All The Wellness Products We Tried & Loved In May

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The wellness team at Refinery29 gets to try a ton of really great stuff. So we highlight some our favorite products each month — the things that were so useful or so cool, we couldn't stop using them.

This month, we were reaching both for wellness products that helped us stay cooler in the climbing temperatures, and for products that helped us work up a sweat. Swipe through to check out our picks.

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<h2>Ritual Essential Protein</h2><br>"I love making protein smoothies as a healthy, filling snack or breakfast. As such, I've tried a bunch of different protein powders: Ones I picked up at Target, really fancy ones with IG-friendly branding, and everything in between. I was already a subscriber to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/custom-vitamin-packs-reviews" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ritual's multivitamins" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ritual's multivitamins</a>, but when I tried their just-launched vanilla protein powder, it was truly love at first sip. The pea-based formula packs 20 grams of protein (and 0 grams of sugar!) per serving, and has a rich, vanilla-y flavor that doesn't taste artificial. In other words, it's perfect." <em>— Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty & Wellness Market Writer</em><br><br><strong>Ritual</strong> Essential Protein Daily Shake 18+, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fritual.com%2Fproducts%2Fessential-protein-daily-shake-18" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ritual" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ritual</a>

Ritual Essential Protein


"I love making protein smoothies as a healthy, filling snack or breakfast. As such, I've tried a bunch of different protein powders: Ones I picked up at Target, really fancy ones with IG-friendly branding, and everything in between. I was already a subscriber to Ritual's multivitamins, but when I tried their just-launched vanilla protein powder, it was truly love at first sip. The pea-based formula packs 20 grams of protein (and 0 grams of sugar!) per serving, and has a rich, vanilla-y flavor that doesn't taste artificial. In other words, it's perfect." — Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty & Wellness Market Writer

Ritual Essential Protein Daily Shake 18+, $, available at Ritual
<h2>Brooks Running Method 5" Short Tight</h2><br>"To be honest, I was always nervous about wearing bike shorts — I was afraid I wouldn't like the way they looked, and that they'd be too thin and unsupportive for me to actually enjoy moving around in. I finally tried this pair from Brooks and have been gladly proved wrong. They feel just like my <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-leggings-by-occasion" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:favorite pair of workout leggings" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">favorite pair of workout leggings</a>, only in short form. They even have pockets, which is by far my favorite feature on a good pair of bottoms. I'll definitely be wearing these all summer."<em> — Elizabeth Gulino, Health & Wellness Writer</em><br><br><strong>Brooks</strong> Method 5" Short Tight, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.brooksrunning.com%2Fen_us%2Fwomens-method-5inch-legging-shorts%2F221478.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brooks Running" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Brooks Running</a>

Brooks Running Method 5" Short Tight


"To be honest, I was always nervous about wearing bike shorts — I was afraid I wouldn't like the way they looked, and that they'd be too thin and unsupportive for me to actually enjoy moving around in. I finally tried this pair from Brooks and have been gladly proved wrong. They feel just like my favorite pair of workout leggings, only in short form. They even have pockets, which is by far my favorite feature on a good pair of bottoms. I'll definitely be wearing these all summer." — Elizabeth Gulino, Health & Wellness Writer

Brooks Method 5" Short Tight, $, available at Brooks Running
<h2>12 Can Mini Retro Beverage Cooler in Turquoise</h2><br>"Moving from an apartment to a house comes with a lot of adjustments, including realizing that you now have to haul things up and down the stairs pretty regularly. That's why buying this mini-fridge — which is so small it fits right into my nightstand! — turned out to be such a good decision. I keep bottled coffee, <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/spiked-hard-seltzer-brands" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:flavored seltzer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">flavored seltzer</a>, and water in it, plus the occasional snack, and it holds about 12 cans or six regular-sized bottles. Being eight months pregnant, I don't necessarily want to make trips downstairs for water when I'm thirsty in the middle of the night (which is always), so it's great to have it right by the bed. Plus, just look how cute it is." <em>— Natalie Gontcharova, Senior Politics Editor</em><br><br><strong>Frigidaire</strong> Frigidaire Mini Fridge In Turquoise, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fp%2FFrigidaire-12-Can-Mini-Retro-Beverage-Cooler-in-Turquoise-EFMIS462-BLUE%2F305847539" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Home Depot" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Home Depot</a>

