What can’t we buy online these days? There are so many innovative and cool things popping up all over the place that it can be a little overwhelming to think about. A lot of these come from bright, creative thinkers with modern problems in mind. Amazon has dedicated a whole section to these inventors, called “Launchpad”. Not that long ago, I was a huge book nerd and would read about cyborg glasses and thought to myself about how awesome they sounded. I liked to imagine that they would be invented in my lifetime, though I didn’t think they would be.
Now is the time to invest in small businesses while improving your own quality of life. I was shocked to discover how affordable and available they are. There’s a spa putty that turns aromatherapy tactile. You’ve also got a natural deodorant that is cruelty-free and supports breast cancer research. Even the umbrella that folds invertedly and is equipped with a reflective safety strip is blowing my mind. Truly, this set of Launchpad products show that we’re advancing and fast. Just see for yourself.
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This Baby Shampoo is 100% Plant-based and Free of Synthetic Fragrances
My mom-friend has been loving these 100% plant-derived squalane body washes for her toddler. She describes it as gentle with a soft fragrance that’s not at all overwhelming. That makes sense, as this shampoo is free of synthetic perfumes, using instead of vanilla and ylang-ylang flower for that powdery baby smell we all know and love. The squalane itself is mindfully used to mimic the protective coating babies are born covered in. Give it a go and then try to resist following your kid around with your nose in the air.
These Exfoliating Face Pads Use Papaya Enzymes For an Extra Effective Clean
Once in a while, you should be looking to scrub away the dead skin cells and gunk in your pores. These cleansing pads make that super easy. They lather up by just adding water, and have two sides for different purposes. The textured side is for exfoliating, while the smooth is perfect for cleansing and removing makeup. I love the addition of papaya enzymes and that it’s cruelty-free.
These Hot Sauces are Made with Kelp (and You’ll Be Putting Them on Everything)
The ‘do it all hot sauce’ from Barnacle Foods is pouring flavor out all over my food. And I’m not mad about it. Made domestically from local kelp in Alaska (a state known for its fresh seafood and vast coastline), these hot sauces come in a pack of three. You can choose between Piri Piri and Serrano or get a mix of both. I find the flavor profiles complex and versatile and strongly recommend putting out a couple of bottles next Taco Tuesday.
These Electrolyte Drops Work in Coffee and Make Staying Hydrated “Easy Squeezy”
Buoy’s wellness drops are packed with electrolytes your body needs to function. What makes them above the competition for me is how they remain flavorless in everything- except water. You can squeeze some into your morning coffee or shake, or even a happy hour cocktail. This indie company has done their research and uses only clean ingredients.
This Vegan Vodka Sauce Will Become Your Go-To For Pastas, Pizzas, and Bloody Marys
If you’ve never had vodka sauce, this should be the one you choose to take that step. With plant-based ingredients such as cashew butter and 10 organic vegetables, this sauce legit goes with everything. I’ve put it on pizza, in soup, for pasta, and it’s all been super delicious. With the quality, 80proof vodka, you won’t even notice that you’ve increased the nutrition content of your meal about tenfold.
This Hangover Jelly Might Finally Be the Answer to Morning Afters
Add some of these hangover jellies to your cart now so you’ll have them ready to go on your next pub crawl. With Kudzu, Poria Mushroom, and Hardy Orange (is it just me, or do these sound like video game NPCs?), this jellified miracle supplement will hydrate, energize, and protect your body after you’ve subjected it to dangerous alcohol. They come in single-serving packets and have been called the “most convenient hangover relief” by reviewers.
This Morphing Foam Roller Collapses For Your Convenience
Made with bamboo and recyclable aluminum, this foam roller from Brazyn is a pretty cool piece of Launchpad ingenuity. Weighing in at only 1.5lbs, it’s made to collapse down to less than 2in thick and can support up to 350lb. It feels great after a tough hour of Pilates or CrossFit. And though it does come in at a higher price than a lot of similar products, the durable quality and European craftsmanship more than makeup for the added cost. (P.S., they make a deep tissue variation; the thumb-shaped nubs make for an incredible massage).
