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    14 Things To Try In August

    Because we tried them for you in July.

    1. A donut orthopedic pet bed so your fluffy friend can curl up in a spot of their very own. Get your googly heart eyes ready, because they're gonna be pretty darn cute when they snuggle up in there. 

    small dog in the tan shaggy round bed
    two small dogs in the bed
    Ali Faccenda / BuzzFeed

    "I recently got a new puppy (and my parents got his brother), and when searching for pet beds I wanted to find something that I'd probably want to lay on if I were a dog (lol). I came across this fluffy 'anti-anxiety' bed and I was intrigued. I immediately added it to cart and it has been the greatest purchase I have made for Franklin (my pup). 

    He falls right to sleep in it and he and his brother love cuddling in it. It's also been a lifesaver when it comes to car rides. I just pop it in the passenger seat or even in the back seat, and he stays put through the whole ride. If you have a smaller dog and need a dog bed, I can firmly vouch that this one is a keeper." —Ali Faccenda

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four sizes and three colors). 

    2. An Ideal Bookshelf cookbook print to hang in your kitchen so you can be under the watchful eye of The Greats as you dash about in the kitchen. Julia Child, are you proud of me?! 

    illustrated print of famous cookbooks lined up and stacked up
    Ideal Bookshelf

    Ideal Bookshelf is a small business based in Maui. 

    To put it simply, I adore this cookbook print from Ideal Bookshelf! I framed it and hung it in my kitchen, and at long last the room looks finished. Call me old-fashioned, but I love cooking from cookbooks and reach for them more often than I google recipes. Knowing that the recipes have been lovingly and time-consumingly tested, dog-earing the pages, leaving myself little notes, I could go on for ages. But having my love of cookbooks rendered in this print is wonderful, especially since I own and love many of the ones depicted! The print arrived safe and sound with no creases, the paper is nice and sturdy, and the print quality is top-notch. I highly recommend this, or any of Ideal Bookshelf's beautiful illustrated prints, for your own home or as a gift for the book-lover in your life. 

    Get it from Ideal Bookshelf for $34+ (available in three sizes and with the option of framing) and check out all of their awesome bookshelf prints here

    3. A biodegreadable, plastic packaging–free laundry detergent so your laundering habits can get as clean as your laundry. It's about time to stop buying those enormous plastic jugs of detergent!

    buzzfeed editor holding tall slender bottle of detergent
    Lara Parker / BuzzFeed

    "Like most people, I have watched in horror as the earth burns before our eyes. And because of this, I have been actively searching for small ways to be more sustainable in my own day-to-day life. One way I never thought about before but now am completely obsessed with is through my laundry detergent! So much of our regular laundry detergents are filled with chemicals that are then drained into the Earth. Dirty Labs creates 100% biobased, biorenewable, and biodegradable formulas that come fragrance-free as needed. At $19 for 75 loads worth, it definitely felt worth it to me to purchase this and know that I am doing something, even if it's small, to be more sustainable. And it gets my clothes really clean in the process. I would highly recommend it." —Lara Parker

    Get it from Dirty Labs for $17.10

    4. A Mono B sports bra and short set that's made of 80% recycled material, so you can feel *extra* good about your next workout or lounge sesh.

    buzzfeed writer in a greyish-brown long-line sports bra and high-waisted shorts activewear set

    5. The Weekly Reset Routine skincare set from Glass Lizard for getting in the habit of cleansing, masking, and moisturizing your precious face regularly — and with all clean, vegan, cruelty-free products. 

    buzzfeed editor holding a pot of and swatching clear eye cream
    buzzfeed editor holding the recover-ize and firm-ize sheet masks
    Joelle Park / BuzzFeed

    The mixed routine set comes with Deep Clean cleanser, Bouncy Balm moisturizer, two Firm-ize Jelly Sheet Masks, and two Recover-ize Milky Sheet Masks. Glass Lizard is a small skincare company offering all vegan and cruelty-free products. 

