Beauty and wellness are often hand in hand because taking care of yourself is a huge part of feeling beautiful. As we move towards a post-pandemic world, conversations about how we take of ourselves have come up more and more every day. It’s nice to see most people agree that self-care and wellness need to be prioritized as a collective.
Here are some of the products I’ve been using and loving as I work on prioritizing self-care and my well-being.
Earlier this summer, I had the privilege of trying out Esas Beauty’s first product, Kolonya, and have not been able to stop singing its praises. Kolonya is a 4-1 rinse-free hand cleanser that moisturizes, hydrates, refreshes, and leaves a fresh scent after use. Inspired by 200-year-old Turkishtraditions of hospitality where scented rose water is sprinkled into guests’ hands as they entered homes. I, like many others, have been very conscious about keeping hand sanitizer on my person and offering it to share with others, but Koloyna is way more than a hand sanitizer. Unlike most sanitizers, with constant use throughout the day, Kolonya has not once left my hands dry. Being that we all should be washing and sanitizing our hands a lot more these days, using a product that’s not drying isn’t filled with glitter or harsh scents that cover up the fact that it’s not really sanitizing is vital.
Far too often do hear people say they “don’t like water,” but water is ESSENTIAL to feel and look good. A lot of the add-to-water flavor packets that are out there can be filled with sugar, but if you’re someone who needs a little something added, Micordrinks is perfect for you. These little sugar-free cubes are packed with fruit extract and vitamins that you can drop into your water bottle and keep yourself hydrated. An amazing aspect of these microdrinks is that there’s no need to grab five different plastic bottles or flavor packets because they come in different flavors. I love that the microdrinks are good for me and the environment. Waterdrop also carries glass and stainless steel water bottles, so you can drastically cut down on plastic usage.
White teeth are typically the marker of a great smile, but people have become more cautious of the harsh chemicals in dental care and teeth whitening products. While the David’s Premium toothpaste comes in four flavors, I find that the charcoal+peppermint effectively removes stains and keeps my teeth whiter. David’s toothpaste is vegan, leaping bunny certified, and fluoride-free. I’ve also been noticing that my mouth feels super fresh after using. Sometimes, when using “natural” toothpaste, I’m worried it might not work without the minty fresh feeling, but David’s definitely leaves a fresh feeling and has my smile gleaming.
I’m such a huge fan of the Goli Nutrition ACV gummies, so when I saw samples of the Goli Ashwagandha gummies at a recent event I attended, I had to snatch them up. Ashwagandha (aash·wuh·gaan·duh) has been gaining popularity for its proven benefits. Some of the benefits of taking ashwagandha are stress relief, helps with memory and concentration, weight management, and supports a healthy immune system. I’ll be honest and admit that taking vitamins isn’t one of my to-do lists, but I find myself excited to eat my Goli Ashwagandha gummies. Not only are these the BEST tasting gummy vitamins, but Goli Ashwagandha also happens to have the highest concentration of Ashwagandha concentration on the market.
It’s no secret that turmeric has incredible properties and is amazing for us; the problem is working into a meal. I love that the Joyà Glow Beauty elixir blend is easy to mix into a smoothie, latte, or favorite milk. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory, free-radical fighting, and immunity-boosting properties. Alongside the amazing benefits of turmeric, the Glow Beauty Elixir also has Ashwagandha, Astragalus, and Pine Pollen. Even though the Elixir is un-sweetened, it tastes delicious in a fruit smoothie, and you can even find recipes on the Joyà website.
6. Ancient Provisions Cheddar Cheezish Gluten-Free Crackers
As we approach Fall 2021, we’re excited to put Ancient Provisions Cheddar Cheezish Gluten-Free Crackers on your radar. These vegan “cheezy” crackers are one of the industry’s first snacks made with green banana flour. Why Green Banana Flour? It’s sustainable – unripe “green” bananas are harvested and milled until they resemble flour, helping to cut back on unnecessary food waste and contribute to more environmentally friendly practice. The resulting green banana flour tastes just like regular flour (no banana flavors or smells) and can be baked similarly to gluten-full flour, making these crackers a tasty gluten-free superfood snack. Grain-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan, Certified Organic, Top 8 Allergen Free, and Kosher, these are a no-brainer for your pantry!