All The Lifestyle & Wellbeing Products We Tried & Loved In July

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At least once a week, the writers and editors on Refinery29's Life team get into a long Slack conversation about some cool new item that's been absolutely saving or changing or elevating our lives. So we decided to share the wealth, and highlight some of our favorite products and experiences each month.

July was a long month, and with the world showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon, we're holding tight to the things that are bringing us joy and making life just a little bit easier. Whether it's a workout class bound to make you sweat, a crossbody fanny pack to hold all your essentials, or a clothing subscription service to take the stress away from summer styling, the lifestyle team has you covered with tried and tested reviews. Check out our picks — we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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<h2>Theragun Mini</h2><br>Ever since I tried out the original Theragun at an Equinox event, I’ve been absolutely craving its <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/theragun-sale-best-deals" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:percussive massage treatment" class="link ">percussive massage treatment</a> after every workout. But, I live in a small NYC apartment and something about owning a large device that had to stay at home didn’t work with my always-moving lifestyle. Enter the Theragun Mini, the new light of my life. It’s small and portable, easily fits in my gym bag, and packs a <em>real</em> punch. I’ve used it consistently after <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/obe-fitness-classes-reviews" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:workouts over the last month" class="link ">workouts over the last month</a> and have found that my muscles are recovering quicker and that I’ve gained significant flexibility. I honestly can’t remember what working out feels like without it! —<em> Hannah Rimm, Senior Editor</em><br><br><br><br><strong>Theragun</strong> Theragun Mini Handheld Percussive Massage Device, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Ftheragun-mini-handheld-percussive-massage-device%2F-%2FA-79858321" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link ">Target</a>

Theragun Mini


Ever since I tried out the original Theragun at an Equinox event, I’ve been absolutely craving its percussive massage treatment after every workout. But, I live in a small NYC apartment and something about owning a large device that had to stay at home didn’t work with my always-moving lifestyle. Enter the Theragun Mini, the new light of my life. It’s small and portable, easily fits in my gym bag, and packs a real punch. I’ve used it consistently after workouts over the last month and have found that my muscles are recovering quicker and that I’ve gained significant flexibility. I honestly can’t remember what working out feels like without it! — Hannah Rimm, Senior Editor



Theragun Theragun Mini Handheld Percussive Massage Device, $, available at Target
<h2>Rent The Runway</h2><br>Rent The Runway, a subscription clothing service that allows you to rent <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/rachel-gomez-viva-la-bonita-latinx-streetwear" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:designer clothes" class="link ">designer clothes</a>, is my personal finance favorite of the month. Yes, the clothes are amazing and my year with this subscription has definitely been the most stylish year of my life, but what really blows me out of the water is that I’m actually saving. I didn’t think I spent that much money on clothes, but then my winter jacket and leather jacket ripped in the same season and I had eight COVID-postponed weddings to attend. I was able to rent thousands of dollars of coats and <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/fame-and-partners-dress-review" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:black-tie appropriate wear" class="link ">black-tie appropriate wear</a> for roughly a tenth of what I would have spent otherwise and was able to buy my favorite pair of jeans at a reduced cost. Basically, I’m a sucker for a bargain and while I was initially skeptical, I’ve never been more thrilled to throw my money at a subscription. <em>— HR </em><br><br><br><br><strong>Rent The Runway</strong> Rent the Runway Subscription, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.renttherunway.com%2Fchoose-plan%3Faction%3Dclick_explore_rtr_unlimited%26lens%3Dunlimited%26nav_location%3Dsubmenu%26object_type%3Dtop_nav%26reg_modal%3Dfalse" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rent The Runway" class="link ">Rent The Runway</a>

Rent The Runway


Rent The Runway, a subscription clothing service that allows you to rent designer clothes, is my personal finance favorite of the month. Yes, the clothes are amazing and my year with this subscription has definitely been the most stylish year of my life, but what really blows me out of the water is that I’m actually saving. I didn’t think I spent that much money on clothes, but then my winter jacket and leather jacket ripped in the same season and I had eight COVID-postponed weddings to attend. I was able to rent thousands of dollars of coats and black-tie appropriate wear for roughly a tenth of what I would have spent otherwise and was able to buy my favorite pair of jeans at a reduced cost. Basically, I’m a sucker for a bargain and while I was initially skeptical, I’ve never been more thrilled to throw my money at a subscription. — HR



