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February Newsletter

chinese new year lanterns

Hello and welcome to the February newsletter, which is a week later than it should be, but never mind that, here we are and actually it’s all my fault because I wrote on the January newsletter that the newsletter would be released today – my head was residing on another planet clearly!

If you read the January newsletter you will have observed that I really didn’t want to write about products because there was so much more I wanted to write about. But I did and I kept the focus on self-care, because it matters, and the response was quite unbelievable, for which I thank you. I will be continuing the theme, in a rather profound way, on this newsletter with the launch of four (yes four!) new brands.

So I am doing two launches first, we will then head into a few things I need to say, back into the launches and then we’ll do a few other things, including some of the editorial features, headed by an article by Jackie Annesley, which totally rocked me on an emotional level. And behold somehow or other, we have Lisa Armstrong too. Let’s do the first two brands and I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve right the way through this newsletter:

The Hayo’u Method

I want to turn the clock back five years. At that time I was introduced to somebody who wanted to launch a brand. I sat and listened. She talked. She explained. She touched me emotionally and then she touched me physically. Within two minutes of her physical touch I started to cry, which perhaps wasn’t the coolest thing to do as we were sitting in the middle of a restaurant. I ran outside and sobbed my heart out on the pavement of Conduit Street in London (of all places!). She had touched my soul. That moment is etched in my consciousness for all time.

Her name is Katie Brindle. Inspired by Chinese medicine, Katie founded the Hayo’u Method to enable people to master their health and now five years on, we are ready to tell the story.

Katie’s work is based on a little known, but central aspect of Chinese medicine called Yang Sheng, which means ‘nurture life’. It takes self-care to the next level because it advocates dealing with small health problems at root level to help limit the chance of illness getting a foothold in the body. A great Chinese proverb sums up Yang Sheng – ‘a drop of prevention is worth a bucket load of cure’.

It is this way of ‘being’ that is so essential to each of us. In basic terms the Hayo’u Method addresses the root cause of most modern day illnesses – inflammation.

And so I invite you to join us on the journey as we unfold the simple truths of Yang Sheng and how simple one minute rituals work to help reduce stress and inflammation. These simple techniques will help relax the body, enabling the free-flow of circulation and assist detoxification by supporting the lymphatic system, which is so imperative to our wellbeing.

Founded upon education, it would be absolutely impossible for me to introduce you to the wisdom of Yang Sheng on one newsletter and I’m not even going to attempt it. Instead the story will unfold month by month as we publish Katie’s words and together we will walk the Yang Sheng path.

And then there are the tools. When I saw some of these five years ago, my eyes nearly popped out of my head and it’s a miracle I didn’t faint with excitement because I knew. And perhaps that is all I need to say here before I introduce you to the wonders of Gua sha.

Gua sha

Gua sha is an East Asian therapeutic healing technique that has been widely practiced in China for thousands of years. It has been shown in studies to help increase micro-circulation by approximately 400%, help clear inflammation and help increase immunity.

Gua sha involves using a round-edged tool, traditionally made of materials such as jade for the face and metal for the body, to press-stroke the skin until redness appears. ‘Gua’ means to rub, whilst ‘sha’ describes the redness that results.

The Hayo’u Beauty Restorer is a jade facial tool that provides an instant, visible solution for your complexion and trust me you will begin to see results after just one minute of use and I promise I’m not hallucinating. Several of my friends have all tried the Beauty Restorer and they appear to be residing in heaven, not Harley Street, thank you.

I could of course write out the three iconic Chinese techniques for using this tool, but it is far easier to watch Katie demonstrate the Beauty Restorer, which you will find on the product page, linked below. We recommend using the Beauty Restorer with her wonderful Beauty Oil, specifically formulated to be used with the Beauty Restorer. This deeply nourishing formula contains camellia and palmarosa oils to help safeguard the delicate skin around your face and neck, while helping to clear the damaging effects of stress.

The Beauty Restorer is made from Xiuyan jade. This type of jade has been used in Chinese facial massage for thousands of years and is revered for its restorative, cooling properties. Like most things, all Gua sha tools are not created equally and I think that is all I want to say on the subject, other than inferior jade will not have the same effect. Also, and I don’t care who kills me on this, never, ever use a metal Gua sha tool on your face. It will damage your skin.

Finally and by way of a more in-depth introduction, Victoria meets Katie Brindle, which I hope helps you to get a further understanding of the work Katie and I are so, so passionate about.
VH Editorial: Victoria Meets Katie BrindleHayo’u Beauty Restorer £35; Hayo’u Beauty Oil £33 for 30 ml

Ilapothecary

I am sure that most of you will have heard of Ila Spa; using the ancient Sanskrit word for Mother Earth, Ila describes itself as ‘a beyond organic skin and heart care brand’. Founder Denise Leicester’s vision was to create a range of highly potent and sacred products using the most ancient and purest sources of energy – plants, flowers and herbs. Ila treatments are offered in some rather spectacular spas all over the world. But I am not here to talk about Ila, I am here to talk about Denise’s newest venture (and adventure), Ilapothecary.

Ilapothecary launches as an accessible everyday diffusion line, which taps into the new mood for beauty products, which do more than simply looking after your skin. The range has been designed to help access the energetic and emotional needs of any new beginning.

These are products with a purpose and they are infused with powerful remedial ingredients, including British grown herbs with a long history of healing, medicinal flowers, powerful gem stones, aromatherapy oils, vitamins, live stem cells and homeopathic ingredients such as Arnica and Calendula. It is Denise’s belief that no other brand has ever blended these various healing ingredients to such a profound effect, so let’s take a look at five of these new products:

Feminine Happy Oil: A mood-balancing blend of fragrant essential oils for all over body nourishment. The synergistic combination of Sandalwood is blended with Rose, Jasmine and herbs integrated with Maca. Maca is an adaptogenic herb that helps support the endocrine system by imparting energy, while helping us to adapt and cope with stress. Rose oil is known to have a deep psychological effect as it helps soothe the emotions which are so often rocked by fatigue, mood swings, anxiety and depression. Breathe it. Absorb it. Feel it. And rest.
Feminine Happy Oil £40 for 100 ml

Beat The Blues Room Spray: This is one of Denise’s favourite products and mine too. I am writing this newsletter while breathing this heady fragrance and I love it. It hits my senses in a rather profound way. It contains some of the most powerful essential oils for uplifting emotions and helping to combat depression. The oils used include Clary Sage, Rose Geranium, Tuberose and Petitgrain. A truly elevating blend, it really is rather fabulous.
Beat The Blues Room Spray £28 for 50 ml

SOS Body Balm:  Put to the test, the SOS Body Balm received many plaudits and I’m not really surprised. A powerful sweet-smelling herbal balm, it helps soothe and calm dry skin and is hydrating and deeply moisturizing. This too works on your senses as well as dealing with dry, flaky skin. The essential oils used include Blue Camomile and Rose sweetened with Vanilla and whether you have dry skin or not, this can be used when you are feeling particularly weary. Arnica is included for its healing properties.
SOS Body Balm £36 for 100 grams

