As someone who writes about Amazon products on the regular, you can probably imagine that my “recommended for you” emails from the retail site are pretty interesting. My browsing history, after all, not only reflects what I personally am interested in, but all the stuff I research for my column — so the Great Oz behind the scenes there at Amazon has a lot to work with. But sometimes the site produces some legitimately fascinating gems, and it’s those
weird but interesting products that you might just find yourself adding to your cart today.
Exhibit A: These
tiny spatulas look like they’re sized for fairies, but these little things can actually reach into narrow cosmetic bottle openings to scrape out the very last drops of product. So if you feel like you’re throwing away a quarter of a bottle of that expensive foundation just because you can’t get it to come out, these small tools are here to help. (Talk about an easy way to save money in the long run.)
Just to give you an idea of the wide range of products collected here, I’ll point you to another slightly weird but awesome favorite of mine: this
wearable blanket that masquerades as an oversized hoodie. It’s seriously snuggly and lets you stay cozy while going about your business both on or off of the couch. Whatever your retail inclinations may be, this list is sure to have something to scratch that itch, so check out more of these strange but clever products you’re guaranteed to get lots of use out of.
These Brushes That Help You Get Your Tongue
When brushing your teeth isn’t doing enough to freshen your breath, it might be time to give these
tongue cleaners a try. Their ultra-fine bristles reach deep into the crevices on your tongue, giving you a deeper clean than you would get with a toothbrush — and the back of the brush head even features a scraper.
This Carbonated Mask That Bubbles Up When Applied
Get your pores scrupulously clean with this
carbonated clay mask that bubbles and foams when applied. Made with bentonite clay, it deeply cleanses pores, removing oil, dirt, and other impurities. One reviewer wrote, “I haven’t laughed this hard in months! Face feels just as it does after any clay mask, but this was much more fun.”
The Spoon Rest That Has Room For A Pot Lid
Give your kitchen an extra pair of hands at the stove with this
spoon rest that’s also designed to hold your pot lid while you’re tending to your food. Made from sturdy and sleek stainless steel, it’s an easy way to keep your stove and countertop free of drips while you check on cooking progress.
A Color-Changing Balm For A Customizable Lip Shade
With a real flower embedded inside, this
lip balm might look like just some kind of fun accessory, but it’s actually much cooler. Working with the pH of your lips, it automatically adjusts color when applied to coordinate with your skin, resulting in a personalized, one-of-a-kind cosmetic. One reviewer wrote, “I was actually curious what color my lips would change to when I put this on, and I was pleasantly surprised. […] guess what, it was a color that looked good with my complexion.”
These Self-Draining Soap Dishes That Prevent Soggy Messes
Tired of your bar soap melting away into a slimy mess at the corner of your sink? Get these
self-draining soap dishes that have a waterfall design that allows water to flow into the sink and away from the soap. You’ll significantly extend the life of your soap, and won’t have to deal with any mushiness when you wash your hands.
This Cozy Infinity Scarf With Hidden Pockets To Stash Things
infinity scarf is a cute way to stay warm while keeping items you need on hand during your travels. It features two discreet pockets that have zippered closure for security, and it comes in five pretty colors. For extra peace of mind, your purchase also includes two “recovery tags” from ReturnMe (a global lost and found company) that can be adhered to your phone, laptop, passport, or any other essentials.
A 24-Pack Of Reusable Straws That Change Color With Cold Temperatures
Ditch your plastic straws in favor of these
reusable straws with a fun twist: When they make contact with cold temperatures, they automatically change color. The pack comes with 24 straws that are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.
An Oil Absorber That’s Made From Real Volcanic Stone
An earth-friendly alternative to single-use blotting papers, this
oil-absorbing roller is made from volcanic stone and mattifies skin upon application. Purse-sized so it’s convenient to carry with you anywhere, it can be used on a bare face, but won’t mess up makeup, either. Best of all, rolling it over your face is so relaxing, offering the same effect as a mini-massage with your jade roller.
This Charger Stand That Powers Up Your Smartphone Wirelessly
Rest your smartphone on this
wireless charger stand, and not only will you be able to view the screen in either landscape or portrait mode, but you’ll also be powering it up without the need to plug it in. Suitable for use with any compatible iPhone or Android device, it delivers a high-speed charge right through most cases, and boasts a 4.6-star overall rating after 73,000 reviews.
