Each time I shop on the web, I end up looking at the Amazon items soaring in popularity to see what’s trending, and I’m generally astounded by the things I find. You’d imagine that people would be bookmarking and wish-listing crazy items like automated vacuums or gliding brew pong tables. Nope! Rather, the general population of Amazon is fixated on antiperspirant wipes, dark toothpaste, and potty stools. In all actuality, these things are truly astonishing, however in that weird way that most online shoppers (including myself) have come to appreciate.
On the off chance that, if you’re like me, you have a strange interest in the stuff people are buying, then Amazon’s movers and shakers page is a strong place to begin your search. It shows the site’s greatest gainers in sales rank over the course of the last 24 hours, and it’s continuously updated to keep things new and interesting. It’s also separated into specific categories, so on the off chance that you don’t care the slightest bit about what people are reading, however, would love to see what they’re spreading under their armpits, that data is readily available.
These products might not be what you would expect people to be buying on Amazon, but they are fascinating and surprisingly brilliant.
1. A CUP OF COFFEE IN THE FORM OF A CHEWY CUBE
No time for a cup of coffee? These GO CUBES chews taste and energize you like your favorite beverage. They have 50mg of caffeine and some green tea to ease the jitters. One cube is equal to a half a cup of coffee.
2. THIS EXFOLIATING BRUSH THAT PREVENTS INGROWN HAIRS AND RAZOR BURN
The WIZKER brush uses soft, round-tipped bristles to exfoliate dead skin and promote circulation, which cuts down on razor bumps and ingrown hairs. It has a lightweight waterproof design that can be used before and after shaving, leaving your skin smooth, healthy, and less prone to infections caused by hair removal.
3. THIS MEME-BASED GAME THAT MAKES PEOPLE LAUGH SO HARD, THEY ALMOST VOMIT
This card game is not intended for children, which is made apparent by the brands particularly vulgar name. It’s called What Do You Meme?, and it’s a lot like Cards Against Humanity, except you match captions to everyone’s favorite internet memes. “Has to be the funniest game I have ever played,” wrote one reviewer. “Damn near vomited from laughing so hard for so long.”
4. THIS BLACK TOOTHPASTE MAKES YOUR TEETH SUPER WHITE
It’s jet black and generally off-putting, but according to reviewers, this Activated teeth whitening toothpaste actually works. It promises to whiten your teeth and leaves your mouth fresher and brighter than before. It also has no artificial colors, it gets its super dark hue from the charcoal alone.
5. THIS HILARIOUS AND FAST-PACED NEW ADDITION TO ANYONE’S GAME NIGHT
This hilarious game is called the 5 Second Rule (Just Spit It Out), and it was nominated for the game of the year. You only have five seconds to name three things that fit the seemingly-easy topic card, but when players are pressed for time, funny answers come flying out instead. Reviewers love it because it’s easy, fast-paced, and suits both children and adults.
6. THIS TINY VACUUM THAT SUCKS GUNK OUT OF YOUR PORES
This blackhead remover is like a little vacuum for your face — it gets rid of blackheads, extra sebum, and dirt while it gently exfoliates. The four different included heads can be used wet or dry, and it comes with a charging cable as well. As with any product like this, remember to consult your dermatologist before using this device.
7. THIS CHARCOAL PEEL-OFF MASK EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT
Peel-off charcoal masks are insanely popular right now, both on and off of Amazon. Chances are you’ve seen videos of people slathering this black goo on their face and then painfully peeling it off to reveal the contents of what it pulled out of their pores. If you’re tempted to give it go yourself, this popular option from Amazon is a good place to start. It includes a blackhead-removing toolkit, too.
8. THIS SPONGE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO REMOVE DEODORANT MARKS
I’ve read a million hacks for removing deodorant stains on the go, but none of them ever work for me. So I was pumped to find the deodorant removing sponge. It is exactly what it sounds like: a sponge that removes deodorant stains. It’s simple, but brilliant. One reviewer says, “I keep one in my bathroom, one in my car glove compartment, and one in my purse.”
9. THIS TRAVEL PILLOW THAT YOU WEAR LIKE AN INFINITY SCARF
Does this pillow look a little bizarre? Maybe, but it also looks comfortable AF. The Trtl pillow provides neck support that means comfortable sleep on long plane or train rides. It’s also incredibly easy to fold up and put in your luggage, unlike traditional travel pillows.
10. THIS CRAZY POPULAR FOOT PEEL YOU HAVE TO SEE TO BELIEVE
This foot peel may not seem weird at first glance but, once you see what it’s doing to peoples feet you won’t be able to look away. If you have dead, coarse calluses on your feet, this Baby Foot exfoliant can literally make them melt off in sheets. Just wash your feet, soak them in the formula with the included baggies, and rinse. In a few days, the top layers of skin fall off, revealing the soft, smooth skin underneath.
