for $14.89 (available in five styles).

    7. Baby Foot to exfoliate (and I mean, *really* exfoliate) even the most tired tootsies. Get ready to break out the sandals, folks, because your feet are about to get the ultimate spa treatment.

    A reviewer before photo of feet peeling while using Baby Foot, and on the right, the same reviewer, showing how smooth their feet are after
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    Promising review: "WOAH! It definitely works! It's disgusting yet incredibly gratifying! My skin didn't REALLY start peeling until about five to seven days after the treatment and I'll admit that I was really bad about pulling it off as I saw it as opposed to letting it slough off naturally, but it still worked great. Just make sure to soak your feet daily for at least 10 minutes. There was no pain or discomfort at all. This process does take some patience and you're not going to want to show your tootsies during that week or so, but it's so worth it! It's by far the most effective exfoliation I've ever experienced. I kind of wish I could do this to my whole body, haha! I'll be using these regularly anytime my feet start to feel a little rough." —Wildflower

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    8. A Woodwick candle available in divine scents like bakery cupcake, pumpkin butter, lavender ivory, and more. While said scents are grand, let me present you with the *real* winner of the below candle: a magical wick that sounds like a crackling fire. Do you hear that? It's the sound of relaxation.

    three green candles in different sizes labeled "WoodWick Frasier Fur"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you are on the fence about buying this candle because of the price—don’t be! This candle lasts FOREVER. I have had it burning over 8 hours on more than one occasion and it’s still not even halfway burnt out yet. The scent is by far one of the strongest candles ever. I seriously dislike it when I buy a candle and you can’t even smell it. This is certainly not one of those candles. AND the best part about it is the wooden wick. It sounds like raindrops hitting your window when it’s burning because it crackles. It’s seriously the most soothing sound in the entire world. I’m definitely buying more in other scents and never going back to regular candles." —Steph

    Get it from Amazon for $23.01 (available in multiple scents and sizes).

    9. A heated shiatsu massager lauded by over 10,000 reviewers for relieving sore, tired muscles. This simply tool is equipped with three different speeds and eight kneading techniques for a treatment that feels tailored specifically to your needs.

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    Promising review: "What a relief this is to have!! I’m a grandmother and I’d like to be able to carry my grandkids as long as possible! I have aches and pains all over and really can’t afford to keep going and getting professional massages! I wanted something I didn’t physically have to hold or add pressure with. This is ideal, because I can lean up against it to massage my lower back or sit up against a chair and place it on my neck area or shoulder area and just relax! Yes, there are arm loops to put your arms in to add weight, but what I do is much easier and works just as well!! It's very easy to maneuver it how you’d like, just find the right position to make it work!" —Rahani

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    10. A bottle of Londontown Kur correcting polish for anyone who has *absolutely had it up to here* with smudges. Enough is enough! Sheet marks and digging into your purse before lacquer has completely dried will no longer be your burden to bear. Fresh manicures await.

    before photo of model with smudged blue nails; after photo of same nails with no smudges
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This refreshes my worn-out manicure very well. I apply this as a topcoat over my old manicure. It respreads and smooths out the polish and leaves it fresh and shiny. It's a bit pricey, but it does save me a lot of time and trouble not having to repolish my nails." —SoniaSophia

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    11. A tub stopper that allows for extra inches of water and ergo a deeper soak. Pair it with a cupholder caddy for your glass of vino, and voila. You don't even need a fancy clawfoot tub. Ultimate relaxation is already yours.

    Amazon

    Promising review (tub stopper): "Can I give this thing 10 gold stars? I have a 4-foot bathtub (so small it should be illegal) so I used to bring a towel in the tub to cover myself just to keep warm because the water was so shallow. I've used this drain cover three times and now I literally bask in my Epsom salt baths. The silence is wonderful; I used to seethe at hearing the precious bath water drip-drop down the overflow drain. Buy it, hands down a peace preserver." —M. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Promising review (cupholder caddy): "Holds all my drinks like a boss! I put this in my shower in March '16 and it has yet to fail me! I've used it with wine glasses, bottles, and cans... it really is great and affordable." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    12. A vegan bath soak that enlists the help of organic bladderwrack seaweed to soothe your complexion. Treating your skin is as easy as one, two, lay down in the bath with a good book and preferably some wine.

    black packaging labeled "whole seaweed detox bath"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The spa on a cruise I took earlier this year was trying to sell me a product like this for so much more. This product worked equally as well for a whole lot less. Home spa wins again!" —KRTA

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    13. A fuzzy sherpa robe to turn your latest crime show binge into a more luxurious experience. Yes, Netflix, I am absolutely still watching in cozy-blanket-with-sleeves. Please do not ask me again.

