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Editors’ Picks: The Best (New)
Wellness Tools for Summer
One of the more fun parts about being a wellness editor is discovering and testing new products—the best of them make it into the goop shop. This month, some highlights included an orgasm balm made for your clit, chocolate squares packed with vitamin D, and more that we can’t stop talking about.
“Saying a vibrator is so pretty that you’ll leave it on your nightstand is like the bride telling you you’ll wear the bridesmaid dress to so many other things. It rarely or never happens. Viva la Vulva is the first vibrator I actually do leave on top of my bedroom dresser. I mean, look at her. She’s so cute. I love the color, the little gold sphere that you grasp, the compact size, and how intuitive it is to use. And I’m all for a one-button device. You press the power button to cycle through the 10 vibration options—3 steady intensities and 7 patterns. The patterns continue to surprise me: They’re distinct from other vibrators I’ve tried. And then there’s Viva’s unique arch shape. Rock the curve against your body and you’ll feel why it’s shaped just so.”
“When I saw ‘Pure Delight Orgasm Balm’ on a list of new product launches, I did not hesitate to ask for a sample. You put a dab on your clitoris before some kind of sexual play and, within a few minutes, you’ll feel a tingling sensation. It heightens your sensitivity, and for me, it led to a more intense orgasm. It’s made with essential oils and a menthol extract. The texture is super silky, smooth, and satisfying.”
“Sometimes I catch myself dropping pasta into a bubbling pot for dinner, thinking about a fight I had with an ex years ago, still a little mad. I can’t say I argue kindly or forgive easily. So when I read therapist Terry Real’s new book, where he talks a lot about how to undo me versus you patterns with your partner—a common relationship killer—I had light bulbs going off all over the place. I’m not in a relationship right now, but it made me reflect on how I want to come to the table the next time I am.”
“I’m an SPF 50, big hat, shady-side-of-the-street kind of girl. So when I had some blood work done a few years ago and my doc told me my vitamin D levels were a problem, I knew a supplement was the answer. I’ve tried a few, and what I like about the vitamin D chocolates from FX Chocolate is that having one doesn’t feel like taking another supplement. It’s a sweet little after-lunch treat that happens to have 2,000 IU of vitamin D and an ample dose of vitamin K, too.”
Senior director, science and research
“HealthyLine hit the ball out of the park with this impressive mat. The 18-by-18-inch mat is sized perfectly for moving around to whichever body part needs attention, and for me right now, that’s my feet. Heat radiating from semiprecious stones—jade, tourmaline, amethyst, and obsidian—helps promote muscle relaxation and the circulation of blood to bring nutrients and remove waste products. Press the photon button for a red-light treatment and the PEMF button for a low-frequency electromagnetic field—currently a hot topic in research on tissue and bone health.”
Senior science editor
“I love versatile wellness tools—they make me feel like I’m doing more with less. Bala’s chic sand-colored ball delivers on that front: You can inflate it to be as squishy or firm as you like and use it to increase strength and balance, kicking your Pilates or yoga workout up a notch. And it makes a great massage tool. Just gently roll it along your muscles and joints.”
“Aura’s Wildberry Hibiscus Marine Collagen is versatile, too. Two to four teaspoons of this liquid collagen can be mixed into your favorite seltzer, smoothie, or juice. Or drink it straight up, just like a shot. Either way, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this unique supplement that gives the benefits of collagen with a subtly sweet wildberry-and-hibiscus flavor.”
Wellness director, content
“I started playing pickleball a few months ago, and I tend to overdo it; my right knee started to bother me. I almost accepted that it would just be a recurring thing. Then I tested the PowerDot, which uses electrical stimulation to temporarily relieve muscle pain due to strain from exercise and everyday activity. One 20-minute session helped so much. I just connected one PowerDot pod to the app via Bluetooth and followed the instructions for the knee program, which involves placing three of the sticky electrode pads in a specific formation and connecting the pod to the pads with a set of cables. It’s an odd sensation, almost like a tingling, but it’s not uncomfortable. And you can adjust the intensity level from your phone as you go. Now I use it a few times a week after I play.”
“I am the Goldilocks of multivitamin supplements: Every time I try a new one, I find a reason to hate it. They either have an odor that’s so off-putting it’s an immediate no, or the capsules are so large that I dread swallowing them every day (and you know how that story ends). And then there’s the formula itself: I need a multivitamin that replaces more than one supplement on my shelf for it to be worth it. Our science and research team checked all my boxes with this one—the capsules are on the small side, they don’t smell weird, and they contain the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals I want to be taking on a daily basis. Especially iron, which is included in a form that’s gentle on the stomach.”*
Senior programming manager
“In the four years since I started working at goop, I have famously given many of these sleek ceramic diffusers as gifts. There’s really no occasion they’re not right for: birthdays, baby showers, thank-yous, etc. Everyone wants one in their life but doesn’t know it yet—which is exactly the point. The new lavender version is going to bring my gifting game to the next level. It’s the perfect piece to keep in your back pocket for even the pickiest person.”
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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