The 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 ) 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 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 essentials, 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.

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. 


Gryphon Face Masks

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, $, available at Gryphon Home

Joss & Main Mila Task Chair

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, $, available at Joss & Main
Revlon Pedi-Expert

Revlon Pedi-Expert


First brought to our attention by one of our own Shopping team writers: this gross-in-a-good-wayunder-$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), $, available at Amazon
Pipette Hand Sanitizer

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, $, available at Pipette
Therapedic® 450-Thread-Count Sheet Set

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 Therapedic® 450-Thread-Count Sheet Set, $, available at Bed Bath and Beyond
Truweo Adjustable Upper Back Brace

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 Brace, $, available at Amazon
H&M Crinkled Dress

H&M Crinkled Dress


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

H&M Crinkled Dress, $, available at H&M
Plants.com Rose Plant

Plants.com 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.




Plants.com Rose Plant, $, available at Plants.com
Best Friends By Sheri Orthocomfort Deep-Dish Pet Ped

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, $, available at Amazon
Lime Crime Fuschia Hair Color Conidtioner

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, $, available at Ulta Beauty
Billie Eilish By Takashi Murakami UT Short Sleeved Oversized Graphic T-Shirt

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, that equals top-carted Refinery29 reader material.

Billie Eilish by Takashi Murakami UT Short Sleeved Oversized Graphic T-Shirt, $, available at Uniqlo
PoolCandy Lemon Sunning Pool

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, $, available at Bed Bath and Beyond
TeChef Home Korean Exfoliating Washcloths

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 -, $, available at Amazon
True & Co True Body Scoop Neck Bra

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, $, available at True & Co.
Thrive Market Subscription

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, $, available at Thrive Market



Lululemon Wunder Bike Shorts

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", $, available at lululemon
Moonpig Personalized Greeting Cards

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

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, $, available at Amazon
Everlane The Weekend Tee Dress

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 go-to summer easy wardrobe.

Everlane The Weekend Tee Dress - Canvas, $, available at Everlane
Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Outlet Switch

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, $, available at Amazon
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush

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, it's price is still affordably on-point and its creamy formula summer-complexion perfect.



Fenty Beauty CHEEKS OUT FREESTYLE CREAM BLUSH, $, available at Fenty Beauty

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, $, available at Dyson

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, $, available at QVC

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, $, available at Allbirds

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

Olive & June The Tool Box


DIY nail care is still going strong after three long months of at-home salons and self-made manicures — and O&J continues on as the reigning champ of streamlined kits for getting the job done, finger to toe.

Olive & June The Tool Box, $, available at Olive & June

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