Testing out online only products

I’ve always been skeptical of change.  Weird right?  But it’s true.  It took me years to get on the e-reader train.  I love the idea of a physical book – the smell, the feel, the ability to turn pages, the bookmarks, satisfaction of knowing how close I am to finishing a book, etc.  The only reason I actually ended up getting e-reader was because I had a gift card to Best Buy and got my e-reader for super cheap.  It’s not the latest and greatest, it’s not full of fancy technology and it definitely has Amazon advertisements because I bought a cheaper Kindle.

But that being said, I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of online only stores.  The products that are only sold online, slightly cheaper because you don’t have a middle company and you don’t need to pay an additional markup.  But what I’ve found is even though these things are so intriguing to me, I still want to find a way to test it out.  That being said, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve been more and more willing to take a risk on some of these various types of productions which actually seems counter intuitive.  As I get older, I should be more risk adverse but it’s been the opposite.  That being said, here are a few of the things that I’ve tried that I would 100% recommend to any and everyone.

Casper Mattress: Okay, I didn’t take a gamble on this one.  I actually monitored Casper for awhile and when it was time to buy a new bed, I actually made my way out to West Elm to test out the mattress.  This was back before the Leesa partnership that they had.  I think I spent about 35 minutes just laying and sitting on the bed testing it out.  I would highly recommend the Casper.  It’s delivered to you in a box and you can get a discount on having someone come pick up your old mattress and box spring.  That being said, I have friends who have tried Leesa, Purple, and Nectar.  They’re all pleased so realistically, I would put my stamp of approval on the box beds. They all have testing periods so if you’re in the market for, it’s totally worth it.

Kickstarter Products: I’ve ordered three separate items from Kickstarter with two more on the way and I have not been disappointed. If you’re in the market for interesting new products, try out the crowd funded products.  I got a portable air conditioner (with an ice pack), a travel jacket and a theft proof backpack.  It’s been amazing.

ThirdLove: I’m sure you’ve seen all the advertisements for ThirdLove bras.  I tried it and to be honest, it is pricey, like incredibly pricey. But I personally have been purchasing cheap bras all my life (specifically Target and H&M bras) and the last time I purchased a new bra is not a time that i will mention because it’s embarrassing.  So I decided that if the bras that come from ThirdLove fit in the way that they advertise, then I will keep them because I am an adult.  The bras came in the mail and I have zero regrets.  You get a 30 day free trial which is realistically just a 30 day return/exchange period. So keep that in mind when you do this. Read the fine print if you want to try this out because I believe the tags have to be on them to be returned if they don’t work which kind of defeats the purpose of the 30 day free trial. Luckily, the bras I ordered worked and they’re staying with me.

Thinx: Menstrual underwear.  I have zero regrets and zero complaints.  If I had to rate all of my purchases in my life, these might be number one best decision as a female and as someone who loves to travel.  If you were contemplating trying these out, I would put my stamp of approval on this and recommend it for everyone.

Lola/Cora: Two different types of organic tampon brands.  I tried both, I honestly have zero complaints.  My office just provides free ones and now that I have changed my routine for when I am on my period, I just didn’t think that doing a subscription service for tampons were necessary for me.  So if I need more, I’ll order them as a one off.

Function of Beauty: Personalized shampoo and conditioner. I love the shampoo and conditioner that I picked and it comes with the most adorable packaging ever.  They put your name on it to help with the personalization along with your ability to choose the color. If you’re into this, I would say it’s great.  The packaging is great, the smell is great, the product is amazing.  If I wasn’t coloring my hair as often, I would be ordering their products more often.

FabFitFun/Birchbox/Ipsy: I’m still currently subscribed to FabFitFun (testing this out to see how I feel).  I love the surprise of the various types of products that come in the box.  Birchbox was great and so was Ipsy because you could test out all sorts of beauty products and they usually come in travel sizes which is great for those who travel. That being said, I couldn’t use these products fast enough so I was literally just collecting products and then eventually throwing them away without really getting a chance to test it. But I did discover some really amazing products that I am now obsessed with and very loyal to.

Everlane: Okay, so technically Everlane is no longer just an online retailer. But I have loved this brand since around 2012, maybe even earlier. But I was never really brave enough to test out their products.  I finally got up the courage and haven’t looked back since. Everlane is now a stable for my wardrobe and let’s be honest, I’ve been following their journey and watching them grow.  I check out their stores when I’m in town and I am more than willing to test out any new products because I know it’s good quality.

Outdoor Voices: I am torn on Outdoor Voices. I tried their products via online ordering before I actually visited the store in Melrose. I got a pair of their 7/8 tri-colored leggings and their runnings shorts.  The shorts are great, I haven’t tested them out for a long run yet because it’s been way too cold to be wearing shorts.  The leggings are great but definitely more for looks and lounging in rather than actually working out like advertised. The material for the leggings were not what I expected, they aren’t as stretchy as I would have liked, the material isn’t the softest for leggings and putting them on is a fight but as soon as they’re on, they fit like a glove. It’s the strangest thing. The running products I actually got to feel when I visited the store in LA seemed pretty good quality but I wasn’t really willing to risk it at that point after my experience with the 7/8 leggings.

Oiselle: They started out as an online retailer but now they a store in Seattle. I have yet to be disappointed with their running products. Obsessed, will love forever and will always give them my stamp of approval.  Their products are made by women for women athletes and are of great quality. I personally am currently obsessed with their pocket joggers and wish I could own a million pairs of them.

Allbirds: Obviously these are the latest trend and apparently the shoe of Silicon Valley.  They’re as comfortable as people say they are and I love them.  They’re actually doing a pop-in with Nordstrom right now if you have some concern regarding returns/exchanges so order them through Nordstrom and then you can return them through Nordstrom instead. I’ve never tested the loungers but I love the runners.

Away: This was not as much of a gamble for me because one of my friends swears by her Away suitcase and so I was able to just ask her a million questions before I made my decision.

Lo & Sons: I have their original Hanover backpack. I use it every single day of the week for work and then when I travel for weekends. I love this backpack because it is durable, simple, just enough pockets, water resistant and fits quite a bit of stuff in it. Plus the inner liner can actually be removed if you need just a little bit more space.

Quip (toothbrush): If you are looking for an electronic toothbrush and you don’t want to pay the price for a Sonicare, I would recommend Quip.  It’s a lot cheaper, they send you refills for a year, it’s more attractive, it’s smaller and it’s good quality.  I haven’t had a consistent dentist over the last two years since I have been moving so I can’t say that my dentists have noticed an improvement but they definitely haven’t said anything about bad brushing so something must be working.

These are just some of my favorite things that you used to be able to only get online.  Do you have any products that you absolutely love that you discovered online?

 

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