We rounded up some of our favorite products to try and loved in August.
Underscored editors tried and loved in August. The CNN underscored is a list of the products that were highlighted by CNN this month.
We found a lot of items worth trying in August – far too numerous to list. Some were quickly forgotten, while others made an indelible impact. We’ve chosen to create roundups of our favorite items we test each month since we’re dedicated to showcasing the finest things available.
So, what were the August items that we adored? Continue reading to see the items we tried and couldn’t get enough of, as well as a look back at our July favorites.
Waffle Terry Bath Towel by Boll & Branch ($58; bollandbranch.com)
Waffle Terry Bath Towel by Boll & Branch
I’m embarrassed to admit that, until today, I’ve never purchased a “decent” bath towel. Boll & Branch’s Waffle Terry Bath Towel, priced at $58 a piece, is eco-friendly, aesthetically pleasing, and, best of all, extremely absorbent and super soft to the touch. Every time I use it, it makes me feel like I’m in a spa. This is a must-have for anybody seeking to elevate their restroom experience this autumn. — Social media strategist Stephanie Griffin
2-Wick Harvest Apple Candle, Opalhouse 15.1-Ounce Lidded Glass Jar ($10; target.com) Opalhouse 15.1-Ounce Lidded Glass Jar 2-Wick Harvest Apple Candle
Opalhouse 15.1-Ounce Lidded Glass Jar 2-Wick Harvest Apple Candle
Pumpkin spice lattes have returned, implying that autumn has arrived. (I’m sorry, but I’m not the one who makes the rules.) Harvest Apple, a two-wick candle, is the first autumn fragrance I’ve discovered that strikes all of the appropriate notes. It’s sweet, but not too so. Spicy yet not to the point of being overpowering. It’s subtle enough to burn all day, yet powerful enough to fill a space quickly. This season, I’ll be loading up on them before they’re all gone. — Programming editor Delaney Strunk
Linen Core Sheet Set by Brooklinen (beginning at $228.65, originally $269; brooklinen.com)
Linen Core Sheet Set by Brooklinen
This set of sheets has long been our favorite for the softest linen sheets, but I’ve just now gotten a chance to try them on — and they’re fantastic. Brooklinen’s set manages to feel worn in like your favorite softest T-shirt while still feeling extremely luxury. Linen is clearly the perfect fabric for sleeping in the summer, and Brooklinen’s set manages to feel worn in like your favorite softest T-shirt while still feeling super wonderful. Not to add, the limited-edition ochre color I received is really gorgeous! This is my first set of linen sheets, and as someone who values softness in all of her bedding, I believe I made the correct decision. — Commerce editor Chelsea Stone
The Dream Cloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress is a hybrid mattress that combines the best of both worlds. (beginning at $699, originally $1,198; dreamcloudsleep.com) is a hybrid mattress designed by Dream Cloud.
The Dream Cloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress
Finding a quality mattress that we could both *finally* agree on was quite the achievement. I like a firm mattress, while my boyfriend prefers a softer one, so finding a quality mattress that we could both *finally* agree on was quite the accomplishment. The Dream Cloud Premier gives you enough of support while while letting you to sink in just the right amount. The greatest aspect is that the memory foam in the top layers of the mattress helps reduce motion transfer, so if you share a bed with a restless sleeper like myself, you won’t feel a thing at night! — Social media strategist Stephanie Griffin
Atlas Tea Club is a tea club in New York City. (atlasteaclub.com) (beginning at $15 per month)
Atlas Tea Club
While I am mainly a coffee person, it was refreshing to try Atlas Tea Club as a caffeinated alternative. Every month, this subscription delivers you excellent single-origin tea leaves from a different place across the world. Plus, each package includes an educational card that not only explains how to brew your new tea properly, but also covers the tea history of the nation for that month. — Associate editor Kai Burkhardt
Indoor Insect Trap Katchy (Amazon.com, $39.79)
Katchy Indoor Insect Trap
I wish I hadn’t had to purchase this, but I’m happy I did! After battling with troublesome fruit flies in my new fiddle-leaf fig plant’s soil, I wanted to discover a method to get rid of them safely and effectively. All I had to do was plug it in and let it do the rest: the UV light draws the insect to the trap, and the fan pulls it in and captures it. I’m surprised (and somewhat disgusted) by how many bugs it’s detected in only a few days of use. — Social media strategist Stephanie Griffin
Cloud Paper ($29.99; cloudpaper.co) is a tree-free toilet paper.
