46 Utterly Strange Products On Amazon That Are Actually Brilliant When You Think About It
Some products are an instant necessity. Others require a little bit of contemplation. You see it initially and think it's weird. And then, three days later, it dawns on you: You need it. The internet is filled with those bizarre products that are actually brilliant when you think about it, and Amazon is often the best place to find them.
Why Amazon? I thought after more than two years of working with their products, I'd have seen it all. Quite the contrary. Amazon is a rabbit hole of hidden gems that'll change your life, and the longer you look, the deeper it goes. I'm constantly amazed by the weird but useful products I never asked for, but found — and in most cases, I ended up adding them to my cart. They're just so darn brilliant, I couldn't resist. Plus, if the weirdness factor has you a little bit skeptical, there are tons of buyer reviews to back up your purchase decision and ensure you it's a great idea.
So go ahead: take a look at all these unique ingredients, random purchases, and utterly strange designs. You may raise your eyebrow at first, but when these bizarre products make their way into your everyday routine, you'll thank us.
1This Foot And Body Scrub That Uses Tea Tree To Fight Bacteria And Fungi
This isn't your average spa-like exfoliant, but it has reviewers using words like "amazing," "incredible," and "wonderful" anyway. Because tea tree is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, this body and foot scrub gets rid of stubborn odors and keeps foot infections under control. It's also formulated with real Dead Sea salt, which buffs away callouses to reveal soft, moisturized skin underneath.
2An Inverted Umbrella That Traps Water So You Don't Drip Everywhere
Because no one likes dripping water all over the floor of your apartment, there's this upside down reversible umbrella. The smart inverted design traps water, while the flexible fiberglass elasticity ribs stand up to intense wind. The handle is non-slip and features a button for easy opening and closing, and reviewers have given it a 4.9 rating for being the "Best umbrella ever."
3This Strange Crystal Rock Deodorant That Actually Works
This bizarre crystal rock is actually a more natural and healthy way to control body odor. When wet, it slides over any area of the body and coats the skin in an invisible layer of totally natural mineral salts. These mineral salts then trap odor-causing bacteria underneath, keeping you smelling fresh for days. One reviewer writes: "I was skeptical at first but after using this product for 4 days I am hooked. On my journey away from chemical-laden skin care products this product has filled the void in the deodorant department."
4The Spa-Like Treatment For Your Face That's Stuffed With Ceramic Clay
With a synchronized blend of all natural ceramic clay and oils, this FOMI cold clay mask can be frozen or heated for acne, enlarged pores, puffy under-eyes, or even headaches. Its reusable PVC cover resists tearing and leaks, and one reviewer is even calling it "the best mask [they've] ever used." The soft back is comfortable on the face, and it's also great for fevers or aches.
5This Swiveling Light With A Carabiner Clip So You Can Hang It Anywhere
The Nite Ize MoonLit combines a carabiner clip and an LED light — and it's water-resistant, runs up to 60 hours on each battery, and has both glow and flash modes for emergencies. "Didn't know I needed these until I saw them!" says one reviewer, and others swear by them for camping, hiking, blackouts, and working on your car.
6A Grabber That Gets Everything You Need Off The Highest Shelf
As someone who's 4-foot-11, I'm sitting here wondering why every house doesn't come equipped with one of these things. The Vive Reacher Grabber has an extra long arm and a rubberized, rotating jaw that can grab things horizontally or vertically. It even has a non-slip coating that can hold onto glass or smooth plastic. It can hold items up to five pounds, and because it's rust-proof, it can be used indoors or outdoors.
7These Ankle Weights With Removable Pouches So You Can Choose Your Difficulty Level
Whether you're looking to increase lower body strength, rehabilitate muscles, improve balance, or just get a little more from your cardio workout, there's these Sportneer ankle weights. They're adjustable to fit anyone, and come with removable weight pouches so you can add anywhere from 0.5 to 3.5 pounds to each walk or workout. They also have a durable exterior with reinforced stitching, and a padded cushion for extra comfort.
