34 Personal Care Items That Worked For Reviewers After They Tried “Everything”

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Promising review: “COVID isolation and resulting stress has has me losing sleep every night. I had enormous bags under my eyes and have tried everything — frozen cucumbers, lotions. I tried so many products. This is the only product that has made a real improvement! Not kidding the bags are nearly gone. No stinging, safe for eye area and absorbs quickly. I apply mornings and evenings. Granted during this time period I’m not applying make up daily but I plan to use the product from now on, when I wear make up in the future. Dispenses from a pump applicator. Very satisfied with the purchase.” —h

An easy hack, of course, is to tie the elastic strings, but sometimes that makes it too small! Plus this silicone ear-saver is anti-slip to keep it locked in place, and designed not to get tangled in hair.

Psst — a lot of reviewers mention this worked great for kids’ masks, especially since sizing for kids’ faces is all over the place and difficult to measure out when you’re buying masks online!

Promising review: “Yay! These work as well as I hoped they would for ear-loop style masks (with elastic loops)! I have smallish ears that are a little more diagonal than usual, so some masks slip off my ears too easily, and others droop and gap a bit. I was looking at everything from velcro cord organizers to bra extenders and crocheted ear savers with buttons (those are pretty good too), for a better way to secure my masks. I also wanted to find something suitable for my older relatives with dexterity issues. These are the overall winner! They feel sturdy, and the multiple knobs make them very adjustable. I’ve used them with KN95s, pleated procedure style medical masks, and handmade fabric masks that have elastic ear loops.” —CJ

Promising review: “These inserts are lifesavers! I ordered two pairs, one for my work shoes and one for my gym shoes. I work as a waitress and go to the gym five to six days a week. I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis and my feet hurt so bad after a run or a long shift. I have tried everything but to no avail. After just a few times wearing these, my pain has diminished immensely! I believe soon it will be gone all together from wearing these. I have already ordered two more pairs for my other gym shoes so I don’t have to keep switching them out. Thank you sooo much!” —Amazon Customer

Get a set of two from Amazon for $7.78 (fits women’s shoe sizes 6-10; check out the Profoot store for more size options).

TBH, I swear by these so aggressively that I have them on a subscription. They’re like ear glue. My apartment is on a busy street and my upstairs neighbor is a noisy human being (does this count as a subtweet??) and once I pop these babies in I can barely hear a thing. Plus, my ears never get sore with these in like they do with headphones or other earplugs.

Promising review: “I tried everything to drown out my husband’s snoring. I bought several other ear plugs on here. I tried turning white noise up in my headphones and listening to it during the night. I tried sleeping in other rooms. But NOTHING works like these. When you get the air tight seal in your ear just right, it blocks all the loud noise. And the best part is I am still able to hear my alarm in the morning (although it is a louder alarm tone right beside my side of the bed). Get these and you won’t regret it. They are affordable and literally saved my marriage. I can finally sleep in peace.” —Ansley Oermann

FWIW, it also helps condition and strengthen eyelashes, eyebrows, and skin, so it really just shows up for you no matter what the task.

Promising review: “I am so happy I bought this product! I took steroid pain injections (from age 21-23) and the doctor failed to tell me it may cause you to lose hair. That’s exactly what happened to me, I started to lose my hair and its thickness. I tried everything from Biotin, B-12, repairing shampoo and conditioners, hair masks, medicated shampoos and nothing was filling in my scalp or giving my hair the thickness like it used to. I decided to try this and it works! My scalp is filling back in and my hair is getting thick! It’s a wonderful miracle! I started crying when I saw the results I was so happy! The oil is thick but it does not mean you cannot apply it you just need to really work it in. I usually leave it in overnight because it’s easier to get out that way. You can also use other oils if it is too thick for you. It does have a slight smell but I think because it’s all organic, but it is not overpowering or that noticeable. I am going to buy this product again and recommend it to other people!” —Angel of Light