The Colander That Collapses For Compact Storage
Crafted from BPA-free, food-safe plastic, this
strainer extends outwards so that you can suspend it over your sink, allowing you to wash produce and strain pasta with both hands. Then, when you’re done with it, simply collapse it down for compact storage in a cupboard.
These Puck Lights That Can Run For Up To 100 Hours
puck lights underneath your cabinets if your kitchen is a little too dark for your liking. They can run for up to 100 hours using just three AA batteries (not included), which means you won’t be stuck constantly replacing them. Plus, each order comes with two remotes so that you can control them from afar.
A Pillow Spray That Relaxes You With The Scent Of Lavender
If you’re up for a calming, spa-like ritual at bedtime, this
pillow spray is just what you need to add to your nighttime routine. Made with lavender flower essential oils, (which have been used for centuries to promote relaxation and sleep), this spray can be misted onto pillowcases and linens just as you climb into bed, infusing your space with a peaceful aroma.
These Plush Pillow Covers Give Your Room A Cozy Update
Made from faux fur with a sheepskin appearance, these
fluffy pillow covers are just what you need to add a real textural punch to any room. Soft to the touch and great to cuddle up with on the sofa or bed, they come in shades like beige, light gray, and ginger. They’re machine-washable for easy upkeep and come in a variety of sizes to accommodate your existing throw pillows.
Available sizes: 5
Available colors: 22
The Eyeglass Cleaner Kit That Covers All The Bases
Eyeglasses looking a little dirty for your liking? Not a problem when you have this
cleaning kit. It comes with everything you’ll need to get your spectacles sparkling, including microfiber cloths, travel-friendly wipes, as well as three bottles of cleanser. Plus, the formula is suitable for use on all types of lenses.
These Steam Eye Masks That Soothe Eyes & Reduce Congestion
As someone who deals with sinus issues and migraine headaches, let me tell you how helpful these
steam eye masks can be. You just open the a packet and apply the mask over your eyes (no need to microwave), and soon, you’ll feel the soothing relief of steam. They’re also great for allergies and eyestrain relief.
A Pair Of Massaging Brushes That Help You Exfoliate
Ingrown hairs are super common, but these
exfoliating brushes can help minimize them (along with the associated discomfort). With soft bristles and comfortable handles, they give you a lot more control than standard loofahs, and they last a lot longer than body scrubs. You can use these brushes on wet or dry skin in just about any area of your body that is prone to razor bumps.
These Joggers That Are Lined With Fleece To Keep You Warm
During the colder months, what more could you ask for than a pair of these
sherpa-lined joggers to keep you toasty and warm? From the outside, they look like regular sweatpants, but on the inside (where it matters), you get a layer of soft and fluffy sherpa lining right next to your skin. They feature cuffed ankles and an elastic-drawstring waistband.
Available sizes: X-Smalll — XX-Large
Available colors: 9
These Nesting Melon Tools That Help You Carve, Seed, & Serve Your Favorite Fruits
If the messy work of seeding and scooping keeps you from enjoying certain fruits, this
melon baller scoop set is just what you need. The three-piece set is really four tools in one: a melon baller, a carving knife, and two sizes of fruit scoopers. All the tools are made with high-quality stainless steel and comfy plastic handles, and after you’re done using them, they can be thrown in the dishwasher.
A Kit That Helps You Grow A Bonsai Tree At Home
Bonsai trees are a fun way to add a little touch of nature to your home, so why not grow your own using this
kit? Each order comes with seeds for four different types of bonsai tree: Jacaranda Mimosifolia, Pinus Aristata, Pinus Thunbergii, and Picea Mariana. Plus, it’s so easy to use that even total beginners can be successful.
The Tiny Spatulas That Make Your Beauty Products Good To The Last Drop
spatulas look like they’re fairy-sized, they’re actually designed to help you get the most out of your beauty products. When no amount of shaking will release that foundation, serum, or moisturizer, the skinny spatulas reach into narrow opening and deep into the bottle, where the flexible silicone heads scrape up the remaining product.
