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Solutions for acne, dry skin, redness, razor bumps, and other skin woes that actually WORK. The products in this post were updated in March 2018.

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1. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, a life-changing, fragrance-free mask capable of getting even the most deeply rooted gunk out of your pores.

People are obsessed with the powers of this clay mask — it has over 9,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It works best when mixed with apple cider vinegar, which you can get here.Promising review: "My 15-year-old daughter has acne that has only gotten progressively worse no matter what medication changes were made. Her self-esteem has suffered tremendously. I purchased this product as a last resort. My baby girl and I both used this only mask twice, on a Friday and the following Sunday. I cannot describe the improvement it made in her skin. All the antibiotics, creams, etc. have not had anywhere near the effect of this very simple natural remedy." —CampheadmamaGet it from Amazon for $9.30 or Walmart for $11.99.
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People are obsessed with the powers of this clay mask — it has over 9,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It works best when mixed with apple cider vinegar, which you can get here.

Promising review: "My 15-year-old daughter has acne that has only gotten progressively worse no matter what medication changes were made. Her self-esteem has suffered tremendously. I purchased this product as a last resort. My baby girl and I both used this only mask twice, on a Friday and the following Sunday. I cannot describe the improvement it made in her skin. All the antibiotics, creams, etc. have not had anywhere near the effect of this very simple natural remedy." —Campheadmama

Get it from Amazon for $9.30 or Walmart for $11.99.

2. Radha Rosehip Oil, an all-natural solution for everything from dryness to blemishes to acne scars. I'm not sure there's anything this stuff can't do, actually.

It's full of antioxidants and fatty acids that'll give your skin a major health boost.Promising review: "This is LIFE-CHANGING! I'm 33 and have had dry skin my entire life. I decided to try this because the price was reasonable and the reviews were great. I was NOT disappointed. I cleaned my face the first night, applied a thick layer of rosehip oil, and went to bed. Eight hours later, I woke up to a new face. I have used this oil every night for about five weeks and it has completely changed my skin. My mom saw me one morning and remarked that my skin looked like it did when I was eight! I also love that you get a large quantity of oil for a super affordable price, and a little bit goes a long way. For the amount you get, it's SUCH a bargain." —TuffLuckCowgirlGet it from Amazon for $14.95.
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It's full of antioxidants and fatty acids that'll give your skin a major health boost.

Promising review: "This is LIFE-CHANGING! I'm 33 and have had dry skin my entire life. I decided to try this because the price was reasonable and the reviews were great. I was NOT disappointed. I cleaned my face the first night, applied a thick layer of rosehip oil, and went to bed. Eight hours later, I woke up to a new face. I have used this oil every night for about five weeks and it has completely changed my skin. My mom saw me one morning and remarked that my skin looked like it did when I was eight! I also love that you get a large quantity of oil for a super affordable price, and a little bit goes a long way. For the amount you get, it's SUCH a bargain." —TuffLuckCowgirl

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

3. Baby Foot, a straight-up miraculous, cruelty-free, lavender-scented foot peel that will heal your cracked heels and help you shed gross dead skin like you're a damn snake.

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This product is a dream come true for anyone who gets a kind of sick satisfaction from peeling off dead skin. (Let's face it, that's all of us, right?)

Promising review: "This mask comes with two baggies, and you place each of your feet into its own bag and tape it up to avoid leaking. The moment you put them on, the jelly-type liquid travels all over your feet and in between your toes, and it's the most relaxing feeling ever. You can feel your skin drinking in the moisture and nutrients. While you do not see results right away, your feet will smell amazing for a whole day after the treatment. After six or seven days, all the dead, dry skin starts falling off, and your feet really do feel baby soft. I never thought I had dry feet, but oh boy, was I wrong!" —Melvika

Get it from Amazon for $21.08.

4. Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch, targeted spot treatment pads to zap your most stubborn zits without drying out your whole face.

As a bonus, they cover your blemish so it's disguised and you're way less likely to pick at it.Promising review: "This is the best spot treatment I've ever tried. I can't even express how incredible these patches are! They have reduced some of my largest pimples down to hardly anything overnight, while not drying out my chronically dry skin (because these don't contain salicylic acid). They are really transparent and honestly look better than the pimple would look without anything on it at all! Between the cost, the effectiveness, and the ease of use, they have become a holy grail product for me!" —ELC95 Get a box of 24 from Amazon or Walmart for $4.97 or from Jet for $5.06.
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As a bonus, they cover your blemish so it's disguised and you're way less likely to pick at it.

