If your summer has looked anything like mine, you’ve ordered more products online than you’d care to admit. Some might have been critical to sheltering in place (hi, toilet paper — p.s. this is my hands-down favorite, when it’s available) — and some were more…frivolous.

So I took a look at my Amazon order history for the past six months and did a little audit: out of everything we hastily “added to cart” over the past half-year, which items would I consider to be the best? Which items would I truly, well, buy again. And these, friends. These are them.

A little fashion. A little beauty. Some surprisingly handy crafting kitsch. A couple of things for making the most of our outdoor living spaces during a summer when countless vacations have been indefinitely postponed. And one really not-at-all glamorous commode accessory that is actually quite glamorous in that it prevents you from ever having to scrub the potty. An essential, really. Ready? Let’s dive in.

A little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history — tie-dye, a jumpsuit, beauty — for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

Retail Therapy #StayAtHome Edition: Recent Best Buys From Amazon

1. Off the Shoulder Jumpsuit

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

This jumpsuit has been in my “saved for later” section for more than a year, and I finally pulled the trigger. It’s soft jersey material, and it’s actually designed to intentionally drape off one shoulder, so there’s no tugging or slipping — easy, low-maintenance and chic. Plus I love the jogger hem, the contrasting drawstring, and the pockets! I’m typically between an XS and a S, and the S fits perfectly, so I would say size up if between — otherwise it’s TTS.


2. The #AmazonNightgown Dress

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

You’ve seen me wax poetic about this dress off and on for months now. I wear it multiple times a week. It’s effortless, extremely comfortable, easy, chic, washes well — I could go on and on. For more than you ever wanted to know about fit and styling, see this post.


3. Pacifica Eyeshadow Palette

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

Pacifica is my go-to for sustainable, affordable beauty products, and this specific palette is made for summer. Everything in it feels sunkissed and perfectly peachy-pink. It’s very decently pigmented, especially for the price point.


4. Elta MD Sunscreen (also at Dermstore)

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

Another favorite I’ve talked about before, I use this as my daily moisturizer and my sunscreen. It’s rich and creamy but not greasy for my normal skin — it leaves just enough of a dewy finish to keep skin feeling just a bit luminous. Dermatologist recommended for post-procedure skin (think facelifts and peels) so you know it must be good. I’ve bought it at least 10 consecutive times and can’t see buying anything else.

(Update: The item I featured is not technically chemical-free — the active ingredients are octinoxate and transparent zinc — but if you’re specifically seeking that, Elta does make a chemical-free option that’s more intended as a sunscreen only. I haven’t tried using it alone as a moisturizer, but like all Elta products it’s highly rated.)


5. Pacifica Tinted Lip Balm

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

Another Pacifica favorite, this is the only stick lip balm I see myself buying from here on out. It smells delightful, and it feels truly like a balm (unlike some natural balms, it doesn’t feel like you just slicked coconut oil all over your lips). The Vanilla Hibiscus doesn’t add color, but the very subtle shimmer adds a healthy looking little glow. I just ordered the Guava Berry, too.


6. Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo (2 Pack!)

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

I’m no Scotti when it comes to beauty, but I’ve had quite a few people ask me about my hair care routine post-chemo, so here it is: I wash my hair once weekly, and from about Day 3-4 on, I spray a few bursts of this stuff on greasy roots. Let it hang out for maybe 5 mins, and then flip your head over and vigorously rub it into your scalp. (I alternate between buns and braids for last couple of days, but honestly, once you train your hair to go a week without washing, it balances itself out.) For that weekly wash, I use Pacifica’s Salty Waves Shampoo + Conditioner. It’s sulfate-free and faaaabulous.


7. Adidas Sleek Sneakers

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

OK, I didn’t technically buy mine on Amazon, but Amazon continues to be one of the few places that consistently stocks this style and at a great price. (Oh wait, I just found them restocked on Adidas, too!) Unlike most Adidas street sneakers, these fit TTS. I can’t say enough about how comfy they are. Surprisingly lightweight, and the black is a nice change from the rest of my white sneaker wardrobe.


8. Silicone Ring Phone Case

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

This case feels just like the Apple silicone cases with the added benefit of a rotating ring loop on the back that you can use to hold your phone securely for selfies and the like OR as a kickstand for viewing your phone horizontally. For $14ish, I can’t believe how luxe and robust this product feels. There are also similar models available for loads more phone models here — and honestly, I imagine they’re all made in the same place and about the same quality.