8A Shampoo Made With Charcoal That Detoxifies Hair Without Stripping It
Rubbing burnt wood on your head? Surprisingly beneficial according to First Botany Cosmeceuticals shampoo's many five-star ratings. The activated charcoal clarifies and detoxifies without stripping hair, and it's formulated with herbal oils and keratin to keep strands moisturized and healthy. According to buyers, it even helps with dandruff — and the sulfate-free formula keeps hair of any type or texture voluminous and free of buildup.
9A Calming Roll-On Essential Oil Blend Helps You De-Stress Anywhere
Made with pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils, this de-stress roll on blend helps you unwind wherever you happen to be. Relaxing grapefruit, lavender, and ylang ylang scents calm your mind and body, and the amber glass bottle and roll top make for mess-free storage in your bag and easy application.
10This Credit Card-Sized Comb That Doubles As A Bottle Opener
The Go-Comb has fine-toothed bristles that make it easy to groom your hair or beard, but since it's the same size and thickness of a credit card, it effortlessly fits in your wallet. It also has a built-in bottle opener, and it's made from durable stainless steel that lasts a very long time.
11An Interlocking Organizer Can Help Keep Clothes Perfectly Folded
Each interlocking divider of this EZSTAX organizer acts like a mini shelf so you can stack clothes neatly and visibly in your closets, drawers, or suitcases. It even doubles as a folding board so you can store your laundry fast, and the compact system saves room in areas with limited storage.
12This Portable USB Humidifier That Fits In Your Cup Holder
Because it gets its power from any USB port and it fits right in your cup holder, the Sbode humidifier is awesome for your daily commute or work desk. It uses whisper-quiet ultrasonic technology to create a cool mist that hydrates your skin, hair, and sinuses, and it's available in four uplifting colors. It's made from smooth silicone, and can last for seven hours of continuous output.
13The Strange Device That Makes It Easy To Clean Your Whole Mouth Without Floss
Because flossing is practically the worst, there's this Waterpik freedom flosser. It uses pressurized water to get in between teeth and up against gums for a fresher, healthier mouth, and since it runs on batteries, you can take it anywhere with you. "Totally addicted," says one reviewer. "I have molar pockets that brushing and floss can't access. All I gotta say is.... it's nasty what comes out."
14This Keratin Leave-In That Fills In The Holes In Your Hair Cuticles To Reverse Damage
Using keratin proteins, this Damila leave in conditioner fills in worn areas of the cuticle to make hair stronger, healthier, and less damaged. You can even spray it on prior to drying and styling to prevent heat damage, and because it's lightweight and grease-free, it works for every type of hair — even super thin.
15This Bizarre Automatic Egg Cooker That Makes You Breakfast In Six Minutes
Crack an egg into the Rollie automatic cooker, stir it up, and in six minutes, you have a cylindrical breakfast that fits right into a sandwich. You can add anything you want, from cheese to bacon, and you can even use it to make stuff like cinnamon rolls. The durable non-stick cooking chamber is easy to clean, and it comes with a cleaning brush and wooden skewers. It's also got a silicone grip that stays cool to the touch, and you don't need to use oil to get it to work.
16A Vibrating Scalp Massage That Might Just Become Your Go-To Relaxation Technique
With 126 golden needles, two infrared lights, and a battery-operated design, this scalp massager is great for everything from relaxation to increased circulation. It has an ergonomic handle that makes for comfortable use, and you can even use it to reduce headaches or stimulate hair growth.
17This Brilliant Tool That Opens Everything, From Jars To Stubborn Packaging
Whether it's a bag, safety seal, pull tab, bottle cap, bottle top, or jar lid, this Prepworks multi opener handles it all. It's durable with a comfort grip, has a hidden blade for tough packaging, and is even dishwasher-safe if you happen to spill something on it.
