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    Feb 15, 2020

    30 Affordable Things You'll Probably Want To Add To Your Self-Care Routine

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    1. A flexible LED book light so you can create a calming, wind-down nighttime routine and squeeze in some reading time without having to keep all of the lights on and/or disturbing your cosleeper. Nothing's getting in the way of your ~you~ time, got it?

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    Promising review: "I’m a busy mom of three who works full time and hardly has a second to breathe...with that being said, reading calms me. I wanted something that provides enough light for me to read, but doesn’t disturb my baby who I cosleep with. This was reasonably priced and of good quality! So far, so good! I love that it is rechargeable with the included charging cord. Thank you!!! :)" —Jordan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two colors).

    2. A joy-sparking or calm-inducing weekly journal perfect for anyone who loves making lists or finds the typical free-form journaling format to be a little daunting. But rather than jotting down the usual to-do lists, you write down the people you love, activities that relieve stress, and what you want more of in your life. It's a consistent little dose of mindfulness!

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    Promising review (for Happiness): "This book is absolutely perfect to have as a guide, and it has so many creative writing prompts that inspire happiness. I haven't completed the entire book yet but I know I'll be sad when it ends. I hope she comes out with a second edition! This book really inspires you to find happiness in your life and to create more of it, and it's fun too." —Riley

    Get them both from Amazon for $10.17 each: 52 Lists for Happiness and 52 Lists for Calm.

    For more inspo, you can also check out the original The 52 Lists Project, or 52 Lists for Togetherness.

    3. A mini zen garden kit you can rake back and forth at your desk to recenter yourself and not let the stress of deadlines or a barrel of "urgent" emails get the best of you.

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    President Obama actually recommended this lil' zen garden as an under-$10 Christmas gift (for a healthcare.gov announcement)! Just note that this zen garden is super small and only measures 3.2 inches by 2.9 inches. It works for me, since my desk is already pretty cluttered. But there are definitely bigger options if you have more space.

    Promising review: "Instead of being angry, I just sit down in my chair and rake sand. It is quite a calming and relaxing activity and it makes me forget about the insanity that I deal with on a daily basis at work." —Captain Randolph

    Get it from Amazon for $6.76.

    4. Handy acupressure rings to roll up and down your weary fingers and massage the reflex points after a long day of typing, working, and running errands. Just call them your little helpers!

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    Promising review: "These little guys made a believer out of me. I struggle with inflammation in my fingers and wrists due to being on the computer so much; I was having a lot of problems with my thumbs especially. My husband bought these for me and I was pretty skeptical at first, but they work. I use them almost every evening for 10–15 minutes and I have to admit I'm not having near the pain in my hands that I used to." —Diane L.

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $8.99.

    5. A soothing ice roller that'll keep things extra chill, whether that's your face (it's the perfect wake-up call!), well-being (also a great headache/migraine symptom reliever), attitude, life, etc. — and it helps keep redness and puffiness at bay. Keep it in the fridge for extra cool.

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    Promising review: "These great reviews are for a reason! How have I lived without this little gem?! I’ve had it for two days and have already used it 5+ times. It's SO relaxing, helps with my rosacea inflammation and incoming, painful zits. I haven’t had a headache to try it out on, but going by how nice it feels on my neck and forehead I would assume it’s effective in that sense as well! Stop contemplating and get it! :)" —Tiffany

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in five designs and two sets).

    6. A compact essential-oil diffuser so you can surround yourself in a relaxing atmosphere, help clear your sinuses, and lull you into a deeper sleep. Who wouldn't want their room to smell like lavender, anyways?

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    It works with 100% essential oils, runs quietly for up to six hours, and has two mist settings and auto-shutoff when the water runs out.

    Promising review: "I love this little humidifier! The changing colors are lovely, it runs for a long time. and makes the whole room smell great with just three drops of EOs. I actually want to get at least one more, as I find myself moving it from room to room. I like that the color change mode is optional and that there are solid-color options too. I can pick a color that reminds me of the scent in it, or to match the room it is in." —Ericca Colby

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in fourcolors/designs), and get a pack of six essential oils from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. A nice 'n' steamy cup of Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief Tea to wind down with and relax your racing mind, thanks to a lovely blend of calming lavender, chamomile, honey, and lemon balm. I bet you feel more calm just imagining what it smells like. *sips mug*

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    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! The best way to unwind after a long day, and relax, and drift peacefully off into a restful sleep. ❤️" —ChellyBelle

    Get a four-pack (64 tea bags total) from Amazon for $15.36 (also available in Bedtime and Sweet Clementine varieties).

