Scents for ‘biohacking’ our brains and bodies

TREND: MEDI-SCENT Functional Fragrances “The future of fragrance will be using scent to ‘biohack’ our brains and bodies to perform better,” says Joanne De Luca of Sputnik Futures, a company that specializes in anticipating consumer trends. For example, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology revealed that the scent of coffee alone might help people perform analytical tasks better, suggesting a placebo-like effect of caffeine. Don’t be surprised…

Trend: Functional Fragrances

Summit Trend in the News: Medi-Scent Functional Fragrance: The Latest Scent Trend – Haute Living Fragrance has come along way since perfume was created for the Queen of Hungary in 1370. There’s more to come! These Functional Fragrances Will Make You Smell *and* Feel Good – Grazia Fragrance is no longer just about smelling like cotton candy or your favorite pop star. I Literally Sniffed My…

Virtual reality rising in wellness and spa

TREND: MEDITATION GOES PLURAL Mindful fitness surges One of the most powerful wellness trends is adding mindfulness to the workout, either in fitness classes where you’re trained to move consciously with intention and/or by ending classes with a dose of mindful meditation (this trend’s practices fit into the open monitoring category). That long-lived hyphen between “mind-body” is being strengthened and literally addressed in this trend,…

Trend: Mindful fitness & spa treatments rise

Summit Trend in the News: Meditation Goes Plural Spa Treatments Are Going Virtual; VR Is the Hottest New Way to Relax – Elemental Spas are increasingly using VR (with massage and guided meditation) as a relaxation tool and to transport people into natural wonderlands. This article looks at companies such as LA’s new Esqapes Immersive Relaxation Spa, Relax VR and Mindful Touch—and also considers the…

The Next Fashion Chapter

TREND: WELL FASHION Know, Honor and Treat Fairly, Thy Fashion Maker The fashion industry employs an estimated 300 million people, and, while most of us know that most of these workers get paid very little for working awful hours in unsafe environments, we don’t really grasp the extent and landscape of this modern slavery. Globalization means brands manufacture where wages are most shockingly low (Bangladesh,…

Trend: Ethical Fashion on the Rise

Summit Trend in the News: Well Fashion Ethical Fashion Is on the Rise – TechCrunch The fashion industry has historically relied on exploitative labor practices in order to sell clothes—but if recent trends are any indication, it won’t for much longer. This article provides some grim stats, such as Cambodian garment workers earning 50 cents an hour, forced to sit for 11 hours a day straight…

The Wild West of Personalized Nutrition

TREND: NUTRITION GETS VERY PERSONALIZED Cracking Personalized Nutrition and the Microbiome through AI and Apps Research Says…It Works Though it’s early days in personal nutrition research, preliminary studies have shown that individuals are more likely to stick with personalized nutrition advice based on DNA, blood biomarkers and genotypes (a positive offshoot of our craving for the hyper-personalization of everything?). For example, a 42-week study of…

Trend: Cracking Personalized Nutrition and the Microbiome through AI and Apps

Summit Trend in the News: Nutrition Gets Very Personalized Diet for One? Scientists Stalk the Dream of Personalized Nutrition – The New York Times No single food regimen works for everyone, and a new study called Predict is the world’s largest experiment in how individuals respond to food. The early results documented, for the first time, surprising variations in how well participants processed fats and…

GWS Supports Sustainable Fashion

At the recent 2019 Global Wellness Summit, Jessica Jesse, founder and CEO of BuDhaGirl, reminded delegates that sustainability and fashion play a critical role in wellness.  During her keynote at the Summit, Jesse showcased leaders who are upcycling and repurposing garments and introduced a fashion presentation created by her 16-year-old daughter. Jesse also designed the Global Wellness Institute’s The Wellness Moonshot Calendar: A Year of…

Trend: AI and 3D Design Technologies Creating Sustainable and Inclusive “Well Fashion”

TREND: WELL FASHION Rip Off the Labels: Fashion’s New Inclusivity around Size and Gender The fashion industry is all about labels, not just Chanel or Levi’s, but labels such as “petite” or “plus-sized” or “man” or “woman”—dictating what you should buy, in what part of the store, and at what racks. But in our era of feminism, body positivity and “wokeness” of all kinds (especially…