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    As Your Friend, I'm Telling You That You Need These 34 Things

    I don't know how you've been living without these.

    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 deep-cleaning acne cream cleanser from Cetaphil for anyone with stubborn skin. Formulated using 2% salicylic acid, this wash is gentle on skin but harsh on acne without drying your skin out!

    reviewer holding tube of Cetaphil acne cleanser in hand

    Promising review: “I have combination skin, but most products tend to dry my face, causing discoloration, but this face wash is perfect. My face has never felt this smooth. It really cleans without drying the face.” —Davia Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    2. A Birthdate Candle — blending cosmology, numerology, tarot, and heckin' good scents, Birthdate Candles are designed to to fit your personality to a tee. Each candle is made using soy, coconut, and apricot wax and custom natural fragrance oils.

    two november 25th birthdate candles
    Birthdate Co.

    If you're into the cosmos, then Birthdate Co., an Asian-owned small business, is for you. Their custom candles and personalized birth chart books will help you feel connected to the stars.

    Promising review: "I gave the Birthday Candle as a gift to my granddaughter. She is very interested in the zodiac. She loves the Birthday Candle. It was a big hit. I normally do not write reviews, but when my two grown daughters are saying they would like to have a Birthday Candle I know this is really a fantastic gift. I will be ordering more very soon. People love, even if they do not believe in the zodiac signs, to have something very personal and the Birthday Candle is just perfect for that." —Patricia W.

    Get it from Birthdate Co. for $38 (originally $48).

    3. A pack of two flexible dryer vent cleaners because there's likely a bunch of trapped lint causing your cloths to still come out kinda damp. Use this to get all that gunk out, which will also help to prevent dryer fires!

    reviewer image of the dryer vent cleaner next to a pile of lint and dust

    Promising review: "I clean my dryer vent after every single use. I was shocked to see so much lint and dust come out! It was very simple to use and it really works! I kept one for myself and gave the other to my daughter." —Shari Schmidt

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    4. An interactive Cat Dancer toy your kitty will become obsessed with even though it's just springy steel wire with rolled cardboard on the end. It's the simple things in life.

    Promising review: "I started off reluctantly with one Cat Dancer toy. That day, I ordered three much more expensive cat toys. I didn’t see how this thing could be that entertaining. A month later: We have three more Cat Dancer toys. The more expensive toys may as well be nonexistent compared to the springy wires with cardboard thingies on the ends. I have to hide them on top of the fridge, under the pillows, under the couch. It’s just amazing to everyone in our household how something so simple (and inexpensive) can be our cats' favorite. They beg for this, while the expensive toys sit. So why not give it a try?" —Kimber

    Get it from Amazon for $1.80+.

    5. Moisturizing shaving cream from EOS made with shea oil and butter to keep your skin feeling smooth and hydrated for up to 24 hours! And its pomegranate and raspberry scent will make you feel fresh and sweet!

    reviewer image of a bottle of shaving cream

    Promising review: “I love using this to shave. It gives me a clean shave without nicking myself (ouch!) and moisturizes my skin as well. I also love the smell of it.” —Chris 

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99 (available in six scents).

    6. A large outdoor blanket that's not only water-, wind-, and sand-proof but is also made with a super-cozy fleece to keep you warm.


    Promising reviews: “My best girl and I went to Cedar Breaks to hike the rock formations there. It started raining and rather than just pick up and leave, we sat under my new Brawntide waterproof blanket and enjoyed the moment.” —Michael

    "So, I bought this blanket mainly for those nights around the campfire when the wind picks up enough to give you a chill, and recently I had the opportunity to give it a test drive. So far I am really impressed by the quality of this camp blanket. The outside layer is waterproof, the underside is fleece lined, and between the two layers is enough thickness to stop the wind in its tracks." —Austin May

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in five colors).

    7. A super-cute embroidered zip-up sweatshirt whose oversized silhouette and ribbed detailing will never go out of style. This is a perfect outer layer for the fall!

    a model wearing the green embroidered sweatshirt outside
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: “It’s so soft and great quality. It gives me vintage, 'worn for 10 years already' vibes, which is a good thing in my opinion. Perfect to throw on to spice up any outfit. :)” —gracieb22 

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $99 (available in women's sizes XXS–XXL and in three colors).

    8. Hair-thickening Jamaican black castor oil — made with pure and unrefined natural oils, it'll absorb right into your skin and help hair grow. Whether you want thicker lashes or restored edges, Jamaican black castor oil might just do the trick!,

    I've been using this for about five weeks now and I've noticed less shedding during wash days!

