All The Wellness Products We Tried & Loved In October

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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 favorites each month. These are the products that were so useful or so cool, we just couldn't stop using them.

This month, we've been all about work — working out and working from home. Here are the wellness products we've been relying on to make our lives better.

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.

<h2>Rare Active Black Jogger</h2><br>"These joggers are unlike any other <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/womens-sweatpants" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:athletic pant" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">athletic pant</a> I've ever worn — not only are they extremely comfortable, but you can unzip them entirely on each side. Meaning that, if you wanted to, you could easily take off these pants <em>without</em> taking off your shoes, something that I can't wait to fully utilize as the weather gets colder out (who doesn't love layers?)." — <em>Elizabeth Gulino, health & wellness writer</em><br><br><strong>Rare Active</strong> Black Jogger, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Frareactive.co%2Fcollections%2Fjoggers%2Fproducts%2Fblack-jogger" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rare Active" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rare Active</a>

Rare Active Black Jogger


"These joggers are unlike any other athletic pant I've ever worn — not only are they extremely comfortable, but you can unzip them entirely on each side. Meaning that, if you wanted to, you could easily take off these pants without taking off your shoes, something that I can't wait to fully utilize as the weather gets colder out (who doesn't love layers?)." — Elizabeth Gulino, health & wellness writer

Rare Active Black Jogger, $, available at Rare Active
<h2>Vital Proteins Hot Cocoa Collagen Latte</h2><br>"I'm picky with powder supplements. I'm not a fan of most flavors or textures, and I usually end up falling off the wagon. But this <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/collagen-supplements-benefits-skin" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:collagen powder" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">collagen powder</a> is different — hot chocolate is one of my many guilty pleasures, and this "latte" has been recently replacing my favorite cup of Swiss Miss as a nighttime snack. I'm officially hooked!" <em>— EG</em><br><br><strong>Vital Proteins</strong> Hot Cocoa Collagen Latte, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vitalproteins.com%2Fproducts%2Fcollagen-latte-hot-cocoa" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vital Proteins" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vital Proteins</a>

Vital Proteins Hot Cocoa Collagen Latte


"I'm picky with powder supplements. I'm not a fan of most flavors or textures, and I usually end up falling off the wagon. But this collagen powder is different — hot chocolate is one of my many guilty pleasures, and this "latte" has been recently replacing my favorite cup of Swiss Miss as a nighttime snack. I'm officially hooked!" — EG

Vital Proteins Hot Cocoa Collagen Latte, $, available at Vital Proteins
<h2>Spryng Compression Wrap</h2><br>"Yes, these look like robot boots — and they kind of are, I guess — but they feel so, so good. <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/normatec-compression-therapy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:I tried out the NormaTec compression boots" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">I tried out the NormaTec compression boots</a> earlier this year and loved them, but obviously it's not that practical to keep them your home (and the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/NormaTec-Recovery-Standard-Compression-Technology/dp/B07RD7L4G1/ref=sr_1_3?ots=1&slotNum=0&imprToken=04bab8ad-ddae-e6a8-679&tag=rf29amazon-20&linkCode=w50" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:price tag is pretty hefty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">price tag is pretty hefty</a>). These smaller compression wraps by SPRYNG are basically the exact same thing, and they feel just like a massage. Compression therapy is also great for people who sit all day long (me), so I feel like I'm getting a lot out of this pair, especially as I work from home due to COVID." <em>— EG</em><br><br><strong>SPRYNG</strong> Compression Wrap, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fspryngme.com%2Fproducts%2Fspryng" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:SPRYNG" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">SPRYNG</a>

Spryng Compression Wrap


"Yes, these look like robot boots — and they kind of are, I guess — but they feel so, so good. I tried out the NormaTec compression boots earlier this year and loved them, but obviously it's not that practical to keep them your home (and the price tag is pretty hefty). These smaller compression wraps by SPRYNG are basically the exact same thing, and they feel just like a massage. Compression therapy is also great for people who sit all day long (me), so I feel like I'm getting a lot out of this pair, especially as I work from home due to COVID." — EG