Magnesium And Amethyst Deep Relax Bath Soak: I’m not sure that many newsletters haven’t included some reference to magnificent magnesium because it is such an essential mineral and we are mostly magnesium deficient. So here comes a rather sublime blend loaded with ingredients including Juniper Berry, Benzoin, Petitgrain, Amethyst and Amber. We know that magnesium helps relax muscles, helps ease nervous tension and helps promote sleep. This truly is a winning formulation and although I am not swayed by packaging (as I’ve written so many times), this will look rather gorgeous in your bathroom.
Magnesium And Amethyst Deep Relax Bath Soak £35 for 400 grams

SOS Pearl Drops: A new modern-day take on a rescue remedy. Combining homeopathy, flower essences, herbs and gems, this formulation can be used to great effect in moments of fear, anxiety and restlessness. Blended to be used as both a preparation and a solution, it trouble-shoots, strengthens and stabilizes. Particularly recommended in moments of vulnerability, place three to five drops under the tongue as and when needed.
SOS Pearl Drops £15 for 15 ml

In a world where I only managed to ‘meet’ two or three people a year in the ‘Gill meets’ section of our site, suddenly Victoria meets two people in one month. I hope you enjoy reading her interview with Denise Leicester, which gives you a more insight into the brand and Denise’s journey. With loving thanks to Anastasia Achilleos. An angel walking on earth.
VH Editorial: Victoria meets Denise Leicester

The Weekend Read

Out of somewhere and nowhere, The Weekend Read will have been delivered to your inbox early on the past three Saturday mornings. Nobody knew, but actually this is something we have wanted to do for a very long time and I think it is really important. We cover a multitude of things on each newsletter, but with the newsletter being released only once a month (thank heavens) I wanted to be more current. Perhaps an example of this would be our immediate response to the BBC documentary ‘The Truth About ….. Looking Good’.

The one and only thing I am going to say about the documentary is that Retinol was cited as being the ‘gold standard’ for anti-ageing. Yes that is true, but Retinols are not suitable for everybody and they need to be used carefully. I literally sat with my head in my hands watching our order screens when the programme finished as I saw thousands of retinol products being ordered.

Used incorrectly, Retinols can damage your skin and it bothered me. I have written several times that I don’t use acid products on my face, but that’s a personal thing and I am not sounding the death knell for acids, I just think that responsibility needs to be taken and so I asked Victoria (she’ll get her own para in a minute) to write about Retinols and Retinoids and we posted that article the following morning and then released it on The Weekend Read.

So after the longest time, we are now more current thanks to the brilliance of Victoria who put The Weekend Read together; this will be a weekly event (or happening) and within 15 minutes of Victoria’s arrival, I actually don’t know how I/we ever lived without her. I adore her, but really, really adore her and I don’t say these things lightly. I now live in fear that she will run back to The Telegraph, most especially after I took her into a seven-hour meeting with me. I mean who does seven-hour meetings. Seriously!
VH Editorial: Retinol: What Is It And What Are The Skincare Benefits

Shabir and Trinny’s Facebook Live

Or perhaps it should be Trinny and Shabir’s Facebook Live. Whatever. And behold, in the middle of a freak snow-storm early on a Sunday morning (everything imaginable happened on that Sunday), Trinny had invited Shabir to appear on her Facebook live series and there we were. Actually there was Shabir, I was hiding in Trinny’s bath.

All I am going to say about this is that I honestly don’t know how Shabir did it because I couldn’t have done that on any subject. So incredibly daunting. There are no words to describe my respect for Shabir’s extraordinary knowledge and we are both so touched by the response.

Poor Shabir. As I write this he is still drowning in emails and just because it is going to happen, I will tell you that Trinny and Shabir are going to do the menopause next – well not do it (as if!) but talking about it. We think it will be live on Sunday 18 February around 9.45 am, but that may change. My God. I would run to the hills if I was asked to do it. No chance of that happening, I absolutely promise you that.
VH Editorial: Five Takeaway Tips From Shabir and Trinny’s Facebook Live

Tutti London

And there it was. A most glorious parcel landed on my desk and I was intrigued. As I was opening it, I was hit (once again) with a fragrance that nearly sent me reeling in its fabulousness. It was a candle, actually several of them, together with a most beautiful note. The note was from a VH Addict and she explained that she had been following us forever and now, together with a friend, she had created a new brand of candles – Tutti London.

Those who know me, know that I go weak at the knees when a candle comes into my life, but they also know that I am so, so fussy and I am sick and tired of expensive candles that just don’t deliver on promise. Heaven forbid I should name names, but it is tremendously common to fragrance the top couple of inches of a candle and allow the rest to just burn through. So if you ever wondered why a candle ‘stopped’ working, this is the reason.

I absolutely promise you that I didn’t write the above paragraph to promote a new brand, but it needed to be said and I’m not frightened to say it. Nobody can kill you for telling the truth, well perhaps they can, but I’m still breathing.

So Tutti London. I don’t think I am going to go into raptures on each of the candles even though I could. They really are extraordinary and the first candle I tested was Italian Lemon. I was so bereft when it was finished, I stuck in a big order for the entire range knowing that a new addiction had begun and Shabir would be doing yet another major eye roll. He seriously despairs of me, that much I know.

There are the three different collections; The Pink Collection, The White Collection and The Black Collection with three different candles in each collection. Victoria tested Wild Mint & Rosemary from The White Collection and we have now tested several of them. Victoria describes them as ‘next level’ and I couldn’t agree more. Viva Tutti London.
Tutti London £48 per candle

Angelico

And here comes another new brand. Another capsule collection skincare brand and it is the brainchild of Glenda Taylor who created Balm Balm. Three years after selling Balm Balm, she is back with ‘serums for all seasons’. There are five of them and they are blended from natural active plant oils to address individual skin types. They may be used both during the day and the night as a daily moisturiser or as a boost to your regular moisturiser.

As Glenda states: ‘Listen to your skin. Give it what it craves. Don’t be afraid to switch serums from time to time. Like a plant that hasn’t been watered for a long time, your skin will soak up serum to begin with, but will need less over time until you will see that it is happy and glowing with just a few drops of serum each morning and night’.

