From easier ways to clean outdoor spaces to an ice cream-scented candle, fun and functional finds that can help consumers keep the season going.
The calming sounds of nature can lower blood pressure and levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. But heading outside to the deck or balcony and seeing mostly dirty furniture, not so much. Enter Carbona’s Pro Care Outdoor Cleaner “People find great pleasure spending time outdoors gardening, listening to the sounds of nature, and going for walks. Carbona products help maintain outdoor furniture and rugs, so that the time you spend outside is as refreshing and restorative as possible,” says Chris Albers, marketing director at venerable cleaning brand Carbona.
Moose Tracks Ice Cream, a brand owned by Denali Flavors, and Wax Poetic Candle Bar have created a new Moose Tracks candle. It is vanilla scented with hints of peanut butter cups and famous Moose Tracks Fudge—just like the combination in the über popular ice cream flavor. The 11-oz. candle candle has a 70-hour burn time, and most importantly, zero calories.
Unilever-owned Native has entered the market with mineral-based sunscreen products for face and body. The new SPF formulations combine non-nano zinc oxide and skin conditioners that blend quickly and perfectly across all skin types. According to Darren King, Native's VP of R&D, the brand’s “ultimate goal is mirror-free application at the beach, or anywhere you might be showing some skin." And, Native has created scents that are perfect for summer—think Coconut & Pineapple (shown) and a limited-edition rosé, billed as an effervescent fragrance blend of grapefruit and lychee with notes of jasmine and vanilla.
As the maker of Off! and Raid, SC Johnson knows bugs, and how to get rid of them. The company has created the Pest Index, an online tool with AccuWeather. It is designed provide an estimated incidence of common pests and recommended products that can be used around home and during planned outdoor activities. "We are thrilled to partner with SC Johnson in making the connection between weather and the presence of insects easier to understand and more apparent for all of our audiences so they can make better proactive decisions to protect themselves," said Scott Mackaro, who is vice president of science and innovation at AccuWeather. "The AccuWeather SC Johnson Pest Index will undoubtedly help people prepare better and more comfortably for whatever activity they are planning, during any time of year."
Body surfing with the kids. Tackling a Tough Mudder. A long weekend at the lake. Summer activities can be exhilarating and rejuvenating. But they can also leave behind sore muscles. Rather than popping a pain killer, there’s AleveX, a new product that extends the well-known brand into the topical pain relief sector. This 2021 Product of the Year winner, which is now available online Walmart. is formulated with pain-fighting ingredients and delivers an instant cooling sensation in mess-free massaging stainless steel roll-on.
For many, flips flops are part of the summer uniform until well past Labor Day. But wearing them comes with responsibility for proper foot care. Naturally London’s handcrafted footcare products feature botanical-based ingredients designed soften, detoxify and smooth feet with great scents crafted by an aromatherapist. The range includes Moisturizing Foot Polish, which is formulated with avocado, jojoba and vitamin E with a scent of lemongrass yuzu.
While summer is still here, college students are making their exodus to campuses over the next several weeks. This year, Dormify—well known for college bedding and décor—has teamed up with Bliss to create shower caddy. It features Dormify’s best-selling 7-pocket shower tote with several Bliss’ favorites—like Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Butter and Soapy Suds, Clear Genius Clarifying Cleanser, with travel-sized versions of Bliss Clear Genius Toner-Serum and Drench & Quench Cream-to-Water Hydrator. The Bliss x Dormify Shower Caddy is available exclusively at Target, marking Dormify’s first foray with the retailer. No college kid at home? This tote is also perfect for a day at the beach or pool.