    8. An ergonomic scalp massager with Goldilocks-approved bristles — not too soft that they're ineffective and won't get rid of buildup/dandruff/itchiness, and also not too rough that they'll pull on your hair and/or irritate your scalp — as a relaxing shower moment your fingertips alone can't provide. Your hair will also feel softer and cleaner! Win-win!

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    Promising review: "I cannot explain how good this feels! It relaxes you and for sure is better than just using your fingertips to shampoo your hair. It actually gets down to the roots and makes sure that it gets into all the spots to clean your hair. My hair has never felt smoother than after I started using this product." —Romie Patel

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in three colors).

    9. A Chesapeake Bay Peace + Tranquility candle to envelop you in the calming scent of fancy cashmere jasmine as you cozy up to your favorite book or show.

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    It has an approximate burn time of 50 hours and the soft frosted finish of the candle container allows the flame to gently shine through while it's burning ✨.

    Promising review: "Guys. I don’t know what ‘peace and tranquility’ or cashmere jasmine are supposed to smell like, but somehow they NAILED it. It somehow smells like a luscious white velvet — fancy and relaxing like a ridiculously luxurious spa but without any hint of business, money, or time. This was my second experience buying a candle online without smelling it first and I went with the same brand as my other one was a success as well. I do actually think the scent is worth the price (and I’m a pretty frugal person) because somehow it relaxes my place, while raising how classy it is. It really is tranquil and is an enjoyable candle to have lit while cleaning, snuggling, having guests, taking a bath, etc. I could pretty much have it going 24/7 but don’t want to use it up too quickly!" —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in medium, large, and coffee table sizes, as well as a diffuser version).

    10. A Bed Buddy hot/cold pack with ~moist heat~ capabilities to soothe any area that's feeling less than ideal — its plant-based therapy (think natural grains, herbs, and flowers) helps increase blood flow, relax muscles, and relieve inflamed joints.

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    Be sure to not overheat it! If you want to play it safe, try heating it for less than the recommended time (1.5 minutes) and add on more time if needed.

    Promising review: "Due to chronic low back pain, I rely on the Bed Buddy to get me through the day. I recommend that you be careful not to overheat it in the microwave, or the buckwheat will burn and break down. Walmart also has the best price I've found anywhere." —MrMayo

    Get it from Walmart for $11.85.

    11. A bath spa pillow that'll provide padded support for your head, neck, and shoulders, so you don't have to lean against a cold, hard tub and essentially negate the effects of a relaxing bath.

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    It's made with 2" of padded foam and has seven suction cups, so no slipping or sliding occurs. It has a waterproof and nonporous surface (duh) and it's super easy to wipe clean.

    Promising review: "The best...and so damn affordable!! Got it for a close friend who loves her bath time, she has reported back that it is the absolute best spa pillow she has ever had for her personal tub. She says, 'It never slips, never deflates (cause duh, no air needed), is extremely comfortable, easy to install, easy to clean, and helps make bath time what it's supposed to feel like — a relaxing escape.' It was definitely a 'winning' gift Idea!" —Solow Acoustic

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    12. A suctioned cupholder for your beer or wine of choice, so you can add a touch of booze to your already relaxing shower, bath, or pool hang.

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    Promising review: "You need this in your life. Once installed, it doesn't budge. The trick is it distributes the weight to pull directly away from the suction cup rather than pulling down. Fits wine glasses, 12 oz. cans or bottles, and also travel coffee mugs. When not holding drinks, it easily doubles as a shower hook for your poof, pumice or whatever you like to keep hanging nearby! Morning or night; you are covered. These should come standard with all factory showers now. I am a changed human being now." —M. Trosper

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in six colors).