Cloud Paper is a toilet paper that is made without the use of trees.
Consider how much toilet paper you use on a daily basis, let alone year – particularly if you don’t have a bidet. If you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly toilet paper, try Cloud Paper’s tree-free toilet paper, which is composed entirely of ultrasoft bamboo. It’s three-ply, so it’s very durable. I’m usually a softie, but this was still a pleasure to use – to the point that I forgot which rolls were different. Even better, the toilet paper’s packaging is 100 percent plastic-free, recyclable, biodegradable, and available as a monthly subscription. You receive 24 rolls for just $30, which we believe is a great bargain. Pro tip: Bamboo Paper Towels are also fantastic. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden
Upright Automatic Ice Cream Maker by Whynter ICM-201SB ($324.55; amazon.com)
Whynter ICM-201SB Automatic Upright Ice Cream Maker
After weeks of experimenting with several ice cream makers, this one is unquestionably my favorite to operate. Its vertical design means it takes up much less room than the other ice cream makers I tried, and it doesn’t need any pre-freezing. Simply pour your ice cream mix into the machine and watch it churn. This machine makes ice cream quickly and easily, which came in useful during the oppressively hot and humid New York summer. — Associate editor Kai Burkhardt
Diffuser by Canopy ($90; getcanopy.com)
Diffuser for Canopy
When it comes to cleaning my gadgets, I am the most forgetful person ever. So I was overjoyed when Canopy, one of my favorite brands, just released a waterless fragrance diffuser. Apart from the fact that you’ll never have to clean it, the diffuser can cover up to 400 square feet and has three fan settings, allowing you to customize your fragrance experience. It’s also compact enough to take from room to room, or to the workplace or a hotel room if you want to feel more at ease. — Stephanie Griffin is a social media consultant.
Bamboo Sheet Set by Cozy Earth (beginning at $255.20, originally $319; cozyearth.com)
Earth Bamboo Sheet Set is warm and inviting.
Anything good enough for Oprah is good enough for me, and this is particularly true when it comes to these sheets. For years, Oprah has promoted Cozy Earth as her favorite soft goods brand of all time, so I had to get my hands on some. Before trying them, I was a firm believer of linen, but now I can’t fathom sleeping anywhere else. They’re composed of a delicious bamboo fabric that feels just like silk. Wrap yourself in them for one night and you’ll feel like you’ve slept in a 5-star hotel…not just a Brooklyn studio flat. My only wish is that they came in a variety of colors, but I’m sure that will happen soon. — Lifestyle editor Rachel Lubitz
Gentle Hydrating Creamy Shampoo, Kérastase Curl Manifesto ($35; sephora.com)
Gentle Hydrating Creamy Shampoo by Kérastase Curl Manifesto
I don’t frequently find conventional shampoos that leave my hair feeling moisturized even before conditioner since I have coarse, 4B hair that needs moisture. This shampoo is without a doubt the finest I’ve used in a long time. It cleans your hair while eliminating buildup without depriving it of moisture, and it’s designed with manuka honey and ceramides to smooth, soften, and strengthen your strands. I’m still amazed at how silky it makes my hair after a wash. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden
Supernudes Face Palette by Charlotte Tilbury ($75; charlottetilbury.com)
Face Palette by Charlotte Tilbury (Supernudes)
For years, I’ve been looking for a highlighter, contour, and blush palette that compliments my extremely fair skin tone. This one seems to be a one-stop shop. The lighter bronzer is ideal for contouring beneath my cheekbones, the lit-from-within blush can be built up to suit a variety of complexion tones, and the highlighter shimmers even in low light. This is one of those items that I know I’ll keep for a long time. — Lifestyle editor Rachel Lubitz
Balancing Mist by Oak Essentials ($38; jennikayne.com)
Balancing Mist by Oak Essentials
Jenni Kayne’s new skin care line debuted earlier this month, and after testing the whole collection, I can definitely state that, although all of the products are fantastic, the Balancing Mist and I are having a passionate love affair. This mist is the ideal summer face refresher, with nutrients like antioxidant-rich aloe leaf juice, healing rose water, and moisturizing glycerin, and I can’t get enough of its mesmerizing botanical fragrance. I’ve started keeping the bottle on my desk and spritzing myself throughout the day when I need a boost. — Commerce editor Chelsea Stone
