Published on January 18th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


15 Brands To Help Keep You Happy, Healthy And/Or Looking Great In This Winter 2020 Season

With the 2019 holiday season now behind us, the colder months of 2020 are here and in full effect. This means that many of us need to moisturize more and also take some extra steps to look and feel better overall. In turn, below are 20 recommendations for brands with new products on the market which can help make your winter seasonal experiences more fun, comfortable and/or health-oriented.

HUGS Wellness

Hugs Wellness was born in Austin, Texas in the Spring of 2019 with the goal to help consumers reprioritize their daily wellness routines by making self-care as easy and enjoyable as possible. Meanwhile, a percentage of its proceeds commendably go towards providing a bed for a person in recovery at 10,000 Beds.

The brand’s Full Spectrum Tinctures and “Pick Me Up” Drink Mix were the first additions to its wellness line and follow strict third-party lab testing to ensure quality and performance. Grown in Colorado, the tinctures provide a full-plant taste, rid of any bitterness, and offered in raspberry and mango in either 500 mg or 1000 mg bottles. Ingredients include MCT Oil, Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, Organic Mango or Raspberry extract for flavor.

New to the Hugs fold is its CBD-infused Bath Bombs. Its rose and lavender bath bombs ought to to help create an intimate, beautiful and canna-friendly V-Day celebration.

Lil Mixins

Meenal Lele is a Philadelphia-based entrepreneur, mother of two, and the founder of Lil Mixins. After her son’s diagnosis with severe food allergies and learning about the groundbreaking LEAP Study, she made it her life’s mission to end the food allergy epidemic in America.

As the foods you introduce your little ones to in the beginning significantly impact their lifelong health, no brand knows this better than Lil Mixins. In turn, Lil Mixins is the creator of easy to use egg and nut powders to reduce infants risk of developing food allergies.

As not all parents have a variety of baby food options when living on a shoestring budget, Lil Mixins is partnered with New York City’s largest food rescue organization City Harvest. Lil Mixins donated 1,000 units of its flagship Infant Peanut Powder to assist parents in need. In addition to these supplemental food blends, recipients will receive literature on how to use the products, how they can sign up for more and further education on infant food allergies.

DAO Labs

DAO Labs offers a modernized, western twist to traditional Chinese herbal medicine, embracing the 2,500-year-old-heritage, from herbal formulas to acupuncture, that encompasses Traditional Chinese Medicine. Its herbal powder formulas contain sustainably-sourced herbs from Asia, as paired with western flavors and additional ingredients for ease and convenience. Expect no artificial flavors or GMOs.

With that in mind, one key aspect of DAO Labs and its take on Chinese herbal medicine is to make these classic, powerful and highly popular formulas from across Asia more convenient and much more palatable. Chinese herbs are powerful and highly-efficacious, but tend to have a bitter taste profile, which has held back their broader appeal in the west.

Ultimately, DAO Labs’ herbal medicine and will provide healing and health to you in many ways. They aim to invigorate your senses, awaken your spirit and provide inner balance. Simply add the powder to hot or cold water, stir and enjoy. All formulas come in individual packets making it easy for you to enjoy at home or on-the-go.

PATCH Bamboo

Scrapes are natural and so can be the solution such: PATCH. PATCH’s bamboo strips are a 100-percent compostable and hypoallergenic solution to wound care adhesives.

Highly-rated on Amazon, PATCH is gaining traction with folks swapping out the old standby for the new generation of eco-friendly wound-care. The ingredients of PATCH’s bamboo strips are all made from natural elements with historically-proven benefits that sooth symptoms and assist with wound recovery.

Setton Farms Pistachios

Simply put: Setton Farms’ Seasoned Pistachio Kernels are the best-tasting nut snacks I have had in a long while. Taste aside, each resealable bag from Setton Farms is packed with three ounces of premium-quality shelled pistachios that are heart healthy, easy to enjoy-on-the-go, and kid-friendly.

Also carrying no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, these all-natural, seasoned kernels are a unique source of plant-based protein and make a great addition to almost any recipe. The Seasoned Pistachio Kernels are currently available in five delicious flavors: Chili Limon, Chipotle BBQ, Garlic Onion, and Salt & Pepper. You can find them nationally at grocery stores and also on Amazon.

Otto’s Naturals

Otto’s Naturals is known for its cassava, a game-changing, single-ingredient, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, paleo flour with the taste and texture of wheat. Otto’s Cassava Flour can substitute one-for-one by weight in many of your favorite recipes without tedious alterations. But if your recipe calls for measurement by cups, you will just reduce volume by 25 percent.

For those unfamiliar, also known as yuca, cassava is a delicious root vegetable that has become the perfect alternative for wheat when dried and ground using our proprietary preparation. In turn, Otto’s Cassava Flour is a whole food you can feel good about. It is made from the entire root, minus the peel.

