29 Reader-Favorite & Summer-Perfect Products From The Month Of May

What do crisp cooling sheets, cut-out-laden maxi dresses, and IPL hair removal handsets have in common? Your first thought might be “not much,” but, according to our anonymous shopping data, they were all carted in a big way by R29 readers. In less sexy summer-ready news, however, so were plenty of practical spring cleaning products. Scrub Daddy’s Damp Duster dominated readers’ Amazon shopping hauls, and all-natural stain sticks were the underdog travel accessory of the month (second to a handy sheet mask set, that is). And no surprise here: sex toys shined in the top-bought-product spotlight.

Whether that list has you daydreaming about a deep clean or a trip to the beach, we think there is lots to inspire you in the best-sellers of the last 30 days. The best part? Unlike March’s summer solstice sneak peek, this time the hot, sunshiney days are here to stay — and our readers already got a head start. Scroll through the upcoming slides for editor-approved cooling mattresses, marathon runner-vetted shorts, price-slashed trendy workout equipment, and more alluring, summery products.

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FP Movement Drop Shot Printed Skortsie

The Skortsie is exactly like what it sounds: an adorable one-piece dress fitted with hidden shorts for optimal movement. A cute name fit for a cute, best-selling dress.

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FP Movement Drop Shot Printed Skortsie, $, available at Free People

Tracy’s Dog P.Cat Sucking Vibrator

Experience orgasms like never before thanks to this beloved brand’s stimulating, top-rated vibe.

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Tracy’s Dog P. Cat Sucking Vibrator, $, available at tracy’s dog

Albany Park Kova Sofa + Ottoman

Introducing every studio and one-bedroom apartment renter’s dream couch. We adore a loveseat, but we (and numerous others) get even more excited when it comes with an ottoman that really lets us stretch our legs.

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Albany Park Kova Sofa + Ottoman, $, available at Albany Park

Lululemon Track That Mid-Rise Lined Short

TikTok FYP is born to influence — whether it’s massive water bottles or, in this case, marathon runner-approved shorts. These Lululemon bottoms balance out their ample coverage with free-flowing leg openings for stress-free strides. It’s no surprise they’re making their way into plenty of readers’ carts.

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Lululemon Track That Mid-Rise Lined Short 5″, $, available at Lululemon

Bala Silicone Recycled Steel 10-Lb. Power Ring

Nordstrom doesn’t really do Memorial Day sales. Instead, the high-end department store dishes out up-to-60%-off finds at its highly anticipated Half Yearly Sale. And, for 2023, Bala’s sleek exercise equipment took the top-bought spot — thanks to its 50%-off price tag.

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Bala Silicone & Recycled Steel 10-Lb. Power Ring, $, available at Nordstrom

Womanizer Starlet USB Rechargeable Clitoral Stimulator

For our Sex writer Charlotte Lewis, suction vibrators aren’t just “a trendy sex toy.” In fact, they’re a lifestyle choice that’s commandeered the industry for the past decade. It makes sense. In her detailed review of Womanizer’s top-rated (4.4 out of 5 stars and 1,000 reviews to be exact) clitoral stimulator, she wrote “it’s one of the most realistic sensations [she’s] had from a suction toy.”

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Womanizer Starlet USB Rechargeable Clitoral Stimulator, $, available at Lovehoney

Steve Madden Harlene Slide Sandal

There’s no time like the present to stock up on a simple yet glam everyday shoe for summer. Elegant, chic, and top-bought — this sandal might just be your new closet staple.

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Steve Madden Harlene Slide Sandal, $, available at Nordstrom

LUMI IPL Hair Removal Handset

Whether it’s stubborn chin hair or finicky leg follicles, Lumi’s Intense Pulse Light at-home device can zap it away over time. Our Shopping team members noticed slower hair growth, softer legs post-treatment, and no pain during the process. In short, they totally recommend.

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LUMI IPL Hair Removal Handset, $, available at RoseSkinCo.

