January: Health & Wellness Buying Guide

It’s January. Cue the sound of decorations being packed away, the wrappers of decadent treats being tossed into recycling bins, and resolutions being quietly reaffirmed.

As a means of combatting the winter blues and making up for holiday overindulgence, we tend to treat January as a period of renewal and healthy change. Out with the old, in with the new, etc. And so to help our readers maintain those 2018 health and wellness goals, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite products for a positive and active January.

The Hidrate Spark 2.0

We’ve all heard the old rule of thumb about drinking eight glasses of water a day. But staying hydrated is a priority that often gets pushed to the sidelines in the face of endless distractions and obligations. The makers of the Hidrate Spark 2.0 know you’re busy — and that’s ok. This clever (and gorgeous) water bottle glows to remind you to drink water. It also tracks water intake by syncing to a hydration app. The app allows you to set goals for yourself and stay on target, and lets the user easily account for water consumed elsewhere. Best of all, for those prone to losing water bottles at the gym or while travelling, the app records the last known location in which you were paired with the bottle.

Issa Electric Toothbrush

Think of the Issa as a luxurious spa treatment…for your mouth. This sleek toothbrush is toted as the first oral care innovation in seventy years; Sonic Pulse Technology is coupled with a revolutionary silicon design and a battery capable of outlasting any other in an electric toothbrush. The brush head not only cleans teeth, but also gently massages gums and resists bacteria. Its gentle design prevents over-brushing, ensuring that enamel and gums are intact and irritation-free. Who doesn’t want to smile more in 2018?

Tangram Smart Rope

The Tangram Smart Rope doesn’t just bring exercise to a new level; it will make you excited about working out. Embedded with 23 LED lights that operate much like film or animation, this jump rope will display your fitness data clearly in mid-air during the workout. And while the rope currently just tracks the number of jumps, developers are already working on software updates that will allow the Tangram Smart Rope to display stats on calories burned, interval training data, and other relevant fitness information.


Fitness equipment can be an eyesore — bulky, dull, industrial, and constantly in the way. PENT specializes in luxury equipment that you’ll want to have on display. The Lova is a rack of four kettleballs in various weights, ranging from 4 to 16 kilograms. The European oiled walnut wood from which they are crafted is both beautiful and practical; not only does this variety of wood provide excellent grip, but it also possesses natural antibacterial properties. This is the perfect addition to a growing home gym, and for those who like to place exercise equipment in plain sight as a daily fitness reminder, the Lova is an attractive piece that enhances, rather than clutters, a space.

DISKUS 16 Dumbbells

Loving that industrial-meets-all-natural aesthetic of the Lova? Then you’ll also love these dumbbells from HOCK Design. Each of HOCK’s luxury fitness products is crafted in Germany by artisans, and boasts the finest materials you’re likely to find in gym equipment: sustainable wood, non-reactive stainless steel, and Italian leather. These dumbbells are made from finely turned walnut that is polished and oiled, featuring a raised grip that is pleasantly warm to the touch.


The Motiv Ring

The market is flooded with a variety of wearable fitness trackers, and there’s no shortage of smart rings available. But while the majority of the options out there sacrifice in the looks department, with clunky designs that feel like an afterthought, the Motiv Ring is a sleek option for the design-savvy individual. Containing one of the smallest fitness trackers on the market, the ring syncs to a corresponding app to monitor activity, heart rate, sleep data, and goal progress. Available in a slate grey or rose gold finish, each ring is specially sized for the customer’s finger. When it looks this good, you won’t need to toss it in your gym bag after a workout.


It’s hard to convince yourself to exercise if you don’t feel good in your workout gear. Enter Carbon38, one of the chicest lines of luxury fitness apparel out there. The lifestyle brand was founded specifically to empower women. “Women should live their lives on their own terms, build careers on their own terms, raise families on their terms, run companies on their own terms, and dress on their own terms,” says the label, and no doubt the latest pieces, featuring peekaboo crochet and intricate, subtle details, will have you feeling like a boss every time you step onto the treadmill.

The First Mess Cookbook

Laura Wright is a cook and foodie blogger who hails from the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. She attended culinary school, but professes to have learned more about food by working in restaurants and growing up around agriculture. She now runs a popular blog called The First Mess, and her recent cookbook contains one hundred and twenty-five healthy, plant-based recipes created with the seasons in mind. This book is an accessible go-to for those with dietary restrictions; throughout, Wright provides notations for gluten-free, sugar-free, oil-free, and nut-free options. And for those looking to get serious about cooking healthier in the New Year, the book also contains a handy pantry and kitchen equipment guide to help you assemble the proper tools for a wholesome diet.

Binchotan Charcoal Facial Puff

Lemonade, facial cleansers, soft serve — it seems that charcoal is everywhere these days, and with good reason. Activated charcoal is shown to function as a natural detox agent; drugs and toxins can bind to it, helping to rid the body of unwanted substances. This puff from Morihata contains Binchotan charcoal powder, derived from a white charcoal traditionally used in Japanese cooking. This is blended with vegetable fibers from the Konjac root to create an all-natural, biodegradable facial puff with a soft texture that is perfect for sensitive skin. Use the Binchotan Facial Puff with or without a cleanser to exfoliate, massage, and pamper your skin throughout the dry winter months.

The Hemsley + Hemsley Spiralizer

Pasta is the ultimate comfort food during cold weather, but for those with dietary restrictions or New Year’s resolutions to avoid heavy carbohydrates, pasta can be a guilty indulgence. Enter the Spiralizer from Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, the culinary duo behind the cookbook The Art Of Eating Well. This convenient kitchen gadget allows you to turn fresh veggies into gorgeous spirals that can be easily substituted for pasta noodles, turning any hearty Italian dish into a light and healthy treat. When it came to creating this sleek Spiralizer, GOOP reports that the Hemsleys “tested their way through every version on the market.” The result is a handy kitchen device with all the kinks (pun intended) worked out.