Promising review: "This is the best spot treatment I've ever tried. I can't even express how incredible these patches are! They have reduced some of my largest pimples down to hardly anything overnight, while not drying out my chronically dry skin (because these don't contain salicylic acid). They are really transparent and honestly look better than the pimple would look without anything on it at all! Between the cost, the effectiveness, and the ease of use, they have become a holy grail product for me!" —ELC95

Get a box of 24 from Amazon or Walmart for $4.97 or from Jet for $5.06.

5. Thayer's Witch Hazel, a multitasking toner that cleanses, moisturizes, fades blemishes, and helps restore your skin's natural pH.

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It can do a hell of a lot of other stuff, too, like reduce redness, soothe irritation, heal cuts, and reduce oil and inflammation.

Promising review: "I buy this when my other bottle is only half empty — that's how much I don't want to be without it. The smell is so good that even if it didn't work amazing wonders on my skin, I would use it just for that. But it does work! Because of this toner, my skin is brighter, more even, and just plain pretty. It feels moisturizing and clean, without giving your skin that tight feeling. I have pretty sensitive skin, but it doesn't burn at all. It tightens pores and helps with all skin needs, whether you break out a lot, are young or old, or have dry or combination skin — it's universal." —Gail Shelton

Get it from Amazon for $8.83 (available in four scents) or Jet for $10.39.

6. Beauty For Real Lip Revival Exfoliating and Hydrating Lip Scrub, a cruelty-free sugar and wax scrub to have you kissing those chapped, cracking winter lips buh-bye.

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The sugar exfoliates your lips, while the wax leaves your pout feeling soft and smooth, with a hint of sheen — it may even help you favorite lip color last longer!

Promising review: "I love this product! It's not too rough — it exfoliates well without irritating sensitive skin. It smells and tastes great and leaves your lips smooth. My only complaint is that it's SO wonderful, my mother decided to 'permanently borrow' my jar so I had to buy another one!" –Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $13.30 (available in two scents).

7. TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum to heal sun damage and add some extra brightness and firmness to your epidermis. Your skin needs to take its vitamins, too!

In addition to vitamin C, it also has skin-saving ingredients like vitamin E, witch hazel, and botanical hyaluronic acid. It improves the health of your skin overall, so it can also help with acne and other blemishes.Promising review: "This is the best serum I've ever used! My face is smoother than when I was in my 30s (I'm 49) and my sun spots have faded! I noticed improvement on day three, I kid you not! It absorbs quickly and is easy to apply. I love it!" —Gina WilliamsGet it from Amazon for $19.99.
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In addition to vitamin C, it also has skin-saving ingredients like vitamin E, witch hazel, and botanical hyaluronic acid. It improves the health of your skin overall, so it can also help with acne and other blemishes.

Promising review: "This is the best serum I've ever used! My face is smoother than when I was in my 30s (I'm 49) and my sun spots have faded! I noticed improvement on day three, I kid you not! It absorbs quickly and is easy to apply. I love it!" —Gina Williams

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

8. Tend Skin Solution, which is basically a potion with the magical ability to make you forget razor bumps and ingrown hairs were ever a thing.

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Promising review: "I think this is one of the best inventions, other than Velcro, in the last 30 years. It solves so many problems. I've been using it for as long as I can remember and I can't live without it! I use it for razor bumps on my bikini line and underarms, and I've even been known to use it on a breakout. It's an amazing product!" —RP

Get an 8-ounce bottle from Amazon for $20.89, a 4-ounce bottle from Walmart for $14.90.

9. Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, a rich shea butter and vitamin E cream made just for fading and preventing stretch marks.

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Plus, it's fragrance-free, so it won't odor-whelm the noses of sensitive moms-to-be.

Promising review: "I've only applied the cream once, and I already see results! I included the before and after photos from my first application above. You can already see that the redness from my stretch marks has faded slightly. I'm looking forward to seeing how much the marks continue to fade! This is an awesome product." —Danielle

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $11.11.

10. Shea Moisture African Black Soap, which moisturizes, cleanses, and absorbs excess oil using natural ash instead of harsh chemical lye (in other words, it's ideal for natural beauties like yourself).

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The ash is what turns this skin-balancing bar black.

