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By: Brooke Bright on December 10th, 2018

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Data Bite: Trending holiday ingredients


Are you in the holiday spirit yet? We here at Label Insight sure are! We decided to take a look into our database to see just how winter spirited we are. So grab a mug of hot chocolate and cuddle up by the fire as we dive into Label Insight’s product database.
428 products in our database contain coal, often listed within the ingredient declaration as “Charcoal”, “Charcoal Powder” or “Activated Charcoal.” Touted for its natural detox and exfoliant properties, it is found in personal care products such as face masks and soap, as well as food and beverage products like drinks and ice cream. Give someone a naughty and nice gift this year by treating them to a charcoal-infused face mask or a pint of activated charcoal vanilla ice cream.

Perhaps the most popular flavor of the season is peppermint, but is it shocking? From peppermint patties to peppermint bark and candles to chapstick, the flavor finds itself everywhere – in 3,844 products, to be exact. Looking to capture this flavor in a dish for a holiday party? Put your trendy Instant Pot to use and make this Instant Pot Peppermint Brownie Cake, or try baking these Peppermint Cookies for this year’s cookie exchange.

While we’re talking holiday flavors, we can’t forget the newest featured latte at Starbucks-- the Juniper Latte. According to Starbucks, the new latte is made with “a hint of juniper and sage, an evergreen aroma, and citrus notes.” The juniper shrub, Juniperus, comes in over 170 varieties, and with each one, brings a unique and fresh fragrance.

The thought of juniper as an ingredient was news to me, so I dug deeper to see what other products take advantage of the shrub and its berries. According to our database, 257 products contain juniper found in bath oils, body lotions, and body soap. Juniper is used for its distinct scent, creating an aromatic and relaxing experience which may remind you of the wintry season. Remember, there’s no harm in treating yourself to a Juniper Latte this season.

From all of us here at Label Insight -- happy holidays!

About Brooke Bright

I manage a team of subject matter experts and main emphasis is researching and implementing industry standards into our database and to continuously learning about the market as a whole. Committed to utilizing our attributes to fuel data transparency initiatives, such as SmartLabel.