It’s more entertaining than shopping online, but beats the hassle of dragging yourself to the mall. It’s the best of both worlds: home shopping! Whether the consultant visits you or you join her for a party, either way it’s a fun opportunity to experience a more personal, relaxed approach to finding products uniquely suited for you.
Here are five of the best companies in that business: Essential Bodywear.
Like shopping for sex toys (see Pure Romance
, below), choosing the right bras, panties and shapewear is a lot more enjoyable when it’s an intimate, friendly experience. For Essential Bodywear’s fitter-consultants, “perky” is the watchword, both for their positive attitudes and for how clients’ breasts should look after they’re matched with the right bra. EB is comparable in quality and price to Victoria’s Secret, but with more emphasis on comfort.
The new cushion straps ($16) that you can clip on to any bra are a genius idea for reducing shoulder discomfort for larger cup sizes.
Imagine any skincare product, fragrance or cosmetics option you might want and JAFRA’s consultants have it. This nearly six-decade-old company is a well-established leader in home sales and its comprehensive offerings are a bargain relative to the high-quality ingredients. Your consultant will customize a beauty ritual for you that precisely fits your age and skin type.
The light, fast-absorbing Royal Jelly Global Longevity Balm
($70) contains RoyalActive peptides (anti-aging amino acids typically found in much more expensive skincare lines), plus genuine Manuka honey and, of course, royal jelly.
Founded in 2010 by an entrepreneurial 14-year-old girl, Origami Owl sells custom jewelry. At a home party, your “designer” will work with you to put together a bracelet or pendant adorned with tiny charms that have unique meaning to you, whether you’re commemorating family, faith or a place with special significance to you.
The limited edition Summer collection’s darling Hula Girl Charm ($6), plus the Stardust Swarovski turquoise crystals ($5) and a couple of tropical fish charms ($6 each) inside a Living Locket say a lovely aloha.
This is a category of products that’s ideal for buying at a party with your girlfriends—sex toys! A good consultant can make the event one of the most fun days of your life as she explains exactly how and why to use these gadgets and potions. You’ll laugh a lot, but it can also be a great learning experience in a safe and comfortable environment.
At $42, Full Bloom is one of Pure Romance’s less expensive vibrators, but that doesn’t mean that this bright pink beauty won’t deliver big on satisfaction.
If there’s something that could make your kitchen life easier or better organized, Tupperware’s got it. The products are durable, affordable and sold at fun home parties, where the host and consultant put on a cooking show for guests who get to eat the delicious demo dish afterwards.
. Tupper Minis. These little 2 oz. containers (6 for $15) with leak-proof lids are infinitely useful—perfect for portion-controlled snacks or a single serving of dressing, as well as beauty or camping necessities for travel.