    Promising review: “Hey, listen to me, bald people out there! This really truly works. I am going through chemo where I’m not supposed to have any hair and I didn’t for many weeks. But even in the middle of my chemo, when I’m supposed to be bald, my hair started growing in, and growing in FAST! I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see it with my own eyes. I would recommend this to anybody who needs to grow hair!! I’m definitely going to stay on this!” —Rickelle r.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.25.

    9. cat litter mat because your purring friend loves to kick up litter after using the bathroom and it shouldn't land on your just-cleaned floor. This waterproof, double-layer mat traps litter so you can dump it back into your litter box.

    Promising review: "Finally, no more kitty litter on the floor. Well, hardly any. I'd say it keeps 99% of the litter off the floor, which is a huge improvement! And for those who asked about, or mentioned that cats didn't like stepping on the mat, here's proof that my cat loves it. He lays on it, sleeps on it, grooms himself on it, and launches attacks against his brother from it. No problem there. I recommend this litter box mat to anyone who, like me, hates stepping on (usually barefoot) the hard pieces of litter and constantly cleaning it up." —TX Reader - Reviewer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.04.

    10. A pack of storage scrunchies you've probably seen on TikTok! Stick extra bobby pins, a few dollars, and a tube of ChapStick for safekeeping when you're out and about.

    lip balm, pins, and other small items inside a reviewer's blue velvet scrunchie with zipper closure
    the scrunchie on reviewer's wrist

    Promising review: "LIFE CHANGER. I don't have to bring my whole purse with me anymore. This fits so much more than expected and the colors are perfect. The blue especially is beautiful. Good quality." —Tia

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two color combinations).

    11. A skin-repairing body oil chock full of natural oils good for reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Its skin renewal formula will help get rid of acne scars, surgery scars, and so much more!

    two reviewer images of stretch marks becoming less visible

    Just make sure to use sunscreen with this since it can make you a bit more sensitive to the sun.

    I've been using this on new stretch marks for the past two months and have definitely noticed them becoming lighter over time!

    Promising review: "Bio-Oil is the BEST skin product on the market. I use it as a twice a day — morning and before I go to bed. Small lines have disappeared. My skin is very smooth and seems to glow. A doctor recommended this to one of my friends, who told me about it. I have bought several bottles as gifts. Be patient. It will take a few months for you to see notice the changes. I am 71 years old. No one paid me to write this." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92+ (available in three sizes).

    12. A deep-tissue massage gun whose 15 attachments and 30 levels of intensity will melt any knots you've acquired in your neck, shoulders, and back from your bike rides, long walks, and swimming sessions.

    reviewer's hand holding up the massage gun

    Promising review: “Right out of the box, it worked wonders. It came 80% charged, so I started using all the attachments included. I felt so good afterward. I used it to massage my wife after work. I used it on my daughter who has scoliosis, and she loved how it took her pain away. She said it was just as good as what her physical therapist uses.” —Joseluis 

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in two colors).

    13. A glass-and-copper French press so you can pretend you're dining at a Parisian cafe every morning.

    reviewer image of an almost empty copper French press on a granite countertop

    Promising review: “This gem can come apart a bit to help you truly get rid of all the grounds in the mesh filter after use. It also comes with a replacement filter mesh and so much more. I really do believe this has stepped up my French press coffee game because I like to use espresso grounds and with other French presses, I couldn't seem to not get some grounds in my coffee; with this press, there are no grounds in my coffee. The glass beaker allows you to monitor the whole procedure of making your coffee. Watching the hot water and coffee grounds separate as you press the stainless-steel filter arm. The aroma of the coffee fills your being, and your troubles have altogether disappeared.

    "This press also stays warmer longer? Like, I'm a mom and so I don't always get to my second cup of coffee very fast. With other presses, my coffee would be cold in the press by the time I got back to it and then it went into the microwave. Now with this press I go back and it's still warm or hot!” —J.V 

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    14. Washing machine–cleaning wipes that'll lift the grime from your machine's rubber liner, detergent tray, and glass door so it doesn't end up on your clothes.

    reviewer showing a used wipe covered in gunk it removed from the washer
    a before and after of a dirt stain on the back of a reviewer's washer then the stain gone

    Promising review: "These wipes are worth the money spent! I have tried other disinfecting wipes, rags/cleaners, etc. in the past. These wipes made the job much easier and faster! It only took one wipe to wipe my front load down. The biggest impact was cleaning the rubber surround! I could not believe how much easier this made the task...just took minutes! Life-changing product!" —AmazSD

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $4.27.

