Buyers across the country have recently faced delivery delays and rising prices, both of which are side effects of the pandemic, experts said. Consumer prices rose for the third consecutive month in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For example, demand for air conditioners and dehumidifiers has often exceeded supply this summer as many states experience heat waves.
In other shopping news, Johnson & Johnson recalled five of its sunscreen products – including Aveeno’s Protect + Refresh Spray Sunscreen and four of Neutrogena’s sunscreens – after some samples were found to contain low levels of benzene, a chemical that can cause cancer after repeated exposure. Blueland, a brand of sustainable cleaning products, recently became a Certified B Company, which means it meets certain standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. And Nordstrom has joined the 15% Pledge, pledging to “multiply by 10 purchases of brands owned or founded by blacks by the end of 2030,” according to the retailer.
Beyond the latest shopping news, we’ve compiled some notable new launches from brands favorite with Shopping readers and others that we think you’ll want to know about.
Compatible with iPhone 12 models, the new Apple MagSafe battery attaches to the back of phones and charges them with or without a MagSafe case. The battery can charge phones with up to 15W of power, but it must be connected to a 20W (or larger) brick to do so. Otherwise, like when you use it as a portable charger, the device will charge your phone with a power of up to 5 W. The battery itself can be charged with a Lightning to USB cable (sold separately). You can also charge your iPhone and MagSafe battery at the same time by attaching the battery to your phone and plugging the battery or iPhone into a power source.
Target’s house brand, Opalhouse, recently launched a new collection designed with Jungalow, owned by designer Justina Blakeney. The retailer said the collection includes colorful and eclectic products, from furniture to wall decor, and signifies its “continued commitment to research and design more products from black designers and designers.” Items include cushions, linens and lamps, as well as candles and bath towels.
Away has launched three new bags that fit into compact zip pockets when not in use: the Packable Backpack, Packable Carry Bag, and Packable Shoulder Bag. Away’s foldable bags are made from 100% recycled nylon, lightweight and water resistant and feature interior organization systems that consist of a zippered pocket and a loop for a zippered pouch. The compressible shoulder bag is available in Cayenne, an orange hue, while the compressible backpack and compressible backpack are available in multiple colors.
The Made In Fishing Knife Set is designed in collaboration with Chef Tom Colicchio. The set comes with the flexible net knife – which has a straight edge – and the utility knife – a serrated knife. The knife blades are made from stainless steel and feature a non-slip handle to help you keep a firm grip. They also come with protective sleeves to protect the blades.
July is National Ice Cream Month, and Ninja recently released their new electric ice cream maker so you can make sweet treats at home. The Ninja CREAMi offers seven preset programs for sorbets, smoothie bowls, milkshakes, ice cream and more, and the machine lets you customize the flavor profile and texture of the dessert. There is also a dedicated mixing program so you can evenly distribute ingredients like candies and nuts throughout the ice cream. In addition to the machine itself, the Ninja CREAMi comes with three 16-ounce quarts and storage lids and a recipe book.
Bed Bath & Beyond’s new Squared Away collection offers items to organize your home and find storage solutions. The products are designed with sturdy materials like wood and stainless steel, as well as neutral tones that complement different decors. You can buy hangers, shoe racks, and closet organizers for your closet, as well as bathroom and laundry care products like foldable laundry baskets. Squared Away kitchen storage and organizers will be available later this year.
Available in sizes and colors for men and women, the Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Adventure sneakers are designed to be worn while running on the road and on the trails. The shoe was introduced under Reebok [REE]CYCLED product category because it features a 100% recycled plastic mesh toe and a reinforced ripstop heel. The toe of the shoe is also reinforced to add durability and water resistance in areas that wear out easily. Additionally, the sneaker is made with Reebok’s Floatride energy foam to provide supportive cushioning.
The Whistle Switch Smart Collar is designed for dogs as small as 5 pounds. It tracks your pet’s GPS position as well as health and fitness metrics. To use the collar, you must purchase a Whistle Switch subscription, as the collar uses AT & T’s 4G network to operate. But you don’t have to be an AT&T customer to use the collar – the subscription plan includes a cellular connection. Whistle Switch comes with two interchangeable rechargeable batteries and you can monitor your dog’s position and other measurements through The Whistle app. The collar is also IPX8 water resistant and is available in two colors: Athleisure and Shadow.
Skin care brand Cocokind has launched two new serums: Ceramide Barrier Serum and Probiotic Acne Serum. Probiotic Acne Serum contains 1.5 percent salicylic acid to help clear acne, blackheads and clogged pores, as well as probiotics, which help reduce the sensitivity and irritation of the skin. skin. The Ceramide Barrier Serum is made up of five types of ceramides and squalane to support the skin barrier and reduce moisture loss, along with beta-glucan – which the brand claims works like hyaluronic acid – and Lactic acid.
Aiming to help people cut down on plastic waste, Softsoap has released foam tablet soap that you can use to refill bottles you already own. When you drop the tablet into a bottle with water, it sparkles and turns into a foam hand soap, which you can purchase in scents like Sparkling Lavender, Lemon Sparkling, and Fresh Coconut. The Softsoap Foaming Hand Soap Tablet Starter Kit comes with a recyclable aluminum bottle and two refill tablets, or you can purchase the refill tablets individually.
Bearaby’s new Travel Napper Weighted Blanket comes in a weekend-style canvas tote bag and weighs 10 pounds, the lightest of the brand’s adult blankets. It’s available in five colors – Evening Rose, Asteroid Gray, Moonstone Gray, Cloud White, and Midnight Blue – and is crafted with breathable 100% organic cotton. The blanket – which measures 40 x 64 inches – provides deep tactile pressure, a form of tactile sensory input that can relax the body, reduce anxiety, and help you fall asleep using light pressure.
In collaboration with Swaovski, Vertagear’s PL4500 racing series chair is now adorned with crystals. The chair’s seat height, backrest, tilt and armrests are adjustable, and it is constructed with removable memory foam cushions to provide neck and lower back support. With five wheels on the base and a steel frame, the gaming chair is durable and can be easily moved around rooms. It supports a maximum load of 400 pounds.
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