Cool Call Anti-Radiation Headset Shield, $39
Do you use corded headphones or earphones with your cell phone in an effort to reduce your exposure to radiation from it? Well, research suggests you're actually making things worse. This genius little device, however, is designed to absorb the microwave signal that travels up the cable from a wireless device to your head. You simply plug it into the audio jack of your phone, laptop or tablet and then attach your own headphones to it. It's been independently tested and verified to work (you can view the test results on www.coolercoms.com), and it even improves audio quality because it removes interference from the cable.
BalmToo, $29 (1 fl oz/30 mL)
www.hurrawbalm.com; tel: 406-730-2571
Certified vegan and organic lip balm brand Hurraw! has expanded its much-loved collection to include this multitasking squeezable balm that can be used on the lips, face, hands, feet or anywhere you need a moisture boost. Like the lip balms, the formula is 100 percent vegan and packed with soothing and hydrating organic raw ingredients, such as safflower seed oil, moringa seed oil and candelilla wax. It's available in a range of scents, like this Lavender Rose balm, as well as an unscented version that's perfect for sensitive skin.
Anti-blue light glasses, from $59
A health trend we've got our eye on right now is blue light-blocking glasses—eyewear designed to block or filter the high-energy blue light coming from digital screens. There are mixed reports in the media on whether the glasses are truly helpful or just hype, but early evidence suggests that they can help with sleep problems and symptoms associated with prolonged digital screen use, such as eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes.1 If you want to try them for yourself, check out Blueberry's stylish collections, which come with or without correction and in a range of frame shapes and colors.
Shampoo bars are a fantastic way to cut down on your plastic use. Here are three 100 percent natural and vegan ones to try, all of which can be used as a body soap too.
Natural Shampoo Bar, $8.94 (2.8 oz/80 g)
Great for sensitive skin, this fruity shampoo bar is made of just five ingredients: coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, beer and banana flavor. It cleanses and nourishes at the same time and smells delicious.
Lemongrass & Peppermint Balancing Shampoo Bar, $9.64 (3.35 oz/95 g)
Carefully formulated with a lower pH than most shampoo bars, this is a nondrying blend of plant oils and butters that have been naturally saponified (made into a soap) and combined with refreshing essential oils of peppermint, lemongrass, ginger and rosemary.
Organic Rhassoul Shampoo Bar for Oily Hair, $13.01 (2.5 oz/70 g)
Made with highly absorbent, mineral-rich rhassoul clay to degrease hair without damaging it, this organic shampoo bar also contains moisturizing argan oil and scalp-soothing lavender and geranium essential oils.