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    25 Products That May Only Do One Thing, But They Do It Really, Really Well

    Whether it's a super fancy moisturizer or an unassuming laundry hamper, the products you'll find here are the best at their job.

    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. A moisturizer-serum hybrid that'll leave you with plump, supple skin. It's light as water yet hydrating with honey, glycerin, and ceramides. Fruit oils brighten, and honey, an anti-inflammatory, soothes — all at an almost unbelievable price point. I love this so much sometimes I have nightmares they'll stop selling it 😳.

    the product and a swatch of the moisturizer, showing its light, milky, gel-like texture
    Peach & Lily

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I never want to be without it again. When I sleep with it on over my serums, I wake up glowy. But it’s also perfect for daytime use, which is a difficult find for me usually because I get oily and live in the South. The ingredients are wonderful, it’s only improved my skin, and the price point is fantastic! A must-have." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon and Peach & Lily for $11.99.

    2. A silky coated pan with a core of copper and infused with a fume-free coating for fantastic heat distribution while cooking! And it lasts way longer than regular pans. You've finally found your go-to, haven't you? Your food is gonna turn out so perfect.

    the pan with flames on top
    Material Kitchen

    The pan is 10.5 inches. Material Kitchen is an Asian-owned small biz that's focused on making cookware for the modern home cook that's way better quality than the items you'd find at retail stores.

    Promising review: "Very solid pan, heats and cools quickly, and looks like a piece of artwork! My egg foo young and mushroom omelets are perfect now! The matching spatula is also nicely designed and works well on all cooking tasks." —William

    Get it from Material Kitchen for $76 (available in two colors).

    3. A pair of elegant blue-light blocking glasses so you may be less likely to end the day with a blaring headache, strained eyes, and exhaustion if you typically stare at screens for hours. These will help protect your eyes and your mood, and they're nice enough to wear outside too.,

    Promising review: "OK so I love these glasses so much! The quality is even better than I expected. They are simple enough to go with everything while still being so fashionable. Not to mention my migraines have decreased since I started wearing them. 10/10 would recommend." —Micaela P

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98 (available in eight colors).

    4. A Monster Calls if you're in the mood for a tearjerker or just a poignantly told beautiful story. It's a dark, modern fairytale about a mysterious tree monster that shows up in 13-year-old Conor’s life, and it's there to make him tell the truth about the recurring nightmare he’s had since his mother got sick — the truth that Conor would rather die than face. It's powerful, moving, funny, and makes me cry every time and just...if you don't feel anything after reading this, you don't have a heart.

    the book cover

    This story is based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd that she couldn't expand upon due to her death. Patrick Ness instead wove it into this cathartic tale. It's one of my most favorite books of all time so I may sound biased but just hear me out. Though marketed as a middle-grade/YA book, I think this is something for all ages and a must-read for everyone, children and adults. The black and white illustrations add a stunning visual touch to the story. The writing is lovely and the story takes on heavy topics like grief, growing up, loss, and facing your fears in a way that feels light but also hits you right in the gut at the same time. It seems like I'm not the only one who cried reading this so be prepared. With tissues.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49, Bookshop for $9.19 (to support local bookstores), or check your local library.

    5. A curl-defining cream to go through summer with the curls of your dreams. This helps give your strands oomph, and keeps them soft (no stiffness or crunchiness!), brushable, bouncy, and shiny. Frizzy curls begone!

    reviewer with frizzy messy hair on left, then sleek, smooth wavy hair on left after using product

    I use this too, usually right out of the shower on wet or damp hair, and like how it doesn't weigh down my hair and makes my curls stand out more once my hair dries. Not to mention the lovely scent!

    Promising review: "I heard of this product from curly-haired people on Reddit and I can't believe how well it works! I have very fine, soft curly/wavy hair and this cream doesn't make them sticky or heavy, beautifully enhances my curly texture, and helps with the frizz too (I live in GA, so yeaahhh). I had great success air drying with it and applying to wet hair and a tiny touch-ups on dry as well. I don't like crunchy curls and this product keeps my hair touchable and soft." —Ekaterina D.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.64.

