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Published on February 9th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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10 Fun, Healthy And/Or Romantic Products For Valentine’s Day 2020

With Valentine’s Day 2020 just around the corner, many of us still haven’t purchased gifts for the most important person(s) in our life. And let’s face it, you ought to be a little more creative than buying someone candy, flowers and/or a greeting card from a big-box retailer. In turn, here are 10 fun, healthy and/or romantic — and in many cases also absolutely creative — products which you ought to be able to order online within the next few days and still receive in time this year’s Valentine’s Day.

Pura Vida Bracelets

Pura Vida Bracelets was born when friends Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman crossed paths with two talented bracelet artisans, Jorge and Joaquin, while on a post-grad surf trip to Costa Rica in 2010. Jorge and Joaquin made colorful, handmade bracelets that seemed to capture the essence of the “pura vida” lifestyle, which means “pure life” in Spanish and is a philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures.

In an effort to help the artisans and bring a piece of Costa Rica back stateside, Thall and Goodman bought 400 bracelets to sell at home in San Diego. They sold out in a matter of days and the rest is history. Today, over 800 artisans in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and India can depend on a steady income and positive working environments, thanks to the support of Pura Vida’s community.

Giving back has always a core value at Pura Vida. Since 2010, the brand has partnered with over 175 charities around the world as a part of their ongoing charity collection and has donated more than $1.9 million to environmental, health and humanitarian causes. The brand’s recent Australian Fire Relief bracelet sold out in under 24 hours and provided over $23,000 to the cause.

Last month, Pura Vida Bracelets launched a new collection of engravable jewelry, a completely new category for the brand. The new line offers customized rings, bracelets, and necklaces — ideal for affordable gifting. More info is online at www.purevidabracelets.com.

Sweets from Dylan’s Candy Bar

Dylan’s Candy Bar is a chain of boutique candy shops and candy supplier currently located in New York, California, Illinois and Florida, as well as in wholesale venues around the globe. Aimed to be the largest unique candy store in the world — it stocks around 7,000 candies from around the world — founder Dylan Lauren has been on the cover of Forbes Magazine.

Thanks to Dylan’s Candy Bar, you have plenty of Valentine’s Day-friendly options this year. You can send a surprise Candy Gram to anyone in the U.S. with a personalized, handwritten note accompanied by a DCB signature Chocolate Bar and Chocolate Rose. Its Valentine’s Day Tackle Box is a classic filled with festive chocolate and gummy sweets that’s perfect for sharing at a Galentine’s soiree. Another offering are its Glitter Lips, which are special cherry-flavored lollipops.

Karma Nuts

What makes Karma Nuts stand out from all other cashew brands? For starters, these cashews have a skin on them. Why keep the skin on them, you ask? They have plenty more fiber that way, are high in antioxidants — comparable to blueberries — and have significant amounts of catechins and epicatechins, which are the polyphenols found in green tea. The skin being kept on these cashews also means less food waste overall.

Karma Nuts come in so many delicious flavors like Cocoa Dusted, Cinnamon, Golden Turmeric and Peri Peri. They are also vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO. Thus, a nutritious and delicious product.

Supernatural Sprinkles

Likely reminding one of childhood, yummy treats and fun in generally, sprinkles can make us happy. But what may not make us happy is how many synthetic and hard-to-pronounce ingredients are in that bottle of sprinkles. Supernatural to the rescue, as it has a line of all natural, good-for-you sprinkles on the market. No soy, artificial dyes, palm oil, wax, nor animal products involved.

These sprinkles from Supernatural are available in super fun shapes, like stars and sequins, beyond special editions for the holidays; Ugly Christmas Sweater, Great Big Blizzard and Into The Woods are indeed those holiday-centric flavorings. Available on Amazon Prime, so they are easy to order. And once you are hooked on these sprinkles, you can check out Supernatural’s 100-percent plant-based food coloring, as made from fruits and vegetables.

EVERYDAZE Konjac Jelly

Seeking something sweet and easy to digest that also provides nutrients? Then you may want to check out EVERYDAZE Konjac Jelly, which is full of both collagen and Vitamin C. This delicious treat is a low-calorie, healthy substitute for your most sugary snacks. Konjac — sometimes written as “konnyaku” — itself is naturally derived from fibrous roots of an Asian plant. Thus, it is also fat-free. As available via Amazon, it is $30 for a case of 10 servings.

