Published on December 16th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


25 Brands To Help Keep You Happy, Healthy And/Or Looking Great In December 2021 & Beyond

The fall of 2021 is almost over, and many of us still need to moisturize more beyond taking some extra steps to look and feel better overall. In turn, below are 25 recommendations for brands with new products on the market which can help make life more comfortable and/or healthy.

Pangea Organics

Pangea Organics has an entirely new collection of body products that are ethically-sourced with ingredients from around the world. The scent profiles within Pangea all tell a story about a deep connection to earth and the healing power it has to offer. Its Moroccan Cedar & Sandalwood Delight Set — priced at $85.00 via the brand’s website — features its Moroccan Cedar & Sandalwood Body Wash, Body Lotion and Hand Cream. Intended to be a spicy, exotic, and energizing daily hydration ritual, the set was reportedly inspired by the markets of Marrakesh. Created with organic-rich Aloe and Coconut Oil, and powerful antioxidants including Turmeric, these items aim to deliver long-lasting hydration and anti-aging benefits.

Pennie’s Tea

Pennie’s Tea is good for one’s mind, body and soul. Its offerings include herbal, detox, black, green, flavored and loose leaf teas, a variety so on-point you will have no problem finding the blend that works best for you. Sip to relax with a hot or iced tea, or help address common ailments, such as bloating, acid reflux or an upset stomach. The seteas come in bottles, bags, or loose leaves so mix and match to suit your mood and transform the way you experience tea — even making tea cocktails.

Great products aside, you can feel good about selections from the Pennie’s Tea brand as proceeds support victims of domestic violence; its founder is a survivor from an abusive relationship. Priced at $9.75 apiece, a case of 12 teas costs a discounted $45.00. Now available via

Alpine Provisions

Alpine Provisions, a nature inspired body and hair care brand for men, prides itself in being created with the world finest ingredients and scented with the Mountains finest saps, oils and flowers. Its collection of body wash and hair care is loaded with nutrient-dense, skin-loving, ingredients, and are scented with sustainably-sourced, organic aromatherapy blends, as reportedly inspired by some of our favorite places in the natural world. Even better, the packaging is plastic-free, so it is either 100 percent recyclable or compostable and renewable. Its Rosemary + Mint Castile Body Wash aims to elevate your daily cleansing ritual with a special blend of stimulating Rosemary and refreshing Peppermint Essential Oils. Meanwhile, the Alpine Provisions Castile Body Wash is made of a rich combination of organic Olive and Coconut Oils, as usable on both one’s skin and hair.


Cani-Wellness supplements were doctor-developed with high performance sports trainers for busy people on the go. Just a couple of sprays under your tongue and the effects are immediate, wherever you are, no matter who you are doing. In turn, Cani-Boost, Cani-Mend, Cani-Fresh and Cani-Sleep are used by professional athletes, trainers and television personalities alike. Designed to aid with everyday problems consumers face, energy, recovery, stress and sleep, Cani-Wellness products ought to help you feel amazing. Interestingly, Dara Torres is the Chief Wellness Officer of the Cani-Wellness brand. Torres is the most celebrated female Olympian in the world, having participated in 5 Olympic games over 20 years.

The Pathfinder

Pathfinder Hemp & Root is a brand-new hemp based no alcohol spirit. It has similar intense flavor, color, and aromatic characteristics as an amaro and has wryly been dubbed “the destroyer of bad vibes.” This zero-proof elixir behaves like liquor and can be sipped neat, enjoyed on the rocks, used as a cocktail base or modifier, or served with coffee. Reportedly the first and only cross category hemp based spirit, The Pathfinder Cannabis Spirit — the same great tasting liquid but containing THC, as helmed by the same Pathfinder team — will reportedly land in licensed Seattle and Portland cannabis retailers in Spring 2022.

FLO Vitamins

O Positiv, the creators of the first ever PMS gummy vitamin, recently launched FLO PMS Vitamin Capsules, a pill-shaped capsule offering the same award-winning formulation and benefits as the PMS Gummy Vitamins. FLO Capsules are crafted with healing chaste berry, anti-spasmodic acids, metabolism improving Vitamin B6, and anti-stress effects of lemon balm. The capsules offer a sugar-free pill form of the original gummy that strives to tackle a wide range of PMS symptoms like cramping, hormonal acne, bloating and mood swings. These pills are vegan-friendly, gluten-free and non-GMO. $29.99 gets you a 1-month supply via the website.