These Bluetooth Sunglasses Make For the Perfect Car Accessory
It’s crazy that people still answer their phones while driving these days, especially when you have amazing alternatives like these. When my old Bluetooth device died, I decided to try some hi-tech sunglasses. I went with these ones because of how stylish they look. Open-ear for increased safety, these glasses use integrated touch-control on the temple tips. With polarized lenses and UV protection, they protect your eyes as sunglasses would. But they also have a noise-isolating mic and 8 hours of battery time, which most sunglasses don’t. Finally, the most important feature is how its function allows you to communicate hands-free, while also presenting a solution to the issue of forgetting your sunglasses almost every time you leave the house.
This Remote- and App-Powered Lamp Can Be Charged Via USB
This really pretty lamp is unique because it can be controlled by both your smartphone and its own dedicated remote. Designed in America with patented auto light technology, the lamp comes with a color-changing base. Plus, it can be charged via USB, making it super useful to have around in a power outage or have on a camping trip. The company itself is a woman-owned business, which earns it an extra star from me.
These Daily Nutrition Tablets Deliver a Full Serving of Greens Each
If you or your kids aren’t big on veggies or you simply find yourself consuming less than you should be, you should definitely take a look at these wellness tablets from Wellbeing Nutrition. I personally have a hard time eating balanced meals due to my many allergies, and since I started taking these tablets daily, I’ve noticed an increase in energy and alertness. Definitely worth a try if you feel you might be missing out on vitamins.
These Outlet Covers Make Painting Your Walls a Little Easier
As some reviewers accurately mentioned, no matter how careful you are or far away from the outlets you’re painting, you will inevitably get paint on them. These covers are a much easier and faster alternative to taping over every single outlet and light switch, and you’ll actually have the energy to get those brushes on the walls.
This Spa Dough is Aromatherapy in the Form of a Stress Ball
If you’re a lover of both aromatherapy and fidget toys, then this pinches me therapy dough is basically made for you. A squishable putty that promotes relaxation through scent, texture, and soft color, this spa dough works to relieve you of daily stress and sensory issues. I notice an improvement in my mood and concentration when I have it in my hand, while the different scents (refresh vs spa) make it easier to feel connected to my space.
This Inflatable Solar Lantern is Collapsible and Waterproof
Pack a few of these multicolor solar lanterns in your beach tote next time you find yourself heading out to a pool party. Water-, dust- and shatterproof, they’re made of heavy-duty TPU while remaining lightweight and collapsible for easy storage. I’m impressed by how long they last (3-12 hours depending on charge time) as well as the addition of a fade mode. And fret not if where you live seems to evade the sun a lot- the lamps run on USB-powered juice, too.
This Pen Station Saves Your Writing Tools From Disappearing Into the Abyss
While it may not look like much, this pen holder will prove its own worth in no time at all. In the words of one reviewer, “This “Pen Station,” does EXACTLY what it promised – provide a place to park your pen unobtrusively, sleekly, and without the threat of damage.” I love its thin design that doesn’t affect my writing. It fits snugly and doesn’t feel like it will slip off. Definitely pick one up if you’re a pencil-and-paper note-taking stan.
This Wildly Silly and Fast-Paced Game is Fun For the Whole Family
If you own or know a Frenchie, you’re sure to be delighted by this crowdfunded family game from Boss Dog Games. Even non-Frenchie owners can understand just what it means when your furry BFF has a case of the beans. This game is touted to be fast-paced, clever, and strategically intense. The game makers promise it to be addictive and that you can try new tactics every time. I and many reviewers had so much fun with this and it makes a great gift for someone who has a Frenchie and/or is a board game lover.