Promising review: “I rarely write reviews. But for anyone who wears heels or dress flats, let me tell you, this stuff works. I wish I knew about it sooner! I used it for the first time today and I honestly am still shocked at how well it worked on my feet. I wore a pair of shoes today that rubs on my toes and heels. I normally have to cover my feet with bandaids and pressure tips and have tried everything with no luck. I put this stuff on this morning, over eight hours later my feet are blister-free. I really can’t believe it. Worth the money to me for sure!” —Cherie

Promising review: “I just got this delivered today, so I decided to test it. I’m a woman with very dark and coarse hair, so my peach fuzz is a little more prominent than normal, and I’ll admit that I do have a unibrow that I try to shave. I’ve tried everything from a facial blade that never really did much of anything, to a regular old razor, and then finally an electric razor. None of them did what this thing does. My electric razor cuts about half of the growth of the hair, and this razor completely eliminated it. I can’t even feel any residual hair that’s usually left when I shave, only skin. Plus the built in exfoliation when in use is a great addition; no need for any sort of lotion or shaving cream (although you may want to use right after a shower or get the area wet to weaken the follicles, just as you would any other sort of razor before shaving, and also to avoid razor burn). I hadn’t really intended on this happening, but I actually procrastinated on shaving my unibrow this time around and this is going to sound so odd but I’m glad that I did because it completely eliminated the existence of my unibrow.” —Natalie Clark

Promising review: “I love this stuff so much. I have tried EVERYTHING on my under-eyes (all of it way more expensive than this) the only other under-eye concealer that comes close to this is the Bobbi Brown corrector and concealer (those are $20-$22 each) and the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye — although I have not been able to find a perfect color match in that one yet. The rollers are absolutely perfect. Personally, I have the corrector, the brightener as well as the concealer in medium dark. I use the corrector and then the concealer over top every single day. I have already repurchased both so that I have a back up. Perfect for dark purple under eye circles. Mine are super bad and nothing else has worked expect this product.” –[email protected] Briefs

FWIW re: scars, though, this stuff really works. I had thyroid surgery a few years ago and Bio-Oil took me from looking like I’d stumbled out of the Red Wedding to virtually no detectable scar within a few months. All I did was apply it once in the morning and once at night.

Promising review: “This is great stuff! My daughter is a teen and has been having severe acne breakouts, we tried everything even a prescription from her pediatrician for Retin A cream. Her acne just kept coming back. I was skeptical about trying an oil for acne scars because I thought it would cause her to break out more but after reading the reviews I decided to give Bio Oil a try, what did we have to lose? She washes her face with Cerave foaming wash and uses the Bio Oil at night and in the morning. She has been using these two products for about two weeks and we have seen no new breakouts and the scars on her cheeks have very much improved!” —Richandra Blake

Promising review: “This product is amazing and it really works. My husband had athlete’s foot (only on one foot) for many years, he tried all the over-the-counter and prescription medications, and nothing worked. His foot was peeling and he would scratch it until it bled. I came across this soap in my search, and one of the reviews gave me hope it would work for my husband. He was hesitant at first, because nothing worked in the past and he had given up on anything working. When he finally tried it, he loved the way his foot felt after. It took about a week or so for us to start seeing the difference. Now, his foot is all clear of the athlete’s foot. He’s been using it for about two months. I recommend this soap to my friends all the time.” —3SpoiledChi’s

Promising review: “I have an active sciatic nerve and it’s pinched because of my job where I need to sit for hours together. I had tried everything from standing up, using three different cushions, including that purple or egg seater thingie. Nothing worked. Particularly that egg seater is a hogwash — just waste of money. Every night, I had to apply ice packs, medicinal patches. Then I saw ComfiLife, read the reviews and finally decided to buy one. I have been using this for few months now. Here is my experience: 1. The gel takes the ideal shape in such a way it doesn’t put pressure on the nerve. I don’t know if it is scientific but personally I DON’T feel like I’m sitting on a rock! 2. At the same time, its not saggy or goes flat like that egg thingie, when you sit on this. 3. I don’t know if anyone else felt it, I get this cool icy feel on the same sciatic nerve when I sit on this cushion, say, for an hour!! 4. I have sat on it for four hours without a break and I don’t have the same pain I used to have! 5. The color of the cushion cover is ideal and doesn’t look dirty at all. And its removable!! Summary: Yes, you can sit for eight hours on this cushion and not writhe in pain later. Yes, this is worth the money to spend. And within a week, you will figure out if it works for you. Finally, I’m gonna get two more for my office and my car.” —Balaji V

