VH Newsletter

Weekend Read

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Another week, another Weekend Read and as most you know, because I’ve written it several times, I am an eternal optimist.  From one day to the next, life can change.  In that statement, I am not only referring to the past few months, but for all time.  It is for that reason that I have never done a business plan and I can’t ever imagine doing one.  An email, a phone call or a chance meeting can change everything.  It has always been that way and it’s the way we roll.  Being a heart-led business, I am extraordinarily aware of differing circumstances and it is for that reason that we take our responsibilities very seriously when guiding and helping you through these difficult times as best we can.  With a bit of fun thrown in too.  That bit is non-negotiable.  And so we share:

Since the beginning of the pandemic our main focus has been on our health and immunity.  We do this in many different ways, with many different supplements and because I always use Fulvic Acid Elixir as my base, I like to think that I am concocting ‘Immunity Cocktails’.  Before I write one more word, I have to put the usual caveat in.  There is not a supplement available today that will prevent any of us from contracting Covid-19.  I am of the view that if we strengthen our immune system as best we can, then that’s what we need to do.  I take no chances with our health and wellbeing.

It is for all the above reasons that I am taking our bestselling immunity supplement, Daily Immunity, and putting together a treat.  I did a dance of all dances when we received our recent delivery because I was waiting for the moment when I could do this.  That moment has finally arrived.  I know you are eager to read the bottom line of what I’m about to do, so instead of writing reams about Daily Immunity, I will instead refer you to Shabir’s article, which gives the lowdown on the workings of our immune system and much more.  Just to be clear, this is another archived article and was written before the pandemic came into being.  We have always been pretty strong on this subject.  Even more so now.

So for one day only, that will be today (Saturday 8 August), with every order for Daily Immunity we will automatically include a free DLux 3000, which is worth £7.95.  Yes, this is the product that has been on these missives almost weekly because we can never under-estimate the importance of Vitamin D.  I suppose in some ways it helps cement the fact that together with Andy Thomas, Founder of Better You, I have been campaigning about Vitamin D deficiencies and the detrimental impact it can have on our health, for more than ten years.  Actually I might not survive ten minutes when Shabir reads this, but never mind that. To receive this gift, you will need to click on the Daily Immunity Treat linked below.  This offer will end at midnight GMT tonight, or whilst stocks last.  And it could well be the latter.
Daily Immunity Treat £26 (Daily Immunity £26 for 60 Capsules; DLux 3000 Spray by Better You £7.95 for 15 ml); Fulvic Acid Elixir £30 for 480 ml; A Daily Supplement That Supercharges Your Immunity

I now want to write about iS Clinical.  Or most specifically Sheald Recovery Balm.  Since the very beginning of time, the boys, Bryan Johns and Alec Call (the co-founders) bequeathed upon me the role of custodian of their brand in the UK.  Shame they didn’t give me shares alongside that, but that wouldn’t be ethical, so I just dream of what might have been, bearing in mind that they are one of the top cosmeceutical brands in the world.  Deservedly so in my humble opinion.

Anyway going back several years, we did the global launch of Sheald Recovery Balm.  I will never forget it.  This miraculous product was the first of its kind because it was formulated for healing scars and it could be used on open wounds, which was beyond innovative.  The rest is history; it has been acknowledged and praised by surgeons worldwide and when India Knight wrote about it in The Sunday Times, the Sheald famine lasted months.   I still don’t believe there is a product in this genre that can get close to Sheald, so just a few more words to say.

When Sheald launched, the boys had the UK retail price at £48, but because I’m bolshy (understatement) I thought £43 sounded better.  They let me do it.  It has been seven years since there were any price increases across the iS Clinical products, but there has just been an increase.  I think that’s fair because most brands tend to increase their prices annually.  The price for Sheald will increase to £52, but before I do that, I am going to hold the price at my launch price, not theirs, and this will be good through to next Friday (14 August) when I apply the increase.  Load up.  Load up.  It’s the ever-rocking Sheald-Show.
Sheald Recovery Balm by iS Clinical £43 for 60 ml 

Let’s do a new product launch.  And I’m going to wrap it all up in a treat.  A Thyme Out treat.  The original Thyme Out is rather famous; you know the kind of thing, it has been seen here, there and everywhere.  So with a bit of a tra-la-la, here comes the new product, and it is the Thyme Out Face and Body Mask.  It retains all the benefits and ingredients we know and love, with the inclusion of volcanic clay ash to help draw out impurities and toxins.