The five serums are Serum for Combination Skin; Serum for Dry Skin; Serum for Oily Skin; Serum for Mature Skin and Serum for Sensitive Skin. Angelico: A celebration of style, invention and substance.
Angelico Serums For All Seasons £35 per Serum

Jo Fairley meets Brandon Truaxe

Many of you may have read this article as it was recently published in The Mail on Sunday YOU magazine. When I read it my heart almost stopped beating and tears rolled down my face. And it had absolutely nothing to do with the thousands of orders we were receiving for The Ordinary products. That has almost been a given since the brand launched, as have the wait lists, which still exist. What mattered here was that the truth was told. And it was.
Jo Fairley meets Brandon Truaxe

Let’s Talk About Joe

I implore you read this article. It touched me on a level that so many of you will relate to, whether you are a mother or not. Here Jackie Annesley writes about Joe. Joe is her son. Joe has Type 1 Diabetes. So let’s talk about Joe. Its been a while.
VH Editorial: Let’s Talk About Joe by Jackie Annesley

Transforming Body Cream by Ameliorate

There is always a high level of excitement when Ameliorate launch a new product and the launch of their Transforming Body Cream is no exception. I love Ameliorate as many of you know and the brand is such a huge success story. Well it would be really because this is the health/beauty crossover, which I personally believe to be so very important.

So the cream. It comes in a tub and I love tubs. There is something really comforting about dipping your fingers into a tub, most especially when it is filled with a product that provides instant comfort while progressively refining and improving skin texture and condition.

Clinically proven to significantly increase moisture levels in the skin for up to 12 hours, it is of course loaded with optimum levels of ingredients to help exfoliate and renew surface skin cells. Ameliorate, as so many of you now, was created to help eliminate Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin), except so many of us using don’t have KP, we just adore the products.

The cream doesn’t replace the original Transforming Body Lotion, which incidentally is now available in a non-fragranced option. Forgive me, I think I failed to tell you that somewhere along the way. Meanwhile, I’m having a huge love fest with the cream, which is more bad news for Shabir.
VH Editorial: Treatment of Keratosis PilarisTransforming Body Cream £27.50 for 225 ml; Fragrance Free Transforming Body Lotion £22.50 for 200 ml

Crowes Cremine

It was in the moment I was dipping into the Transforming Body Cream that I had a bit of déjà vu moment. It reminded me of Crowes Cremine. Not in texture, just the memory of that blue tub.

Many years ago we listed Crowes Cremine. It was and is the original theatrical make-up remover which is over 75 years old, so I’m told. It was a really popular product and then something happened. I’m not exactly sure what, but I think the formulation may have been tweaked and it was simply horrid. It was like a giant bit of slop in a tub and not even keeping it in the fridge made any difference. I delisted it.

Wondering whether the issue had been fixed, I ordered some. I used it. It still felt the same as the very original (before the slop) and it still goes quite liquid upon application, which is how it always was. I left it in my bathroom, which is rather warm, for five days before I was satisfied that it wasn’t going to melt into oblivion. It didn’t. It’s back.
Crowes Cremine £8.99 for 200 ml

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Look I’m very sorry, but as soon as I watched (binge-watched actually) The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, I knew that I would have to write about it and her on a newsletter. The winner of two Golden Globes, Season One is on Amazon Prime and suddenly there were a few of us who were having hugely deep discussions about Mrs M. It kind of dominated our thought processes for an entire week and actually it still does. Aka …. what would Mrs M do?

A quote from Rachel Brosnahan who plays Mrs M to Vanity Fair: ‘This is a story about a bold and brilliant and complicated woman and I am endlessly proud to be a part of it. But there are so many women’s stories out there that still need and deserve to be told. So as we enter this new year, please, let’s continue to hold each other accountable and invest in and make and champion these stories’.

Personally I think there is a touch of Midge Maisel in each of us girls, she is our heroine and she lives on the wild side (and the Upper West Side, NYC). And the clothes. My God, the clothes. 1950’s chic fabulousness.

And then on a wet and cold Saturday morning, Lisa Armstrong, Head of Fashion at The Telegraph wrote about Midge Maisel and I was dancing around throwing my arms up in the air screaming YES as Lisa invested in and championed Midge. The brilliance of it all.
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel by Lisa Armstrong

LixirSkin

Back to it, and what better to do than to announce a one-off limited edition offer on LixirSkin. I don’t need to write about LixirSkin or Colette. The feedback has been phenomenal and I’ve written about on every newsletter since we launched the brand last October.

So here it is. LixirSkin Set One. It includes three products, Vitamin C Paste (50 ml); Universal Emulsion (50 ml) and Electrogel Cleanser (100 ml). The set costs £75 and the retail price of all three products is £86. I think this could be another moment when I run to the hills and hide. I know exactly what is going to happen, so can I just say that this is a Limited Edition and these sets are not growing on trees. Once they are gone, they are gone. And actually I might be gone too.
LixirSkin Set One £75

Icon Night Smartsome™ A³X50³ by Sarah Chapman

Icon Night is the newest launch from Sarah Chapman and is being hailed as her biggest launch since the start of the brand ten years ago.

This from Sarah: ‘This luxurious silky formula delivers scientific actives in a modern encapsulation drone delivery system to target the skin where it is needed most. Vitamin A, potent peptides and de-ageing technologies deliver fast skin smoothing and glow inducing benefits, addressing all signs of premature ageing and dull, fatigued complexions for the ultimate youth boost’.

I am not going to write about the scientific facts, but you can read them all on the product page. An exciting moment for all Sarah Chapman devotees.
Icon Night Smartsome by Sarah Chapman £98 for 30 ml

Fulphyl by Phylia de M

I know there have been quite a few Phylia de M famines for the longest time and we are doing our very best to keep up with all orders as this brand is so revered and loved, so please bear with us as yet another supply and demand issue is afflicted upon us.

Throughout, my love of the brand continues and every now and again a travel size of Fulphyl is released as a Limited Edition and that moment has arrived again. Fulphyl is expensive and I am very aware that it is out of reach for so many of you, but it is an amazing product and whenever I take a course of Fulphyl I really feel the difference. I feel cleaner and more alive (given that various wait lists have virtually killed me over the past couple of years). So here it is together with Shabir’s landmark article on Fulvic Acid.
VH Editorial: Fulvic Acid – The Elixir of LifeFulphyl Travel Size £30 for 60 ml

News and Updates

There are just a couple of things I want to say here. The first is that we have always tried our hardest to process and send all orders out within 48 hours of placement, if we are in stock of the products ordered. It has always been so important to me that you receive your products quickly, but there are times when it is just not possible.

On the Sunday Shabir appeared on Trinny’s Facebook live, the interview with Brandon (as above) was also published in YOU magazine and it’s truly a miracle that our website didn’t collapse. At this given time we are working on a 5-7 day delay in processing, but we are doing the very best we can. Our team are working overtime to try and minimize the wait, so please be patient with us. This too shall pass. I’m so very sorry.

Benenox – Overnight Recharge: I wrote on the last newsletter that Benenox jumped right out at me when it landed on Shabir’s desk and it would appear that it has jumped right out at you too. In the shortest possible time the feedback has been completely incredible.

As I wrote, it isn’t a traditional supplement that helps you fall asleep, it helps to support sleep by ensuring that a constant supply of glycogen is delivered to the brain overnight. In effect it helps you stay asleep longer and to wake up feeling refreshed rather than tired.

