All The Wellness Products We Tried & Loved In December

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The wellness team at Refinery29 gets to try a ton of really great stuff. So we decided to start highlighting some our favorite products each month — the things that were so useful or so cool, we just couldn't stop using them.

During the festive month of December, we were focused on staying as calm and balanced as possible, which may be why our exercise was a common theme in our picks (endorphins, we need you!). Scroll through for the wellness products that have been making our lives better all December long.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

<h3>Stadler Form Eva Humidifier</h3><br>"If it weren't for humidifiers, <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/11/10198422/health-wellness-fitness-products-november-2020" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:my nose would be bleeding" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">my nose would be bleeding</a> all winter long. This is my favorite one (and I've tried a lot). You can set it to keep the room at a certain humidity level. It puts out warm or cool mist. You can add some essential oils. It doesn't get moldy quickly, and when it does it's easy to clean. It lasts forever. I've been using this model for around seven years, and just last year I purchased my second one." — <em>Mirel Zaman, senior wellness editor</em><br><br><strong>Stadler Form</strong> Stadler Form EVA Ultrasonic Humidifier, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fstadlerformusa.com%2Fproducts%2Fstadler-form-eva-ultrasonic-humidifier" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bed Bath and Beyond, Stadler Form" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bed Bath and Beyond, Stadler Form</a>

Stadler Form Eva Humidifier


"If it weren't for humidifiers, my nose would be bleeding all winter long. This is my favorite one (and I've tried a lot). You can set it to keep the room at a certain humidity level. It puts out warm or cool mist. You can add some essential oils. It doesn't get moldy quickly, and when it does it's easy to clean. It lasts forever. I've been using this model for around seven years, and just last year I purchased my second one." — Mirel Zaman, senior wellness editor

Stadler Form Stadler Form EVA Ultrasonic Humidifier, $, available at Bed Bath and Beyond, Stadler Form
<h3>Allbirds Tree Dashers</h3><br>"I demand a lot from my running shoes, and to be honest I wasn't expecting Allbirds to step up. I prefer shoes from running-specific brands. I was pleasantly surprised. The Dashers are very light but supportive, and <em>oh my gosh they're so comfortable.</em>" — <em>MZ</em><br><br><strong>Allbirds</strong> Allbirds Tree Dashers, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.allbirds.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-tree-dashers" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Allbirds" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Allbirds</a>

Allbirds Tree Dashers


"I demand a lot from my running shoes, and to be honest I wasn't expecting Allbirds to step up. I prefer shoes from running-specific brands. I was pleasantly surprised. The Dashers are very light but supportive, and oh my gosh they're so comfortable." — MZ

Allbirds Allbirds Tree Dashers, $, available at Allbirds
<h3>Alo Yoga Warrior Mat <br></h3><br>"I have used many, many yoga mats in my day, and this one is my favorite. It's heavy (so it doesn't slide around while I'm working out), it's cushioned (to protect my arms during up-downs), it's easy to clean, and while it's expensive, it's super-durable. The one I have is just solid black, with a discreet logo — chic, even if I'm just using it at home." — <em>MZ</em><br><br><strong>Alo Yoga</strong> Warrior Mat, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.aloyoga.com%2Fproducts%2Fw7092r-warrior-mat-smoky-quartz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Alo Yoga" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Alo Yoga</a>

Alo Yoga Warrior Mat


"I have used many, many yoga mats in my day, and this one is my favorite. It's heavy (so it doesn't slide around while I'm working out), it's cushioned (to protect my arms during up-downs), it's easy to clean, and while it's expensive, it's super-durable. The one I have is just solid black, with a discreet logo — chic, even if I'm just using it at home." — MZ

Alo Yoga Warrior Mat, $, available at Alo Yoga
<h2>The North Face Women's Thermoball Active Jacket</h2><br>"In the summer and fall, I tend to mix it up when it comes to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-running-gear-clothes-summer" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:my running gear" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">my running gear</a> — I’ll wear any old T-shirt or base layer. But the more the temperatures start to drop, the pickier I become. In fact, I’ll only wear running jackets from The North Face, as I’ve found they’re the warmest and the best bet in inclement conditions. I consistently toggle between two <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/raincoats-that-work" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:weather-proof picks" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">weather-proof picks</a> from the brand, one of which I’ve had for six years. It’s so reliable and I’m so loyal to it that when the zipper started sticking last year, I went out of my way to find a tailor who could fix it. Then there's the Thermoball jacket, which is super insulated, with a "warmth equivalent to 600 fill goose down," according to the brand. Plus, it's cute AF." — <em>Molly Longman, health and wellness writer</em><br><br><br><strong>The North Face</strong> The North Face Women's Thermoball Active Jacket, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/North-Face-Womens-Thermoball-Active/dp/B01NAF64FC" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

The North Face Women's Thermoball Active Jacket


"In the summer and fall, I tend to mix it up when it comes to my running gear — I’ll wear any old T-shirt or base layer. But the more the temperatures start to drop, the pickier I become. In fact, I’ll only wear running jackets from The North Face, as I’ve found they’re the warmest and the best bet in inclement conditions. I consistently toggle between two weather-proof picks from the brand, one of which I’ve had for six years. It’s so reliable and I’m so loyal to it that when the zipper started sticking last year, I went out of my way to find a tailor who could fix it. Then there's the Thermoball jacket, which is super insulated, with a "warmth equivalent to 600 fill goose down," according to the brand. Plus, it's cute AF." — Molly Longman, health and wellness writer


