Welcome back to Your Shopping Cart, wherein we break out the top-five products that you, devoted Strategist readers, all bought in droves. Think of this as the tl;dr of the Strategist: If your like-minded brethren are buying these items, maybe you’d like to, too.
There’s a new champion this round! Writer Molly Young’s ode to Hairstory’s New Wash (which leaves her hair so perfectly shiny and wavy, she doesn’t need to use it more than once a week) compelled several of you to see what all the fuss was about. That bumps the Cosrx pimple patches from Rio Viera-Newton’s skin-care story to second place, just ahead of the Gold & Snail eye patches the very prolific Viera-Newton also recommended to fight off dark circles and under-eye puffiness. Fourth place this week goes to the Tao ultrasonic toothbrush, which we first highlighted a few months ago — and is now $50 cheaper. Finally, our fifth-place winner this round is the Uniqlo cashmere sweater, which, for a limited time (including right now), is on sale for just $40.
Hairstory’s New Wash was created by the co-founder of Bumble and Bumble, and it takes a radical approach to shampoo — instead of lathering like your drugstore stuff, it operates more like a conditioner to clean your hair of grime, while leaving the good stuff that gives your hair bounce and waves. Since trying it, writer Molly Young has been converted: “My long hair air-dries perfectly, with no ‘squeaky’ texture. It is shiny and falls in loose waves, like it did when I was a kid. I don’t need to blow-dry it. My chronic flaky scalp (sorry!) is gone forever. I customarily wash my hair every three days. With New Wash, once a week. When friends remark that my hair looks nice, it’s fun to say, ‘I haven’t shampooed in six months.’ Which is technically accurate.”
These little $5 wonders continue to sell like hotcakes. We’ve been hearing from some of you that they don’t quite work or don’t work as well as you would’ve hoped. A word to the wise: They’re best on pimples that have formed a whitehead or are about to burst (the closer the oil is to the surface, the easier it is for the patch to draw it out). They’re less effective on freshly formed pimples. Be sure to check the other items Rio Viera-Newton included in her story about the ultimate skin-savers, such as collagen cream, snail sheet masks, morning gel cleanser, and lemon peel exfoliator. They all caused Viera-Newton’s friends to comment on the change in her skin: “People started to notice how different I looked and asked what I was using. Tired of responding to texts about moisturizers and serums, I outlined my skin-care favorites in a Google doc and shared it with a few curious friends.”
For stubborn under-eye circles and puffiness, the active ingredient of snail mucin does wonders. Says Viera-Newton: “This is my favorite under-eye product, and don’t make me tell you again why I love snail so much! Its regenerative properties not only work wonders on blemish scars, but also help with any kind of hyperpigmentation, including dark under-eye circles. It’s also super beneficial for helping with wrinkles and dryness.”