When it comes to supplementation there is no instant magic wand solution, but it is being reported that many of you are still waking in the middle of the night, but going back to sleep within a minute or two, rather than tossing and turning for an hour or more. For that, we are grateful for the research and development of this product.
Benenox – Overnight Recharge £12.49 for 135 ml

Immunity

At this time of year, many of us will experience bouts of colds, infections, catarrh and similar concerns. We often blame bugs as the cause of our illness rather than addressing varying weaknesses in our immune system.

The immune system is unlike any other system within our bodies with a complex interaction between several glands, proteins, tissues, chemical compounds, hormones and gut bacteria. These interactions are all involved to help achieve optimal immunity and in its simplistic form, the immune system comprises specialized white blood cells, which learn what belongs to the body and what does not.

The role of the immune system is to help protect the body against many pathogenic bacteria and viruses on an ongoing basis. Any organism that attacks our system will cause infection and disease and it is the optimal working of the immune system that helps destroy these organisms in order to prevent any further damage and infection. This process is referred to as the immune response. In a far-reaching article, Shabir looks at factors that affect the immune system and how to improve your immunity.
VH Editorial: A Daily Supplement That Supercharges Your ImmunityDaily Immunity £25.50 for 60 Capsules

VH Editorial

I would love nothing more than to write a paragraph about each of our editorial features, but I will be writing forever and you probably wouldn’t need Benenox to put you to sleep. I suppose it could be my claim to fame, but I’ll live without the fame thank you very much, so let me tell you who has written what:

The Beauty Bible girls hold a nail clinic and reveal how to stop bad nail habits; Jo Fairley, who seems to be our intrepid discoverer of all interesting things reveals the apps that can make you happier; Arly writes about her all-time favourite skincare buys and I think we can all guess at least three products that will be on that list.
Nail Clinic: How To stop Bad Nail Habits by Beauty Bible; Apps That Can Make You Happier by Jo Fairley; Arly’s Favourite Skincare Buys by Detail Oriented Beauty

The fabulous Carolyn Asome channels her inner-fashion gene with Spring Refresh and yes of course, she was included on the Mrs M chain of emails (the rest are pretty obvious really); Catherine Turner shares the basics of meditation and Carole Morin is off in her own world writing about ‘Daddy’.
Spring Refresh by Carolyn Asome; The Basics of Meditation by Catherine Turner; Daddy by Carole Morin

Finally, every time I look Victoria has written another article; I absolutely can’t send out a missive every time she publishes something, so just know that you may need to look at the front of our site on an almost daily basis to try and keep up (if you want to keep up!). Some of her articles will appear in The Weekend Read, others won’t, but they will be posted on Instagram. I’m seriously losing the social media battle with the entire team. Nothing to add.

The End Bit

Right, let’s end this newsletter with a few more new products:

Two new nutritional beverages from Viridian. Lovely Viridian. The first is Organic Wild Chaga & Raw Cacao. Wild Chaga is a nutrient dense mushroom and is known as ‘King of Mushrooms’. It is thought to have exceptional health benefits, including increased energy and wound healing, which are said to derive from a mass of nutrients including amino acids, beta glucans and betulinic acid. The inclusion of Raw Cacao is based upon several studies that have shown that cacao possesses varying health benefits.
Organic Wild Chaga & Raw Cacao £29.05 for 30 grams

The second beverage is Organic Pink Bark & Berry. Pink Bark is a rich source of plant flavonoids which have been shown to help rejuvenate and protect the skin with its significant antioxidant activity. Bilberry and Lingonberry are also included in this formulation, both of which have been traditionally used in medicine for their anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycaemic and retina-protective properties.
Organic Pine Bark & Berry £32 for 30 grams

This Works have released three new ‘evening’ products. I haven’t tested them, but Victoria has and she thinks they are rather fabulous. They are Evening Detox Cleansing Water; Evening Detox Spray-On Exfoliant and Evening Detox Clay Mask. And suddenly everybody is talking about overnight products. There is an article in there somewhere, but not for now!
Evening Detox Cleansing Water £22 for 200 ml; Evening Detox Spray-On Exfoliant £28 for 60 ml; Evening Detox Clay Mask £32 for 50 ml

And so we have come to the end of another newsletter; my love and thanks to each of you for your ongoing support and loyalty and my love and thanks to the many people who have contributed to this newsletter.

I could never ever write this without several people holding my hand, they are mostly unnamed but they remain, as they always have, an integral part of who and what we are.

Finally in a world that is ever-changing, can we just please take a deep breath and be together.

Thank you.

My love to you.

Gill x

January Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to 2018 and the January newsletter; I was ever so tempted to make this the first-ever non-product related newsletter because there are so many things that I want to write about other than products. So this is what we are going to do; I am mostly going to write about health issues (actually Shabir is doing nearly all of that) and in between I will have a few soapbox moments, do some feedback, introduce you to new members of our team (exciting!) and somewhere amongst all of this there are a couple of treats and of course the feature articles, which are pretty profound this month.

As the new year begins, the buzz phase is self-care; it is everywhere you look. The New York Times (and as reported in Grazia) has declared that ‘self-care is the new going out’. We are notoriously bad in the UK at doing self-care and I am no exception. We feel guilty about nurturing ourselves and our needs, but in this brave new self-care world I actually ran away (far away) just before Christmas and for the first time ever I didn’t plug my laptop in and I turned my phone off. Life continued. Read More…

December Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the December newsletter. Historically this last newsletter of the year has always been rather different to the rest. Often referred to as the ‘bonkers newsletter’, each year we do something different and this year I have decided that we are going to do the first-ever-full-on VH Awards. Nobody has voted and in fact nobody knows anything about them except me and Shabir, who did another eyeroll to heaven when I told him that I had self-appointed myself to be judge and jury on proceedings.

Even before I start writing I know that it may well get out of control, but its been a bit of an ‘out of control’ year, so we may as well continue right to the end. As ever with the December newsletter, there are treats right the way through and you will need to read very carefully because I wouldn’t want you to miss out as we only have a limited amount, so you will need to be fast for some of them.

That said, what would a newsletter be if we didn’t launch some new products. I am going to begin with two new launches and then I’m going to change into an incredible Dolce & Gabbana creation (in my dreams), plonk a tiara on my head and present the awards. Let’s go: Read More…

October Newsletter

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Welcome to the October newsletter where we launch four new brands, yes four, they all rolled in at the same time. So we say hello to LIXIRSKIN from Colette Haydon, ESHO from DECIEM, Slixir and Curlie Ellie. We also take a look at the latest new product to be released from the excellent Florassist range, I give you all the latest news and feedback and I’m jumping onto The Podium for a moment or two. Let’s do it: Read More…

Gill Meets Colette Haydon

colette working with lixir

What is your background?

