30 Products That Work Really Well

Table of Contents 1. A bottle of pet earwax cleaner made with aloe and eucalyptus that has more than 19,000 ~5-star reviews~ from dog lovers who swear that it has upped their pup’s weekly maintenance routine. 2. A jewelry cleaning pen perfect for putting the sparkle back into your favorite […]

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Because there’s no point in having things that don’t work, duh.

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.

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A bottle of pet earwax cleaner made with aloe and eucalyptus that has more than 19,000 ~5-star reviews~ from dog lovers who swear that it has upped their pup’s weekly maintenance routine.


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Promising review: “I bought this for my cat because he had ear mites when I got him and when they cleared up, his ears were left with a bunch of nasty wax and I couldn’t get all of it out in fear of pushing it farther down. This stuff brought EVERYTHING up! I LOVE it and HIGHLY recommend for anyone with an animal with dirty ears! My cat has stopped scratching at his ears finally because they are nice and clean!” —Tricia S.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.


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A jewelry cleaning pen perfect for putting the sparkle back into your favorite jewelry pieces.


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Promising review: “This little stick works unbelievably well! I have a morganite and diamond engagement ring, and it gets dirty (looks cloudy) often. The brush gets into all the little crevices, and it comes out looking brand new! I’ve had it professionally cleaned from the jewelry store I bought it at, and this stick works every bit as good as the professional cleaner. I’ve also used it on sapphires and topaz pieces, and it works just as well.” —H Theiss

Get it from Amazon for $7.96.

3.

An anti-nail biting pen that’ll make your parents so proud when they notice you’ve finally kicked that nail-biting habit. There’s no alcohol in the formula, so you don’t have to worry about it burning your fingers when you apply it.


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Promising review: “I have tried many products, but the nail polish feeling led to further social anxiety. Eventually I would always go back to biting. But this product avoids all of the negatives of the other products. It is clear, no shine, and no burn because there’s no alcohol. It’s very bitter so you do not get used to it. The pen applicator is convenient and can be carried easily. Overall, I have gone two months without biting, which is longer than I have ever made it. I recommend this product.” —Alex N.

Get it from Amazon for $16.95

4.

A bottle of dandruff shampoo in case you’re struggling to find something that can wipe out your dandruff. This shampoo is specially formulated to kill scalp fungus, the main cause of dandruff.


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Promising review: “Unbelievable! I’ve suffered from dandruff for years and had pretty much given up. I can’t remember how I came across this product but literally, it has solved the problem. Like, I have no idea what is going on but (knock on wood) I haven’t had any flakes since starting to use it every few days. Zero.” —RH

Get it from Amazon for $14.84.

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Fanola purple shampoo ideal for gray, lightened, or colored hair because it tones down unwanted yellow hues on gray, light blonde, or streaked hair.


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Promising review: “Unbelievably pigmented! Better than any purple shampoo I have ever used. I finally found exactly what I was looking for thanks to researching and reading reviews! I’ll never go back to anything else.” —Jessica c

Get it from Amazon for $10.74.

If you’re a blondie who’s tired of being brassy, check out our Fanola No Yellow purple shampoo deep dive for more info.


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A makeup brush shampoo perfect for cleaning your makeup brushes and sponges without leaving behind residue. It’s also cruelty-free and vegan.


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Promising review: “I’ve been skeptical about items that seem like glorified soap but got it as a gift. This cleaned my brushes like nothing else, with just a drop, a few seconds of spreading it around, and literally about 10 seconds of swishing in warm water. It was unbelievable. It took out weeks of caked on 24-hour concealer and foundation and left my brush soft and fluffy like it was brand new. I will always use this, and my brushes will always be clean!” —Chloe

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

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A nose wax kit that despite the amount of hair it pulls out, is an easy and painless way to remove excess amount of nose hair, if you’d like to breathe a little easier.


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The hairs in your nose play an important role in filtering out any harmful debris. But of course it’s your body and if you want to wax your nose hairs you’re more than welcome to — just be careful as plucking nose hairs can lead to infection and ingrown hairs.

