I’m a sucker for trends and I love trying new stuff (food, beauty products, appliances, etc.), which makes me a pretty fickle consumer. One week, I’ll be obsessed with a very specific green mud mask and the next I’ll crave an entirely different facial schmear. There are notable exceptions, though — things that have taken root like sturdy weeds in the riverbed of my loyalties because they’re simply too excellent to be uprooted in the the rushing tide of Try this! And then this! And then this! Things that, despite being small in size, bring me dramatically great joy.
Below, I’ve outlined 10 things that happen to qualify for this elusive and highly selective designation. Feel free to add your own list in the comments. There’s more than enough dramatically great joy to go around.
I’ve sampled many a granola in my day, but I always, always come back to this one. It is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. It tastes great as a plain snack or on top of yogurt. It only has nine ingredients, all of which my mom would endorse. Its only con is also its biggest pro: once you start eating it, it’s hard to stop.
My boyfriend Austin likes to get me things for my birthday that I wouldn’t typically spend money on myself, which is how I came to possess a pair of Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones this past December. At $249, they are definitely an unnecessary luxury and, true to Austin’s gift-giving strategy, not one I would be inclined to personally splurge on but OH MY GOODNESS THEY ARE WONDERFUL. They really do “cancel” noise to the extent that sometimes I pop them in without even listening to music whenever I need a complete silence writing cocoon at work, but they shine best of all on airplane rides when I want to hear the nuanced dialogue of Grey’s Anatomy above the engine roar.
I came across this gem as a result of my journalistic endeavor to find the best razor ever. I decided to try it out after perusing a handful of its 3,486 glowing reviews on Amazon, and it did not disappoint. I’d never used a single-blade safety razor before, and I never want to use any other kind ever again. The shaving experience is way less irritating because it cuts off hair bluntly in one pass. I recommend it to everyone.
I purchased my first bottle of this when I worked at Estée Lauder Companies and had an employee discount, but I’ve continued purchasing it at full price because I like it so much. I dispense a dime-sized squirt into my palms and smooth it into my hair a few days after a wash when my curls start to frizz. It instantly chills them out and makes them look shiny again. I usually buy the mini version because it’s perfect for stashing in my mini bags for on-the-go hair improvement.
This bra, man. I’ve worn it so much I think I’ve ruined it — not literally, because it’s held up very well, but figuratively, because it used to be my special pretty bra and now it’s my everyday bra. I don’t care, though. I like it too much to reduce its rotation. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also quite comfortable (i.e. doesn’t dig into my ribs or shoulders). Putting it on under my clothes in the morning feels like my very own version of Superman’s “S.”
I tried a Skinnygirl margarita in college and thought it was rather bad, but the popcorn is DELICIOUS — perhaps because the brand partnered with Orville Redenbacher to create it. I buy the Lime & Salt flavor mini bags on Amazon in bulk and consume them as snacks with great frequency. They contain a single serving of popcorn but it’s definitely slightly bigger than most single servings of popcorn, which I appreciate.
I purchased a pack of these on a panicky whim when I realized my brand new, jumbo-sized hamper enabled me to avoid doing laundry for weeks, which is fun in theory but dicey when it comes to odor buildup. They contain moso bamboo charcoal, which naturally eliminates odor and absorbs moisture, so I can sweat my heart out at SoulCycle and indulge in the laziness facilitated by a large hamper without any stress. Win-win.
I began researching “best foam rollers” when I was diagnosed with a fun case of runner’s knee and told that stretching and foam-rolling with a vengeance was the best way to heal. At $39, it’s not exactly cheap, but it had amazing reviews and I knew I wanted to invest in a high-quality option with a grooved surface for maximum impact. I loveeeeeeeee it. I’m now one of those annoying foam rolling-obsessed people who foam rolls every night and talks about it ad nauseam. When you consider cost-per-use, it practically pays for itself.
I got a teeny tiny sample of Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre when I was gifted a Birchbox subscription for Christmas long ago, and I squeezed the teen tiny tube to within an inch of its teen tiny life. Once I came to terms with the fact that every last drop was gone, I decided to pony up for the adult-sized version, which I was relieved to discover only costs 20 bucks. It’s the PERFECT all-purpose, gentle face moisturizer and/or makeup primer. I love trying different skincare products, but this one always nudges its way back into my rotation because it’s that great.
In my eternal quest to moonlight as a Danish woman, I obviously had to arm myself with the appropriate hair accessories. Inspired by the Saks Potts Spring/Summer 2018 collection, I went in search of colorful clamps and eventually found this heart-shaped treasure for $12.99. Every time I wear it I feel like the best version of myself.
Okay! Your turn. Deposit your lists of tiny but impactful obsessions in the comments.
Collage by Louisiana Mei Gelpi.