Swears by: Mumsnet recommends November 2018
Mumsnetters are the best shoppers around, so we've tapped into their wisdom to source the stuff that really works: the comfiest winter boots, the skincare that delivers astounding bang for your buck, the cleaning product that actually does what it says on the tin.
From fashion to books to inflatable seagulls (don't ask), here's what everyone's buying this week and where to find it. It's updated every seven days, so come back often and sign up to our weekly Swears By email. You need never be the last to know again.
Swears By is always based on Mumsnetters' recommendations, if you are after the products we've tested and loved then check out our Reviews section.
And October's Swears By winner is…
L'Occitane Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Cream, £27.57
Thanks to DontFundHate for this month's winning Swears By recommendation – the perfect remedy for dry winter skin.
“I've been loving L'Occitaine Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Cream. It's light but very hydrating, with a light scent. I absolutely love it. It took me a long time to find something that suited my dry skin, wasn't too heavy for everyday use, and wasn't packaged entirely in plastic!” DontFundHate
For telling us about this product, DontFundHate will receive a £100 Amazon voucher.
We selected DontFundHate's excellent recommendation from October's Swears By thread – you can take a look at all the other recommendations here.Shop now at Amazon
Newtons Foot Therapy Chiropody Sponge, £2.45
Our feet might spend all winter in socks and boots, but it's still important to show them some love.
“What magic is this? This little block (what even is it?) is the single best thing I have ever bought for my feet. Ever. I don't have hooves anymore! I have soft pink feet – even two weeks after using it.” Sparkingfizzing
“I love them. They're the only product that fixes my feet and I've tried so many.” ShowerOfShite
“Ooh I love them. I have a good long soak in the bath and then tackle my hooves, knees and elbows (I have dry knees and elbows so the extra exfoliation really helps). Cheap as chips as well.” hunibuni
“They're amazing. I buy packs of three in case they ever stop selling them.” AnneLovesGilbert
Available in packs of six for just £8.99.Buy now from Amazon
Phase Eight Jaycee Lace Swing Dress, £74.25 (was £99)
If you're searching for that perfect party dress then look no further.
“Swing dresses are my go-to if I'm feeling pouchy. This dress will hide a multitude of sins – pair it with statement earrings, great heels, dark tights and you're good to go.” bitofabellyBuy now from Phase Eight
M&S Pure Cotton Midi Knickers, £5 for four
The holy grail of pants: cotton, comfy, and full coverage.
“I got some midi knickers from M&S recently which I love very much. Soft, light and no diggy bits.” margaritasbytheseaBuy now from M&S
Google Home Mini, £29 (was £49)
Ever wished you had an assistant?
“I have a Google Home and it's utterly brilliant. I mainly use it for timers for cooking, music and a bit of smart home stuff. I can turn the kettle on without getting out of bed in the morning – now tell me that isn't useful. The shopping list thing is brilliant too.” Glaciferous
You can also nab the full size version for £79.Buy now from AO
Hourglass Caution Extreme Mascara, £25
For luscious lashes that last all day.
“After years of searching I think I've found the holy grail of mascara – it's giving me proper fluttery lashes and it doesn't smudge or flake all day long.” wiwzerBuy now from FeelUnique
Aesop Post-Poo Drops, £20
If your subtle hints haven't been working, these drops smell delightful and should do the trick.
“The Aesop Post-Poo drops are properly amazing. I bought some for DH as a jokey Christmas present ages ago and was so impressed I got a second bottle for the downstairs loo. A bottle lasts ages and they get rid of bad smells immediately. Much more effective than an air freshener.” QuantumWeatherButterflyBuy now from SpaceNK
Uniqlo Merino Crew Neck Jumper, £24.90
Mumsnetters have found the perfect layering solution to keep you warm and smart this winter.
