If summer were a movie, July would be the climax — so it makes sense that this month’s best-selling reader favorites were truly exciting. Per our anonymous shopping data, sensual pheromones snuck their way into Amazon carts, trendy bug sprays became tote bag staples, and readers wanted to get in our sisterhood of the traveling swimsuit. The list goes on (literally).
Did we forget to mention July was the ultimate sale trifecta? The Shopping team dutifully sifted through Fourth of July weekend sales, Amazon Prime Day deals, AND Nordstrom Anniversary Sale discounts while readers shopped ’til they dropped. That being said, we’ve reached summer’s falling action: August. So, to quell any and all Autumn scaries, let us reminisce on these peculiar and popular purchases from the last 30 days ahead.
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West Elm Classon Recycled Plastic Shell Chair (Set of 2)
If home office chairs were our preoccupation throughout 2020 and 2021, then dining chairs have taken the throne in 2022. This fantastic plastic bundle was a major July best-seller — we blame it on that 40% off limited-time discount.
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West Elm Classon Recycled Plastic Shell Chair (Set of 2, $, available at West Elm
Jisulife Handheld Mini Fan, 3-In-1 Hand Fan
New York’s hottest club is, well, quite literally too hot to handle. Instead of soaking their clothing in sweat last month, our readers opted for this equal parts adorable and functional mini fan from Amazon. Take one stroll through Brooklyn, and you’re guaranteed to see one buzzin’ around IRL. Get it while it’s hot!
JISULIFE Handheld Mini Fan, 3 IN 1 Hand Fan, $, available at Amazon
Kinfield Golden Hour
First comes summer, then comes mosquitos, thereafter comes the logical next step: bug spray. But Kinfield’s Golden Hour isn’t just a bug spray, it’s a cool bug spray. Add this clean, DEET-free best-seller to your cart and enjoy the feel of bite-free arms, plus the pleasant aroma of sweet vanilla citrus. Trust, one of our writers put her skin on the line at a bustling NYC park — to her delight, Golden Hour “was strong enough to ward the critters off.”
Kinfield Golden Hour, $, available at Kinfield
Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects
Your safest bet on any Amazon Prime Day is stocking up on dental essentials — specifically Crest Whitestrips. While the infamous stain-remover reverted back to its original price tag, we still think the perpetual best-seller is worth adding to your cart.
Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects, $, available at Amazon
Pure Instinct The Original Pheromone Infused Essential Oil Perfume
People want a meet-cute with a little extra oomph these days, and pheromones — placebo effect or otherwise — add that missing pizzazz. While we can’t attest to its sensual effects, we can say it made its way into a myriad of readers’ Amazon hauls last month.
Pure Instinct The Original Pheromone Infused Essential Oil Perfume, $, available at Amazon
Sam Edelman Savanna Sandal
In Sam Edelman we (and a boatload of R29 readers) trust. From comfy to soles to stylish colorways, we can’t get enough of this brand’s perspective on footwear. The Savanna Sandal garnered plenty of fame in Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale and still cashes in for under $100 without the limited-time deal.
Circus by Sam Edelman Savanna Sandal, $, available at Nordstrom
Everlane The Billow Tiered Maxi Dress
As for Fourth of July sales, Everlane’s cotton maxi took the top spot on our anonymous shopping data charts. The flowy, 50%-off garment truly has us crying tiers *wink* of joy.
Everlane The Billow Tiered Maxi Dress, $, available at Everlane
H&M 7-Pack Hipster Briefs
H&M’s 100% organic cotton briefs made a surprising debut as a best-seller last month. Typically, Pact hipsters or Knickey bikini bundles dominate our cotton undies round-up, but in July, readers scooped up packs of these simple breathable basics (and for under $20 at that).
H&M 7-pack Hipster Briefs, $, available at H&M
Better Love Blowfish Clitoral Stimulator
R29 readers are quite the loyal bunch — the Better Love Blowfish remains a best-seller month after month, so it’s only right we give the two-in-one gadget its flowers once again. According to on-site reviews, it’s “small” but “powerful” and “works great especially with a partner!”
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Blowfish Blowfish Clitoral Stimulator, $, available at Ella Paradis
Calpak Oh Joy! Portable Charger
Ditch the Low Power Mode stress and keep your phone ready to go with this snazzy portable charger that doubles as a luggage tag. A nifty travel accessory indeed.
Calpak Portable Charger, $, available at Calpak
Beis Weekend Travel Bag
In June we watched Beis’s Sport Duffle soar in sales, but the brand’s Weekend Travel Bag claimed all the July fame in our weekender roundup. Needless to say, Shay Mitchell knows how to craft some quality duffles.
Béis Weekend Travel Bag, $, available at Nordstrom
Lululemon Hike to Swim Short”
Our beauty writer found her new “hot girl walk uniform” last month: practically anything from Lululemon’s new line of hiking essentials. Water-ready hiking shorts, convertible hiking pants, and cushiony crew socks were just a few of her faves while trekking around Los Angeles’s Topanga State Park.
Lululemon Hike to Swim Short 6″, $, available at Lululemon
Away F.A.R Duffle 55L
Can you believe I, a bonafide city girl, and a few other lucky writers took to the great outdoors in July complements of cult-favorite luggage retailer Away. While I was a tad anxious about my new surroundings, the brand’s fresh line of water-resistant duffles, versatile backpacks, packing organizers, and more kept me fully prepped for Virginia’s countryside. I highly recommend.