12 Can Mini Retro Beverage Cooler in Turquoise


"Moving from an apartment to a house comes with a lot of adjustments, including realizing that you now have to haul things up and down the stairs pretty regularly. That's why buying this mini-fridge — which is so small it fits right into my nightstand! — turned out to be such a good decision. I keep bottled coffee, flavored seltzer, and water in it, plus the occasional snack, and it holds about 12 cans or six regular-sized bottles. Being eight months pregnant, I don't necessarily want to make trips downstairs for water when I'm thirsty in the middle of the night (which is always), so it's great to have it right by the bed. Plus, just look how cute it is." — Natalie Gontcharova, Senior Politics Editor

Frigidaire Frigidaire Mini Fridge In Turquoise, $, available at Home Depot
<h2>Sakara Metabolism Super Bar</h2><br>"This month, I drove four hours down to my parents' house to surprise my mom for Mother's Day. I'm convinced that these new Sakara protein bars (and a great road trip playlist) are what got me through the drive. They have an almost-bittersweet cocoa flavor that I really jive with, and each bar has 12 grams of plant protein and 10 grams of fiber to keep things moving. I can't say for sure if it does anything for my metabolism, but it makes for the best healthy snack ever." <em>– KH</em><br><br><strong>Sakara Life</strong> Metabolism Super Bar, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sakara.com%2Fproducts%2Fmetabolism-super-bar" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sakara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sakara</a>

Sakara Metabolism Super Bar


"This month, I drove four hours down to my parents' house to surprise my mom for Mother's Day. I'm convinced that these new Sakara protein bars (and a great road trip playlist) are what got me through the drive. They have an almost-bittersweet cocoa flavor that I really jive with, and each bar has 12 grams of plant protein and 10 grams of fiber to keep things moving. I can't say for sure if it does anything for my metabolism, but it makes for the best healthy snack ever." – KH

Sakara Life Metabolism Super Bar, $, available at Sakara
<strong><h3>Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen </h3></strong><br>"I always spend more time outside in the spring, and especially so this year when the warm weather coincided with me becoming fully vaccinated. <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-spf-sunscreen-beauty-editor-reviews" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:My SPF needed an upgrade" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">My SPF needed an upgrade</a>, so I tried out the renown Supergoop! and have fallen in love with their Unseen Sunscreen. It's invisible and though it feels very silky on the face at first, it becomes unnoticeable after a few minutes. It doesn't burn my eyes when I run with it on, and so far it's kept sunburns at bay too."<em> — Mirel Zaman, Deputy Director of Lifestyle, Wellbeing, & Social Issues</em><br><br><strong>Supergoop!</strong> Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dermstore.com%2Fproduct_Unseen%2BSunscreen%2BSPF%2B40_74436.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:DermStore" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">DermStore</a>

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen


"I always spend more time outside in the spring, and especially so this year when the warm weather coincided with me becoming fully vaccinated. My SPF needed an upgrade, so I tried out the renown Supergoop! and have fallen in love with their Unseen Sunscreen. It's invisible and though it feels very silky on the face at first, it becomes unnoticeable after a few minutes. It doesn't burn my eyes when I run with it on, and so far it's kept sunburns at bay too." — Mirel Zaman, Deputy Director of Lifestyle, Wellbeing, & Social Issues

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, $, available at DermStore
<h3>Nathan Sports SpeedShot Plus Insulated Flask</h3><br>"Honestly, I used to get my mid-run water from the public water fountains in my local park. The pandemic made that seem like a bad idea. Luckily, I had this <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-reusable-water-bottle" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:water bottle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">water bottle</a>. The strap grips my hand so I don't have to hold onto it — I can forget it's there until I need a sip. I like that the pouch can hold a key and ID, too." <em>— MZ</em><br><br><strong>Nathan Sports</strong> Nathan Sports SpeedShot Plus Insulated Flask, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nathansports.com%2Fproducts%2Fspeedshot-plus-insulated-flask-bluebird-true-navy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nathan Sports" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nathan Sports</a>

Nathan Sports SpeedShot Plus Insulated Flask


"Honestly, I used to get my mid-run water from the public water fountains in my local park. The pandemic made that seem like a bad idea. Luckily, I had this water bottle. The strap grips my hand so I don't have to hold onto it — I can forget it's there until I need a sip. I like that the pouch can hold a key and ID, too." — MZ

