Self-care comes in many forms. For some, it’s cozying up on the couch next to an essential oil diffuser with a mug of tea and a good book. For others, it’s an at-home spa day. What self-care looks like to you isn’t what’s most important, though. What matters, in the immortal words of Donna Meagle, is that you treat yo self. And practicing self-care is a lot easier when you have the proper tools, which is why we’ve pulled together a list of Wirecutter picks that promote soothing atmospheres—whatever that may mean to you.
A cheap hair-styling tool
If you’ve been lusting after the Dyson Airwrap but can’t bring yourself to spend $550 on a hair styling tool that isn’t made of solid gold, it’s worth checking out the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer. A great choice for anyone who loves salon-style blowouts and has tried to recreate the results at home, the Revlon One-Step combines the power of a blow dryer and a round brush into one easy-to-use hot-air brush. The Revlon One-Step was beloved by our reviewers, who said that it works just as well as the Airwrap for a tenth of the price. Now down to the lowest we’ve seen this year when you clip the on-page coupon, the Revlon One-Step will give you the blowout results you’re looking for without completely emptying your wallet.
Read our review of the Revlon One-Step.
Plugging in an essential oil diffuser filled with your favorite aromatic scents at the end of a long day is pure bliss. If you’re interested in a diffuser that has a large tank and long run-time, the Asakuki 500ml Essential Oil Diffuser is on sale for $21 in brown. As our runner-up pick, the Asakuki 500ml produces a strong stream of mist and its larger tank means you won’t have to get up from your nest on the couch to refill it as often. The diffuser is also calming in more ways than one: Not only will the therapeutic scents put you at ease, but the machine works quietly and its LED lights (which cycle through seven colors) are subtle.
Read our review of the best essential oil diffusers.
A razor that’ll give you a close shave
Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Men’s Razor Blade Refills (12-Pack)
Deal price: $26; street price: $34
For those on the hunt for a cheap razor that gives you a close shave without leaving your face or legs riddled with tiny nicks, your search is over. The Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide, now down to $26 for a twelve-pack, is a classic razor with closely packed blades that’ll give you a close, smooth shave. A variant of our also-great pick, the ProGlide is essentially identical to the Fusion5—and because all Fusion5 blade variants fit the Fusion5 handles, these ProGlide blades will work just fine if you already have the handle. Now is a great time to stock up extra razors for less; just be sure to select “one-time purchase” before you add them to your cart, unless you’re looking to subscribe to a monthly delivery.
Read our review of the best men’s razors.
Sunscreen that protects your skin and the ocean
If you’ve been on the lookout for sunscreen that will keep both you and the coral reefs protected, Thinksport SPF 50+ is the sunblock for you. Thinksport uses ingredients that are thought to be safest for reefs, so if you live near the ocean or take frequent beach-side vacations, this is the best sunscreen to keep on hand. It maintains a smooth texture that rubs in easily and has a subtle scent that won’t assault you the moment you pop the top. Whether you need to replenish your sunscreen supply or just want to stock up for the future while the price is low, this timely discount makes now as good a time as any to pick up a tube or two.
Read our review of the best reef-safe sunscreen.
Keep your nails in tip-top shape
Onyx Professional Nail Polish Remover 100% Pure Acetone (2-Pack + Nail File)
Deal price: $5; street price: $6
Now that you’re not heading to the salon for mani-pedis, you’ve resorted to doing your nails at home. And, chances are, you’re not that great at it—so in order to remove the polish that you shakily applied with your non-dominant hand to try again, you’ll need to use 100 percent acetone like the Onyx Professional Nail Polish Remover to properly wipe your nails clean. Right now, you can get two bottles of the Onyx remover (plus a free nail file) for just $5.
Read how to do nails at home.
Discounts on a good night’s sleep
Sleep Number PlushComfort Pillow Ultimate Standard
Deal price: $40 with the code BEDDING50; street price: $80
Nothing says self-care like a restful night of uninterrupted sleep. But if you have a hard time drifting off to dreamland, investing in a better pillow and a white noise machine can help you fall asleep (and stay asleep) more easily. The Sleep Number PlusComfort Pillow Ultimate is a customizable down-alternative option that’s softer than shredded foam and can be adjusted to suit a range of sleeping positions (though it works best for stomach sleepers who need less loft). On sale for $40 when you use the code BEDDING50 for half off, the Sleep Number pillow might be your ticket to a good night’s sleep, especially when paired with the LectroFan White Noise Machine.. Compact and efficient, the LectroFan will block out the noises of the outside world that keep you up at night with ten fan sounds and ten ambient noise variations to choose from. Normally $45, this discount brings the LectroFan down to $32 when you clip the on page coupon.
Read our review of the best bed pillows and the best white noise machines.
Clean your tushy
You want a bidet, but you don’t want to go through the trouble of installing an expensive one that you’re not sure you’ll even use. Enter: the Brondell SimpleSpa Thinline Bidet Attachment. This already affordable bidet attachment is easy to install because of how simple it is—it doesn’t use heated water or have a toilet seat, making for a quick set-up. But because it lacks a heating element, it’s also not the best bidet for the faint of heart. Only those who find a stream of cold water invigorating will find this deal, which brings the price of the Brondell down to $30 when you use the code 40GZXLQX, enticing. The no-frills Brondell offers basic pressure controls, and, because it doesn’t require heated water, you don’t need to worry if you don’t have an outlet near the toilet. Though this isn’t the best price we’ve seen, it’s still a great discount, especially if you’re worried there may be a run on toilet paper again in the future.
Read our review of the best bidets.
Give yourself an at-home haircut with these clippers
Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircut Kit #79602
Deal price: $39; street price: $44
You tried the quarantine haircut and it didn’t work out too well for you. Next up—the quarantine buzz cut. If you’re ready to shave your head, you’ll need a functional pair of hair clippers. The Wahl Elite Pro High Performance clippers have a powerful motor, ten different guide combs, and a rugged hard plastic carry case. Our top pick for the best hair clippers also has a sturdy, long cord that makes maneuvering the clippers around your head easy as you shear your locks. Before COVID-19 shut down hair salons and barbershops, the Wahl Elite Pro sold around $40, but the street price has risen because of the demand for clippers. Now that its street price has risen to $44, we think this discount, which brings the price down to the lowest we’ve seen in months, is a good chance to nab these clippers for less.
Read our review of the best hair clippers.