    13. Sheet masks all day — specifically a Facetory sheet mask subscription box — to recharge dull, tired skin with lots of hydration, vitamins, and antioxidants, so you live your dewiest life possible. And, best of all, you can't really do much while you have on a mask. It's like a mindful 15–20 minute timeout from your busy life.

    @myfacetory / Via instagram.com, @myfacetory / Via instagram.com

    I never get bored of using the same masks because this box does the curating for me and introduces new brands I would've never known otherwise into the mix. Each kit comes with a detailed info card explaining the benefits of each mask too — so you know exactly what kind of goodness you're putting on your face. Btw, entry level masks means mostly fabric masks made out of cotton or cellulose, while premium masks include hydrogels and multi-step masks.

    Get a curated box from Amazon for $4.72+.

    If you'd rather stick to *one* brand of sheet masks, you can try out multipacks from popular K-beauty brands like Nature Republic, The Face Shop, and Mizon.

    And check out our picks for best beauty subscription boxes on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    14. A super comfy and breathable silk sleeping mask, because no light should dare to stand in your way when it comes to getting a full night of rest! In fact, you'll barely feel the mask at all as you start snoozing away.

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    The adjustable strap goes from 15.8 inches to 27.6 inches to fit any size head, and the plastic adjuster itself stays at the back of your head, not at your temples — so side sleepers, rejoice!

    Promising review: "I've purchased several different types of masks, and this is by far the most comfortable one. My husband even started using it. I was having trouble with finding something that wouldn't bother my nose or press against my eyes and ears, and this is it! It's like having light pillows over your eyes. In my opinion, it keeps 99% of the light out. Great quality. I highly recommend this." —Sue A.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 23 designs).

    15. If you need extra help falling asleep, a serving of Olly Restful Sleep gummies infused with a lil' dose of melatonin and l-theanine, lemon balm, and chamomile to help you naturally drift off and get the full night's sleep you desperately crave. It's like snacktime, but it gives you something awesome in return.

    @ollynutrition / Via instagram.com

    I have the worst time falling asleep, so I personally pop one of these most nights, and it totally works its magic. I fall asleep without even realizing, which is way better than the alternative: not falling asleep for hours and scrolling through my phone out of frustration. Technically a serving is two gummies (so that's 3 mg of melatonin total, which is very safe), but one usually does the trick for me! And for me, it ensures I don't feel any drowsy effects the next morning — especially if I go to bed later than expected. (You should still aim for a full night of sleep when you take these!)

    Promising review: "For decades, I've been plagued by various levels of insomnia. My normal routine would include heading to bed at a slightly-later-than-reasonable hour, contemplating my excessive workload, becoming exasperated about any upcoming social plans, growing anxious after reflecting further and realizing that I basically have no social life, and wondering why I had that sixth cup of coffee in the afternoon. Before you know it, it's 4:11 a.m. and I'm incredulous, ruminating about where I went wrong in my life. That was before an angel referred me to these. Combining the perfect texture of Welch's fruit snacks and the nostalgic flavor of Children's Dimetapp, these gummies' relaxing effects are felt within minutes, with a good night's sleep always soon to follow. Yes, I have had some bizarre dreams since taking this product, but they are a small price to pay for peaceful rest." —Daniel

    Get them from Amazon for $11.89+ (available in 50-, 60-, and 70-count containers).

    16. A satisfying physical exfoliator like My Skin Mentor Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel, because you deserve to see ~real results~ instantly — the clear gel transforms into little balls of cellulose as soon as you start rubbing it in, and voila, off come dead skin cells and surface debris!

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    And despite its intense nature, it's totally gentle enough for sensitive skin and it's packed with calming ingredients like honey, black willow, and aloe.

    Promising review: "Good heavens, this stuff is amazing! I tried it for the first time last night on my dull, wintery skin and I could not look away from all the dead skin being lifted off my face. Every single dry and dull patch gone, and even my roughest spots felt like baby-soft skin! My over-50 enlarged pores were immediately reduced and hardly noticeable — they have not looked this good since my thirties! And that's after one use. Bonus for sensitive skin — no sensitivity, tingling, or redness during or after. Sign me up for the gallon size!!" —Paula

    Get a 4.2 oz bottle from Amazon for $11.60.

