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Weekend Read

Three slim girls in bed with towels and luxury interior

Saturday morning.  Again.  And as we gradually emerge into the unknown, because basically that’s what it is, we will continue to hold hands knowing that we must stay as close as we can.  I think it’s very easy to become complacent, but all aspects of our health and wellbeing are as critical now as they have been over the past few months.  I think the best we can do here is to continue to share the things that we love, across health and beauty, in order to support all things, including our equilibrium.  After the last Weekend Read, Shabir’s equilibrium is on the line.  Mine isn’t.  I carry on.  Regardless.  Let’s go:

There are several supplements that we consider to be extraordinarily special.  Fulvic Acid Elixir, as so many of you know, has been on my personal very special list for the longest time, perhaps it’s nine years now, and I never fail to take it daily.  It is my all and everything and I swear the potency and efficacy has kept me energized and well throughout this time.  In some ways I consider it to be my ‘health insurance’ and I know that thousands of you believe the same.  For sure, I once wrote that if I had my way, everybody would take it if they could and I’m about to help make that dream come true.

Because I am incessantly writing about it, most of you know the amazing benefits of Fulvic Acid Elixir.  For those who don’t, I am linking Shabir’s article below, which makes my life easier.  So without any further rambling from me, essentially because I need all the space I can get on this missive, for today only (Saturday 11 July), I am taking the price of Fulvic Acid Elixir down from £30 to £20.  So that’s a saving of £10.  No doubt Shabir will add up all the ten pounds and present me with the total that I’ve just given away.  It’s fine.  I’ll delete the email.  Ends at midnight GMT.  Go Fulvic, Go.
Fulvic Acid Elixir £20 for 480 ml (until midnight GMT today); The Elixir of Life

One word to describe last weekend’s launch of It’s A Ten.  Insane.  This is of course the haircare brand that sells 13 million, and rising, bottles of their Leave-In Conditioners in the US every year.  By now, many of you will know why because with every order placed for any of the It’s A Ten product, we included the Miracle Leave-In Conditioner Spray, worth £11, as a gift.  And as I wrote last week, this gift is ongoing for the foreseeable future.  We have several thousand of these gifts to share and I’m actually wondering what would happen if I asked It’s A Ten for a few million gifts.  These things serve to amuse me.  Constantly.

Anyway,  if you need to know, we had an almost immediate wait list for the Miracle Mask, now resolved thankfully.  It didn’t surprise me, but I was slightly disappointed because I had planned to dollop the mask onto Shabir’s head last Monday morning, much in the same way as I crushed a mung bean (just don’t) sandwich over his head many years ago.  Some of you will remember that episode.  Anyway back to it and I will just say that any product that has the word ‘miracle’ in its title, has to perform miracles.  This range does that.  And in case you missed it last week, I am linking Jo Fairley’s interview with Carolyn Aronson, the Founder and CEO of It’s A Ten below.  And just to say that the gift will not show up on your order confirmation or invoice, but will of course be included in your order.  It’s A Given.
It’s A Ten by Jo Fairley; It’s A Ten: The Products 

In the most simplistic term, most people don’t drink enough to help keep the body hydrated.  Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than we take in.  There are varying reasons where this can occur, often resulting in tiredness and fatigue.  Balance Daily Mineral Health Drink helps fight off sluggishness and it can be taken as a sports hydration powder after intense exercising, or to help balance your body after illness when the body needs to rehydrate.  The word ‘balance’ is used because when the water content of your body is reduced, it can upset the balance of electrolytes, which in turn affects the function of the body. 

Balance Daily is loaded with a balanced ratio of calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium and vitamin D3.  So a pretty comprehensive formulation.  It comes in sachets, it’s strawberry flavoured and all you need to do is mix it with water for that energy boost.  With so much more to write, perhaps I’ll take one right now.  Feel the need.  In me.
Balance Mineral Drink by A. Vogel £19.50 for 21 Sachets

The resurgence of Derma E continues.  It is somewhat remarkable that this skincare brand, which we’ve listed for at least twenty years, is re-appearing on our radar in rather a big way with some brilliant new formulations and products.  There are of course some of you who remember its first incarnation and that would of course include Sarah and Jo, the Beauty Bible girls who have always had a bit of a love-fest with the efficacy of their products.  So now another one.

