sunday circular

10 Products That Delighted Us Last Week: From Skin Peels to Trompe L’Oeil Kale

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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 peels SuChin Pak uses for Korean-spa scrubs at home, a “slightly gaudy” Smeg toaster, and the Hadestown creator’s favorite grocery-store bag.

The peels SuChin Pak uses for Korean-spa scrubs at home

Journalist SuChin Pak, the co-host of the Add to Cart podcast, told us that “between being cooped up at home and having recently moved somewhere that lacks any semblance of a Koreatown, I’ve been missing Korean spas a lot.” She says that “being scrubbed and hosed down at one of these spas” is nothing less than a “life-altering experience.” The next best thing, she adds, are these peels. “You spray the delicious-smelling, naturally derived product on the skin, let it soak for a few seconds, then lightly push the product around with your fingers and watch as a layer of dead skin rolls off of your body. Fewer things gives me as much satisfaction.”

A chef’s favorite candle for meditating …

When we asked chef Kwame Onwuachi about the stuff he can’t live without, he told us he begins every day by lighting this inexpensive candle. “This one is the signature scent of my home; I light it when I meditate each morning.” He describes the scent as “kind of masculine and a little musky” and adds that, in addition to being affordable, you can find it pretty much anywhere. “I originally found it at CB2, but I see the brand everywhere: vintage shops, candle shops, all over.”

… And a “meditative” kit for repairing broken ceramics

In case you missed it, we covered everything from ecofriendly kitchen supplies to natural deodorants to sustainable plus-size fashion during our recent Green Week. As part of the five-day exploration of how to live more sustainably, Strategist writer Liza Corsillo wrote about how Japanese kintsugi repair kits can “transform broken tea cups and bowls you might otherwise throw away into something beautiful and useful again.” Japanese kintsugi artist Nao Shaneyfelt explains the centuries-old practice as “repairing ceramics with urushi lacquer (made from the sap of a tree) and gold powder,” and Corsillo says the resulting “spiderweb of gold lines” makes anything you might repair during the “slow and meditative” process even “more of a keepsake than it was before.” While kits can run the gamut in price, she notes this one, from Marie Kondo’s store, is good for beginners because it “comes with two small bowls you get to break and repair so that you can practice your skill on things that don’t mean anything to you before moving on to the ones that do.”

Chewable (but inedible) kale for babies

In our latest installment of “Now That I Know Better” (our series in which parents share the baby items they wished they’d registered for), food writer Hannah Howard told us about this toy for young ones, like her daughter, who “put anything and everything in their mouth.” She explains the trompe l’oeil piece of kale is actually “made from 100 percent natural rubber from Malaysian Hevea trees and hand-painted with natural food-grade dyes.” So while it’s not necessarily nutritious, it’s totally safe to nibble on. Howard adds that her daughter “enjoys chewing on it as much as anything” and that “it also works as a bath toy.”

An (on-sale) speaker to take on picnics, hikes, and bike rides


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