Skims Cotton Jersey Mock Neck Tank

According to us, “it’s the summer of the Skims tank top,” and based off our anonymous shopping data, Refinery29 readers agree. They scooped heaps of the supple cotton jersey top — ranging from size XXS to 4X — all May long.

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Skims Cotton Jersey Mock Neck Tank, $, available at Skims

Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Essential Mattress

Tempur-Pedic’s luxury mattress is both a homebody’s dream and a May best seller. Our Affiliate Fashion Writer Vivien Lee snoozed atop its crisp cushy fibers (specifically designed for sweaty sleepers) for weeks — now, both she and her husband wake up refreshed and “will never go back.”

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Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Essential Mattress, $, available at Tempurpedic

REI Co-op Swiftland Running Shorts

If you’ve already bagged Lululemon’s shorts, feel free to add REI’s top-bought bottoms to your collection. One on-site reviewer explains, “So light and breezy they don’t even feel like there are there. Waistband is wide, non-binding, and sits higher on the waist. Length is perfect. The perfect balance of coverage without being bulky.”

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REI Co-op Swiftland 5″ Running Shorts, $, available at REI

NuFace Mini Starter Kit

NuFace is your ticket to toned, lifted facial muscles. The FDA-cleared starter kit reduces wrinkles with its ionized serums and gradually lifts compliments of the device’s microcurrent massages.

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NuFACE Mini Starter Kit, $, available at DermStore

Rhode Skin Peptide Lip Treatment

Rhode Skin — named after Hailey Bieber’s middle name — had over 100,000 people on its waitlist for a single product: the Peptide Lip Treatment. What does it do? Its peptides and various moisturizing ingredients leave lips visibly plumped, replenished, and healthy. With a 4.7-out-of-5-star rating and 6,000+ reviews, this under-$20 product is a bonafide most-wanted gem.

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Rhode Skin Peptide Lip Treatment, $, available at Rhode Skin

More To Come Lesia Butterfly Top

You’ll find butterfly motifs flittering about Taylor Swift’s entire discography. If you’re still on the hunt for a stand-out Eras tour fit, Revolve’s butterfly top is a show-stopping safe bet— and it reigned supreme amongst hundreds of other outfit options in our comprehensive Eras Tour fashion guide.

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MORE TO COME Lesia Butterfly Top, $, available at Revolve

NEST New York Grapefruit Scented Candle

Fresh and fruity, Nest’s citrus candle is a lovely, refreshing summer scent for your home.

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NEST New York Grapefruit Scented Candle, $, available at Nordstrom

ThreadedPear Clear Emmy Bag with Strap Choice

Stadiums and concert venues forced designers to get creative due to their strict, clear bag-only rules. It took a few years, but you can now find plenty of stylish transparent totes that don’t ruin your outfit. This unique purse features 23 different strap colorways and three trim colors, and it easily stole readers’ hearts in May.

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ThreadedPear Clear Emmy Bag with Strap Choice, $, available at Etsy

Proflowers Best Day Bouquet

May is for Mother’s Day, but flowers are forever. Score you or a loved one of Proflowers’ sunshiney, top-bought bouquets, whether it’s a holiday or otherwise.

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ProFlowers Best Day Bouquet, $, available at ProFlowers

Scrub Daddy Damp Duster

Cleaning products are flying off Amazon’s spotless shelves now more than ever, and the Damp Duster is apparently the one to beat. The rippled sponge holds onto dust with ease and is essential for victims of year-round allergies. One Amazon reviewer writes, “It doesn’t hold a lot of water so it’s perfect for dusting off window sills, base boards, and plenty of other areas in your home.”

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Scrub Daddy Damp Duster, $, available at Amazon

Smart Sheep Stain Remover Bar For Clothes

We can’t tell you what makes Smart Sheep’s stain stick so “top secret,” but we can say that it eliminates stubborn stains. Amazon reviewer Marina writes, “I don’t know what’s the magic but it’s definitely working on olive oil and coffee stains,” while one anonymous reviewer can’t wait to use it for travel.

