We love working with brands and helping them to collaborate with our bloggers – so much so that we are always on the lookout for exciting products to share. During our extensive research to find the hottest trends and coolest products, we come across up-and-coming brands that we just have to introduce you to! Some of the brands below you’ll find in our opportunity board, others are simply companies our detectives found online. Let’s take a look at what’s trending in the HBC Edit this week.
Peach & Vanilla Cayenne Infused Drink by Nix & Kix
Unimpressed by the sugar-filled fizzy drinks and bland ‘healthy alternatives’ available on the drinks market, founders of Nix & Kix, Kerstin and Julia, quit the corporate grind to create a tasty and healthy replacement. This led them to create the UK’s first range of chilli-infused soft drinks. They contain no fizz, no refined sugars and nothing artificial [the NIX bit], while having a unique flavour kick from cayenne chilli [the KIX bit]. Beautifully balancing sweetness and spice, the peach & vanilla cayenne chilli flavour packs a flavoursome punch. The cayenne chilli gives the drinks their signature ‘kick’, providing a natural endorphin high (thanks, capsaicin), whilst the flavour comes from the best natural Bavarian peaches in Germany, no less. At under 80 calories per bottle, NIX&KIX is less sweet than typical soft drinks with plenty of flavour to keep taste buds happy.
Perfect for… A natural alternative to alcohol that gives a happy endorphin high with no negative side effects.
Laidbare Sunflower Hand Cream
Everyday exposure leaves your hands thirsty and dry. Laidbare Sunflower hand cream is the ultimate intensive moisture cream for very dry hands. Quench them with this fabulously aromatic cream and feel the difference as the skin soaks up all its nourishing properties. Organic shea butter has the ability to spread evenly and absorb almost instantly into skin – it is well known for its intense healing properties – and gives the hand cream a lovely consistency. Sunflower oil is perfect for distressed hard working hands; deeply moisturising. Vitamin C is an antioxidant known to rejuvenate and strengthen the skin.
Pick it up at: Online from Touch My Face
Perfect for… Feeding hands the moisture they desperately need during winter
Apple & Blackcurrant Jelly Juice by Naturelly
Sweet by nature and free from gelatine, gluten, wheat and dairy, this is the perfect hunger-busting snack for healthy children. Aiming to help combat childhood obesity, Naturelly is a family-run business supported by industry experts. Vegetarian society and school approved too, this jiggly jelly is a happy and healthy choice for little ones, and the apple and blackcurrant flavour may just be a winner with parents too! At only 36 calories and never from concentrate, the natural ingredients in the jellies are designed to keep active children full of natural goodness until dinner time.
Pick it up at: Holland & Barrett, Wholefoods Market, and online from Naturelly, Boots, Ocado and Yumbles.
Perfect for… Keeping hungry tummies full and taste buds happy
Dairy-free soft cheese from Treeline cheese
It seems that dairy -free cheeses are the next big thing to take the healthy food world by storm. Introducing Treeline cheese: 100% free from dairy, lactose, casein, gluten, soy and added oils, these soft cheeses are tangy, creamy and totally spreadable. Made mostly from cashews and flavoured with various delicious and delicate flavours – such as green peppercorn and chipotle-serrano pepper – these cheeses rival any artisan cheese out there. Sadly, not available yet in the UK, but definitely watch this space!
Pick it up at: WholeFoods and various organic markets in the US
Perfect for… topping on a bagel or using as a dip for crusty bread, crudities or crackers.