Promising review: “AMAZING!!! Seriously beyond impressed with this product. I’ve never had dry or cracked heels until recently and I’ve tried everything I could find to get rid of them! This is all you need!!! Just check out the ‘before’ and ‘after.’ I literally opened the box and did this in less than a minute ! I’ll never use anything else! Even better than professional pedicures!!!” —Kindle Customer

Promising review: “I have tried everything to keep my glasses from fogging with my mask and this product is by far the best. I’m sorry I waited so long to purchase it. I live in the Florida Keys and do a lot of diving and snorkeling and it works fabulous for my dive mask also. I would highly recommend Optix 55 fog gone. Great price, also I think this bottle will last a very long time.” —Bebe

Plus, this is a heck of a lot easier to use if you want to drink out at a restaurant without pulling out a “wine wand” and calling attention to yourself. Drop It recommends 1-2 drops for each glass of white wine, 2-3 for a glass of red, and 7-9 if you’re treating the whole bottle at once. Once it’s in the glass, swirl lightly for 20 seconds, and you should be raring to go!

Promising review: “I have an allergy to sulfites so if I consume a glass or two of wine I break out in a skin rash. My skin becomes red, itchy and I scratch. Usually the areas that affect me are my back and arms. If I scratch a lot it tends to bleed. If I refrain from wine, then of course I don’t break out. I enjoy wine and I’ve tried everything and nothing seems to work or even come close except for Drop It! I have to say it helps! I squeeze 2-3 drops in my glass of wine, stir it around for at least 20 sec. and enjoy a glass of wine. I notice I don’t break out and If I do, it’s minimal. I would recommend it for anyone having any type of allergies. My skin is better, my nose is not congested and my throat does not itch. Thank you Drop It!” —Julie B.

Promising review: “I have never written a product review before but oh my god I need everyone to know this tongue scraper is LIFE-CHANGING! The past few months I’ve noticed a weird white/grayish look to my tongue. I didn’t think anything of it. I’ve also recently had bad breath which I’ve tried everything to control. I saw Dr. Tungs tongue cleaner on a BuzzFeed article and figured why not give it a try. Literally the first time I used it, I could see such a major difference. Not to be too gross but like holy hell I could visibly witness all the gunk being removed from my tongue. It was so disgusting but also intriguing. I couldn’t look away. The next morning I could tell that it worked. I had ZERO bad breathe and my mouth wasn’t so dry. This product truly is life changing. And so easy to use. You just hold the cleaner with either one hand or both and just gently scrape your tongue. It’s painless and super user friendly. Definitely one of if not the next product I’ve ever purchased. 10/10 recommend.” —Katelyn Foehner

Promising review: “The BEST BEST BEST and most comfortable sleep mask I’ve found. Night shifter for years, and have tried everything. Many other sleep masks have some qualities but not all. Some are high quality material but let light in, others are comfortable but material frays or cones apart after a few months, some are good for blackout but have a hard metal adjustment clasps on the band hurts when you sleep on it. This one has an adjustable coast on the band but I don’t feel it when I’m sleeping like others. This one is AMAZINGLY SOFT, VERY THICK, plush, high quality material, quality stitching that won’t come apart like so many others that are cheaply made, and it’s EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE even though it’s a good price. Very impressed and pleasantly surprised.” —V

Promising review: “I’m a night shower-er, and I’ve tried everything to keep my curly hair from being frizzy and just BIG in the mornings. Sleeping with my hair down? Nightmare. Hair in a bun? Loose strands everywhere. Silk pillow cases? Cold! I tried this because I saw it on a BuzzFeed article and it seemed to be working for people like me with dyed hair prone to breakage. When my hair is mostly dry, I do a loose twist with my fingers and pull the cap on. My hair finishes drying overnight, and the next morning everything is loose and bouncy and NOT FRIZZY! It also helps prevent those little flyaways all over, and on top of everything, the fabric is cute, lightweight, and feels durable. 10/10.” —Anna Grace