Rent The Runway Rent the Runway Subscription, $, available at Rent The Runway
<h2>Yes Way Rosé x Dusen Dusen</h2><br>This July has been filled with record-hot NYC days, so I pretty much always need a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-cold-brew-coffee-maker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:cold drink in hand" class="link ">cold drink in hand</a>. My go-to this month, Yes Way Rosé’s collab with Dusen Dusen, is a twist on a classic and doubles as a decor piece. I love to keep flowers on my bar cart and this bottle is an absolutely perfect bar cart vase. Plus, it’s hard to go wrong with Yes Way Rosé — it’s citrusy, juicy, and perfectly affordable. <em>— HR</em><br><br><br><br><strong>Yes Way Rosé</strong> Dusen Dusen Edition, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbuy.yeswayrose.com%2Fproducts%2Fdusen-dusen-edition" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yes Way Rosé" class="link ">Yes Way Rosé</a>

Yes Way Rosé x Dusen Dusen


This July has been filled with record-hot NYC days, so I pretty much always need a cold drink in hand. My go-to this month, Yes Way Rosé’s collab with Dusen Dusen, is a twist on a classic and doubles as a decor piece. I love to keep flowers on my bar cart and this bottle is an absolutely perfect bar cart vase. Plus, it’s hard to go wrong with Yes Way Rosé — it’s citrusy, juicy, and perfectly affordable. — HR



Yes Way Rosé Dusen Dusen Edition, $, available at Yes Way Rosé
<h2>Smash + Tess Fresh Air Fleece Jumpsuit <br></h2><br><br>Two beloved Canadian companies — Mountain Equipment Co-op and Smash + Tess — made my dream last-summer collab: this fleece romper. Perfect for <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/queer-at-summer-camp" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:nights in front of the campfire" class="link ">nights in front of the campfire</a>, it protects against the late-summer chill and the mosquitos. <em>— Carli Whitwell</em>, <em>Director of Editorial Operations</em><br><br><strong>Smash + Tess</strong> Smash + Tess Fresh Air Fleece Jumpsuit, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mec.ca%2Fen%2Fproduct%2F6019-372%2Ffresh-air-fleece-jumpsuit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:MEC" class="link ">MEC</a>

Smash + Tess Fresh Air Fleece Jumpsuit



Two beloved Canadian companies — Mountain Equipment Co-op and Smash + Tess — made my dream last-summer collab: this fleece romper. Perfect for nights in front of the campfire, it protects against the late-summer chill and the mosquitos. — Carli Whitwell, Director of Editorial Operations

Smash + Tess Smash + Tess Fresh Air Fleece Jumpsuit, $, available at MEC
<strong><h2>Bananagrams</h2></strong><br>I played this much-easier-to-transport-than-Scrabble word game with my friends’ six- and eight-year-old last weekend and had <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/inner-child-healing" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:almost as much fun as the kids" class="link ">almost as much fun as the kids</a> did. And before you ask, we didn’t keep score….but I definitely won. <em>— CW</em><br><br><strong>Bananagrams</strong> Bananagrams: Multi-Award-Winning Word Game, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.ca%2FBananagrams-BAN001-Word-Game%2Fdp%2F1932188126%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fkeywords%3Dbananagrams%26qid%3D1659049903%26s%3Dtoys%26sr%3D1-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link ">Amazon</a>

Bananagrams


I played this much-easier-to-transport-than-Scrabble word game with my friends’ six- and eight-year-old last weekend and had almost as much fun as the kids did. And before you ask, we didn’t keep score….but I definitely won. — CW

Bananagrams Bananagrams: Multi-Award-Winning Word Game, $, available at Amazon
<strong><h2>Darby The Bear — Hugimals</h2></strong><br><br>I was offered one of these Hugimals and didn’t think much of it until it arrived. Right when I opened the box, I put Darby in my lap and she sat there all day long while I <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-make-your-office-feel-more-like-homehttps://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-make-your-office-feel-more-like-home" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:worked from home" class="link ">worked from home</a>. It’s safe to say that I am now obsessed with this little weighted stuffed animal — if you’re someone who enjoys a weighted blanket at night for comfort or to help you sleep, then a Hugimal should also be added to your bedtime (and everyday) routine. Honestly, I wish I had 10. <em>— Elizabeth Gulino, Senior Staff Writer</em><br><br><strong>Hugimals</strong> Hugimals Weighted Stuffed Animal, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Hugimals-Weighted-Stuffed-Animal-Adults/dp/B09S4QPBT2/ref=asc_df_B09S4QPBT2/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link ">Amazon</a>