    Aerie

    Get it from Aerie for $41.96 (originally $59.95, available in sizes XXS-XXL).

    14. Harney & Sons black tea sachets with a hint of vanilla, caramel, and lemon housed in a gorgeous keepsake tin that calls for hair tie storage. Is there anything more relaxing than a hot beverage? The answer to that is n-o, my friends.

    the white tin next to a cup of tea
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for my mom and she loves it! She said it’s her favorite black tea, but couldn’t find it anywhere in store — so thank you, Amazon! This is a really wonderful gift for black tea lovers." —Lolo

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $9.19 (available in 11 flavors).

    15. A galaxy or rainbow bath bomb for a soak so relaxing, it's possible you'll even forget to 'gram it.

    Amazon

    Promising review (black bath bomb): "OMG, this smelled freaking amazing. I'm not a fan of flowery, sweet things and this was the perfect dark woodsy scent. Plus, it did NOT stain my body or my legs so I will definitely be buying another." —Jillian Bennett

    Get the black bath bomb ($7.50) and cloud bath bomb ($8.99) from Amazon.

    To learn more, check out "Transform Bathtime With These DIY Mermaid Bath Bombs".

    16. A pajama set with a cool-to-the-touch bamboo fabric so divine, you'll feel instant luxury and relaxation from the moment you slip it on.

    model wearing V-neck black tee and shorts
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I needed PJs that were cool and comfortable. But I often found that the fabric of other PJs would rapidly get worn, pilled, and rough. These silky soft PJs have been going strong for months now through countless hot flashes and heat waves when it would get into the 80s in our bedroom. If you are a hot-blooded person and need to cool down, I can't recommend these PJs enough." —Margery

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S-4X and in 17 colors).

    17. A Schick dermaplaning razor for anyone who's done with the pains of plucking and the expense of waxing. This gentle tool rids stray hairs and unwanted peach fuzz, plus removes dead skin that would otherwise lead to a dull complexion.

    on the left, reviewer with stray hairs around eyebrows and lip and on the right, same reviewer with noticeably less hair
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    Promising review: "This is a 100% painless and incredibly easy alternative to waxing or plucking. A few quick swipes gets rid of peach fuzz and I never have to worry about breaking out because of it. Also, it doesn't make hair grow back coarser or darker." —Ellen R.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    18. A daily Dermalogica powder exfoliant to reduce fine lines, fight acne, shrink pores, and brighten your complexion one scrub at a time. Papain, salicylic acid, and rice actives are released when combined with water; green tea and colloidal oatmeal calm down redness in a jiffy.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "My crops are flourishing, my grades are high, and, most importantly, my skin has NEVER been so clear! I have tried everything Sephora has to fix my acne and nothing worked until now! I've been using this for about a month and the difference is incredible! My skin is zit-free, my pores have shrunk, my skin is brighter, and my face hasn't been this soft since I was a CHILD. The price was a bit of a turnoff for me at first, but now I know its a really good deal for what you're getting!" —Jurban

    Get it from Sephora for $15+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A two-paneled, padded foam pillow with ultra-strong suction cups that will actually stick to your tub. So long, resting my head on straight porcelain whilst trying to have a relaxing bath.

    white two-paneled pillow on tub
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My husband bought this for me because I LOVE taking baths; it's a nice way to relax and unwind after a long day...but I've recently had some health problems, which has caused me to lose a lot of weight, and taking baths has become excruciating. Due to the lack of extra cushion back there now, lying back on the porcelain tub was extremely painful on my spine/bones. I had resigned to the fact that I wouldn't be taking baths anymore. But, GOOD NEWS, this pillow is a dream come true. I wish I had always had this pillow. It's soooo comfortable! I could almost nap in the tub (but don't)." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    20. A HoMedics shiatsu foot massager to give your tired piggies some sweet, sweet relief. A combination of heat and kneading techniques will melt away tension and soreness within minutes, aka you'd really be dropping the ~ball~ by not immediately adding this to your shopping cart.

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    Promising review: "I've got plantar fasciitis in both feet. Anyone who's ever had it knows it's not fun. From the balls of my feet down to my heels, this feels sooo good on my feet. I do calf exercises, I have the rocker, the night boot, orthotic inserts, but the PF inevitably returns. Using this in the evenings before bed has been making getting out of bed the next morning so much less painful. It's getting pretty nice to take those first steps in the morning without hobbling in pain." —Jenna

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    21. Bliss eye masks that hit refresh on tired eyes. These holographic patches use an impressive blend of acetyl hexapeptide-8, sodium hyaluronate, and xylitol to reduce puffiness, smooth fine lines, and press the cancel button on all dark circles.

    model using eye masks with silver stars
    Amazon

    Pop these vegan and cruelty-free patches on while sipping your morning coffee or brushing your teeth for some quick pre-work TLC.

