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    31 Products To Add To Your Cart As You Say, “It’s Called Self Care”

    If you only get one thing from this list let it be the popcorn salt. Trust us on this one.

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    1. The Clean Ball, a genius German invention to get rid of purse sand — y'know, the fine layer of dirt, dust, crumbs, grit, and who knows what else that you scrape your hand against whenever you're rooting around your bag and you brush the bottom of your tote. Inside the honeycomb pink ball is a smaller sticky ball that picks up debris and washes clean so you can reuse it.

    a pink sequin bag open to show the pink ball
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This little ball is genius! It rolls around in my purse, which I live out of. It picks up a lot lint, debris, or even crumbs. It's easy to find with the bright pink. Just remove and wash and it’s ready to go again. The price was great and something I can use for years. If you live out of your purse this a must have!!" —dj3biggs

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in pink and gray).

    2. A teeth-whitening pen because it's a heck of a lot quicker (and tastes a lot better) than those irritating whitening strips that slip and slide all over your teeth. You can use each pen ~20 times and should expect your teeth to lighten four to eight shades.

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to try a new teeth-whitening product after using harsh whitening strips that caused pain and lingering sensitivity. But, as a coffee and red wine drinker, I wanted to find a solution. This teeth whitening pen is terrific. Easy to use, works well and does not have the downside of either the strips or the $450 option at the dentist. I also really love this product since whitening my front teeth is the objective. It is a great value as I anticipate the two pens that are included will last one year. I will definitely buy this again and am very happy to recommend it." —Rebecca Shehee

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $15.99 (also available in a four-pack). 

    3. A eucalyptus lavender pouch for getting the most out of your baths and showers. The hot steam triggers lavender's and eucalyptus' therapeutic benefits, which include promoting relaxation, decongestion, stress reduction, and encouraging restful sleep.

    A small satchel of lavender and eucalyptus hanging from a bath handle
    Eucalyptus Blooms / Etsy

    Each bag lasts for two to three showers.

    Eucalyptus Blooms is a North Carolina-based small business that specializes in eucalyptus bunches designed to freshen up your home.

    Promising review: "These smell AMAZING, and they're such a perfect size for the shower. I used to have big bundles of eucalyptus, but they always took up so much space. These are perfectly sized and the blend of Eucalyptus and Lavender is HEAVENLY." —Maggie

    Get a set of three from Eucalyptus Blooms on Etsy for $11.99.

    4. A CeraVe salicylic acid body wash if rough, bumpy skin is annoying the heck out of ya. It exfoliates without the harsh microbeads, lifting away dead skin while leaving behind moisturizing hyaluronic acid and calming niacinamide.

    Promising review: "I never do reviews...but this product WORKS! I have KP on my legs and it got rid of it 10000%. It must be used consistently and you have to also exfoliate with an actual natural loofa or something similar, but YOU WILL SEE RESULTS. Great product for a great price! Would give 100 stars if I could!" —layla mahmoud

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    5. An impressive pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds so you don't have to shell out for AirPods. Reviewers say the sound quality is surprisingly good given the price tag. And the battery life is equally amazing — listen for over 6 hours on a single charge (and get up to 30 hours of enjoyment with the charging case).

    reviewer holding the black earbuds in their hand
    Side view of a reviewer wearing the gold version

    Promising review: "I would give these 10 stars if I could. I have been trying many different brands of ear buds with little satisfaction. I received these and the minute I turned them on, I was hooked. I love the many different sizes of ear caps. I have very small ears and the smallest size fits perfectly. The sounds is also fantastic; I have a very loud, obnoxious coworker and when I'm wearing the ear buds, it's like she isn't even there. I love that they are wireless and begin to pair with my phone as soon as I take them out of the base. Also the confirmation that both sides have been connected leaves out any doubt. Phone calls are easy to answer and very clear. The carrying case is very durable and the small size makes it easy to slip into a bag or pocket for on the go. I have to say again how pleased I am with the different sized ear caps...probably my favorite feature. They don't fall out of my ears and I don't have to shove them in and hurt my ear." —Thomas R Partsch Jr.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.08+ (available in five colors).

    6. A cruelty free vitamin C serum that'll give your skin a much-needed pick-me-up. Just listen to the 71,000+ people who gave it a 5-star review: This stuff brightens, softens, and dramatically fades hyperpigmentation.