Suitable for all skin types, Universal Cleansing Balm majestically transforms from a balm into a lightweight oil to help dissolve away daily dirt and make-up.  Being ‘universal’ it is not only a fabulous face cleaner, but it can be used on the scalp and body too, which is all rather fabulous in my book.  It includes four key ingredients, Camelia oil, Rose/Rosehip oils, Citrus oils together with Cocoa and Shea butters, which of course hydrate.  I don’t think I actually need to say anymore other than it delivers on promise. 

And another Derma E product that delivers on promise are the Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches.  They keep selling out.  We have had at least three wait lists.  So this is just to tell you that they are back in stock.  Until they are not.
Universal Cleansing Balm £15 for 100 grams; Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches £20 for 60 Gel Patches

This happens far too often, but yet again I need to announce the death of a product.  Up into product heaven goes Flight Spray.  Please don’t ask me why because I don’t know.  Notwithstanding the fact that most of us aren’t really flying anywhere right now, it has been replaced by CleanWash Saline Nasal Mist, which is a patent-pending, non-addictive nasal mist spray formulated to aid in the relief of irritation caused by pollutants, allergens, sinus congestions, rhinitis and nasal irritation.  So, in other words, it performs several different functions, which is all rather brilliant.  It can also help to kill germs, known or otherwise.  Another archived article from Shabir.  And another one for the medicine cabinet.
CleanWash (ChitoRhino) Saline Nasal Mist £13 for 30 ml; A Nasal Spray For Sinusitis & Hay Fever

If we are talking medicine cabinets, just a line here to say that last week when I wrote about the brilliant Healing Patches, I invited you to name that patch.  The previous week I had written ‘stock distress’ across mine and slapped it on my forehead.  This week, I slapped another patch on my forehead and named it ‘Fragile’ after I had bolted to the dentist for an emergency treatment.  As I keep saying, always a drama.  Surely it won’t be too long before I name a patch ‘Shabir’.  It will probably be very soon.  Most probably after he reads the next few paragraphs.  Waves.
Healing Patches by Ross J. Barr £15 for Five Patches

The winner of numerous Beauty Bible awards, Temple Spa products are truly sublime.  And this treat is rather sublime too.  It is in fact a collection of products known as ‘Absolute Truffle’.   It truly is a ‘veritable facial feast’ and it includes Trufflesque, an ultra-hydrating face mask; the Truffelesque Brush, for application of the mask; Skin Truffle, which helps nourish dry and dehydrated skin; Truffle Noir, a luxurious night cream; Eye Truffle, for helping to soften fine eye lines and TruffleLixir, a smoothing and plumping face serum. 

I honestly don’t know if we will get to the end of today before this sells out because instead of the recommended price of £65, I am reducing it by 50% to £32.50, whilst stock lasts.  All product sizes listed on the product page.  And breathe.
Absolute Truffle by Temple Spa £32.50 (whilst stock lasts)

Let’s continue.  I’ll make this short and sweet.  If you buy any Margaret Dabbs product, worth £15 and over, we will automatically gift you the Margaret Dabbs Repairing Nail & Cuticle Treatment Pen (15 ml), which is worth £12.  This is the vegan version of the original and it includes Jojaba and Buriti oils to help support healthy nails and cuticles.  There is only one gift per customer, this will not show up on your order confirmation or invoice and it will be over when it’s over.  I’m not second guessing how long this offer will last.  My brain is semi-mashed at this point.
Margaret Dabbs

The number of people affected by Lyme disease is growing all over the UK, including in town gardens and parks.  In this week’s Health Notes, Sarah explains this infectious condition and what you can do to prevent it and get treatment.  We touch on this subject every year because it is so very important and we also recommend that you may wish to invest in the Tick Remover Card, which does the job rather brilliantly.
Trouser Up To Prevent Lyme Disease by Sarah Stacey; Tick Remover Card £4.49

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is one of the most misunderstood health concerns and is characterised by persistent medically unexplained fatigue, which is not relieved by rest.  Other symptoms of CFS include muscle pain, muscle weakness, joint pain, bowel problems, unexplained headaches, poor quality of sleep, an inability to concentrate and poor temperature control.  Treatment options baffle doctors and scientists remain puzzled as the root cause of CFS.  And the incidence of CFS is growing.  As things stand, antidepressants and sleeping pills are often prescribed yet, for many, they are not resolving the issue.

