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This month, the forecast calls for hygge with a chance of sweaters. Because fall and cozy nights in go together like pumpkin spice and you-know-what.
I’ve had it up to here with pumpkin spice.
We get it. But you can take the PSL out of the season and still enjoy it. Case in point...our round-up of essential fall products to help you live your best cozy life. Think: things that pull double duty so you never have to leave your couch. (Except to get the delivery.)
Something to make your hair as soft as your blanket…
A silky situation
Why it’s smart: NOTO’s Agender Oil uses natural ingredients (hemp seed, lavender, and vetiver) to make the hair you have everywhere really, really, really, ridiculously soft. Bonus: 100% of sales profits go toward LGBTQIA, environmental, and civil causes. Smooth move.
Something for when you’re ‘too young’ to have achy joints but here we are…
Pain, pain go away
Why it’s smart: This Epsom salt alternative uses magnesium flakes to fight joint pain, relieve muscle cramps, and ease stress. Pour it into your bathtub and say ahh. Wine glass sold separately.
Something for multitasking while binge-watching…
Topcoat for a cause
Why it’s smart: This female-founded company sends vegan and cruelty-free polish to you every month for a different cause. For October, the polish is purple with money going toward supporting people affected by domestic abuse (reminder: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month).
Something for when you actually have to leave your cozy quarters...
Boots you'll wear on rotation
Why it’s smart: The hiking-inspired Izzie Lugsole Ankle Boots are part of Marc Fisher LTD’s seven fall/winter shoes. They’re part casual, part luxe and have a layer of shearling...so when you are forced to go outside, your feet think they’re wrapped in a blanket.
Something to keep your mulled wine warm...
A cup o’ cozy
Why it’s smart: Ceramics, so hot right now. This handmade mug is from pottery brand East Fork, the brainchild of Henri Matisse’s great-grandson (oui, really). It’s sturdy, no-frills, and pairs well with hot chocolate. (The instant kind because we’re taking it easy.)
Something for when stress has your fuzzy socks in a bunch...
Chicken soup for the brain
Why it’s smart: Puzzles aren’t just child's play. They're actually good for your brain (hint: they reinforce existing connections between your brain cells). This one comes together as the ultimate bowl of cozy. In a word, ramen.
Something to rival your cozy sweater…
PJs for your boobs
Why it’s smart: A bralette designed to support DDs and up. What. A. Concept. The ‘Busy Bralette’ is no-wire, but structured and designed for staying power. As in, you won’t feel like you need to peel it off as soon as you get home.
Something for when the in-between weather is messing with your skin…
An ex-zit strategy
Why it’s smart: Popaholics, meet your match – er, patch. ZitSticka digs deep (literally), using teeny tiny spikes that dissolve under your skin to destroy early-stage pimples.
Something to help remove your Halloween makeup…
A magic mitt
Why it’s smart: Put down the single-use makeup wipes. This knitted micro-fiber cloth is better for the environment and only needs warm water to spook the zombie, vampire, scarecrow, or precise cat-eye off your face.
Something for the calm before the holiday storm...
Apple of your essential oil
Why it’s smart: Looks like a vase, actually an aromatherapy diffuser. And does a lot more for your space than that cinnamon-scented candle. The Stone Diffuser releases two fluid ounces of water per hour, making it a good humidifier, too.
Something for sunsetting summer…
A smart sundial
Why it’s smart: Alexa, make the sunset. This alarm clock helps end your night au naturel. It mimics a colored sunset (or sunrise) by gradually changing color and brightness over your preset time period. Hi, right side of the bed.
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