Promising review: “OK, so I’ve always taken very good care of my teeth — in my younger days, I avoided coffee, pop, tea, and really anything that might stain them like the plague! Then, I grew up, got a ‘big girl’ job, became a mother, etc. and realized how important coffee (and wine) was in my life 😛 I still take awesome care of my teeth, but noticed that they were not nearly as white as they were when I was younger. I’ve tried everything from whitening rinses to whitening strips, and they ALL hurt my teeth/gums — and I’m not talking sensitivity for an hour or so after use, I’m talking ALL DAY excruciating pain. But I figured I’d give the AsVea Whitening Pen a shot anyway — I mean, I’d already tried all the other stuff, right? I am here, now, to say that these pens are AMAZING!! I have absolutely NO pain after using them and I noticed results after my first use! They are easy to use and just part of my daily ‘teeth routine’ now. I can finally enjoy the best of both worlds — have sparkly white teeth AND enjoy the teeth-staining drinks that I’ve come to love 🙂 I’ll be a lifelong user and supporter of AsaVea Teeth Whitening Pens!!” —Sarah R.

Promising review: “It’s a miracle! I had peeling, weak nails for years. Tried everything. A friend recommended a nail strengthener they saw on QVC. It was quite pricey and I wanted to make sure it was worth it so I read the reviews. One of the comments said just buy Solar Oil. Since it was much more affordable than the QVC stuff, I tried it. I bought it in February. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month religiously applying it two to three times a day. I was really seeing great improvement so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big four ounce refill bottle because I never want to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!” —Diana

Psst — a lot of reviewers mention that this just feels REALLY NICE on their scalps, like being at a ~salon~ when they wash your hair for you.

Promising review: “I LOVE this brush! My hair is really thick, so I always have a problem with my scalp not getting clean. No matter what I tried, I’d always end up finding itchy spots where there’s still shampoo or conditioner left in my hair. With this, my scalp finally feels CLEAN. It also helps with my shedding problem, since I find hair in the craziest places. With this brush, I have a lot of loose hair right after I shower, then much less for the rest of the time. It’s amazing, and I wish I had bought one much sooner.” —JustSayErin

This works on mosquitoes, bees, wasps, biting flies, sea lice, and more (although TBH, if this list of bugs gets any longer I may just stay indoors forever!!).

Promising review: “When I get mosquito bites, they normally swell up to the size of a penny. They last for weeks and even after they’ve finally stopped itching, I am left with bruising that sticks around for months. In the summer I’m normally soaked in DEET, but those blood sucking demons have found a way to bite me through any kind of repellant AND my clothes. I’ve tried everything from rubbing alcohol, to cortisone, to prescription itching medications, and absolutely nothing has saved me from wanting to rip my skin off… until now. Good god is this thing magical — I honestly cannot recommend it enough. After 20 seconds I couldn’t feel a thing. The itching immediately dissipated and the rash was already lightening up. I’m telling you this thing is MAGICAL. Less than 12 hours after using it and my bite is gone.” —gobrowns

Promising review: “I’m not one to leave a review about many products but I saw a review on this product that made me buy it and I thought it wasn’t only fair to pay it forward! I’ve dealt with horrendous ingrown hairs for years! I’ve tried everything to minimize them, expensive wax packages and expensive serums and creams, plucking, not shaving — you name it I tried it. This product has literally put everything I’ve tried to shame! For the price too! it was so worth it! I’ve been using it for about a month everyday after I get out of the shower (I saw someone say they put it in a spray bottle to get full use of the product rather than it seeping into a cotton ball 10/10 would recommend) I haven’t gotten an ingrown since and the ones I had healed! The smell is kind of strong but so are the results. I also have pretty sensitive skin and I was worried about using it after I shave/wax, burns a lil bit but it didn’t cause a flare-up. Can’t wait to not be insecure at the beach this summer!” —Jess