    Promising review: "Moisturizing and refreshing. These are perfect for after long flights, late nights spent studying/working, or relieving puffiness after crying through a sappy rom-com movie!" —Smith

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. An auto sensor UV light lauded by 3,000+ reviewers who swear this thing is the ~bee's knees~ when it comes to fancy at-home manicures. Plus, this upfront splurge will save you a ton of money in the long run considering how pricey gel manis are.

    Arielle Calderon / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Let me start out by saying that I am one of those women who happily budgets $80-$90 a month to go to the nail salon to get my polish redone on the regular. However, with all of us in quarantine, I reluctantly had to do my best to keep my nails done using regular nail polish, which we all know chips the day of or the day after. I finally decided to purchase this and I AM SO GLAD I DID. This light plus the cost of a pack of gel polish will now save me tons of money." —tlkhnsty

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    To learn more, check out "I Learned How To Do My Own Gel Nails While In Quarantine (And It's Legit Easy)."

    23. A cult-favorite Fanola purple shampoo that nips brassiness in the bud. The violet pigment in this formula works to wash away unwanted yellow in your 'do, meaning you can extend the time between salon visits meaning you can SAVE A TON OF MONEY. Easy + affordable? Someone pinch me.

    three photos of reviewer hair showing the loss of brassiness from left to right
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    Use this only once a week (for about three minutes at a time) to prevent your hair from turning a slightly lavender shade.

    Promising review: "Finally! A purple shampoo that actually does something to my brassy hair! I have silver-white hair that is exceptionally hard to maintain due to how easily my hair gains brassy tones and how stubborn they are to remove. I've tried a ton of other brands, and none of their toning shampoos will do a damn thing to my hair even if I leave them on for an hour. I normally have to dilute violet direct dyes to make a dent in my brass. It's nice to not have to schedule a chunk of time to mix a batch of custom toner, painstakingly apply it, and then sit around for an hour while it does its stuff. This shampoo actually works really well and can cut a lot of time out of my bi-weekly color maintenance." —Audrey

    Get it from Amazon for $13.21.

    24. A Glamglow deep cleanse mask for the ultimate ~gunk in pores~ detox. Aesthetics aside, a powerful trio of black bamboo charcoal, 3-D microbubbles, and green tea teaoxi technology tackle dullness and buildup.

    model taking off foaming face mask
    Sephora

    Promising review: "This is a sheet mask I just keep buying. I love the way my skin feels and looks after using it. The bubbles/foaming action brings a nice feeling to the mask as well. So it's always something i feel I can splurge on." —Sarahaera

    Get it from Sephora for $9.

    25. A single wick candle to perfect your next at-home spa night. With a burn time of 33 hours and fragrant notes of lavender and soothing chamomile, you'll feel r-e-l-a-x-e-d as soon as this baby is lit.

    instagram.com / Via @dwhomecandles

    Get it from DW Home for $12.

    26. Cirepil hard wax for skin smoother than that of a baby seal; reviewers claim this is actually less painful than other soft waxes on the market. Just prep your skin with a bit of oil, apply the wax, wait for it to dry, and quickly pull it off like a bandage. Huzzah! Each hair will have been taken out from the root.

    a reviewer's leg with fine hair on the left, the same leg with blue wax in the center, the same leg with no hair on the right
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    Just melt the above wax (a GiGi wax warmer is particularly great) before applying with wood wax sticks to avoid shaving but also to save a ton of money in the long run.

    Promising review: "As a novice home-waxer, I had only worked with soft wax before this. I was so amazed by this hard wax! This caught so much more hair on the first try AND I had SO much less breakage — every hair was pulled out at the root! This is also definitely less painful than soft wax and the clean-up was just ridiculously easy. I'm so happy I went out on a limb and tried this." —Rebecca Asni

    Get it from Amazon for $21.10

    27. A micro needle roller to combat scarring and cystic acne indentations one swipe at a time. This specific model is more affordable than other rollers on the market (we’re talking an $80 difference) but equally as effective. #bless

    As Is / BuzzFeed, amazon.com

    Plus, this can improve the effectiveness of all the products in your skincare regiment. Just roll this back and forth about four to five times on each problem area, and be sure to apply just a tiny touch of pressure to avoid hurting your skin.

    Also! Sterilize before and after use. When you’re done with it, be sure to store it in the provided case to keep it nice and protected.

