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The Strategist Haul: What the Editors Bought in February

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If you follow our monthly feature “Your Shopping Cart,” you know we have some eerily good intel on what you all are buying. Which led us to think that, as Strategist editors, we could turn the tables and highlight all the things we’ve been buying for ourselves. As you’ll notice, it’s both a blessing and a curse to be a Strategist editor; we’re picky, but sometimes we just have to get on with it. (It’s online-shopping expertise meets IRL needs.) Below, what we all bought in February.

Leah Muncy, junior writer

My fabric bath mat — the third one I’ve purchased in the last year — was starting to get moldy, so I said to hell with it: We’re going teak. I picked up this one from Amazon, and I think it makes my tiny, shower-stall bathroom look like a mid-tier spa. It’s a little on the expensive side, but teak is known for being durable and easy to clean. A friend of mine says that he’s owned his for years, and it still looks new. If you do decide to take the plunge, make sure yours is made from solid teak (and only teak), which is mold- and mildew-resistant.

Chloe Anello, writer

I’m really into TikTok now and wanted to get better videos of my crafts, don’t judge me.


I needed to wash and depill all of my cashmere sweaters, so I bought this handy kit. Depilling actually made for a soothing afternoon, since it’s oddly satisfying, and my stuff smells and looks great now.

Dominique Pariso, writer

I’ve never met a shampoo I’ve loved enough to buy twice. I’d been using Prose — which I liked a lot — but as soon as it ran out, my eye immediately started wondering. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Monday, a popular New Zealand–based hair-care line that just made it Stateside this month. I love the look of the all-pink packaging, and while the jury’s still out if I’ve finally found the one, I’m quite happy to have found a sulfate-free formula for under $10.

Peter Martin, senior editor

I haven’t been trimming my beard (or showering, smiling, or eating fewer than three cookies at a time) that often during quarantine, but recently I found m