Promising review: “This is the best mascara. I have had the worst time finding a mascara that I like. I have tried everything. I have heard about a different brand that i think is a bit pricey, but was will to try it because i could not find anything i liked. I went on Amazon to order the pricey brand and saw. I saw all the great reviews and the photos and the GREAT PRICE. For the price I had to try it. When I received and tried it, I immediately ordered one for my mom to try. She loved it also. This is my new mascara. you won’t go wrong with this!” —Monica Spisak

A lot of reviewers swear by these for acne prevention, but I got them for my hair — it’s baseline pretty wild no matter what state of existence I’m in, but since using the pillowcases , the overnight tangles have pretty much stopped. If I put my hair up in a scrunchie, I’ll usually wake up with it more or less still intact, too (which is especially nice if I’m late for my ~morning power walk~ around the neighborhood). Most of all, though, it’s soooo nice to sink your face into these in the hot summer, especially when your AC is subpar (ahemmm).

Promising review: “These have been absolutely amazing. I have suffered with acne for so long and have tried almost everything to get rid of it. At one point I was washing my cotton pillow cases daily. Then I decided to give the silk pillow case fad a try and for the price I figured wouldn’t matter if they did t do anything. I have been amazed by the results. Within a week of using these my acne completely cleared. On top of that my hair is less tangled in the morning and I don’t wake up with creases in my face from where I lay face down on the pillow. Washes really well and no shrinkage. Absolute game-changer and will be ordering more.” —Rebecca Bradley

Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in seven colors and three sizes).

Promising review: “I am shocked by this product! I had given up hope of ever having my shoes back in the house again. I have tried every trick in the book, but nothing has ever worked to eliminate the odor from my shoes. I put these in my shoes the afternoon I got them and 24 hours later, my shoes had no smell! I could not believe it. If you have tried everything, look no further! This product works!” —brindlmc

People in the reviews are also singing its praises for reducing the size of their pores! Many of them advise mixing the mask with apple cider vinegar for best results.

Promising review: “I bought this as a last hope for cystic acne. I bought Amazon’s brand of raw apple cider vinegar with the mother to mix with the clay powder because I heard that worked best for people experiencing skin problems. My skin has been a rollercoaster for the past five years. But recently, things have gotten really out of control. My self esteem is the lowest it’s been. This mask had been such a life saver. I’m not sure words can describe how impressed I am with this healing clay mask. Since my skin has been through hell and I’ve literally tried everything, it’s pretty resilient so I’ve been using this mask every night for the last four days. It’s not nearly as drying as I thought it would be so that hasn’t been an issue. But the mask has dried up everything and I have no new breakouts. I was so happy that I cried. If I could give this product a million stars, I would!” —Aften StAmour

Promising review: “I’ve struggled with a severe case of hyperhidrosis since I was born. I’ve tried pretty much everything out there, and besides surgery, this is the only product I’ve found that WORKS. I cannot say how much I LOVE this product. It was so exciting to see a commercial that actually said the word hyperhidrosis instead of excessive sweating. After hearing that on the TV I knew I had to try this product and I’m so glad I did. Other products give you this awful tingling sensation that burns. This doesn’t! Once you apply it at night, you can’t feel it the next morning. It worked for me after one application, and I just can’t say enough great things about this. I NEVER review products, but if my review can help this company get more clients who are struggling with hyperhidrosis to try it, then it’s worth it. You will not be sorry you tried this!” —Rachel

Psst — a lot of reviewers with chronic constipation and other gastrointestinal issues that get them ~backed up~ swear by this!

Promising review: “First off, let me say I’d marry this if I could. I love Squatty Potty and Squatty Potty loves me. Anyways, back to my review. I’ve struggled with… inconsistency in the bathroom if you catch my drift. I’ve tried everything from laxatives (natural and non) to drinking hella water and increasing my coffee intake. I knew I had to go, but I never really went.. all the way. But no longer! There’s a reason these things are selling. It’s so much easier on your body in almost every aspect. After you use a Squatty Potty, every potty without one just seems… sad and unsatisfying. I’m thinking about buying another one and taking it to the office. No shame.” —Gbell

I own a pair of these, and unlike me showing off in aforementioned dresses, these STAY PUT. There are little grippers on them that lock them in place, but are gentle enough that you don’t even notice ’em.

