From new athleisure wear to handmade soaps; handmade in Hong Kong protein bars to fully traceable teas, we’ve got the scoop on the freshest health and fitness news for February.
Local sportswear brand Miss Runner launches
Sweat-chic has been gaining momentum recently, which is why we’re excited about Miss Runner, a new made-in-Hong-Kong athleisure brand that focuses on modern abstract florals and other nature-inspired prints. Founder Tania Cheung has a degree in fashion design and a background in ballet, so you can be sure that performance is just as important as style. Think tanks, leggings, long-sleeved tees and even yoga mats that are made of sustainable tree rubber.
Prices range from $335 for a sports bra to $570 for a yoga mat. Shop online at missrunner.com or buy from Fight Factory Gym, G/F, 16 Queen Victoria St,. Central, 2511-2110.
Handmade protein bars from She Squats Bars
If, like us, you’re getting tired of the excessively sweet, overly processed health food bars on the market, check out She Squats Bars. These small batch post-workout treats are so fresh you need to keep them in the fridge. There are three types to choose from: Holy Cacao, made with raw cacao; tOATS Amazing for a slow-release carb boost; and Health Nut, which is made from sprouted cashews and almonds. Each bar is coated on one side with a slab of rich and creamy cacao for a hit of flavour without the sweetness. Can’t decide which bar to choose? Order a selection box of six and try them all. Delivery is available from Causeway Bay to Sai Ying Pun. Place your orders by 6pm Friday for delivery the following week.
$270 for a box of six. Order via firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Facebook page She Squats Bars.
Just Green Opens Kennedy Town Location
Organic supermarket Just Green continues its expansion apace with a new outlet that’s just opened in Kennedy Town. The two-storey shop on Catchick Street sells Just Green’s usual lineup of pantry essentials, health foods, fresh and chilled goods, toiletries and free-from items suitable for people with intolerances and allergies, all displayed beautifully in a bright and welcoming space.
66 Catchick St., Kennedy Town, 2325-9997, www.justgreen.com.hk.
Honeybunch Handmade – Manuka Honey Soaps from New Zealand
Honeybunch Handmade, a line of natural, organic, cruelty-free skincare treats from New Zealand, has launched in Hong Kong with the opening of a cute boutique on Aberdeen Street. Its products are all made with super soothing and nourishing manuka honey and goat’s milk; our favourite is the soy lotion candle that can be lit and then massaged into your skin as it melts. Also available are gift sets, bath bombs and stacks of handmade soaps for an indulgent night in.
16a Aberdeen St., Central, 2785-5699, www.honeybunch-hk.com.
Basao Tea: Ethically Sourced, Fully Traceable Teas from Around Asia
Tea fiends will love Basao, a Hong Kong-based company with a line of single-origin teas sourced from all over Asia. The company is committed to full traceability, a collaborative approach with tea farmers and the preservation of traditional harvesting and preparation methods. It even rediscovered Smoky Bohea, a long-thought-extinct variety of tea from Wuyishan Tongmu in outback China. The full range can be explored on the Basao website, with tasting notes, precise steeping instructions and personal stories of the tea farmers, so you really know where your cuppa’s coming from. A lovely, conscious CNY gift idea, perhaps?
$130-$290 per tin. Shop online at www.basaotea.com.