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    10 Things To Try In October

    Because we tried them for you in September.

    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.

    This post features a mix of items that we purchased with our own money and those that were provided to us at no cost for the sake of review. (But! We’re under no obligation to write a review of those things, let alone a positive review.)

    1. My First Cookbook, an easy-to-use (and fun to look at!) kid-friendly cookbook that actually lives up to its name.

    The cookbook cover, plus a page showing the steps for making muffins
    America's Test Kitchen

    "My toddler is at the age where she’s eager to help with everything — including cooking. That’s why America’s Test Kitchen: My First Cookbook caught my eye when it came out in early March. I didn’t know it at the time, but the book would come in incredibly handy starting a few weeks later when quarantine kicked off.

    There are a ton of kid- and family-centric cookbooks out there, but IMO, most of them don’t really nail it — especially if they’re aimed at much younger kids. Recipes are either overly complicated, gimmicky, or not actually something most toddlers would want to eat. But this cookbook avoids all of that. The recipes are all-purpose and written with smart, legitimately-doable tips and tricks built in. And each one is photographed in an eye-catching and step-by-step way — so toddler and kid cooks can follow along and help. It’s really well done. (And yes, the final results taste great!)

    Granted, most of these recipes don’t exactly reinvent the wheel — think: applesauce muffins, barbecue chicken, classic M&M cookies — but when your kid is just starting to learn the basics, you don’t always need to. TL;DR: Most kids’ cookbooks don’t deliver. This one does!" —Melissa Jameson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.89 or from Bookshop for $18.39 (to support local bookstores).

    2. Athena Club's All Day Deo, which really and truly lives up to its name and may finally make you a natural deodorant believer.

    The white tube of deodorant
    BuzzFeed / Katy Herman

    "Two things I used to believe: 1) That putting on deodorant would never be something I looked forward to and 2) natural deodorants just didn't work as well and I was stuck with my regular drugstore brand (rhymes with Schmecret) instead of the effective aluminum- and cruelty-free formula that was my white whale. But now, slap me in Cabin 6 and call me Annabeth Chase, because I'm a dutiful daughter of Athena (Club). The first thing I noticed when I got my sample of this magic stuff in the mail was the sleek and pretty packaging that feels all Insta-worthy on my countertop. Then, the smell — I really don't like perfume-y, overpowering scents, but this was so mild and beautiful and natural-smelling (I picked scent No. 2, a rose, sage, vanilla, lime and cedarwood blend). But most importantly, it heckin' WORKED.

    I will confess, and I know no one here will judge me, that I have skipped some shower days in quarantine with my family, and this empowered me to skip another. I'm not going anywhere and my parents love me unconditionally, okay??? But I also feel totally fresh with this stuff on. My pits stay noticeably dry and smelling A-OK pretty much all day, even if they were pretty stinky to begin with (is this TMI??). And it achieves all that with really just a swipe — no need to apply a ton. Between the pretty packaging, the scent, and the effectiveness, I actually look forward to putting on this plant-based, cruelty-free goodness in the morning (and therefore am less likely to forget). Finally, friends, if you're still not convinced now is the time to try this stuff, 50% of proceeds from my favored No. 2 scent are going to breast cancer preventative care and education organization Bright Pink for the whole month of October. Try it out and have your pits thank me later!" —Katy Herman

    Get it from Athena Club for $11.

    3. A set of Parachute percale sheets made of 100% Egyptian cotton for a lightweight and cool, breathable yet unbelievably soft and cozy feel. Sounds like a paradox, but they're like magic.

    BuzzFeed, Parachute

    "I recently switched from a set of very old, pilling sheets to these babies, and.......the difference could not be larger. If you're on the market for new sheets, look no further. But if you're worried about wanting to do *everything* from bed, these might not be for you because sometimes I want to spend all day in these. These sheets are SO SOFT, I just want to burrow into them. They wash up beautifully, and I have never loved being in bed more (and...I already loved being in bed). I can honestly say I've never slept in more comfortable sheets. You know the feeling of freshly shaved legs and clean sheets??? Imagine that times a thousand in Parachute sheets." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get them from Parachute for $109+ (available in sizes twin–California king, with or without a top sheet, and in six colors).

    4. An 18-spice kit to full outfit your kitchen in *just one purchase*, whether you're just getting started cooking or preparing your audition video for Top Chef.

    Hannah Loewentheil/BuzzFeed

    "Anyone who cooks knows that spices and seasonings are so important. But filling up a brand new spice drawer from scratch is overwhelming and can quickly get expensive. So when I stumbled upon Spicewalla's kitchen essentials spices and seasonings starter pack, I was intrigued. The adorably packaged, colorful set comes with 18 common spices and seasonings from rosemary and fennel seed to oregano and smoked paprika. It arrives in a single box filled with the different spices and seasonings, packaged in beautifully colored jars. Instead of hiding them in a drawer, I immediately wanted to showcase them. It just so happened the whole set fit like a glove on a shelf over my stove, and they give my kitchen a perfect pop of color. I can honestly say that this is one of the best products I've gotten for my new home. Of course, it's just as practical as it is cute. Whatever I'm cooking, any spices I need are right at my fingertips. There's turmeric, cumin, and coriander for curries, rosemary, crushed red pepper and oregano perfect for Italian dishes, and garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika for tacos or fajitas. This one set contains everything I need." — Hannah Loewentheil

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    5. Milk Makeup's Kush lip balm, a nonsticky, super-hydrating treatment for your pout infused with cannabis seed oil that looks green, but goes on clear to keep your lips happy and healthy all fall and winter.

