People sometimes buy some weird things when they’re shopping. But while they can be super bizarre, many of the products that people get on Amazon are actually pretty brilliant — all you have to do is look past an item's oddity and focus on how beneficial it can be.
Scrolling through the Amazon Hot Picks or Movers & Shakers pages can be so much fun. They're constantly being updated, with some pretty peculiar and unusual products being added every day. With that being said, it’s sometimes hard to look past the novelty of an item and actually imagine buying yourself something that seems a bit out there. But several of these items are actually very practical, and sometimes even multi-functional. I, for one, have bought things just because of how unique or strange they looked in the past, later to find just how useful they really were.
The next time you spot something weird on Amazon, don’t just take a peek and then click away. Instead, actually read the product description — you might be surprised how handy that item could be in everyday life. From an alarm clock that tracks your sleep patterns to underwear that keeps you smelling extra fresh, you'll fall in love with so many of these odd yet genius items.
1Make Espresso Wherever You May Go
If you’re a big coffee addict and you’ll only drink the best, this MiniPresso machine, which is hand-operated and super compact, can brew up a quality cup of coffee in minutes, wherever you may be.
2Smell Great All Day With A Natural Deodorant
When you’re choosing a deodorant, it may seem like you have to choose between one that neutralizes body odor or one that's packed with harmful aluminum, which has been linked to lymph and brain problems. Instead, why not use an all-natural, aluminum-free, and chemical-free product like this deodorant paste, which was featured on Shark Tank? It’s made with organic shea butter, coconut oil, arrowroot powder, and more.
3Stop Hair Loss With A Gentle Shampoo
This shampoo is not only scientifically formulated to prevent hair loss, but also made in the United States and totally cruelty-free, making it perfect for animal lovers who want healthier strands.
4Exfoliate Away Dead Skin With A Salt Scrub
A deep exfoliator is important to add to your routine if you have super dry skin. Himalayan Sea salt is a very effective ingredient when it comes to sloughing away dead skin. The scrub is packed with other potent ingredients like almond oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, lavender oil, and aloe vera. Together the ingredients buff skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth.
5Brighten And Moisturize Skin With Snail Mucus
Korean Beauty products are usually loaded with unique ingredients. This brightening and moisturizing cream is infused with black snail mucus filtrate as well as 27 black plant extracts. The cream can help even out tone, tighten pores, and improve the overall health of skin.
6Destress Yourself With A Relaxing Scent
Feeling anxious? Relax at the end of a stressful day with this amazing organic body wash. Featuring ginger and lavender oils, it has the consistency of honey and is made with just eight ingredients, all of which are natural, so you can feel good and smell great.
7Get Comfy In Bed
If you want to make your bedroom way more luxurious, this chic sheet set is definitely one big way to do it. Hey, you’re an adult — it’s time to invest in high-quality linens!
8Try On-The-Go Acupuncture
Stop throwing back the pain pills and try a holistic approach to pain management with wearable acupressure. The Aculief provides pressure to the LI4 acupressure point which helps relieve headaches and tension as well as increase blood flow in the body. It’s a natural way to reduce stress and live healthier.
9Let Your Cat Scratch In Style
If your cat likes to scratch everything in sight, this is the perfect item for you. Your cat will love using this “turntable” scratch pad — and your couch will finally stop getting clawed up every day.
10Attack Of The Flying Plants
These “flying jellyfish” plant pots will look so cool hanging from your ceiling. The best part: These plants are really hard to kill, so even if you’re usually bad at keeping houseplants alive, you’ll still be able to handle these.
11Stay Comfy No Matter The Temperature
This balm goes on like deodorant but can be put anywhere on the body to protect against blisters, chafing, and irritation from sweat. It's made with tea tree oil and rosemary, and there's no chemicals in it.
12Keep Drinks Safe From Spills
This one-size-fits-all multi-functional silicone drink cover seals tight onto mugs and cups. It creates an airtight and leak-proof seal making your drinks safe from spills. The cover also keeps hot drinks warmer for longer. Plus, picnickers will appreciate that you can enjoy a drink outside without worrying about any bugs flying into your cup.