    6. An eco-friendly two-in-one food bowl because it'll keep your lunch cold or hot, nurse your leftovers, and make everyone else jealous with how good it looks. It has a triple-layered, vacuum-insulated exterior and a durable interior that's safe for the microwave and dishwasher, and marked with measurements to make meal prep easy.

    the bowl with salad inside

    It keeps food cold for 12 hours and hot for seven.

    Promising review: "It’s great size portion for hot porridge, quinoa, rice, or any kind of warm meal for long hike, or any kind of travel. It’s nicely designed and has a removable glass insert for helping prep your meal." —Angeleine

    Get it from S'well for $40+ (available in two sizes.

    7. An orthopedic pain relief seat cushion for those who sit or drive for prolonged periods of time. This helps with tailbone pain, sciatica, leg pain, and lower back pain, and encourages better posture. It's made with memory foam too so it'll mold itself to the shape of your bottom!


    The cover is removable and washable according to reviewers.

    Promising review: "I have been using the seat pillow for two weeks now, and it has done what it advertises. It has reduced pain, held up up well, and maintained its shape. Given I am not sitting on it all day, which may impact the wear and tear, it still has provided an increase in support and comfort, and has help reduce my dull sciatica pain when having to sit for extended periods of time." —Icarus Rising

    Get it from Amazon for $38.95+ (available in five colors).

    8. BYO Blush, a one-of-a-kind color-changing vegan and cruelty-free blush oil that reacts to the pH of your skin and actually changes color to adjust to your tone! You get a pretty flush and your own shade of blush perf just for you. That means you literally don't even need to think about if the blush matches your fit for the day! It's also made with skincare ingredients so you can actually *gasp* sleep in it and wake up with good skin!


    When I wore this, it gave me the prettiest natural-looking flush, and it actually lasted me the whole day, which is a miracle for my combo-oily skin. It really looks like it's part of your skin rather than sitting on top, and I love that it's good for your skin too! Plus, if two people with the same skin tone apply the blush, they'll both get a slightly different color! How cool is that? This contains 20 plant-based, antioxidant-rich oils that help nourish skin.

    Youthforia is a woman-owned small biz that aims to make makeup that's so good for your skin you can sleep in it. The founder, Fiona Co Chan, even tested the blush by sleeping in it for two months! They are passionate about being environmentally-friendly and not using fossil fuels or gross toxins in their products.

    Promising review: "Dewy and glowy. I tried it over makeup and it appeared as a strong pink shade but settled to a flushed, glow-y color. I had my little sister try it too because I wanted to see the color change again and it lasted a really long time on her. The texture was smooth and it was easy to rub in and blend out." —Summer

    Get it from Youthforia for $36.

    9. This cute "Egguins" egg-holder to both store and serve your eggs in the most creative way. These penguins hold up to six eggs and you can keep them in your fridge or dunk them in boiling water (don't worry, they'll be fine and so will your eggs). The handle stays cool so you can comfortably pull your penguins out from the pot or carry them wherever!, Amazon

    Promising review: "Fantastic eggs! I have never been able to hard boil eggs and get an easy peel. The first time I used the egguin, they came out perfectly. It could not have been easier. I highly recommend." —J. Bambrough

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. A tub of Neogen double-sided exfoliating pads that acts as both a physical and chemical exfoliant in one. With powerful ingredients like glycolic acid, vitamin C, and lemon, it'll help clear clogged pores, fade acne scars, and reveal a bright, clean layer of skin. If your skin doesn't feel soft, bouncy, and clean after this, I'll change my name.

    the three tubs, lemon, green tea, and wine
    @neogen_global / Via

    Star tip: The pads are large so you really don't need one whole one for your face; cut them in half to make them last longer! This is honestly one of my holy-grail exfoliation products. I stopped breaking out once I started using this weekly and just love how even-toned my skin looks after.