I am a doctor in dermo-pharmacy.  I am passionate about the skin and formulating skincare. Over 20 years ago I set up a laboratory in London called Elixir de Beaute.  Together with my team, I formulated hundreds of products for many of the most coveted beauty brands.  I am pretty sure there is at least one in your bathroom.  I stand proud behind them all.

You have created products for brands such as HealGel, Jo Malone, Aromatherapy Associates and REN to name just a few; what has driven you to create your own brand?

Lixir is driven by my skincare and laboratory experience.  My skin beliefs have evolved with time; they are deep, disruptive and controversial.  Above all I want to improve your skin, not wrack your brain. I dedicated my work to the understanding of skin. Read More…

September Newsletter

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Welcome to the September newsletter where we are going to rock and roll our way through some new brand and product launches. We have new products from NIOD, Dermasuri, Color Wow and iS Clinical. We have seven (yes seven!) new products from The Ordinary (head examination needed) and a new brand which I’ve kind of flipped over. Additionally, we take a look at Cannabis (of the legal kind), the lymphatic system and stomach issues; there is a low-key celebration too. Let’s do it:

RE:Pigment (RP) by NIOD

Please believe me when I tell you that RE:Pigment was one of the very first products we were going to release after the core NIOD launch of CAIS and MMHC. Except we didn’t and the reason we didn’t is because we knew about some core active brightening and supporting technologies, which were not yet available and so we waited. Patience is a virtue and so I became virtuous because NIOD has a ‘conquer all’ DNA, which remains so very important to me and Brandon over and above all else.

RE:Pigment is a highly-saturated, ultra-lightweight, emollient solution incorporating modern advances in biotechnology and peptide technology to fight signs of one of the most complex-to-treat dermal concerns: hyperpigmentation. This formula visibly counteracts both uneven pigmentation, such as spots, as well as overall pigmentation issues through several pathways. This multi-pathway approach optimizes the synergy between the technologies in contrast to networked technologies that approach visible pigmentation through the same mechanisms.

I am not going to write about the science here; all the information is listed on the product page and that is the place to read all about Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Acetyl Glycyl Beta Alanine and White Shiitake Ferment, amongst others, if you feel the need. Brandon is so excited about the technologies used in this formulation; he spent an entire hour on the phone talking about them, without taking a breath. I was on my bed eating grapes with my eyes shut; in those moments I send up a prayer that we don’t Facetime each other.

The above statement doesn’t mean that I’m not excited about RE:Pigment; I am actually beyond excited as this is probably the most powerful of all NIOD products. The thing about hyperpigmentation is that there are so few options actually available. If you have severe hyperpigmentation then laser treatment will probably come top of your list, but it is expensive and it doesn’t always work; there are thousands of products on the market making such extraordinary claims that you can only laugh at them. One look at their ingredient listing and it’s a major eye-roll from Shabir, in a long line of them.

Anyway, as you will have guessed I have been testing RP rigorously and I am in worship mode; worshipping Prudvi (NIOD’s lead chemist) is one of my most favourite things. In the testing phase I asked him what the main priorities were in the formulation and he said that there was really only one priority and that was to target as many pathways involved in pigmentation as possible in one single formula. That priority then translated into several priorities. In the end, the formula had very little room left for anything; it’s now made up of over 90% active technologies, which requires the use of the actives themselves to solubilize one another.

With complete transparency, I will tell you that I don’t have hyperpigmentation; I have one or two visible dark spots, but nothing drastic and I have been ‘treating’ them, most especially the annoying one on my hand, which has almost faded into oblivion. But there is something else about RP. It brightens your skin to such an incredible degree that I now can’t live without it. NIOD lab: please note!

I think it is important to tell you that you will not see immediate results; for sure some of you may see a brightening effect after a few days, but it actually took around 14 days for me to see a difference on my skin. I think that will probably be true for those of you who use NIOD, but I’m just debating the subject here so you know what to expect, unless of course you look in the mirror and see the ‘unexpected expected’ within a day or so. Start singing if that happens!

We are releasing RP in two sizes, RP 15 ml and RP 30 ml; if you want to use RP just to dab onto dark spots, then the 15 ml size is all you will need as a little goes a long way. However, if you want to use RP as part of your skincare regimen, then you will probably need the 30 ml as results improve with continued use; as a preventative measure, this is an essential as I am not doing age spots. Repeat. Not doing them.

If you are going to use RP as part of your NIOD regimen, then this should be used twice a day, after CAIS but before MMHC2. Please avoid unprotected UV exposure when using this formula (hello Survival!). And that’s a wrap on hyperpigmentation and the extraordinariness of RE:Pigment.
RE:Pigment £27 for 15 ml; RE:Pigment £50 for 30 ml; Survival from £20

Rice Milk Brightening Face Exfoliator

Many of you will remember when we launched the fabulous Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt. It was the once-a-fortnight secret to soft skin and so many of us fell in love with it. I always knew that there would be more products coming from Dermasuri, I also knew that they would be considered very carefully and researched beyond the point of research. I have been waiting almost 18 months for this product and when the sample arrived on my desk, I threw it in my bag and immediately left the office. I think that’s a sign. Very few products receive the *must-try-immediately-and-I-need-to-go-home-right-now-status*.

So let me tell you about the product. The Rice Milk Brightening Face Exfoliator is made with Rice Milk, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E. This gommage style gel gently creates rolls when massaged on skin, then lifts away dead cells. Although there are of course other gommage style exfoliating gels on the market, the key differentiator is the use of Rice Milk which has been used for centuries in Japan, not just the Geisha culture, but workers in the rice fields too. They used the milky water from the first wash of rice for soft, clear skin and to polish their skin. POLISH … hello, my skin has been polished rather magnificently. Perfect.

All you do is apply a few pumps on damp skin and gently massage in a circular motion until rolls form. And form they do. And fall into the sink they do. And excited about that – yes I am. I know it is incredibly sad, but dead skin rolls make me so extraordinarily happy, I can’t tell you. I stare at them and smile, and then I rinse my skin. But wait – I tested it on my hands too. There are not enough words to describe the moment, but try it for yourself and see. Rolling off the years would be an appropriate statement. Feet next.

It is recommended that you use this product one to three times a week at most. Me, I don’t take much notice of instructions, so I used it two nights in a row. The disappointment of no dead skin cells rolling off my face on the second night was rather profound. It had done its job and I had to wait impatiently for the next moment. It arrived, I promise, it arrived!

My love and thanks to Susumu Tsuchihashi, President of Dermasuri, for creating amazing products and for his incredible love and support. No small thing.
Rice Milk Brightening Face Exfoliator £29.95 for 25 grams; Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt £19.95

Dream Coat by Color Wow

Please read this carefully: I wrote about Dream Coat on the Addicts Bulletin just under two weeks ago. We didn’t get to the end of the day and we had sold out; I think you all know me well enough to know that when we sell out of a product I don’t do a dance of happiness; instead I dance it out, which goes something like blast out the music and dance out the stress of a ‘pre-order only’ status product. Trust me it works. It has almost become a daily occurrence.

