Healing ointment, an all-in-one serum and a bestselling denim jacket

As I’ve mentioned, I felt weird about doing the Amazon posts at first, but I’ve been able to talk about my favorite products which has been fun and hopefully non-spammy. I learned so much about skincare and my skin is so much nicer now! It’s really been a game changer for me. However I’m running out of stuff to talk about and have asked Hecate to help a bit. She’s going to be adding product and book recommendations starting on Thursday. Thanks for all your help with these! As always please let me know if you’d like me to look up anything or if you’ve found anything you love.

Two ounces of clinical quality hyaluronic acid for $14
The hyaluronic acid which came with my Eve Hansen set is just about finished. I really like it as it’s very hydrating and I do think it made a difference. This is an affordable two ounces of deeply hydrating serum for just $14. It has 2,000 ratings, 4.5 stars and a C from Fakespot. Reviewers say they “have seen an amazing improvement in the texture and elasticity of my skin,” call it “magic in a bottle” and say their face glows afterwards.

A bamboo shoe shelf that will make your entryway look organized
I own a two tier version of this Honey Can Do bamboo shoe rack! I’ve had it for so long that I’ve forgotten about it. It’s one of those pieces that works so well you end up taking for granted. This angled three tier bamboo shoe rack looks great in a hall or entryway. It has little ledges to keep your shoes in place and you can even fit flatter shoes under it. Reviewers call it “a good deal for the price,” “attractive” and “quality.” I found it relatively easy to put together too. This has a bad rating from Fakespot but I’ve owned it for four years and it’s held up.

A bestselling stretch denim jacket that will go with almost anything
Do you have a cute denim jacket for fall? You probably do, but you can never have too many. I wear them all the time even with skirts and dresses I love denim shirts too, they’re great little coverups. This $30 denim jacket by Wrangler comes in sizes small to x-large and in light or dark wash. It has over 1,4000 reviews, 4.7 stars and an A from Fakespot! Women call it “comfortable,” “my favorite jacket” and say that it fits well, “looks great” and that they love the stretch it has to it.

An all-in-one antiaging serum with so many beneficial ingredients
This all-in-one serum from Truskin has vitamin c, niacinamide, retinol, hyaluronic acid, and salicylic acid. It has over 1,800 ratings, 4.5 stars and a C from Fakespot, which is about average for the serums. Women say that it within about a week and a half it can make “a huge improvement in the firmness and brightness” of skin, that makeup goes on so smoothly over it and that it reduces dark spots and smile lines.

Healing ointment that has so many uses
I saw this over at US Magazine and now I want this affordable ointment from Australia, which also doubles as a lip balm. In case you’re wondering what PawPaw is, it’s just another name for papaya, which has natural enzymes and apparently healing properties. This has 900 ratings, 4.4 stars and a B from Fakespot. Reviewers say you can use it in place of hydrocortisone to treat bug bites, eczema, wounds and even burns. It’s said to be a “non prescription miracle” that “works on everything.” It’s also called the “best product for cracked lips ever” and women rave about how it healed their chapped lips overnight.

A six pack of stabby self defense devices for your keychains
This may be controversial, but I was talking to a police officer about the fact that I have taken Krav Maga self defense classes. I have pepper spray at home but will not carry it on my keychain after an incident of someone spraying it when I left it on a table at a bar. (That cleared the whole place out!) He recommended a kuboton device like this aluminum one to carry on my keychain. These come in a pack of 6 for just $11. You can keep one for yourself and give the rest to friends. This has only 15 ratings and 4.6 stars but I’m picking it over other devices as it has an A from Fakespot. People say it gives them peace of mind and they like how colorful the options are. There are so many videos on YouTube on how to use the kuboton for self defense. This can also be used to smash windows in the event of an emergency.

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  1. Kit says:

    I don’t know about using the paw paw gel for hand cream, it’s pretty sticky. Great for lips but doesn’t this one contain petroleum jelly? I think that’s why I changed to another brand.

    • SK2 says:

      Yes Kit it is largely petroleum, which does provide a good barrier on skin but I prefer something without petroleum, there are lots of natural brands doing good paw paw ointments. I use it for my lips mainly, also any burns it works well on

      These posts have been done really well, great work

      An Amazon bought product that impressed me so much recently is a soft organic cotton bra from Kindred Bravely. Im using it for breastfeeding but I will be continuing to wear it – it’s comfy, supportive and flattering

    • Bee says:

      It’s pretty well known now in Australia that the red tube is predominantly petroleum jelly. The uneducated or uninformed don’t care which is why this product remains so popular, but there are now better options out now without the petroleum.

