From sleek rainjackets to moisturizing skin lotion
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The Shopping Essentials team researches, tests and reports on all types of products and experiences so you can decide what’s best for you. Sometimes products fall flat, and we’ll share that. Other times they’re great, and we outline their pros and cons. Once in a while, there are products that are near perfect at what they do, so we decided to compile this list of our favourite finds. Perfect presents for others or just for you.
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MEC Aquanator Rain Jacket – $129
Homebird Makeup Towel – $30
These smiley towels are made for taking makeup off before bed and are made from 100 per cent GOTS-certified, long-staple organic cotton. That means they are toxin-free and very gentle on your precious skin. They are ethically made in fair trade factories by a Canadian company we know and love.
LIVØM Reclaimed Wood Tray – $39
This reclaimed wood tray elevates a boring corner in a home and gives your plant babies somewhere to perch. It’s manufactured by a BSCI-approved partner with respect for workers’ rights, using reclaimed fir.
Fable Short Bud Vase – $38
lululemon belt bag – $44
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This belt bag sells out constantly because of its versatility, durability and effortlessly cool aesthetic. Keep your phone, wallet and keys over a shoulder, across the body or around the waist. Grab one before they’re gone again.
Beast Health Blender – $140.25
This blender is compact and looks great on any countertop. It’s very powerful yet surprisingly quiet. The blender itself turns into a take-out container, making it easy and convenient to prepare meals on the go. Apparently, it’ll help you activate “Beast Mode” so be cautious when using before work or any important meetings.
Cozy Earth Plush Lounge Socks – $38.40
These plush lounge socks weren’t on Oprah’s Favourite List in 2021 for nothing. They are super soft and cozy, and come in a variety of neutral colours. Socks come in a three-pack and feature light-weight yet warm material, thanks to the 25 per cent viscose from bamboo. Great for all year round.
Aspen Clean Laundry Pods – $20.99
Maholi Silk Combo Pillow two pack – $71
This eco-friendly pillow set comes from Canadian brand, Maholi. With three inner layers, your noggin will be perfectly cushioned for a great night’s sleep. The top and bottom layers are filled with 100 per cent short-fibre Mulberry silk, wrapped around a middle layer filled with premium duck feathers. Yes, please.
Hydragun Atom – $269
LIVØM Pull on Pant – $49
Gold Bond Ultimate Moisturizing Skin Therapy Lotion – $11.59
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If your winter skin is crying out for moisture, this lotion will do the trick. It’s specially formulated to hydrate 10 layers deep into the surface of the skin. While we cannot confirm or deny this, we can tell you that our skin feels smooth and supple after using the product. A combination of seven moisturizers, three essential skin-nurturing vitamins and good old Aloe Vera come together to combat that dry skin.
Miles the Label swimwear – $38-48
One of our favourite kidswear brands just launched a swimwear collection, and it looks more than adorable. The quality and conscious design of Miles the Label products means their clothing can be held onto and passed down from child to child. A great gift for the littles in your life.