We write about hundreds of products a week. Here, in our version of the Sunday circular, we’ve plucked out some of our favorites — expert-recommended essentials, life-changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly launched gizmos, and the very good deals we uncovered while trolling the vast online-shopping universe this past week, including hand sanitizer made from food scraps, a skin-clearing shower filter, and a list of organizations to donate to in support of Asian communities.
The shower filter that cleared up Trinity Mouzon Wofford’s skin
When Trinity Mouzon Wofford, co-founder of the wellness brand Golde, which makes one of our favorite superfood latte blends and (edible) face masks, moved back to Brooklyn after spending some time in upstate New York, her skin “just erupted in crazy breakouts everywhere,” she says. “I couldn’t figure out what was up until I realized that the water quality was having a pretty significant impact on my skin.” This shower filter — one of two filters she can’t live without — was the solution. “It hooks right into a showerhead and removes a lot of the mineral buildup that’s coming through my 100-plus-year-old pipes. My skin is less clogged up, less irritated, and not as dry.”
Three flight attendants’ favorite CD-case-size travel kettle
In the before-times, one of the most coveted items among flight attendants was a $24 Amazon jumpsuit. But when Strategist writer Hilary Reid reached out to learn what’s popular among flight attendants these days, no less than three named this travel teakettle. “While working with COVID restrictions this past year, food resources can be sparse,” says flight attendant Jennifer Beckwith, who has used this collapsible, CD-case-size kettle to make everything from instant oatmeal to steamed veggies. Echoes flight attendant Amber Blansit, “I’ll never be stuck on a layover without hot tea or coffee ever again, and if I’m feeling extra-spicy, you better believe you can find me heating up some instant ramen or even hot chocolate on those chilly winter nights.”
A tool to find out how terrible your humidifier actually is
If you got embroiled in the Twitter discourse about why it’s so hard to find a good humidifier, you’ll be somewhat relieved to know that “all humidifiers are terrible,” according to Strategist contributor Sarah Z. Wexler, who took a deep dive into the topic this week. So before you go out and buy a second, third, or fourth humidifier on your hunt for the best, consider getting a hygrometer to see how well yours is actually working (or, you know, not). “Hygrometers measure relative humidity (RH), which is the amount of moisture in the air compared to how much moisture the air can hold,” says Sarah Drake, a seasonal humidifier brand manager. If your RH measurement is too high, many humidifiers have knobs to adjust to turn down the mist, but Wexler points out that “if your RH is too low and your humidifier is already at its maximum output, you’ll either need to add another to the room or replace it with a larger one.”