    "I started using Glass Lizzard skincare this past month and it has absolutely helped simplify my skincare routine, especially on late nights when I just want to go to bed stat, but still wake up snatched the next day. It's a relatively new indie K-skincare brand with a very unintimidating lineup of products. I tried their Weekly Reset bundle and fell in love with the quality of the products, the packaging, the whole deal. Each product clearly states the active ingredients and what their intended function is, which I found very informative. Their cleanser is a super-gentle physical exfoliant, which is great for everyday use, and their moisturizer has more of a gel texture than a cream, which was perfect for my combo-oily skin. Given the slippery texture, I also really enjoyed it as a primer under makeup in the mornings. If I had to recommend just one product of theirs though, it would hands down have to be the masks. I've tried a lot of sheet masks in my day, but both the Recoverize and Firmize masks had my face feeling soft and refreshed like no other! My family liked them so much they took a few from me as well.

    Since company values are also important to me when it comes to skincare, I made sure the products are free of parabens, sulfates, fragrance, dyes, mineral oil, etc. They are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and try to use sustainable sourcing practices for their ingredients and packaging. On top of all that, the products are shockingly affordable compared to so many other skincare brands on the market! I'm so glad I tried these products — they're absolute staples for me now!" —Joelle Park

    Get it from Glass Lizard for $44

    6. A Food52 four-piece baking set, because whipping up a bake quickly after work or leisurely over the weekend is even more blissful when you have *just* the right tools. And beautiful, dishwasher-safe tools to boot!

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    the four-piece tool set
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed, Food52

    The set comes with a bench scraper, two offset spatulas, and a pastry brush. 

    I've never been anything less than floored by products from Food52's brand Five Two (lookin' at you, silicone lid set), and this baking set is no exception. I've been a hobbyist baker for a while, so this isn't my first rodeo when it comes to testing baking tools, but these are each the Cadillac of their own tool category, and all for a wildly good price, if you ask me. 

    All of the tools feature silicone handles, so your hands won't slip and slide around even if they're covered in egg wash or butter (mmmmm butter). The offset spatulas are the perfect sizes for tasks large and small, and the ruler on the bench scraper is *chef's kiss* perfection. I reach for the brush, yes, for baking, but also any other kitchen tasks that require one. I've literally used this brush on chicken on the grill and it has survived. 

    These tools are workhorses. Some of the sturdiest I've ever used. Food52 easily could have made these ugly as sin and still had the best products on the market. But they made them absolutely gorgeous to boot! Even after relatively heavy use, the blue silicone looks clean and the gold accents look bright and shiny as ever. And that's after many a run through the dishwasher, because OH YEAH, they're dishwasher safe, too. Food52 you've done it again!

    Get it from Food52 for $49

    7. A bottle of Peels CBD oil that's made from — get this — oranges! That means it has zero THC guaranteed but can still provide you the mind and body–calming benefits for which CBD is adored. 

    buzzfeed editor holding orange dropper bottle of Peels CBD
    Lara Parker / BuzzFeed

    "I am writing in about Peels, which is a new CBD tincture that is actually derived from oranges. You might be thinking, wait what? As was I. The gist is that they use a process called "Cyclic Terpene Assembly" that produces a pure, consistent, and stable CBD compound, which is completely free from THC (the stuff that gets you high.) Their process combines terpenes from orange peels with olivetol under heat and pressure in the presence of a catalyst.  The process of taking it from the oranges to create this CBD guarantees no THC is ever present, which may be comforting to some who may still be receiving drug tests, as some other CBD tinctures show (very low) traces of THC. Peels CBD is chemically and molecularly identical to any other CBD you would find, it just comes from oranges! Who knew!

    I ingest some form of CBD daily to help manage my chronic pain and I really really liked ingesting this one over the last few days. To start, it tastes like faint oranges which is great because if you've tasted other CBD oil you probably know it ain't that delicious. This one is relatively easy to get down, which isn't always easy for me as I struggle with almost constant nausea. And while I was skeptical at first learning that this was somewhat differently made than the CBD I've grown to know and love, it still does the trick and gives me what I need in terms of lowering pain flares or quelching nausea. I love that for me." —Lara Parker

    Get it from Peels for $94.95.

