Published on July 5th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


15 Summer 2020 Recommendations For Your Health And/or Happiness

Summer 2020 is now well underway with the 4th of July now past us. While 2020 has already proven to be the most difficult year in recent memory — if not the most difficult year of the last 100 or so years — its difficulties have helped many realize the need to take care of themselves both for the short-term and the long-term. In turn, below are 15 concise recommendations for new or recent-ish products from exciting brands, all coming with the goal of helping with your health and/or happiness.


Trendhim is a men’s accessories brand based in Denmark. It produces a wide array of really cool items for men, from beard care to pocket squares to rings. The common thread of the brand, as started up in 2007, is that its items are fashionable, affordable, and quality-oriented. Its Ambit Black Folding Sunglasses, priced at $35, are polarized sunglasses offering 100 percent UV protection. They have flexible spring hinges to reinforce their foldable design. Functional, stylish and cool.

Also great and priced under $50 are Trendhim’s My Black Wallet, as made from RFID-protective fabric, and its Kacey Black Merino Kane Beanie. Trendhim offers free shipping for orders over $75, so in ordering two of these three items will put you over the mark for quick, fee-free shipment.

Stanley’s Classic Stay Hot French Press, 48 Ounces

As a person who needs a morning boost and who prefers to always have a temperature-appropriate beverage handy, I go through multiple cups of coffee a day. While I’ve been making most of my coffee lately via Clio, sometimes you want to take that hot coffee with you to go — and a hot “to go” isn’t best served with a coffee mug.

In turn, when you know you are gonna need hot coffee, and lots of it, Stanley’s Classic Vacuum French Press is an ideal item to have at-hand. Holding up to 48 ounces — at least 4 mugs full, even with a big mug — it is designed to keep that caffeinated gold hot and keep you sane throughout the day. Thus, you can pace yourself with your coffee consumption, making it in the morning and keeping it fresh for hours to come.

Superfeet Insoles

As important as your shoes can be towards keeping your feet fit and healthy, what’s inside your shoes is often just as important. Simultaneously loved by Health Magazine, Bustle, Outside and Runner’s World, Superfeet Insoles give you premium comfort, pain relief, and all-day support. Its website’s Insole Finder will help you find the best Superfeet Insoles for you in minutes. I personally can attest to these Superfeet wares fitting very well into my newly-acquired BOGS 4-H Boots and ECCO Outdoor XTrinsic sandals alike. All-purpose, year-round, essential gear.

JINS Eyewear

The popular eyewear company JINS recently launched JINS SCREEN Pro lenses as made for gamers and computer-based workers who are in front of digital screens for long periods of time. The lenses fight block 40 percent of blue light from digital screens, reduce eye strain, even after long gaming marathons and relieves eye fatigue, while you play. JINS SCREEN Pro lenses — as prescription or non-prescription — can be added to any time, which means you get more possibilities of finding a frame that suits your personal style, while also protecting your eyes while gaming. JINS has over 600 optical styles to choose from.

Those not spending too much time in front of screens still ought to love JINS’ offerings, as the brand has something for everyone in needs of great sunglasses. I personally recommend the Clayton, a polarized model which currently comes in 4 colors. The Clayton features a UV cut, thin lenses and anti-glare technology.


OXIGEN was created to give you more from your water. With real science behind the oxygen-boosted, functional water brand, OXIGEN helps you to not only get back on your feet, but reach a higher level. Thus, you can recover and rise from what life takes out of you. OXIGEN is available in standard water (which deliver 100x the oxygen for faster recovery) and OXIGEN Shots (which deliver 500x the oxygen for instant focus) alike.

MAVI Jeans

Mavi is widely-recognized as a leading, global lifestyle brand, as known for its affordable, soft, and stretchy denim. Some of its best-selling fits are the Zach, Jake, and Jacob silhouettes offerings for men. Mavi’s international distribution platform consists of strong wholesale and online partners including Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Stitch Fix, Zappos.com, Amazon, Simons, David Jones, P&C and Zalando.com alike. The price range is between $98 and $128 for jeans, while its shorts start at $78. The Mavi Jake Blue Black Athletic jeans are available in my size, fully-comfortable and entirely stylish.