    • Bianca says:

      I’m from australia and have been using paw paw ointment for 30 years.
      There are other similar looking but nowhere near as good competitors coming out now – but the original is still the best.
      Good for lips, nappy (diaper) rash, burns, cuts.
      Have it in your bag always!

  2. Fran says:

    I have loved Lucas PawPaw since spending 3 months in Australia a decade ago. A day before heading for a trip to the Outback, I scratched my shin quite badly on a rock. My flatmate gave me some PawPaw to put on the wound as apparently open skin is not exactly the best thing to have in the Outback. Long story short, the scratch healed quickly with no pain and no scars. I’ve since used it on burns, insect bites, chapped lips, bum of my baby girl to successfully prevent nappy rash. Anyone going to Australia is tasked with replenishing my stock. And to bring Tim Tams.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Where do you live? I’ll send a care pack of all my favourites: Tim Tams, Cherry Ripes, Chocolate Montes, Violet Crumbles and Chocolate Mint Slice.

      • Fran says:

        That’s sweet, thank you. I’m based in Germany but luckily won’t be in need for the foreseeable future. The manager of our Australian entity is visiting in two weeks and I told him in detail how he could make sure of my cooperation ;)

  3. AnnaKist says:

    Oh, yes! Lucas’ pawpaw ointment! If we don’t have at least one tube in our bag, we’re not true-blue Aussies! This stuff is fantastic. It’s great as a lip balm, lip gloss, for insect bites, scratches, skin irritations, cuticle cream, sunburn soother (actually, prevention is better than cure – cover up!), and brilliant for paper cuts!
    Love the denim jacket, and the shoe rack is nice, but I’d need at least a dozen of those.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      I don’t know if you have a “Container Store” where you are (or something similar), but I also have too many shoes for that kind of rack. I went to the Container Store and got plastic “shoe boxes” for each pair (it’s a plastic, ventilated box, with a front closing flap), that are made to stack (I got the “regular” ones for my shoes, and I got the larger size for my Ugg boots).

      One half of my closet has double bars (shirts on top, pants on the bottom kind of closet). I took that “pants bar” out, and stacked the shoe boxes in there. It was a life changer! I can SEE the shoes and pick them out easily, and they go right back in “their place” after, w/out disturbing the rest. Also keeps them clean (no dust gets in). HIGHLY recommend the box method!

      • Original Jenns says:

        And now I’m shopping at the Container Store online (there is one kind of close to me, but I don’t feel like driving all the way out there lol)

  4. Astrid says:

    I’m measuring my entryway for the shoe rack. Appreciate the suggestions and research.

  5. april says:

    love the jacket, i put it in my cart. Also the self defense keychains are interesting. i like the posts, they’re fun!

  6. grumpyterrier says:

    Am I the only one who can’t stand denim jackets? The texture is so crunchy and they look so shabby to me. These are my favorite posts, though, so thank you for all the recs.

    • littletermagant says:

      I like the way they look depending on the outfit… But they are so stiff! So I NEVER wear mine…

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        Wash it a few times, with fabric softener, and it will be soooo soft and pliable! I LOVE my jean jackets and wear them all the time. (Also have one in white denim and one in black denim).

  7. littletermagant says:

    I love Krav!!!! I like that your stabby, pointy thing can just hook to your keychain. Here’s something my Krav instructor recommended….


    a flashlight with sharp edges that you can use to hit someone with. Also just shining a bright light in someone’s eyes is disabling. He also agrees with you about the mace — that it can’t always be relied upon to always work as intended. But stabby things always work :-) .

    Other possible things for you to research might be “things that organize your closet”. I love these hooks — I hang up all my jeans this way as well as other things that don’t “need” real hangers….It’s a huge time saver….


    This is just one kind of many I’ve ordered. So far they all seem about the same quality regardless of which company I get them from. They take forever to arrive. That’s the only negative.

    These shaker hooks are very good quality and the cheapest I’ve found. 3 for less than $30:


    Thank you for your great website. It’s always in my morning ritual.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      The Mr. got me one of those stabby sticks years ago. I used to keep it on my keychain. It never failed to get pointed stares from clerks when I’d put my keys down to pay.

  8. Jerusha says:

    Does anyone know of a substitute for Johnson and Johnson First Aid Cream? It’s no longer made, but was the best thing in the world for healing cuts, scratches, etc.

    • Nocturne says:

      I don’t know if you have access to this where you live, but Savlon is a good antiseptic, moisturising cream. I use it on my hands when the skin becomes dry and cracked.


      Make sure it’s the cream and not the gel though.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        This may sound odd, but 20 years ago as a nursing mom, I discovered that Lansinoh nipple cream was also fabulous for winter hands. So little is required, and what a great job it did.

