I have been looking everywhere for a truly non-toxic, eco-friendly, high-quality shampoo set, and was so excited to find Act+Acre. I ordered the Hair Cleanse, Hair Conditioner, and Scalp Detox. Unfortunately the hair clease made my hair feel greasy and dirtier than before I washed it, even when I followed their step-by-step instructions to get a good lather. Also, they recommend double-cleansing to get a good wash, which uses several pumps of the product. For such an expensive product, I shouldn't have to use 1/4 of the bottle to get a good clean. Also, the conditioner was nowhere near thick enough to actually condition my thick hair. I ended up returning this and will be buying more affordable hair care products in the future.
The products are good and reasonably priced. I didn't love the texture of the sleep moisturizer (too slippy/light), but the other products I've tried (e.g. the green mask) have been great. Some of the products don't especially jump out at me -- they just feel fine. I love how eco-friendly and clean this company is. I would say I like but don't love.
Love love love this queer-friendly candle brand. Their scents are delicious, tongue-in-cheek, and I they are my favorite candle company. They are reasonably priced (as luxury candles go), last long, have a great burn time, and truly love the scents (especially Slow Burn, Gardener, and Cowboy Kush).
I never thought twice about my socks until someone gifted me a pack of Bombas. I love the mission (they donate a pair for every pair purchased), and they are amazing quality. They are super durable, comfortable, and come in fun prints. My mother in law (who gave them to me) is a nationally ranked squash player, and she swears by these. I also love the matching baby/adult sets -- so sweet. I recommend Bombas to everyone and will never buy another sock brand again.
I really love these products but am disappointed they don't focus as much on non-toxic ingredients as they claim. Most of their products contain oxocrylene, which is allergenic. The formulas work great and I love the variety of products, but as I shift to swapping in clean products into my routine, I'm sad to move away from these. I have found that the makeup refreshing spray bottle often gets clogged, which is frustrating. They are also quite pricey.
I was super into Glossier when they first launched, but over time I became less impressed with the products. They seem to pour more money into marketing and branding than they do into the actual products. I have grown more into clean beauty over the years, and have since stopped buying Glossier products as I am not impressed by the ingredients list. This was most obvious to me when I purchased the You Fragrance and immediately felt sick and got a headache from the scent. They are mediocre products with too much hype.
I have had my two Away suitcases for several years, and am overall very happy with them. They are spacious, stylish, and functional. They feel very high-quality for a relatively approachable price, and have held up very well. I regrettably bought the sand-colored suitcase which has several marks on it, so I wish I had gone with a darker color or the that the bag came with a cleaning sponge. Otherwise I am an Away loyalist and very happy with my purchase.
I love my Peloton bike as well as the Peloton fitness app. I started doing body-weight Peloton exercises at the beginning of the pandemic and was so impressed by the variety of classes and engaging instructors. You really feel like part of a community, and grow to find your preferred instructors. I use the meditation classes to sleep every night; yoga from my living room; and finally sprung for the bike this summer. It really helps lower the barrier to working out, and I love how customizable it is (you can filter by difficulty, length, focus, etc).
I love the range of these herbal sparkling drinks. They are a complex, delicious amaro-like alcohol replacement. Each of the flavors are unique, tasty, and perfectly dry (unsweet). They are also great to settle my stomach. I ordered these in bulk from a local liquor store and many of them arrived flat or half-empty, which was a disappointment, but not Casamara Club's fault. I'm excited to see they're now offering aluminum cans - I will definitely be keeping these on stock.
I've been cutting back on alcohol and Ghia has been the perfect replacement spritz. It's complex, bitter, and helps with digestion. I haven't found a better substitute.