Promising review: "This soap is absolutely incredible. I've used so many scrubs, deep pore cleansers, pore refiners, moisturizers, and skincare systems to no avail; I still suffered from acne. Until now. After the first use, I could tell my face was smoother, and after a few days, my existing acne was healing and I wasn't getting any new marks. After two weeks my face is completely smooth, with no new breakouts, and I am happier than ever. Not only is my skin clear, but my confidence is boosted." —Danna M. Cammarata

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99 or Walmart for $3.97.

11. Mederma Scar Cream, which Taylor Swift should write a song about — it'll leave you breathless as it gets rid of a nasty scar.

It works on everything from acne to surgical scars, and also has SPF 30 to protect that beautiful skin of yours even further.Promising review: "I used an acne spot treatment that left me with a bad burn on my face. After it began healing, I was left with a fairly dark scar. After two weeks of using Mederma, the scar had already improved so much! After about eight and a half weeks, you couldn't even see where the original scar was anymore. —Jordan B.Get it from Amazon for $12.63 or from Walmart for $16.46.
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It works on everything from acne to surgical scars, and also has SPF 30 to protect that beautiful skin of yours even further.

Promising review: "I used an acne spot treatment that left me with a bad burn on my face. After it began healing, I was left with a fairly dark scar. After two weeks of using Mederma, the scar had already improved so much! After about eight and a half weeks, you couldn't even see where the original scar was anymore. —Jordan B.

Get it from Amazon for $12.63 or from Walmart for $16.46.

12. CeraVe Eye Repair Cream, which uses hyaluronic acid to add firmness and contains ceramides that restore your skin's health. It can erase under-eye circles in a flash and give any sagging skin on the rest of your face a boost, too.

Promising review: "This stuff changed my life. It got rid of the dark circles under my eyes, and also worked well on the folds around my mouth and nose. I've been using this in conjunction with doing facial exercises and after a month and a half, my face is already tighter and brighter. I've gotten so many compliments on my skin." —kelly vazquezGet it from Amazon for $8.54 or from Walmart for $8.99.
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Promising review: "This stuff changed my life. It got rid of the dark circles under my eyes, and also worked well on the folds around my mouth and nose. I've been using this in conjunction with doing facial exercises and after a month and a half, my face is already tighter and brighter. I've gotten so many compliments on my skin." —kelly vazquez

Get it from Amazon for $8.54 or from Walmart for $8.99.

13. O'Keefe's Working Hands cream, the ultimate savior for cracked knuckles that over 7,000 Amazon reviewers swear by.

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Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." —Steve

Get a 3.4-ounce jar from Amazon for $6.49 or a 5.4-ounce jar from Walmart for $9.94.

14. Humane Acne Wash, a strong, 10% benzoyl peroxide cleanser that's totally vegan-friendly — the only thing it's cruel to is acne.

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Promising review: "This is a miracle product for adult acne! I've spent so much money on different products and prescriptions throughout the years, and nothing has consistently worked. To my great surprise I started seeing improvements to my face within the first three days of using this. Three weeks later, I could cry because I'm so happy with how my skin looks!" —Frances25

Get it from Amazon for $20.85.

15. Eucerin Redness Relief Night Creme, which is specially formulated for folks with sensitive skin and will heal and moisturize red patches overnight.

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It gets its hydrating powers from licochalcone, which comes from licorice root. So no matter where you stand on the Red Vines vs. Twizzlers debate, this is one kind of licorice we can all get behind.

Promising review: "I've been battling with some sort of skin irritation on my forehead for the past year. My doctor diagnosed me with a mild case of rosacea. Within 24 hours of applying this, the redness went down at least 90%. Within a few days I was all clear." —BuffNerd

Get it from Amazon for $10.48 or Walmart for $11.03.

16. Baebody Eye Gel, a depuffing, hydrating, and firming serum that's great for your whole face and neck, too.

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It contains skin care expert–favored ingredients like hyaluronic acid and aloe.

Promising review: "I'm 57 years old and have been looking for an effective, reasonably priced eye treatment for a long time. It's important to me that this product has natural ingredients, is manufactured in the United States and is cruelty-free. It almost sounded too good to be true. But after using this twice a day for a couple weeks, I was delighted with the results. Upon immediate application, the gel soothes my puffy eyes as effectively and gently as cucumber slices, but without all the mess. It minimizes the dark circles under my eyes and the results get better over time. Plus, over the past month of use, the fine lines under my eyes are less noticeable. I have to say that the results are the best I've experienced and I've used a lot of anti-aging products, including some that cost well over $100." —ederath

Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

17. Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, because there's absolutely nothing more satisfying than peeling off one of these babies and seeing all the dirt it's extracted from your skin.

