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    28 Tiny (And Useful!) Products You May Want Keep In Your Bag

    Products that belong amongst your old receipts and crumpled gum wrappers. Like an earphone holder! Hand cream! LIP BALM!!!

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    1. A concentrated O'Keeffe's moisturizing cream ideal for dry, cracked hands in desperate need of some TLC. This water, glycerin, and paraffin formula is used (and loved) by everyone from construction workers to people with eczema.

    Promising review: "Does this product need another five star review? Nope. But I had to. This is truly a miracle product!! I have the driest skin in the winter, to the point where I will look down at my hands and notice that they're bleeding from all the various cracks. This product made a major difference after just one use! Here I am weeks later and my hands have no cracks, look younger, and are no longer red." —P. Neuber

    Get it from Amazon for $7.29.

    2. A silicone spool because tangled headphones are the second most frustrating thing on the planet (forgetting your headphones at home is #1). Imagine being able to pull these out of your purse without having to unknot them for five minutes? Wow.

    Promising review: "I really, really love this little cable ring thing! My headphones were always such a pain to untangle at the gym. Now, I keep them in this holder and clipped to my water bottle, so I can grab both as I'm getting out of the car and be on the treadmill with my music on in no time!" —Michelle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in three colors).

    3. Listerine tablets that work harder than Hades to keep onion breath at bay ( small feat). These chewable tablets transform to a minty fresh liquid for a "just brushed" feeling that lasts up to four hours!

    These tablets are also sugar- and alcohol-free, meaning they won't leave any weird after tastes in your mouth (like most mints tend to do).

    Promising review: "This is the perfect replacement for gum and is packed with a punch! It is much more convenient than traveling with mouthwash in my bag during the day. I can easily use this at the gym, at work, before dinner with friends... I've found them to be such a lifesaver! The directions are just chew, swish, and swallow." —PinkPower12

    Get a pack of 56 from Amazon for $12.99.

    4. An SPF 25-infused Jack Black lip balm made with beeswax, green tea leaf extract, shea butter, and cocoa seed butter to provide intense, long-lasting moisture to even the most chapped of pouts. / Via @getjackblack

    Promising review: "This is genuinely the best lip balm I’ve ever tried. I’ve had severely dry, cracked lips since I was a teenager, and basically everything I’ve tried in the past has failed me on one level or another. I’ve been using these Jack Black balms for the past six months or so, and my lips have looked soooo much better. I used to have cracks, and the layer of skin would constantly peel away. I had light scarring and discoloration due to years of dryness and peeling, but not anymore! This even kept my lips protected during a very cold winter in the Midwest. I have six of these floating around my house/purse/work backpack. And I don’t ever see myself using another lip product." —Cara

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50 (available in five scents).

    Check out our full post on the Jack Black lip balm.

    5. Mini Wet Brush brushes designed with flexible bristles to detangle your (very tangled) 'do without painfully pulling chunks of hair out in the process. And yep, these portable babies are perfect for both wet and dry manes.


    Promising review: "We have placed these in every place that we end up brushing our hair — bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, swim bag. This is the best hairbrush ever! Does not pull your hair and is easy for my young girls to use on their own." —KM

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. A palm-sized Crystal deodorant stick that banishes BO + smelly bacteria to the ~pits~ of HECK (you can thank the mineral salt formula for that). It's also cruelty-free, aluminum-free, fragrance-free, and vegan, and won't leave any white marks on your black top.

    Promising review: "I kept trying to figure out who the guy was at the gym who wasn't aware of his B.O. Once I learned that it was my own stink following me around, I went on a quest to find a solution. Several different over-the-counter antiperspirant/deodorant products failed me, so I finally tried this on a whim. I tend to avoid most of this 'natural' hippy dippy stuff. In this case though, I've become a believer. This works better than anything I've ever used. It doesn't stop the sweating, but has totally killed the stink. It's been totally effective and I haven't had any irritation." —myrrick

    Get it from Amazon for $3.

    7. A non-toxic, before-you-go Poo-Pourri toilet spray formulated with a concentrated blend of essential oils that will neutralize funky bathroom odors. Yes, the kind that you cause.


