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Products to Watch: HRG’s top 5 choices from August 2022

Hamacher Resource Group’s new product team evaluated a total of 59 new products in August, choosing five that stood out.
Nigel F. Maynard
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Product introductions slowed again this month, as jitters returned to the market and inflation fears reemerged. As a result, new products slowed from their July numbers. For the month of August, suppliers unveiled just 59 new products, which is about half of the 120 items they introduced in July. Waukesha, Wis.-based HRG reviewed 22 products in the health category, 28 in the wellness sector and nine beauty items to see which ones stood out as Products to Watch. Here is what they found:

1. Mucinex HBP Cough & Chest Congestion Liquid Gels 
Reckitt’s Mucinex HBP Cough & Chest Congestion is formulated without nasal decongestants. It’s free of sodium for people with high blood pressure and sugars and alcohol for those with diabetes. The liquid gel capsules are 40% smaller and are designed to be fast release to relieve chest congestion, thin and loosen mucus and control coughing. It comes in a 16-count pack.

2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Relief Body Wash
Designed for dry, sensitive skin, Galderma Laboratories’ Cetaphil Moisturizing Relief Body Wash is a blend of glycerin, shea butter and soybean oil for 24-hour dryness relief, the company said. Galderma said it developed the creamy, rich formula to restore skin’s moisture barrier and help prevent the drying effect of water. It comes in a bottle that measures 20 oz.

3. Benadryl Allergy Extra Strength Tablets 
Benadryl Allergy Extra Strength Tablets from Johnson & Johnson is for the heavy allergy sufferer, so it’s formulated to be twice the strength of Benadryl Allergy, the company said. The tablets offer 50 mg of Diphenhydramine to alleviate sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and itchy throat. It comes in a 24-count pack.

4. Aquaphor Repairing Hand Masks  
Beiersdorf’s Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Repairing Hand Masks are designed to provide intense hydration and dry skin repair in 10 minutes. The single-use gloves are coated with shea butter, avocado oil and provitamin B5 to restore soft, smooth and healthy-looking skin on hands and cuticles. The masks are free of fragrance and parabens, and are hypoallergenic. It comes in a one-pair pack.

5. Vicks SuperC Vitamin C Gummies, Energize + Replenish  
Vicks SuperC Vitamin C Gummies from Procter & Gamble are made with 750 mg of vitamin C, plus vitamin B, a proprietary herbal blend of green tea extract, ginseng and goji berry to support immune health and cellular energy production, the company said. The gummies are citrus-flavored and suggested for adults who are 18 years old and older. It’s available in a 36-count pack.