In a far-reaching article, Shabir takes a look at CFS. The results of two major human studies have demonstrated the potential of a unique set of compounds, called roburins, which are found in oak wood.  It is thought that the potential of roburins may help mitigate the symptoms of CFS.  For the lowdown on these studies, please do read this article where you will also note the supplement Shabir recommends taking for three months.
Chronic Fatigue SyndromeEnergy Renew by Life Extension £30 for 30 Capsules

Staying with health concerns, it is estimated that between 10-15% of women suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) making it one of the most common hormonal concerns in women of reproductive age.  PCOS is yet another medical condition that is not understood fully and the treatment is usually aimed at alleviating the symptoms.  We know it is caused by elevated levels of the male hormone, testosterone, and also oestrogen.  The term PCOS refers to multiple cysts on the ovaries and a whole plethora of other issues which include a lack of ovulation, infertility and menstrual problems.  Another one of Shabir’s archived articles just about covers it.  And the products he recommends.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)Periagna by Bio-Health £10.75 for 60 Capsules; Myo-Inositol & Folic Acid by Viridian Nutrition £18.20 for 120 grams

Time for another treat and it may as well be the Saturday only treat.  So with every order placed today (Saturday 11 July) for £20 and over, we will automatically include a plumping and hydrating botanic fiber (it’s American) facial mask, which is loaded with Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen.  It’s called Sweet Glow and this mask makes me happy, so I hope you enjoy using it too.  Another rave-up in the bathroom is about to descend upon us.  Please be aware that this will not show up on your order confirmation or invoice.  Thanks.

A new supplement.  This time from Cysticlean.  I think many of you are aware of the original Cysticlean, but now they have released Cysticlean PAC + D-Mannose.  Formulated to help prevent and treat recurrent and frequent urinary tract infections, powerful compounds called proanthocynadins from the North American cranberry combines with D-Mannose.  D-Mannose is a carbohydrate that helps soothe inflammation in the urinary tract and attaches itself to various types of bacteria that may be the cause of infection.  It is thought that up to two million women suffer from this debilitating condition each year and if you are one of those, we recommend that you try this new product.  We like it rather a lot.
Cysticlean PAC + D-Mannose £34.99 for 30 Sachets

I have always thought that writing is extraordinarily cathartic, most especially when you have experienced a traumatic event.  There are times when we write just for ourselves and then there are times when we share our experiences and bare our souls in order to help others.  Over the years I have watched as several brave close friends have done this and this week it is the turn of Carolyn Asome.  Suffering a late miscarriage, Carolyn writes about her coping mechanisms, including acupuncture.
Miscarriage and Acupuncture by Carolyn Asome

Finally, I think it is important to acknowledge the fact that we are still living in extraordinarily difficult times.  The impact it is having on so many of us, in so many different ways, is both profound and damaging, most especially for self-esteem.  I have always thought that real beauty should be defined by a beautiful soul, heart and spirit.  It shines from within.  And in this context, real beauty can truly conquer all.  Standing as one.

My love to each of you for a restful weekend.
Be well.

Gill x  


Weekend Read

Green torn paper background with no. 10 text

It is the day of all days.  So hello 4th July and it’s Super Saturday, American Independence Day and Shabir’s birthday.  In no particular order.  And after last week’s missive where Shabir questioned my sanity regarding loading the Weekend Read with gifts and treats, I am about to do the biggest give-away in the history of VH as we launch a new brand.  Touché sweetheart, this one’s for you.  Timed to perfection.  By me.  Happy birthday.  To you.

Let’s go straight in.  It’s a haircare brand.  It’s called ‘It’s A Ten’.  They have products for every hair type and I will introduce each product range gradually over the next few months.  Known as THE ‘go-to’ haircare brand in North America, the name reflects the fact that each product combines ten benefits into an all-in-one gold standard formulation.  And gold-standard they are.  I will walk you through as we initially launch with ten products. But the first thing I want to tell you is that It’s A Ten’s meteoric rise to fame in the US was all achieved by sharing.  And we are about to do the same here.  Heaven help me.  I feel a drama coming on.  Strong.

We launch with five of the iconic Miracle Leave-In products.  I use the word ‘iconic’ because in the US the Miracle Leave-In range sells over 13 million bottles a year.  Yep, 13 million.  So what’s the big deal secret, well each Miracle Leave-In spray, by design, helps smooth hair, eliminates frizz, restores shine and also enhances the natural body in hair, dependent upon which formulation you choose.  And oh my, if we are going to shake up the haircare world, we might as well do it with this remarkable range which is like no other leave-in conditioning product in existence (thankfully).  Trust me.  And Jo Fairley.  And several million American people. Read More…

Weekend Read

Yellow background with cross bandages

Hello. So Shabir said to me a few days ago that I was going to burn myself out.  I thought that might be interesting for each of you to watch, not least my children, as I began to muse about turning into a firework (a Roman Candle perhaps).  And the reason.  Basically because I overload these missives with gifts and treats, and he said I couldn’t possibly keep it up on an ongoing basis.  Loving a challenge, as I do, I have every intention of keeping it up as long as I can, so let’s do it.  Again.