This Shake n’ Paint Kit is a Mess-Free Way to Touch Up Your Paint
I used this kit to redo a couple of my walls this past summer and I gotta say, it really did live up to its name. It comes with 3 clear paint storage containers so you won’t ever mix up which color you’re on, as well as a mixing ball to easily reconstitue any paint. Eliminating the need for bulky supplies like trays and tarps, the Touch Up Cup is super easy to use. And once you’re done, you can store away excess paint inside them: they’ll keep it all liquid and ready for your next touch-up job (as long as it’s within 10 years).
This Pollen Supplement Is Perfect For the Health-Conscious
Balanced and jam-packed with protein, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, this bee pollen is a great additional measure for protecting your immune system. I have a lot of food allergies, personally, so I really like natural supplements like this one to give my body a boost. The fresh bee pollen granules contain 14% total fiber and 23% natural, high-quality protein, aka a great vegetarian-friendly superfood.
This Set of Hand Blown Crystal Glasses Will Elevate Your Next Dinner Party
These hand blown crystal wine glasses have got me even more excited for wine nights with the girls. They feel so elegant in your hand and have a bit of sophistication to them. Talented artisans craft these by hand, and you can feel that handiwork in the details. These glasses feel durable and my only quip is that they’re made of glass: a.k.a., I can and will break them. Thankfully, TobyGlobal offers a 1-year replacement guarantee, so at least I’ve got that cushion.
This (Adult) Party Card Game Is a Fast-Paced and Silly Battle
Remember Cards Against Humanity? It seems not so long ago we were all obsessed with it, and now you can find hundreds of iterations and similarly styled party games on Amazon. Freedom of Speech is one such game from Amazon’s Launchpad department (a dedicated space for small brands). It’s a kind of mix of taboo and cards against humanity, with a timer button, multiple playing modes, and (very important to note) rather racy clues. My friends and I had such a hilarious time with these, our sides hurting at the end of the night. As one reviewer aptly said, “Don’t play this with your own grandma, but definitely find someone else’s grandma, buy her a beer, and deal her in.”
This Plant-Based Lip Butter Uses Agave In Place of Petroleum For Amazing Results
Summer, winter, fall, doesn’t matter the season or how hydrated I am (not), my lips will almost always be peeling and protesting. To combat that, I look to the lip scrubs and balms. I also have been looking to reduce my usage of petroleum jelly, mineral oil, and animal-based ingredients. Imagine my delight when I discovered that agave is a powerful replacement for all of the above. This vegan lip butter uses just that and has become one of my current faves. From Melixir, a small brand that promotes mindful, sustainable skincare with plant-based ingredients, this creamy balm is one of the only tinted lip chaps I can use without feeling like the color is rendering the hydration ineffectual. Of course, they have a clear option too, called Agave.
This Ingeniously Designed Umbrella Lights Up To Grant Better Visibility
Rain or shine, this umbrella with SPF50+ is making a strong name for itself in the category of accessories that protect us from the elements. First of all, it’s made to fold invertedly. Although that might register as a quirky design choice, it actually means the wet part will be on the inside when folded. No more damp spots on your jeans once you go inside? Yes, please. Secondly, the ribs are made from fiberglass, making them way stronger and less prone to flipping in a storm. And if that weren’t enough to convince you, the edges are lined with a reflective safety strip. Talk about doing it better.
This Light-Up Creator’s Kit is Perfect For the DIYer and TikTok Fanatic
Reviewers are raving about this creative creator’s kit, saying they’d “bought … crafting kits on amazon before but none of them were this cool.” That’s understandable, once you see that this box is filled to the brim with reflective, customizable accessories. Some items you’ll find in this kit are reflective one-size-fits-all gloves, hairbands, stencils and more. It’s the perfect gift for your TikTok-obsessed teen, as well as anyone who loves dancing, fashion, crafting, and making fun, short videos.