Pulling nose hair straight from the root will give you results that can last up to FOUR weeks! With this kit you’ll have 100 grams of nose wax beads, 30 wax applicators, 10 mustache protectors, a measuring cup, and 15 paper cups at your disposal.

Promising review: “I highly recommend this product. The instructions were super easy to follow and it worked perfectly! I was a little nervous to pull the sticks out once the two minutes were up, however it didn’t even hurt. I expected it to hurt momentarily and my eyes to water, but neither was true! If you wanna get rid of them pesky nose hairs…snag this product!!!” —Julie J.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.


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A scent controlled plug-in from Bath and Body Works that’ll let you control how much fragrance it emits. Just pop in one of the many scents, and adjust the power on the side of the plug-in. Seriously, these plug-ins pack a HUGE smelly goodness punch. If crafting the perfect scent for your space is your jam, you’ll definitely want one of these.


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Promising review: “I really like that B&BW has made these adjustable. I especially love this one since pink is my favorite color. Sometimes the scents from the wallflowers can be so overpowering that I used to have to only have them plugged in for a short period of time, but now I can just turn them down if the scent is strong. Great idea!” —tbyrd

Get it from Bath & Body Works for $12.50.


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A cruelty-free eyeshadow primer, because after you’ve mastered your YouTube tutorial, the last thing you want is for your look to fade before you can take it for a spin. This primer will not only help those colors pop, but it’ll also help them last all day.


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Promising review: “So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From high-end to low — MAC Lorac, Urban Decay…they don’t hold a candle to Thank Me Later. I have very oily skin. I use this primer and my shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands, if I’m lucky. I got this as a sample in my Ipsy bag, and I had to buy the full-size product straight away! I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. Thank you Elizabeth Mott for finally making a primer that lasts! I love this stuff!” —Melissa Mae

Get it from Amazon for $13.48.


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A double-sided exfoliating lip brush just begging to keep your lips smooth and kissably soft. After you apply your lip scrub, use the the brush to scrub gently in a circular motion, wipe clean, and voila! Use the round bristles to increase blood flow, or massage the lips with your fave lip balm or lip oil.


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Promising review:I admit I was skeptical about this product, but my desperation to regain my soft lips made me click the buy button. My lips were dried, cracked, and even bleeding — very painful. Even my tried-and-true expensive-as-heck lip moisturizer I use couldn’t help. Having this lip brush did the trick and made all the difference. The exfoliation must have allowed my lip moisturizer to get better absorbed. I was able to see results in just a couple days. Now I have soft and supple lips again. And it was so easy to clean the brush afterwards. Where has this thing been all my life? I don’t think I can live without it now.” —Double-J

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

11.

A nail file board if your dog is like most dogs and hates to get their nails trimmed. This will not only act as an emery board for your canine, but it’ll also save your furniture and floors if your dog likes to scratch.


ScratchPad for Dogs / Etsy

ScratchPad for Dogs is the Atlanta-based small business that created this genius pet product.

Promising review: “Love this scratch pad! We adopted our dog almost a year ago, and he’s been terrified of clippers and grinders since day one. We’ve never been able to maintain his nails due to his super-reactive anxiety around nail care. That’s all changed since we got the ScratchPad a few weeks ago! He took to it right away, and his nails have shown significant improvement in just a few sessions!” —Kira Armajani

Get it from ScratchPad for Dogs on Etsy for $42.95+ (available in two styles and three grit levels).


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A touchless stationery vacuum, because some of us still haven’t mastered the whole sweep-into-the-dustpan coordination and spend way too much time trying to figure it out. This way, no dustpan is required. Just sweep the crumbs over to the stationery vacuum and it’ll do the rest of the work.


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Promising review: “After seeing other reviews, I ordered this for easy dog hair cleanup. It’s easy to hide behind the couch and so simple to use. After getting tired of dog hair, this was the answer for me instead of sweeping onto a dustpan and losing half of it as it tumbled back to the floor!” —V. Hardee

Get it from Amazon for $149 (available in three colors). 