13Decorate Instagram-worthy Dessert
Save money and create Instagram-worthy desserts with your very own cake-decorating tool. You can decorate and personalize sweets for special occasions without making a mess with a pastry bag or spending money for a professional to do it. Simply fill the silicone and plastic pencil with frosting and push down on the eraser for it to come out. When you’re finished, you can put it in the dishwasher for an easy clean.
14Keep Your Phone Clean With A Sanitizer
Ever think about how dirty your phone must be? Well, if you do — also remind yourself how often you put it on your face. This phone sanitizer was featured and Shark Tank and works with UV light to banish 99.99% of bacteria from your phone. And it charges it, too!
15Give Yourself Healthier-Looking Skin With An All-Natural Facial Sponge
Konjac sponges are incredibly popular. And for good reason, too. They're made from the roots of konjac plants, which are native to eastern Asia and filled with vitamins and minerals. They’re also hypoallergenic, so they are great for sensitive skin. This one is made with red clay, which is packed with minerals, leaving you with softer and more hydrated skin.
16Upgrade Your Hair And Downsize Your Brush Collection
Instead of buying (and then storing) a ton of different-sized brushes, get this set that comes with detachable barrels. These ceramic coated brush heads heat and cool quickly, allowing you to dry and style your hair at the same time, essentially cutting the time it takes you to get ready in half.
17Get Salon-Smooth Feet At Home
Get pedicure-soft feet without the price tag with an easy-to-use, hands-free foot file. Don’t bend down to slough off dead skin; sit down and let your feet take care of themselves. It comes with replaceable sheets for hygiene and abrasiveness.
18Scrub Your Teeth With A Tree
Instead of using traditional whitening agents to get a brighter smile, now all you have to do is scrub your teeth with a twig. The bark whitens teeth and freshens breath, and it doesn’t need a drop of water to work.
19Make The Perfect Poached Egg In Minutes
I love Eggs Benedict, but poaching eggs can seem hard to do at home. But now, brunch lovers won’t have any issue poaching eggs at home because with this tool they can easily do it in the microwave. It’s also super easy to clean, so the whole process is a breeze.
20These Odd Socks To Make Yoga Easier
These weird-looking socks — made mostly from organic cotton — have a non-slip grip at the bottom to make activities like yoga, pilates, or barre class safer and simpler. They still let you move your toes, but they provide arch support as well as a barrier between you and the gym floor. And they're machine washable, too.
21Revive Your Skin With A Week Of Sheet Masks
Whether your skin is freaking out from travel, weather changes, or stress, doing a few specialized treatments can spruce that complexion right up. Not only does this set address several different skin concerns, from dehydration to enlarged pores, but it also comes at a huge bargain when compared to a standard $8 singular mask that many beauty retailers offer. Treat your skin for a week with seven daily sheet masks — and take spooky selfies while you’re at it!
22Wash Even The Hardest-To-Reach Places
Instead of doing bathtub acrobatics to try to reach every inch of your body, use a brush set that allows you to scrub those hard-to-reach places. These multi-functional brushes offer three different angles and heads to customize the way you want to get clean. Using the brushes will leave you with softer skin all over your body, including your back.
23Pretend You’re From The Future With An Eye Massage Mask
This eye mask may look strange, but they can save your eyes from the damaging blue light from your computer, phone, and tablet. The eye mask, which charges via USB, massages your eyes, relieves pressure from eye strain, and helps stimulate blood circulation.
24Keep Your Kitchen Cleaner With A Charcoal-Infused Dish Towel
Dishtowels can get incredibly dirty when you're constantly cleaning up messes or wiping your hands with them. This one is more hygienic because it is infused with charcoal. The charcoal also helps the dish release odor. Plus, the quick-drying towel will look chic hanging in your kitchen.
25Create The Best Sleep Environment Imaginable
Multifunctional items are the best things to get your hands on. This light is also an aromatherapy oil diffuser, an air purifier, and a humidifier.
