47 Strange Best-Selling Products On Amazon That Are Actually Brilliant

by Lisa Fogarty
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Sometimes, strange is good: For instance, charcoal is good for your teeth, there's a competition out there for the ugliest dog, and somebody out there once suggested we should milk almonds and now we have a delicious dairy-free beverage. However, there's no better example out there of the brilliant mixed with the strange than products on Amazon. Truly, there's nothing better than seeing the odd items that pop up on that site.

Oh, wait, there is — and it's knowing that those bizarre products are actually best-selling because they all really work. So get your weird on and check out these highly-ranked products everybody's loving.

We only recommend products we love and that we think you will, too. We may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was written by our Commerce team.

1. An All-Purpose Cream That Contains Just Six Natural Ingredients

Egypt Magic, $27, Amazon

It's the healing skin cream you can use on every part of your body. This all-purpose moisturizer has absolutely no toxins or nasty chemicals and additives. It hydrates and soothes skin using just six natural ingredients: olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and propolis extract. It's great as a balm for burns, to hydrate cracked skin, a lip balm, a hair mask, and even a way to heal acne.


2. A Remineralizing Solution For Healthier, Whiter Teeth

Frau Fowler Power Mint Tooth and Gum Powder, $8, Amazon

Keep your teeth and gums healthy and sparkling clean, without fluoride, gluten, and the GMO-grown ingredients found in a lot of dental hygiene products. This remineralization tooth and gum powder gives enamel a boost using calcium, strontium, boron, and other trace minerals. Everything used is food-grade safe and, because you don't have to rinse it out, its benefits are prolonged.


3. This Therapeutic Dual-Sided Roller For Sore Fingers

Gaiam Finger Massager Roller, $10, Amazon

Arthritis, injuries, and even a little too much time spent typing can leave your fingers and hands can grow stiff and achy. This massager is specifically designed for your fingers and is designed to help reduce joint pain and discomfort. Dual sided and easy to travel with, this roller can work on individual fingers or on hands to deliver relief.


4. A Headache-Relieving Hat You Wear The Second You Feel A Migraine Coming On

Headache Hat, $40, Amazon

Feel a headache coming on? Act fast with this incredibly relaxing and slightly bizarre headache hat, which is equipped with a layer of ice coated in plastic to target and provide cooling relief. It can be adjusted to be worn back to front, over your eyes, on the side of your head — wherever you're experiencing the most pain and tension.


5. An Organic Lavender-Enriched Hand Sanitizer That Kills Germs

Dr. Bronner's Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizer, $13 (2 Pack), Amazon

Keep your hands clean and protected from germs and bacteria with a quick spritz of this vegan lavender hand sanitizer, which is made with organic lavender oil and free of chemicals and toxins. Not only is this portable and travel-friendly sanitizer 99.9 percent effective against germs, its soothing scent is calming and can ease stress and anxiety on hectic days.


6. An Inflatable Travel Neck Pillow That's Velvety Soft

UROPHYLLA Inflatable Travel Pillow, $11, Amazon

Save major space in your luggage with this inflatable travel neck pillow, which fits anywhere and then inflates in seconds. Even better: You can adjust the level of inflation that suits your needs, and its micro-velvet fabric is soft, snuggly, and washable.


7. The Stretchy Silicone Bowl And Pot Lids That Will Fit Over Everything

Longzon Silicone Stretch Lids (14-Pack), $16, Amazon

This brilliantly handy pack of stretchy silicone lids includes sizes for every pot and pan imaginable — they will fit over bowls, fruit, and even square pans. They're free of BPA, dishwasher friendly, and the largest size is capable of stretching up to 12 inches in diameter. Each order comes with 14 lids.


8. A Portable Heated Shiatsu Neck And Body Massager

Shiatsu Back Neck And Shoulder Massager With Heat, $60, Amazon

Give your tense back, neck, and shoulders an incredible Shiatsu massage anytime you need it with this heated massager, which comes with four large and four small nodules that target areas where you need the most relief. There are three speed options, and the bi-directional movement of the nodes mimic hands. The heat option provides some targeted relief for sore muscles.