This Rechargable Dog Nail Trimmer is So Quiet, Your BFF Might Not Even Notice It
Trimming my dogs’ nails is one of those activities that I need to set aside half a day for. Not only do they scream bloody murder, as if I were attempting to hack off their feet with a butter knife Saw-style, it also takes a real emotional toll on everyone involved. I turned to Primens ClawMaster electric nail grinder, not expecting much. Surprisingly, my pooches have taken to it really well. They grumble at me but seem otherwise unbothered. It features an LED light to help you spot the quick, is whisper-quiet, and its diamond head makes the whole process lightning-quick. Nail day has become nail-10-minutes and I can breathe easy knowing PETA won’t be showing up at my door, tranqs ablazin’, on an anonymous tipoff.
These Reusable Cookie Sheets Are Printed with Convenient Measurements
Save the environment some more by switching to silicone pastry liners. While there are many options when it comes to these, U-Taste has made theirs twice-glued for edge enhancement and added measurement guides in both metric and imperial. They are said to be resist fading and can resist heat up to 500 degrees Fahrenheight. Buyers are loving this sustainable option, especially when it comes to shaping cookie dough.
This Drain Plug is the Best in the Biz For Preventing Clogs
I have tried so many different drain plugs over the years, and none have performed quite as well as the TubShroom. It sits nicely inside the drain (rather than on top) and does the best job at collecting food debris from the kitchen sink, as well as stray hair in the bathtub. The best part is, afterwards, you simply wipe off whatever has clung to the ‘shroom. No sticking your fingers down into that dark abyss while scrunching your nose and going to your happy place. Nah, TubShroom comes *with* you to your happy place.
This Pet Fountain Provides Your Furry Friend With Clean Water At All Times
Non-electric and lacking a need for filters, this fountain is a convenient way to make sure your fur babies have access to fresh, clean water all day, every day. I admit, I’m terrible at remembering to change my dogs’ water bowl. Since I purchased this fountain, though, I don’t have to feel guilty all the time. The reservoir holds fresh water for 2 days and the stainless steel filter inside is touted to last for years.
These Self-Heating Masks Soothe Your Tired, Puffy Eyes
The first time I tried these self-heating steam compresses on my eyes, I was blown away. As soon as they leave their protective packaging, these eye masks heat up, as if by magic. To use, you simply slip it on like a sleeping mask, then lay your head back and relax for 30-40 minutes. I actually felt energized and awake at the end of it, as well as grateful for the lack of fragrance. It was pleasantly warm and definitely took away some of the strain caused by staring at my computer screen. Fellow work-from-homers, you’re going to want to get in on this.
This Power Scrubber Will Make Your Tiling Look Like New Again
Me and everyone else who owns this electric grout scrubber have had our lives changed. No, really, one reviewer actually said it “changed my life”. And I can totally see why. I’ve always cleaned the bottoms of faucets, behind the toilet, and in between the tiles with an old toothbrush. Because it takes so agonizingly long and uses so much energy, I can hardly muster up the will to do that more than a couple of times a month. I know, gross. Since getting this power brush, however, I’ve added scrubbing the grout to my weekly chore list and it doesn’t even really feel like one. My shower tiles look brand new, my hands don’t hurt due to their ergonomic grip and handle, and its multiple, continuous scrubbing vs pulse settings are perfect for attacking different gunk levels.
These Shower Wipes Make It Too Easy to Feel Fresh On the Go
An infusion of aloe vera, oats, and cucumber is what drew me to these walk-out shower wipes in the first place. Those are all nourishing, botanical ingredients that I feel happy to put on my skin. And while these wipes are designed to clean your skin, I’ve found that they’re also super hydrating on my sensitive skin.