    Promising review: "I like these a lot! When my skin is feeling dull it's a must-have. I cut them in half because they're quite large and that works just fine for my face. My husband also uses them on his upper back where he has acne and they are great for deep cleaning. There was a huge difference — these had already removed all the dead skin and gunk and there was nothing left to exfoliate! But for as effective as they are, they're not too harsh for my face and don't leave me feeling tight or too dry." —Jackie

    Get them from Amazon (available in four styles) or Soko Glam for $27.

    11. A lovely and affordable Vellabox candle subscription because it is the absolute definition of the word "cozy." These natural candles have irresistible scents curated to the season that you'll just want to immerse your whole being in! Plus, the containers just make your room look so aesthetically pleasing. And if you want, you can just get one candle too!


    If you're wondering, my favorite scent is the mandarin and mimosa!

    Get the subscription from Vellabox for $10+/month (available in three sizes) and individuals candles for $10+ (available in more than 20 scents).

    12. A thickening shampoo for fine and thin hair. It uses organic coconut water and mimosa flower for lightweight body and volume, and you can physically feel the thickness of your hair after using this!

    the bottle
    Love Beauty and Planet

    I know because I've used it! It makes my hair feel fuller, more voluminous, and clean too. The scent is light and lovely and I love the price.

    This is sulfate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.

    Promising review: "I would give 6 stars if it were possible. I have fine hair. This shampoo leaves my hair light and clean. It doesn't dry it out, and it doesn't weigh it down. It smells great, a little like coconut with a hint of citrus, not cloying or perfume-y. And surprisingly, my wet hair is a bit easier to run the comb through than with my other shampoos. For years I've used a terrific salon product, quite expensive, but with COVID it became unavailable so I figured I'd try something new. Like my salon shampoo, this one is concentrated so you don't need to use much. Even the container is well made with a sturdy cap and a chunky container that is less likely to topple from a shower caddy. And I appreciate the environmentally friendly features. Most of all, though, I'm really happy with what it does to my hair." —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    13. A foldable wooden clothing rack to function as an extended wardrobe so that when the rest of your clothes don't fit into your tiny closet, you don't have to keep them strewn all over your chair and bed. It has a bottom shelf for extra storage and will look super chic in your room!,

    The rack is made to not take up too much space and its open design makes it feel breezy rather than cramped.

    Promising review: "I was so excited to buy a clothing rack and I couldn't figure out which one would be the best. I narrowed it down to three and chose this one, which happened to be the least expensive. It came in a box in less than a week complete with instructions and labels to help me assemble it. I put it together with no additional tools in an hour when I got home from work and the next day organized the clothes you see in my picture. I love the look of the rack, and as you can see, it holds quite a bit of stuff. I would recommend this 100% to anyone looking to buy. What it came down to for me was price and design, and this was a great purchase!" —Anneliese

    Get it from Amazon for $48.99.

    14. A citrus-scented toilet spray you spritz in the bowl before you go so no one is the wiser as to what you did in the bathroom 😉. What's better than stopping the smell before it's even happened? Honestly, you can use this anywhere in the house to rid the air of strong odors!

    the spray

    This formula is nontoxic and paraben-free.

    Promising review: "I didn't think I would like this, but it works! I was shocked. My husband has very regular BMs and that usually means that the rest of us have to avoid that part of the house for at least a little while. I got this for his birthday as a gag gift, but we tried it and it works amazingly well! The only downside is that I'm starting to associate the pleasant citrus scent with poop as well. It is not a subtle coverup, as anyone who walks by the bathroom will smell a great outpouring of citrus, but it's better than the alternative! Overall, I definitely recommend this product to anyone who poops." —steel_muffins

    Get it from Amazon for $9.12+ (available in a variety of scents).

    15. An Athena Club Razor Kit for, dare I say, the best shave of your life. It's curve-friendly, the blades have skin guards to prevent razor burn (!!!), and it has a vegan, water-activated shea butter serum built in that conditions skin and lets you forgo shaving cream. The coolest part? It comes with a rust-proof magnetic hook that keeps your razor in place so you don't end up dropping it 20 times. You can use the hook to hang your loofah too!