We received a second consignment a few days later, but it was only a fraction of what we needed. So what to do. I wanted to write about Dream Coat on this newsletter, but I also knew that it had sold out in America and we were looking towards the end of September before it would become available again. And then I had a moment. I stashed a whole load under my desk for the purposes of this newsletter and asked Shabir to take it out of the ‘What’s New’ section of our site.

So below, is what I wrote on the Addicts Bulletin, I doubt we will get to the end of the day before I put it on pre-order again, but at least you will be on a wait list (without us debiting any monies from your account) for the end of September because at this point I don’t know what the stock levels will be looking like and I can’t make any hard and fast promises. Here it is:

I don’t normally flip over hair-styling products, but I’m flipping because although this has been created for frizzy hair (I don’t have frizzy hair), it actually made my hair look amazing and I don’t say that lightly. This has already been released in America and it is going crazy over there, thus its current unavailable status. The best I can do right now is replicate the words of Dr Joe Cincotta PhD and Chief Chemist of Color Wow.

‘The key to fighting frizz is all about controlling moisture levels and locking the cuticle down as tight and smooth as possible. Unlike typical serum or oil-based humidity-fighting formulas that lay down a heavy coat on hair’s surface, (which deflate volume and leave the hair greasy), Dream Coat uses a ground-breaking, heat activated polymer technology that is lighter than a feather. Dream Coat scatters teeny droplets randomly on hair’s surface. When heated with your blow-dryer these droplets connect and crosslink forming an invisible, hydrophobic matrix that does two things. It compresses each strand into a sleek, silky, supple shape and sheathes every strand in a light, imperceptible ‘raincoat’ that repels moisture’.

Color Wow is of course the brainchild of Gail Federici and John Frieda, who know a thing or two about frizzy hair. I don’t really know anything about frizzy hair, but what I do know is that I now have ‘Cleopatra’ hair and I’ll take that, thank you. In a way I kind of wish I had frizzy hair so that I could experience the powerful magic of this product, which they are calling the ‘Supernatural Spray’. The Dream has arrived for some. The Dream is real. The Dream is coming to the rest of the world soon!
Dream Coat by Color Wow £22 for 200 ml

The Ordinary

Happy Birthday O. With the release of the September newsletter, The Ordinary is one. Together with Brandon, I am deliberately keeping this very low-key. I have continually written over the past year about the challenges we continue to face with The Ordinary; it has been a really difficult year.  Struggling to keep up with the overwhelming demand has been at the forefront of our endeavours; when we launched Colours, everything collapsed, including both our websites. We should have been euphoric, but we weren’t. We are accountable, yet there was no real accountability to offer because of the sheer volume of demand. And that hurt both of us. Badly.

And yet, amongst all of this, The Ordinary has made a profound difference to the beauty industry and to so many of you. At this point it really is not about how many products we can sell or the products we continually release. O. is more than a commodity. It is a way. It is a being. It makes a fundamental point about honesty and integrity. Many have an opinion about The Ordinary. Some good, some bad. It goes with the territory. The Ordinary is a force. So Happy First Birthday O. The world is a better place with you in it. It is our democratic right to choose. Millions have chosen. Thank you.

The Retinol/Retinoid Story

And out of somewhere and nowhere, there is a new story to be told. One of the key promises of The Ordinary is to be evolving and, as part of this commitment, we take feedback very seriously. The Ordinary’s retinoid offerings have been top sellers from the very start and have received outstanding reviews, but we also had feedback that a) the difference between Advanced Retinoid and Retinol was confusing; b) Retinol 1% was too strong as a starting point for those who preferred direct retinol; c) the products were not lightweight enough to be used as part of several steps in a regimen; d) most preferred Retinol 1% to be silicone-free. And so we have listened to all of this feedback and done even more.

Let’s start with the dramatic bit; Advanced Retinoid 2% is being re-named to align with new product introductions and Retinol 1% will soon be discontinued.

The line-up is below, but with a caveat; the two new Granactive Retinoid products are available now, but the three new Retinol products won’t be available for several days (please don’t let it be weeks!) so I’m putting them on a pre-order status, but please be aware we will not be taking any monies from your account until we process your order.

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane (Moderate Strength. No Irritation) & Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane (High Strength. No to Low Irritation)

These water-free, silicone-free, alcohol-free solutions contain a 2% and a 5% concentration of the same advanced retinoid active complex used in the original Advanced Retinoid 2% called Granactive Retinoid that has been shown to offer better results against multiple signs of ageing than retinol without any of the irritation and drawbacks common with retinol. Granactive Retinoid, an active technology from Grant Industries, is a solubilized system of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, a highly-advanced form of retinoid which is, in fact, a non-prescription ester of all trans direct retinoic acid that offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of ageing than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid.

These products use next-generation retinoid active technologies which have been shown to achieve better reduction in ageing than retinol, without irritation. These technologies cannot be compared to retinol itself in terms of concentration because they include a different retinoid molecule, in a similar way that retinol cannot be compared with retinoic acid in terms of concentration.

The existing Advanced Retinoid 2% will be renamed to Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion to align with the new naming direction. The formula continues to offer an emulsion of 2% of this retinoid complex. While the new formulas in Squalane offer a very-light-weight solution for better compatibility with several steps in a regimen, the existing formula continues to be a creamy hydrating emulsion for those who prefer this format. The box and label change for the existing Advanced Retinoid will be in rotation for a few weeks as new packaging finds its way through distribution.

We recommend applying a small amount to your face in the PM as part of your skincare regimen, after water serums, but before heavier treatments. Please do not use with other retinoid treatments and avoid unprotected solar exposure.
Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane £7.80 for 30 ml; Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane £11.90 for 30 ml; Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion £8.00 for 30ml.

Retinol 0.2% in Squalane (Low Strength. Moderate Irritation); Retinol 0.5% in Squalane (Moderate Strength. High Irritation) & Retinol 1% in Squalane (High Strength. Very High Irritation)

These water-free, silicone-free, alcohol-free solutions contain three different strengths of pure direct Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin ageing. While Retinol has been studied extensively, it is irritating to the skin and new technologies exist that mimic the visible effects of Retinol without causing skin irritation. For this reason we generally recommend using the Granactive Retinoids, as above.

