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Do you ever get in the habit of having a certain item on hand (like maybe deodorant or dry shampoo) and you just can’t imagine a world where you ran out and didn’t have any of left?
I used to go a little bit overboard buying things in bulk to avoid those kinds of situations. And before I continue, I still do love to buy some things in bulk… but I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older (and wiser, maybe?) that I just don’t need to buy 5 bottles of body wash at a time.
Not only does it become an eyesore storing all of that extra stuff around, but it just doesn’t make a ton of sense. You start to fall into the habit of buying A TON of extra items and then FORGETTING YOU HAVE THEM, so then you go to the store and ACCIDENTALLY BUY THOSE SAME ITEMS AGAIN.
You may be judging me right now, but anyone who buys in bulk has DEFINITELY made this mistake at least once in their life.
And this embarrassing example is exactly why I really enjoy using Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program.
Now, let me forewarn you: it takes some very, very careful planning to figure out the right setup for your own Subscribe & Save settings.
For example, you might not go through toothpaste at the same rate that you go through shampoo (and you’ll really have to do some fine-tuning if, for example, your toothpaste comes in a 2-pack and your shampoo is in a single bottle).
So now that I’ve gotten that disclaimer out of the way, you can’t blame me if you accidentally start accumulating random items every month because they’re shipping faster than you can use them.
Items I Subscribe To On Amazon
1. Maybelline Brow Define + Fill Pencil
I’ve been using this brow pencil for awhile now, and I really like the way it looks. I dye my hair much darker than my natural color, and the Deep Brown shade helps make my dyed hair look a bit more believable.
Most days, I don’t bother putting on makeup, but I always like to fill in my brows. (Otherwise, I tend to look a bit like I an escaped maniac.)
I’ve tried a few other brow pencils before, but this is my favorite option, plus you can’t really beat the price.
2. L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder
I have a funny relationship with this powder; I’ve used it on and off since high school, but I always end up coming back to it. I love everything about it, but I try other options occasionally to see if there’s something comparable out there at a lower price.
Every time I do this, though, I end up disappointed.
Interestingly, now that I work from home makeup is somewhat of a rarity, so I don’t mind spending a few extra dollars on something that’s going to look good and last me awhile.
One of my favorite things about this line is it has an incredible shade range. On top of that, this powder is so finely milled that I never have to worry about looking, well, dusty. It really is worth every penny (and you’ll be grateful you tried it when you look back at photos).
3. Degree Deodorant
Ohhhhh booooyyyy… I used to buy SO much deodorant at a time for fear of potentially running out.
This may not be very ladylike to say, but I can really stink if I don’t wear deodorant.
There are people out there who claim they don’t need deodorant (I’m curious how the people around them feel about that statement), but I can tell you with certainty I’ll never be one of them.
Even if I miss a spot when I’m applying, I’ll be able to tell for the rest of the day and I’ll feel self-conscious and, well, gross.
All that said, I still may go a bit overboard in my deodorant purchasing habits, but hey, at least you’ll never smell BO from me.
I order a twin pack of women’s Degree every 2 months (it was set up for 4 months when I just checked, and I got nervous and changed the frequency… see what I mean? Huge fear of stinking).
4. St Ives Face Wash
Not unlike my L’Oréal powder, I’ve gone back and forth with St Ives cleansers. Not necessarily because of the price, though; I just wonder sometimes if I should try to find face wash without exfoliants to use on a regular basis.
As far as I know, all of the St Ives face washes have some type of beads to scrub your skin.
I always like the way my skin feels when I use St Ives, so right now we’re in the “on-again” part of our on-and-off relationship.
My two favorite cleansers that I use from St Ives are the Blackhead Clearing Scrub with green tea and the classic Apricot Scrub with salicylic acid (I subscribe to a 4-pack of the green tea scrub on Amazon).
Like I mentioned earlier, it can take some time to figure out just how quickly you go through different products, but the nice thing about the Subscribe and Save program is that you can update your settings at any time.
5. St Ives Body Wash
I promise St Ives did not ask me to write this!
I just liked their face washes so much that I decided to give their body wash a try, and I found that liked that a lot as well.
