A lovely cuppa
Green tea, white tea, herbal tea ... the days of builders' tea being seen as a relatively healthy alternative to, say, vodka are long gone. These days being seen drinking regular tea is tantamount to admitting to a crack habit, and if you have your cuppa with milk and, heaven forbid, a little sugar, you might as well mainline right there on the floor. Even peppermint is a little passé. Randomly selecting a box of 'fruit teas' from the supermarket shelf just doesn't cut it. Tea snobs will love the newly opened Tea Palace, in London's Notting Hill. Some might think a choice of 150 teas (three Assams, two Lapsangs, Earl Greys) is a little excessive, but then they're probably the sort who have a panic attack when trying to order a no foam skinny caramel macchiato espresso shot, and end up asking for 'um, er, a milky coffee please'. Tea Palace, 020-7727 2600 or teapalace.co.uk.
With childhood eczema, asthma and dermatitis increasingly common, it is no surprise there's a big market for children's products with no harsh synthetic ingredients. Many new brands rise and fall without trace, but something tells me that Halos N Horns, a new range of hair and body washes coming to a supermarket near you soon, won't be one of them. Is it Ivan Massow's backing? Is it the fact that the brand is the result of a sort of 'Entrepreneur Idol' that airs on Channel 4 in November? Or is it just that it smells of child-friendly things such as mangos and oranges? While Halos N Horns doesn't promise to be organic, its 'mission' - 'To remove chemicals linked to eczema, asthma and other health risks' - should guilt-trip parents all the way to the checkout.
Give it some stick
The next time you're in your local park, look beyond the runners and those silly 'fast walkers', and ignore those odd types doing 'military-style training'. What you're looking out for is people who resemble skiers who've been robbed of their skis. These people are enjoying a spot of Nordic walking, the current fitness buzz that, like every fitness buzz, promises to be 'the next step aerobics', or whatever. Launched in the UK earlier this month, Nordic walking is cross-country walking with poles - think of it as the outdoor equivalent of using a cross-trainer. It started out in Finland as summer training for cross-country skiers and is said to be the perfect full-body workout. It's also said to burn 20% more calories than regular walking. The number of participants in this country is still in the low thousands, but in mainland Europe it's said to be reaching 4m. As with every good trend, it requires its own kit, which is where sportswear brand Venice Beach comes in, with its Nordic Walking range, which also launches this month, in Sweaty Betty.
No smoke without fire
You may think lighting a candle is a sure way to balance your chi, but, says the US Environmental Protection Agency, some petroleum-based candles release almost as many toxins as a cigarette. That stash in your bathroom isn't quite so appealing now, is it? Some 95% of candles sold in the UK are made of paraffin, artificial fragrances and often a host of unmentionables. Once you know candles are as good for you as a smoke-filled pub, it's hard to relax. Switch to 'friendly' candles, such as Aveda's new Shampure soy wax candle, or this organic soy candle by Timothy Han (John Galliano's former assistant). £28,