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Smart Sheep Stain Remover Bar For Clothes, $, available at Amazon

Classic Brands Cool Gel Chill Memory Foam 14-Inch Mattress with 2 Pillows

For a more affordable sweaty sleeper solution, look to Classic Brand’s under-$400 mattress. It’s gel-ventilated, plush, and adjustable base-friendly. Bonus: it ships to you in an easy-to-carry box — perfect for people with walk-ups.

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Classic Brands Cool Gel Chill Memory Foam 14-Inch Mattress with 2 Pill, $, available at Amazon

Nesugar Portable Handheld Garment Steamer

Each week we hunt down the best Amazon home goods deals, and each week this chic handheld steamer catalyzes a flurry of sales. A few highlights: portable and travel-friendly design, long-lasting dry steam, included wall-mount bracket, and more.

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Nesugar Portable Handheld Garment Steamer, $, available at Amazon

Lululemon Crossbody Camera Bag 2L

Everywhere Belt Bag, step aside. A new R29 reader-favorite Lululemon bag is in town: the Crossbody Camera Bag. Enjoy two liters of space, water-repellant fabric, and lightweight storage when you add one (or two) to your cart.

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Lululemon Crossbody Camera Bag 2L, $, available at Lululemon

Lulus Spellbinding Beauty Navy Glitter Sleeveless Tulle Maxi Dress

Lulu’s is the ultimate destination for wedding guest dresses. Long, short, bright, muted, and more — if wedding season has you and your closet stressed, check out the retailer’s vast collection of classy, top-bought garments.

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Lulus Spellbinding Beauty Navy Glitter Sleeveless Tulle Maxi, $, available at Lulus

FP One | Free People Billie Pants

First came Quince’s bootcut buys, second came Lululemon’s comfy slacks. May’s reader-favorite travel pants, however, are found at Free People. A relaxed fit, flexible waistband, and adjustable ankle lacing — an excellent combo for airport antics.

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FP One | Free People Billie Pants, $, available at Free People

Ebern Designs Siyer Ergonomic Mesh Task Chair

Wayfair reviewers revere Ebern Designs’ ergonomic office chair for its breathable mesh fabric, lumbar support and, most of all, its under-$200 price tag.

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Ebern Designs Ebern Designs Siyer Ergonomic Mesh Task Chair, $, available at Wayfair

Sijo AiryWeight Eucalyptus Sheet Set

Pair Sijo’s breezy sheets with a cooling mattress, and you might just need an extra blanket at night. Not only is it sustainable, but this set — including one fitted sheet, two pillowcases, and one flat top sheet — is also silky and allergy-friendly.

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Sijo AiryWeight Eucalyptus Sheet Set, $, available at Sijo

Zara Cut Out Maxi Dress

Dress trend alert: flattering waist cut-outs. Zara’s maxi is an easy avenue to keeping cool and looking cool all in one.

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Zara Cut Out Maxi Dress, $, available at Zara

Patchology Perfect Weekend FlashMasque® 5-Minute Facial Sheet Mask Set

Beauty isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind when we think “travel accessories.” Alas, Patchology still has us and R29 readers covered with its 3-piece mask set for jetsetters. Avoid post-flight pimples, dryness, and irritation with any of these hydrating, fast-acting formulas.

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Patchology Perfect Weekend 5-Minute Facial Sheet Mask Set, $, available at Nordstrom

Sunbeam 3D Pearl Shell Press On Nails

Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated Barbie movie sparked a surge in interest in the Barbiecore aesthetic. So it’s only natural that the revamped Little Mermaid led to, you guessed it, mermaidcore everything. Characterized by seashells, jewel tones, and all things nautical, the trend is making a name for itself in the fashion and beauty industry. Intrigued? Cart tons of under-the-sea accessories at none other than Amazon.

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Sunbeam 3D Pearl Shell Press On Nails, $, available at Amazon

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