Route’s Favorite Products: February 2021 Roundup

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Mar 16, 2021

The dust from the holidays finally settled. There’s a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Nature is healing. And we’re back in the saddle with this roundup of the favorite products we found in February. 

Settling into the typical swing of the new year, we took time to reflect, reset, and rejuvenate for the fresh days ahead. If you’re anything like us, we’re hoping (🙏) that 2021 brings us good times and better vibes—which is precisely why we picked the products ahead.

These goods help us feel great, eat well, and bring self-care into our daily routine.

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Origin USA — The Burden Leather Kettlebell ($74)

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Have you ever wanted to feel like the toughest person on this planet? It doesn’t matter if you’re hulking 400# over your body on the bench or need both hands to lift a carton of milk, The Burden leather kettlebell is the workout tool that makes anyone feel a strange combo of grittiness, sophistication, and just plain buff.

The brawn and brains of The Burden is its unique ability to be tailored to any weight you crave for your next WOD (workout of the day, bro). Crafted from 100% Maine oil-tanned full-grain leather, The Burden is, essentially, a durable and handsome kettlebell-shaped container that you can fill with whatever medium you have layin’ around.

Complete with an embedded wood handle, brass eyelets, heavy-duty braided cord stitching, and a woven lace cinch to close it up, this is one kettlebell you can use for any and all workouts for the rest of time. 

Born from the equipment shortage at the beginning of the pandemic, this bell was built so that people wouldn’t have to scrounge for a set of cast iron kettlebells in various weights (and pay swole prices).

Instead, they could fill up The Burden with what they have—think pennies, rocks, lead-shot—to make it the weight they needed to grind out the next set of swings.

Not only do we love The Burden for innovating our home gym setups but we think that once life returns to normal, this could be the perfect travel workout buddy, too. 

August — Capri Honeydew Melon Fruit Tea with Mint ($9.99)

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Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, outselling other favorites like beer, soda, and even coffee. It can be fancy or casual. With friends or totally alone. And it’s fit for pretty much any time of the day. 

As great as tea is, though, it’s basically gone unevolved since it was dumped in the harbor. August Uncommon Tea is out to change that. August is on a mission to make tea the best part of your day, and with this shop’s bold original blends for any mood or season, it’s not hard to see that August is accomplishing that mission handily. 

This Capri blend is the epitome of tea that’s anything but snooze-worthy or drab. We mean, check out this ingredients list:

  • Turkish apple
  • Rose hip shells
  • Peppermint
  • Thai pineapple
  • Melon pieces
  • Pear pieces
  • A dash of flavoring

According to them, “it’s a flavorful, cooling blend of fruits and peppermint, with a rich honeydew melon flavor,” and “feels like sunbathing on a sailboat.” After the hellscape we all endured this past year, doesn’t sunbathing on a sailboat sound like an absolutely dreamy sensation?

And in pandemic-responsible fashion, you can enjoy that feeling without even leaving your home. Heck, sip it in bed and float away on Dream Sea. (Plus, you could score 15% off your first order by handing over your email address. It’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask us.)

Tattooed Chef — Cauliflower Mac & Cheese Bowl ($10)

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“Creamy cheddar cheese sauce over cauliflower florets topped with panko breadcrumbs.”

That’s it. That’s the whole description. Thanks, we’ll order 37. 🤤

Seriously, though, we’ve never been so attracted to something cauliflower-based, but here we are. (Maybe the pandemic really did get to us?) This vegetarian meal is an ooey 10 ounces of goodness that’s packed with an impressive 18 grams of protein and ¾ cup of vegetables. 

With perfect 5 stars across the review board, hungry customers have been calling it “next level,” and “the best mac & cheese ever!!!!” If you weren’t sold by how delicious the picture on the box looks, these reviews might do the trick.

Tattooed Chef is a go-to brand dreaming up simply better, tastier, drool-inducing-er plant-based food options for vegetarians—or “people who give a crop.” This is a brand dedicated to serving up yummy variety as well as treating the planet well. With mindfulness paid to sustainability, growing fields, crop planting, and beyond, this planty food is truly farm-to-table.

This cauliflower mac & cheese is one way to get some more protein into your stay-at-home menu (or pull the classic switcheroo to get the kids to eat a darn vegetable), but Tattooed Chef offers a massive variety of grub even your carnivorous buds will want a bite of.

Check out the pizzas, wings, Mexican street corn—have we said enough? There’s a five-item order minimum if you buy online, but picking five meals to try truly won’t be a problem here. For obvious reasons, you’re unable to return food, but there is a generous refund policy should you be dissatisfied. And if you fork over an email address, you get 15% off! We’re honestly not even sure why you’re still reading this when you could be stuffing your cart at Tattooed Chef.

XMONDO HAIR — Salty Sea Salt Spray ($26)

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Picture it: Seagulls cawing in the air, the whoosh and crash of the tide across the beach, hot white sand burying your fingertips, a salty breeze effortlessly teasing your hair into a perfect summer wave.

As much as you want to be at the beach right now, winter in the US means snow-covered sadness instead of sun-dipped days full of beach balls and swimsuits. With XMONDO HAIR’s Salty sea salt spray, though, you can at least give your hair that same beachy essence you’re missing. 

Simply spritz onto your head of damp hair, scrunch it with your hand a bit, let it air dry, and you’re left with classically tousled hair that’ll look like it went to the beach without you. (Rude!)

Made using salt water imported from France and baobab oil, this hair spray leaves your locks wavy and hydrated. XMONDO HAIR delivers “Bold looks. Zero F*cks.” and this spray is absolutely in line with that. 

However, when crafting Salty, this shop did give a couple f*cks, because it’s cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, sulfate-free, gluten-free, and tested by real-life hairdressers. (Psst, maybe you’re thinking the name “Mondo” rings a bell, so we can’t ignore that this shop was founded by YouTube supHAIRstar Brad Mondo.) 

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