I originally subscribed to the $99-a-year Amazon Prime service for the streaming opportunities, unaware of the many benefits that awaited me on the other side. Free two-day shipping? Not-as-free same-day delivery? Special prices reserved for Prime members? Hell, just last week I discovered that a year or two of using my dad’s Amex to pay for my bimonthly true crime and ancient history books-and-ankle socks fix had racked me up enough points for $400 worth of free shit.
And then there is Amazon Prime Day, the jewel in the membership crown. For the uninitiated, this holy day occurs somewhere between the second and third week of July, and is available to Prime subscribers in the US, the UK, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium, and Austria. It’s 24 hours worth of deals, steals, and price cuts on must-have electronics (Bose in-ear headphones for $49.95!), home goods (a Roomba for $249.99!), and, naturally, beauty products and health and fitness gear out the wazoo. (Plus a bunch of other bizarre merchandise that’s worth a look, if only for the joy of knowing that there is a 27-minute recording of cats purring out there in the universe.)
We rounded up 12 top-rated health and beauty steals on Amazon right now for you to shop guilt-free (or with reduced guilt, at least). If you don’t have a Prime membership, take heart: The 30-day free trial will get you in the gate, too. Just don’t forget the sense of urgency, because there’s an expiration date on most of the items, and there’s only so much inventory available before they all become “claimed.” Get your hands on that Cat Purr Therapy for Healing and Relaxation CD ASAP!