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Hi, we’re Orpheus. We create clean skincare using ancient plant power for the modern minimalist. We’d like to properly introduce you to our ancient concentrate – Resurrection all-in-one-step wonder serum, formulated for modern living. This lightweight, hardworking serum is your go-to global treatment with the power to transform the complexion, density, and texture of even the most tired and stressed skin. Streamline your routine with this multi-correctional treatment that plumps, firms, and repairs stress at a cellular level while protecting skin from pollution and other modern day stressors, improving skin’s overall health and resilience. Supercharged by our collagen-building Orpheus Flower Cell Peptide Complex ™, vitamin C, niacinamide, bio-fermented snow mushroom extract, and an innovative stress-repair wild-indigo adaptogen, it dramatically plumps and firms’ skin, stimulating natural collagen synthesis and activating stress-induced cellular DNA repair while improving skin’s elasticity. Skin is visibly ‘reborn’ to a replenished, smoother, evenly toned appearance with a youthful glow. #PoweredbyNature #BotanicalStemcellSkincare #DreamSkin #SkinGoals #TransformativeSkincare #PlantScience #GreenBiotechnology #ResurrectionScience #BeautySecrets #PowerfullyPure #CleanBeauty #CleanSkincare #NaturalSkincare

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Orpheus Skin

Orpheus Skin is anew, sustainably-formulated skincare brand. Powered by clincally-proven botanical stem cells and naturally-derived ingredients., Orpheus’ offerings are vegan, cruelty-free, and free of gluten, parabens and phthalates alike. The initial products from Orpheus are currently priced between $65 and $175 on Amazon and on the Orpheus Skin website.

evanhealy’s oil + water combination

You can give anyone the gift of self-care with the combination of evanhealy’s Frankincense HydroSoul and its organic Amazigh Argan Oil. For many men, working from home means they can forgo the company dress code and let their facial hair go and/or grow. But new facial hair can present new problem, including how to properly care for the hair and the skin beneath. And, while this oil and water combination was not specifically designed for facial hair care, it has been lauded as one of the best kept men’s beauty secrets by Merz Apothecary in Chicago.

Overall, evanhealy is a Southern California-based natural skincare brand that has been among the most respected for clean, sustainable and certified organic skin treatments for over 20 years. Just as impressive as the products themselves is where the ingredients come from. The brand has long partnered with family farms, women’s co-operatives and tribal villages to ethically source their product ingredients. Its Argan Oil is exclusively sourced from the Al Amal Berber Women’s Cooperative in southern Morocco, which derives the oil through the traditional process of hand-cracking and hand-pressing the argan nut. The 100 percent organic frankincense comes from the hills of Northern Somalia and then shipped to the U.S. where it is hydro-distilled.


NasalGuard’s Airborne Particle Blocker is an electrostatic topical nasal gel that prevents airborne particles from entering the nose. The product is drug-free and safe for children, the elderly, pregnant or nursing women, and those concerned about potential drug interactions with other medications. During these uncertain times, NasalGuard is a unique product that can help people protect themselves from harmful airborne particles.

NasalGuard protects against virtually all types of airborne contaminants in any location. Users can count on it to work in their homes, airplanes, offices, hospitals and other environments where airborne particles may present a health hazard. A pin-sized drop of the preventative product is applied around the nostrils and above the upper lip and lasts up to 6 hours. Patented NasalGuard gel uses a cationic (positively-charged) polymer that creates a safe electrostatic field around the nasal passages that traps oppositely charged particles and repels similarly-charged particles to reduce inhalation of most harmful airborne particles before they enter your body.

Vous Vitamin

With Vitamin D and C proven to help boost the immune system, it is a good idea to start a supplement regimen in preparation for travel. However, just like many other things in life, vitamin needs are not a one-size-fits-all. That’s why an endocrinologist and an internist teamed up to create Vous Vitamin, a medically-sound personalized multivitamin — one pill taken twice daily. Vous Vitamin are high-quality, natural vitamins and supplements that are meat and dairy-free, gluten-free, Non-GMO and GMP-certified.

To create your customized vitamins, you fill out a web-based survey related to your needs and preferences and it’s promptly created for delivery within 1 week of ordering. Very impressive!

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Health Coach and Digestion Specialist Jaclyn Renee @jaclynreneewellness is guiding us through 2 super delicious and healthy Immunity Boosting Chaga recipes! Jaclyn will first be making a Chaga Protein Latte which is a great way to start your morning, especially if you're looking for an energizing, non-caffeine alternative then a Chaga Health Tonic that is a perfect drink for our current times. Here's what you need: ✨Chaga Protein Latte: 2 cups Chaga Tea 3 1/4 tbsps Vanilla Protein Powder (Truvani – see notes – use serving size ) 1 tsp Ghee 1 tbsp Coconut Butter (or coconut oil) 1 tsp Cinnamon 1 1/2 cups Water (hot – or warm nut milk) ✨Chaga Healing Tonic: 1 1/2 cups Chaga Tea 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar 1/2 Lemon (squeezed) 1 tbsp Ginger (1 inch chunk) 2 tsps Honey (manuka) 1 tsp Cinnamon 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper Hope you guys enjoy and don't forget to tag us with how your creations turn out 😊 BIG thanks to Jaclyn for partnering with us and can't wait for our next baking series!