      • Jerusha says:

        Thanks, I just ordered a tube from Amazon. It was out of stock at the link you provided, so I guess a lot of people like it.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        Believe it or not, Gold Bond Eczema cream is AMAZING!! My sister and BIL turned me onto it. I have SUPER dry skin, always flaking (somehow I’m ALWAYS dehydrated even though I drink almost 90 oz. of water a day-medical reasons). I tried this at their house, and even by the next evening, I noticed (before my shower) that my skin STILL looked moisturized! I went out and got a bottle.

        I use it every day, after my shower (even keep a pump bottle by each sink for after hand washing), and my skin is looking (and feeling) AMAZING! NO MORE FLAKY SKIN! I’ve even used a bit on my face, and under my eyes (as the skin there is SO dry) and wow! It has really made a difference!

        HIGHLY recommend this cream (and it is NOT heavy or sticky!)

  9. susiecue says:

    I love these posts; I always find something I “need”. Like that jacket..

  10. Original Jenns says:

    Love the skin stuff, I’ve bought some of them and am very happy as well!

    ASKING FOR RECOMMENDATIONS: I’m getting the wrap around wrinkles on my neck and also lines on my chest (thanks to weight gain and bigger boobs). The skin on my chest is also rougher. Any serum, lotion, treatments recommendations aside from a trip to the derm? Or is that my only option now? I’m hoping to put that off until next year but it may be time now.

  11. Original Jenns says:

    Also adding, the items I have purchased through these recommendations have all turned out well. Definitely interested in the hyaluronic acid pure, that may be the next item to try! And the shoe rack reminded me I need one in my closet. Even if I don’t buy these specific items, I love the ideas they give me for other things!

    Throwback: I purchased this dress in green, and received a lot of compliments! I can have a bump tummy at times, but this was loose enough to skin straight down, but fitted enough to give me a nice shape. Will be buying more in different colors!

  12. A says:

    I was using the Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid for a time, but honestly, it’s always pilled up underneath whatever I’m wearing so I’ve never really liked it much. And I never know how much to wear, because it always feels like my skin is still tight and dry the morning after. And I don’t like layering too many products on during the morning or the night, lol. I think I’ll try the one recommended here and see how it is.

    Also, if anyone has any recs for over the door towel bars or storage options, please let me know. My dorm room has a really high door for some reason, so I’m scared to buy anything because I might not be able to reach it. D;

    • Lady2Lazy says:

      I bought the L’oreal Hyaluronic acid, and it pills up too when I put it on so I have an entire bottle. I am trying to find an alternative, it is listed as one of Allure’s best of 2019. Also, try Target for an over the door towel rack.
      Here is a bunch to choose from. I bought mine from there 20+ years ago and it still looks great!!
      Also, is anyone concerned with buying beauty products on Amazon? I am leery in buying any skin care or make up from them since there has been an examination as to the popular brands being counterfeit and I don’t want to jeopardize my skin. Any thoughts?

      • Ali says:

        The tree of life HA didn’t feel heavy to me.

      • A says:

        Thank you for the link!! Would you believe, I was just in Target the other day looking at the over the door racks, assessing the size/length of them so that I can reach them. I’ll take a look at their stuff online and see if they can ship it to my store where I can pick it up. They might have something that I didn’t see in my local store.

  13. ChillyWilly says:

    I love these posts CB! They don’t feel spammy at all because you take the time to research reviews. I have purchased quite a few skincare items from your posts and am really happy with them! The Tree of Life retinol cream has really helped my skin. Today I will look into the shoe rack and the keychain stabby things. I walk my elderly neighbor’s dog in the evenings and it will be getting dark early soon. It’s always good to be prepared because this sweet dog would just try to lick a mugger to death! LOL
    Has anyone here tried Crepe Erase? I am considering getting it for my mom for Christmas because she is always complaining about her crepey arms but I don’t want to waste my money or her time if it doesn’t work.

  14. alsf says:

    Can you fly with the stabby thing? Or do you have to remember to take it on and off your keychain before going to the airport?

    • elviechina says:

      And can’t you just stab someone with a key? I hold one of the keys between two knuckles ready to stab (like one of Wolverine’s claws/blades) if I’m walking alone at night or somewhere dodgy. Have done that since I was a kid.

  15. cupcake says:

    I LOVE these posts, I am on any new facial serum, cream or potion that can help/heal my skin.

    I already know that I am ordering the serums, both of them and I think I need that stabby thing too.

    Keep em coming please!

  16. Lila says:

    I adore these posts! So many fun things. Some I’ve tried and some are on my wish list ;) If you’re taking requests, any chance you can find floral dresses like the one Angelina Jolie just wore? I really like the shape and flowiness of it.