    A reviewer with dark skin showing the serum lightened the acne scars on their forehead and cheeks until they were basically gone
    Progression photos showing redness and acne on reviewer's cheeks is reduced on day 2 and day 4

    Promising review: "Works as advertised. I find it makes the dark marks disappear much quicker after a breakout. I bought this for mild under eye wrinkles and have definitely seen the difference. Been using it for two months or so and now it's part of my holy grail products. I also noticed that I have had less breakouts since I started using this product." —M. Russell

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in a two-pack). 

    7. A pair of Abercrombie '90s high-rise straight jeans to convince you to step away from the sweat pants. If you HATE denim with a burning passion, maybe it's because you haven't tried these yet. There are so many sizes and styles that you're sure to find a fit you'll want to buy five pairs of.

    model wearing the straight leg jeans with holes in both knees
    writer wearing the jeans in a light wash
    Abercrombie & Fitch, Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor Abby Kass loves hers:

    "After two years of only wearing jeans a handful of times, I knew it was time to invest in a great pair. I had heard SO much about these jeans on TikTok and decided to see what the hype was all about. And let me tell you, they are SO worth it. I ended up getting the curve style (because it has two extra inches and fit my waist better), but I love how these jeans look. They're a classic style you can really wear with anything. I've only had them for a couple of weeks, and I've worn them in both casual and dressier settings. I've already gone back to get a second pair in black. That's how good these are. These do sell out fast, so don't delay if you want to add these to your closet."

    Promising review: "THIS IS YOUR SIGN TO PURCHASE THESE!! I'm obsessed with these jeans. I'm about to get all the colors. They fit SO WELL. I am 5'4 and got the regulars. They are the perfect length to wear with heels. If you are more a sneaker person, get the short length. I am so proud of Abercrombie. I remember them being so 'cool' in high school, but because I was a curvy teen, I could never fit into their jeans. Whoever is behind the fit science of these jeans I salute you. Great job! " —Abercrombie Customer

    Get it from Abercrombie & Fitch for $99 (available in women's sizes 23–37; extra short, short, regular, long, and extra-long lengths; 20 washes; and in a curve style). 

    8. An adorably tiny hanging diffuser because your car still smells like the takeout you ordered last week. Sure, I love french fries as much as the next person, but I also love sitting in my car and smelling the sweet scent of nothing.

    hand holds small glass container with rope around the rear view mirror
    Amber & Wood / Etsy

    Promising review: "These were worth the wait and arrived just in time! I ordered several for gifts and was glad I did. They smell great and are such great quality that I want to keep one for myself!" —Heather

    Get it from Amber & Wood on Etsy for $9 (available in a variety of scents).

    9. A bottle of professional grade callus-removing gel for dissolving hard dead skin in literal minutes. (Seriously, reviewers say you should only let it sit for two to three minutes!) Then, give it a good scrub with a foot file and your heels will be baby bottom smooth.

    Promising review: "This is a Hail Mary! This is hands down the best product ever!!!! I have been using this product on my clients and it has made my job so much easier and less time consuming." —Diamante Valentine

    Get it from Amazon for $13.87.

    10. A microwave veggie steamer if you can't be bothered to boil a large pot of water just for your single serving of veggies. This steamer has a 2-cup capacity, so it's great for anyone who's cooking (or steaming) for one.

    Promising review: "I love fresh vegetables but hate having to cook up the whole batch and store. This little microwave steamer worked out even BETTER than I could have imagined! I use it almost every day now. I can break off a few stalks of broccoli, cut up a some asparagus, carrots, steam it in the microwave for 3–3.5 minutes and I have a wonderful serving of mixed fresh veggies anytime I want. I love it! It is small, so if you're feeding a family, look for something bigger along the same lines. It's easy to clean, and it seems sturdy enough for the dishwasher, but I hand wash it because I had a microwave steamer that got warped after a few runs through the dishwasher. Would definitely buy again." —terifrancis

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    11. A Yonanas fruit soft-serve maker so you can magically transform frozen fruit into the dreamiest dessert. Reviewers swear it has the texture of ice cream or sorbet. And it's great for folks who have dietary restrictions. 

    The black device on a table with sorbet in a bowl under it
    A close up of a reviewer's yellow and red sorbet

    Promising review: "I saw one of these in action at a friend's house like five years ago and thought it was just a made up memory, because making ice cream out of solely frozen fruit seems wild. But when I saw a TikTok about it I immediately went to Amazon and bought it. Literally this was the BEST decision of my life. I cannot believe still how amazing this thing is! It makes the creamiest, best tasting fruit ice cream ever. It’s easy to take apart and clean, and super easy to use." —DMCKAY

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95+ (available in six colors). 