It is a powerful anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory solution for compromised skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, fungal conditions and prickly heat.  Added to that, it helps skin that has been trashed by wearing disposable face masks.  Anyway, you know how much I love alchemy, well this is not a pre-mixed mask, it is a powder.  So do with it what you will.  That perhaps is the excitement.  For optimum benefit, we recommend mixing a small amount of liquid Thyme Out with the powder, although you can use water for a diluted version.  It is perfectly safe for babies and pets too.  In fact the original Thyme Out helps clear nappy rash rather magnificently.

And the treat. If you buy the Thyme Out Face and Body Mask, we will send you a free gift of the Thyme Out Face and Body Wash, which is worth £18.  In other words, a Thyme Out ritualistic happening.  A couple of caveats.  You will need to click on the Thyme Out Treat link below to receive it and this is a limited time offer.  I know it probably won’t last the day, so you will need to be quick.  Once it’s over, it’s over.  As sung by Roy Orbison at the end of a brilliant episode of Big Little Lies back in the day.  I replayed it at least five times.  I do things like that.
Thyme Out Treat £18 (Thyme Out Face and Body Mask £18 for 8 oz; Thyme Out Face and Body Wash £18 for 210 ml); Thyme Out (The Original) £18 for 200 ml

Behold.  A new article from Shabir as he tracks Shatavari through the various stages of a woman’s life cycle.  Shatavari is one of the main Ayurvedic rejuvenating tonics for women.  Also known as wild asparagus (Asparagus racemosus), Shatavari belongs to a group of herbs which are collectively referred to as adaptogens because they bring the body back into balance.  Discover its virtues from puberty to menopause and why it is also hailed as a reproductive tonic.
Wholistic Shatavari by Pukka Herbs £16.96 for 30 Capsules; Shatavari From Puberty to Menopause

The conquering of another wait list.  I have to tell you that I am now living for these moments in this seemingly never-ending roller-coaster ride of product famines.  And emotions.  I suppose I only have myself to blame, but when I suggested several weeks ago that Castor Oil was brilliant for helping to grow eyebrows and eyelashes it all went a bit pear-shaped, the orders not my eyebrows.  It is with hope that by the time you read this, we will have fulfilled all outstanding orders and it is with a sigh of relief that I can now say that Castor Oil is back in stock.  Finally.
Organic Castor Oil by Pukka Herbs £9.95 for 250 ml

Voila.  A new morning skincare set from LixirSkin.  It is called The Glow Set and I think many of you will be rather taken with this.  The set consists of three products to use daily.  So what are the three products.  They are Vitamin C Paste (30 ml), Universal Emulsion (30 ml) and Good Skin Shaker (15 ml).  Start with the Vitamin C Paste.  It is your morning express mask and Vitamin C treatment in one; follow through with Universal Emulsion.  Universal Emulsion is a clever cream.  It is light and intensely hydrating and its unique semi-reverse emulsion technique also provides a natural SPF10 without added sunscreens.  Finally, Good Skin Shaker simultaneously plumps and de-puffs for an instant pick-me-up.  Anything that helps with the puff is good with me.

And now a slight twist.  There are two sets actually.  The first contains the original Good Skin Shaker and the second contains the Good Skin Shaker Summer Edit.  I suppose we should really call the latter ‘The Glow-Glow Set’, but I don’t want to confuse the issue.  Or myself.  Anyway, the bottom line is that this entire routine will take about five minutes.  Long gone are the eleven (or more) steps to beauty regimens.  I didn’t do them anyway.  And I doubt you did either.  Does anybody know anybody who did.  Rhetorical question.  Go Glow.
The Glow Set by LixirSkin £45 (Vitamin C Paste 30 ml; Universal Emulsion 30 ml; Good Skin Shaker 15 ml); The Glow Set: Summer Edit by LixirSkin £45 (Vitamin C Paste 30 ml; Universal Emulsion 30 ml; Good Skin Shaker Summer Edit 15 ml) 

The three words ‘I feel exhausted’ are so common these days, so I thought we should take a look and see what is happening here.  In medical terms there is a big difference between tiredness, fatigue and exhaustion and Shabir takes an in-depth look at each of these conditions.  It is perfectly normal for people to feel tired and perhaps this is accentuated by the many uncertainties of life as it is right now.  Fatigue and exhaustion are completely different, with exhaustion being the most serious of the three conditions.  Talking straight.  As we do.
Methyl B-12 by Jarrow Formulas £20 for 100 Lozenges; Super Ubiquinol CoEnzyme Q10 by Life Extension £20 for 30 Softgels; Understanding Tiredness, Fatigue and Exhaustion