I am so excited.  Actually beyond excited if that’s possible.  And the reason is because I am just about to launch another new product from Ross J. Barr.  As most you will have read, we launched his Fertility and Pregnancy formulations a couple of weeks ago.  At that time, I told you there was something else coming.  And they have arrived.  And they are a dream.  And there is a story.  Of course.

I’m not going to dwell, but about a year ago my back went into spasm and I couldn’t walk.  At one point I was flat-out on the floor writhing in agony and if you suffer with back pain, you will know exactly what I’m talking about.  At the first opportunity I got myself an emergency appointment with Ross where somehow or other I crawled onto his bed and he worked his magic with his acupuncture needles.  At the end of the session he slapped two patches on my back, one each side and the relief was almost immediate.  He told me that they would give pain relief for up to six hours.  Which they did, but I wanted more.  Except he only had one left, so I stole it. Read More…

Weekend Read

historical black and white photo of female telecoms operator at work

In this ever-changing world, it is all we can do to continue to hold hands and support each other as we take the steps needed to encompass the change that is so prevalent in all that we do and all that we are.  Our health and wellbeing remains a priority for so many of us and it is in this space that we have walked together into the ‘unknown’ for several months.  As we continue this journey, I want to say that we are far from through the difficulties we have faced, individually and as one.  So as we morph into one, let’s take a look at upholding the things that matter and I’m going to do this, in part, by taking a retrospective look at some things and products that have helped along the way.

I am laughing to myself as I write this because I know you are going to think – oh, here she goes again; she’s going to write about Fulvic Acid Nail Cream.  I’m not actually, save to say that if you have discolouration, including white patches, on your nail bed, these will fade after a few weeks of use.  No, no, lest I become boring (or bored with myself), I just want to say that as important as our immunity is, and it really is, there are other things, not least the fact that Shabir has created the first treat of this missive.  Can you believe.  No more eye-rolling from him and I live another day.  Which is just as well because there are more treats further down.  If he makes it that far. Read More…

Weekend Read


Hello Saturday morning and hello to the Weekend Read which, once again, is pretty loaded with a few treats and Saturday only offers. That aside I wrote last week that I would introduce you to somebody I love, worship and adore, so we shall kick off with that introduction and then work our way through the rest where a brand re-emerges looking pretty smart and Shabir gets over-excited about a spray.  I fulfil a promise I made several weeks ago and based on that I will just take a deep breath and mist myself once again with Calm by Derma E.  I think I may need it.  Let’s do it: 

His name is Ross J. Barr.  He is a registered acupuncturist, trained herbalist and a member of the British Acupuncture Council.  He is regarded as one of the country’s leading and trusted fertility specialists, focusing on male and female infertility, in conjunction with IVF, grief and heartbreak.  He is also a member of the British Infertility Counselling Association. Read More…

Weekend Read

Black and White photo of a person in a polka dot dress ridding a bike and having fun whiel legs are not on pedals

Well here we are again, another Saturday morning and perhaps the Weekend Read has become a marker in as much as the vast majority of us don’t know what day it is.  Look, all I know is that in an abnormal world, it’s all we can do to put some structure around ourselves.  I think it has become a given that each week I write about new products, treats and gifts if I can.  So not wanting that Saturday structure to fall over (unlike Shabir who falls over every single time he reads these missives), today we have a new product launch (well one launch, three products), a skincare supplement treat and two gifts, of which one is limited. Off we go:

Let’s begin with the new launch, it’s a skincare launch and it’s from Derma E.  You knew this was coming because I wrote a couple of weeks ago that there were several new launches from Derma E that I wanted to tell you about.  So what are the three products that have got us excited.  They are mood enhancing skin beneficial mists.  Each of the three, Calm, Uplift and Create, contain a balanced blend of therapeutic, skin benefiting essential oils that have been combined with purified Spring Water, Witch Hazel and Coconut Essence.  And each has its own unique blend of essential oils combined with either citrus, herbal or aromatic waters.  They have been formulated to use both on your face and body, so in effect you become the embodiment of a chosen mood. Read More…