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A stainless-steel foot file that’ll turn even the most prehistoric feet into hydrated beauties.


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Promising review: “This file is the most amazing product. You name it, I’ve tried it. I’m 80 years old and have calluses on my left foot and heels. This little guy worked like a charm. In 10 minutes both feet were done and smooth. My feet were dry, not wet, and I was careful not to press down. I can’t say enough about the Rikans Foot File.” —Arlene R. Bridgeman

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

14.

And, an internet-famous foot peel mask that’s equally as effective as it is entertaining to watch an entire layer of skin peel off of your foot. Oh, and of course it makes your feet feel silky smooth, too.


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Promising review: “My poor feet have been extremely neglected ever since I was pregnant two years ago. This was the first time I really ever had very rough, hard heels; they were so bad that I didn’t even want to have a pedicure or wear sandals. Anyway, these foot peels were super easy to use and boy are they effective. It was the fourth day that my feet began to peel — very strange! Totally painless. The new skin coming through was very soft, like new. I would totally recommend. My sister and mother have requested their boxes.” —Ally CHR

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $27.95.

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A bottle of Tend Skin Care roll-on solution so you can heal your skin and not worry about your fave tank causing further irritation, because razor burn under the arms is no fun.


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Promising review: “I have been using Tend Skin for years, it works really well. The results are not instant, but you will notice it the next day. I have been using the regular bottle with a cotton ball to apply, which was a pain because after I shaved my legs I would always have pieces of cotton all over my legs. I was going on vacation and I figured I would take the roll-on with me instead of packing the big bottle and cotton balls. Let me tell you that the roller does in fact work. It works wonderfully. I have been using it for two months now without a problem. What I did notice is you need to apply it to dry skin. The roller will not roll on wet skin. This is not a problem for me since I towel off after my shower. Also, the roller will not roll where you just applied the solution, because the area will be wet. This makes it easy for you to know what areas are already done. I am happy I went ahead and bough the roller, the best thing is that it is refillable!” —Jessica

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.


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Or, this scented shaving treatment oil featuring a blend of six natural ingredients that hydrate your skin and sooth irritation while preventing ingrown hairs.


Bushbalm

Bushbalm is an Ottawa-based small biz that specializes in creating skin treatments that are gentle enough to put on all areas of your body. And yes, we do mean all areas.

Promising review: “This product actually works. The oil absorbs quickly (especially if you do it right out of the shower), smells amazing (I’ve used both the sweet escape and the pumpkin spice) and most importantly I have no ingrown hairs or razor bumps! I had to be patient and consistent when I first started, but I now I can’t praise this product enough. I tell everyone I know!” —Jenny W.

Get it from Bushbalm for $26.


17. An eyeliner stamp in case you’ve ever struggled to create a modern take on the ~Catwoman~ and left with more of a contemporary Beetlejuice vibe. It’s an actual stamp, so you can stamp and go, or use the stamp as a starting point for another makeup masterpiece. 

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Promising review: “I got the triple pack and I am so happy with all of them. The biggest size was too big, it was actually what I do for my day-to-day. Using the stamp was so quick and easy; I got it on my first try and I am not very coordinated at all. It is foolproof! It’s a staple in my daily routine now.” —Christina C

Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in two widths). 

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A hands-free dog leash that’ll make it easier for you and your furry friend to enjoy your afternoon stroll. Reviewers say dogs can’t pull on the leash, and it gives them more mobility while out and about. It’s also a great option for dog walkers in wheelchairs.