    12. A stretchy, double-lined halter neck cropped tank that'll offer a surprising amount of support and movement, and is so dang easy to mix and match with your favorite skirts, jeans, and more.

    plus-size reviewer wearing the white version with black skinny pants
    another reviewer wearing the dark gray version with white straight leg jeans

    FYI, this is included in Prime Try Before You Buy so you can test it out before committing if you’re a Prime member!

    Promising review: "OBSESSED. This crop top is thick and holds everything in place. It’s an amazing material. My boobs are a size 40D and don’t stand up at all!! This makes then look so perky and is so cute and casual. It reminds me of a Skims-style dupe but better." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in women's sizes S–XXL and 16 colors).

    13. A Madewell leather tote so you can schlep your stuff in style. This durable and roomy bag has space for a ginormous water bottle, a dozen snack options, a laptop, wallet, several face masks, your phone, an umbrella, and more.

    BuzzFeed writer holding the medium brown leather tote over her shoulder
    flat lay showing the bag and what you can fit inside it: a pouch, phone, water bottle, notebook, keys, sunglasses, umbrella, mask, and laptop case
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed, Madwell

    Promising review: "Random canvas totes may come and go, but nothing beats having a permanent, go-to bag. I've had this since college when I used it to carry my heavy load of books, my laptop, and other English major paraphernalia, but it's transitioned flawlessly into my adult life where — OK — I still use it to carry books and my computer. The leather is getting a lovely patina and the structure of the bag is as strong as the day I got it. It has one zippered interior pocket which is perfect for keys, cards, or any other tiny necessities. I received this as a gift, so I can confirm that it makes a good one! My bag is even monogrammed, which made the gift all the more special. (You can add monogramming to almost any Madewell leather or denim item for $10 or for free if you're a Madewell Insider!) If you can't spring for this wondrous tote now, I absolutely recommend putting it on your wishlist." —Rachel Dunkel

    Get it from Madewell for $178 (available in three colors).

    14. A pack of AirPod cleaners because the last time you offered your buddy an earbud to listen along with you, they actually recoiled in disgust when they saw how gunked up your AirPods were. Squish the flexible square into your AirPod speaker, peel it off, and gasp in horror at the ear goop that's been dulling the sound quality.

    Promising review: "I bought this after seeing it on some BuzzFeed list and thinking about how gross my AirPods probably were. When they came in the mail, I used them immediately. They got all the gunk out that was in the little holes. THEN my husband comes in and sees and wants to use them for his. I learned he has never even tried to clean his own AirPods (?!) DISGUSTING and amazing. It got everything out of his." —Amazon Customer

    Get 24 from Amazon for $15.99.

    15. A pair of exfoliating mitts for making you go, "Oh, gross!" the next time you shower. They're made of a viscose fiber that buffs away beads of dead skin (you'll literally be able to see them) to reveal buttery, baby soft skin underneath — and probably make you feel like a lizard shedding its skin.

    Promising review: "I use a loofah everyday, so I just bought this to use once a week, not thinking it would do much if anything. Man, was I wrong!!! I read reviews, viewed pictures, and watched the videos. I assumed they all used tanning products or spray tans, because the skin in the tub was brown/black. OMG, mine was too!!! I haven't tanned in 15 or so years. It was gross. On the bright side, my skin really does feel great. Just get it, seriously..." —Kim McMahon

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99 (also available individually).

    16. K18, a leave-in reparative treatment if you're someone who puts their hair through the wringer. It's fan-flipping-tastic at restoring moisture and softness in your strands if you frequently bleach or chemically treat your hair, or if you use heat-styling tools often.

    a buzzfeed editor with soft blonde hair
    a bottle of k18 repair hair mask
    Melanie Aman / BuzzFeed, Sephora

    I bleach my dark brown-black Asian hair blonde every six to eight weeks, so I was immediately intrigued when I first heard some stylists at my salon raving about K18. And it turns out the rest of the world loves it too, because it was sold out at Sephora the first time I tried to buy it. I eventually snagged a bottle and was gobsmacked at how much softer my hair was. Seriously. I spent the whole day touching my hair, and even my boyfriend agreed that my mane was noticeably silkier. 

    Olaplex was my go-to before I tried K18 and I still stand by it as a product, but I really love that K18 is a leave-in treatment rather than an in-shower mask. Having to let the Olaplex sit for 10 minutes felt like forever, especially when I wasn't taking an everything shower (you know, the ones where you exfoliate and shave). With K18, you let it sit in your hair for four minutes post shower to activate and then you can style your hair (or just let it air dry like I do). 