If you have not used high-strength retinol formulas in the past, we strongly recommend that you start your retinol regimen with Retinol 0.2% in Squalane and adjust to higher strengths as your skin builds tolerance. You will achieve the same end results without the unpleasant redness and peeling along the way. Please also note that water can affect the stability of retinol. Additionally, plant oils sound peaceful in products but in retinol formulations can trigger lipid oxidation and can impair retinol integrity. These formulations do not contain water, silicones, plant oils or alcohol. As above, please do not use with other retinoid treatment and avoid unprotected solar exposure.
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane £4.20 for 30 ml; Retinol 0.5% in Squalane £4.90 for 30 ml; Retinol 1% in Squalane £5.80 for 30 ml (Pre-Order Only Status)

And just when you thought this section was over, it isn’t:

Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

Yes! This formula combines very high concentrations of two of the most powerful and important antioxidants in skincare: Resveratrol, and Ferulic Acid. Resveratrol is a natural phenol found in several plants and O.’s pure source is 100% derived from Japanese Knotweed. Ferulic Acid is a high-potency phytochemical antioxidant found naturally in walls of plant cells.

Skincare formulations generally incorporate Resveratrol at 1% or less and Ferulic Acid at 0.5% or less. This formula contains each at 3%, an exceptionally concentration. The formula does not contain any water, silicones, oils or alcohol. Water can impair the stability of any antioxidant. Stability is all. Impaired stability equals impaired product.

Application should be either alone or after water-based serums and before oils or heavier creams. Alternatively, you may wish to mix with other treatments to enhance their antioxidant capacity significantly. Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% can be mixed with Vitamin C 23% or Vitamin C Suspension 30% at each application to form an outstanding antioxidant network of Vitamin C. This product will be available within the next few days, all things being equal.
Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% £5.50 for 30 ml (Pre-Order Only Status); Vitamin C 23% + HA Spheres 2% £4.90 for 30 ml; Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone £5.80 for 30 ml

EUK 134 0.1%

And if we are talking about antioxidants, the mother and father of all of them is EUK 134. EUK 134 is a mimetic of superoxide dismutase and catalse, forming an exceptionally rare self-regenerating molecule that scavenges superoxide free radicals, eliminates hydrogen peroxide and converts reactive oxygen species into water and oxygen.

While it has been around for many years, very few products on the market use this truly superb antioxidant which can regenerate itself to offer round-the-clock antioxidant protection. The only issue with EUK 134 is that it must not be used immediately with strong acids such as suspensions of Ascorbic Acid. Strong acids will completely destroy EUK 134 which is based on manganese, which is also why it is not included as part of the Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% formula. If you wish to take advantage of both formulas, the most effective regimen would be to use Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% in the PM (mixed with Ascorbic Acid suspensions if desired) and EUK 134 in the AM. EUK 134 can also be mixed with most products such as Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA for a strong antioxidant boost.

Don’t let the low price of this formula misguide you. EUK 134 is by far one of the strongest antioxidants available in the world. It is truly a ground-breaking technology. While EUK 134 itself is very costly, the suggested concentration in a formula is below 0.05% and most formulas do not use this maximum suggestion. This formula uses EUK 134 at an extremely high 0.1% concentration and we do not believe any product on the market today uses a higher concentration than this amount. The formula does not contain any water, silicones, oils or alcohol. Water can impair the stability of any antioxidant.
EUK 134 0.1% £6.90 for 30ml 

I Woke Up Like This

I received an email. It was from a customer. This is what it said:

‘I was wondering if you had ever tried a brand called BioBelle. If not I urge you to stock it ….. a friend of mine returned from the US and gave me a BioBelle ‘I Woke Up Like This’ sheet mask to try. Honestly, I have never ever seen results like it. I was glowing! I was almost poreless! I was young again! I’m not kidding these were results on my 70-year-old skin that due to medication is prone to horrible lump-like blemishes that leave red marks and they were practically invisible’.

The inevitable followed, but before anything I need to say that I have stayed away from sheet masks despite the fact that I have had several hundred samples of them stashed in the office; the collection spans over an approximate four-year period, but not one cell in my body wanted to write or recommend any of them, until now.

The BioBelle masks are huge in America (second time I’ve said that on this newsletter) and BioBelle say that the use of Tencel, a biodegradable fibre made from the pulp of wood is a new technology which helps make their products absolutely cutting edge. Whatever technology, whatever serums, these masks are beyond fabulous and more than 100 patents have been awarded internationally for the development of Tencel.

Before I even tell you the names of each mask, I know that ‘I Woke Up Like This’ is going to be the bestseller of all of them; if you can fall in love with a name, I just have. Just looking at them in my bathroom makes me happy. Using them makes me even happier. The descriptions for each are on the product pages and I am not talking about the event at the end of the year now, but I’m kind of thinking My Diary of Beauty Secret Kit may well go on a few wish lists. Go … discover fabulousness!
BioBelle; Primer £4; Glam Hydrogel £5; I Woke Up Like This £4; After Party £4; Happy Hour £4; My Diary of Beauty Secrets Kit (Six Masks) £24

The Treat: Cysticlean

It is thought that up to two million women suffer from cystitis and urinary tract infections each year and that 20% of women have another infection within two months.

We have long recommended Cysticlean capsules which provide 240 mg of Proanthocyanidins (PAC) derived from North American cranberry extract, which work to help prevent and treat cystitis and urinary tract infections by dislodging bacteria that adhere to the bladder wall. High levels of PAC are clinically proven to benefit in the prevention of UTI’s and cystitis and Cysticlean contains the highest level of actives currently available in the UK.

It is of course one of our bestselling supplements, so here is a treat for those who either use it, or would like to trial this remarkable supplement. Up until midnight on Monday 25 September the price of Cysticlean will be £14.99 for 30 Capsules, which is a saving of £10 from the listed price of £24.99. If I may, I would just like to thank Cysticlean for the ongoing love and support in all that we do together.
VH Editorial: Is Drinking Cranberry Juice A Myth?Cysticlean £14.99 for 30 Capsules **Sorry this promotion has now ended**

The Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is the largest circulatory system within the body and it is also a system which has not been fully investigated. Most people are simply unaware of it, why it exists or what role it plays in the body.

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, glands, spleen, thymus gland and tonsils which carry a clear fluid called lymph. Lymph’s composition is similar to blood except that it does not contain haemoglobin or any blood proteins. The lymphatic system consists of organs, ducts and lymph nodes which act as filters for the removal of toxins. The lymphatic system is a detoxification system; a nutrient delivery system and is the home of the immune system.

Shabir takes an in-depth look at the lymphatic system in his article below, where you will read, amongst other things, that the lymphatic system drains an average of three pounds of plaque and toxins from the brain each year. Removing this plaque and toxins may aid cognitive function as well as a possible psychologic response.
VH Editorial: The Lymphatic SystemCleavers by Viridian Nutrition £15.55 for 90 Capsules

Does Your Stomach Growl?

The third and final article from Shabir on this newsletter – does your stomach growl?

It is perfectly natural for the stomach to growl every now and then. Some people however find that their stomach growls loudly and frequently which can be embarrassing, frustrating and difficult to control. The medical term for stomach growling is borborygmic.

