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 through the vast online-shopping universe this past week, including the canned coffee that jeweler Ben Baller drinks every morning, bedding separates in a range of “delicious colors,” and an actually nice-looking nursing bra.
A back brace to help with posture (even on stools)
If your back is begging for a break after a year of working from home, but you don’t want to invest in bulky, ergonomic furniture, contributor Charlotte Klein recently went on a hunt for portable — but still effective — desk accessories. It’s all “stuff I could easily bring with me to make whatever seat and surface I sit at much more comfortable to work at,” and it all fits in a tote bag. But the “most portable of all my gear because it weighs less than a pound and folds up compactly” is this back brace. It simply “uses tension to tilt your pelvis slightly forward and prop you up to encourage better posture while seated,” even transforming how you sit on low-back chairs or stools that don’t provide support.
The Japanese canned coffee that Ben Baller stocked up on at the start of the pandemic
Last March, lots of people stocked up on toilet paper and hand sanitizer. But jeweler Ben Baller told us, “When the pandemic started, I stocked up on cases of two drinks: One is UCC Coffee, which is in all the Japanese markets.” It’s since become one of the things he can’t live without, along with his Crocs and earbuds. “I get up around 6:30 a.m. and have a UCC coffee over ice. I haven’t gone a day without it for more than a year now.”
An ‘easy jean’ to ease out of sweatpants
Since most of us have become accustomed to spending a lot of time in loungewear, a pair of stiff new jeans might not sound appealing for spring wardrobes. But this week, Everlane launched the Easy Jean to smooth the coming transition from sweats to hard pants. They’re fashioned similarly to their popular Easy Pant, complete with an elastic waistband and straight-leg cut, even though they’re technically denim. They’re also “ultrasoft, thanks to their loosely woven knit, which gives them that broken-in feel from the moment they arrive at your door.”
Skin-safe shampoo and conditioner for stubborn hairline acne
Suffering from stubborn whiteheads around her hairline and behind her ears, writer and “acne veteran” Leah Muncy wanted to find a shampoo and conditioner that would stop the breakouts without making her already-dry-leaning hair even more frizzy. So after talking with several dermatologists for a story on skin-safe hair care, she tried SEEN, a hair care line developed by a dermatologist that’s free from heavy oils but formulated with skin-safe moisturizing ingredients like hemisqualane and shea butter. And just over two weeks after switching over, she noticed “the breakouts, especially those behind my ears, were starting to heal — and no new ones were forming in their place. But perhaps more surprising, my hair was looking better too. It was soft and less frizzy, and I would often hold a piece up to my nose just to get a whiff of the deliciously clean scent.”
A mod dog raincoat from Skymall
Though it’s a bit late in the season to pick up a puffer for your pet, there’s still lots of rain to come — and this bright-yellow Push Pushi raincoat will keep them dry. It comes recommended by Dusen Dusen designer and dog owner Ellen Van Dusen, who was gifted it by a friend who saw it on Skymall. Van Dusen says that it’s perfect for her dog Snips: “It has a clear plastic hood, so she can still see if it goes over her eyes.” But if you want something with a bit more insulation that still looks good, writer Liza Corsillo talked with several other stylish dog owners about their dogs’ favorite jackets.