It’s been a busy year in the Wellness Department, with several new body care, supplement, and sustainable product lines added to our set.
Read on to see which ones made the list!
Kim McDermott, Wheatsfield’s Wellness Manager
‘Lord, My Hands are so Dry!’
This lotion was inspired by the creator of Wild Carrot, who needed something for her overworked farm hands. Chock full of rich ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, and lanolin, this is my new go-to lotion for these long, dry Iowa winters. It soaks in wonderfully, and so far has kept those dreaded skin cracks away!
Solid Shampoo & Conditioners
‘”You want a plastic-free planet, but you also want nice hair, why should it be either/or?”, states HiBAR’s website. They offer one of the first salon-quality solid shampoo AND conditioner bars. These bars are effective and travel friendly, with no sulphates, parabens, phthalates, or silicones. We love these.
Silicone Cooking & Storage Bags
Stasher is another company that’s doing great things for the planet by making it easy to cut down on plastic bags. Made from the highest quality silicone (virtually liquid sand), you can store, freeze, and cook in these with no worries about harmful chemicals leaching into your food. From sandwich to stand up, choose from several sizes to fit a variety of uses.
Effer-C makes a nice addition to your seasonal wellness arsenal. Just dissolve these travel-friendly packets in water for a tasty effervescent drink loaded with immune-boosting elderberry, 1,000 mg Vitamin C, zinc, and B vitamins. They also replenish vital electrolytes, and offer a nice sugar free option that is sweetened with stevia and xylitol.
Bee’s Wax Food Wraps
Finally, a sustainable, reusable alternative to plastic wrap to cover your bowls and wrap leftovers! Bee’s wraps are a pliable wax coated cloth made from organic cotton, sustainably sourced beeswax, jojoba, and tree resin that have natural antibiotic properties. The wraps are pliable and can cover bowls, wrap cheeses, fruits, veggies or breads headed for the fridge. They can be washed in cool water for reuse, will last at least a year, and can be cut into strips and composted once they’ve reached the end of their usefulness.
Magnesium Glycinate Caps
Calm is the top selling magnesium supplement in natural food stores nationwide. Many adults don’t get enough of this vital mineral from their diet, and notice a difference in their overall health when they add in magnesium. These new calm capsules use magnesium glycinate, a highly absorbable and bioavailable form of magnesium that’s easier on the stomach and gut. Plus they’ve added lavender essential oil and a therapeutically significant amount of lemon balm, which also helps support calm and healthy stress levels.
Damascus Rose Facial Oil
This lovely smelling facial oil blends jojoba, pomegranate and baobab oils with Damascus rose and other essential oils, creating a wonderful antioxidant blend that works wonderfully to restore dry or delicate skin. Use alone as a serum at bedtime, or after cleansing and before applying a facial cream.
MyMatcha Moisture Stick
A top seller in our bodycare department! This little travel friendly stick can go with you everywhere and moisturizes lips, under eyes, face, hands and any dry patchy areas. Matcha powder is chock full of antioxidants that nourish and protect your skin.
Plant Protein Powder
A thoughtfully formulated plant based protein containing pea, artichoke, and sprouted quinoa that mixes easily and has a smooth texture. We like that it’s vegan, GF and dairy free and is manufactured in the company’s own US facility. Added enzymes make it easy to digest. There is no added sugar, and instead is sweetened with natural stevia and lucuma. Plus consumers rank it as one of the best tasting plant protein shakes. Available in natural (no stevia), vanilla bean, and chocolate flavors.
A clinically studied formula that helps relieve occasional anxiety – without drowsiness or nasty side effects. Non-habit forming and formulated from a special cultivar of Echinacea. Can be used every day or just occasionally when you need extra support. Many reviewers report safe and effective relief with anxiocalm.
A superb, high quality mushroom formula consisting of 6 organic mushrooms- including reishi- and beta glucan complexed with fresh, raw organic vegetables. Natural Factors grows many of the organic vegetables on their own land that is used in their formulas like Super Mushroom. This is a true whole food mushroom supplement that helps support immunity, stamina, and cognitive function.
These new shower salts, formulated with essential oils and dendritic and seas salts, turn an ordinary shower into a spa-like aromatic experience. Just place on the shower floor under the stream of water and prepare to be transported! Available in three uplifting scents.
What’s so smart about this floss?? First, the lightly waxed floss is stretchy and expands width-wise, so removes more plaque. Second, because it’s made of a softer material, it’s gentler on your gums (and fingers!). Lastly, the dispenser is made from biodegradable plastic. This has been a customer favorite since we began selling it at the coop.
Gut Connection Formulas
Country Life has come out with 7 truly unique formulas that help with immune health by supporting gut health. Each formula contains Epicor, a yeast fermentate clinically proven to act as a prebiotic to support your gut microbiome, thus supporting immune function. Added in with the Epicor are specific ingredients that address individual health issues. Choose the formula that’s right for you – stress, sleep, weight, energy or cognitive health.
Vegan Gummy Multi
Garden of Life
Cheers to Garden of Life, who created the first certified organic vegan multivitamin gummy with no processed sugars. Instead they’re sweetened with fruit juices. Unlike many conventional gummies, there are no artificial colors, flavors, or gelatin. Great tasting, these are for anyone who has a hard time swallowing pills or just wants an alternative to pills. Did we mention how good they taste?
Creamy Cocoa Butter
About as pure as you can get, inesscents is made from 100% organic cocoa butter, shea butter, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. Smooths rough skin and makes a great hand and foot cream before bed. It’s not often a body care products smells good enough to eat, but don’t be tempted; instead just rub this on all those rough dry spots. Your skin will thank you.
Nothing conveys pampering for your skin like a rose-scented mist. Rose hydrosol is the nutritive plant water that remains after the rose essential oil is distilled. Use this hydrosol as a toner, as a face and body mist, or anytime you just want to experience the simple, pure fragrance of garden roses.
Locally Made Pure Body Wash
Jeniunely Pure is a family owned company from Ames that produces top quality body care products with minimal and clean ingredients, many of them organic. Their body wash contains ingredients including organic coconut and jojoba oils, glycerin, aloe gel, and essential oils. This is one of the purest body washes we’ve found. No synthetic overpowering scents here, just the subtle natural fragrance from essential oils. In lemon- grapefruit or cherry sandalwood scents.
Local Handmade Bar Soaps
Siberian Soap Co.
Sometimes simple, handcrafted items can bring us genuine pleasure. I count Siberian soaps among those simple pleasures. Siberian Soap Co. is another company located right here in Ames. These artisan soaps are made using the traditional cold process technique. The owner uses only natural ingredients like coconut and olive oils and natural coloring and essential oil fragrances. All of the scents are lovely, but Zen Garden is a standout.
A sleep powder that really helps improve sleep quality. It combines several significant ingredients to help support a good night’s sleep. L-Glycine is one of the unique additions and serves to calm overactive brain neurons, thus helping the mind relax. The formula also includes the all important magnesium, plus other relaxing amino acids, L-theanine, and a microdose of melatonin. L-Tryptophan is included and is a precursor to serotonin which helps promote sleep and a positive mood. I like that there is just a small dose of melatonin, and since it’s a powder I can easily adjust the dose.