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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10-Pack Martex Health Face Mask, $29.99
Mila Task Chair,
$117.00 $99.45 Buy
First brought to our attention by one of our own Shopping team writers: this
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.
Pedi-Expert Pedicure Kit (2-Pack),
$29.21 $19.95 Buy 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.
Hand Sanitizer, $4.99
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
450-Thread-Count Sheet Set, $59.99
Adjustable Upper Back Supporting Brace,
$29.99 $26.99 Buy
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.
Crinkled Dress, $39.99
Rose Plant, $29.99
Buy Best Friends By Sheri
Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler, $27.95
Buy Lime Crime
Hair Color Conditioner, Fuchsia, $16.00
Buy Billie Eilish by Takashi Murakami UT
Short Sleeved Oversized Graphic T-Shirt, $14.90
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.
Lemon Sunning Pool,
$19.99 $15.99 Buy
Amazon hidden beauty gem
, these Korean exfoliating washcloths are a reader favorite for giving dull skin an affordable soft-glow.
Korean Top Quality Exfoliating Bath Washcloth (4 PCS -, $6.70
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
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 Yearly Membership, $60.00
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
sustainable new launches
and now a 50%-off deal for new customers, the company had our carts at hello.
4-Bottle Shipment (For New Members),
$52.00 $26.00 Buy
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
Mini Zip Clitoral Stimulator,
$54.00 $11.49 Buy
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.)
Wunder Train High-Rise Short 6", $58.00
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.)
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.
Extra Dense Ergonomic Lumbar Pillow, $32.99
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.
The Weekend Tee Dress - Canvas, $30.00
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 Remote Control Outlet Wireless Remote Light Sw, $19.99
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.
CHEEKS OUT FREESTYLE CREAM BLUSH, $20.00
Cyclone V10 Absolute Vacuum,
$549.99 $399.99 Buy
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!
Giant Unicorn Inflatable Outdoor Yard Sprinkler,
$54.50 $49.26 Buy
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.
Women's Tree Dashers in Flame, $125.00
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.
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
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.
G Spot Vibrator for Vagina Stimulation,
$33.99 $21.99 Buy