SPRYNG Compression Wrap, $, available at SPRYNG
<h2>Lululemon Like a Cloud Bra</h2><br>"When I tell you that this sports bra is the comfiest one I've ever worn, I mean it. It literally is like a cloud, hence its appropriate name. I feel great working out in it, running errands in it, and especially laying around the house in it. It's truly everything you could need in a piece of clothing." <em>— EG</em><br><br><strong>lululemon</strong> Like a Cloud Bra, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.lululemon.com%2Fp%2Fwomen-sports-bras%2FLike-a-Cloud-Bra%2F_%2Fprod9960745%3Fcolor%3D0001" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:lululemon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">lululemon</a>

Lululemon Like a Cloud Bra


"When I tell you that this sports bra is the comfiest one I've ever worn, I mean it. It literally is like a cloud, hence its appropriate name. I feel great working out in it, running errands in it, and especially laying around the house in it. It's truly everything you could need in a piece of clothing." — EG

lululemon Like a Cloud Bra, $, available at lululemon
<h2>True Heart Intuitive Tarot Guidebook and Deck</h2><br>"I write a lot of <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/spirit" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Refinery29's astrology and spirit content" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Refinery29's astrology and spirit content</a>, but I'm no expert — so I'm always trying new things, and recently, I've been trying to get into tarot more. I've been using this guidebook and deck by actress and author Rachel True. I love the card's artwork as well as the insightful guidebook." <em>— EG</em><br><br><strong>Houghton Mifflin Harcourt</strong> True Heart Intuitive Tarot Guidebook and Deck, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/True-Heart-Intuitive-Tarot-Guidebook/dp/1328566269" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

True Heart Intuitive Tarot Guidebook and Deck


"I write a lot of Refinery29's astrology and spirit content, but I'm no expert — so I'm always trying new things, and recently, I've been trying to get into tarot more. I've been using this guidebook and deck by actress and author Rachel True. I love the card's artwork as well as the insightful guidebook." — EG

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt True Heart Intuitive Tarot Guidebook and Deck, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Adidas Adizero Adios Pro Running Shoes<br></h3><br>"I've said it before and I'll say it again: <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/10/10021814/adidas-adizero-adios-pro-running-shoe-review" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:I love these sneakers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">I love these sneakers</a>. After wearing them for over a month now, I can confidently say that yes — they make me faster." — <em>Mirel Zaman, senior health & wellness editor</em><br><br><strong>Adidas</strong> Adizero Adios Pro Running Shoes, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adidas.com%2Fus%2Fadizero-adios-pro-running-shoes%2FG55661.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Adidas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Adidas</a>

Adidas Adizero Adios Pro Running Shoes


"I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love these sneakers. After wearing them for over a month now, I can confidently say that yes — they make me faster." — Mirel Zaman, senior health & wellness editor

Adidas Adizero Adios Pro Running Shoes, $, available at Adidas
<h3>Swiftwick Pursuit Zero Ultralight Socks</h3><br><br>"The <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/08/9962646/brother-vellies-keds-when-we-all-vote-socks-sneakers" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:perfect pair of socks" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">perfect pair of socks</a> is one of those things — you don't quite realize how important they are until you're wearing a really crummy pair, or a really fantastic pair. These are the latter. They are the perfect medium-weight thickness, the perfect height (they claim to have a no-show cuff, but it sits just where I like it — above the ankle of my sneakers), the perfect material (49% merino wool, my love). When all my pairs are in the wash, I fully sulk about it." <em>— MZ</em><br><br><strong>Swiftwick</strong> PURSUIT Zero Ultralight, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fswiftwick.com%2Fproducts%2Fpursuit-zero-ultralight" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Swiftwick" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Swiftwick</a>