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Promising review: "I love these strips. I usually use them after washing my face with the Biore Anti-Blackhead Cleanser and I have noticed my pores look much clearer. These little strips pull a lot out of your pores (it's almost disturbing just how much they clean out). I highly recommend these, they really make a difference." —Jamie L

Get a box of 14 from Amazon or Walmart for $7.52.

18. Mario Badescu Facial Spray for a fresh-smelling spritz of aloe, herbs, and rosewater that'll hydrate and balance your skin.

It can be used in myriad ways, including as a makeup base or frizz-preventing hairspray.Promising review: "I have combination skin. During the summer, it gets oily very fast, and during the winter it's extremely dull and dry-looking. My skin is sensitive, and most of the time it's a pinkish-red color from being so dry and irritated. After using this spray, my skin is much healthier-looking and has a dewy, fresh look. It even helped calm down the redness. I haven't even had this for a full week and I'm already head over heels in love. It's the holy grail of my skincare routine now!" —Haley O.Get it from Amazon or Jet for $7.
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It can be used in myriad ways, including as a makeup base or frizz-preventing hairspray.

Promising review: "I have combination skin. During the summer, it gets oily very fast, and during the winter it's extremely dull and dry-looking. My skin is sensitive, and most of the time it's a pinkish-red color from being so dry and irritated. After using this spray, my skin is much healthier-looking and has a dewy, fresh look. It even helped calm down the redness. I haven't even had this for a full week and I'm already head over heels in love. It's the holy grail of my skincare routine now!" —Haley O.

Get it from Amazon or Jet for $7.

19. Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40, to protect your skin, reduce oiliness, and give you a glowy natural look all in one fell swoop.

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Promising review: "I’ve had pretty bad cystic acne for the past eight years and have tried everything to get rid of it. I decided to give this a try, and let me tell you, IT CHANGED MY WHOLE LIFE. Not only does it look more natural than a regular foundation, it literally PREVENTS new zits from forming on your face. I’ve only been using it for three weeks and I already see a significant improvement in my complexion. Even if you don’t suffer from acne, I cannot recommend this product enough. It’s super lightweight, prevents oil buildup, and keeps you covered all day long." —Sarah Wainschel (Check out Sarah's full review here.)

Get it from Sephora for $39 (available in five shades).

20. L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Peel Pads, AHA exfoliant wipes that peel away damaged skin to even your complexion and reveal the glow you knew you had underneath all along.

Since they are a chemical exfoliant, they're way gentler than rough scrubs.Promising review: "These pads are miracle workers. They really exfoliate my skin, leaving it brighter, smoother, and all-around healthier- and younger-looking. The best part is how easy they are. So many glycolic peels have more than one step, but with these you just wipe your face and you're done!" —KatherineGet it from Amazon for $12.97.
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Since they are a chemical exfoliant, they're way gentler than rough scrubs.

Promising review: "These pads are miracle workers. They really exfoliate my skin, leaving it brighter, smoother, and all-around healthier- and younger-looking. The best part is how easy they are. So many glycolic peels have more than one step, but with these you just wipe your face and you're done!" —Katherine

Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

21. Aria Starr Dead Sea Mud Mask, a wash-off mask perfect for those with oily and combination skin who want to minimize pores and combat all forms of acne.

It includes a combination of shea butter, aloe vera, and jojoba oil that cleanses and exfoliates, so you'll look like you just left the spa.Promising review: "I've had bad combination skin all my life and tried dozens of products on my breakouts with limited success. I'm also allergic to basically everything, so trying something new is always an adventure. So far, this mask has worked and felt the best for me. My skin got worse before it got better, but now, after a month of biweekly use, I have no more breakouts." —Staff Sgt. Max FightmasterGet it from Amazon for $11.35.
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It includes a combination of shea butter, aloe vera, and jojoba oil that cleanses and exfoliates, so you'll look like you just left the spa.