    So how does this work? WELL! Before you go to do your business, spray this directly into the toilet bowl — the spiced apple scent, for example, will cover the surface of your toilet water with a blend of apple, pecan, and citrus natural essential oils and all smelly smells will be gone. Not to be dramatic, but this has the potential to save a marriage.

    Promising review: "We are a family of six in a small one-bathroom house. This is, to put it lightly, a horrific nightmare — particularly after my teenage son spends some time in the bathroom. After a couple of weeks of gentle encouragement ('YOU ARE KILLING EVERYONE. SPRAY THAT STUFF ON THE WATER BEFORE YOU POOP OR I'M TAKING AWAY YOUR PHONE AND, SO HELP ME GOD, I WILL CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND AND TELL HER EXACTLY WHY YOU GOT IT TAKEN AWAY.') he started using it regularly. The bathroom is much less disgusting after he leaves now." —Supa D.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.34.

    8. Solaroil to banish the bane of your existence — weak and brittle nails with cuticles that look like they were mauled by an animal. This formula is so effective, I guess you can say it really nails it. Eh?

    Just massage this oil into your nails and cuticles whenever they're feeling super dry (like while you're waiting for the train in the freezing cold, having some downtime at work, and so on). With daily use, your nails will begin to grow and strengthen (seriously, just read the overwhelmingly positive reviews) and your ripped-up cuticles will begin to heal/not look completely terrible.

    Promising review: "HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT. All my life, I've had super weak and brittle nails that would instantly break the second they grew out a tiny bit. This oil has changed EVERYTHING!! I’m shocked. I noticed after about a week of nightly use that my nails are growing (fast) and not breaking." —K. Black

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    9. Biodegradable, alcohol-free body wipes available in individual packets, meaning you can slip one in your gym bag for sweaty workouts that don't leave time for a shower. / Via @goodwipes

    These lavender-scented hypoallergenic wipes are made with tea tree oil, peppermint, aloe, and ginseng that will leave your skin feeling refreshed, clean, and not dry or sticky.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these things! I like to workout over my lunch hour to break up the day, but don't have time to get lost in my thoughts in a post-shower. I just use one of these! The scent is not too overpowering, but it's strong enough so that no one knows I got my sweat on at the gym." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $12.99.

    10. A tinted Australian Gold face lotion packed with SPF50, which you should already be WEARING EVERY DARN DAY. This hypoallergenic sunscreen is also oil-free, dye-free, reef-safe, and adds sheer coverage for a flawless complexion. / Via @australiangold, / Via @australiangold

    This sunscreen is made from an antioxidant-rich blend of kakadu plum, eucalyptus, and red algae that won't make your skin betray you via a ginormous breakout. PLUS! It's also fragrance-free and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    **adds to cart immediately**

    Promising review: "Wow! This sunscreen lives up to every positive review I have read. I use sunscreen every single day, and this performs better than most. This tint works with my fair skin, and the finish is soft, natural, and not shiny. Plus, it's more affordable than many other sunscreens." —Susan Hardee

    Get it from Amazon for $8.54.

    11. A spray hand sanitizer that kills — Destroys! Obliterates! — 99.99% of icky germs that cause all **cough cough, I can't come, I'm sick** situations.


    Promising review: "Umm, this stuff is amazing. I usually hate hand sanitizer because of the way it makes my hands feel after, but this leaves zero film on your hands and it also smells delightful. I also love that it's a spray. Easy for kiddos and adults alike!" —Rebecca Rucker

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99+.

    12. A Batiste dry shampoo to fool everyone into thinking that you actually washed your hair last night. This absorbs grease right up and leaves your 'do feeling (and smelling) as if it's actually clean. / Via @batiste_us

    Not to mention this adds immediate volume to even the flattest hair.

    Promising review: "After trying several dry shampoos and thinking that none of them would work for me, I finally found a product that does what it's supposed to do — and VERY WELL!!! My flat hair had immediate volume and smelled great!!" —SD

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.97.