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Promising review: “This thing is awesome! I was hesitant to buy it because I had tried a bungee leash extension from the same brand in the past and hated it (my dog pulls at other dogs, and I felt it didn’t give enough control in those situations). However, I’m so glad I gave it a shot! I was getting tired of running with a regular leash because holding it messed up my form and gave me aches and pains after every run. This completely solves that since I can swing my arms naturally. The bungee is also much better in this format. If my dog gets overzealous and runs too fast, the bungee softens the impact of any pulls so I don’t fall, but I still have full control if we see another dog, thanks to the handle on both ends! They are outside of the bungee area, so they do not stretch at all. I use the one closest to my dog when I know he might jump or if I need to keep him close on our sidewalk-less streets, and I use the one closest to my waist if he starts running too fast. The handles are also padded, and the material surrounding the bungee is thick and high-quality, so if I ever have to do a ‘reel-in,’ it doesn’t hurt my hands. Lastly, as I figured out when I idiotically fell face-first on a recent run, having your dog tethered to your waist can be great if you fall and get injured! I used to run with a retractable, and since my dog spooks easily, he probably would’ve freaked out/possibly bolted if I had dropped it on a fall. There is nothing to drop with this one and nothing you need to hold with a scraped-up hand. Really a lot of benefits to this one! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes running with their dog, even if they’re a puller.” —Ally

Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available for one or two dogs and in six colors).


19. An Essence cruelty-free lengthening mascara for noticeable length that lasts all day without the flake. People will say it’s Photoshopped, but it’s all you.

Promising review: “Love this mascara! I’ve used the ‘best of the best’ designer, super hyped, ultra popular mascara available and NOTHING compares to this stuff! I don’t even bother using a lash curler anymore! I buy two at a time so I always have a spare (yes, it’s that good!!). I highly recommend this particular mascara…it goes on effortlessly, it lasts pretty much all day, and the price — I feel like I’m almost stealing it! I’d give it 10 stars if I could!!!” —chulaboola

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

20.

A memory foam foot rest to keep from feeling numb after sitting at your desk for long periods of time. It’s made to contour to your foot’s natural arch and promote circulation.


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Promising review: “When sitting at my desk for hours without standing, my feet and ankles would swell. Initially I thought it was some sort of medical issue but my boyfriend explained to me that it was likely caused from poor circulation. I set out to find something to help with the issue. I located this footrest on Amazon and decided to give it a try without any high expectations. But oh my gosh, what a difference it has made!!! My feet and ankles no longer swell when sitting for extended periods of time and I’m far more comfortable at my desk. As a bonus it helps with my knees too. No more knee pain when sitting. This footrest is freakin’ amazing!!! The shape of it lends to it being super comfy. It molds to my feet and supports them with a cushiony cloud like feeling. I’m so in love with this product. I’ll likely buy another one for the office.” —Pennie Merie

Get it from Amazon for $32.95.  

21.

A percussion massage gun reviewers say miraculously helped to reduce their back and shoulder pain and help relax their tight muscles and reduce inflammation.


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Promising review: “I’ve been playing around with this gun for a while, and wanted to leave a review based on my experience with this one and a few others. For the price, this is a great buy. It’s got a few things going for it which I like: It’s VERY quiet, very easy to switch speeds, and there’s a button right by your index — useful when you want to find the right speed for whatever part you’re working on. It gets to be pretty powerful, much more than what you’ll need most times; it’s light and has a great grip, so I don’t get tired working on someone with this for a while. I’d recommend this gun for the price, it’s a solid buy. Quick customer service too; I had a question answered within a couple of hours so that’s a plus.” —Artem

Get it from Amazon for $99.99

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A tiny toenail brace that’ll act like a spring to help straighten your nail. The pain should start to subside within three days, and a few months later, your nail should be back to normal.


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The kit comes with 10 toenail braces and the materials needed to apply it. Results should be seen in *just* one to three days!

Promising review: “I never realized how curved and not OK my toenails were. I thought the pain I had was just normal and a fact of life. Only when I read about the Curve Correct product did I realize that I had a major problem and it could be resolved! Now I’m on the way to normal, flat toenails that DON’T grow curved into my skin!” —Jamie H.

Get the kit form Amazon for $44.99.



Two Lilacs Studio / Etsy

Two Lilacs Studio is a small Etsy shop based in Saint Helens, Oregon.

Promising review: “LOVE these splash catchers! They save me from having to chase the puddles that form around the base of our faucet before they start creeping over the counter. So reasonably priced, made well with neatly finished edges, and packaged with gift-ready care.” —Alina

Get it from Two Lilacs Studio on Etsy for $12+ (available in four sizes and 10 colors).