I mostly just use this to exfoliate before shaving my legs, but it leaves my skin feeling so soft and nice (plus I really enjoy the scent!).
It’s definitely not the cheapest body wash you could buy, but I’m able to justify the price given that the bottle usually lasts me awhile and you save 5% on each item if you subscribe to enough products.
6. Glide Dental Floss
Lately I’ve been slacking, but I used to habitually floss every night.
I’ll admit, it’s typically cheaper to buy floss at the store, but having it ship on a regular basis is one little luxury I don’t feel too guilty about.
Besides, the way I look at it, investing in something that makes you more healthy is money well spent.
Not only that, but anyone who flosses can tell you that it only takes a few days of not flossing to make your gums start bleeding again when you do start back up.
Moral of the story: just don’t run out of floss!
7. Schick Hydro 5 Razor Blade Refills
**Fun fact: as I was drafting this post, I found out the package I previously subscribed to with 4 blades is no longer part of the Subscribe and Save program. Luckily, Amazon offers a comparable 8-pack instead.**
In terms of personal hygiene, the only thing I can imagine that would be worse than running out of deodorant is running out of razor refills.
Hairy legs or armpits are NEVER a good look on a woman.
I used disposal razors for a VERY long time to save money, but I would almost always cut myself, and I found that the blades never lasted that long.
Finally, a couple of years ago, I decided to just spring for a nice razor, and I’m so glad I made that choice.
Since then, I’ve tried a few different brands, but I’ve found Schick Hydro 5 is the best option if you’re not trying to spend a ton of money (seriously, Gillette cartridges are expensive!).
8. Act II Kettle Corn
Okay…. My taste in popcorn forever changed the first time I had kettle corn as a child.
Until then, I was all about the butter, but the day I tried kettle corn was like an awakening.
There’s sugar. There’s salt. It’s FANTASTIC.
…That might sound dramatic…
But seriously, kettle corn is a game changer.
I rarely ever eat buttered popcorn because there’s just no comparison in my book.
And being that I work from home full-time, I like to keep snacks in the house for my workday.
I know kettle corn isn’t exactly “Dr. Oz-recommended,” but since popcorn at least has less calories than something like potato chips or cheese curls, I don’t feel too bad about eating it several times a month.
9. Planters Deluxe Whole Cashews
That ‘deluxe’ in the title makes me feel self-conscious. This isn’t that high-end of a purchase.
Again, though, I like to have snacks on hand for the workday, and salted cashews are a long-time favorite.
These don’t have as much salt as I would like, but then again, salt isn’t great for your health, so I like to order these every 2 months.
10. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Moisturizing Hand Cream
If you ever get dry skin on your hands, you need this stuff in your life.
I’ve always had extremely sensitive skin and most hand creams tend to irritate me, especially when my skin is severely dry or chapped.
The Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream is the only thing I’ve ever tried that works every time without causing irritation.
The consistency is a bit like petroleum jelly, so it can get a little goopy if you apply too much at a time. That being said, a little of this stuff goes a long way, and once you spread it around and apply evenly, it absorbs into the skin relatively quickly. This stuff is so gentle, I’ve even used it on my lips in the past if I needed some moisture and didn’t have anything else.
Products like this one make me want to use everything Neutrogena makes, but unfortunately, I find that the brand is very hit-or-miss, at least for my skin type.
If you’ve tried other Neutrogena products in the past and weren’t impressed with how they performed, I still think this hand cream is absolutely worth trying. There’s an obvious difference in quality between some of their products (for instance, I find that some of their facial products tend to be gimmicky crap that only sells well thanks to strategic marketing campaigns and bright-colored packaging). This hand cream, however, is clearly high quality. If you haven’t tried it and suffer from dry skin, it only costs a few bucks and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how quickly your skin starts to improve. At least, that was the case for me.
What Are Your Favorite Items To Subscribe To On Amazon?
I love using the Subscribe and Save feature to not have to worry about buying the same things all the time. A lot of the items I tend to purchase regularly are add-ons on Amazon, so I like to group them all together in my subscription to make shopping easier.
Comment below and tell me if you use Subscribe and Save on Amazon. If you do, let me know what you order and feel free to share any recommendations for items that I should subscribe to also!
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