9. A Night Light You Can Just Stick Anywhere You Need It

Mr. Beams LED Stick-Anywhere Night Light, $15, Amazon

Attach this stick-on night light anywhere in your bathroom, bedroom, or hallway — or wherever you need a soft, ambient amber light to guide your path in the middle of the night. It emits just enough light to not disrupt your sleep and comes with motion and light sensors that turn on only when it detects movement. An auto shut-off function turns the light off 30 seconds, too.


10. A Silicone Sponge That Won't Absorb Your Makeup

Nylea Silicone Makeup Sponge (2-Pack), $8, Amazon

Get flawless makeup with this silicone cosmetic sponge, which is great for applying liquid or cream makeup. The nonporous sponge won't absorb your cosmetics and is easy to rinse off when you're done. Each order comes with two multipurpose sponges.


11. A Snuggly, Supportive Pillow That Contours To Your Body

Duro-Med DMI Hugg-A-Pillow Hypoallergenic Bed Pillow, $20, Amazon

There should never be a morning when you wake up feeling neck or back tension because of the way you slept. And hundreds of reviewers say those mornings will become a thing of the past when you start sleeping on this hypoallergenic bed pillow — it contours to your body and relieves pressure on your neck and back. No matter what sleeping position you favor, this pillow is supportive and springs right back to life after using it.


12. A Magnetic Mount To Keep Your Phone Elevated

Scosche MagicMount Universal Magnetic Phone, $12, Amazon

Compatible with all smartphones, this magnetic mount holds your device in place and won't add to the clutter on your desk or make driving more dangerous. Thanks to features like extra powerful Rare-Earth neodymium magnets — and a 360-degree swivel design — this mount is both secure and convenient.


13. A Bluetooth Phone Remote That Lets You Take Selfies At Longer Distances

CamKix Wireless Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control For Smartphones, $9, Amazon

Position your phone at a length (up to 30 feet), step back holding this Bluetooth remote shutter, and click a button when you're ready to take your photo. It has an adjustable wrist strap that makes it even easier and more comfortable to snag the perfect shots.


14. A Funny Party Game That Involves Mouthpieces And Funny Phrases

Watch Ya Mouth Family Edition, $18, Amazon

This award-winning party game is simple, but hilarious: players wear cheek retractors/mouthpieces while saying fun, family-safe phrases while other players try to guess the words. Watch Ya Mouth is the perfect game for up to 10 players. One reviewer writes: "This game is hilarious! I've played it with friends and family and have had a blast every time. I was worried about the cleaning of the mouth guards, but you can clean them pretty well within 10 minutes. I'd recommend this for any game night."


15. An LED Desk Lamp With A Variety Of Brightness And Color Options

Eastar LED Desk Lamp, $25, Amazon

Whether you use this LED desk lamp to read, study, or just for a bit of mood lighting, the ability to adjust it to 10 brightness levels and five color temperatures is incredibly useful. Lighting options range from cool to warm so your eyes will never feel strained or tired. It also uses 75% less energy than typical bulbs and will last for up to 50,000 hours.


16. The Exfoliating Bath Gloves To Keep Skin Smooth

Aquasentials Exfoliating Bath Gloves (4 Pack), $7, Amazon

Keep your skin silky, smooth, and healthy with the help of these exfoliating bath gloves, which remove dead skin cells while it boosts circulation. These gloves stretch to fit most hands and are perfect to use as an applicator for soapy body wash.


17. A Fabric Spot Remover That Can Get Rid Of Blood And Oil Stains

Grandma's Secret Fabric Spot Remover (6 Pack), $20, Amazon

When a fabric spot remover has a cult following, you know it's something special. This one has over 1,500 reviews because it's potent, effective, and can get rid of anything — including makeup, grease, oil, and even blood. One reviewer writes: "After using this for over a year, I can say it has worked for EVERYTHING I put it on."


18. A Bubbly Clay And Charcoal Mask For Blackheads

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, $10, Amazon

Using a powerful combination of clay mud, charcoal powder, green tea, and pomegranate, this bubble clay mask lifts dirt, oil, and sebum responsible for pesky blackheads. Reviewers love this Korean beauty favorite because it's effective and because it bubbles like a science experiment on your skin.


