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What Strategist Readers Are Buying: Puffer Coats and Wireless Headphones

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.

It’s a shame winter has come to an end, because this Orolay coat — the one that took over the Upper East Side — is finally back in stock. It’s far and away the Strat best seller this installment (and incidentally, now would be the time to get your coat for next winter). Taking the second spot are the snail-slime eye patches that were number two last time, too, followed by another new entry: wool dryer balls that cut drying time by two-thirds (without introducing toxins into the house). In fourth place is another familiar face, the pimple patches recommended by beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton, just ahead of the Seoul Ceuticals serum that’s a very inexpensive alternative to a very pricey juice. All those, plus super-well-reviewed $30 wireless headphones, a pair of Kim France’s favorite VPL-fighting underwear, a well-reviewed beard trimmer, the non-shampoo from Hairstory beloved by writer Molly Young, and a micellar water that Viera-Newton loved so much she completely emptied it out.

1. The Unlikely Tale of an $89 Amazon Coat That’s Taken Over the Upper East Side (new entry)

It’s the very expensive-looking coat that’s now taken over not only the Upper East Side but the Strategist, too. The Orolay coat has been so popular that we sold it out in almost all colors and sizes, but the good news? It’s back. As Strategist associate editor Katy Schneider wrote, “It’s sold on Amazon for $89.99. And it’s the most popular coat of the winter, at least among a certain set of stylish uptown women. ‘I first saw it on one of my mom friends,’ said Ana Maria Pimentel, the fashion director at Neiman Marcus. ‘She said, oh it’s an Amazon coat.’ I bought it. Two weeks later, I went to a Soulcycle on 83rd and I was one of four people wearing it. And I think one of them was [socialite and creative consultant] Lauren DuPont.” Pimentel says she’s heard rumblings that the first to wear it was a Korean blogger who wore it out uptown — and has contributed to the trickle-down effect herself. ‘Seven of my super-close friends have bought it since,’ she says. ‘A woman at a department store literally bought it on her phone, right in front of me.’”

2. The 14 Products I Use for My Chronic Raccoon Eyes (2)

Once again, these snail-slime eye patches beloved by beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton take the number two spot. 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.”

3. These Nontoxic Wool Laundry Balls Cut My Drying Time by Two-Thirds (new entry)

During Get It Together week, Strategist senior editor Simone Kitchens told us about these wool dryer balls that not only act like (nontoxic) dryer sheets but also cut drying time: “I throw three of these tennis-ball-size wool guys in with my regular loads; all six for heavy-duty stuff like towels and duvet covers. The little guys last for 500-plus loads, or about a year (my mom says you’ll know they’re done when they get too fuzzy). Everything is perfectly dry and tumbled all before the buzzer goes off. It’s all wrinkle-free, too.”