    17. A pocked-sized anti-stress coloring book, so you can color the heaviness in your head away with the help of 70 patterns ranging from flowers, leaves, to kaleidoscopic designs, and more!

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    Promising review: "A great therapeutic way to spend a little quiet time. The pictures are beautiful and detailed. What I like about this book is that its pages are smaller, so it isn't as large a time investment as some of the bigger books are. Also, it fits nicely in a pocket book if you want to take it on the road with you. I have found that using colored pencils or gel pens yields the best results based on the size of the pictures." —Acakris

    Get them from Amazon: volume one for $7.74 and volume two for $8.65.

    18. A plush fleece blanket you'll want to burrito up in at all times — especially when you'd like to pretend that the outside world doesn't exist.

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    Promising review: "It's a lightweight blanket that's still very fluffy, soft, and super cozy. It's light enough to be a summer blanket but it also keeps you warm enough during the chilly summer to fall nights. It also has two different kind of textured sides, one side is more 'sleek' and the opposite side is more 'fluffy.' It has become one of my favorite bIankets, and I would definitely order again!!" —Emmy Liang

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in throw and twin–king sizes and 20 colors).

    19. A pocket-sized self-care guide filled with little prompts to remind yourself to spend time doing things you truly care about and make you feel whole — there's also plenty of space for you to jot down your own ideas/thoughts.

    Free Period Press / Etsy

    It measures 4.25" x 5.5" and contains 48 pages. Keep it in your pocket, fanny pack, or purse for whenever you need a little self care moment!

    Get it from Free Period Press on Etsy for $6.

    20. A durable, non-slip Gaiam yoga mat that'll cushion your joints as you get your workout or meditation session on.

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    Promising review: "I'm the type of person who reads a lot of reviews and agonizes over every purchase. This mat is as nice as a brand-name yoga mat I received as a gift many years ago, and it's just like the mats at my yoga center. It does not slip and has a nice grip to it. I have absolutely no complaints and am quite happy with it. Plus, it's a bit thicker than regular mats, which helps my aging body a lot on wood floors. It lies completely flat on the floor and the color is pretty and much like what my monitor depicted. Go ahead and buy it! :)" —Valiant

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98+ (available in 35 patterns).

    This is our low-priced pick for the best yoga mat on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    21. A thoughtful book about defining and actively creating coziness that goes beyond material goods and spills into the spaces you and your loved ones occupy.

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    Promising review: "Gillies' book is part memoir, part how-to, and all cozy. It takes us on a personal tour of the places, activities, and personal touches that have made her own life better and have created warmth and joy for her family. This book is a love letter to New York City, parenting, cooking, and practicing thoughtful self-care — a useful and relaxing reminder that anything can be made cozy if you set your mind (and your heart) to it." —Sarah C. Durham

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available as a Kindle, hardcover, or audiobook).

    22. The Moodrise app, which provides what they call "digital nutrition" — it's basically like a visual ~supplement~ of positive media (images, video, audio!) designed to elevate your mood and impact brain chemistry. Because ditching your phone altogether is hard, so you might as well feed your brain something good.

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    Promising review: "Simple. Beautiful. Rewarding. You choose the mental state you want to be more in and voila, you can start a therapy session. Each therapy session is a very short collection of videos that’s visually amazing. This app doesn’t lead with or force you to go through all the science behind what they’re doing unless you want to. I’ve had it with me on my commutes." —bolo-lol

    Get it from iTunes for free.

    23. A "F Bomb" bath bomb so you can quite literally toss all of your F's into the bath and watch them fizzle out into purple-tinted obscurity. Serves them right!

    @dabombfizzers / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I love this bath bomb! Very comparable to Lush, but at a better price! The scent is a gorgeous lavender, and it was so relaxing in my evening bath. I was happy that there was no staining of my skin or the bath afterwards, since I have seen that with some other bath bombs. Will definitely purchase again." —HumanIcicle

    Get one from Amazon for $4.99, and check out the other Da Bomb options too.

    You can also check out bath bomb sets on Amazon.

    24. A monthly baking subscription box that'll deliver an original and highly delicious recipe to your doorstep, so you don't have to go out and buy the ingredients yourself — and you don't have to share the results with a single soul (unless you want to, in which case, you are a saint).