This Exfoliating Coffee & Cinnamon Soap is a Great Way to Start Your Day
Morning showerers, the toughest part of the day I’m sure you know is getting out of bed and into the bath. Something that’s been helpful for me is getting a soap that makes me want to use it. Similar to rolling out of bed for your first coffee, I’ve found coffee-based soaps to be an effective solution. This exfoliating bar does just that, while also moisturizing so your skin doesn’t feel dried out. It also contains cinnamon, which is thought to increase skin elasticity, as well as Hawaiian kukui oil for added hydration and nourishment.
This Go Hang It! Kit Has Everything You Need to Put Up Your Pictures
I have a bunch of pictures and paintings I’ve been meaning to hang up. Problem is, last time I did that, I drilled huge holes into the walls without even really knowing how I did it. So this time, I decided to get something to help me out. This kit from the Go Hang It! Store comes with all the tools one might need to hang pictures properly. IT employs a unique positioning system that’s easy to use. Bonus that it’s made in the USA.
These Produce Savers Keep Your Veggies Fresh For Days and Days
I don’t often tend to buy lots of fruits and veggies because I can’t eat them quickly enough. This is kind of annoying when there’s a really good sale going on, but I know if I don’t use it before it goes bad, I’d just be burning money. I also like to prep everything for easy cooking later and I find the veggies, once washed and chopped, have a tendency to wilt faster once slice-and-diced into. I’d heard of produce storage bins so was excited to check out Lille Home’s multifunctional container sets. They come in a 3-pack, have removable drain trays (great for keeping meats out of thaw water), and silicone seals to lock in freshness, leaks, and odors.
This Rose Water Toner is Hydrating (and Vegan!) AF
I’ve been loving this hydrating toner mist lately. I’ve definitely gotten lazier with age, and it’s great to be able to spray toner directly onto my skin rather than having to use a cotton pad. I even use it as a refreshing pick-me-up at my desk or after coming in from a walk out in the sun. My dogs approve of its 100% vegan certification, while my face responded well to the hydrating and soothing effects of rose water and rose oil.
This Inventive Bedside Shelf Makes the Most of a Smaller Space
Launched from Kickstarter in Los Angeles, this unique bedside shelf comes in 7 styles. Made from quality bamboo, the various models (including Original, Plus, and Slide) are designed for both bedsprings and flatform frames. I really liked that it didn’t require tools to assemble and it’s already proven its worth over and over. I can keep books, a phone charger, a lamp and then add a cup of tea, and it won’t even shiver under the weight. BedShelfie is so confident that they even offer a lifetime guarantee. Honestly, unless my dogs start using mine as a trampoline, I probably won’t even need it.
This Natural Deodorant is a Cruelty-Free Way to Freshen Up
Baking soda has long been used to deodorize. It was only a matter of time before we started using it on our bodies. This super strength formula from SmartyPits employs baking soda for ultimate fighting power against unpleasant body odors. I love that the woman-owned “SmartyPits Squad” handcrafts each stick in small batches at a time, right in the USA. This reduces waste by not making too much product at once. Not only that, these deodorants contain prebiotics to support your body’s natural microbiome, and a portion of every purchase goes towards breast cancer research and support.
These Reusable Cotton Swabs Combat Single Use Ones For a Sustainable Lifestyle
Here’s another way for us to reduce our impact on the environment. These silicone-and-nylon swabs replace the need for disposable Q-tips. It comes in a convenient travel case and is easily cleaned with water, soap, or a bit of rubbing alcohol. I like to use these to make clean lines when doing my make-up, and I have to say this feels a lot better when I’m not throwing out a barely-used Q-tip every single day.
This Unique Fidget Toy Transforms into More Than 70 Shapes
This cool-looking gadget is a fidget toy that’s great for relieving stress and anxiety. Its unique design means you can use it to make over 70 different shapes. If you’re someone who needs mental stimulation, tactile distractions, and sensory soothing, you’ll likely already be familiar with fidget cubes. This one I find is a particularly helpful when I want to relax my brain and just focus on shapes and colors. Reviewers are “obsessed”, “all fight for turns on it”, and have “not put it down for days”.