The 2020 Back-to-School Essentials Awards

Going back to school will be a lot different for most kids this year, with remote learning, social distancing, and teachers (and parents) stretched to their limits.

Students will need all kinds of support to stay sharp and engaged. Our staff has sampled a full range of products that are sure to help!

Body Care

The cool zippered pouch holding Good For You Girls 3-Step Skincare Kit includes gel cleanser, purifying toner, and moisturizer.

Lafe’s Refreshing Body Spray Zen is plant based, with chamomile and white tea. One tester said it “leaves me feeling calm and focused.”

One of our testers declared that Blemish Clear Spot Treatment from NOW Foods “worked awesome.” The formula includes more than a dozen plant extracts.


Klean Kanteen Kid Kanteen reusable bottles are BPA free and made from durable stainless steel. Kid-friendly designs include dinosaurs and unicorns

Made Free pouches are perfect for transporting pencils and art supplies. They’re handcrafted with organic cotton canvas and a quality zipper.

Kids will love the colorful designs on Z Wraps reusable food wraps—handmade alternatives to single-use plastic bags.

Soaps and Sanitizers

Everyone 3-in-1 Kids Soap is a body wash, shampoo, and bubble bath all in one. It’s made with organic plant extracts and scented with essential oils.

The 3-ounce bottle of Freedom Lavender Citrus Eucalyptus Hand Purifier fits conveniently in a child’s purse or backpack. Ingredients include aloe vera.

Moon Valley Organics Lemon Rosemary Foaming Herbal Hand Soap smells great, doesn’t dry the skin, and cleans effectively.

Oral Care

Auromère Fresh Mint Ayurvedic Toothpaste contains 23 herbal extracts. It’s a concentrated formula, so a tube lasts longer than most pastes.

Spry Natural Peppermint Xylitol Gum from Xlear is sweetened with xylitol so it won’t promote tooth decay.


Natalie’s Orchid Island Organic Orange Juice has just one ingredient—oranges. Our tester proclaimed it “Sooooooooooo good!”

Teeccino Mushroom Herbal Teas are made with organic mushrooms. They’re caffeine free and rich in adaptogenic properties to reduce stress.


Quiet Moon Pocket Snacks Nuts, Seeds & Dried Fruit from Eden Foods are packed with organic pumpkin seeds, almonds, raisins, and cherries.

Start your child’s day right with Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Raisin Flake Cereal, a tasty breakfast of all-organic ingredients.

Our tester described Michel et Augustin Croissant Chips as “a little bag of sweet, buttery happiness!”

Nutritional Supplements

America’s Finest Sanutra Wellness Vision Health Support Formula vegetarian capsules are rich in curcumin, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

Bio-Kult Infantis Probiotic Supplement is a seven-strain formula with omega 3s and other nutrients designed for the youngest among us.

Sinupret Kids Syrup from Bionorica is a plant-based formula to support a child’s respiratory and immune systems.

Bluebonnet Targeted Choice BrainPower Capsules offer extracts of bacopa, lion’s mane mushroom mycelium, and wild blueberry to help boost memory, attention, and other cognitive functions.

ChildLife Essentials Healthy Vision SoftMelts in natural berry flavor are sugar free and rich in nutrients that support eye health.

RidgeCrest Herbals ClearLungs Liquid offers an orange-flavored blend of Chinese herbs to support the respiratory system.

Sambucol Black Elderberry Kids Gummies support a child’s immune system with vitamin C, honey, and zinc.

Vive Organic Immunity Boost Original blends roots of turmeric, ginger, and echinacea with fruits and flowers to help strengthen the immune system.

Moducare Daily Immune Support Grape Chewables from Wakunaga of America are designed to restore, strengthen, and balance the immune system with plant sterols from maritime pine.

Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil Beginner’s DHA has a kid-sized dose of omega-3 fatty acids with natural strawberry and watermelon flavor.