Promising review: “LIFESAVER! Okay, that’s a little hyperbolic, but these are really fantastic. I have tried everything to alleviate the pain! I usually wear a pair of volleyball shorts under my skirts, but when the temperature is above 75 degrees putting on an extra layer down there defeats the joyous ventilation of skirt wearing! In comes these Bandelettes: they stay up and they keep you chafe-free ALL DAY! I’ve worn mine hiking, at work, walking around town, you name it! The one downside is the little strips of rubber or whatever that hold them up do create a bit of a suffocated sweat line on one’s thighs, albeit super thin and only when worn for a long time. I highly recommend them. Plus! This is my second summer wearing this pair and they’re still going strong! And I wear them multiple times a week!” —Kelly Sullivan

Check out BuzzFeed’s video review of of these thigh bands + other things to fight thigh chafing for more deets!

Promising review: “Where has this been all my life? I feel like I’ve tried everything to tame my flyaways and baby hairs, and this product makes it a quick and easy part of my morning styling routine. It holds like a flexible gel, and the mascara type wand allows me to apply it just where I need it so my hair doesn’t look matted or clumpy. My coworker borrowed this from me once and ordered her own the same day. I love it!” —Amazon Customer

Promising review: “I suffered from a severe burn that was raw and blistered and tried everything I could to relieve the pain. Out of all the products, this was the best! The product is like a runny lotion which was perfect for me. This allowed for an easy application with little pain. The cooling sensation was instant and it gave me some mobility back in my shoulders and back. Before I was so stiff from my burn I had limited movement. After my husband applied the lotion, my movement was still limited but there was improvement and much less pain involved. I have highly sensitive skin and this stuff caused no irritation at all. I do recommend this product and will be sure to always have it on hand during the summer months.” —Chelsea

Promising review: “We love the brush!!! I have an 8-year-old daughter who has always thought getting her hair done was so unpleasant. She has been adamant about keeping her long Rapunzel hair and I have tried everything to make it easier on her. A couple years ago I found out about the wet brush and I thought I had found the magic trick until now. While that worked better than other brushes we had used, it doesn’t come close to the crave detangling brush. It glides right through her tangles and cuts brushing time down to a third of the time we were spending brushing her hair previously. It took me all of two uses to turn around and buy another one for back up! She’s happy, I’m happy! Thank you for making such a wonderful product at a reasonable price! I will definitely be recommending this brush!” —Amazon Customer

Promising review: “Let me start by saying I never leave home without this stick! I’ve suffered from migraines my entire life and often get them three or more times per week. I’ve tried pretty much everything out there, including prescription strength medication with inconsistent results. This little miracle stick is the one thing I can always count on to give me some relief. As with most headache meds your best results will be yielded the sooner you take action. More often than not I seem to take action when I have a blown migraine and I have yet to take anything that can completely eradicate that…BUT this product has helped me get through a long drive home from work with a pounding headache on many occasions!” —Scott M.

Psst — this tool is double-sided, so you can choose the thickness of your wing, and comes with two stamp pens — one for each eye!

Promising review: “This stamp has totally changed (and elevated) my eyeliner game! I was a little dubious at first because I have literally, tried everything in an attempt to make a flawless wing/cat-eye look. I’ve never been able to master it and therefore, had pretty much given up on trying to make that happen for me. THIS STAMP IS A GAME-CHANGER! The first couple of times you use it will be some trial and error to determine where the appropriate starting point is on your lid, but once you get that down, it’s literally SO EASY and looks perfect every time. I stamp and then fill in the rest of my eyeliner with my normal product — presto! Perfect wings in three minutes. And it DOES NOT budge. You can put this on at 6 a.m. and it still looks good at 6 p.m. It is also easy to remove with any drugstore makeup remover or towelette. If it came in other colors I’d buy them all!” —J.S. Massie

Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.47 (available in two colors and four styles).

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