Many people associate stomach noises and growling with hunger. Growling does not necessarily occur when you are hungry, but it is usually louder when you have an empty or partially empty stomach. The noise occurs from the muscles lining the stomach and the intestines when food begins to be broken down. If the stomach is partially full, the noises are more muffled and conversely if the stomach is relatively empty, then the noises are much louder.

In his article, Shabir takes a look at some of the reasons behind stomach growling and the steps which may be taken to help prevent this condition. Conclusively he recommends taking Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes, which have a myriad of benefits, including bloating.
VH Editorial: Does Your Stomach Growl?; Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes £23.25 for 60 Capsules

VH Editorials

It seems apt to follow through on Shabir’s articles with the monthly featured articles from the VH Editorial Team and I’m trying to keep a straight face as I’m writing this, but it’s not really working because every-time I think of what Carole Morin has written, I fall about laughing. In my wildest dreams I didn’t ever think that George Osborne would make an appearance on our website and I think that is all I can say here; you’ll understand when you read it!
Desert Island Lips by Carole Morin

Arly. Wonderful Arly. For those who don’t know, exactly one year ago when we launched The Ordinary on the September newsletter, Arly stayed up all night to write about it. I didn’t know she was doing it; I didn’t ask her to do it, but she just did it. It seems rather apt that this month’s article is called ‘The Ordinary – How To Create A Skincare Routine’.

A few things to say here; the article includes products other than O. and this will be the third and final article on O. from Arly for the foreseeable future. With three articles to refer to, it will help you create your own personalised skincare regimen.

May I also say that with all the best will in the world, Arly is constantly bombarded with requests for personal regimens and I need to protect her because the situation is getting out of control; I am so, so sorry but she will be unable to offer guidance on personal/complete regimens any longer, although with the three articles there shouldn’t be a need. I hope you understand. Thank you.
The Ordinary – How To Create A Skincare Regimen by Detail Oriented Beauty

Take Four Girls. Jo Fairley, Sarah Stacey, Carolyn Asome and Catherine Turner. This month Jo writes about ‘The Joy Of Sea-Bathing’; well I suppose she would, she lives in Hastings. I have already told her that I am not joining in. Sorry. Love you Jo, but no.
The Joy Of Sea-Bathing by Jo Fairley

Carolyn Asome goes deep and tells us why we need to stop worrying; there is something wonderfully calming about Carolyn and I hope her words really help some of you.
Why We Need To Stop Worrying by Carolyn Asome

Catherine Turner, our intrepid traveller, has just returned from India and her article, Turmeric, Ghee and Sesame Oil is a reflection of her travels and her own belief system.
Turmeric, Ghee and Sesame Oil by Catherine Turner

Finally, the Beauty Bible girls, Sarah Stacey and Jo Fairley, do Post Summer Hair SOS, focussing on hair at the end of summer. Summer?
Post Summer Hair SOS by Beauty Bible

Right, back to it:

Warming Honey Cleanser – iS Clinical

This is a resurrection. The story. Going back several years this product was used in professional treatments only. I really didn’t think that was fair bearing in mind it is an amazing cleanser, with a difference. After much lobbying my LA boyfriends conceded (YES!) and it became a retail product. And then one day it disappeared. So I threw a strop (because I can!) and now it’s back. Glory hallelujah.

For those who have used it, you will understand my words above, for those of you who haven’t, Warming Honey Cleanser functions as a treatment cleanser, although I call it an ‘experience cleanser’. It is a blended cocktail of Honey, Myristic Acid, Olive Oil, Papaya Enzymes and Japanese Green Tea. You only need to use a really small amount and you massage it directly onto skin to activate, at which point it gently warms upon application.

I am really not going to write about its cleansing abilities, because they are what you would expect from iS Clinical. I use Warming Honey Cleanser in many different ways, but my favourite is to use it as a double-cleanse treatment two or three times a week, massaging it into my skin for about three minutes. I was doing this ten years ago, I am so happy to be doing it again.
Warming Honey Cleanser by iS Clinical £34 for 120 grams

Mrs White’s Unstung Hero

The story continues. Your feedback has been incredible; I could write reams, but I’m not going to. Instead I am just going to replicate an email sent to me:

‘I am just back from a very hot Italy. I have to let you know what a difference using Mrs White’s Unstung Hero made to my holiday. Having a reaction to mosquito bites, my legs in particular have been bitten so badly in the past that the scars last for months afterwards. Not this time! I sprayed every three to four hours. The spray coats the skin beautifully with no stickiness or residue. There is a pleasant light aroma to the spray.

I did get a few bites, rather than the normal 30 or more, but even those few bites were so light that they didn’t cause any issues. I am back home with tanned, bite-free legs – wonderful. And an added extra – staying on a farm one has to expect flies in the summer. Mrs White’s Unstung Hero kept the flies away from me too! Mrs White really is one Unsung Hero’.
Mrs White’s Unstung Hero Mosquito Repellent £20 for 250 ml

Pommade Divine

Hello Pommade Divine Travel Size. For those who don’t know, Pommade Divine’s original formula was first made by the Royal Family’s chemist, Butler’s & Co. in 1800. Since then, this multi-purpose healing remedy made with natural ingredients that have antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, has been used extensively.

This deeply moisturising protectant for dry, itchy skin, dry cuticles, chapped lips and hands is now available in a 30 ml tube, which is perfect for travelling and for handbags.
Pommade Divine £14 for 30 ml; Pommade Divine £19.80 for 50 ml

The End Bit

There are moments, several of them, when I go ahead of myself and then regret it. It happens with the best of intentions of course, basically because I want you to know things when I know them. I can’t always do this for obvious reasons and slightly diversifying I have been sitting on a mammoth secret for nearly five years; but the Mini Pop-Folds by The Wet Brush were not a secret and I honestly thought they would arrive sooner than they actually did, which is why I wrote about them on the last newsletter. So they arrived. We made them available to buy. I didn’t say a word and within 24 hours they had virtually sold out. Rose Gold #1.
Mini Pop Folds by The Wet Brush £7.99

More O. news. Two of the products, Salicylic Acid 2% Solution and Natural Moisturising Factors + HA (NMF) are now available in larger sizes as below. I say they are now available, but the way things go, who knows whether they will still be available by the time you read this. Actually they had better be otherwise Brandon is toast. Unbuttered.
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution £4.20 for 30 ml; Natural Moisturising Factors + HA £6.80 for 100 ml

The Organic Matcha Green Tea Gift Set contains AAA grade Organic Matcha (30 grams), a bamboo whisk and a Matcha serving spoon. The box was sitting on my desk when I walked into the office one morning. I liked the box. I thought I’d tell you that.
The Organic Matcha Green Tea Gift Set £37

That’s it. Done. We have come to the end of another newsletter and together with Shabir and the entire VH team, I would like to thank you for your amazing loyalty and support. As I always say, we couldn’t do any of this without you, so thank you, thank you, thank you.

I hope you have a wonderful September.

With love

Gill x