Away F.A.R Duffle 55L, $, available at Away
Asystem x Maude Female Libido Gummies
Our sex and wellness writer had only good things to say about her heightened sex drive after she popped a few of Asystem’s libido-enhancing gummies. If you’re in the mood to be put in THE mood, give these tasty snacks a try.
asystem x maude Female Libido Gummies, $, available at Asystem
Mia Puzzle Necklace
Like I said, I had an adventurous July. And, after the entire 30-day rollercoaster, Mia’s affordable stainless steel jewelry came out completely unscathed. From baths to beach trips to workouts, not a single part of my skin turned green nor were there any scratches. Even the ring that unfortunately got stuck on my finger for weeks left my epidermis imprinted but 100% stain-free.
Mia Puzzle Necklace, $, available at Mia
Coco & Eve Sweet Repair Hair Mask
Summer involves salty ocean dips, chlorine pool dunks, lake cannonballs, and all kinds of activities that are big-hair no-nos. As we enter August, our strands definitely need some serious TLC. Coco & Eve’s sweet hair mask is the perfect addition to our routines. For $35, you can score stronger, frizz-free follicles and jump into fall with what our beauty writer eloquently described as “commercial-worthy strands.”
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Coco & Eve Sweet Repair Hair Mask, $, available at Coco & Eve
YouSwim Poise Cheeky Two-Piece
Just when we thought nothing could top Brandy Melville”s “one size fits all,” the British swimwear brand YouSwim introduced us to its line “seven-sizes-in-one” suits. To test these claims, nine of our editors gave the swimsuits a whirl, and to our surprise, everyone looked pretty darn good. We’ll call it the sisterhood of the traveling swimsuit.
Youswim Poise Cheeky Two-Piece, $, available at Youswim
Dr. Scholl’s Ultra Exfoliating Foot Peel Mask
Our generous beauty writer took on for the team in July and flaunted her feet online. Why? To see if the Dr. Scholl’s exfoliating foot sheet mask was worth the hype. Apparently, it was. She wrote, “In addition to rendering them insanely soft, they somehow looked brighter and more even-toned, too.” Oh, how a-peel-ing.
Dr.Scholl’s Ultra Exfoliating Foot Peel Mask, 1 Pair, $, available at Amazon
Onyx Professional Hard As Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream
The scientists over at Onyx Professional should give themselves many pats on the back. Hard as Hoof is a bonafide R29-reader favorite from our hit list of Amazon beauty hidden gems (quite literally going on two years now).
Onyx Professional Hard As Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream, $, available at Amazon
Skims Fits Everybody High Neck Bodysuit
To accurately answer the question on every bodysuit devotee’s mind, “Is Skims worth the hype?” our affiliate writer Chichi Offor tried a few pieces on for size in July. According to her, the high neck “makes it virtually impossible for any embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions” and she didn’t even need a bra to achieve an “adequate amount of lift.” The hype was, in fact, correct.
Skims Fits Everybody High Neck Bodysuit, $, available at Skims
Saatva Organic Cotton Channel Quilt
Refinery29 readers can’t get enough of Saatva’s sustainable mattresses, so it was only a matter of time before its organic bedding made our monthly best-sellers list. Hello, 100% cotton sateen weaves and breezy summer snoozes.
Saatva Organic Cotton Channel Quilt, $, available at Saatva
Art Knacky Pet Lamp
Full transparency? We have no idea why this kooky feline lamp was a July best-seller. But according to the trends in our anonymous shopping data, it’s $248 well spent.
Art Knacky Art Knacky Pet Table Lamp, $, available at Anthropologie
Quince Premium Down Alternative Comforter
After my very own Quince Linen Duvet Cover Set review hit the site, readers fell in love with the retailer’s 100% cotton, hypoallergenic alternative down comforter. According to one happy on-site reviewer, it “legit feels like sleeping in clouds.”
Quince Premium Down Alternative Comforter, $, available at Quince
Alan Oken Pocket Guide to the Tarot, Revised
One Amazon reviewer describes Alan Oken’s piece as “small enough to carry and packed full of information.” Our own shopping team writer Mercedes Viera swooned over its “super-fresh perspective.” All in all, if you’re on the hunt for a meaningful crash course on the ancient practice, look no further.
Alan Oken Pocket Guide to the Tarot, Revised, $, available at Amazon
Hot Octopuss Kurve
What Hot Octopuss’s best-selling G-spot vibe lacks in tentacles, it makes up for overwhelming arousal. Our sex and wellness writer Charlotte Lewis “ascended to another plane” when using it in tandem with a buzzy bullet and gave it her expert stamp of approval.
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Hot Octopuss KURVE, $, available at Hot Octopuss
Duradry AM Stick
Combine your new mini fan with Duradry’s three-step deodorizing system, and you’ll find yourself summer-proof in even the swampiest conditions. A standard deo stick in the AM, a gel for the evening, and a wash for the shower, the routine tamed our writer’s perspiration. You can give it a try for 15% off with the code DRY15 (on first orders only).
Duradry Duradry AM Stick, $, available at Duradry
Out From Under Modern Love Corset
Shapewear is having a moment — from Skims body suits to corsets — and is no longer confined beneath the shackles of our clothing. For instance, this viral UO corset made our beauty writer Karina Hoshikawa look absolutely stunning in her July review.
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Out From Under Modern Love Corset, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Alex Mill Standard Short Jumpsuit
Our fashion writer Vivien Lee added the famous Alex Mill jumpsuit to her collection last month. Except, rather than the classic full-coverage suit she scored the summery short edition. That breathable cotton fabric combined with such an airy silhouette made her want to “live in it all summer.” Oh, it also made her feel like a “badass boss.” We’re sold.
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Alex Mill Standard Short Jumpsuit in Cotton Twill, $, available at Alex Mill
Apple AirPods Pro
After dental artistry, Apple AirPods Pro are the ultimate Amazon Prime Day top seller every year. Lucky for us, they’re still 28% off.
Apple AirPods Pro, $, available at Amazon
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