Good Idea Drinks

Good Idea Drinks produces a naturally-flavored sparkling water inclusive of a special blend of five amino acids and chromium. This special blend is proven to balance healthy people´s blood sugar, curb sugar cravings, and make weight loss both healthier and more sustainable. Good Idea flavor offerings include Lemon-Lime, Dragon Fruit, and Orange Mango.

All of Good Idea Drinks’ flavors are completely un-sweetened with zero sugars, zero sweeteners, zero calories, and zero caffeine. Thus, you can drink Good Idea’s water before or with your meal for best blood sugar-balancing effect.

Goldthread Plant-Based Tonics

Goldthread was created with a mission to inspire people to drink more plants. For much of the world, medicinal plants are cornerstones of daily life, as used in diet, healthcare and in powerful rituals alike to achieve enviable health and longevity. Goldthread’s line of tonics was formulated with a deep understanding of the power of successfully incorporating plants into your lifestyle as the foundation for optimal health. The company was founded by clinical herbalist William Siff and his wife Edith.

Each bottle of Goldthread’s tonic is packed with 14,000 mg of super herbs, spices and adaptogens that are synergistically sourced from around the world. The 11 varieties are expertly formulated and support a unique key function of the body to optimize health while enjoying a delicious beverage. Tonics include: Tumeric Radiance, Hawaiian Ginger, Green Minerals, Honey Rose, Mint Condition, Lavender Bliss, Schisandra Supreme, Japanese Matcha, Elderberry Defense, Tulsi Clarity, Lemon Zen. Goldthread is available at select national retailers nationwide.

Terlato Wines

Terlato Wines is the leading marketer of luxury wines in the U.S., with a global portfolio of more than 80 exceptional brands and more than 90 wines. Among its acclaimed brands are Alta Mora, Big Max, Boutari, Chapoutier Belleruche, Cecchi, Cusumano, Dueling Pistols, Giuliana Prosecco, Glass Mountain, Greystone Cellars, Hanna, Jack’s House Wines, La Mora, Loveblock, Marius, Maxville, Nederburg, Riondo, Seven Daughters, Shimizu-No-Mai, Tamari, The Federalist, Trenel and Two Oceans.

CRU is a Division within Terlato and synonymous with fine, rare, small production and “Terroir-Driven” wines. The initial focus of CRU is primarily on Burgundy wines from iconic Domaines producing limited amounts of wines of the highest-quality. However, it also includes super-high quality or iconic wines from other world wine regions and producers as well as strongly-acclaimed wines crafted in tiny quantities. But especially in the holiday spirit for Terlato is its Maison M. Chapoutier‘s Belleruche Blanc and Rouge. Meanwhile, its Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018 and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut NV both made the Winespectator “Top 100 Wines of 2019” list.

Also acclaimed from Terlato is the Dueling Pistols brand which intertwines the nine characters you’ll see on the label, including the two main characters, Eli Guyot and Edward O’Rourke. The origination story — crafted by Round Table Companies — presents part-historical fiction, part-mystery and part-time-traveling immersion, while also providing further dimension to the underlying tension in each bottle. Dueling Pistols Wines are designed to pull the customer deep into the fabric of the story while enjoying the rich complexity of the wine. The distinct blends were created with Gen X males uniquely in mind, a consumer segment keen to develop a deep understanding of products they associate with and consume in terms of brand experience and design.


WTHN, New York City’s popular modern healing and acupuncture studio, has its own line of organic herbal supplements. Chinese medicine is indeed a preventative-health-based system. WTHN’s herbal supplements have been developed to mirror these practices by creating a good offense and defense plan during cold and flu season.

New from WTHN is its “No Sick Days” bundle, which includes “Can’t Touch This” (an ancient Chinese secret for herbal immune system support that is supercharged with the immune-boosting Reishi Mushroom to destress the body and boost the immune system) and “Kick It” (designed to help to feel better when you’re under the weather, helping to support lungs, throat, sinuses and minor body aches alike). More bundle info can be found on WTHN’s official website, linked above.


Best known for its revolutionary Hair Vitamins, SugarBearhair recently expanded its product range to include a women’s multi-vitamin. The brand also recently announced its official launch into Boots UK, England’s largest pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer.

SugarBear’s delicious chewy vitamins are flavored with natural berries for a sweet taste suitable for all genders. Since launching in 2015 as the world’s first vegetarian gummy hair vitamin, SugarBearhair’s original SKU has become the #1 bestselling and most repurchased hair vitamin, generating over 10,000 4+ star reviews with customers joining the brand journey, sharing their results. Formulated with essential hair-friendly ingredients like biotin, folic acid, and vitamin D, these vegetarian gummies are made with plant-based pectin over the typical animal by-product gelatine base, contain no hormones, are kosher, soy free, and gluten free. Just two bears a day that are made for all hair types, produced in a USA FDA compliant facility, with no side effects to provide all the nutrients needed to meet your hair goals.