9. Roxy Oceanside Linen Pants (also on Zappos)

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

I’ve been wearing these pants since college, and they’re just easy and timeless and perfect for summer. S has talked about them before, too, and even though you can get them elsewhere, they’re almost always in stock on Amazon — and right now they’re even on sale! I’m between an XS and a S, and wear the S in these since they’re more of a junior’s fit — perfect. The low rise is such a nice change from all the high-waisted snugness happening at the moment.


10. Silicone Baking Cups

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

I’ve raved about these before for lunch packing — they nestle together better than other brands in bento lunchboxes — but they’ve been so handy for doling out allllll the snackssss during shelter in place that we picked up a second set. We also actually use them for — gasp! — baking, too (which lord knows we’ve been doing plenty of over the past few months). Remember these Starbucks Egg Bite Knock-offs? Perfection. And for sorting craft materials and painting, too. Just a tip for these and any silicone products: beware of washing them in overly fragranced dish soaps or your next batch of muffins might be infused with a distinct soapiness.


11. Magnetic Dry-Erase Board

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

We keep this in what is becoming our “homeschooling” area upstairs, and it’s perfect for practicing letters and displaying the flash cards we use with Lana’s reading program. The handle makes it easy to pick up and take outside, too, and Lana loves doodling on it when we’re not using it for lessons. Not too big, not too small, and it folds flat for storage. (Follow the advice of the reviews and cut the protective film off using an exacto knife so you don’t end up using tweezers — up, ahem, like me — to get at the tiny bits that remain stuck under the frame.)


12. Hot Glue Gun

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

A glue gun is a glue gun is a glue gun — right? Well, after running through half a dozen dollar store glue guns and having them all break down on me, I can tell you it’s worth a few more dollars to get something a bit more robust. This has held up through MANY a craft these past six months, and it actually has an on/off switch. It’s still on the smaller side, so it’s not overkill, and the little kickstand keeps it upright. Our craft game has seriously been upped since adding this to our arsenal.


13. Tulip Tie-Dye Kit

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

Another super-fun activity that is actually really easy to clean-up if you do it over a rimmed baking sheet (over a tablecloth, for back-up, of course). This kit comes with plenty of dyes, so you can just shake up what you need for one coloring session and keep the rest for another time. We ditched the clunky gloves and just lived with blue fingernails for a week. (The dress Lana is wearing is this one — so cute!)


14. Survival Shovel Multi-Tool

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

Have you guys seen Alone? It’s this wilderness show where people are dropped in remote locations and they have to do their best to survive with just the 10 essentials they choose to bring, and the last man standing wins $500k. It’s entertaining, fascinating and surprisingly educational. ANYWAY, if I were on Alone, this would be one of my items. After researching the heck out of survival shovels, this one kept coming up tops, and it’s so frickin’ cool, friends. Perhaps a bit overkill for suburban living, but it would be invaluable camping, and I gifted one to my dad who lives on some property and often takes jaunts into the wilderness, and it never leaves his side. He calls it his “Smokey The Bear Rambo Shovel,” and I can’t possibly think of a better name.


15. S’mores Sticks

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

Another item I never thought I would find myself tirelessly researching, and these turned out to be an excellent buy. They come with a handy (and surprisingly well-made) storage bag, and the best part is the little black swivel at the top of each handle that allows you to rotate the stick with just your thumb. So clever. They wash up really easily, too, and they’re long enough and light enough for littles to use on their own.


16. Kaboom Continuous Clean Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaning System

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

OK friends — bear with me. This is far from glamorous, but this toilet cleaning system has prevented me from scrubbing a single toilet over the past 6 months, so I can’t recommend it enough. The “system” is actually integrated into the fresh water intake — it’s easy, takes about a minute to set up — so the fresh water passes through it with every flush, which means the cleaning tablets do their thing without hanging out in your tank, which could potentially corrode or damage your tank or flushing hardware. Then, once the system is installed, you just unscrew the cap and add new tablets as needed, about once every three months. Perfectly clean potty, ZERO effort. And Amazon has the best price on the system I’ve seen.


17. Tiki Brand Smokeless Wood-Burning Fire Pit

I did a little audit on my quarantine Amazon order history for the past 6 months for the items that are "the best"? These are my top 17.