18These Flexible Cutting Mats That Are Antimicrobial And Safe In The Microwave
These BPA-free Chef O' Gadgets cutting boards are made using antimicrobial organic compounds derived from plants, and they can even be microwaved to zap away all the germs — which is excellent if you want to go between cutting meat to chopping vegetables. They're flexible and latch together so pouring prepped food into pans and jars is really simple, and they're color-coded to further prevent cross-contamination.
19This Intriguing Powder That Whitens Your Teeth Using Coconut Charcoal And Clay
Made from organic coconuts and detoxifying bentonite, this Coco Monkey Company activated charcoal powder removes stains from teeth, whether they're from tea, coffee, wine, or cigarettes. It's also vegan, safe for sensitive mouths, and comes with two free Ayurvedic oil pulling sachets. "Not only are my teeth getting whiter, they feel really clean and [my breath is] super fresh," raves one reviewer.
20This Key Organizer That Also Lights Your Way, Opens Your Bottles, And Tightens Your Screws
The Diroca key organizer doesn't just hold up to 24 keys in a comfortable, space-savvy way. It also has a built-in LED light, bottle opener, mini wrench, and smartphone stand. It comes in three colors (black, white, and blue), and it's lightweight but surprisingly durable due to its corrosion- and impact-resistant zinc alloy frame.
21This Portable Battery Charger That Also Keeps Your Hands Warm
In addition to keeping your hands toasty warm in the winter, this rechargeable hand warmer power bank also has a built-in 5200mAh battery to charge your devices on the go. It's made from lightweight aluminum and ABS material, has three safe heat settings, and universally charges phones and tablets fast and without hassle.
22A Unique Way To Keep Your Smaller Items Visible And Organized In Your Drawers
Whether you use it for socks, hosiery, underwear, lingerie, ties, or handkerchiefs, this Whitmor honeycomb organizer is sure to make your drawers extra neat and functional. They're made of a durable yet flexible plastic that expands to fit most drawers, and you can snap multiples together for even more storage options.
23This Skin-Healing Soap With Interesting Ingredients And An Even More Interesting Mascot
If you're tired of dry, irritated skin, Dr. Squatch pine tar soap can help. It's made using an all-natural cold process method that preserves the healing qualities of the pine tar, olive oil, and organic hemp oils. The result? Minor rashes disappear, eczema is relieved, and skin feels soft and super hydrated. There's also no glycerin or harsh preservatives added.
24The Brilliant Mini Espresso Maker That Doesn't Require Any Batteries Or Power
All you need is hot water and your ground coffee of choice to make delicious, smooth espresso anywhere. The Bnest mini espresso maker works without power or batteries and instead uses a manual press to give the coffee lover a low-acidity caffeine fix with a great taste. It's also easy to disassemble, clean, and travel with, and has a built-in cup.
25These Gel-Infused Socks That Deeply Hydrated Cracked, Dry Feet
These hypoallergenic NatraCure 5-toe socks are infused with a gel that releases therapeutic oils, botanicals, and vitamins. They deeply moisturize your feet while you sleep for soft, hydrated skin by morning, and they're super stretchy to fit women's sizes up to 11. One reviewer even calls them the "Best solution to dry, cracked feet that I've ever found -- and I've tried them ALL!"
26This Satisfying Thinking Putty That Glows Amber In The Dark
This Crazy Aaron's Amber Thinking Putty is satisfyingly squishy when you need to fidget, but that's not all: it goes from totally white to a glowing amber color when you turn off the lights. "This stuff is awesome and addicting," says one reviewer. "There is nothing else like it."
27These Clips That Are Designed To Hold Hair Without Creasing It
These professional hair clips are designed to hold pin curls or sectioned hair without making creases or marks. Hairstylists use them backstage at their most important fashion events, and they're durable and sturdy so you can use them every day for a long time. They're also rust-resistant, and reviewers even use them to get the hair out of their face while they're doing their makeup.