Promising review: "I've had bad combination skin all my life and tried dozens of products on my breakouts with limited success. I'm also allergic to basically everything, so trying something new is always an adventure. So far, this mask has worked and felt the best for me. My skin got worse before it got better, but now, after a month of biweekly use, I have no more breakouts." —Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster

Get it from Amazon for $11.35.

22. Compound W Fast Acting Wart Removal Gel, which uses salicylic acid to knock out even the peskiest protuberances without a trip to the doctor.

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Promising review: "I've tried all sorts of ways to get rid of warts, and nothing has worked as well as this gel. My wart was a plantar wart on the bottom of my foot, which is typically a tough spot because whatever medicine you put on gets rubbed off as you walk. The wart is now almost completely gone, and I haven't even been applying the gel as consistently as I should have. This is great stuff." —Trevor

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.92 or Walmart for $16.45, or get a single tube from Walmart for $6.96.

23. The Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File to slough off dead skin and give yourself the ultimate pedicure without having to leave your bed.

Promising review: "I was thankfully blessed with a pretty face. In return for that, I was handed the ugliest feet ever! I have tried everything. I stopped going to get pedicures because it was so embarrassing. I couldn't wear sandals, and I live in Florida. But I don't have those problems anymore! I'm amazed at the results I got after just one use of this file." —Jennifer DanielleGet the extra coarse from Amazon for $19.20 or the regular from Walmart for $20.11.
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Promising review: "I was thankfully blessed with a pretty face. In return for that, I was handed the ugliest feet ever! I have tried everything. I stopped going to get pedicures because it was so embarrassing. I couldn't wear sandals, and I live in Florida. But I don't have those problems anymore! I'm amazed at the results I got after just one use of this file." —Jennifer Danielle

Get the extra coarse from Amazon for $19.20 or the regular from Walmart for $20.11.

24. Advanced Clinicals Coconut Oil Cream, a multipurpose moisturizer which'll have your skin looking smooth and hydrated in a matter of days.

You can use it as a facial moisturizer, a body lotion, or even as hair conditioner.Promising review: "I absolutely love this lotion! I saw results in my skin after a little over a week. I washed my face every night and massaged this lotion in afterwards, and it hydrated my skin immensely. It's a great cream." —BunniiGet it from Amazon for $7.99.
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You can use it as a facial moisturizer, a body lotion, or even as hair conditioner.

Promising review: "I absolutely love this lotion! I saw results in my skin after a little over a week. I washed my face every night and massaged this lotion in afterwards, and it hydrated my skin immensely. It's a great cream." —Bunnii

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

25. Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Mask, a wearable blue light treatment that gives off zero UV rays and will leave you with zero zits.

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Although it looks a little sci-fi-esque to wear a plastic, light-emitting mask over your whole face, you only have to do it for 10 minutes at a time. Besides, it's worth it for the equally out-of-this-world results.

Promising review: "This is hands down the most effective acne treatment I've ever used. I generally get two or three new blemishes somewhere on my face every other day or so. For almost 15 years I just accepted this as my reality, but then I tried this mask. Over 10 weeks, I had only two blemishes! This works by killing the bacteria under the skin BEFORE a blemish happens. All my previous treatments were reactive and just dried my skin instead of stopping the source of the problem like this does." —Dave L.

Get it from Amazon for $25.

26. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum, a lightweight moisturizer that plumps, firms, and is basically a scarecrow for crow's feet.

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Promising review: "This is a fabulous serum and a long-time favorite of mine. It contains many vitamins to provide anti-aging properties, moisture, and collagen stimulation. You don't need to use too much, which makes this little bottle last a very long time. The product also has just a bit of sheen that looks very nice when blended into the skin, and it should work great under makeup, too." —April Rose

Get it from Amazon for $20 or Walmart for $19.66, or get a trial size from Jet for $7.19.

27. Asutra Vitamin C Scrub for full-body exfoliation and some relaxation courtesy of citrus essential oils.

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It's made from Himalayan sea salt, is all natural and organic, and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.

Promising review: "This scrub has been a MIRACLE for my skin. I've had three psoriasis patches, on my elbows and behind one ear, for over 14 years. I've tried dozens of different things to keep it under control, but nothing even remotely helped until this product. Within four days, you could hardly see that I have a grapefruit-sized area of psoriasis on each elbow. Now I don't have flaky skin or redness, and most importantly, it no longer itches!" —James Butchart

Get it from Amazon for $21.80 (available in nine scents) or Walmart for $22.95.

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