Problem Solvers

Go the extra mile with these great caffeine-free mood-boosters

About to hit the gym but feeling as enthused as if you’re heading for a root canal (*shudder*)? Help is on hand. Our collection of caffeine-free, energy-boosting wonders will help counteract fatigue and swiftly retrieve misplaced ‘joie de vivre’, so you bound out of bed with a spring in your step and feel ready to carpe the diem. So whether you’ve sworn to quit caffeine for good, or just cut the number of espressos it takes to help you feel human, these virtuous alternatives will help to grant the ‘buzz’ without the all-too-common crash.

Few things make an early-morning wake up semi bearable, but Therapie’s amazing {Boost Hair & Body Wash} will lure you from your duvet cave and help dispel those post-sleep cobwebs. Uniting essences of spearmint, rosemary, basil, geranium, grapefruit and fragonia (phewf…) this fights fatigue and help facilitates those optimistic, pre-work workout sessions. 

Packed with protein to preserve your muscles, The Nue Co.’s {Milk Protein + Gut Food} is a blend of organic, bioavailable, food-based protein and pre/probiotics to support repair and regeneration on a cellular level, so you feel fighting fit (not sluggish). The ‘good bacteria’ enhances your digestive health, so skin glows and blood sugar stays on a more even keel (this is great for preventing those mid-morning slumps).

If you’re on a mission to tone up and shed one or two excess pounds, Innermost’s {The Lean Protein} is perfect post pilates class or gruelling psycle session. The fast-track solution to a healthy body, this great-tasting formula helps to postpone hunger pangs so you’re less prone to snacking, and is packed with antioxidants that help inhibit fat absorption – perfect for those on the quest for a more streamlined silhouette.

Essential for all those who love to put their body through its paces, {Power Dust} by Moon Juice is a powdered blend of energising plant extracts which help you test your limits. Great for lacing smoothies or for sprinkling on avocado toast, this barely-flavoured dust – a blend of vitalising gingseng, organic eleuthero, schisandra (a proven ‘superberry’), rhodiola and organic stevia – is proven to boost stamina and stop your engine stalling. Or, if your reservations are a lot more psychological, Innermost’s {The Focus Capsules} inspire a more ‘carpe diem’ attitude. A real-life re-boost, consider them the human incarnation of ‘just turn it off and on again’.

If you need an instant ‘tszuj’, Pixi’s vitalising (aptly titled) {Vitamin Wakeup Mist} is laced with citrus extract to enliven with a spritz. A great way to envelop your headspace with energising (and invigorating) fragrance, this is the perfect antidote to early-start fatigue – like sunshine through your blinds, it’s liquid get-up-and-get-going!

And for a quick pick-me-up when you’re starting to flag, try de Mamiel’s {Shine} for a coffee-esque kick (sans the crash). An aromatherapeutic blend of energising oils, anoint your pulse points and breathe deeply to dispel the after-lunch slump and re-sharpen your blunted acuity.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...