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A multipurpose drying rack perfect for homes with little to no counter space. This drying rack can also be used for additional counter space when it’s not drying dishes or as a trivet mat. It rolls up small enough to store in a drawer, too.


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It’s heat-resistant up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and can be tossed in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Promising review: “It is incredibly versatile and a wonderful addition to our kitchen. So far I have used it for drying large items over the sink, filling a pot when the sink was already full, and as a counter trivet for a hot pan, and it performs beautifully in all these roles. The metal rods are strong and sturdy enough to hold heavy items, long enough to span our sink from multiple angles, and best of all, it rolls up for easy storage when not in use. All around a great kitchen tool, and I’ll never be without one again.” —T. Eicher

Get it from Amazon for $26.98.


25.

Fizzing Johnny Drops, because sharing a communal space can get really messy really fast. You can just ~drop~ this in the toilet to help keep things tidy.


Juniperseed Mercantile / Etsy

Juniperseed Mercantile is a Colorado-based small biz run by science teacher Tiffany Norton who creates all-natural cleaning, skincare, bath, and body products.

Get eight from Juniperseed Mercantile for $10.

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A compact Dash stand mixer perfect for rekindling your love of baking or finally working up the nerve to attempt that Pinterest recipe for a spicy dip.


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It has five speeds and is under 11″ tall, so it’s great for under even low cabinets!

Promising review: “Picked this up for the new house and it works phenomenally. It is much more compact than my old KitchenAid and works so much better. It is not very loud at all, which is always a huge plus! Feels very high end and looks amazing! Best mixer for the money!” —TJ Davis

Get it from Amazon for $49.48 (available in five colors).



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The set comes with two snack-size, two small, one medium, and one large container, as well as a sugar and flour container, all with lids. The containers are BPA-free, as well as dishwasher-, microwave-, and freezer-safe.

Promising review: “I really like these containers. I have used the previous red version of Rubbermaid containers and they lasted about five years so I know Rubbermaid’s a good brand. These are crystal clear and viewable 360 degrees around. The seal is very tight and absolutely no spilling or leaking. Another big plus for me is the microwave vents that appear when the latches are opened. I haven’t had them long enough to see if they scratch when eaten out of but they seem very durable. Great buy!” —Z

Get it from Amazon for $51.

For more deets, check out our Rubbermaid Brilliance plastic containers review!


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A bamboo mason bee house so you can attract these tiny buzzers to your garden in a gentle and safe way. Pollinators are so important to the environment and placing this house in your pollinator garden will help to fight the decline in bees. Save the bees!


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Promising review: “This mason bee house is almost too pretty to hang! It’s a striking addition to my pollinator garden adjacent to the woods behind our house. If I were a bee, I would be there already! The holes range in size, and there is a small ledge to head off a little rainfall. I’m thinking I might even want a second one! I appreciate the fact that it’s the product of a small family-owned business.” —Carolyn Worsham

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

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A eucalyptus lavender pouch that’ll add aromatherapy goodness to your routine shower and open your sinuses and lungs to reduce the symptoms of allergies. And its cute little pouch makes it easy to carry to and from the showers.


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Psst — a lot of people use eucalyptus for allergy, congestion, and even anxiety relief.

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

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

Get a set of three from Eucalyptus Blooms on Etsy for $16.19 (this shop offers free shipping!).

30. A bed-sized cooling bamboo blanket because I’m totally one of those people who has to sleep with a blanket but can’t sleep with a blanket because I’m too hot, yet I can only sleep with a blanket. If this is also your problem, then these cooling bamboo blankets will be a welcomed addition to your lifestyle. 

Promising review: “I was skeptical but thought it was worth a try as I wake up every night sweating and uncomfortable. I like more than a sheet on but was looking for something lightweight…this is it!!! I absolutely LOVE it. My only regret is that I didn’t order this sooner. I have not had a hot flash since I ordered it. It’s very soft and light and just perfect ♥” —Suzi 

Get it from Amazon for $10.19+ (available in five sizes and 14 colors). 

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