    13. A Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume infused with notes of strawberry, violet leaves, and jasmine — all of which come together to form a fresh, floral scent you'll fall in love with at first sniff. / Via @MarcJacobsFragrances

    And HOORAY for the rollerball container that you can easily stash in even the tiniest of purses.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down my favorite fragrance ever. It has a really rich, powerful scent, but it's not heavy at all, and doesn't smell grandma-ish like some perfumes can. I've yet to meet someone who doesn't like it. I've had this rollerball for over a year and it still has a lot of life left!" —NoraNoosa

    Get it from Sephora for $27.

    14. Microfiber cloths ideal for glasses, jewelry, camera lenses, smartphones, tablets, TV screens... the list goes on and on. Can you imagine a world in which your iPhone isn't covered in fingerprint smudges?

    Promising review: "MAGIC! This cloth is amazing! We have tried all sorts of cleaners and they made our TV so much worse. Then, while searching Amazon to find yet another 'good' cleaner, I came upon these. It says no cleaner necessary, and they're right! It was that instant gratification you get when you buff the wax off your car. I will be giving these as Christmas gifts for sure!" —Lane

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $8.99.

    15. Seamless hair ties that won't stretch, break, slip, OR damage your mane. These are perfect for super thick locks and won't show any wear and tear with time.


    Promising review: "These are the BEST THINGS EVER!! I've never had a tie that I could wrap around twice — TWICE — and it literally stays in place all day. I have three of these and never lend them to anyone for fear of not getting them back. I'll be buying more of these for sure!" —Mattie

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $10.99.

    16. A first aid kit because one minute you're enjoying a nice hike and the next minute your foot is bleeding and you have no idea why. *vows to never go outside again*


    This 27-piece kit includes bandages, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, and bug bite towelettes. Plus, the crush-resistant tin won't take up a ton of space in your bag.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect little first aid kit for bike rides or a quick hike in the woods. This kit comes with everything you need for the scrapes and bruises you get out in the backcountry, and the metal case is a definite plus in my book. Love it!" —Randy G.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    17. A lipstick-sized portable charger so that your phone DOES NOT DIE when you need it the most, like when you're desperately lost in a foreign country or in the middle of sending an important "as per my last email" email.


    Promising review: "I've been using this charger for a while now on road trips and music festivals, and it works absolutely great. I'm able to get at least one full charge of my iPhone out of it and usually more (depending on how much I'm using my phone at the time). Plus, it's small and I can usually find somewhere to keep it safe while I'm carrying it around." —Joey L.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

    18. A four-sided brush cleaner to get the annoying scuffs and salt lines OFF of your favorite suede shoes. This is perfect for commuters who have to trek through rain, sleet, and snow for their 9-5.

    Before you rush to your cubicle, stop in the restroom to give your favorite booties a quick brush and BAM! They'll look good as new.

    This brush has a welt surface, nylon bristles, an arched half circle brush, and a protruding brush that lets you clean different kinds of suede.

    Promising review: "BUY THIS THING! I got mud of my new suede boots and thought they were ruined, but this brush completely restored them. I was shocked. I even used it on an old pair of boots from college that I have considered ruined for several years now, and it did wonders on getting rid of the filth on top of the suede. This is absolutely worth getting!" —Gaby Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    19. A spring water Avène facial spray that may seem like a regular can of water — but can a regular can of water soothe eczema, calm sunburn, reduce rosacea flare-ups, set your makeup, and refresh dull and tired skin? I think not. / Via @aveneusa

    Promising review: "Its.....a can of thermal spring water. I don't know what else is in it and I don't really care, because it works. I had initially received one in my Ipsy bag and fell in love with it right away. This is great for calming sensitive skin, sunburn, any type of skin irritation, cooling down from being overheated (put it in the fridge for awhile and it feels AMAZING), or even just setting your makeup if it's looking too matte. If you have rosacea, this is a miracle product and you should buy it immediately." —SPO77

    Get it from Amazon for $9+ (available in four sizes).