    15. A scalp-reviving dry shampoo formulated with charcoal, biotin, and witch hazel to remove oil buildup, refresh roots, and restore hair health.


    Briogeo is a Black woman–owned beauty brand offering a high-performance haircare collection that is naturally based and performance driven to provide visible results for all hair types.

    Promising review: "I would buy this again. I only tried it for the first time today and it's that good. I've used other brand-name dry shampoos but so far this is the best. It instantly works to minimize the lanky, oily shine on both hair and scalp. My hair lasted all day and it also gave my hair a lift at the roots." —meanie

    Get it from Briogeo for $24.

    16. A BlendJet 2 — compact and powerful, this portable personal blender will help you concoct delicious smoothies in just 20 seconds!


    BlendJet is a small business based in San Francisco making portable blenders to make getting the nutrients you need easier and quicker.

    I'm not ashamed to say that whenever I use a regular blender to make smoothies, I mess up the amount of liquid it's capable of holding and end up spraying my kitchen with an oat milk surprise. With the BlendJet, I know I'm going to get the perfect amount every time. It's truly so so easy to use. Just throw your ingredients in and press the power button, which will blend your smoothie for 20 seconds. I'd even recommend trying some of BlendJet's JetPack protein shakes. I'm personally a huge fan of the chocolate, peanut butter, and banana one.

    Promising review: “I absolutely love my BlendJet!!! I make my berry protein smoothie every morning in it. And it's so simple and easy to use and clean. I take it to work, too, if I'm working overnights. And my boyfriend just tried it for a shake. He's already hinting that he wants one for Christmas!! Again. Absolutely love this!!!” —Doreen W. 

    Get it from BlendJet for $49.95 (originally $99.95; available in 25 colors/patterns).

    17. A microfiber hair towel because air-drying your hair shouldn't mean dealing with water streaming down your face and neck, dampening your silk PJs. This super-absorbent wrap will definitely cut down your hair-drying time!,

    Promising review: "I love this hair towel! It’s hard to find ones that have the scrunch to it, it really holds your hair in place. I have very long and thick hair so normal hair turbans without the scrunch do nothing for me. This towel by Kitsch holds every inch of my hair with no problem and DOES NOT ride up!!!!! I love it, PERIOD! And I will be buying another one!!!" —Gia Denise

    Get it from Amazon for $20.70+ (available in seven patterns).

    18. A set of bedsheet suspenders so you don't have to waste time remaking your bed every single morning. Never be penalized for tossing and turning again!

    a before and after of the suspenders locking down a bed sheet

    Promising review: "Say goodbye to rearranging your fitted sheet every morning! My boyfriend sleeps like he’s rolling down a hill so every morning I would wake up to the scratchy feel of my mattress cover because my soft silk fitted sheet was all over the place. Thanks to these bed bands, our sheets stay put no matter what. The only way for your fitted sheet to come off is if you manually remove these first. I wish I had bought this so much sooner." —Khalysee

    Get four bands from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four pack sizes and three colors).

    19. A sleek, cordless diffuser to help your home feel a little more like your favorite spa. Because this comes with a wireless charging pad, you can take this portable diffuser anywhere!

    the light grey Vitruvi Move cordless diffuser on a wooden table
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: “I was sick and I used this and it helped me feel better.” —APR0 

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $189 (available in two colors).

    20. An ergonomically designed scalp massager that'll help soothe psoriasis, ease itchiness, and provide soothing sensations during your shower.,,

    Amazon reviewers noted that this little buddy worked for their various hair types.

    Promising review: "Honestly, I was very skeptical. I've seen these brushes advertised to me on social media for like a year now. I thought, 'Oh that is definitely a gimmick.' So, my sister bought one last week. I tried hers and fell in love after only the first use. I'm a man that's suffered from a dry, oily, patchy scalp as well as thin hair my entire life. As I used this, I could literally feels the bristles stimulating and cleaning my scalp. My hair is fuller, softer, and the flakiness is completely gone. I am now a firm believer of this product. Using your fingers don't even hold a candle to this brush. 10/10 would recommend!" —Timothy P

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

    21. A set of five highly pigmented eyeliners made with aloe vera extract and vitamin E for the most moisturizing cat-eye of your life. And you can expect this creamy formula not to budge throughout the day!

    Kulfi Beauty

    Kulfi Beauty, named after a type of South Asian ice cream, is a South Asian–owned small beauty brand that makes products that celebrate and empower the diverse needs of their communities.