19. These Bendable Drain Snakes That Easily Remove Clumps Of Hair

Vastar Drain Snake (3 Pack), $5, Amazon

This flexible drain snake unclogs shower and sink drains and removes clumps of hair, stuck food, or whatever else is causing problems in your house. It's also better for your pipes than chemicals, and is super easy to maneuver and use. Reviewers love that they can reuse them, too.


20. A Fragrant Spray That Makes Bathroom Smells Disappear

Poo-Pourri Toilet Spray, $9, Amazon

Mask unpleasant bathroom smells without letting guests know you're masking unpleasant bathroom smells with this fragrant lavender vanilla bathroom spray. Unlike conventional sprays, this one is made from a blend of essential oils and doesn't give off a strong chemical scent — and won't harm the environment or your toilet.


21. The Sturdy, Strong Gloves That Prevent You From Cutting Yourself While Using Sharp Tools

NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves, $11, Amazon

These gloves are four times stronger than leather and prevent your hands from getting cut, regardless of whether you're using a sharp knife to cut meat for dinner or are engaged in a woodworking project in your garage. They come in four sizes, are lightweight, and still allow you to have a sturdy grip on whatever you're holding.


22. The Plug-In Pest Repellent That Keeps Bugs Away Using Ultrasonic Frequencies

Neatmaster Ultrasonic Pest Repeller, $27, Amazon

Keep bugs out of your house using this plug-in pest repellent device, which is non-toxic to people and pets, but uses ultrasonic frequencies to repel bugs. This repellent has three settings and works on roaches, mosquitoes, ants, fruit flies, fleas, and even rodents. It covers spaces up to 1,200 square feet and doesn't contain a single chemical or toxin.


23. A Foot Roller That Relieves Aches And Pains

TheraFlow Foot Massager Roller, $9, Amazon

Break out this foot roller anytime your sore feet needs a massage. Its nodules are designed to target trigger points in the foot and it can even help soothe pain if you have a condition like plantar fasciitis. The roller works on the balls and the arches of the foot, it improves circulation to combat foot fatigue, and it works on any flat surface.


24. A Pain Relief Cream That Actually Reduces Inflammation

Penetrex Pain Relief Cream, $20, Amazon

Instead of masking pain with cooling and heating elements, this unique pain relief cream gets to the heart of pain in your back, shoulders, neck, and hips: inflammation. Its effective ingredients include arnica, vitamin B6, and MSM — use it anywhere you're experiencing muscle and joint pain. This has more than 21,000 reviews because it works, it's non-greasy, odorless, and completely paraben-free.


25. An Egg Cooker That Whips Up Different Egg Recipes

Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker, $20, Amazon

Eggs made easy — that's the promise fulfilled with this rapid egg cooker, which makes up to six hard-, medium-, and soft-boiled eggs at once. Of course, it also tackles omelets, poached eggs, and scrambled eggs for a versatile machine that will save you a lot of time in the morning. This nifty device comes in four colors and all non-electric parts are dishwasher-safe.


26. This Sheet Mask Set With All-Natural Ingredients

Ballon Blanc Sheet Mask Set (6-Pack), $8, Amazon

Stock up on self-care essentials with this sheet mask set, which features nourishing, all-natural ingredients like honey, aloe, and avocado oil. The set is backed by a 4.6-star overall rating after more than 3,000 reviews. "They feel great on my face and my skin glows afterwards," one fan wrote. Each order comes with six sheet masks.


27. This Nutrient-Rich Biotin Serum For Healthier-Looking Hair

Pureauty Naturals Biotin Hair Growth Serum, $15, Amazon

This strengthening serum uses an advanced formula of biotin, B vitamins, and other nutrients to thicken and strengthen brittle or thinning hair — and dozens of Amazon reviewers swear by it. To use, simply massage a quarter-sized amount of serum on to damp hair — starting at your roots and working your way down — to stimulate follicles and promote growth.


28. These Pimple Patches That Will Dry Up Acne In No Time

COSRX Acne Pimple Patch (96 Count), $15, Amazon

Got a pimple? Patch it up — literally — with these effective pimple patches. They come in three sizes to address major or minor breakouts, and the hydrocolloid patches work by sucking out all the gunk in a pimple, which dries it out and makes it smaller overnight. It doesn't hurt that they'll also discourage you from picking at your acne.