The North Face The North Face Women's Thermoball Active Jacket, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Brooks Ghost 13 </h2><br>"Although I've tried plenty of running shoes from a range of different brands over the years, I always come back to my Brooks. I wore them <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/11/8667581/first-nyc-marathon-training-running-gear#slide-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:for my first half marathon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">for my first half marathon</a> in 2013, and last year my Ghost 12s got me through my second full marathon. The 13 is the newest generation of the classic Ghost, which offers tons of cushioning and support for distance runners (especially troubled ones like me who periodically have knee issues). I've been breaking mine in on quarantine runs, and I haven't been disappointed by their cloud-like support." — <em>ML</em><br><br><strong>Brooks</strong> Brooks Ghost 13, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.brooksrunning.com%2Fen_us%2Fghost-13-womens-running-shoe%2F1203381B550.100.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brooks" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Brooks</a>

Brooks Ghost 13


"Although I've tried plenty of running shoes from a range of different brands over the years, I always come back to my Brooks. I wore them for my first half marathon in 2013, and last year my Ghost 12s got me through my second full marathon. The 13 is the newest generation of the classic Ghost, which offers tons of cushioning and support for distance runners (especially troubled ones like me who periodically have knee issues). I've been breaking mine in on quarantine runs, and I haven't been disappointed by their cloud-like support." — ML

Brooks Brooks Ghost 13, $, available at Brooks
<h2>ban.do Take It Easy Rainbow Bath Pillow<br></h2>"Who knew a $15 blow-up pillow could bring so much joy into my life? Apparently, my dear friend Melanie, who got me this as an early Secret Santa present. From the day I used all my lung power to bring it to life, it has exponentially improved <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-bubble-bath" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:my bath time experience" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">my bath time experience</a>. It makes reading and meditating in the tub so much more comfy, and, honestly, just looking at it makes me smile." — <em>ML</em><br><br><strong>ban.do</strong> Ban.do Take It Easy Rainbow Bath Pillow, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bando.com%2Fproducts%2Ftake-it-easy-bath-pillow-rainbow" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ban.do" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ban.do</a>

ban.do Take It Easy Rainbow Bath Pillow

"Who knew a $15 blow-up pillow could bring so much joy into my life? Apparently, my dear friend Melanie, who got me this as an early Secret Santa present. From the day I used all my lung power to bring it to life, it has exponentially improved my bath time experience. It makes reading and meditating in the tub so much more comfy, and, honestly, just looking at it makes me smile." — ML

ban.do Ban.do Take It Easy Rainbow Bath Pillow, $, available at ban.do
<h2>Balance Athletica Tenacity Pant</h2><br>"I own a <em>lot</em> of pairs of basic black leggings. But when I find a pair I really love, I'll wear them to death — and that's exactly what I've been doing with these ones from Balance Athletica. They're made out of great material, don't sag down mid-workout (or ever), and look cute if you're just going out for a quick coffee run. 10/10 would recommend." <em>— Elizabeth Gulino, health and wellness writer</em><br><br><strong>Balance Athletica</strong> Tenacity Pant, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.balanceathletica.com%2Fcollections%2Foutlander-collection%2Fproducts%2Fthe-tenacity-pant-midnight" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Balance Athletica" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Balance Athletica</a>

Balance Athletica Tenacity Pant


"I own a lot of pairs of basic black leggings. But when I find a pair I really love, I'll wear them to death — and that's exactly what I've been doing with these ones from Balance Athletica. They're made out of great material, don't sag down mid-workout (or ever), and look cute if you're just going out for a quick coffee run. 10/10 would recommend." — Elizabeth Gulino, health and wellness writer

Balance Athletica Tenacity Pant, $, available at Balance Athletica
<h2>Modern Fertility Hormone Test</h2><br>"I'm 24, so I haven't put a lot of thought into my future family quite yet. But when I was given the chance to have my hormones tested and check out my ovarian reserve (how many eggs are left in my ovaries) I thought, why not? The test was simple and easy to use, and I received my results in about 10 days. Although I'm still nowhere near ready for a family of my own yet, I still feel at peace knowing exactly what's going on with my body so I can start planning for the future." <em>— EG</em><br><br><strong>Modern Fertility</strong> Hormone Test, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmodernfertility.com%2Fshop%2Fhormone-test%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Modern Fertility" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Modern Fertility</a>

Modern Fertility Hormone Test


"I'm 24, so I haven't put a lot of thought into my future family quite yet. But when I was given the chance to have my hormones tested and check out my ovarian reserve (how many eggs are left in my ovaries) I thought, why not? The test was simple and easy to use, and I received my results in about 10 days. Although I'm still nowhere near ready for a family of my own yet, I still feel at peace knowing exactly what's going on with my body so I can start planning for the future." — EG

Modern Fertility Hormone Test, $, available at Modern Fertility
<h2>Lord Jones Whole Plant Formula CBD Lip Balm</h2><br>"In the winter, everything about me is dry. My hair, my face, and obviously, my lips. CBD lip balm sounds kind of crazy, but trust me on this one — it's been my saving grace as the cold winter begins." <em>— EG</em><br><br><strong>Lord Jones</strong> Whole Plant Formula CBD Lip Balm, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Flordjones.com%2Fproducts%2Fwhole-plant-formula-cbd-lip-balm-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lord Jones" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lord Jones</a>

Lord Jones Whole Plant Formula CBD Lip Balm


"In the winter, everything about me is dry. My hair, my face, and obviously, my lips. CBD lip balm sounds kind of crazy, but trust me on this one — it's been my saving grace as the cold winter begins." — EG

Lord Jones Whole Plant Formula CBD Lip Balm, $, available at Lord Jones

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