    8. A pair of faux-leather paper bag shorts for anyone looking for a trendy piece that will seamlessly transition from summer to fall. Ugh, can you believe it's time to think about fall already...? Sorry, I'm getting distracted, the point is the shorts are cute!

    buzzfeed writer in mid-thigh-length faux leather paper bag shorts holding a puppy
    Ali Faccenda / BuzzFeed

    "2021 has been the summer of paper bag pants for me. I have paper bag jeans, jean shorts, faux leather shorts, and flowy shorts. You can say I'm all-in on the paper bag trend. There's something about the freedom of knowing I can tighten or loosen them when I'm out and about, and not having to worry about wearing an uncomfortable belt like I have to with my other pants. 

    I love pairing them with a more feminine top since they're on the edgier side, but I'm also super stoked to wear them with some cute graphic tees and crews. These will be a great transition piece for me into fall since it's still on the warmer side. They're so comfortable that they don't feel like I'm wearing regular shorts but look so put together you could def get away with wearing them to outings and work events. Would highly recommend these." —Ali Faccenda

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in women's sizes XS–XXL). 

    9. A bottle of all-natural peppermint cleaner from The Hoot that leaves a nice, calming smell in your home after cleaning up instead of a chemical-y one. Refreshing!

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    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    The Hoot is a Black woman–owned small business. 

    "You know that refreshing feeling you get after a deep clean at the dentist? That's how I feel about my home after using this spray. The peppermint smell is so invigorating and makes everything smell fresh. It cuts through grime and dust with no problem, and I think might actually scare off mice (rodents hate minty smells). The sprayer works well, and the bottle is even made from recycled plastic. This "eco-friendly" brand was started by Tonya Newsome, a professional cleaner, who noticed traditional cleaning solutions made with harsh ingredients were causing skin irritation and respiratory issues. Newsome decided to make a cleaner that's just as effective but without SLES and SLS (both known to cause irritation and allergic reactions for people with sensitive skin). I have to say, it's really nice to use a cleaner that works but doesn't give off unpleasant fumes or put my dog at risk. If you're looking for a multipurpose spray that smells like a nice piece of gum instead of the bottom of a swimming pool, try it out!" —Bek O'Connell

    Get it from The Hoot for $7.49 (available with two sprayer nozzle options). 

    10. A medium-pile Means Area Rug from Boutique Rugs to add a bit of color and homeyness to any room, from your living room to a lil' nursery. :')

    white, light blue, grey, black, and white patterned rug
    John Mihaly / BuzzFeed

    "We desperately needed a new rug for our second child's room and time was ticking during the third trimester. I remembered how much time and effort went into the rug for the first kid so I wasn't looking forward to doing that again. However, Boutique Rugs offered a sample to test and test we did! This area rug felt like it was made just for our baby's room. It's soft, not-too-thick, and has been super easy to keep clean and looking new. We've had it for a few months now and every time I pass by the room, I'm like, 'Nice new rug!' Delivery was easy too!  —John Mihaly 

    Get it from Boutique Rugs for 34.12+ (available in six sizes and two colors).

    11. Orly's Synthetic Symphony nail polish whose electric purple shade will look rockin' in any season (bright for summer *and* cool for winter?!), but best of all will last, especially when paired with Orly's topcoat

    buzzfeed editor wearing and holding the bottle of vibrant purple nail polish
    Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    "I've gotten really into at-home manis during the past few months and have become an absolute Orly convert. Compared to other more 'It' nail brands that begin with 'O' — OPI and Olive and June? This outlasts 'em — really. Whether it's their regular polish or their Breathable line, I find that the colors are gorgeous and rich, they go on smoothly even if you low-key suck at doing nails like I do, and they stay looking fresh for days — longer than any other polish I've tried. That means a lot coming from me, since I wash my hands constantly and am prone to picking at my nails and cuticles. With my track record, finding a polish that still looks pretty darn good after about a week is a massive win. The only exception to this is their glitter polish, but like, when has glitter polish ever worked well outside of a salon?? 

    Orly's topcoat and remover are also the best I've ever tried, and I love the rubbery, easy-to-grip handles on all their polish bottles. And this color in particular??? It is pretty and rocker chic and glam and quirky all at the same time (all the things a perfect shade of purple should be), and it is basically my aesthetic in a bottle. It feels really different from the myriad other purples in my collection, too, so I recommend it if you're looking to stand out this summer. I loved it on my hands last month, and I just painted my toes with it the other day. Heart eyes all around!" —Katy Herman

    Get it from Orly for $9.50.