Swiftwick Pursuit Zero Ultralight Socks



"The perfect pair of socks is one of those things — you don't quite realize how important they are until you're wearing a really crummy pair, or a really fantastic pair. These are the latter. They are the perfect medium-weight thickness, the perfect height (they claim to have a no-show cuff, but it sits just where I like it — above the ankle of my sneakers), the perfect material (49% merino wool, my love). When all my pairs are in the wash, I fully sulk about it." — MZ

Swiftwick PURSUIT Zero Ultralight, $, available at Swiftwick
<h3>Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Eucalyptus tea </h3><br>"An oldie but a goodie, and essential this time of year. The tea just works — it's very <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-get-rid-of-sore-throat" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:soothing for a sore throat" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">soothing for a sore throat</a>. I also appreciate that it has a long steeping time, since I tend to forget to remove my tea bags from my mug. This stuff doesn't get bitter after a 10- 15-minute steep. Maybe that's partially due to all the honey I add, though." <em>— MZ</em><br><br><strong>Traditional Medicinals</strong> Throat Coat® Eucalyptus, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.traditionalmedicinals.com%2FThroat-Coat-Eucalyptus%2Fp%2FTDM-002983%26c%3DTraditionalMedicinals%40Seasonal" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Traditional Medicinals" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Traditional Medicinals</a>

Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Eucalyptus tea


"An oldie but a goodie, and essential this time of year. The tea just works — it's very soothing for a sore throat. I also appreciate that it has a long steeping time, since I tend to forget to remove my tea bags from my mug. This stuff doesn't get bitter after a 10- 15-minute steep. Maybe that's partially due to all the honey I add, though." — MZ

Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat® Eucalyptus, $, available at Traditional Medicinals
<h3>Seed Daily Synbiotic</h3><br>"I rave about this synbiotic (a probiotic + prebiotic supplement) to anyone who will listen. A few of my friends are also obsessed. Every so often, one will randomly text me just to say that they're still loving Seed — that's how good it is! Direct quote: 'Seed is the best. That is all.' It helps with... <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/08/8323532/butt-con-tushy-anal-sex" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:digestion" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">digestion</a> (IYKYK)." <em>— MZ</em><br><br><strong>Seed</strong> Daily Synbiotic, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.seed.com%2Fproducts%2Fdaily-synbiotic" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Seed" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Seed</a>

Seed Daily Synbiotic


"I rave about this synbiotic (a probiotic + prebiotic supplement) to anyone who will listen. A few of my friends are also obsessed. Every so often, one will randomly text me just to say that they're still loving Seed — that's how good it is! Direct quote: 'Seed is the best. That is all.' It helps with... digestion (IYKYK)." — MZ

Seed Daily Synbiotic, $, available at Seed
<strong><h2>minder Laptop Tower Stand</h2></strong>"You've felt it — that nasty crick in your neck. I bet you're rolling your shoulder right now just thinking about it. Chances are, you spend a good portion of your day staring down at a digital device. The average adult spent more than three hours using their smart phone, and nearly an hour on the computer in 2019, according to<a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.mediapost.com/uploads/NielsenTotalAudienceReportQ12019.pdf" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nielsen's Q1 Total Audience Report" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> Nielsen's Q1 Total Audience Report</a> for that year. And those numbers have likely gone up amid the pandemic. But ObVus Solutions has a cure for at least <em>some </em>of your tech neck woes. This laptop stand is fairly light weight, and easy to adjust to different heights and positions, so you can go from a sitting desk to a standing one in a pinch." — <em>Molly Longman, health writer</em><br><br><strong>obVus Solutions</strong> minder Laptop Tower Stand, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.obvus.me%2Fproducts%2Flaptoptower" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:obVus Solutions" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">obVus Solutions</a>

minder Laptop Tower Stand

"You've felt it — that nasty crick in your neck. I bet you're rolling your shoulder right now just thinking about it. Chances are, you spend a good portion of your day staring down at a digital device. The average adult spent more than three hours using their smart phone, and nearly an hour on the computer in 2019, according to Nielsen's Q1 Total Audience Report for that year. And those numbers have likely gone up amid the pandemic. But ObVus Solutions has a cure for at least some of your tech neck woes. This laptop stand is fairly light weight, and easy to adjust to different heights and positions, so you can go from a sitting desk to a standing one in a pinch." — Molly Longman, health writer

