February brought with it 263 new products in the OTC, wellness and beauty categories for the Hamacher Resource Group’s new product team to sift through. As always, the team evaluated the crop of newcomers — including 21 OTC products, 110 wellness products and 132 beauty items — to find five that stood out. They were:
1. Nexcare Duo Fabric Bandages
3M Consumer’s Nexcare Duo line of bandages is designed to offer strong hold for up to 24 hours while also offering pain-free removal. The bandages, sold in a 20-count box of assorted sizes, create a seal around the pad to create a skin-friendly, waterproof wound covering.
2. Zarbee’s Children’s Black Elderberry Syrup
With immunity as a growing area, Zarbee’s is expanding its line of products aimed at children with an immune-support offering. Zarbee’s Children’s Black Elderberry Syrup contains elderberry, vitamin C and zinc to offer immune support and help maintain healthy cells. Formulated for children 2 years old and older, the product is free of alcohol, drugs, gluten, artificial sweeteners and artificial flavors.
3. Always ZZZ Period Disposable Underwear Overnight, L/XL
A well-known period care brand is branching into period garments. Always ZZZ disposable underwear is designed to offer overnight period protection that doesn’t require users to sleep with a pad or stay in one position all night. The underwear is designed to offer 360-degree protection while being more absorbent than a pad.
4. Bactine Max Advanced Healing + Scar Defense Hydrogel
The second first aid item on this month’s list comes from Wellspring, maker of Bactine. The product combines four natural ingredients and Wellspring’s advanced technology to create what the company said is a first-of-its-kind hydrogel. It is formulated to help heal wounds without antibiotics while reducing the likelihood of scarring and creating an invisible moisture barrier against germs. The product is free of alcohol, fragrance, lanolin, minerals, parabens and petroleum.
5. Blue Lizard Sunscreen Sport Lotion SPF 50
Crown Labs’ Blue Lizard brand of sunscreen is adding more SPF to its formulation with its latest products. The mineral-based sunscreen has an SPF of 50 and offers the reef-friendly claim. The product also is formulated to be water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. dsn