28This Rechargeable Desk Lamp With Quality, Eye-Friendly LED Light
With a 360 degree rotation, a touch sensor dimmer, and a rechargeable USB design, the TOPSHARP desk lamp is awesome for working, crafting, or reading. It's extremely portable because it works cordlessly for up to eight hours, and it's made with high-quality LED lights that leave out the blue rays, so it won't mess with your melatonin production at night.
29These Genius Foot Pads That Make Any Pair Of Shoes More Comfortable
For instant pain relief in any pair of shoes (or while barefoot), there are these foot cushions. They're made from a squishy, stretchy medical-grade silicone gel that relieves pressure on the balls of your feet and provides a little extra support in any pair of shoes, from heels to sneakers. They're also waterproof and washable, so you can use them over and over again.
30This Bug Light Has Flexible Legs So You Can Prop It Up On And Attach It To Anything
Using its creepy yet conveniently flexible legs, the Nite Ize BugLit attaches itself anywhere, whether it's a belt, shirt, vehicle, handlebars, or tent. It runs up to ten hours on one battery set, has two light settings, and "puts out a surprising amount of light considering [its] size." It's even UV-resistant, so it won't fade over time when it's exposed to the sun.
31.These Blotting Sheets Made Specifically For Your Hair
Why should blotting paper stay confined to just the face? These Nunzio Saviano dry shampoo sheets are made from rice paper and infused with rice powder to absorb excess oil around the scalp. They're super portable, easy to use, and won't leave behind any residue.
32The Workout Enhancer Stick That Detoxifies The Body, Eases Sore Spots, And Improves Circulation
Most people try to minimize their sweat output, but this Sweet Sweat Stick is designed to do exactly the opposite. Not only does it help to detoxify the body and increase circulation, but it targets slow-to-respond areas during workouts, and helps fight muscle fatigue. This leads to more effective workouts. The clean fresh scent takes away any odors, and reviewers say it "works incredibly well" when it comes to easing "aches and pains."
33This Goat's Milk Lotion That People Are Obsessing Over
Yes, it's made from fresh goat's milk, but this Nature by Canus lotion has reviewers saying things like, "I'm hooked!" and "I'm so in love with this lotion." It moisturizes extremely well, both on the face and body, but the important part is that it never feels heavy. Instead, it absorbs quickly, nourishes fast, smells incredible, and doesn't affect your makeup application if worn underneath.
34This Adjustable Band That Supports And Stabilizes Your Boobs During Workouts
When a sports bra just won't cut it, there's the Boobuddy. It's an adjustable band that improves comfort, confidence, posture, and performance for any activity, low or high impact. It comes in two colors and three sizes, and it's a must for people whose chests get in the way of their workouts. The Velcro ensures a perfect fit, and it can even be worn with a regular bra.
35This Unique Caffeine And Amino Acid Vape Lets You Inhale Your Energy
This unique NutroVape energy aid might just replace your daily coffee or energy drink. By inhaling the natural blend of caffeine, taurine, and amino acids, your body absorbs (and uses) the nutrients much faster than if you ingested them. It helps increase focus and fight off fatigue throughout the day, and people are calling it "the most perfect convenient product that [they] have found in this arena."
36This Green Tea Matcha Mask To Deeply Hydrate And Protect Your Lips
An overnight mask specifically for your lips might seem superfluous, but sometimes balm just won't cut it. For intensely cracked and chapped lips, there's this Green Tea Matcha lip mask. It's loaded with green tea extract, coconut oil, and vitamins to lock in moisture and protect skin against cold, dry air. People are calling it "magical," and a "must buy."
37This Reusable Sponge Is Perfect For Those Who Get Oily Throughout The Day
A smart alternative to blotting paper and sheets, this unique compact comes with two sponges that soak up excess oil, sweat, and shine. They're washable and reversible, they won't mess up your makeup, and they fit easily in your bag for post-gym use or touch-ups throughout your workday. Reviewers even say the sponge is more effective than papers, and it's easy to clean with just soap and water.