    Kayla holding a large lipstick shape and size tube of the product
    Kayla Boyd/BuzzFeed

    "I love this lip balm because it's ~super~ moisturizing. The 'Green Dragon' shade goes on completely clear so it also makes a great base to wear under lipstick. It's ultra comfy to wear, nonsticky, and doesn't flake. Plus, the lid is magnetic and the overall packaging is really nice quality." —Kayla Boyd

    Get it from Sephora for $16 (available in six shades).

    6. A pack of the much-beloved Jeni's ice cream (you can mix and match flavors), available in a wide range of delicious flavors — including dairy-free options — to satisfy your sweet tooth.

    Heather holding a pint of the ice cream
    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    "I recently had the pleasure of trying Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream for the first time and was blown away by how freakin' delicious it was. I personally like the dairy-free roasted peanut butter and strawberry jam pint (are you salivating yet?) but I don't doubt that every single concoction they've come up with will bring a smile to your face." —Heather Braga

    Mix and match four pints in "Jeni's Delivery Box" from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream for $48+ (available in 20 flavors)

    7. A pair of copper-infused compression socks that can help with circulation, muscle aches, and inflammation, whether you're working from home, going on a long hike, or when you start traveling again.

    the author pulling one of the socks over their leg
    Harper Hendrickson / Via BuzzFeed

    "Hi, my name is Harper and I'm here to tell you about some socks that recently changed my life. I'm talking about Melerio copper-infused compression socks. I tried them on a whim when I was really sick over the summer, and boy am I glad I did. As soon as I put these babies on, I could immediately feel their power. They definitely compress — they are pretty tight and can take a sec to get on, but I promise it's worth it! I am disabled, immune-compromised, and I struggle with daily asthma flare-ups, inflammation, and muscle aches. The very first time I put a pair of these on, I felt...so much better? I immediately asked my partner to try them too to see their reaction, and well, that pair is theirs now.

    These socks improve my circulation, soothe my aches, and the compression element also helps me feel really calm and grounded (I sleep in these!). I'm extremely allergic to mold, and copper is mold-resistant, so the fact that these are copper-infused turned out to be a huge win-win for me. It's worth noting I wore these socks while I was living in the desert, and they lasted through the extreme heat (109+ temps), and the many skate sessions, hikes, and washes I put them through. It was, and still is empowering to start my day with one positive thing I could do for my body to get a little relief — slap on a fresh pair of these socks! Did a pair of socks cure all of my woes? Absolutely not. But they did help me feel well enough to leave the house, get outside, and start my long journey to recovery." —Harper Hendrickson

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $17.99 (available in two sizes).

    8. Hyper Skin's Brightening Clearing Vitamin C serum with a blend of 15% vitamin C and vitamin E to address skincare concerns from dull skin to fine lines to rough texture — while fighting breakouts.

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    This product is paraben-, sulfate-, phthalate-, and scent-free.

    "This is a new product for me, and I'm already hooked! I love a good vitamin C serum and this is one of the best I've tried. It doesn't have the off-putting smell that some serums have and it doesn't feel tacky when it dries. It layers flawlessly under any moisturizer I've used and I can already tell it's working on getting my complexion nice and smooth after I took a long break from using any skincare at all. Hyper Skin is also a Black woman-owned company! I could not recommend supporting them and trying this product enough. " —Rachel Dunkel

    Get it from Hyper Skin for $36. (It's currently backordered, but will ship in 10–15 days.)

    As Rachel mentioned, Hyper Skin is a Black woman-owned company, and this serum was founder Desiree Verdejo's first product, after she couldn't find an affordable product that worked for her.

    9. A P.F. Candle Co hand sanitizer spray if you love the smell of their candles and want your disinfectant routine while on the go to feel a little more luxurious.

    Hand holding the spray bottle
    Heather Braga

    "We now live in a time where you get to gush about your favorite hand sanitizers — and I'm OK with that! My husband and I have been big fans of P.F. Candle Company (it's one of the few candles he doesn't complain about when they show up at our apartment) so it was only fitting that we gave their hand sanitizer a try. I will say, the immediate spritz does smell like alcohol, but as it quickly settles into your skin the aroma of sage and lavender is whats left behind. It's easy enough to leave in your handbag or backpack and doesn't leave any unpleasant residue on your skin. Since it's 2 oz and spray I think it'll last me longer than my smaller gel bottles. Highly recommend giving it a go." —Heather Braga

    Get a two pack from P.F. Candle Co for $16 (available in teakwood & tobacco, amber & moss, or a combo pack with one of each).

    10. A five-pack of Old Navy masks available in tons of fun colors and prints, plus a rainbow beaded chain to add a little pizzazz *and* ensure you don't lose or drop your mask.

    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, BuzzFeed / Emma Lord

    "I held off on buying these masks at first because I truly couldn't choose a set to save my life (AESTHETICS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME), but after my brother got a set he loved I caved and got them too. These are super sturdy, well-made, SO great for the price point, and come in genuinely cute patterns and solids that make it a lot easier to match something to your outfit or mood. I tied the elastic on mine just for a snugger fit, but the size they come in well-suited for adult faces. The ones I'm holding above are the 'Check Mates' mix.

    I love love love this chain. It's ridiculously easy to snap on any of my masks and it adds a pop of fun color to anything I'm wearing. I'm hard-pressed to find an outfit I *don't* want to wear with it. It's extremely handy for keeping track of my mask and knowing it won't get dropped or touch any other surfaces, too. Plus it shipped super fast!" —Emma Lord

    Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear straps

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Cotton

    Shipping Time: Standard shipping

    Get a five-pack of the masks from Old Navy for $12.50 (available in 20 varieties).

    Get the chain from Firefly Feeling Bright on Etsy for $7.

    Firefly Feeling Bright is a Florida-based Etsy shop established in 2019 that specializes in artisanal jewelry.

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