Ginger Turmeric Cleansing Balm by True Botanicals ($48; truebotanicals.com)
Ginger Turmeric Cleansing Balm by True Botanicals
I’m a cleansing balm convert, owing to the fact that it’s the only makeup-removing product that has persuaded me to give up makeup wipes for good. However, not all cleaning balms are the same! This one is fantastic since it effectively removes makeup and other pollutants, even on sensitive skin. Not only is it hydrating, but it also contains exfoliating components including yucca extract, turmeric, and mango butters, as well as lactic and azelaic acid. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden
The Scalp Duo by Nécessaire ($40; necessaire.com)
The Scalp Duo is required.
The skin care products from Nécessaire are already some of our favorites, but it turns out the company is just as good at caring for your hair and scalp as it is for the rest of your body. I usually co-wash my curly hair, but the new Scalp Duo’s mild, plant-derived chemicals focused on the root of my hair’s health: the scalp, leaving it feeling healthy. The shampoo effectively removes pollutants from your hair and scalp — we’re talking squeaky clean — while the light, creamy conditioner replenishes just enough moisture (which is crucial for my own curls). The products are fragrance-free, which first surprised me but ultimately adds to their simplicity and makes sense considering the brand’s dedication to eliminating sulfates, silicones, parabens, PEGs, and other potentially harmful ingredients from its products. Most significantly, after using it, my scalp and hair look and feel great. — Commerce editor Chelsea Stone
Ulta.com has a All-Over Body Wash for $28.
Fur All Body Wash
Even without lotions, moisture is my first concern when it comes to body and skin care. That’s why it was love at first sight when I tested the new Fur All Body Wash. It’s a pH-balanced restorative product that lathers up from an oil to a silky, milky wash. It contains sweet almond oil, castor seed oil, and vitamin E to condition, rejuvenate, and moisturize the skin all over. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden
Make It Matte Sunscreen by Black Girl ($17.99; target.com)
CNN’s Sarai Thompson contributed to this report.
Sunscreen for Black Girls Matte Sunscreen is the way to go.
I’m already a fan of Black Girl Sunscreen’s hydrating sunscreen and use it as part of my regular skin care regimen. However, I was blown away by its mattifying sunscreen when I tried it. The product gives my face a primer-like feel, which is ideal for my combination complexion and makes a great foundation to put on top of any summer makeup looks. — Sarai Thompson is the social media coordinator for the company.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 (Samsung Galaxy Buds 2) ($149; samsung.com) are a pair of wireless headphones from Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2
At this point, I’ve tried almost all of Samsung’s earbuds, and the Galaxy Buds 2 may be the finest yet. They sound fantastic, are very comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and are among the most beautiful buds I’ve ever worn (seriously, just look at that lavender color). I had some problems with the Buds 2’s touch controls, as well as the fact that many of its functions are only available on Android, but that didn’t stop me from using them for the better part of a month. — Senior tech writer Mike Andronico
($25; multitasky.com) Multi-Angle Extendable Desk Phone & iPad Stand for Multi-Tasking
Multitasky Multi-Angle Extendable Desk Phone & iPad Stand
I honestly don’t know how I managed without this phone stand; it’s made my WFH setup so much easier. The stand has made multitasking simple and hands-free, whether I’m watching TikToks, shooting material for social media, or taking a call at my desk. I’ll even take it into the bathroom with me to listen to music as I shower or perform my skin care regimen. It’s adjustable, so you can get it at exactly the right height. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden
Stadia is a service provided by Google (prices vary; stadia.com)
Stadia is a service provided by Google.