Nathan Sports Nathan Sports SpeedShot Plus Insulated Flask, $, available at Nathan Sports
<h3>WHOOP Strap <br></h3><br>"I'm an activity tracker enthusiast — I love to do it. I mostly wear and adore my Apple Watch, but lately, I've been favoring the Whoop strap. It measures strain and recovery, and it's one of the only things I've tried that actually <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2021/04/10447165/netflix-headspace-guide-to-meditation-covid-insomnia" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:nudges me toward better sleep habits" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">nudges me toward better sleep habits</a>, because I want to see a higher recovery percentage in the morning. I also like that it doesn't alert me to my phone notifications (I'm trying to disconnect these days, not connect more), and while it does, unfortunately, measure calorie burn, it doesn't emphasize the metric, which I appreciate. The downside is the cost. The strap is free with a membership; I received a media membership ages ago, but typically it's $30 a month (less if you commit to a 12- or 18-month membership)." <em>— MZ</em><br><br><strong>WHOOP</strong> WHOOP Membership, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fjoin.whoop.com%2F%3Fgdpr%3D1%252F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WHOOP" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WHOOP</a>

WHOOP Strap


"I'm an activity tracker enthusiast — I love to do it. I mostly wear and adore my Apple Watch, but lately, I've been favoring the Whoop strap. It measures strain and recovery, and it's one of the only things I've tried that actually nudges me toward better sleep habits, because I want to see a higher recovery percentage in the morning. I also like that it doesn't alert me to my phone notifications (I'm trying to disconnect these days, not connect more), and while it does, unfortunately, measure calorie burn, it doesn't emphasize the metric, which I appreciate. The downside is the cost. The strap is free with a membership; I received a media membership ages ago, but typically it's $30 a month (less if you commit to a 12- or 18-month membership)." — MZ

WHOOP WHOOP Membership, $, available at WHOOP
<h2>The Class X Alicia Keys Soulful Sessions </h2>"I've never felt so serene and zenned out after <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-online-streaming-workout" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a virtual workout" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a virtual workout</a>. The classes take Taryn Toomey's usual lively moves (which in corporate dance, sculpt, yoga, and strength movements including squats and burpees), and set them to the artful tunes of Alicia Keys. When "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rywUS-ohqeE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:No One" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">No One</a>" came on during a tough <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ1Xuz9D-ZQ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:round of donkey kicks" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">round of donkey kicks</a>, I forgot my legs were burning and was overcome with the urge to sing along. I found the sessions to be challenging but truly joyful. There were times the dance-like moves made me feel silly, but it just meant I was actually smiling while sweating for once. We wound down with a mindful meditation. Another plus: In honor of the collaboration with Keys, The Class made a donation to the mental health non-profit, <a href="http://sadgirlsclub.org" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sad Girls Club" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sad Girls Club</a>." — <em>Molly Longman, Health & Wellness Writer </em><br><br><strong>The Class by Taryn Toomey</strong> The Class Subscription, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fdigitalstudio.theclass.com%2Fcheckout%2Fsubscribe%2Fpurchase" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Class by Taryn Toomey" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Class by Taryn Toomey</a>

The Class X Alicia Keys Soulful Sessions

"I've never felt so serene and zenned out after a virtual workout. The classes take Taryn Toomey's usual lively moves (which in corporate dance, sculpt, yoga, and strength movements including squats and burpees), and set them to the artful tunes of Alicia Keys. When "No One" came on during a tough round of donkey kicks, I forgot my legs were burning and was overcome with the urge to sing along. I found the sessions to be challenging but truly joyful. There were times the dance-like moves made me feel silly, but it just meant I was actually smiling while sweating for once. We wound down with a mindful meditation. Another plus: In honor of the collaboration with Keys, The Class made a donation to the mental health non-profit, Sad Girls Club." — Molly Longman, Health & Wellness Writer

The Class by Taryn Toomey The Class Subscription, $, available at The Class by Taryn Toomey
<h2>Hello Bello Organic Women's Multi Vitamin Gummy</h2><br>"I love Kristin Bell, and I love gummy vitamins. Therefore, by the transitive property, I expected to be fully obsessed with Hello Bello (the lifestyle and wellness brand she co-founded with her husband, Dax Shepherd). Sure enough, I was. Not only are they rich in vitamins B12, D, and E (to name a few), but they're so tasty that I genuinely look forward to taking them every morning." — <em>KH</em><br><br><strong>Hello Bello</strong> Organic Women's Multi Vitamin Gummy, 60ct, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FHello-Bello-Organic-Women-s-Multi-Vitamin-Gummy-60ct%2F964981001" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a>

Hello Bello Organic Women's Multi Vitamin Gummy


"I love Kristin Bell, and I love gummy vitamins. Therefore, by the transitive property, I expected to be fully obsessed with Hello Bello (the lifestyle and wellness brand she co-founded with her husband, Dax Shepherd). Sure enough, I was. Not only are they rich in vitamins B12, D, and E (to name a few), but they're so tasty that I genuinely look forward to taking them every morning." — KH

Hello Bello Organic Women's Multi Vitamin Gummy, 60ct, $, available at Walmart

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