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Sometimes we wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Sometimes we get that surprise bill or a frantic email from the proverbial Karen, and we need a little something to course correct.
Enter Olly and Goodbye Stress.
Goodbye Stress, Hello, Olly!
If you haven’t said hello to Olly by now, you might be living under some horse-pill vitamin rock. Olly debuted in 2015 as the not-your-Boomer-vitamin disrupter, and has never looked back.
Their bold packaging and innovate flavor combinations caught our attention, but their genuinely effective products and unique offerings keep us coming back again and again. Did we mention they have a Saffron Gummy?!
Although sadly, not all of their offerings are gummies. (Why, Olly? We’re waiting for that Lovin’ Libido to come into our lives, but we’re holding out for a gummy version.)
Potent Stress Busters
So what makes these Goodbye Stress gummies say Hasta Luego to the bad vibes?
These jewels are formulated with 50 mg of l-theanine, the queen of chill vibes. L-theanine is an amino acid that can help elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain.1
GABA is also on the roster, 100 mg of it. GABA is another glorious amino acid that works quickly and efficiently to decrease activity in the nervous system, infusing you with a calmer attitude fast.2
75 mg of Lemon Balm rounds out the trifecta, assisting with decreasing anxiety and stress. Lemon Balm is an herbal remedy that’s been used for centuries as a beloved and natural way to unwind and destress.
Individually, these are three of our favorite gummy ingredients. The fact that they’re all together in here, though, makes Olly’s Goodbye Stress a serious contender for our favorite gummy.
Does Olly Goodbye Stress really work?
Yes! Absolutely. We take these often, and find that they work pretty quickly to help take the edge off low-grade stress.*
We mean, let’s be honest, with the trifecta of active ingredients in here, we’re pretty powerless before their mighty tranquility.
And best of all, this isn’t the kind of thing that you need to take over time or go through an entire bottle before you notice the effects.
The tag on these is “Keep Calm & Stay Alert”, and we can attest that this is exactly how they work. Both l-theanine and Lemon Balm are a common addition to sleep gummies, but don’t worry: these ingredients are for relaxing, not hammering your brain into sleep submission.
So if you’re looking for some chill, but it’s too early for the melatonin, keep these close by.
As usual, Olly slays the flavor game.
Never afraid to mix a classic flavor with an ingredient that we’d never thought to put in a gummy, this time we get “Berry Verbena.”
It’s a perfect blend of lush fruit with the verbena imparting a spa-like, floral note. There’s nuance, there’s an arc to the flavor story.
We love treating our gummies like they’re part of an upscale tasting menu, and Olly apparently does, too. We still think about their Blackberry Zen Sleep gummy. So. Good.
To Sum It Up
We love these.
We love that these gummies contain GABA, which works to decrease activity in the nervous system, l-theanine, an amino acid known to boost serotonin and dopamine, and Lemon Balm, the storied botanical for unwinding and deep chilling.
We do wish that Olly sidestepped the gelatin and offered non-GMO, organic ingredients, but these are effective, and currently we haven’t found a vegan, organic alternative that has this dynamic trifecta of chill-inducing ingredients.
(If you know of a gummy that checks all those boxes, let us know! We want to get our mitts on it!)
Until then, Goodbye Stress is our tranquility-without-the-drowsiness leader.
If vegan/organic is your thing, we highly recommend Charlotte’s Web Calm Gummies, which also deliver 75 mg of Lemon Balm, but replace that GABA and l-theanine with blessed non-GMO CBD.
If you’re not in to CBD, check out Goli’s new Ashwagandha gummies. There’s no lemon balm, l-theanine, or GABA in them, but they’re vegan, non-GMO, and Ashwagandha is a potent, chill-inducing adaptogen in it’s own right.
All three of these gummies work wonders, and we love them all.
Another plus for the Goodbye Stress: the full size can be purchased in a bag, which makes it great for on-the-go. Because who knows when that Karen email might pop up.