    Cratejoy

    Some examples of past boxes include: pumpkin pie with pecan streusel topping, cinnamon buns, glazed orange poppyseed muffins, etc. YUM.

    Promising review: "Every month my daughter gets this 1200 miles away. She opens it with me on FaceTime and then makes it for her roommates. She is happy, her roommates have satisfied bellies, and I am thrilled to have her a little less homesick. This was so much better than a pair of socks! She learns a skill and feels accomplished making something from scratch." —Karen B.

    Get it from Homemade Bakers on Cratejoy for $24.95+ per month (available in one-, three- six-, and 12-month subscriptions).

    25. A bottle of The Seaweed Bath Co. Body Wash so you can envelop your body in a rich, lathering concoction of organic bladderwrack seaweed, antimicrobial neem oil, algae, and aloe vera — your body will feel as soft as a cloud and clean as a sidewalk after a storm.

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    Promising review: "So I bought this on a whim because I like other Seaweed Bath Co. products and this one comes in a fragrance-free option. Now, I am hooked and here's why: it's the silkiest shower gel I ever used, the ingredient list is super great, the lather is amazing, and harvested seaweed grows back quickly. If you love luxury bath items, I sincerely recommend this as a cheap indulgence. My other favorite shower gel costs five times as much, but if I had to give up one of them, it wouldn't be the seaweed. Love this stuff." —M. Kaiserin

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four varieties).

    26. A soft-bristled EcoTools bath brush that'll actually be long enough to get to those hard-to-reach areas on your back, so you can lather up and attain the baby-soft skin you deserve.

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    It measures 19.9 inches according to one precise customer.

    Promising review: "Almost a year of use and still in love! Not the first one I have used/bought because I am rough with my brushes, but these soft bristles go fantastically with my sensitive skin. I'm just some 24-year-old guy, but I will tell you this is the best bath brush I have ever used — the bristles are not too soft for me if I scrub well enough, but they're not too hard that it hurts. Absolutely in love with it, and I get it every time my old one starts to show some bad wear and tear. I recommend it to all of my friends with sensitive skin." —lwa57

    Get it from Walmart for $5.97.

    27. Downy Lavender Serenity fabric softener sheets, because nothing beats the feeling of sinking into freshly laundered sheets — especially when they're soft and smell like a field of lavender.

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    Promising review: "I love this lavender scent! It's not too subtle, not overpowering. I hate the heavy, flowery scents. This is just a nice, calming scent. Softens very well also!" —Jessica and Shane

    Get a 90-pack from Amazon for $11.80.

    28. A Tweezerman nail block with file, buff, smooth, and shine panels (and four replacement pads for each), so you can spruce up your nails and admire their shine — dare I say, clean nails are more satisfying than a manicure?

    Amazon

    I dare to say, because I always screw up my polish RIGHT AWAY. In fact, I have clean/buffed nails as I'm typing this right now!

    Promising review: "I have thickly ridged fingernails and this blew me away. With minimal time and effort, I had a glass effect with my nails (even to the next day). I was dubious about spending over $2 for a product that buffs nails but I'm fully on board with spending $9 now. Do yourself a favor: toss all the laughable buffers you own and just buy this." —Lola

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    29. And while we're on the topic of nail health, CND SolarOil to condition and strengthen your nails *and* soften cuticles with a lightweight but deep-penetrating blend of jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E. You're basically giving yourself a relaxing lil' hand massage! How nice is that?

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    Promising review: "HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT. All my life, I've had super weak and brittle nails that would instantly break the second they grew out a tiny bit. This oil has changed EVERYTHING!! I’m shocked. I noticed after about a week of nightly use that my nails are growing (fast) and not breaking." —K. Black

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    30. A reusable red-bean warming eye mask that'll help soothe your worn-out peepers after a day of staring at screens — they're basically like an express spa treatment, and each mask stays warm for 10–20 minutes!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I can't sleep without it! I use to have trouble sleeping at night and due to getting few hours of sleep, I also have dark circles under my eyes. The heat helps me feel relaxed and sleepy. The sweet smell of the beans is a plus too." —Patricia Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $11.

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