Call Us Weirdos, But We Can't Get Enough Of These Products

As beauty editors, we're exposed to a ton of seriously cool product swag. But truth be told, just because it's new, expensive, or innovative doesn't necessarily make it amazing. In fact, if you were to raid our medicine cabinets, you'd find a high/low mix of popular cult classics and, well, kind of weird formulas.

Hidden away in most of our bathrooms, right behind our expensive face creams and toners, are a handful of products that are straight-up strange. But they're things we reach for because they get the job done better than anything else.

Ahead, find the most head-scratching buys that line our shelves — because sometimes nontraditional is just better.
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Cat Quinn, Beauty Director

"Is this a beauty product? Not exactly. But even though I am a 'confident, calm, self-assured woman,' I do share a West Village apartment with four people and don't have a window in my bathroom. This stuff really works to eliminate odors without leaving that chokingly floral bathroom-freshener smell — and it's also way safer than lighting a candle on the back of the toilet when you have long hair."

Poo-Pourri Original Citrus Scent, $9.95, available at Poo-Pourri.
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Lexy Lebsack, West Coast Beauty Editor

"When I first saw hairstylist Adir Abergel pull Gorilla Snot out of his kit, I was wary, but it turns out the strong-hold gel is the secret to a sleek, shiny ponytail. While many gels can flake or look crunchy, there's a reason why this formula is trusted by the man who gives Rooney Mara her high-shine, slicked-back styles. A little goes a long way and makes glossy ponytails and smooth parts a cinch."

Gorilla Snot Moco De Gorila Punk Hair Gel, $2.69, available at Target.
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Samantha Sasso, Beauty Editorial Assistant

"I get callused hands from golfing, so a heavy product like this is a life-saver. This thick balm is God's gift in the colder months, but year-round it also soothes dry, cracked skin. It's just one of those things I'll always need."

Bag Balm 8-Ounce Tin, $9.99, available at Shop Haba.
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Alix Tunell, Senior Beauty Editor

"I use this balm on my lips, as a hand cream, an ointment on minor wounds…it’s like a chicer Aquaphor. It’s straight-up lanolin, which people think is gross because it’s secreted from the glands of sheep and there’s some controversy around how it’s sourced, but it’s so moisturizing and healing."

Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm, $16.95, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Maria Del Russo, Beauty Editor

"After the internet had a minor freakout over these shower jellies from Lush, I knew I had to give them a try. I hate using a washcloth in the shower — they skeeve me out — so these jellies are the perfect antidote for me. I plop it into my hand, lather it up, and rub it all over my bod. It leaves me squeaky clean, and I get the satisfaction of playing with jelly in the shower."

Lush Whoosh Shower Jelly, $6.95, available at Lush.
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Megan McIntyre, Beauty Features Director

"Two words: Unicorn snot. No, that's not the name of the product — that would be Arcona Eye Dew Plus, for those of you who want to get technical — but that's what it looks like to my messed-up mind. It's a thick cream-serum hybrid that firms and brightens tired eyes and uses the appealingly named Liquid Crystals to add that undereye sparkle. That's also what makes it look so pearlescent and multi-dimensional. I happily slather it on my skin every night and on my lips every morning — it gives you moisture and leaves behind a beautiful rose-gold sheen. Magic mucus for the win, my friends."

Arcona Eye Dew Plus, $95, available at Arcona.
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