These Unbreakable Wine Tumblers That Are Perfect For Picnics, Barbecues, & More
If you’d like to enjoy a little pinot or riesling outdoors but are held back by the thought of shattered glasses, these
stainless steel wine tumblers were made just for you. They’re built with high-quality stainless steel and a convenient stemless design so you can take them anywhere without worries. Another plus of the material? It’ll help keep your wine chilled for longer.
This Memory Foam Wedge Pillow That Can Be Used So Many Different Ways
A versatile addition to your bed, this
memory foam wedge pillow can be used so many different ways to increase your comfort. Lay your head or feet on it for a more comfortable recline or flip it vertical and put it against your headboard for support while you’re reading in bed. It comes with a soft, machine-washable cover so it’s easy to maintain.
A Pen That Dispenses Nail-Strengthening Cuticle Oil
For peeling nails and dry cuticles, this
cuticle oil pen is key. It dispenses pure jojoba oil to moisturize and strengthen, and the brush tip makes application a breeze. Use this on the regular for nails that don’t crack, chip, or peel.
This Popcorn Popper That Works In The Microwave
collapsible microwave popcorn popper is about to be your go-to on movie night. Simply load in the kernels in the bowl, put the lid on, and throw it in the microwave — no oil is necessary (unless you want it, of course). You can eat directly from the bowl, and when you’re done, it collapses flat for storage.
The Fan-Favorite Drain Protector That Blocks Hair Like A Champ
It may look odd, but this
mushroom-shaped drain protector will be the best thing to ever happen your plumbing — and it’s earned a 4.7-star overall rating after 32,000 reviews. It catches hair and wraps it around the cylinder for later removal, while the numerous perforations allow water to flow through — so you won’t be standing in a pond while you shower.
An Extendable Shower Scrubber That Cleans Those Hard-To-Reach Spots
telescoping tub and tile scrubber makes it easy to reach the faraway corners of your shower, extending from a length of 32 to 53 inches. It’s equipped with a rounded head that features dense nylon bristles on all sizes, so you can scrub corners with minimal effort and elbow grease.
This Brow Gel That Delivers Sculpted Volume
Get next-level eyebrows with Maybelline’s tinted
brow sculpting gel. Available in a wide range of shades, this gel formula goes on smoothly, fanning out your brows for a full appearance. Plus, the spoolie brush applicator makes blending an easy affair.
A Memory Foam Knee Pillow To Keep Your Spine Aligned
With its unique contoured shape, this
memory foam knee pillow helps align your hips and spine while you’re sleeping on your side — helpful if you want to wake up without any pinching or strain. This pillow features ventilation holes in the memory foam to promote airflow for additional cooling, and the soft cover is removable and machine-washable.
This Plasma Lighter That’s USB-Rechargeable
USB-rechargeable lighter takes just an hour to fully power up in exchange for days of use. It’s simple to use and a has built-in safety mechanism for peace of mind (it takes three clicks for it to light). It doesn’t create a flame or require butane, which means it can stand up to windy conditions if you’re trying to start a fire outdoors.
These Dust Mop Slippers That Let You Clean Your Floors While You Walk
Covered with microfiber loops that act like magnets for dust, dirt, and hair on your hard-surface floors, these
dust mop slippers let you do your cleaning by simply walking around the house — just slip them over your shoes. Washable and reusable, the set comes with five pairs, so you can wear a set each weekday and easily keep up with your chores on the fly.
The Temperature-Regulating Pillowcases Made With Cooling Fibers
cooling pillowcases help keep hot sleepers comfortable in all seasons. One side is made from a Japanese fiber called Q-Max that’s designed to deflect body heat rather than absorb it, and the other side is made from breathable cotton that’s great for everyone, regardless of what temperature they prefer.
Available sizes: Standard, Queen, King
Available colors: 6
This Slim Running Belt That Has So Many Compartments
It’s easy to keep your keys, cash, and phone secure during workouts with this lightweight
running belt. Available in a wide range of colors, it features a variety of compartments for just about anything you need, including a zippered pocket for your most important items. It also has a reflective stripe for increased visibility and the waistband is adjustable up to 50 inches.
