Playground, a sexual wellness company that champions all women to celebrate their sexuality, is unveiling its debut lubricant collection.
Made with a water-based formula that is clinically tested to be clean, vegan and pH balanced, it uses proprietary ingredients and three adaptogens — ashwagandha, black cohosh and horny goat weed — the San Francisco-based company said.
Formulated with vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and bamboo extract, the five available varieties include:
Date Night, a blend of champagne and vanilla essences;
Mini Escape, made with notes of coconut and sandalwood;
After Hours, a combination of warm wood fragrances;
Love Sesh, which is free of scent; and
Four Play Discovery Kit, which consists of four travel-sized, single-use sachets.
“Women’s sexual experiences have been misunderstood and underserved for far too long. Most women at some point in their daily lives experience dryness or struggle to reach an orgasm, yet most personal lubricants on the market fail to help them,” said CEO Catherine Magee. “Playground’s mission is to make every woman feel empowered and inspired to improve their sexual experiences with amazing products they’re excited to use as much as their favorite beauty product.”
Playground’s new collection, which is available online, is free of parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, mineral oil, propylene glycol, GMOs, gluten, sulfates, dyes and hormones, the brand said.
Minute Maid Aguas Frescas offers refreshing twist on juice
For individuals who are dealing with menstrual cramps, a new OTC topical analgesic, transdermal, pain-relieving cream may help in aiding some discomfort.
Control, which is available through AvKare, is absorbed into the muscles, relaxes the nerves, and works in about one to four minutes, the company said.
Featured ingredients in Control include menthol, carbomer, cetyl alcohol, dimethicone, fragrance, glyceryl stearate, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, purified water, stearic acid and triethanolamine, as well as butylene glycol, capryl glycol, chamomilla Recutita, flower extract, citrus Aurantium duclis peel oil, cocos Nucifera oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil and salvia officinalis extract.
In order to relieve or prevent a cramp, users can apply as much as needed to the area of the affected muscles and massage it onto the skin. Control can also be used safely with compression wraps or compression clothing with the concentration employed in its formula, the company said.
NCPA supports Senate bill empowering FTC action against PBMs
The National Community Pharmacists Association is strongly supporting the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act, new legislation introduced today by Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
The bill would give the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general the ability to penalize and/or initiate legal action against PBMs for certain unfair or deceptive business practices in the commercial space.
“PBM-insurers have manipulated our complex healthcare system, so they can set their competitors’ prices, dictate their competitors’ reimbursements, use competitors’ data to steer patients to PBM-affiliated retail, specialty and mail-order pharmacies, and limit where and what consumers can buy,” said NCPA CEO Douglas Hoey.
“There are plenty of PBM actions for policymakers and regulators to address in order to ease the havoc they have wreaked on patients and small business independent pharmacies,” Hoey said. “NCPA is grateful to Sens. Cantwell and Grassley for their ongoing support of PBM reform. We’re proud to endorse their latest effort, the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act, and will work to help it advance.”
Cantwell is chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. Its subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security recently had a hearing that examined steps Congress can take to increase transparency in drug prices, require PBMs to operate fairly and ensure the FTC has the authority it needs to stop unfair practices in the prescription drug market. The Pharmacy Benefit Manager Transparency Act, which falls under the Commerce Committee’s jurisdiction, is a natural next step forward in the legislative process. Grassley, like Cantwell, has worked for years to bring more transparency into health care, limit anticompetitive PBM practices and benefit Americans through greater oversight, NCPA said.
SkinnyDipped rolls out strawberry lemonade almonds
SkinnyDipped is debuting its new refreshingly tangy, limited-edition flavor.
Strawberry lemonade almonds are thin-dipped in lightly sweetened yogurt and kissed with real lemon and berry, the Seattle-based company said.
Made without the use of artificial ingredients, the almonds are gluten free, non-GMO, kosher and contain almonds sourced from certified bee-friendly farms.
In addition to launching this new variety, SkinnyDipped is releasing a Beach, Don’t Kill My Vibe bundle, which includes strawberry lemonade and lemon bliss almonds, a tote bag, and branded stickers.
“Strawberry lemonade is the perfect extension for us since we’re all about creating amazingly delicious flavors that are both familiar and unique,” said Breezy Griffith, SkinnyDipped’s CEO and founder. “It’s an even more summery and nostalgic riff on lemon bliss, which people go crazy for! We’re already seeing a ton of excitement and can't wait for more people to try it.”
Consumers can find the strawberry lemonade almonds in a 3.5-oz. pouch that retails for $4.99 at such locations as HelloFresh, Kroger, H-E-B and Hungryroot. The Beach Don’t Kill My Vibe bundle retails for $14.99 at Amazon.
With its latest product, Meno, O Positiv is looking to help alleviate common symptoms of menopause.
Meno is an all-natural and hormone-free capsule formulated with such ingredients as black cohosh, ashwagandha, chaste berry, vitamin D3 and vitamin B6, the company said.
“Following a hysterectomy, menopause hit me like a ton of bricks,” said co-founder Mary Kay. “I was desperate to find a natural, hormone-free menopause solution, but there was nothing available. The effective, premium ingredients in Meno have truly helped me feel like myself again. It's possible to be unaffected by menopause symptoms, live your life and feel great — that’s the reason why we created Meno!”
Designed to help combat hot flashes, night sweats, occasional sleepiness and mood swings, Meno also may aid in improving sexual function, promoting calcium absorption and immunity support, the brand said.
Available in a bottle that contains 30 servings, O Positiv’s Meno retails for $34.99 online.