26Cut Prep And Clean-Up Time In Half
I love to make salads, but I don’t love all the prep work that goes into it. Eliminate the time you spend chopping vegetables with a veggie chopper and dicer. This convenient set comes with several different slicers, allowing you to chop vegetables or fruit easily. And when you’re finished, there’s no annoying mess to clean up, since the pieces fall into a bowl as they’re chopped.
27Never Get Hot Coffee On Your Shirt Again
This brilliant coffee mug has a vacuum seal so that you’ll never spill your drink. Plus, its inside features an awesome stainless steel mesh screen so you can make loose leaf tea on the go.
28Mount Your Smartphone or Tablet So It’s Easier To See
You can use your smartphone and tablet for so many things these days, but holding it in your hand can get old fast. A wall mount gives you the opportunity to place your gadgets at eye level so you can read recipes or watch movies more comfortably. This one is adhesive and can be moved and reused several times. It fits most tablets and phones so you and your roommate can share.
29A Constant Cool Side Of The Pillow
Tired of having to turn your pillow over and over in the summer to get its cool side? This inexpensive and truly brilliant option is about to change your sleep forever.
30Add A Fog-Free Mirror To Your Shower
Multi-functional items make sense because of their practicality. And this fog-free shower mirror not only gives you a better way to wash your face in the shower, but extra shelf space as well.
31Get Some Fresh Air — In Your Home, That Is
Say goodbye to air fresheners that only mask odors and hello to this bag of charcoal that does so much more. It prevents mold, mildew, and bacteria while getting rid of odors, allergens, and pollutants. Plus, you can keep using it for up to two years. A money-saver that keeps your home fresh? Yes, please.
32Protect Your Fingers When Cooking
Are you still grating cheese, slicing fruits, and doing other potentially digit-damaging activities without wearing gloves? There’s nothing wrong with being extra careful — and reviewers agree, saying, ”The first pair wore out and we bought another. It’s worth every penny!”
33Give Yourself Fuller Eyelashes With Brush-On Falsies
Applying false lashes can be frustrating, and finding a pair that fit on your eyes comfortably is a challenge. Swap out the glue for a brush-on, nontoxic option. The fiber lash mascara uses 3D fibers to give you the fullness of false lashes without the hassle.
34Stay Clean And Dry With A Pocket Blanket
This super tiny blanket unfolds to create enough space for one person to lay down or two people to sit next to each other. You’ll never have a wet butt in the park again.
35Get Connected And Stay Connected
Not only does this handy little device allow you to turn your phone into your own personal radio station, but it's also a USB car charger, so you’ll never run out of battery, even on those long trips when you really need to stay connected.
36Keep All Of Your Nighttime Necessities Nearby
Never miss a notification again by keeping your phone close by while you sleep. This space-saving bedside shelf easily attaches to the frame without any tools. It gives you more room to keep all of your nighttime products and gadgets close by without needing an end table.
37The Easy Way To Cut Pizza
If you’ve always found it a little annoying to try to saw homemade pizza using a typical bread knife, you need this pizza-specific set of shears.
38Juice Your Phone On The Go
Anything that serves more than one purpose is a win in my book — and this super tough key chain takes the cake on tech accessories that make life easier. Not only is it pretty much indestructible, but it also doubles as a charging cable for your phone.
39Stay Connected No Matter Where You Are
Never be without power again. In a time when our phones are basically an extra limb, running out of power can be daunting. But with a solar power charger, you’ll be able to stay connected anywhere you go. The charger gives you over 1,000 charges over time, and can charge two devices at once.
40Fresher Breath That Lasts Longer
Instead of masking odors in your mouth with a piece of gum or mint, why not neutralize them with a mouthwash? Destroying the bacteria in your mouth is the first step to fresher breath, and this mouthwash that’s made with green tea, tea tree extract, and aloe will do just that for up to 24 hours.
41Light Up The Room
How beautiful and calming is this sea salt lamp? Let it fill your living room with warm light.
Design: Brit Phillips; Images: Amazon (42)
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