These Magnetic Measuring Spoons That Take Up Minimal Drawer Space
Made from premium stainless steel, these
measuring spoons are magnetized, so they stick together in your drawer, cutting down on bulk and making them easy to find. They’re dual-sided, with one side for dry measuring, and the other for liquid measures, and they’re imprinted with both U.S. and metric measurements. Plus, you’ll get a leveling tool, so you get just the right amount of baking soda in your cookie batch every time.
These Color-Changing Wind Lights That Are Solar-Powered
If you’re looking for a truly unique backyard decoration that’s absolutely mesmerizing, this
wind light mobile is sure to do the trick. They look like traditional wind chimes, but instead of sound, they feature soft, color-changing light spheres. These lights use solar power to operate, so you never have to think about a battery or plugging in.
These Hydrocolloid Patches That Help Pimples Heal Faster
When pesky pimples sprout up, these
hydrocolloid patches can help heal the area fast by drawing out impurities (while protecting from any urge you might have to pick at it). With 24 patches in a pack, each one is translucent and incredibly thin, meaning they’re subtle enough that you can wear them out and about.
This Container That Keeps Your Herbs Fresh
Fresh herbs complete any dish, but they can go bad fast — that is, unless you have this
herb keeper. Place your herbs or greens in the ventilated basket and fill the bottom reservoir of the container to keep them hydrated and fresh. “I had some herbs in my refrigerator for a few days and they were very wilted,” wrote one reviewer. “I put them in this Keeper and they are lush and fresh again.”
These Rechargeable Night-Lights That Are Motion Activated
motion-activated night-lights, you can add a little brightness to your home without running up your electric bill. The rechargeable night-lights have a cordless design, so you can place them wherever they’re needed (even if it’s nowhere near an outlet). They have five brightness levels and can last up to 500 hours on a single charge.
An Organizer For All Those Loose Batteries
Every home has at least
one drawer that’s overflowing with loose batteries, so why not save some space and grab this organizer? It features dedicated slots for AA, AAA, 9-volt, C, and D batteries, as well as a hinged case to help keep them all safe from dust. Choose from four colors: light green, purple, white, or black.
This Drink Dispenser That Can Help Prevent Spills
too easy to spill when you’re pouring from large jugs of milk or juice — that’s why this drink dispenser is a total game-changer. It’s designed to fit onto nearly any jug, and only needs two AA batteries (not included) in order to work. Plus, the trigger mechanism allows you to use it completely handsfree.
This Cushioned Mat That Keeps Your Feet From Getting Tired
If you’re standing for long periods of time — maybe doing dishes or working at a standing desk — it can be hard on your feet and joints. This
cushioned mat gives your muscles more support and makes it more comfortable to stand for long periods of time. “I love the texture, it’s easy to clean and very comfortable,” wrote one reviewer.
Available sizes: 3
Available colors: 3
These Foot Masks That Remove Dead Skin
They might look gentle, but these
foot peel masks pack an exfoliating punch. A few days after wearing the masks on your feet for about an hour, dead skin starts to peel off, leaving you with soft, hydrated skin. One reviewer wrote that “The process is not glamorous, but the end result of having spa like feet is so worth it.”
This Fast-Acting Spray That Gets Wine Stains Out Of Clothes, Upholstery, & Rugs
You’ll always be prepared for spills when you have this
wine stain remover spray, which is designed to work on clothing, furniture, rugs, and more. Use it to immediately tackle spills, or pre-treat items before tossing them in the wash. One reviewer called it a “Magical product,” while another noted that it “Removes impossible stains, never used a stain remover that worked this well.”
These Car Gap Seat Fillers That Keep Items From Falling Through
Save yourself from dropping your phone or other small objects through the gaps between the car seats with these handy
car seat gap fillers. They fit snugly in between your seats and the center console. “It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole,” wrote one reviewer. “It was easy enough to fit into my car and it’s soft!”
This Electric Toothbrush That Comes With 8 Brush Heads
Not only does this
electric toothbrush come with eight replacement brush heads, but it also features four cleaning modes to help get your teeth super clean: clean, gentle, whiten, and massage. Plus, the waterproof design means you can use it in the shower to save time on busy mornings.
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This article was originally published on
Jan. 15, 2022