11. THIS GENIUS COOLING PAD FOR HOT SLEEPERS OR RESTLESS PETS
The LinenSpa instant cooling pad uses a phase change material that safely cools hot sleepers, pets, and electronics. It can be laid flat on a surface or placed in the refrigerator, after which it stays cold for hours. It also has separate channels that ensure even distribution of temperature, and a plastic cover that can be wiped clean.
12. THIS POOPING STOOL THAT PEOPLE ARE WRITING HAIKUS ABOUT
What if I told you that you’ve been pooping wrong your whole life? Well, that’s what the folks over at Squatty Potty think and they’ve found a simple solution. Their Squatty Potty is a convenient stool that fits your toilet and lifts your legs, which straightens your colon and makes it easier to go. Don’t believe it? Check out this nice little haiku written by a reviewer: “Oh Squatty Potty, You fill me with endless joy, Yet leave me empty.”
13. THIS TWO-IN-ONE CAR MOUNT AND PHONE GRIP THAT’S SLEEK AND FUNCTIONAL
With its 360-degree ball rotation, strong and simple magnetic hold, and two in one function, it’s no wonder people are loving this Moflycom universal magnetic car mount. One part attaches to any phone or device (and doubles as a finger grip), and the other side attaches to any flat surface on your car. It even comes in a ton of sleek colors.
14. THIS ODDLY SHAPED CUSHION THAT HAS A CULT-FOLLOWING ON AMAZON
This humble seat cushion has over 1,000 glowing reviews on Amazon and is a perfect example of how something so strangely simple can be so genius at the same time. The ComfiLife seat cushion is made of memory foam and has a cutout design to align the coccyx, promoting posture and making you more comfortable at work or in the car. It also has a cooling gel pad and a washable cover.
15. THIS GIANT RAZOR TO SHAVE YOUR BACK WITHOUT NICKS
The Bakblade Big Mouth allows for a safe and efficient way to get rid of hair on your back. It has an extra long handle and patented blades that get rid of hair without pulling or nicking. Needless to say, the reviews are epic: “As far a back hair goes, I am a full coated Chewbacca on holiday at Casa de Hoth. I just got the bakblade yesterday. I used it dry, like a Tuskan Raider would, a Tatooine kind of dry. It worked great.”
16. THIS HEAT THERAPY WRAP THAT HELPS WITH PAIN OR CHILLS
It’s tailored to fit the neck and shoulder area, it’s got a comfortable clasp so it doesn’t fall off, and you can customize it with four different heat settings. Basically, this Sunbeam Renue heat therapy wrap sounds like a godsend for back pain or cold winter months. The fabric is also soft, machine washable, and “extra comforting,” according to reviewers.
17. THIS ODD-LOOKING BRUSH WITH MORE THAN 3,600 RAVE REVIEWS
Perhaps the weirdest part about this Crave detangling brush is how obsessed people are with the Crave detangling brush. You might be wondering how weird a brush could really be, but trust me, this isn’t your average brush. It has firm, cone-shaped bristles that separate the hair sideways instead of down. It’s great at detangling the thickest, curliest hair, wet or dry, and without pain.
18. THIS ODD ALARM CLOCK THAT MIMICS THE SUNRISE
If you sleep like a tranquilized troll or you’re looking to hack your circadian rhythm, this alarm claims it can help. It gradually increases brightness to take you from a deep sleep to completely awake, mimicking the natural light of the sunrise. It also has a bunch of built-in nature sounds, and it changes colors.
19. PEOPLE CAN’T STOP RAVING ABOUT THIS TEXTURED MASSAGE STICK
The reviews on this textured stick are actually kind of jaw-dropping. It apparently gives you one of the most satisfying massages you’ve ever gotten, all without the help of someone else. It’s also really great for reducing stiffness and pain before and after workouts.
20. THIS HILARIOUS HOLDER THAT “HUGS” YOUR PHONE
This hilarious yet strangely functional gadget is called the Bondi cell phone holder, and it hugs your phone with little arms and feet. You can then hang it up while you drive, attach it to your belt loop, stand it up on the table while watching videos, or hook it around your phone charger plug. It comes in ten fun colors, and is adjustable to fit most phones.
21. THESE FREEZABLE WINE GLASSES THAT LOOK LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF THE FUTURE
They look like something that belongs in a Star Wars cantina, but these FREEZE cooling glasses actually keep your wine cold for up to two hours without diluting them. They’re made from BPA-free plastic, are infused with freezable cooling gel, and have a silicone band for slip-free handling.
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