Delta-8 x Hii Stick

Hii Stick prides itself on its heavy focus on thorough and safety-oriented production. Backed by over 60 years of research and made with the purest, lab-certified ingredients from 100 percentnatural derivatives available, Hii Stick creates products you can trust. Hii Stick’s Delta-8 Cartridges contain no pesticides, heavy metals or solvents. Choose between 7 strains, including Blue Dream, Lemon Diesel and OG Kush. Whichever the strain, they are produced with botanically-derived terpenes and are 100 percent natural. Meanwhile, Hii Stick’s Vegan Gummies — priced at $17.99 per packet — come in several amazing fruit flavors, including Blue Raspberry, Mango, Orange and Watermelon. Each package contains 8 25mg gummies with fully-compostable packaging.

Cloudious9’s Tectonic9 Grinder & Hydrology9 NX Vaporizer

Cloudious9’s Tectonic9 Grinder is inarguably a great gift for any cannabis enthusiast. The Tectonic9 marries the reliability & durability of a traditional grinder with an electronic, even dispensing mechanism. The grinder even boasts a viewing window with an LED light to check herb storage quantity to make sure you’re never without your favorite strain. Now available for the suggested retail price of $59.99.

For the concentrate connoisseur and flower enthusiast, Hydrology9 NX Flower & Concentrate Vaporizer is a modular and dedicated water filtered vape. It features a switchable concentrate atomizer and convection flower heating chamber, providing the best consumption experience for each consumable used with an uncompromised dedication to each material’s unique attributes. An advanced sensor recognizes either the concentrate or flower heating chamber, automatically adjusting the temperature to the unique vaporization profile.

Tea Runners’ Subscription Box

Every month, Tea Runners delivers a curated collection of four top quality loose leaf teas, along with tasting notes and brewing instructions. Within those boxes, you can customize your subscription even further, really delving into exactly the taste and variety you’d like. So if you are not looking for a commitment, you also have the ability to shop individual teas, choosing from rare and award-winning brands, which is undoubtedly of utmost importance to those that truly love to brew and steep. Now available via Amazon.

Patagonia Provisions

Patagonia Provisions recently launched a new lightly-smoked venison link made from invasive Hawaiian Axis deer, which many consider one of the most delicious venison species in the world. With a flavorful, tender, and mild flavor, these venison links offer 16g of lean protein per serving and do not contain any antibiotics or hormones. As sourced from the island of Maui, Patagonia Provisions partners with Maui Nui, who works to harvest the invasive wild deer according to rigorous USDA standards. The animals are never penned or trucked to slaughterhouses, which is the most common and stressful fate for commercially raised meat animals. The deer that Maui Nui sources are wild and free their entire lives. A 62g pouch of links retails for approximately $9.00 and is available online at Patagonia Provisions, while the product will be in retail stores beginning early January 2022.

Atkins’ Keto Products

Atkins’ Chocolate Banana Protein-Rich Energy Shake is intended keep you satisfied throughout the day. This shake is packed with 15 grams of protein, 4 grams of net carbs and only 2 grams of sugar to give you steady energy throughout the day. It can also work as a meal replacement or complement to your workout routine. Also released in the recent past via the Atkins banner, Colette Heimowitz — Vice President of Nutrition and Education at Atkins — wrote the book The Atkins 100 Eating Solution: Easy, Low-Carb Living For Everyday Wellness. That title is available via for $15.99 and its foreword was penned by Rob Lowe.

Good Made Great Foods’ Products

The Power To The Coffee collagen protein supplement comes in individual stick packs that you add to your coffee or tea. Each sweetened stick pack has 12g of collagen peptides, including 11g of protein, and is sugar-free with no extra calories. The product is based upon a blend of stevia and monk fruit, offering a great hint of sweetness without any aftertaste. All ingredients are gluten-free, non-GMO and packed with amino acids, containing 19 of the 20 amino acids and 8 of the 9 essential amino acids. In turn, you can treat yourself to all the benefits of collagen protein powder in a convenient and portable new way; $19.00 ought to get you a 10-pack of Power To The Coffee.