Look, I have a new treatment plan.  And it’s a home treatment plan of a hugely beneficial magnitude.  I know it because I’ve done it and I am going to do it again.  I don’t think Shabir can play the violin (in fact I know he can’t), but for the sake of my story, he is playing it softly as I tell you that I have been virtually chained to my computer since the beginning of the pandemic.  That really isn’t the issue.  The issue is that my body aches rather a lot and I dream of having treatments I can’t have at the moment.  None of us can.  The solution.  Go to bed wearing patches.  The Healing Patches.

I know it’s rather extravagant to slap ten patches all over me, but that’s what I’ve done.  And I no longer ache.  And I know it says that they shouldn’t be used for more than six hours, but I hereby give you permission to do the same.  Because it’s kind of a miraculous thing to do.  Actually they are rather smart patches now after their appearance in Vogue.  My love and thanks to Jess Diner.  And the thought of Shabir playing a violin is now killing me.  Rather a lot.
Healing Patches by Ross J. Barr £15 for Five Patches

Glory be. Goli’s Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies are back in stock and by the time you will read this, we will have hopefully demolished another huge wait list.  That’s the good bit.  The other bit is that because of the ongoing manufacturing issues across most brands, we only received approximately one third of our order.  In other words we are being rationed.

It is impossible to put a time factor across these things, but our stock levels are now pretty low, so low that I’m not convinced they will last the weekend, or today.  I am being told that no further stock will be available until at least September, and with everything that is happening in the world, that is not cast in stone.  Far from it.  With respect, rather than wait, we are offering a sugar-free version to get you through.  The weeks.  Or months.
Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies by Goli Nutrition £18.95 for 60 Gummies; Sugar-Free Apple Cider Gummies by New Nordic £17.95 for 60 Gummies

Three things.  A temporary blip in the proceedings as Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches went out of stock for the fifth time.  Temporary because they will be back in stock any moment now.  I am so thrilled that most of you appear to be Dermaplaning with me.  It has obviously become a big ‘thing’ in our lives.  I cannot believe that I went so many years without it.  Now resolved for £8.99.  And I am still giving thanks that Hyaluronic Acid is finally back in stock.  Its absence was deeply felt.  In all kinds of places.
Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches £20 for 60 Gel Patches; Brow Shaper/Dermaplaner £8.99; Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength £35 for 30 VegeCaps

Nearing the end and everything changes this week as I throw the Saturday only treat to the wall and replace it with a weekend only treat.  When we launched It’s A Ten, the haircare brand, I said at the time that it would be a revolutionary launch, with revolutionary products.  I also wrote that their Leave-In products sell over 13 million bottles a year in the US and I was on a mission to replicate that in the UK.  And of course It’s A Ten read what I wrote.  One phone call later.  And this.

With every order placed this weekend for £25 (excluding P&P) and over, we will automatically send you It’s A Ten Miracle Leave-In Spray, worth £11.  This goes across any of our products and is not restricted to the It’s A Ten products, although I suppose it would be pretty cool if you tried something from the range.  Revolution upon revolution.  It’s A Madness.  My love and total respect to It’s A Ten for supporting us so magnanimously.  This offer will end at midnight tomorrow (Sunday 9 August).  There’s going to be a riot.  I know these things.
It’s A Ten; It’s A Ten by Jo Fairley

This week I want a share an article with you.  And it’s from Nigella.  So if you don’t mind, a few words from me first.  As so many of you know, Nigella is one of us.  It’s not a secret.  And neither is the fact that Nigella has a new book being released in October.  Cook, Eat, Repeat could not be published at a better time. Well ‘better’ would actually be if it was released today or tomorrow.  Anyway it explores ritualistic and therapeutic cooking, which is probably more of the moment than it could ever be. We await.    

In my dreams I told Nigella that I wanted to serialise her book on here.  And then I woke up with the big realisation that I’m not a national newspaper.  Doesn’t stop me writing about it though.  And I will.  But more than that, last Sunday I read Nigella’s monthly column in The Sunday Times.  Actually I read it three times before asking Nigella if I could share it with each of you.  All this before 9 am.  Her words are profound and as they resonated with me, I hope they resonate with you too.
The Strength of Weak Ties by Nigella Lawson

The end. Finally.
Once again, thank you for all your support and emails, especially those from Australia where it is now Saturday evening.
Johanna and Jodie, you are the legends.

