year in review

I Found It on the Strategist: What the Editors Discovered This Year

Photo: Courtesy of the retailers

One of the best things we’ll hear from friends (and even strangers) is “I found it on the Strategist!” and even as writers and editors of this very site, we’re constantly learning about new things here, too. Now that 2018 is nearly over, we’re recapping the best things we discovered on the Strategist, whether from our colleagues’ shopping receipts, impassioned odes, or celebrity favorites. Below, the vegetable scrubber, lunch box, and natural deodorant we’ll keep adding to our carts.

Margaret Rhodes, senior editor

At some point this year I went to an event and got a goodie bag on the way out, and it contained one of these orange-wrapper Japanese vegetable scrub brushes. I left it sitting around for a while until I stumbled on this old post, from Strat’s early, early days, espousing the benefits of the scrub brush on sticky or difficult dishes. Then I started using mine on all my dishes, not just the baking pans or skillets, and I became weirdly enamored with it. It’s both very aggressive and very gentle, because it’s made from natural fibers. And it looks little a wonderful little sea anemone sitting next to my sink. So now I’ve been ordering three-packs and using them instead of sponges.

Technically, I did not find this on the Strategist, but rather found it thanks to a Strategist in the human form of senior editor Simone Kitchens. At some point this fall I noticed that my skin was looking a little bumpy around my forehead and cheeks. Not breaking out, just unhappy texture. Simone was a beauty editor at Glamour before she came to New York, and she has great product knowledge, so I Slacked her about it. “How often are you exfoliating?” she asked. Never, really, because my skin can be very reactive. She suggested this stuff: superfine powdery dry granules of rice, clay, and turmeric root that you mix with a gentle cleanser or oil and then scrub all over your face. I started using it twice a week or so, and after a week noticed a huge difference — my skin was shiny and smooth and happy once more.

Dominique Pariso, intern

I was routinely using old takeout containers to bring my lunch to work every day and was one catastrophic spill away from a ruined tote bag. So I decided to buy an old Strategist favorite: the Monbento Bento Box. It holds four cups of food (!) and is dishwasher and microwave safe.

Rio wrote that these “little heroes” help maximize tiny bathroom storage, and boy, she was not kidding around. I bought a handful of these on a whim and they not only create space, but really display my everyday makeup beautifully. They are super cheap, easy to install, and allow me to take a “shelfie” that would make any beauty influencer swoon.