From CBD supplements and ambient home touches to natural beauty and free-from foods, our magazine editor reviews this season’s must-have products.
CBD has been the talk of the town of late. I’ve been curious about the benefit beyond the hype, and was grateful when Biomedcan’s new range of CBD capsule supplements crossed my desk. There are three varieties to choose from – Sleep, Mind and Mood. Goodness knows I need help with all of these, but I opted to try the Mind capsules, which improve focus and memory (especially useful when you have to turn out a fab magazine!). The capsules contain a mix of CBD, vitamins, minerals and herbs like ginseng and rhodiola rosea (which you can read about in our adaptogens article). While it can be difficult to gauge the true effectivity of herbal supplements, I can say that I’ve felt focused, motivated and inspired while compiling this edition - perhaps thanks at least in part to my new cannibinoidal companion.
MY CUP OF TEA
We all know that single-use plastic is pretty much public enemy number one right now, and I’ve had to come to grips with my love affair with takeaway coffee cups. Since the break-up, I’ve been on the lookout for a good-quality reusable cup to be my rebound – and Wellness Warehouse was there to answer my prayers (as per usual). The new 400 ml bamboo fibre reusable cup is cute as a button, and the perfect size to have on the go. Plus it’s got a cosy little vest to protect my tender hands from the wrath of my scalding Americano. As a huge bonus, it’s made from bamboo fibre, which is super durable and eco-friendly.
I’m a sucker for scented candles, incense, and pretty much anything that makes my apartment smell like a spa. I’ve been super excited to try out an essential oil diffuser, and Soil’s UltraSonic version made all of my fragrance dreams come true! It’s easy to use, low on energy consumption, and pretty darn beautiful (especially when you activate the light, which shifts across a range of pretty pastels). You can pair it with any of their fragrant essential oils. I opted for a lemongrass, black pepper and rosemary blend to help with focus (yes, it’s a pattern), and transformed my space into a dreamy cove of fresh citrus and herbal deliciousness.
When I received some goodies from Skin Creamery, I was most excited about the aesthetically pleasing new products for decorating my bathroom. As someone cursed with oily/combination skin, I was initially a bit concerned about the fact that many of the products are oil-based. I’ve always assumed that my face should be squeaky clean after a shower, but it turns out I’ve been misguided in this regard. I am in love with the Oil-Milk Cleanser, Deep Cleansing Powder and Two-Phase Skin Tonic, especially when I can mix and match depending on how my skin feels on any given day. If it’s been a hot and sweaty one, I go for the powder for extra freshness and exfoliation, otherwise I use the cleanser for some gentle loving. My absolute favourite, however, is the new Wild Flower Cream. It just ticks all the boxes, with aloe vera for hydration, squalene for some antioxidant goodness, anti-inflammatory chlorophyll, and (its real superpower) spilanthes acmella flower extract to keep collagen levels up and signs of ageing down. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s the perfect lightweight formula and, like all Skin Creamery’s products, it smells fantastic.
I love me some noodles. Unfortunately, my go-to instant variety is delicious, but kind of the opposite of nutritious, and I’m in need of a noodly companion that keeps mind and body happy. Cue Clearspring’s Organic Buckwheat Soba Noodles. Buckwheat is naturally gluten free, and adds a great nutty flavour that pairs well with veggies and a good broth. What’s more, the unique noodles are super quick and easy to prepare, absorb flavour well, and can be served hot or cold.
MY BOX OF TRICKS
We all want to keep our bodies happy and healthy, and for some of us this means shedding a few extra kilos. Unfortunately, the world is full of diet fads and fables, making it almost impossible to find real solutions and get the results we want. Luckily, Slender You has just the thing – their 21-Day Kick-Start Challenge Box. I’m a big fan of their vegan Dutch Cocoa protein-packed Slender Shake, so I was excited to receive their Challenge Box to try. Based on the theory that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, the box includes delicious shakes, a cute shaker bottle, satisfying soup mixes, metabolism-boosting capsules, fat-busting CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) capsules, plus a guide for the challenge AND a 100-calorie snacking guide! Let’s just say that Slender You has it in the bag (or box).