Look, I’m all about those little moments of pampering that lend that extra bit of *special* to our days….and while a lot of times, that means indulging in expensive extravagances that make it easy to say no to gifting yourself, I’ve found a few inexpensive yet very effective things that have made a big difference in the enjoyment of my day to day. I call these my simple pleasures, and thought I ought to put them on your radar!
Here are four things under $20 that I’ve been using for the past several months that have totally and completely elevated my everyday.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a beautifully branded, jarred scented candle as much as the next girl, but I can’t help but feel like all those glass jars get wasteful. For my everyday scent around the house, these pillar candles can’t be beat! Ranging from $5-$16, I get them in every size and pepper them around the house in various vessels. Everyone is always asking me what I’m burning – this scent is Target’s best kept secret, IMO.
As someone who lives on coffee throughout the work day, I would end up rewarming my coffee in the microwave fairly often. You could say I’ve been Ember curious for a while, but didn’t want to have to use their mug (because like any discerning person, I’m v particular about my mugs). This one works like a dream, is just under $20 with the 30% coupon it lets you apply in-page, and lets you use your own mugs! It has two heat settings to keep your drink either warm or hot. A GAME CHANGER.
This was an impulse buy at TJMaxx a few months back (linking a very similar option) and oh my gosh are my showers next-level now. I apply my shampoo as usual then scrub my scalp and massage my roots with this. It helps exfoliate your scalp, encourage hair growth/circulation, and frankly just feels like a really nice massage, just like you’re at the spa. I use this every single shower now and don’t know how I spent 33 years of my life without this.
The greatest thing I’ve done for my skincare/self care routine lately has been getting a couple packs of these white washcloths. Every time I wash my face I use a fresh washcloth and it’s amazing how pampering that feels! I actually apply the facewash all about my face, then wet and wring out a washcloth to cleanse my face with. Try it, you’ll never go back (and these cotton 6 packs are only $3 each!).
Sometimes it doesn’t take a lot to make room for secret daily treats for yourself. xx
Love this roundup of simple luxuries. And my dry winter scalp is so excited to try that shower scalp massager! Thanks for sharing, Mary.
Yay Emily – trust me, you will love! My quality of life went up a point once I put that in my shower 😉 xo