It’s aforementioned women’s multi-vitamins are a scientifically-formulated vegan vitamin complex made with real fruit juice and plant-based pectin, as designed especially for women. The delicious berry-flavoured gummies contain vegan sourced amino acids as well as 16 micronutrients to help supplement vitamins and essential nutrients many women may be missing in their recommended daily diet. Key ingredients include Omega-3, Vitamin B-12, and Vitamin C + D.

Kevin’s Natural Foods

Kevin’s Natural Foods founder Kevin McCray, battled a severe auto-immune disorder for years. When conventional medicine wasn’t doing the trick to keep him healthy, he eventually turned to a paleo diet, a move that would cure him of his ailment and motivate him to share his story with others. After talking with hundreds of people, McCray was convinced that making it easy to cook delicious food is the key to truly helping people eat clean over the long term. Thus, Kevin’s Natural Foods was born.

Today, the company’s mission is to arm even the busiest people with the culinary shortcuts they need to cook healthy food at home without sacrificing flavor. Kevin’s makes amazingly-good paleo and keto-certified “Heat & Eat” entrees, simmer sauces and seasonings. All products are made with super-clean, high-quality ingredients and ideal for healthy eaters with little time to prepare restaurant quality meals at home.

My favorites are the Korean-Style BBQ Chicken entree, the Lemongrass Basil Sauce and the Seafood seasoning. But as everything tried from Kevin’s was delicious, I am hooked on the brand in general.

Indie Lee

Indie Lee’s newest line of products features a Destress Body Wash to help boost your spirits. Destress Body Oil aims to hydrate and protect you from environmental stressors while instilling a sense of calm, and a Meditation Facial Mist to help soothe the mind and promote overall wellbeing. All of this is done while infusing you with an aromatic scent of Eucalyptus.

Its Destress Body Oil hydrates and tones skin with a luxurious nourishing blend of Jojoba, Grape Seed, and Marula Oils. Antioxidant Rosemary and cooling Eucalyptus also help to boost one’s spirits and promote clarity of thought, while soothing Patchouli and relaxing Lavender essential oils help to instill a sense of calm. Expect a vitamin-rich, nurturing oil which also offers protection against environmental stressors.

Also great from Indie Lee is its Mediation Facial Mist. It promotes a sense of calm and overall well-being with a restorative aromatic essence with Rosewood, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, and Patchouli. You can anticipate soothing Rosewater and Aloe Vera along with Lavender, Chamomile, and Sage to tone and rebalance skin, while components of Seaweed, Glycerin, and Hyaluronic Acid ought to leave your skin looking healthy.

Good Dee’s

With Good Dee’s, you now have dairy-free, vegan-friendly and 100-percent naturally-sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips. Known for its innovative line of sweet and savory all-in-one baking mixes and real, honest pantry staples like dairy-free frosting and sugar-free maple syrup, Good Dee’s is an ideal choice for health-conscious shoppers of all lifestyles. A great option those following gluten, soy, tree nut and dairy-free diets, great taste meets good health in a complete collection of Good Dee’s keto-friendly, low-carb options the whole family will gladly devour.

Rich, decadent, and delightfully free of sugar, maltitol and dairy, Good Dee’s Dark Chocolate Chips feature just four simple ingredients, including non-dairy cocoa butter and allulose; allulose is an all-natural sweetener that is low on the glycemic index. With three grams of protein, no grams of added sugar, and zero net carbs per serving, shoppers of all diets and lifestyles can finally satisfy anytime chocolate cravings guilt-free.

Sauce Beauty

Sauce Beauty’s founder Andy Rah is known to have two passions in life: haircare products and delicious food. Prior to launching Sauce Beauty, Rah created and marketed haircare products for top beauty companies like L’Oréal, TIGI/Unilever, and Macadamia Beauty, all the while excelling in the kitchen with great meals for friends and family. In turn, Rah has impressively managed to combine his major passions for food and haircare via launching the Sauce Beauty line of products.

Each of Sauce Beauty’s products are inspired by recipes with ingredients that are beneficial for your hair and scalp, ingredients like Jarrah honey, avocado, Greek yogurt, shea butter, cucumber water and cayenne pepper. This is all in line with a concept Rah calls “TransHAIRency™,” where every ingredient of each commercially-sold product is listed on the Sauce Beauty website and comes with a description of what it is used for. After all, we care more than ever about what we put into our bodies these days, so why should we not feel the same about what we put in, on and around our hair?

More on Rah and Sauce Haircare can be found via its official website and via Amazon, while Sauce’s wares can also be purchased in Sally Beauty stores and also directly ordered online through Sally Beauty’s website at

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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