    Promising review: "I wasn’t always an eyeliner person, but these Kajals have won me over! Now I find that my makeup looks incomplete unless I use one (or three) of these gorgeous colors!!" —Sarah N

    "These are just what I have searched a decade for. I've never had an eyeliner go on so smooth or effortlessly before. The color stays vibrant all day, not sinking into my skin or transferring elsewhere. I am in love with this product." —Andrea J

    Get it from Kulfi Beauty for $85.

    22. A bold leopard-print boilersuit whose bubblegum-pink color palette will lift your spirits. Made of organic cotton, this high-quality piece might just outlast your entire closet.

    a size 10 and a size 22 model wearing the L.E Ragan boilersuit
    Lucy & Yak

    Lucy & Yak is a couple-owned small business based in the UK that prides itself on its ethically made inclusive clothing inspired by bold colors, shapes, and patterns.

    Promising review: "This is an absolute delight to wear. And it's so easy; one item and I'm ready to go. It fits me perfectly and I've had so many positive comments on it and people asking for details about where I bought it 😃" —Helen

    Get it from Lucy & Yak for $82 (available in sizes 6–22).

    23. The Nori Press — no more worrying about water leakage or burn marks. The portable and ever-so-sleek Nori Press works without an ironing board and can press and steam your outfits in minutes!

    close up of model using nori to iron a button down shirt

    Nori is a woman-owned small business based in Connecticut hoping to make your life easier with this all-in-one travel iron and steamer.

    Promising review: “I am not an iron girl, but this product sold me. It is so easy to use. The Nori is portable, so I take it with me everywhere. It has helped me to look sharp at weddings and weekends away. At home, I can refresh my dresses and shirts before starting work and going out. I would highly recommend this product to everyone who might be thinking of a change. No more heavy irons and dry-cleaning for me. Thank you, Nori!” —Elizabeth M 

    Get it from Nori for $120.

    24. A nail polish holder because giving yourself a manicure shouldn't make you feel like a kindergartener accidentally coloring outside of the lines. Just pop this on two of your fingers and you'll have sturdy and dependable access to your nail polish.

    reviewer painting their nails while using the nail polish bottle holder, which is securely on their fingers

    Check out our nail polish holder deep dive to learn more!

    Promising review: "I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Tweexy! It used to take me FOREVER to polish my nails. I COULD NOT believe how quickly I got this done!! I used to hate polishing my nails, but I don't anymore. I also used to make the biggest mess, but not anymore!" —Eve Lee Murray

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 22 colors/patterns).

    25. A urination device for people with vaginas so you don't have to awkwardly crouch, hoping you don't get pee all over your shoes.

    the green urination device and its carrying pouch

    Promising review: “Finally I can go travel worry free. Great for traveling, camping, road trips, concerts, hiking, and for anyone who likes to be prepared. It is so easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to carry. It came with a pouch to carry the device in that's large enough to put a bottle of hand sanitizer or sanitizer wipes.” —Yuli 

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors).

    26. A pair of silicone grips if your glasses hurt your ears or slip-'n'-side all day long.

    The silicone grip is shown on a pair of glasses, resting on the ear

    Promising review: "My eyeglasses were driving me nuts! Badly fitted, they required pushing up on a minute-by-minute basis. I didn’t think these bands would do much good but figured it was a small waste of money and might provide a little improvement. Holy COW! I barely notice my glasses anymore because they are staying where they belong!! I’m a believer! Thank you for saving me the cost of new frames!!" —Aunt Schnickelfritz

    Get a set of five pairs from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    27. A minimalist yet luxurious spa bidet from Tushy that'll allow you to adjust the water temperature for optimal tushy comfort. You won't be able to go back to just regular ol' toilet paper ever again.


    Promising review: "I can't imagine not having this now. I just feel so much fresher after using it. It looks nice and is well worth the money. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone." —Sharon L

    Get it from Tushy for $119 (originally $149; available in four colors with seven knob colors).

    28. An adjustable bamboo bathtub tray for a well-deserved spa day, even if it's just in your own bathroom. Prepare a glass of wine, light a candle, drop in a bath bomb, and get ready for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath.

    A bamboo tray sitting on top of a bathtub filled with pink water and flowers.

    The tray even has a book holder so you can read while you soak.

    Promising review: "I was scared it wouldn’t fit as well as it does but this is a must-have for self-care and winding down. It’s strong yet not bulky and the bamboo is high quality. It also wipes easily to dry it. The tray came with no-slip pieces that worked like a charm to keep it from moving while in use. It's super versatile for use with water, wine, etc... There's plenty of room for bath/spa products to safely stay atop with or without a book, tablet, device, and even a snack." —Mama

    Get it from Amazon for $49.97+ (available in six other styles/colors).