29. The Reusable, Eco-Friendly Bamboo Towels That Can Clean Anything

SCC Bamboo Towels, $8, Amazon

Going through rolls of paper towels like there's no tomorrow? If all of that waste — and wasted money — has you searching for a more eco-friendly solution, you've found it here: reusable bamboo towels. These sturdy towels can clean anything and one roll replaces six months of paper towels. Wash and dry them before using them again and again.


30. These Wool Balls That Replace Dryer Sheets And Speed Up Drying Time

Smart Sheep Wool Dryer Balls (6-Pack), $17, Amazon

Ordinary dryer sheets can be full of chemicals — these natural dryer balls are 100% organic and can help reduce wrinkles and drying time. Made from New Zealand organic wool, they can be used for over 1,000 washes and are safe for children and anyone with sensitive skin.


31. A Painless Hair Remover For Peach Fuzz

Finishing Touch Flawless Women's Painless Hair Remover, $20, Amazon

More gentle than wax or a razor, this painless hair remover can be used anywhere but is especially effective on peach fuzz and any fine hairs that pop up on your face. It's as compact as a lipstick, so pack it in your bag and pull it out when you want to engage in a little grooming session under harsh, unforgiving public restroom florescent lights. It even has an LED light for precision.


32. A Fun, Wobbly Way To Increase Strength And Balance

Wobble Cushion By Vive, $20, Amazon

Improve your core strength, balance, and even your posture with this incredibly fun tool: a wobble cushion. Stand on this inflatable cushion anywhere, anytime, and help strengthen your muscles to give them a real workout. This disc comes with an air pump and features dual textured surfaces to help you hold your balance.


33. These Slim Foot Pads That Will Make Any Pair Of Shoes More Comfortable

Dr. Frederick's Metatarsal Pads (4 Count), $14, Amazon

Made with a soft and durable gel material, these metatarsal pads redistribute your weight onto a cushioned pad to minimize friction, absorb shock, and relieve foot pain. The nonslip design easily slides onto your feet by looping around two of your toes. This ensures that they won’t fall off and can be worn with any type of shoe.


34. A Better Way To Prevent Pipes From Getting Clogged With Hair

TubShroom The Revolutionary Tub Drain Protector, $13, Amazon

Unlike most drain protectors, which fit over the drain, this gadget fits in your drain so that it better protects pipes from hair and soap clogs. It's the perfect fit for standard tubs and comes in five colors. This little device has over 12,000 reviews, and they all read pretty much like this: "The TubShroom is a life changer. To market this simply as a revolutionary bathtub strainer is to degrade the perfection of TubShroom. People often describe their life split into ages, from childhood to college, from marriage to the birth of their children, career growth to retirement. I see my life divided into two distinct periods centered on one singular event: the gloomy, pestilent dark ages before TubShroom, and all the glorious, magnificence days thereafter."


35. An Odd But Brilliant Cleansing And Exfoliating Brush

Fancii 7-In-1 Cleansing Brush Exfoliating Kit, $28, Amazon

Get the cleanest, clearest, smoothest skin ever with the help of this cleansing facial and body brush, which comes with seven interchangeable brush heads to address different issues. Use it wet or dry to remove makeup and dirt, exfoliate skin, scrub your body, remove rough patches from feet and hands, and massage skin for better circulation and a radiant complexion.


36. These Compressed Facial Sponges That Cleanse And Exfoliate

Gainwell Compressed Facial Sponges (50 Count), $10, Amazon

Use these compressed facial sponges to gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin. The soft, reusable sponges are highly absorbent, safe for sensitive skin, and work well with your favorite cleanser. Plus, they're super portable and easy to tote in your toiletry bag when traveling. Each order contains 50 sponges.


37. These No-Show Toe Socks That Are Breathable And Can Prevent Blisters

ZAKASA No Show Socks, $18, Amazon

Not only are these no-show socks totally invisible under most footwear, they also hug and conform to each toe, which prevents friction and blisters while you're moving around. They're breathable and wick away moisture fast, making them the perfect sock to wear while running or working out. And they fit shoes sizes 4 to 10.