    Promising review: "The older I get, the longer my skin takes to heal and it's brutal. I bought this on a whim and goodness, it's awesome. It has noticeably sped up my healing process. Indentations are filling in, raised patches are flattening out, and dark spots are lightening up. It is crazy effective." —Brittany Lynn Wolff

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    To learn more, check out "People With Acne Scars Try Micro-Rolling".

    28. A delightful pillow mist and body cream infused with chamomile and bergamot oil that make it feel all but inevitable to unwind. Use this after a full at-home spa day (and right before bed!) for the most relaxing results.

    black pillow spray and body cream labeled "sleep black chamomile"
    instagram.com / Via @bathandbodyworks

    Get the pillow mist for $18 and the body cream for $15.50 from Bath & Body Works.

    29. An at-home manicure class with Sundays Nail Studio, a nontoxic polish brand offering virtual courses that cover everything from basic upkeep and gel removal to nail art and hand care. *looks at cuticles* *signs up immediately*

    hand holding light purple nail polish bottle
    instagram.com / Via @sundays_studio

    Classes start at $15+, take place via public or private Zoom, and are available on the hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    30. A Grace & Stella spin brush that adds additional exfoliation to your daily cleanser. This waterproof, rechargeable brush ~spins~ away dead skin cells and removes all the built-up gunk trapped in your pores — the kind you wouldn't be able to get rid of with just your hands.

    model using the white facial brush
    Amazon

    This brush set comes with a silicone head for sensitive skin, two soft bristle replacement brush heads, one massage head, a power stand, and two spin speed settings. All of that for less than $20 = wow.

    Promising review: "Okay this brush is SUCH a game-changer!! It's completely elevated my skincare routine. Adds such awesome exfoliation and so easy to use!" —D'Anna C.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    31. An Elizavecca collagen protein treatment, because our ends have more splits than a banana sundae. This tames frizzy hair and delivers ultimate smoothness — all without weighing it down. Your tresses will look as if they've never even *heard* of hot tools and hair dye.

    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Simply shampoo as per usual, leave this mask on for up to 15 minutes, then rinse.

    Promising review: "This is a must-have and the hype is all true. They have found the holy grail of combinations to eradicate frizzy hair without weighing your hair down, which makes it greasy. It’s a little bottle of magic, it doesn’t even take much, and it only takes a dime-sized amount for my hair." —Rachel Eckols

    Get it from Amazon for $8.30.

    32. A vanilla-scented Kiss nail pen formulated with jojoba oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, vitamin A, vitamin E, and tea tree oil. Massage this into your nails and consider that step one in kicking hang nails and mauled cuticles to the curb.

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    With daily use of this product, your nails will begin to grow and strengthen (seriously, just read the overwhelmingly positive reviews) and your ripped-up cuticles will begin to heal.

    Promising review: "I struggled for years with cracking and bleeding cuticles. This stuff is a lifesaver! Doesn’t leak at all, easy to apply, and very moisturizing. It's portable, too!" —Alexis

    Get it from Amazon for $7.45.

    33. A Neutrogena clarifying shampoo because that 10 pounds of dry shampoo you used two days ago is still trapped in your roots. Trust me. It didn't run away. This anti-residue wash deep cleans build-up that would otherwise lead to lack of body, excessive grease, and *gulp* stringiness. Who just got shampooed at a salon? You.

    a clear bottle and cap with the text "Neutrogena Shampoo anti-residue formula"
    Amazon

    This non-irritating shampoo should be used once a week (using it too much may make your hair overly dry) and is gentle enough to use on any hair type, including color-treated manes.

    Promising review: Getting all the residue left from other hair care products absolutely transforms my hair. I have a lot of fine/thin hair which can get weighed down pretty quick. This comes is a really crisp bottle that is the perfect size, not to mention that since you don't use it every day, it is lasting such a long time." —Dillon Okimosh

    Get it from Amazon for $5.19.

    34. A sound machine to totally drown out honking cars and screaming matches (aka, the inevitable background music that comes with being a city-dweller) for some more zen. This option fits compactly on your nightstand, has great volume control, and offers 10 fan sounds and 10 ambient noises.

    hand-sized white sound machine
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This sound machine has literally changed my life. Our neighbor likes to spend his mornings shoveling gravel on a cement surface with a metal shovel about five from my window (like 6 a.m. early) and to be honest, I was starting to have some pretty dangerous thoughts about stealing his shovel, breaking his arms, burning his house down.... One goes down some pretty dark paths when they suffer from insomnia already and then get woken up with a shovel scrapping down a sidewalk. Okay, so the machine somehow COMPLETELY covers the noise from the shovel, the toilet flushing next to my room, dogs barking, etc. It is incredible." —MorAvFire

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99 (available in five colors).

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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