Our Favorites: July/August Lifestyle Products (Slideshow)
Check out the lifestyle products that are on our radar right now.
Be ready to hit the beach or park spontaneously with the 5-by-5-foot Monkey Mat, a washable, water-repellent ground cover with weighted corners. It comes in a 6-inch stuff sack that fits easily in your bag or glove compartment. $40 from www.monkeymat.com.
It’s the pleasant, lasting aroma of these lovely mists and elixirs from Lotus Wei that you’ll remember, but they also deploy therapeutic flower essences that correct stagnant energy in the body, much like acupuncture or acupressure. Used consistently, they lift spirits and calm nerves, and can help shift unwelcome mental and emotional patterns. Check out the company’s natural perfume line, too. $35–$60 from www.lotuswei.com.
A Meditation on Chocolate
Designed to dissolve slowly on your tongue during a mindfulness meditation (focused on gratitude, relaxation, etc.), these pure, organic, fair-trade, soy-free, dark-chocolates from Wei of Chocolate are a revelation. With delicious flavors like chai tea and Himalayan pink salt, the dark chocolate is also infused with mood-altering flower essences made by Lotus Wei. $13–$55 at www.theweiofchocolate.com.
Happiness in a Bottle
These elegant, hermetically sealed glass bottles from Giara elevate whatever they contain. Use them to mix your own summer spritzer and take it to a party, or fill with garden herbs to flavor oils and vinegars that you can give away at the holidays. About $9 each at www.containerstore.com.
A luxe travel pillow can make the difference between a good voyage and a great one. Covered in a washable, cozy fleece, this compressible pillow from Therm-a-Rest is firm and soft, and stuffed with recycled remnants of the company’s renowned sleep mats. $20–$28; find stores at www.thermarest.com.