38. A Highly Rated Nail Strengthening Cream That Smells Like Coconut

Hard As Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream, $8, Amazon

This top-rated nail strengthening cream does it all: it can repair peeling cuticles, strengthen weakened nails, and condition your nails and surrounding skin with ingredients like jojoba oil, vitamins, and calcium. This cream has been on the market for 25 years and has a solid reputation, and it even smells great — just like coconut.


39. A Multitasking Silicone Trivet You'll Use Every Day In Your Kitchen

Love This Kitchen Premium Silicone Trivet Mats (2 Pack), $11, Amazon

Consider this silicone trivet mat the multitasking tool you'll find yourself using every day. Flexible and heat-resistant up to 442 degrees, it can be used as a coaster, jar opener, spoon rest, pot holder, and more. It even comes in eight fun colors like lime green and mustard yellow.


40. This Vent Cleaner Kit That Removes Lint From The Dryer

BoxLegend Dryer Vent Cleaner Kit, $10, Amazon

It's easy to remove lint from the dryer and keep it running smoothly, thanks to this vent cleaner kit. The hose attaches to your vacuum and allows you to reach hard-to-clean areas in and around the dryer. Plus, you can choose from three suction settings for various levels of cleaning power.


41. A Natural Facial Sponge Made From Activated Charcoal

My Konjac Sponge, $10, Amazon

Clean, tone, and gently exfoliate skin with this Korean beauty konjac sponge, which is made from activated charcoal. This brush is a great alternative for anyone who wants a deep pore cleanse, but can't handle abrasive facial brushes or scrubs. It can be used with or without cleanser, and it's chemical-free and pH balanced.


42. A Rechargeable Reading Light You Wear Around Your Neck

Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light, $20, Amazon

With this neck reading light, you'll have a personal book lamp wherever you go. The flexible, USB-rechargeable LED light offers three color temperatures and six brightness levels, and each lamp can be adjusted independently. The lamps are also filtered for blue light and won't flicker, so you can read comfortably without causing eye strain.

43. This Pain-Free Detangling Brush For Stubborn Knots

Crave Naturals Glide Thru Detangling Brush, $11, Amazon

This gliding detangling brush uses soft, multi-sized bristles to gently separate and untangle strands without any pulling, breaking, or damage. Great for any hair type, this painless brush even has a lightweight, easy-to-use design that won’t make your arm tired after use.


44. An Indoor Device That Lures And Traps Pesky Insects

Katchy Indoor Insect Trap, $40, Amazon

Catch pesky mosquitoes, fruit flies, and gnats with this indoor insect trap. The device use UV light, a fan, and sticky glue to lure and trap bugs with no zapping or repellent required. The trap comes with four glue boards, which are easy to replace as needed, and it's available in black and white.


45. A Gentle Cleaning Kit For All Your Favorite Jewelry

Simple Shine Jewelry Cleaning Kit, $23, Amazon

Get your favorite accessories sparkling again with this jewelry cleaning kit, which polishes everything from gold to diamond engagement rings. The kit comes with a gentle cleaning solution, soft-bristled brush, dip tray, and a dual-sided polishing cloth — everything you need to remove tarnish and restore shine.


46. The Fashionable Thigh Bands That Prevent Chafing

Bandelettes Elastic Anti-Chafing Thigh Bands, $13-19, Amazon

Bid farewell to thigh chafing (so not gonna miss you) with the help of these anti-chafing thigh bands, which are useful and pretty darn sexy, to boot. The bands stay up on your thighs without tugging and pulling, prevent rubbing and chafing when you walk, can be worn under skirt and dresses, and come in 16 colors. One reviewer writes: "This is very well made and has built in clear silicone rings - one at the top and one at the bottom. These are what keep it from sliding up or down...I really like these! Adorable (and sexy), and practical."


47. These Little But Mighty Exercise Sliders For At-Home Workouts

Elite Sportz Exercise Sliders, $13, Amazon

Get a great workout at home or anywhere you travel with these exercise sliders, which can be placed on any surface to help you stay in balance and strengthen your core muscles when you plank, lunge, or do bridges. Reviewers say they're super effective, and they work as well on hardwood as they do on carpet.