    I've found that my hair is softest the next day, so don't be discouraged if your hair looks or feels the same the day you use it. One last thing: it is pretty pricey but a little goes a long way. The 15 mL tube I bought has lasted ~five washes, and eventually K18 can become a maintenance product so you won't need to use it every time you wash your hair."

    Get it from Sephora for $75 (also available in a mini size).

    17. tequila-infusing kit so you can sip and serve a restaurant-quality cocktail. Each pouch contains dehydrated fruits, herbs, spices, and veggies that inject your alcohol with a delicious and spicy blend of flavor.

    a pouch of spicy margarita infusers
    contents of the mesh bags: dried grapefruits, oranges, jalapeños, pineapples, and limes
    InBooze / Etsy

    Each pouch contains dehydrated fruits, herbs, spices, and veggies that inject your alcohol with a delicious and spicy blend of flavor. Just place the infusion bag in a container (like a mason jar) with tequila. Infuse for at least three days, then just take out the bag and make your drink!

    InBooze is a Black woman-owned Etsy shop based in Michigan. All their packets are handmade, filled with dehydrated fruits, veggies, spices, and herbs — and each kit is enough to infuse 8 to 10 cocktails. Bottoms up!

    Promising review: "I can’t believe how good this is. The flavor is unreal." —Amber Horton

    Get it from InBooze on Etsy for $18 (available in a variety of other flavors).

    18. An adorable octopus-shaped blackhead remover that'll exfoliate your skin while pulling out whiteheads, blackheads, and other pore-clogging yuckies. 

    A black small octopus shaped remover in a reviewer's hand
    the cap off to show the salt on the top of the remover

    Promising review: "After just two days of use, this adorable little octopus has done wonders for me, smells great too. Here's how I used it: I wore down the stick just a little to where the texture from the salt is visible, scrubbed around on my face so there was plenty of product, then I used my fingers to gently massage all the gunk away. Rinse, pat dry, and enjoy the softness. Highly recommended for people with sensitive skin like myself." —LuckLocust

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50

    19. A powerful glycolic acid peel to help improve texture, reduce fine lines, and soften skin. Glycolic acid helps sort of unglue skin cells, so the softer, brighter layer underneath can emerge. But it can be a bit irritating to your skin so start slowly — especially because this peel also contains retinol, a collagen-boosting ingredient that can make your skin more sensitive.

    before photo of a reviewer with dimpled skin texture on their cheeks
    the same reviewer after using the peel consistently and the pitting on their cheeks has lessened dramatically

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely incredible. In January of 2017 I finally decided to try an at-home peel in conjunction with retinoids. Take a look at the photos I posted and you'll see how happy I am with my progress (after photo on the right taken June 2017.) I've used this peel once a week and have had incredible results. Previously I did three rounds of Fraxel, which only resulted in severe pain, peeling, and grossness. Oh yes, and an empty savings account. For 30 bucks every few months I achieved better results than I got at a dermatologist's office." —Meredith

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    20. A moisturizer for acne-prone skin because it gives your skin the hydration it needs without feeling greasy or heavy. It's made with skin barrier–strengthening ingredients with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

    model with a swatch of white cream on their cheek
    Rael

    Promising review: "My skin has been going through so much between stress and climate it's been dry and very red. This product has restored my skin. Doesn't feel stripped but hydrated and nourished now. Highly recommend!" —Katkirkman

    Get it from Rael for $15.

    21. A leave-in conditioner for curly-haired and tender-headed tots (and adults!) that harnesses the hydrating, reparative, and detangling abilities of vitamin B5, jojoba oil, keratin, and more.

    Promising review: "This stuff is beyond 5 stars. I initially bought this for my son who is tender-headed. I have really curly hair and happened to break my ankle and was in the hospital for two weeks and couldn't wash and condition my hair like I do at home. I had what felt like dreadlocks in three places! I was hoping this would work on my hair and it was amazing! I completely soaked my hair with this stuff, waited a little while, and gently combed through it. I absolutely cannot believe how well it worked!!" —Bea

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    22. A cruelty-free lengthening mascara if you're tired of mascaras that don't live up to their promises. This one won't let you down — I promise! It's lightweight, won't transfer, doesn't smudge, and lasts all day. Consider your expectations exceeded!

    before and after showing the mascara made their light lashes visible and lengthened
    Reviewer showing off their fluffy, full-looking lashes

    Promising review: "My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long wearing. I go from an eight-hour work day right to the gym and sweat...and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!" —Carrie E Weikert

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.