August Buying Guide: The Pampered Life

We are making the most of the last days of summer by pampering ourselves –– but we’re focusing on indulgence with a healthy, guilt-free twist. The goodies below will treat the body as well as the Earth, leaving us feeling invigorated and energized as the days start to get shorter and the air cooler.

Remembering to routinely take vitamins can become a small but pesky chore. The secret lies in making vitamins feel like a treat! SmartyPants was founded by partners Courtney Nichols Gould and Gordon Gould, who believed that “the very best vitamins are all in one: premium ingredients delivered in a delicious package and sold at a fair price.” SmartyPants vitamins are made from nutrients like omega 3 EPA, DHA fatty acids, and vitamin D3, and are proudly non-GMO, allergy-free, and made with eco-friendly ingredients. These gummies are so delicious, you’ll likely think of them as dessert! Best of all, they aren’t just for kids or adults; the company carries a line of vitamins called SmartyPaws, designed specifically for dogs. Keep the whole family healthy –– four-legged family members included.

For the last several summers, the race has been on to see which company or shop can produce the most Instagram-worthy sweet treats. We’ve seen activated charcoal ice cream in Toronto, alcohol-infused ice cream burritos in LA, and a giant ice cream sandwich in New York. This year we’ve fallen in love with Dream Pops, frozen fruit pops inspired by a spontaneous trip to Columbia and a chance encounter with a paleta stand. Partnering with a three-star Michelin chef, the company created a product that has the creamy consistency of ice cream with none of the guilt; these frozen treats are packed with nutrients, and their geometric-inspired shapes are almost too good to eat!

Treets was founded on the belief that there are no better ingredients for bath and skincare products than those found in nature –– those organic, naturally-occurring herbs and flowers used by our ancestors. Combining ancient traditions with contemporary scientific advances, Treets has developed a line of massage oils, lotions, bath gels, Epsom salts, and more. Combining ingredients like Amazonian Tamanu oil, sweet almond oil, passion fruit, and rose extracts, these products are the perfect way to pamper oneself with a little at-home spa day.

Soy, cashew, almond, coconut, rice, macadamia –– there are any number of ingredients out there than can be used to produce dairy-free milk that’s just as delicious (or more so) than the real thing. New from Bolthouse Farms is a line of plant-based protein milk, developed by farmers from pea protein. This drink packs an even more nutritional punch than cow’s milk, with fifty percent more calcium, and boasts ten times as much protein as that found in almond milk. These flavourful drinks are friendly for numerous diets; they’re vegan, non-GMO, and free of lactose, nuts, soy, and gluten. Available in vanilla, chocolate, unsweetened, and original iterations, these milks are perfect for cereal, coffee, or enjoyed straight from a tall, chilled glass.

SAMINA was founded in Austria in 1989 by Dr. Günther W. Amann-Jennson, who started the company with a vision of developing organic mattresses and healthy products designed to enhance one’s quality of sleep. A renowned sleep psychologist and health expert, Amann-Jennson has worked extensively in the field of sleep research, and his award-winning products will reinvigorate your time spent in dreamland. The SAMINA Sleep System, for instance, is a multi-layered bed that contains a climate-regulating wool pad topper, Lokosana® grounding pad, latex mattress, and an orthopaedic flexible slat frame. Unlike single layer mattresses, the Sleep System can multi-task, its various layers promoting respiration, temperature, and moisture control while easing pressure points on the body by keeping it aligned. This bed is every bit as indulgent as one found in a five-star hotel –– but even better for the body and the mind.

Nicole Facciuto was a popular L.A.-based interior designer who, for much of her life, took walnuts for granted; having access to the fresh, organic nuts of her parents’ farm in Northern California, she had never known anything different. It was not until she tried a store-bought walnut for the first time that she realized the true quality of the walnuts grown by her parents –– by comparison, those found in stores were dry, bitter, and (as she later learned) could be up to two years old by their purchase date. Hence, Corky’s Nuts was born, and now this family-run business produces high-quality walnuts and walnut-based products like a cold-pressed organic oil and raw organic butter. One taste and you’ll realize exactly what you’ve been missing!

Want to pamper your body with the ultimate Ayurvedic superfood? HANAH ONE, manufactured in India, combines the nutritional powers of thirty wild-harvested botanicals, Keralan mountain honey, artisanal ghee, and sesame oil. Active ingredients like turmeric, ashwagandha, shatavari, curcumin, piperine, withaferin A, and emblicanin have been reported to increase focus, memory, and immunity; this is a daily-usage, all-natural product free from major allergens. It is best consumed in teas, coffees, smoothies, or straight from the spoon.

Yoga is one of the best ways to pamper the body and mind, and this yoga mat/sling combo makes it easy to practice on the run. The Gaia Guy yoga mat is made from cork, which is harvested from trees that help to prevent soil erosion. The adjustable sling is designed to fit almost any yoga mat, and the organic cotton will feel cool and comfortable against the skin, unlike those pesky straps that irritate the shoulder on hot days. And given that these are eco-friendly, biodegradable, and all natural, this is one purchase that pampers the Earth as much as it pampers the body.

Want to pamper your skin? Do so by ridding it of toxins and impurities. Breathe Botanical Facial Steam brings the spa treatment to you, with a colourful, aromatic mix of eucalyptus leaves, lemon peel, lemon balm, lavender flowers, and chrysanthemum buds. Five to ten minutes over this steam promises to increase blood circulation, loosen pesky blackheads and whiteheads, improve the flow of oxygen and nutrients, and revive tired skin. Post-steam, the skin will more easily absorb lotions and oils, making for a supple and glowing complexion.

Finally, after a long and luxurious day of self-care, cap it off by sliding into bed and treating your head to a pillowcase that is recommended by dermatologists, hair stylists, beauty experts, and even supermodels. Developed and refined over ten years, Slipsilk is a pillowcase made from long fibre mulberry silk and non-toxic dyes. What’s so special about it? Well, those silk fibres are far less absorbent than other materials, meaning they won’t leech away expensive face and hair products best worn to bed. Slipsilk also reduces friction, which saves delicate facial skin, prevents sleep creases, and keeps hair from tangling in the night, making for the sweetest of dreams and a super fresh morning.