    20. "Ouchless" flex barrettes that will keep your mane in place WITHOUT ripping any strands out in the process. That's right — these simples barrettes won't pull or painfully tug that single strand of hair.


    Promising review: "These are classic-looking and very pretty! They are quite soft and pliable, they hold well without any pinching, pulling, or breaking, and my hair stays in place all day!" —Sleepless

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.15.

    21. Colgate mini toothbrushes you can take with you on-the-go, that way stinky breath won't strike at the worst of times.


    These Colgate wisps don't require any water or rinsing, meaning you can literally brush anywhere.

    Promising review: "I ordered these to keep in my purse, car, desk, wherever! They're perfect for when you’re in a rush and forget to brush your teeth (we’ve all been there), or when you have coffee, onion, or garlic breath." —Ashley Oliver

    Get a pack of 32 from Amazon for $13.21 (available in three flavors).

    22. A magnifying mirror that folds into a travel-friendly compact OR can be adjusted to stand upright. This compact is designed with LED lights to ensure bad lighting doesn't get in the way of your killing the makeup game.

    Promising review: "This mirror is just what I have been looking for! In fact, I just ordered another one for a gift and may order more. The mirror is sized perfectly for every day use and for travel (since it's so small when it folds flat). Both mirrors are high quality, the lighted portion is perfect for makeup application, and I like the fact that this mirror uses four 'AAA' batteries (which are included) because they are more readily available than button batteries." —Penny C. Tanquary

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in two colors).

    23. Kleenex tissues you'll want to have on hand at all times. I'm relieved that winter is almost over, but allergy season is approaching — and my runny nose is about to make a comeback.


    Each individual pack comes with ten tissues, which makes the pack itself super compact and won't take up a ton of room in your purse.

    Promising review: "My goodness, what's not to like about Kleenex? I am a member of a sports team booster club and my job is putting together 'welcome bags' for visiting parents. In addition to local things to do and places to visit, I add some small travel necessities — like these packs of Kleenex. Mom may shed a tear, or it may be allergy season, but everyone needs a tissue at some time or another." —Pam in NC

    Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $8.33.

    24. Palm-sized Moleskin notebooks so that you could jot down all your genius thoughts as they come. **envision Jaden Smith meme here**


    Promising review: "This is the perfect tiny notebook to write passwords in, as it fits in your pocket or purse. It took so much searching to find what seems to be so simple — a tiny book with ruled pages and quality paper. But I found it!" —Sandra H. Lloyd

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $5.95 (available in seven colors).

    25. Tatcha blotting sheets you'll want to stash in your purse immediately. These albaca leaf, 💸 23k gold-flecked 💸 sheets remove excess oil without messing up your makeup in the process. Hooray! / Via @tatcha

    Promising review: "If your forehead is greasy enough to fry four eggs on it by the early afternoon, get these. This is amazing magic stuff. Just do it." —Keira

    Get a set of 30 from Amazon for $12.

    26. A Milani eyeshadow palette packed with pigmented, neutral shades you can rock every darn day. Plus, it's super tiny and won't take up half your handbag on your way to work! / Via @milanicosmetics

    Promising review: "I own every version of these! Very pigmented, not patchy, easy to blend. You can build up shades for a more dramatic look or apply lightly for a more natural day-to-day look. Plus, it's the perfect size and is really easy to travel with. Just great all around and affordable, too!" —Darcy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59 (available in six colors).

    27. Neutrogena cleansing towelettes available in single use packets, meaning you can store one in your bag to wipe up smudged mascara and post-gym sweat for an immediately clean, refreshed feeling.


    Get two packs of 20 from Walmart for $14.52.

    28. Foldable flats perfect for that next black tie optional event. These portable shoes can be stashed in your bag, meaning you can slip these babies on when your four-inch heels become too much to bear.


    Promising review: "I purchased these ballet flats because I hate wearing heels, but sometimes occasions happen where you must wear them. At a recent black tie event, I hid these flats in my clutch. About 45 minutes in, I kicked the heels off my aching feet and put these on. I never took them off. Other women were jealous!" —Phyllis

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-XL and in 12 colors).

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