Darby The Bear — Hugimals



I was offered one of these Hugimals and didn’t think much of it until it arrived. Right when I opened the box, I put Darby in my lap and she sat there all day long while I worked from home. It’s safe to say that I am now obsessed with this little weighted stuffed animal — if you’re someone who enjoys a weighted blanket at night for comfort or to help you sleep, then a Hugimal should also be added to your bedtime (and everyday) routine. Honestly, I wish I had 10. — Elizabeth Gulino, Senior Staff Writer

Hugimals Hugimals Weighted Stuffed Animal, $, available at Amazon
<br><h2>Hotel Collection Candle — My Way<br></h2><br><br>Recently, I stayed at the 1Hotel Central Park hotel and was blown away by the way it smelled. Hear me out — hotels have <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-perfume-2022-baccarat-rouge-le-labo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:their own scents" class="link ">their own scents</a>, so it’s hard to capture exactly the fragrance with any other scent products. But, Hotel Collection creates candles, fragrance oils, diffusers, and even room sprays that smell exactly like iconic hotels, including 1Hotel. I feel blessed to have my own little piece of my favorite hotel stay in my apartment. <em>— EG</em><br><br><br><strong>Hotel Collection</strong> Classic My Way Candle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hotelcollection.com%2Fproducts%2Fmy-way-candle" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hotel Collection" class="link ">Hotel Collection</a>

Hotel Collection Candle — My Way



Recently, I stayed at the 1Hotel Central Park hotel and was blown away by the way it smelled. Hear me out — hotels have their own scents, so it’s hard to capture exactly the fragrance with any other scent products. But, Hotel Collection creates candles, fragrance oils, diffusers, and even room sprays that smell exactly like iconic hotels, including 1Hotel. I feel blessed to have my own little piece of my favorite hotel stay in my apartment. — EG


Hotel Collection Classic My Way Candle, $, available at Hotel Collection
<strong><h2>Lily & Bean Transparent Ultimate Travel Set</h2></strong><br>I’m always on the go in the summer, and I’ve never had a nice set of <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/away-weekender-travel-bag-review" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:travel bags" class="link ">travel bags</a> for my toiletries and makeup — until now. Whenever I pack these with my products for a weekend or night away, I feel a little fancy and more prepared to head out. Also, it doesn’t hurt that they’re an adorable bright pink that’ll never get lost in my luggage. <em>— EG</em><br><br><br><strong>Lily & Bean</strong> Lily & Bean Transparent Ultimate Travel Set, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lilyandbean.co.uk%2Fcollections%2Fall%2Fproducts%2Flily-bean-transparent-ultimate-travel-set-pink" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lily & Bean" class="link ">Lily & Bean</a>

Lily & Bean Transparent Ultimate Travel Set


I’m always on the go in the summer, and I’ve never had a nice set of travel bags for my toiletries and makeup — until now. Whenever I pack these with my products for a weekend or night away, I feel a little fancy and more prepared to head out. Also, it doesn’t hurt that they’re an adorable bright pink that’ll never get lost in my luggage. — EG


Lily & Bean Lily & Bean Transparent Ultimate Travel Set, $, available at Lily & Bean
<h2>Barry's LIFT Workout</h2><br><br>I’m a longtime fan of Barry’s. The bootcamp-style classes always kick my butt with a combination of treadmill sprints and lifting weights. But lately, I’ve been switching things up with their newer LIFT classes, where you skip the running entirely and spend extra time <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/dancer-pose-chakra-yoga" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:focusing on building strength" class="link ">focusing on building strength</a> with dumbbells and resistance bands. The classes include variations on moves like squats and tricep dips and cool combinations, but still keep your heart rate up with moves like mountain climbers and those dreaded damn burpees. You get to focus on different muscle groups more than in traditional classes, it’s easier to concentrate on what you’re doing because the instructor is usually only giving one set of instructions (versus directing both those doing strength moves on the floor and those on the treadmills simultaneously). Plus, there’s usually a killer playlist. <em>— Molly Longman,</em> <em>Senior Staff Writer</em><br><br><strong>Barry's Bootcamp</strong> Barry’s LIFT Workout, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.barrys.com%2Fthe-workout%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Barry's Bootcamp" class="link ">Barry's Bootcamp</a>