Floyd’s Of Leadville

Floyd’s Of Leadville was founded by former Tour de France winner Floyd Landis. The brand continues to expand their offering of CBD products created to help athletes relax and recover. Its new CBD Recovery bar features 25mg of CBD isolate and 10g of plant protein to aid in recovery or athlete fueling during long-duration workouts. Ideal for reducing pain and inflammation, and for relaxation and recovery post-exercise, its expanded line offers all-natural CBD products in a variety of forms, including full-spectrum and CBD isolate options. I highly-recommend the brand’s Stage 17 Dark Roast coffee blend, as featuring THC-free CBD and artfully-roasted beans from Lion Head Coffee in Granby, Colorado.

Innovative CBD

Per its website, Innovative CBD is a family-owned company with a love for nature, a commitment to quality, and a passion for handcrafting products. It aims to change the way that hemp oils are processed and extracted, sourcing the world’s finest organic ingredients it can fine and blending them with its new Innovative CBD true full spectrum oil. Producing a world first in all natural powerful CBD products. Especially impressive to me from the Innovative CBD brand are its full-spectrum CBD lozenges. They come in 4-packs of 5mg pieces for easy microdosing and are available in 6 flavors: Apple, Cherry, Lemon, Key Lime, Tangerine, Watermelon, Peppermint & Butterscotch. The product’s THC is below 0.01%, so you will not get high from consuming these great lozenges.

Alternative Oats

Within Alternative Oats, nutrient-dense nuts, seeds, fruits and superfoods are combined with organic, gluten-free oats to create not only the most unique oatmeal flavor profiles but also deliver incredibly-balanced nutritional benefits to provide you a fun and healthy start to your day. Each packet provides between 6 and 11 grams of fiber. Its latest offering is AB&J (Almond Butter & Jelly), a childhood favorite reimagined into a delicious artisanal oatmeal blend with pure grape, organic hemp seeds and almond butter powder. No matter the flavor — Island Spice, Peaches & Cream, Acai Bowl and Banana Bread are also available — Alternative Oats offers a delicious, all-natural and filling breakfast that is not only convenient yet also ought to keep you full until lunch. And for those with peanut allergies, 3 of its varieties are peanut-free.


FigBrew is a coffee alternative that is actually healthy. It is organic, naturally-vegan, gluten-free and loaded with vitamins, magnesium, potassium, iron and copper. In turn, as made from excellent-tasting figs, FigBrew products deliver a delicious and healthy alternative to coffee without compromising taste. With no sugar, preservatives or taste enhancers added, its Mellow Mix only has 2 ingredients: coffee beans and roasted Mediterranean figs. Figbrew comes in fully-recyclable packaging and is committed to donating a portion of its profits to support environmentally-conscious non-profit organizations.

Way Of Will’s Tranquil Times

Whole Foods Market is a one-stop shop for all your holiday goods. From wine lovers to game enthusiasts to wellness gurus to budding chefs and everyone in between, this year, Whole Foods Market is the destination for party favors and gifts to meet everyone’s needs. And to make things even sweeter, when you’re shopping at Whole Foods Market this season, you can also support local creators in your community, Whole Foods Market matched and donated the purchase price of locally-made products marked with a red “LOCAL” tag purchased from November 30, 2021 to December 14, 2021 — up to $100,000.00 — to Feeding America.

One of the great offerings I tried from Whole Foods Market this year was the Way Of Will Tranquil Time Essential Oil Set. Priced at $15.99, this natural aromatherapy kit containing 3 essential oils which are designed to help you relax and unwind after a long day. This kit contains Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Sweet Marjoram essential oils. Also great, recommended and available from the same store is its Feeling Smitten Peppermint Salt Soak, as priced at $6.99.


HOP WTR is a calorie-free sparkling water brewed with bold hops, bursting with flavor and filled with adaptogens and nootropics. Carrying no alcohol, no sugar and no gluten, HOP WTR starts with 2 simple ingredients: hops and water. Its Classic flavor is a fresh, smooth homage to your favorite IPA, while my favorite of the flavors is the Mango, which the HOP WTR website describes as “like a surf trip to Costa Rice in your mouth.”


