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

    At least once a week, the writers and editors on Refinery29’s Life team get into a long Slack conversation about some cool new items 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.

    This month, we’re beating that winter slump with upcycled jam, nostalgic ’90s candles, and the perfect work-from-home athleisure. Plus, our senior editor is getting married this year and is excited to share all her wedding picks!

    At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.,

    Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

    “I’ll be honest here: I gave in to the allure of the Sephora checkout line. I grabbed this hair oil on a whim one day while I was waiting to pay for my haul and have been repurchasing ever since. I’m not a big hair product person, but my strands tend to get pretty dry so I’ve been adding a few drops of this to my ends post-wash day and whenever I feel like they need a pick me up. nightstand look like a luxe hair salon.” , Elizabeth Gulino, Senior Writer

    Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil, $, available at Sephora

    Free People Hit The Slopes

    “This jacket already has enough hype—no, really, our team just bulk reviewed it so I won’t go too into why I love it. It’s cozy, it’s roomy enough to fit a sweatshirt under it, and it has all the pockets in the world so you won’t need to carry a bag on your hot girl walks. I received this as a Christmas present from my mother in black, and it’s definitely something I would purchase again for myself. Personally, I’m eyeing the sapphire and sparked colors for my next one.” — EG

    FP Movement Hit The Slopes Fleece, $, available at free people

    Oswald Chia Smash Jam

    “I can’t even remember now how I first discovered this chia-forward, upcycled gem of a jam, but it’s been a staple in my fridge for years now — as commonplace as cheese and bread (and tbh, it pairs damn well with both). The raspberry flavor in particular is delicious and decently nutritious, as it’s sweetened naturally with dates. Plus, it feels like I’m doing something good for the planet when I eat it because it’s made from “imperfect” fruits that can’t be sold in stores because they’re either misshapen or off-colored, thus combatting food waste. All told? This stuff is my jam (I had to). Molly Longman, Senior Staff Writer

    Oswald Oswald Chia Smash Jam, $, available at Oswald

    Perforated Fastening Tape

    “Yes, this is velcro tape. I know it’s kind of nerdy but it’s by the Japanese brand, MUJI, so I love that it looks nice and minimalist and it works. Why do I need velcro tape you ask? Because right now my bag is full of phone cords, charging cables, headphone plugs, computer chargers, and adapters galore. I’ve been schlepping all of my computer paraphernalia back and forth from home to office and I’m obsessed with keeping everything organized. This thin velcro tape is perforated so you just rip off however much you need and can easily organize each of those cords from tangling your life. It isn’t sticky and it’s not the annoying velcro that gets caught on everything you own. Plus, it’s under $3.” — Lisa Dionisio, Newsletter Director

    muji Perforated Fastening Tape, $, available at muji

    Lululemon Scuba Oversized Half-Zip Hoodie

    “I may already have several of these Lululemon hoodies in my closet but since I live in them when I’m working from home I try to justify that I need several colors so my neighbors don’t assume I’m wearing the same thing every single day. I ordered it in the perfect shade of blue and it’s warm and cozy and made for layering under winter coats. Plus, I’m a big fan of the thumb slit in the cuffs to keep my fingers from getting frostbite on my walks around NYC.” begingroup L.D.

    Lululemon Scuba Oversized Half-Zip Hoodie, $, available at Lululemon

    Zola DIY Wedding Invitations

    “After three years of COVID delays and nearly four years of engagement, my wedding is finally happening this summer. We’ve had a lot of time to tinker with exactly what we want our invitations to look like, and after much trial and error, we decided we really just wanted to design them ourselves. Thankfully, Zola allowed us to seamlessly upload our own design, match us with an envelope, and order samples until we landed on our perfect design. But my favorite part about Zola’s invitations? They address them for you! We simply uploaded our list and they took care of the rest, giving us beautifully crafted and affordable invites.” , Hannah Rimm, Senior Life Editor

    Zola DIY Portrait, $, available at Zola

    Zippo Rechargeable Candle Lighter

    “I am a candle girly, but I am also a clumsy girly, which means I have burned myself literally hundreds of times trying to light a candle with a traditional lighter. Luckily for my fingers, this candle lighter came into my life. It has a long, bendable neck, perfect for every shape of candle, and it’s electric — making it windproof, lighter fluid-free, and extremely fun to show friends because it looks like mini lightning and makes an exciting buzzing sound. Plus, the rose gold The sleekness of it all adds a nice touch to my coffee table.” – HR

    zippo Rechargeable Candle Lighter, $, available at zippo

    Otherland Blue Jean Baby Candle

    “The ’90s are back, and although I could leave some of the fashion behind (you can take my high-waisted jeans out of my cold dead hands thank you very much), I am here for the scents. Otherland’s newest collection contains three ’90s-themed scents, and Blue Jean Baby is my personal favorite. It smells like clean laundry and the excitement of entering a mall with a crisp $20 bill burning a hole in the pocket of your Abercrombie jeans. Plus, Otherland’s packaging is always gorgeous and easily repurposed into a makeup brush or pen holder after you’ve burned through all 55 hours of candle.” – HR

    Otherland Blue Jean Baby Candle, $, available at Otherland

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