    Athena Club

    The kit comes with two five-blade cartridges, stainless-steel blades, one razor handle, and one magnetic hook. It's dermatologist-approved and the handle, instead of plastic, is made from heavy duty materials like anodized aluminum (used for MacBooks), fiberglass (used to build airplanes and boats), and UV-protected silicone for a non-slip grip. You can customize your subscription plan too so you're not wasting any blades. Talk about superhero razors.

    Promising review: "Best razor EVER! This razor is amazing! Such a close shave and my legs are so silky afterward! AND it doesn't irritate my legs like other razors. Never going back!" —Lori

    Get it from Athena Club for $9+ (available in six handle colors and a variety of subscription plans).

    16. A Bougie water bottle to take the act of drinking water to the next level. With double-walled insulation and a leak-proof flip lid (so you don't have to keep unscrewing the cap), it makes getting your daily dose of hydration easy. Plus, it doesn't do that thing where the water tastes stale after a few hours. The blue bottle is from their new couture collection, which, needless to say, is gorgeous! Fun fact: this can hold an entire bottle of wine. Bougie indeed!

    My Bougie Water Bottle, @mybougiebottle / Via

    It keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks warm for 12 hours. The straw allows you to sip instead of tilting the bottle, which comes in handy when you're busy doing something else! It comes with two straws, a pipe cleaner, and a protective bag. Plus, it's eco-friendly, rust-proof, and BPA-free.

    My Bougie Bottle is a woman-owned small biz whose mission is to create convenient durable water bottles to combat plastic pollution and destruction of marine life due to it. Their bottle artwork is intended to raise awareness of the benefits conservation has on our planet.

    Promising review: "I wash it EVERY DAY so I can use it at work. It's the only bottle I own that doesn't drip condensation all over my papers but yet stays icy literally all day. The ice cubes are amazing. I haven't tried it with wine yet but that day is coming. If you like icy cold water in a sweet bottle you can not go wrong with this beauty." —Emily

    Pre-order the blue hibiscus bottle from My Bougie Bottle for $39.99 and the flamingo design from Amazon for $39.99.

    17. A pack of breathable cotton undies because tight underwear shouldn't be a thing, especially not in the summer. These will do a great job of keeping you perfectly comfortable!

    pair of differently colored bikini briefs

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in sizes 4–10 and a variety of colors).

    And if you want thongs, check out these moisture-wicking ones.

    18. This Kulfi Kajal Eyeliner that'll give you a super creamy glide and texture, and long-lasting, non-budging color so all you really need to do is line and you're done. A holy grail for sure, it also has aloe vera and vitamin E to help moisturize and act as antioxidants. No more runny eyes! Whoop-whoop!

    Kulfi Beauty

    Kulfi Beauty is a South Asian woman-owned small biz that created Kulfi to empower the South Asian community through representation after not finding South Asians represented in the world of beauty or finding makeup that worked for South Asian skin tones. It is a journey of rediscovering the joy in makeup and reclaiming beauty. BTW "kulfi" is a type of South Asian ice cream!

    Promising review: "Love this eyeliner. It goes on so smooth and once it sets, doesn’t smudge!" —Laura

    Get it from Kulfi Beauty for $20 (available in five shades).

    19. A build-your-own reusable stainless steel straw set so you can be environmentally friendly (which is really important to do!) and make your life more convenient. This includes a straw for you and one to share — plus you get a straight and bent stainless steel straw so you can have your pick of the day!

    the set in rose gold
    Simply Straws

    These are resistant to oxidation and corrosion, and dishwasher safe. You get an 8.5" straight straw, a 10.5" bent straw, and a cleaning brush. 

    Promising review: "I love this straw set. I bought two with a sleeve, so I can have one in my purse when I go out and one at home. Very environmental friendly and they’re stylish as well. The straws are very well made and easy to clean. Shipping was lightning fast. I had my order the very next day. I’m very pleased with my purchase and plan on buying more for myself, family, and friends." —Shanaun 

    Get it from Simply Straws for $12 (available in three colors).

