The 29 Items That Topped Our May Shopping Carts

Blink: Memorial Day happened, summer says she's still coming through, and we've been stuck at home online window shopping for the past three months. On the surface, March looked a lot like a hoard of hand sanitizer and April was one big face mask. But, when we peeled back the curtain, those purchase habits formed a much more compelling portrait of sustainability, creativity, and some selfless-love. So, what did May stand for when it came to consumer habits? Let's take a look back at it.

Over the past 30 days, everyone (aka you, your friends, and even us editors here at Refinery29) have been busy carting up a hodgepodge of products that above all else mirrors the times changing with the seasons. While there were, admittedly, still quite a bit of hand sanitizers and face masks in the mix, the 29 most wanted May buys touched across unique categories of home (and self) improvement, wellness, and soaking up some sunshine. Using anonymous reader data sourced from top-performing stories, we saw everything from ergonomic office accessories to actually useful subscription services, celeb-inspired DIY hair treatments, cooling bedding essentials, affordable summer clothing, giant unicorn sprinklers, and even a few (still-on-sale) MDW tech scores.


Scroll on to relive May either directly through your own carts or vicariously through the top-bought items of others. We realize that not all have the means to shop for non-essentials, so at the very least let this list serve as a voyeuristic escape from these socially distant days.

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Gryphon Face Masks

Face masks are still trending strong, with sustainable bedding brand Gryphon's reusable utility style is at the top of readers' carts. The dual-layer masks are offered in packs of ten and come crafted from cotton, polyester, and silver-infused fibers that prevent odor-causing bacteria growth. They're not the prettiest masks on the block but they do their job and they reportedly ship faster than other brands at the moment.

Gryphon has currently provided nearly 500,000 masks to frontline and essential workers in need.
Gryphon 10-Pack Martex Health Face Mask, $29.99 Buy

Joss & Main Mila Task Chair

After hunting down office chairs with the highest WFH-customer approval, this retro-chic style from Joss & Main was the breakaway purchase star.
Mila Mila Task Chair, $117.00 $99.45 Buy

Revlon Pedi-Expert

First brought to our attention by one of our own Shopping team writers: this gross-in-a-good-way, under-$100 MVP, and Amazon hidden gem is ready to give your dry callused feet an at-home pedicure as good as the in-salon pros. P.S. Said writer calls this device her magic foot grater which is sort of *gag*, but also promising.
Revlon Pedi-Expert Pedicure Kit (2-Pack), $29.21 $19.95 Buy

Pipette Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is having its year — and although we've seen many come and go from the tops of our carts, Pipette's most-wanted-in-May moisturizing and fragrance-free bottle is a favorite.

Pipette Hand Sanitizer, $4.99 Buy

Therapedic® 450-Thread-Count Sheet Set

The promise of hot-girl summer part two had R29 readers shopping for sweat-wicking sheets — and this top-rated Bed Bath & Beyond set was the unlikely breakout star for May's most wanted breathable bedding.
Therapedic 450-Thread-Count Sheet Set, $59.99 Buy

Truweo Adjustable Upper Back Brace

What's the deal with posture correctors *Jerry Seinfeld voice*? Readers went all-in on carting up these suspender-like contraptions (featured in our best ergonomic body support roundup) that help encourage better posture habits for overall tension relief while WFH.
Truweo Adjustable Upper Back Supporting Brace, $29.99 $26.99 Buy

H&M Crinkled Dress

We've officially traded in our sweatsuits for easy, breezy, and affordable sundresses that will feel just as comfy to laze around in — and this ethereal H&M style for under-$100 was a clear reader favorite.
H&M Crinkled Dress, $39.99 Buy Rose Plant

This lovely little rose plant was a double-May whammy: seeing top-carted fame from inclusion in a last-minute Mother's Day gift guide along with a roundup of the best sites to order plants online. Rose Plant, $29.99 Buy

Best Friends By Sheri Orthocomfort Deep-Dish Pet Ped

A product that came straight from this R29 editor's cart — unofficially known as "The Snuggle Cup," this incredibly cozy-cute pet bed was a top-shopped May favorite for keeping anxious pups (or kitties) calm and comforted.
Best Friends By Sheri Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler, $27.95 Buy

Lime Crime Fuschia Hair Color Conidtioner

In May we found out that pink is the breakout quarantine hair color that no one saw coming — except for celebrities, who were DIYing the statement-making look at home. This bestselling Lime Crime bottle was used by Jennifer Love Hewitt to achieve the Fuschia tint on brunette hair.
Lime Crime Hair Color Conditioner, Fuchsia, $16.00 Buy

Billie Eilish By Takashi Murakami UT Short Sleeved Oversized Graphic T-Shirt

When five-time Grammy winner Billie Eilish announces a graphic-tee collab with popular basics-brand UNIQLO, Refinery29 readers start carting.
Billie Eilish by Takashi Murakami UT Short Sleeved Oversized Graphic T-Shirt, $14.90 Buy

PoolCandy Lemon Sunning Pool

Stay-at-home spring is shaping into backyard summer — and to prepare for it, R29 readers' stocked up on inflatable pools. The most wanted style was none other than this cute lil' lemon number that went out of stock and then came back in stock on Bed Bath & Beyond.