“Uniqlo Merino is gorgeous; very fine knit and easy to layer.” 70isaLimitNotaTarget
“I was going to suggest the Uniqlo Merino as well. It looks very fine and smart but it's surprisingly warm. If it's really cold I wear a thermal long sleeved vest underneath instead of a T-shirt.” TheFlis12345
“I second (third/fourth?) ultra-fine Merino from Uniqlo. It's super soft and fine, it's smart, there's a range of colours and cuts. It's also lovely and warm, and it's machine-washable.” graysorBuy now from Uniqlo
Tu Sole Comfort Leather Chelsea Boots, £40
Have Mumsnetters found the perfect pair of Chelsea boots?
“I bought some last year and they are like slippers. They can also be dressed up or down.” TidyLike
You can also get these in suede, if that's more your thing.Buy now from Sainsburys
Samsung 9kg AddWash Washing Machine, £449
Is there anything worse than starting the wash then realising you've left out something crucial?
“I have the Samsung 9kg ecobubble with Addwash. I'm absolutely in love with it. Of all the machines I have had this is by far the best.” MrsG841Buy now from John Lewis & Partners
Mantaray Fur Hood Long Puffer Coat, £89
Fashionable, warm, and it covers your derrière – we're sold.
“I like that it's not black or navy and it's quite versatile – I have worn it lots with leggings and trainers but you could get away with it with a skirt and boots as well. I like how it sits when it's unzipped, as it fits snugly around the shoulders and then follows the waistline.” LurkYouLongtimeBuy now from Debenhams
Laura Geller Beauty Baked Balance-n-Brighten Foundation, £26
Keep hold of that summer glow all year round.
“The Laura Geller Baked Foundation is just amazing for my skin. It covers all my marks and scars, and it isn't drying but equally doesn't leave me looking sweaty or greasy. I love it, and everyone who sees me with it on has bought it – even my hairdresser!” Ledkr
Available in six shades.Buy now from Amazon
Schwarzkopf Colour Sealer Conditioner, £3.99
Beat the frizz and protect your coloured hair this winter.
“This stuff is fabulous. There's a shampoo and an intensive conditioning treatment too, all £3.99. I have highlighted, thick and frizzy hair and this really works a treat on it.” macnabBuy now from Boots
Debenhams Mantaray Cotton Dress, £39
The flattering shape of this dress will look great paired with a chunky cardigan and your favourite knee-high boots.
“I have this on right now – still in cropped leggings and loafers as it’s been lovely today but I bought it with tights and boots in mind. I predict the world will be sick of me wearing it!” SheSparkles
Available in a couple of lovely autumnal colours and up to a size 24.Buy now from Debenhams
Next Coated Denim Pencil Skirt, £24
Not ready to commit to real leather? No problem.
“As a compromise (because I couldn't afford a leather skirt this year) I bought a black coated denim pencil skirt from Next. It's gorgeous and washable.” ThomasShelbysBunnet
Also available in petite fit, and in an autumnal berry colour.Buy now from Next
Ebac 2250e 15L Dehumidifier, £174.98 (was £189.99)
With the return of cold weather comes the inevitable damp – tackle it properly with a good dehumidifier.
“I have an Ebac dehumidifier in a two-bed house and it's great. We have it on from now until about April. It has a laundry mode which really helps, and the rest of the time it's on an auto setting so just goes on and off throughout the day when needed.” HeyMacWeyBuy now from Amazon
Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket, £59.90
Perfect if you don't like bulky coats but want to stay toasty.
“If the weather is cold I pop this on – I’ve never had any issues with the fabric on this style and, although it’s not super thick, it is warm zipped up with a cosy sweatshirt underneath.” SoyYoBuy now from Uniqlo
M&S Thermal Heatgen Tights, £15
Don't let the cold stop you wearing your favourite dress.
“Wear lots of layers, including fleece lined opaque tights.” KeysHairbandNotepad
“For very cold weather, I second fleece-lined tights – they were a revelation for me last winter.” JassyRadlettBuy now from M&S
If you want even more recommendations, check out Swears By for October 2018 or our round-ups of Mumsnetters' top buys:
Best beauty advent calendars | Best leggings and jeggings | Best cleaning products | Best trainers | Best dresses | Best maternity dresses | Best trousers | Best jeans | Best raincoats | Best beauty boxes | Best beauty dupes | Best bed sheets
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