obVus Solutions minder Laptop Tower Stand, $, available at obVus Solutions
<strong><h2>Dr. Barbara Sturm's Winter Kit</h2></strong><br>"During this pandemic, I've had more trouble with acne than ever. I get it during my period and when I'm particularly stressed (hello,<a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/09/10027052/what-is-election-stress-disorder-relief" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:2020 election," class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> 2020 election,</a> I see you). Wearing a mask around my chin, right where my breakouts tend to occur, doesn't help. But this kit has. The products – which are cruelty-, fragrance- and paraben-free – arrived right when <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/07/9924407/maskne-help-acne-from-face-mask" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:my maskne" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">my maskne</a> was at its most treacherous, and the hero products, including the<a href="https://www.drsturm.com/enzyme-cleanser/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:enzyme cleanser" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> enzyme cleanser</a> and <a href="https://www.drsturm.com/mini-calming-serum/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the calming serum" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the calming serum</a>, cleared things up in less than a week. The lightweight serum in particular uses ingredients as such as Echium, and Sunflower Extract to help rebalance irritated skin and soothe redness." —<em> ML </em><br><br><strong>Dr. Barbara Sturm</strong> THE WINTER KIT, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.drsturm.com%2Fthe-winter-kit%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dr. Barbara Sturm" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dr. Barbara Sturm</a>

Dr. Barbara Sturm's Winter Kit


"During this pandemic, I've had more trouble with acne than ever. I get it during my period and when I'm particularly stressed (hello, 2020 election, I see you). Wearing a mask around my chin, right where my breakouts tend to occur, doesn't help. But this kit has. The products – which are cruelty-, fragrance- and paraben-free – arrived right when my maskne was at its most treacherous, and the hero products, including the enzyme cleanser and the calming serum, cleared things up in less than a week. The lightweight serum in particular uses ingredients as such as Echium, and Sunflower Extract to help rebalance irritated skin and soothe redness." — ML

Dr. Barbara Sturm THE WINTER KIT, $, available at Dr. Barbara Sturm
<strong><h2>Hodeco Round Throw Pillow</h2></strong>"I'll be honest, I'm not a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/12/8868058/mindfulness-meditation-practice-black-girl-in-om" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:super-consistent meditator" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">super-consistent meditator</a>. I try, but there are often too few hours in the day. However, sitting on this cloud of a pillow makes me want to make the time just a little bit more. When I plop down on it, I literally feel like like I'm diving into a child's ball pit, only instead of rubber spheres there's just fluffy cotton and expensive faux furs. It's also great for general snuggling."<em> — ML </em><br><br><br><br><strong>Hodeco</strong> Hodeco Round Throw Pillow 16x16 Super Soft Round Floor Pillows 3D Feather Like Polyester Filling Cushion Decorative Suede Throw Pillow for Couch Bed Room 16 Inches Diameter, Ginger Yellow, 1 Piece, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Hodeco-Feather-Like-Polyester-Decorative-Diameter/dp/B07BVNVT93" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Hodeco Round Throw Pillow

"I'll be honest, I'm not a super-consistent meditator. I try, but there are often too few hours in the day. However, sitting on this cloud of a pillow makes me want to make the time just a little bit more. When I plop down on it, I literally feel like like I'm diving into a child's ball pit, only instead of rubber spheres there's just fluffy cotton and expensive faux furs. It's also great for general snuggling." — ML



Hodeco Hodeco Round Throw Pillow 16x16 Super Soft Round Floor Pillows 3D Feather Like Polyester Filling Cushion Decorative Suede Throw Pillow for Couch Bed Room 16 Inches Diameter, Ginger Yellow, 1 Piece, $, available at Amazon

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