Absente is reportedly the first absinthe that legally made it in re-enter in the U.S. in 2000, per a recipe that uses wormwood but was low in thujone, the ingredient that supposedly gives hallucinations. Here is an Absente-enhanced cocktail recipe you can try making at home:

Absente Spritz

– 2 oz. Campari
– 1 oz. Grande Absente
– 3 oz. sparkling wine
– Soda (to top)
– Garnish: citrus slice
– Ice

– Combine Campari, Grande Absente and the sparkling wine in an ice-filled glass.
– Top with a splash of soda and stir gently to mix.
– Garnish with a citrus slice.

The Friendly Patch Co.

The Friendly Patch Co. produces patches which aim to make you feel your best. A great alternative to oral supplements — which won’t burden your liver or kidneys — its easy-to-use, topical patches contain a contact layer, a formula layer, and a backing layer. In turn, as produced by experts with over 15 years of experience perfecting the effective and safe release of supplements into your bloodstream, its patches are designed to support your best life. Among its great offerings are the Snoozzze Sleep Patch, the Boost Energy Patch, the Zen Stress Patch, the Last Call Hangover Patch, and the Daily For Men Vitamin Patch. Absolutely something for everyone within this brand, children included.

5to9 Wellness

5to9 Wellness is reportedly determined to breach the gap in the healthcare industry with its Mind Unwind natural herbal remedy. As launched last month, Mind Unwind has been described as “the most advanced CBD wellness product on the market.” Each dropleft consists of an advanced water-soluble blend of 300mg CBD, Lion’s Mane mushroom extract and L-theanine, and will mix perfectly into virtually any beverage. In turn, it is an instant solution that aims to aid stress, pain and anxiety. Kudos to 5to9 Wellness co-owners Billy Kim and Michael Ni.

Jovē Wellness’ Alkaline Water

Jovē Wellness is a brand known to be passionate about “the intersection of science and nature to elevate the fundamental benefits of water for improved wellbeing.” The company recently announced the launch of its new alkaline water, Jovē, in the pursuit of health and hydration to elevate your everyday. Jovē is 100 percent purified water made with its proprietary Advanced Cellular Hydration Technology that has been clinically-shown to provide proper skin and cellular hydration to support healthy, vibrant living. Jovē — pronounced “Jo-V) — is a smooth, easy drinking alkaline water with pH 9.5+ that contains a patented liquid silica, an essential mineral that increases alkalinity, and is charged with electrons, a primary source of energy for our body and cells. Jovē is currently available via Amazon and Publix, and will be available in Giant Food Store and Earth Fare this summer. Jovē is available individually, in 1-liter bottles at a suggested retail price of $2.49, and as a 12-pack for $33.48 at Amazon.

Oklahoma Smokes

Considering quitting smoking as part of a New Year’s Resolution? Well, Oklahoma Smokes can be a helpful tool for smokers who want to quit, but can’t overcome the urges, habit and oral fixation. A nicotine-free option across the board, the brand also makes CBD-enabled options. Its Pure Hemp CBD Cigarettes — which 20 to a pack for $15.99 — ought to help take the edge off while satisfying one’s urges to smoke. They are tobacco-free, nicotine-free and additive-free. Made with organically grown hemp, each smoke includes 50mg of CBD per smoke. Must be 21+ to purchase, and subscribers to the brand can save 15 percent on their purchases.

Third Eye Headlamps

Last but definitely not least… Designed in California by contemporary artist and adventure junkie Sean Anderson, Third Eye Headlamps are rad-looking headlamps that never quit. Per Anderson: “There just wasn’t a headlamp on the market that felt like me… I wanted technically advanced gear that didn’t look ‘technical’ – I wanted it to be beautiful.” Third Eye products are built to balance functionality, sustainability and individuality. Its TE14 lamp is made of recyclable, non-toxic plastic and comes with a lifetime warranty. Meanwhile, its signature “Totally Awesome Headbands” are a grab bag of awesome designs for epic personalization. Great products aside, Third Eye Headlamps are proud members of 1% For The Planet, so each headlamp directly supports organizations working toward a healthier, happier planet.

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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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