    29. A natural lemongrass-scented panty detergent designed to remove discharge stains so your undies look and feel good as new! Its formula is antibacterial, anti-yeast, and anti-mold, so you don't have to worry about any ickies getting back to you.

    a model's hand holds a bottle of clean and cute above a washing machine
    Clean & Cute/Anthony Tyus

    Clean & Cute is owned by a Black woman gynecologist who saw a need for a cleaning product that promoted vaginal health.

    Get it from Clean & Cute for $14.99.

    30. A convenient Drive Bin because your passengers have been kicking the empty water bottles and chip bags by their feet for far too long. It even comes with 20 2-gallon garbage bags to get you started!,

    Promising review: "I am OBSESSED with these! I am a sales rep, and these have made my life SO easy! Almost every single person who gets in my car asks where I got them and where they can get them! They perfectly hold a couple water bottles, granola bar wrappers, fast food bags, etc. I empty the bag every time I fill up and have never needed to empty the bag in between fill-ups — they're that perfectly sized." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors and sizes).

    31. A plush, hooded fleece robe that you'll wanna live in for a few hours post-shower. Stay toasty in this warm robe whose two pockets would love to be a home for your favorite snacks.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this robe! It's so soft and warm, and it's a perfect fit! I love it so much that I got my sister to order one and ordered one for my partner! When I'm home, I have a problem not being able to take it off 😂🤣 It's totally perfect! Just spoil yourself! You won't be disappointed!" —Denise Toland

    Get it from Amazon for $14.63+ (available in women's sizes S–XXL and 28 colors/patterns).

    32. Nuud anti-odorant — a 100% natural way to effectively prevent funky armpit smells. I know what you're thinking, but this one actually works!

    buzzfeed writer taylor steele holding up a bottle of nuud anti-oderant
    BuzzFeed/Taylor Steele

    Nuud is a small business based in the Netherlands committed to creating fresh armpits worldwide. Their vegan formula contains no chemicals, salts, scents, or aluminum, so it's perfectly safe to use!

    I've been using Nuud for a few months now, and it's truly unbelievable. I didn't think this could really solve my smelly pit problem. But, honey, it did. And no matter how many times I read about how it works, it feels like magic. Because in one month alone, I probably only had to apply it five times. The only bit I kinda understand is that it works by neutralizing bacteria instead of masking it (which is what regular deodorants do), so there's just no odor at all. Even post-workout, there's not even a whiff of stink. I can't recommend this enough! And no, I will never ever go back to any other deodorant. Did I mention that it's vegan, comes in a bioplastic container, and is shipped in a biodegradable box? Yeah, Nuud gets it.

    Get it from Nuud for $14.95.

    33. An under-desk cycling machine so you get some cardio in as you answer emails (in between episodes of Clickbait). With eight calibrated resistances, you'll be able to work up a bit of a sweat if you wanna!

    Here's what BuzzFeed writer Katy has to say about it:

    "It's got a helpful little display screen you can keep mounted on the machine or bring up to sit on your desk that'll tell you your time, calories burned, speed, and distance. I have one and am using it right now as I type this! I had purchased a super-cheap version a long time ago, but finally splurged on this one for my apartment as I work from home. This one is leaps and bounds better than the cheaper model. It's so much smoother and sturdier, and it looks better, too! The rotation is so smooth, it feels like I'm actually on a stationary bike at the gym. I definitely struggle with spending too much time sitting, since my job has me at a laptop for eight hours a day and I usually only feel up to working out in the mornings (and on weekdays, I'd rather sleep!). This is an absolute game changer and allows me to do what I do best — multitask! There is some assembly required, but I, the least handy person in the world, was able to do it myself without too much trouble." —Katy Herman

    Get it from Amazon for $189.

    34. A splurge-worthy pair of Italian-made sneakers with a cute chunky sole for added height and sturdiness and support. These sleek, modern sneaks will make you feel simultaneously chic and laidback.

    BuzzFeed/Taylor Steele, P448

    As a New Yorker who walks everywhere, I'm always in need of a pair of comfortable shoes. And as someone who just turned 30 and feels her knees disintegrating every second of every day, I also need a pair of shoes that are sturdy and supportive. These P448 sneakers check all the boxes! I also love that they're neutral, so I can wear them with anything. I've never owned a pair of sneakers that are so clearly high quality. From the textures to the fit, these sneakers are pretty darn perfect.

    Get it from P448 for $325 (available in EU sizes 35–41).

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