    12. A trio-pack of aluminum-free OffCourt men's body deodorant sprays made with prebiotics to support the growth of "good bacteria" in those areas where things can get pretty funkadelic pretty fast. 

    Green, white, and black spray bottles with green tops
    Before/after photo of buzzfeed tester with stink lines and without stink lines coming from armpit area
    John Mihaly / BuzzFeed

    OffCourt is cruelty-free and vegan!

    "I stink now. I didn't use to, though. I'm getting older and apparently smellier. Having two small children means that somedays I just won't get a chance to hit the shower. Something had to be done, something I never thought I'd ever do: use a body spray. When I got a chance to test out OffCourt's prebiotic deodorant spray I had some very strong concerns about experiencing what can only be called 'The Axe Effect.'

    But OffCourt doesn't smell like a junior-high kid's gym bag. In fact, it actually smells, well, nice. How do I know? My wife told me so (she's also the one who told me I stink so I totally trust her opinion). Scents include fig leaves/white musk, coconut water/sandalwood, and fresh citron/driftwood. Now anytime I work up a sweat from chasing kids around the house or coming in from running errands, I give myself a quick spritz and the stink(lines) go away!" —John Mihaly

    Get it from OffCourt for $30.

    13. A pair of Ten Little shoes for toddlers and kids, because shoes for little feet are *way* better when they're easy to clean, quick to put on, and foolproof when it comes to finding the right fit.

    buzzfeed editor's kid wearing the shoes in purple, the shoes in various colors, and a close-up of the shoes' velcro closure
    Melissa Harrison / BuzzFeed / Ten Little

    "Early on in the pandemic, it came time to size up in shoes for my 4-year-old daughter — but IRL try-ons weren't an option. That's when Ten Little caught my eye. They offer kids' shoes in sizes 4–13 — including the crucial half sizes! — and Ten Little has a super useful printable fit finder on their site, so if you're ordering for the first time, you're essentially guaranteed to get it right. Beyond that, the nonskid shoes are super durable and well-made. The vegan leather is easy to wipe down and keep clean after playground trips or preschool days, the velcro straps save time and effort, and the fact that the shoes come in just about every color of the rainbow means little kiddos can definitely find a favorite." —Melissa Jameson

    Get them from Ten Little for $39 (available in kids' sizes 4–13 and 11 colors).

    14. Some Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Iced Coffee K-Cups so you can brew yourself an A+ drink in the morning and skip the pricey trip to the coffee shop (a few days a week, at least, no need to be a hero). These are designed to still pack a punch when brewed over ice — diluted watery coffee, be gone!

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    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    Just brew over a large tumbler of ice and enjoy! But heads up that you're not supposed to brew these in anything made of glass. I have a liberal arts degree so can't tell you much, but my understanding is fast temperature changes with glass = danger. 

    "Alright so, I live and die for iced coffee. I, quite literally, am a living version of these silly memes that show people drinking iced coffee in the middle of a snow storm. Truly, it doesn't matter the temperature outside, if it's snowing and 20 degrees out you'll still find me sippin' on an iced coffee (with the exception of a PSL because I am who I am, but I digress). However, this need for iced coffee has been a burden on my wallet (I'm looking at YOU, Starbucks) since making it at home has never given me the same kind of satisfaction. What's a girl to do? Enter: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. 

    I recently have had the pleasure of trying out all three flavors of the company's new Brew Over Ice Pods and was SHOCKED at how much I've enjoyed them! The iced vanilla caramel is definitely my favorite and reminds me a bit of Starbucks' iced caramel macchiato (one of my go-tos). While most K-Cup coffees lose their flavor when brewed over ice, these have been designed to keep your coffee packed with flavor even when ice melts into it. It's fantastic! I've had a blast getting creative at home by adding in vanilla syrup to the black flavor and frothing up some milk to make my homemade coffee feel fancy.

    Ugh, is there anything better than aggressively shaking the ice around in circles in the delicious coffee you've just picked up??? Yes, there is. Doing the same in a cute customized cup you already own filled with coffee that's delectable and made in your own kitchen! Trust me on this one." —Heather Braga

    Get a 72-pack from Amazon for $38.82+ (available in three flavors). 

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