If you follow me on Instagram (@thepigandquill), you’ve seen me raving about this as of late. We spent months trying to figure out which fire pit to buy for our new yard, and after comparing the (rather limited) selection of smokeless wood burning fire pit models available, this one shot to the top of the list. It can burn either packs of wood pellets, which ignite instantly and produce a super impressive, super-hot fire for about 30 mins, or actual wood (which can also burn smokeless with a little trial and error — DM me or shoot me a comment if you want tips!) — and for the price, the features, and the visual aesthetics, it can’t be beat. It’s even got an easy ash cleanout tray (think of a crumb tray on a toaster) that makes clean up a breeze. And since the fire burns so efficiently, there’s very little ash anyway. We’re enjoying fires more than ever before, and with way less effort. (NOTE: even with a “smokeless” fire, you’ll still smell a tad bit like a campfire at the end of the night, but it’s drastically less than with a traditional fire.)


How ’bout you, friends? Any recent Amazon purchases you can’t possibly live without? (As if I need more enabling…)

xo,
Em

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you I love Amazon lists 🙂 I have a dumb question. The sunscreen/ moisturizer says on Amazon that it does have chemical sunscreens in it (Octinoxate) is that inaccurate? Looking for one without so much appreciated! Thanks!

    • Hi! Totally not a dumb question — actually, I misspoke. The moisturizing formula does contain octinoxate, but they do make a chemical-free option that’s more intended as a sunscreen only (I haven’t tried using it alone as a moisturizer, but like all Elta products it’s highly rated): https://amzn.to/32Jiltg. I’ll edit the note in the post accordingly!

  2. Based on your previous recommendation I bought the jumpsuit in both wine and grey. LOVE!! The jersey is a decent weight and my husband thinks the off the shoulder bit is SEXAY. I did ditch the drawstring. Also noticed that it hits me (and you, too, by the look of the photo) more at my natural waist than the model in the photo, but that’s fine.

    Tell me more about the fire pit! Did you look at Solo and why did you choose this one in particular? We are on the verge of making a purchase.

    • Oh good! Wearing the jumpsuit as we speak, in fact. 🙂 SO the firepit — bear with me, because we spent weeks debating, so I have a lot to say! We looked at both the Solo Stove and the Breeo smokeless options, too, before settling for the Tiki. While they both have excellent reviews for how they burn, I didn’t personally love the stainless look of the Solo (we wanted something that had a little more weight, visually — note that the Tiki is still technically portable) and I read a few reviews saying that the Solo dented easily. If we were taking it camping, etc., that’d be fine, but since it’s going to be a focal point in our yard, I just worried it would get dinged and then I would fixate on the dings every time we did a fire. The Breeo also seemed great — and it has some built in features that allow it to be used for cooking — but since we didn’t intend to cook on it, that was moot. And the higher-end Breeo pit that has a more “designer” look didn’t really fit the vibe of our yard (I was worried kiddos would mess with the decorative glass) AND that series is well over $1k. SO…the Tiki! While it’s not the aesthetically perfect, I like the design better than the others, but best of all, it allows you to use those instant-light wood pellet packets that literally catch, well, instantly and get roaring hot in 4 mins. When you burn the packs, it’s totally smokeless — and if you want your fire to burn longer than a pack, you can always burn regular wood. In fact, it burns regular wood without the pellet pack like a dream, too, so long as you keep the wood distributed within the pit. (If it sticks too far out, you’ll get some smoke, which I think would be the case with any of the smokeless options just based on how they’re engineered). The packs are pricey at $10 for a single 30-min burn, but for a night when we just want to show off the firepit or sneak in a fire before kiddo bedtime, it’s worth it. And finally, that “ash tray” that I mentioned makes clean up a breeze. You just kinda sweep everything through the grate in the bottom, then slide out the tray and dump it. You don’t have to scoop anything or lift up the whole firepit and dump the contents, etc. Finally the price, which is $350, felt fair for all the thoughtful features and the neutral design. Hope that’s helpful! Would love to hear if you go for it!

  3. Oooh, thank you so much I will check this one out, and no worries! I’ve been using bare minerals tinted moisturizer + sunscreen but am outside more this summer so was looking for a little extra sunscreen oomph 🙂

  4. My BEST purchase was the Xterra stationary bike. I bought it in January as an option for days that I don’t get to the gym. Then COVID happened. It takes up so little space, it gives a great workout, oh, and it’s under $100.00!! Yes! Such a good purchase!

  5. Just a shout out as another Alone fan! I keep telling my friends to watch it. My husband and I are slightly obsessed with this season and are pulling for the two women! Yeah!

    • It’s fascinating, isn’t it!? I feel like I’ve learned so much, lol. Not that I’m claiming I’d be a contender in any way…

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