2018 was all about self-care for me.
During my quest to treat myself a bit more than I had been, I purchased several self-care products and services and had other ones gifted to me. Here’s a round-up of my ten favorites (plus a few honorable mentions) that I’ll continue to use in 2019 and beyond. Consider gifting these to yourself or a friend this holiday season.
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1. Bust Dust by Megababe – $16.00
I’m a generally sweaty person. It’s not something that strangers notice, but man, I notice it. Under-boob sweat, sweat between my belly rolls… It can get really unpleasant, especially during the summer. Ah, the woes of curves and swerves.
Enter Bust Dust by Megababe. This stuff keeps every nook and cranny dry. I put on this fine powder in the morning before I get dressed and it’s been working like a charm. Even though it’s called Bust Dust, this product can be used on other parts of the body as well. It’s paraben and talc-free, and it also smells heavenly!
Keep your eye on Megababe as it continues to produce thoughtful, non-toxic products that address actual concerns of the owners of female bodies.
One of the best changes I’ve made is ditching regular towels to dry my hair. They’re just too harsh, and they can really take the bounce out of my curls and waves.
I now use microfiber hair towels, like this one by Evolatree, after showering. They’re far softer and lighter than standard towels, and I love that I can just wrap up my hair and let it dry for a while as I go about my day.
Make the switch to microfiber hair towels. Your hair will thank you!
The KonMari Method may not be a new thing to some of you, but it’s still quite new to me so I’m including this essential book on this list.
This book by Marie Kondo is tiny yet mighty. It encourages you to only hold onto things that you truly love and need and to discard of the rest. If you only own belongings you actually like, you are more likely to take care of them and keep your house in order. It directs you to go through all (yes all) of your items and then teaches you how to appropriately store the ones you keep with the goal of having more harmony in your living space.
I picked up this book shortly before I relocated to North Carolina and I am SO GLAD I did. I went through the discard phase before packing and ended up taking far less stuff than I originally planned. Once I moved into my new place, I used the organizational tips to set up house. I haven’t totally mastered the KonMari Method yet, but I really like the folding technique and how uncluttered my apartment feels.
A huge part of self-care is having a living space that is functional and pleasing. Let The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up help you achieve that.
It’s typical to find wall plugins pumping out scents in homes across the country, but I’m here to tell you that the Scentsy Go beats them all. My birth mom gifted me one a few months ago, and now I regularly use it in my apartment as a way to please my olfactory senses.
The Scentsy Go is compact, portable, and rechargeable by USB. It has multiple modes and also illuminates with various light color patterns if desired, and I’ve found that the battery lasts fairly well. I move it around my apartment and let it do its thing.
More than twenty fragrances are currently available for the Scentsy Go. I have to mention that the Coconut Lemongrass one is definitely my favorite. This is a self-care investment that is well worth it!
This year I’ve been exploring natural and holistic remedies. My mom has previously taught me a few in the past, but I wanted to learn more on my own.
I stumbled upon Complete Wellness at the bookstore and have been referencing it since. It covers the properties of numerous herbs and plants and includes instructions on creating your own essential oils, tinctures, teas, creams, and other recipes.
I particularly like it because it offers informed advice. For example, in the mental health section, it has natural remedy suggestions but also encourages therapy and reaching out to mental health professionals. It’s not quite as hippy-dippy as other natural remedy texts and I appreciate that.
One of my least favorite things is waking up in the morning and feeling how puffy my eyes are after a particularly salty dinner or night out. It’s uncomfortable and makes me feel and look more tired than I actually might be.
On such puffy mornings, I turn to this eye roller by Olay. The metal rollers on the tip of the pen feel really nice and my bags tend to reduce a little in a few minutes. By the time I walk out the door, my eyes are feeling and looking much better.
Want this treatment to pack a little extra punch? Keep the eye roller in the fridge! The metal rollers will be particularly cold, providing the same relief as holding ice cubes on your eyes without the melting.
I live in a one-bedroom apartment. The bathroom is attached to my bedroom and isn’t far from my living room. It’s not particularly well-ventilated. I don’t have a gallbladder and my stomach is mess sometimes. I think you get my drift.
Poo-Pourri is freaking awesome, guys. You just spritz twice in the toilet before sitting down and it masks any and all unpleasant smells. It’s so simple!
Of course it’s great to use when company is over (my parents loved it when they stayed with me over Thanksgiving), but I honestly use it more often than that because of how good it smells. I currently have the Lavender Vanilla scent and look forward to trying the other scents in the future. Poo-Pourri forever!
I’ve been told my whole life not to touch, pop, or bother with pimples. But it’s so tempting to, especially when they’ve come to a head or are painful.
So how do I avoid touching them now? I place one of these Peace Out Acne Healing Dots directly on the spot, leave it for at least six hours (overnight works well), and let the magic happen.
The patches are great because I’m less likely to pick at a pimple if it’s covered and the spot is usually pretty healed by the time I take it off. My pimples go from inflamed little angry spots to shriveled leftovers that are gone by the next day thanks to these healing dots.
Meditation, aromatherapy, astrology, sound therapy, crystals, tarot cards… The Spirit Almanac covers numerous rituals, traditions, and practices and makes them easy to understand and add to your life. It’s divided by season and has particular rituals for different times of year. I keep this book on my side table and reference it often.
Of course, not everyone is interested in these types of self-care, and I can understand that. At the root of this book is a desire to be more in touch with yourself, your purpose, and the Earth. It may not be totally scientific but it can certainly benefit someone who is in need of a little soul searching.
I know the Fire Stick isn’t exactly a new product, but 2018 was the year I really utilized mine so that’s why I’m including it on this list. Before then, I pretty much stuck to enjoying my entertainment on my laptop.
The Amazon Fire Stick has changed that completely! No more connecting HDMI cables to my laptop to put stream on the big screen. I can now access my various apps on right my television, including Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify. I especially love using the Alexa Voice Remote for searches.
If you don’t already have one, now is the perfect time to grab one. Plug it in to the back of your TV, snuggle up on the couch, and catch up on your favorite shows!
Other Self-Care Products I Loved in 2018 that Deserve a Shout-Out:
- Palm stones to use while meditating and doing tarot readings. My palm stone is rose quartz. These are available online but I’d suggest going to an in-person store and picking one out
- Kasa Cam – $79.99 – I keep an eye on my dog using this awesome security camera and it makes me feel less anxious to know she’s not chewing anything up
- BetterHelp.com & PrideCounseling.com – Monthly Costs operate on a sliding scale – Therapy through video chat, phone call, or messaging, worked out great during my move
- Shiny Silver Conditioning Shampoo by One ‘n Only – $19.43 – I use this twice a month to keep my gray strands bright
- Fitbit Alta HR – $125.99 – Not a new product, but one was gifted to me this year and I really like having it
- Rx Bars – For when I’m feeling hangry but don’t have time to cook
- Squish by Unbound – $99.00 – Get your vibes on
Have you tried any of the above products? What were your favorite self-care products this year? Share in the comments and let me know your thoughts!