Hot tip: you can always purchase online for curbside pickup at your nearest store location if it sells out again.
PoolCandy Lemon Sunning Pool, $19.99 $15.99 Buy

TeChef Home Korean Exfoliating Washcloths

A true Amazon hidden beauty gem, these Korean exfoliating washcloths are a reader favorite for giving dull skin an affordable soft-glow.
TeChef Home Korean Top Quality Exfoliating Bath Washcloth (4 PCS -, $6.70 Buy

True & Co True Body Scoop Neck Bra

Aside from those fully committed to that braless WFH life, R29 reader's popular pick from our roundup of the most comfortable bras around was this scoop neck style from True & Co. As one reader wrote in, "it’s so lightweight, molded to me, and feels like I’m wearing nothing. I crave wearing this bra because it’s second to wearing none at all."
True & Co. True Body Scoop Neck Bra, $44.00 Buy

Thrive Market Subscription

Online subscriptions of everything from shaving kit refills to coffee deliveries and monthly vitamins have become a relied upon quarantine convenience for many — and after covering the ones R29 readers were actually subscribing to, Thrive Market came out on top as a by-far favorite. The membership service offers sustainable shipments of organic groceries with a charitable angle (with every signup, a free membership is donated to a low-income family).

Commenters who had experience with Thrive were quick to chime in on their satisfaction with their membership, which is always a good sign.
Thrive Market Thrive Market Yearly Membership, $60.00 Buy

Winc Wine Subscription

Another subscription that saw some major shopping pickup in May was Winc's curated-wine shipment service — with a slew of everything from Mother's Day promotions to sustainable new launches and now a 50%-off deal for new customers, the company had our carts at hello.
Winc 4-Bottle Shipment (For New Members), $52.00 $26.00 Buy

Better Love Mini Zip Clitoral Stimulator

Its bestselling big sister, the Blowfish, may be currently out of stock, but Better Love's Mini Zip is ready to serve as a perfectly powerful replacement — that's also conveniently part of Ella Paradis' current sitewide sex-toy sale.

Better Love Mini Zip Clitoral Stimulator, $54.00 $11.49 Buy

Lululemon Wunder Bike Shorts

Our stay-at-home spring was all about sweatpants and leggings, but now that summer is near we're showing some skin with a cropped athleisure cousin: the bike short. Readers were down to cart up this particular bestselling performance pair from Lululemon after our Beauty & Wellness writer tried them out first hand — putting them to the at-home cardio, gentle yoga flow, and couch-lounging tests. (This style is best for higher impact wear.)
lululemon Wunder Train High-Rise Short 6", $58.00 Buy

Moonpig Personalized Greeting Cards

Whether it was for Mom's special day or a graduate's honorary commencement, readers relied on Moonpig's unique assortment of personalized paper and E-greeting cards to send their socially distant warm wishes.

(Oh, and there's a 20%-off sitewide sale going on if you're looking for some snazzy Father's Day material.)

Cushion Lab Extra-Dense Ergonomic Lumbar Pillow

May...may as well have been called ergonomic month, because R29 readers were set on shopping all sorts of body support accessories — with this extra-dense lumbar support cushion clocking in another one of their top product picks.
Cushion Lab Extra Dense Ergonomic Lumbar Pillow, $32.99 Buy

Everlane The Weekend Tee Dress

Everlane graced the tops of R29 readers' May shopping carts with this affordable t-shirt dress that is another prime example of our easy go-to summer look.
Everlane The Weekend Tee Dress - Canvas, $30.00 Buy

Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Outlet Switch

All the increased time spent at home had our readers looking for easy ways to optimize and improve it — starting with this top-shopped Amazon hidden gem that makes switching those faraway lights on and off a wireless-remote convenience.
Etekcity Etekcity Remote Control Outlet Wireless Remote Light Sw, $19.99 Buy

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush

Although readers scooped up this top-bought Fenty Beauty blush as part of a now-ended May sale, its price is still affordably on-point and its creamy formula summer-complexion perfect.


Dyson Cyclone v10 Absolute Vaccum

Readers were quick to cart up the $150 price cut on this premium deep cleaning vacuum from Dyson — and lucky for us, that MDW deal is still live through the end of the month.
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Vacuum, $549.99 $399.99 Buy

BigMouth Inflatable Unicorn Sprinkler

Another Memorial Day Weekend deal that swept our monthly carts? No, your eyes are not mistaken: it was indeed this giant unicorn sprinkler — and people, she's still on sale!
BigMouth Inc. Giant Unicorn Inflatable Outdoor Yard Sprinkler, $54.50 $49.26 Buy

Allbirds Women's Tree Dashers

With gyms closed around the country, people have been turning to at-home workouts and socially distant strolls — making the need for a good pair of sneaks essential. And thanks to our Beauty & Wellness writer's review (again!), readers felt confident in scooping up Allbirds' newest running-shoe drop as a breathable, supportive, and sustainable solution.
Allbirds Women's Tree Dashers in Flame, $125.00 Buy

Airbnb Lakehouse Rental

Although controversial, this was in fact one of the top May purchases for Refinery29 readers. As restrictions began to lift across the country and people searched for socially distant escapes while continuing to work remotely, lake house bookings were surging.

All properties included in our story are subject to COVID-19 availability changes, so please be sure to check with the hosts prior to booking and ensure all proper safety precautions are followed.

Olive & June The Tool Box

DIY nail care is still going strong after three long months of at-home salons and self-made manicures — with O&J continuing on as the reigning champ of streamlined kits for getting the job done, finger to toe.
Olive & June The Tool Box, $42.00 Buy

LuxeLove G-Spot Vibrator

A standout sex-toy star from our roundup of the best on Amazon, this top-bought bullet vibrator boasts a near-perfect star rating and customer praise for its quiet but powerful abilities.
Luxeluv G Spot Vibrator for Vagina Stimulation, $33.99 $21.99 Buy
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