Anyone who has made their own matcha knows the ritual of its preparation is partially about ceremony, but largely about achieving the optimal consistency. Whisking the bright green powder into a bowl of water helps break up the clumps often found in even the highest grades of tea. One would never just mix it with a spoon as the result would be a gnarly mess, but Panatea’s Instant Matcha (available in a 10 single-serving packet canister for $20 or a 30-packet bag for $40) dissolves evenly with a mere turn of the spoon. Not only is it fast and easy, this matcha maintains all the delicious and healthy benefits of the tea.
Aesop's latest product, Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Hydrating Cream is super-lush and creamy on application, but sinks into skin quickly, leaving it feeling soft and nourished—not oily or sticky. Ultra-hydrating, this product's main ingredient is aloe barbadensis leaf juice—unlike so many other moisturizers that are mostly made up of water. To be used after cleansing one's face, this cream is perfect for anybody whose skin is suffering the winter blues and—like all Aesop products—smells divine.
Provide safe and enjoyable medicine while removing the stigma from marijuana use, Bloom Farms is yet another impressive company on the "cannabiz" landscape. Their Mountain Ranch ACDC is a sativa-dominant, high-CBD, single-origin strain with a THC:CBD ratio of 1:3 which means patients will gain a sense of calm and muscle relaxation, but with little of the traditional "high." Find out where to buy it on their website.
With such a bold name, one immediately gets a sense of Plant Retinol Science Time Traveler Serum'a goal: to provide anti-aging skincare by way of retinol. Otherwise known as Vitamin A, retinol has been clinically proven to encourage cell growth. With Intelligent Nutrients' product, dark spots can diminish and wrinkles may soften. Not all the ingredients are easy to pronounce but 100% of them stem from natural sources. And with five essential oils at its core, there's a refreshing natural silkiness.
Dr Barbara Sturm's eye cream contains an infusion of golden root and sugar beet, but it's her medical understanding of cells and anti-aging that lead to components like active omega fatty acids. The cream delivers hydration while also offering a soothing effect and a reduction of puffiness. It also happens to be free from synthetic fragrances, parabens and mineral oils.
Rather than just slathering lotions and potions on your skin, it's common knowledge that a healthy diet and lots of water can help with your complexion. Wellness on the inside oftentimes is coupled with an outer glow. Raw Complexions' Skintox Beauty Food works that process with superfoods and Chinese herbs that help to detoxify and cleanse the liver—the organ most often associated with common skin conditions like acne, rosacea, dehydration and inflammation. With bee pollen, pomegranate and more, this blend can be added to smoothies, juices or granola to boost your inner and outer health.
With a high concentration of aromatherapy essential oils, Red Flower's Icelandic Moonflower Aromatherapeutic Body Oil can be used in baths or applied during a massage. Within, moonflower oils meet sandalwood, clove bud, rose and more combine for a rich, nuanced fragrance. Made with certified organic ingredients, this bath oil steers clear of dyes, artificial preservatives, parabens and sulfates.
For those who are gluten-free or just looking for a healthier alternative to regular flour, this organic coconut flour is low-carb and fiber-rich. On top of that, it's non-GMO, kosher and vegan (of course), and includes no added sugars or dyes. Great for all kinds of cooking (we especially suggest it for coating your fish and seafood) it has a lower glycemic index, so it converts into sugar in your blood more slowly.
Made in Massachusetts, Shire City Herbals' Fire Cider has been tingling our tongues and throats whenever we feel under the weather for some time now. The apple cider vinegar-based recipe becomes palatable with a little local honey and organic oranges. The zing comes from lemons, onions, horseradish root, ginger root, habanero pepper, garlic and turmeric—certainly an extra kick for those who need it. Liquid torture for some; a miracle tonic for others, you can take it straight or add it to a hot toddy.
Nuori makes their products in Denmark, in small batches every 12 weeks, to keep active, 100% naturally derived ingredients potent without ever adding artificial preservatives. All of this makes for a more effective, skin-friendly product; the remarkable texture and little-to-no scent are extra bonuses. The boxes stamped with a "Start Using By" date, so products aren't left for years waiting for the perfect occasion. We love their rich hand cream—especially over the cold winter months.
Made among the Green Mountains of Vermont, Ursa Major skincare launched in late 2010 to provide a healthy and effective alternative to chemical-laden products. By favoring organic over synthetic, Ursa Major promotes a "super natural" regimen of face wash, toner and shaving cream, and a fortifying face balm—the latter being our favorite. Each product in the line blends a variety of essential oils ranging from aloe, lemon and carrot to bamboo and cedar that come together with a pleasant, mild fragrance. Besides the effectiveness of the products, we like the simple, recyclable packaging emblazoned with the bear constellation for which the brand is named.
With plenty of antioxidants, this coconut bath milk leaves skin feeling smooth and nourished—especially in the cold, dry winter months. Coconut powder moisturizes and softens skin, but also boasts anti-inflammatory properties. Further, the vanilla fragrance adds a calming effect on the brain—and a little extra relaxation never goes astray.
Matthias Hollwich, of the acclaimed architecture firm Hollwich Kushner (HWKN), has a few ideas for the betterment of society and its aging members. He proposes them in "New Aging," a book built upon a foundation of insightful tips, supported by over a hundred illustrations from Bruce Mau Designs. The new aging concept is direct: incorporate rather than segregate. But it's the sociological and spatial depths that Hollwich traverses that make this a guide worth looking at now—for all age groups.
A joint venture between Kiehl's and Brooklyn-based art collective FAILE (aka Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller), this collection of luxe skincare products sees 100% of net profits going toward non-profit Feeding America. The set includes Daily Reviving Concentrate, limited edition Ultra Facial Cream, limited edition Creme de Corps, and a limited edition FAILE sticker; the total value of each set sold translates to 415 meals for those in need through the charity. Yes, it's a beautifully designed kit of lavish items, but the charitable element remains undeniably important.
Pok Pok doesn't only serve Michelin-starred Thai food at its two restaurants, they also offer concentrated drinking vinegar—a tangy concentrate that can be diluted with soda water, or put to work in cocktails. We've been fans of drinking vinegar (specifically Pok Pok's) for years now and while the health benefits are aplenty, the brand's flavors—ginger, pineapple, pomegranate, tamarind or Thai basil—make focusing on wellness (scientific studies support that vinegar helps reduce blood sugar spikes and the absorption of nutrients) even more fun.