38This Interesting Deodorant Cream With Natural, Effective Ingredients
Deodorant pastes have become more popular, but the name of this one certainly sets it apart. Still, Fat and The Moon deodorant cream is making waves with its aluminum-free natural ingredients, a refreshing herb and citrus scent, and the fact that it actually works: "This is the only thing I've ever tried that actually kept me from smelling," says one reviewer. It's made with coconut oil and a baking soda base, and has hints of black pepper and clary sage.
39This Folding Squatty Potty That Makes Going Easy And Storage Even Easier
You've likely heard of the Squatty Potty — a brilliant stool that hugs your toilet and lifts your legs up into a squatting position, so your colon un-kinks for a comfortable, easy experience. Well, the Porta-Squatty takes that smart design one step further with its durable folding plastic frame. That means you can put it in your suitcase when you travel (some people swear by this!) or store it in the cabinet when guests come over.
40This Genius Way To Infuse Your Favorite Cocktail With Natural Fruit Flavors
The Zing Anything cocktail zinger infuses your favorite spirits with natural ingredients using its BPA-free Tritan fruit cup. It's a great way to create sweet, fresh-tasting cocktails without any added sugar, and it has awesome features like a wide mouth, cushioned base, finger hole for easy carrying, and a double-insulated stainless steel design to preserve the temperature of your drink.
41A Rotating Oven That Makes All Your Favorite Snacks Hot And Crispy
Microwaves make things soggy and the toaster oven dries it out, but this Presto Pizzazz Plus rotating oven gets things hot and gooey on the inside, and crispy crunchy on the outside. It works by using a rotating tray and both top and bottom heating elements for great results on everything from pizza to chicken fingers. It's also non-stick, easy to clean, and uses 60 percent less energy than a conventional oven.
42This Unique Fitness Tool That Works Your Abs Way Better Crunches
These strange rolling coasters activate your core muscles hundreds of times more effectively than a regular crunch, and they work on almost any surface, from thin carpet to concrete. They're also really portable, and one reviewer calls them "One of the most challenging and versatile core products I’ve used in over 15 years of training." They also allow you to have a 360-degree range of motion, and they're great for both beginner and advanced workouts.
43An Interesting Way To Get Healthy, Silky Hair That Smells Good
What is a sheep steam pack, and why would anyone put it in their hair? It's a hair mask made from goat milk, and according to reviewers, it leaves hair feeling "soft," "silky," "hydrated," and "healed." It also smells great and is really simple to use: after shampooing, apply the mask to wet hair and leave it on for 15 minutes — and yes, it does make you look like a cute sheep. Then rinse and dry your hair as you normally would and see a major difference in both feel and strength.
44This 2-In-1 Nightlight And Sound Machine That's Ridiculously Easy To Travel With
Plug this Calm Me Inc nightlight and sound machine into the wall or power it via USB cable for the best night's sleep of your life. In addition to nine soothing natural sounds, it also has six adjustable brightness levels, a sleep timer, a headphone jack, and a super portable design in case you want to tune out your coworkers.
45An Expanding, Foldable Laptop Stand For Comfortable Computer Use Anywhere
Made from lightweight but sturdy aluminum, this portable laptop stand ensures that you have a durable work surface and just the right height everywhere you go. It rotates 360 degrees and locks your device in place at any angle, and the legs extend and fold up to form everything from a standing desk to a lap tray in bed. It's even has a place for your mouse and built-in ventilation holes.
46A Nose Hair Removal Kit That's Way Smarter Than Plucking
Why endure the pain of plucking each hair individually when you could grab them all at once? NAD's Nose Wax is the first effective DIY nose hair removal kit, and it uses a specially formulated hard wax and an easy-fit applicator that gets all the visible hair while leaving the important stuff undisturbed. " I can breathe through my nose again, which represents a huge leap forward in the evolutionary timeline of my/our species," says one reviewer, while another says, "[It] really only barely hurt." Bonus? The hard wax can even be used as a peel to remove blackheads, and it's infused with chamomile and aloe for some skin-soothing benefits.
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