Barry's LIFT Workout



I’m a longtime fan of Barry’s. The bootcamp-style classes always kick my butt with a combination of treadmill sprints and lifting weights. But lately, I’ve been switching things up with their newer LIFT classes, where you skip the running entirely and spend extra time focusing on building strength with dumbbells and resistance bands. The classes include variations on moves like squats and tricep dips and cool combinations, but still keep your heart rate up with moves like mountain climbers and those dreaded damn burpees. You get to focus on different muscle groups more than in traditional classes, it’s easier to concentrate on what you’re doing because the instructor is usually only giving one set of instructions (versus directing both those doing strength moves on the floor and those on the treadmills simultaneously). Plus, there’s usually a killer playlist. — Molly Longman, Senior Staff Writer

Barry's Bootcamp Barry’s LIFT Workout, $, available at Barry's Bootcamp
<h2>Clean Genie Cleansing Butter</h2><br>I got my hands on this cleansing balm from Wishful at the start of the summer and it's been keeping my <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/new-activities-routine-week-long-challenge-essay" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:end-of-day makeup removal" class="link ">end-of-day makeup removal</a> so nice and easy. It's not as drying as makeup wipes can be, nor is it wet and messy. It's a great first step for removing makeup before washing your face. Also, I like it because when I'm wiping off dark eye makeup it gives me a total Natalie-Portman-In-<em>Black-Swan</em> vibe that satisfies some deep inner part of me. <em>— Claire Hambrick, R29 Editorial Intern</em><br><br><strong>Wishful</strong> Clean Genie Cleansing Butter, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sephora.com%2Fproduct%2Fwishful-by-huda-clean-makeup-removing-cleansing-balm-P459143%3Fcountry_switch%3Dus%26lang%3Den%26skuId%3D2369916%26om_mmc%3Dppc-GG_13749038801_125108298915_pla-419039569574_2369916_531290564099_9004357_c%26gclid%3DCjwKCAjwlqOXBhBqEiwA-hhitCCTj7vGdIqUlKDw3yBwpfEQfMqFriclhh6tBvWb649lpOEtAVLYhBoCtrQQAvD_BwE%26gclsrc%3Daw.ds" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link ">Sephora</a>

Clean Genie Cleansing Butter


I got my hands on this cleansing balm from Wishful at the start of the summer and it's been keeping my end-of-day makeup removal so nice and easy. It's not as drying as makeup wipes can be, nor is it wet and messy. It's a great first step for removing makeup before washing your face. Also, I like it because when I'm wiping off dark eye makeup it gives me a total Natalie-Portman-In-Black-Swan vibe that satisfies some deep inner part of me. — Claire Hambrick, R29 Editorial Intern

Wishful Clean Genie Cleansing Butter, $, available at Sephora
<h2>Crossbody Fanny Pack</h2><br><br>This is officially the summer of the fanny pack! It's the perfect size to fit all the essentials: phone, keys, wallet, lip gloss, hand sani, travel size sauce of choice, lighter, etc. It's too hot to have to carry all your essentials, so find the right <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/crossbody-purses" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:crossbody bag" class="link ">crossbody bag</a> for you and you'll find your life changed. Pro tip: look for lots of pockets and zippered compartments, it makes sneaking things into venues a breeze! <em>— CH</em><br><br><strong>MAXTOP</strong> Crossbody Fanny Pack, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Headphone-4-Zipper-Pockets-Traveling-Outdoors/dp/B07WYKJXXY/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?c=ts&keywords=Fashion+Waist+Packs&qid=1659448116&s=apparel&sr=1-1-spons&ts_id=2477385011&psc=1&smid=A3TYT3AGC5P9UV&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFVU05RRjJOTVNQSjcmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA1NDY1NjRaSzBDUjhERUJMWVYmZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMTAzODM3MjE4UzVUNTlLNkNZOUMmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link ">Amazon</a>

Crossbody Fanny Pack



This is officially the summer of the fanny pack! It's the perfect size to fit all the essentials: phone, keys, wallet, lip gloss, hand sani, travel size sauce of choice, lighter, etc. It's too hot to have to carry all your essentials, so find the right crossbody bag for you and you'll find your life changed. Pro tip: look for lots of pockets and zippered compartments, it makes sneaking things into venues a breeze! — CH

MAXTOP Crossbody Fanny Pack, $, available at Amazon

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