I’m a dedicated console and PC player, but after spending time with Google Stadia, I believe cloud gaming is the way of the future. Top titles like Cyberpunk 2077 looked so sharp and felt so snappy that I felt like I was playing them on a console when I used Google’s gaming service, which streams games over the internet rather than downloading them to a device. I also like having the flexibility to play these games on my phone, computer, and television, using whatever controller I wanted. Stadia is free to test, and it may be a viable alternative to the costly and hard-to-find PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X for certain gamers. — Senior tech writer Mike Andronico
Stone Beige & Black Alohas South Bicolor ($266; theyes.com)
Stone Beige & Black Alohas South Bicolor
I’ll confess that this is my largest fashion purchase to date, but because we’re approaching autumn and I’m particularly thrilled, I figured it was finally worth it. In my view, they are the statement boot to end all statement boots. They’re not only beautiful, with matte beige leather on one side and black patent leather on the other, but they’re also incredibly comfy. Although the heel seems to be high, there is cushioning inside the shoe that makes it feel like you’re walking in flats. They were purchased from The Yes, a new fashion store that I like, and they came in three days. — Lifestyle editor Rachel Lubitz
Calpak Hue Carry-On Luggage ($225; calpaktravel.com)
Calpak Hue Carry-On Luggage Includes a Pocket
Let’s get one thing out of the way: airport fittings are important. However, every excellent outfit requires a nice accessory, which includes your luggage while you’re traveling. When it came time to replace my old luggage, I turned to Calpak for a stylish carry-on that would make my life easier while still appearing stylish — and the Hue Carry-On certainly fits the bill. It has a sleek surface and TSA-approved lock clasp, as well as a front pocket with laptop pouch. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden
($50; nike.com) Medium-Support Nike Dri-Fit Swoosh Sports Bra
Nike Dri-Fit Swoosh Medium-Support Sports Bra
Finding a sports bra that offers enough support while being comfortable enough to wear throughout every exercise is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Fortunately, I was able to locate my needle. The Nike Dri-Fit Swoosh sports bra is without a doubt the finest I’ve ever worn. The material is extremely breathable while still keeping everything in place. And the front zipper provides an additional layer of support that I didn’t know I needed. — Programming editor Delaney Strunk
Baguette Bag with Mango Croc-Effect ($12.99, originally $39.99; mango.com) Mango Croc-Effect Baguette Bag ($12.99, originally $39.99) Mango Croc-Effect Baguette
Mango Croc-Effect Baguette Bag
Mango’s tiny baguette bag has rapidly become one of my collection’s faves. The beautiful lilac hue gives a wonderful burst of color to any ensemble, and the purse appears much more costly than it is, despite being on sale for just 13 dollars. It has a short strap, a zipper closure, and a tiny inside pocket for all your necessities for your next brunch day or night out. — Associate lifestyle editor Kiana Murden
Acrylic Crate by Fable ($395; fablepets.com)
Acrylic Crate from Fable
Why buy a costly side table *and* a cage for your dog when you can get Fable’s all-in-one crate for the same price? Not only does this acrylic cage serve as an incredibly stylish side table, but it’s also intended to decrease your dog’s anxiety, making it the ideal gift for someone returning to work this autumn. Larger sizes are also available! — Stephanie Griffin is a social media consultant.
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