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

Gill x

Weekend Read

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All rocked up on a Saturday morning and there is much to report this week.  I suppose we should celebrate because the biggest news is that some of our bestselling products are back in stock after a long absence.  I will go through these below, but hopefully there will be another stash of deliveries arriving this week, if all goes according to plan, but I’m not holding my breath.  As I wrote last week, I don’t think these product famines are going to ease up any time soon, so we’ll take it as it comes.  And give thanks for what we have.  Actually, I think that goes across all things in life.  Perspective is everything.

That said, I want to begin by addressing a rather alarming issue, hair loss and thinning hair.  Of course it has always been a really large concern, but with the onset of amplified stress, which is completely understandable, in and of itself it has become a concern of epic proportions.  Over the years we have always recommended Superior Hair.  We have yet to find a better alternative and I know that several of you are taking it with either Ionicell or Fulvic Acid Elixir, which is a very good thing.  By its very nature, this is not an issue that can be resolved overnight and it takes time to see results and although we are all different, we are saying it could take up to six months.  So let’s give things a helping hand.

That helping hand comes in the form of Fulvic Acid Mist.  This is the hero product of the Fulvic haircare range and it always has been.  A potent, rejuvenating and invigorating treatment for hair loss and thinning hair, it is powered by Ioniplex, the patented ingredient for Ionicell.  Working hard (very hard) to help renew cell life and the keratin function in our scalp, follicles and hair, it can be truly transformative.

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Weekend Read

Bluebells in Wepham Woods

Another Saturday morning and I continue to lurch from one drama to another.  I should probably change the name of this missive to The Life and Times of VH (and Shabir); however we’ll stay as we are at the moment, but all names and thoughts are encompassed in this thing that we are doing together.  I mean literally from one day to the next anything and everything can turn upside down and inside out.  It’s like being on a roller-coaster ride, but we’ll take it as it comes and I’ll continue reporting on the things that matter.  And the things that are not essential to life, but they make us happy anyway.  Let’s go:

Look, I can’t help it, I’m way too emotional for my own good, because yet again I feel bad.  Let me explain.  As most of you know, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Fulvic Acid Elixir treat.  I did it because, as I wrote at the time, I wanted the world to take Fulvic for a whole multitude of reasons, but basically because I believe it to be the core supplement we should all be taking for optimum health and wellbeing.  And then the emails.  What about Ionicell.  And the guilt hit in.  I think I was born guilty, seriously.

Most of you know that I take Fulvic Acid Elixir and Ionicell.  A lot of you do the same, but quite honestly we launched Ionicell first and then followed through with the Elixir because we wanted to give you a choice.  Capsules or liquid.  You really don’t need both, but I double up because I can.  Notwithstanding that, I don’t want to be seen favouring one over the other.  So a Saturday only treat is about to descend.  And it’s the Ionicell Twin Pack.  Ionicell is £20 for 60 VegiCaps.  The twin pack is £30, so that’s a saving of £10.  This offer will end at midnight (Saturday 25 July). 

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Weekend Read

Orange slice symbolizing vitamin c is eating the cut out piece on orange background

Hello and good morning. I know that quite a few of you are reading this in bed with a cup of tea or coffee, which makes me smile rather a lot.  One person who won’t be in bed is Shabir.  Nope, he will soon be on the phone, I’m guessing by about 9 am, telling me yet again that I am borderline certifiable.  And after last week’s Fulvic moment, which of course went off-the-Richter-scale-bonkers, it may well be earlier today.  Except I don’t really listen.  So this week I’ve decided we will throw the headline focus on Vitamin C.  And I’m doing it with two of his formulations.  I cannot tell you the joy this will bring me.  Let’s do it:

I don’t really think that Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid needs any kind of introduction.  It was one of the first formulations Shabir created for our Garden of Wisdom range.  It has been our bestselling beauty product since we launched it and has been hailed here, there and everywhere as being rather fabulous.  I think the price has something to do with it.  It’s £10.  And it works.  Quite a few months ago now, Shabir decided he wanted to formulate another Vitamin C.  We called it C-Deep, Shabir wrote the article on it and it is no surprise that so many of you are now using C-Deep.  Actually rather a lot of you are using both.  Vit C 23% in the morning and C-Deep in the evening.  We like it that way. Read More…

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…