    20. An all-natural deodorant that uses just five simple ingredients, including dead sea minerals to control odor, and tapioca starch to absorb wetness. You'll feel good about using this on your underarms.

    the deodorant

    The natural ingredients means no rashes! It also has no aluminum, baking soda, parabens, gluten or synthetic fragrances. It's vegan, cruelty-free, and uses ingredients based on their Environmental Working Group (EWG) safety.

    Promising review: "I have really sensitive skin and when I sweat, I need a strong enough deodorant. I wanted something that was not full of bad chemicals, so I decided to try this out. I wanted to test to see if this could handle anything so I put it on, went to work, and when I came home, I decided to mow the lawn. After an hour of mowing the lawn, I noticed I didn't smell musty at all, which is a surprise because normally with other deodorants, they typically wear off within eight hours. This stuff didn't irritate me at all and it lasted for well over 12 hours plus it didn't cake up under my arms, which is nice as well. I am a customer for life with this product." —Enriquez Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in seven scents)

    21. A nail-strengthening solution for helping restore and protect your damaged nails so you can show them off without fear.

    A person applying the solution to their nails

    BuzzFeed writer Marquaysa Battle swears by it. Here's what she has to say:

    "I wore acrylic sets faithfully before the quarantine hit. When I finally fixed my heart to soak off what would be my last full set for a lonnnng time, I had this in my bathroom and began using it regularly along with tea tree oil for my cuticles. Within a month, my nails started to look healthy although they had broken off during my soak-off session. After three months, my nails look even healthier and I'm 100% sure they're stronger now since I broke my pinky nail and it grew back WITHIN A WEEK like it hadn't even happened. YES, I now have supernails, LOL! I also love the very subtle pink shade of this treatment because it gives my nails a natural nude look that I can wear alone but when I wear it underneath other nail polish colors, it doesn't interfere with the other shade."

    Get it from Amazon for $8.04.

    22. A glowy and lightweight beauty cream to illuminate skin with pearl and flower extracts like rose and jasmine until it looks like you put a real-life filter on it! It'll soften, moisturize, even and brighten skin tone, and help control sebum. A dream cream if you will, that'll ensure you look as radiant as the moon 🌙.

    the product
    Soko Glam

    This cream is perfect for before makeup or worn alone for everyday!

    Promising review: "This cream does create a 'filter' effect, like a light iridescent shimmer that smooths out pores and just feels lustrous on your skin. A little goes a long way, and it feels wonderful under my foundation. It doesn't make my skin oily, just soft and smooth. I love this cream!" —Mary

    Get it from Soko Glam for $32.

    23. A petite and oh-so-stylish wicker laundry hamper that'll hold loads of clothes so you'll never feel guilty anymore coming home to your dirty laundry hanging out all over your room. This fits perfectly into little corners so it'll be out of your way and comes with its own removable cotton canvas laundry bag.

    the hamper against wall

    And if all that didn't convince you, the 1,900+ 5-star reviews (oh yeah...for a laundry hamper!) and the super affordable price honestly should. Who knew a hamper could be so great?

    Get it from Wayfair for $18.99.

    24. A gorgeously detailed canvas painting of the lantern scene from Tangled that you'll just fall in love with it when it combs. It's the only home decor piece you'll ever need. Have fun picking out all the little details you'll inevitably miss on your first viewing!

    the painting of the lantern scene

    The painting comes ready for hanging with a certificate of authenticity.

    Promising review: "I bought this canvas as my third from Thomas Kinkade Disney series. Love seeing all the details both in the front and the back of the main characters." —Chesireinateacup

    Get it from shopDisney for $89.95.

    25. A reversible and portable canvas boba tea holder — it can also work for water bottles that don't have handles! This way, you have no excuse to leave your beverage behind if you're going somewhere and have nowhere to put it. Enter: this!

    Printed canvas holder with an elastic to hold your straw
    Danger In Design / Etsy

    This has a straw holder too! It also helps with the condensation.

    Danger In Design is a Philippines-based small biz that makes enamel pins and other cute accessories.

    Get it from Danger In Design on Etsy for $9 (available in four colors).

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

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