Edoughble

Los Angeles native Rana Lustyan is founder and “Chief Dough Officer” of Edoughble, the pioneer of edible cookie dough. As founded in 2013, Lustyan — a trained pastry chef — introduced a new dessert category to the market by creating an edible cookie dough that was simultaneously premium, all-natural, non-GMO, using kosher ingredients, and does not use raw egg or raw flour.

For nearly seven years the brand has sold directly to consumers via wholesale and its online business, serving over one million scoops of edible cookie dough to date. Last month Lustyan took the next steps in expanding her brand by opening Edoughble’s first brick and mortar store down the street where she grew up and now lives with her husband and two young daughters, as located at 2625 S. Robertson in Beverlywood.

Good Reverend’s Universal Spirit Vodka

The Universal Spirit is a 151-proof vodka and serves as the main ingredient to each recipe in the newly-released The Good Reverend’s Guide to Infused Spirits. Offering a multitude of versatile uses, this high-ABV spirit is corn-based and can be used to create infusions such as tinctures and cordials, energy cleaning concoctions, and cocktails. Described as a “DIY-kit in a bottle,” the Universal Spirit allows its users to create their own concoctions at home, saving them both time and money.

Notably The Universal Spirit is a product of Art In The Age. The Philadelphia-based Art In the Age Tasting Room & Home Bar Supply is the workshop and testing ground for Quaker City Mercantile, and the only place to taste the company’s newest innovations. It serves as a designated satellite location for New Liberty Distilling, allowing the store to sell New Liberty’s products as well as new Art In The Age products bottled there. Alongside this curated lineup of unique local spirits, Art in the Age is a one-stop-shop for the home bartender, offering bar tools, mixers, bitters, and glassware, beyond offering educational workshops, tastings, and home mixology training.

whispr

whispr makes luxury CBD self-care items within the plant-based beauty and wellness space. In turn, whispr does not simply “bottle CBD oil” as it views CBD as “an effective vessel to carry people to a place of wellness and abundance within themselves.” Its products aim to strengthen immunity and inspire healthiness inclusive of one’s body, mind and soul.

My favorite of the whispr products available is its full spectrum roll-on elixir. The exilir is infused with a therapeutic blend of essential oils and active botanicals. This includes peppermint, orange peel, lemon, clove bud, avocado, and rosemary oils, which are rich overall in nourishing fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals and ought to help reduce pain from sore muscles or tightness. Meanwhile, its earthy-mint notes leave your skin healthy, glowing and smelling gorgeous. After all, when you are free from stress and pain, life can be pretty amazing.

HUGS Wellness’ Bath Bombs

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.

Swiss Diamond Nonstick Cookware

If cooking together is a frequent activity with someone special in your life, then Swiss Diamond is one of the brands that ought to be in your kitchen. Swiss Diamond is dedicated to empowering the home chef by manufacturing what many reviewers have called the highest-quality non-stick cookware in the world, as produced in Sierre, Switzerland. They use cast aluminum and actually reinforce its nonstick coating with real diamond crystals. In turn, the coating of each Swiss Diamond pan contains up to 240,000 real diamond crystals for a long-lasting non stick surface.

A great starting point is Swiss Diamond’s XD Nonstick Fry Pan. Designed for cooking without oil, this 12.5” Fry Pan makes for a great introduction to a healthier lifestyle. This wide nonstick fry pan is large enough for family-sized one pot meals, and is ideal for everything from delicate egg dishes to browning meats. The XD coating allows for superior culinary results consistently, and the improved food release properties in the diamond-reinforced nonstick coating provide you with years of trouble-free cooking with an impeccably simple cleanup. Additionally, the extra thick cast aluminum body provides you with a superb cooking platform that will not tip, spin or warp while cooking all of your favorite recipes. Plus, it was dubbed the “Rolls-Royce of Nonstick Fry Pans” by the Wall Street Journal.


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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, TheStreet.com, 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 the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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