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Eu Natural’s Energy Bundle

Thanks to Eu Natural, you can have long-lasting energy the all natural way. Aiming to give you both primal joint support and anti-inflammation efforts, the Energy Bundle set from Eu Natural helps you move freely with strength, the all-natural way. As an alternative to glucosamine and chondroitin, the powerful blend of vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts can help support a healthy whole-body inflammation response while boosting your overall health and well-being.

The set’s Elite Caffeine L-Theanine provides focused, long-lasting energy with pure, 99.8 percent grade caffeine and L-Theanine. Its Vitality supports adrenal and cortisol health through a powerful blend of all-natural vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts can help support whole-body energy while boosting your overall health and well-being. For those concerned with ingredients, the set’s contents are blend at a cGMP Certified Laboratory to ensure strict FDA Standards and a contaminant-free product.

Caliper CBD

Unlike oils and tinctures, Caliper CBD offers a great way to consume CBD as it provides consistent and precise dosage with every packet, so there’s no guesswork and people know they will get the same results every time. Each Caliper CBD packet has precisely 20 milligrams of CBD — non-THC, of course, so it won’t get you high — that dissolves cleanly in any food or beverage. It’s also flavorless, calorie-free and sugar-free. Caliper’s on-the-go packaging makes it convenient to incorporate a boost of wellness into any lifestyle’s daily routine, as you can add it in your morning coffee, protein shake, oatmeal, evening nightcap, or homemade DIY CBD treats.

As there’s still a stigma around CBD products, Caliper CBD is at the forefront to change that. The brand recently updated its website to increase the CBD brand’s transparency. This will help educate consumers and point out some of the ways that companies with hemp-based products are having to fend for themselves due to the lack of oversight and effective regulations from the FDA and U.S. Congress. With over 18 million Americans consuming CBD products daily, this is inarguably much needed action.

Nature’s Nosh CBD

Speaking of CBD, Nature’s Nosh is another innovative leader in its field via its healthy, functional CBD snacks. Recently the brand announced the launch of its single-serve CBD fruit and nut snack packs. These delicious CBD bites are available in Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Mint Chocolate, Chili Lime and Blueberry, with 25mg premium, hemp-derived CBD per bite. These single-serve packs are now the second product line for Nature’s Nosh, accompanied by the multi-serve (5mg per bite) packs that launched in June 2019.

Nature’s Nosh fruit & nut bites are crafted with premium isolate hemp extract with 0 percent THC and no more than 8 all natural ingredients. They are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and GMO-free. All products are US-Hemp Authority certified and 3rd party tested for potency and purity. Consumers can buy Nature’s Nosh in two sizes, multi-serving bags with 40mg CBD per bag (5mg per bite) for $11.50 or single-serve bags with 25mg CBD per bag for $5.00.

Gola Classics

Gola Classics is a British heritage footwear brand with a treasured place in British sporting history. Best known for vintage-inspired styles and plimsoll sneakers, some of Gola’s most popular styles for men are the Harrier, Comet, and Inca. Gola’s sneakers come in an affordable price range, from $50 to $110 for most styles, and are sold in Nordstrom, Amazon, Zappos, and various boutique stores alike. The Gola Harrier has become my go-to walking shoe given that it is comfortable, form-fitting, supportive and fashionable all at once.


For over 75 years, JAF TEA has crafted the world’s finest teas building a reputation for superb quality and exceptional taste. JAF TEA prides themselves on supreme craftsmanship and experience to deliver the perfect cup of tea worldwide. JAF TEA guarantees only the best from the harvest of dozens of tea plantations, nurtured in lush valleys and emerald mountains of Ceylon and the specialist gardens of China.

JAF TEA delivers premium Ceylon tea to over 30 countries worldwide and is recognized for unwavering standards of quality regarding the world’s finest black tea. JAF Tea Ceylon teas gaining their richly-distinct flavor from the land and orthodox hand-plucked tea process ensuring the ultimate preservation of freshness and flavor of each bud’s essential oils. Available on Amazon, the JAF Tea line range includes a number of Classic Black Teas like the strong English Breakfast, fruit and spice-infused Flavoured Black Teas, and refreshing Classic Green Teas both pure and flavored.

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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 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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