October Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the October newsletter where we launch the much-anticipated Ful.Vic.Health, we introduce a groundbreaking new serum from Garden of Wisdom (GoW) and we are launching three new products in the Beauty Restorer series by Hayo’u.

On top of that we have a momentous birthday celebration, which you will need to read carefully. When I write that, it nearly always means there is a gift involved and this is no exception, so do check it out. We also launch three new products from Lanolips.

Additionally, Shabir was in the bathroom with Trinny again (without me – I offered him a blow-up rubber doll in replacement – you need to have seen his face) and if that isn’t enough I will also tell you what made it to Milan Fashion Week, and it wasn’t me. It’s going to be a long one, let’s do it:

FUL.VIC.HEALTH

If you read the September newsletter, you may have noticed that I slipped in the fact that I would be writing about Ful.Vic.Health on this newsletter. And here it is. As you have probably guessed by its name, this is our own brand. I named it (my undeniably huge contribution to the project) and Shabir formulated it (he has his uses).

I have been writing about the benefits of Fulvic Acid forever, well perhaps seven years or more, and of course, together with thousands of you I have been mourning the loss of Phylia, for reasons still unknown to me. For the longest time we have been bombarded with emails and phone calls asking for a replacement and there just wasn’t anything that came close to the efficacy of Humic-Free Fulvic Acid formulations. So we formulated our own. And coincidentally, or otherwise, they are made in Arizona, the home of Garden of Wisdom.

There are four products in the range, three will be released on this newsletter and the fourth will be on the November newsletter. So for now we have a Humic-Free Fulvic Acid Shampoo, Conditioner and Mist.

All the products are powered by Ioniplex, the patented ingredient for Ionicell, which is still our bestselling supplement this year. The thing is that we all know what happens when you take Ionicell. And if we are talking Ionicell, it is widely acknowledged that Superior Hair and Ionicell are a marriage made in heaven for hair loss and thinning hair. At this point I will refer you to a short video on the Ionicell product page, but just imagine what may happen when the shampoo, conditioner and mist are introduced into the mix. And that’s just one benefit.
Ionicell For Women £20 for 60 Capsules; Superior Hair £26.50 for 90 Capsules

So let’s talk Fulvic. Often referred to as ‘the elixir of life’ fulvic acid is a natural compound found in the nutritious layer of soil that helps plants to grow. It works in a similar way in our body at a cellular level and is capable of carrying 65+ minerals and trace elements directly into our cells.

Using Ioniplex in the formulations, we have gone one step further and I suppose we could call it ‘next generation hair-care’. In fact that is precisely what we will do because these three products are targeted for nurturing recovery from a variety of hair and scalp conditions such as excess hair loss, slow growth, hair shedding, thinning or limp lifeless hair. Additionally they are brilliant for general hair health (think shiny, strong, healthy) and for abused hair from excess tinting and/or harsh styling products.

We believe that everybody’s hair has the potential to be amazing, we further believe these ‘treatment’ products will do just that. Here they are:

Fulvic Acid Shampoo: Fulvic Acid Shampoo acts as a scalp cleanser and a treatment shampoo with high performance actives including Ioniplex, the fulvic acid ingredient which delivers 65+ minerals to the scalp follicles. Banishing damaging toxins it then helps to invigorate the repair and renewal process of keratin production.

It also contains herbal actives including extracts of hops, which are rich in B vitamins and help stimulate hair growth; Horsetail herb, rich in silica to help improve hair texture and strength; Chamomile and Calendula extracts are included to help calm underlying inflammation of the scalp, helping to restore the signals for hair growth. It is suitable for all hair types, it can also be used as a treatment for dandruff.
Fulvic Acid Shampoo £25 for 240 ml

Fulvic Acid Conditioner: Fulvic Acid Conditioner is a nutrient-rich conditioner loaded, once again, with Ioniplex to help re-activate hair growth. It also combines Aloe Vera gel to help calm underlying inflammation, which disturbs the hair growth cycle and amino acids to help restore natural levels of moisture in hair, while encouraging keratin products and increasing tensile strength and shine.

Fulvic Acid Conditioner is also an ideal treatment for hair that has been damaged from chemical processing, helping to repair and strengthen hair. It can also act as an intense hair mask; apply a generous amount to damp hair and leave in for at least 30 minutes. Alternatively wrap your hair in cling-film (the absolute glamour of it all) and sleep in it. A passion killer bar none (well perhaps socks in bed qualifies too).
Fulvic Acid Conditioner £25 for 240 ml

Fulvic Acid Mist: This potent mist will, in all probability, become the hero product of the range because of its powerful versatility. I have been testing and using it for several months and I am completely blown away by its efficacy. I’ll begin with the hair part, because after all we are talking about the health of hair.

So as with the shampoo and conditioner, Fulvic Acid Mist contains Ioniplex to deeply nourish, detoxify and repair, whilst helping to renew cell life and keratin function in follicles, scalp and hair. Alongside Ioniplex, it is loaded with Butcher’s Broom for circulation, Honeysuckle flower extract, Marine Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid. HA is never too far away from anything and used in this context it helps increase the diameter of each hair strand to enhance health and volume.

For best results, Fulvic Acid Mist should be used daily; after washing your hair gently towel dry and part your hair into sections spraying the mist directly onto the scalp and into the hair. Do not rinse. It can also be used on dry hair, again spraying onto the scalp. This will not disturb the styling of your hair and it can also be used as a leave-in overnight treatment, without the cling-film thank you!

And more. Actually much more, which is the exciting part. For the maintenance of nail health and strength, mist onto the nail bed and plate. For those who have been taking Ionicell for a few months, you know what it does to your nails (if you don’t it’s all on the video mentioned above). Prepare to be amazed.

Sparse brows and lashes; mist onto a cotton wipe and gently apply onto the brows and lash lines to help rejuvenate healthy growth. I am not going to have a moment about certain brow and lash growth products here. Together with Sarah Stacey, in her then role as Health Editor of YOU magazine, we ranted together several years ago and I can remember at least three of her columns on the subject. Bottom line. This is safe. Give it time. There are no overnight miracles here.

This one may surprise you. You can spray it onto your face and body to help detoxify, hydrate and protect skin against oxidative stress. The multi-peptides in the formulation will help keep your skin supple and help minimize the signs of ageing in a rather cool way. I have been doing this for several months, on my face after cleansing, before using any other skincare products, and on my body after bathing/showering. The difference it makes to the integrity of skin is rather incredible. Think smooth, unblemished and soft. All in time.

Spritz away is what I say, but I know we are going to get questions about how a product that is used to help promote the growth of hair can also be used on the face and body.  Call in ‘The Pharmacist’. This is Shabir on the subject and I promise you I haven’t run to the wax pot or a laser hair removal clinic over the past few months:

‘The most widely accepted theory of hair loss is that it occurs as a result of the dominance of the male hormone testosterone as a result of an imbalance in the female sex hormones. This causes the conversion of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone) causing inflammation of the hair follicles leading to excessive hair loss on the scalp. Using a fulvic acid mist on the scalp unclogs the hair follicles of DHT, but conversely its use on the face or body does not increase DHT and therefore it cannot increase facial or body hair’.
Fulvic Acid Mist £25 for 120 ml

I just need to say here that I am a huge advocate of products that treat the actual problem and get to the root (ahem) cause, instead of using ‘sticky plaster’ products for numerous hair concerns that can only ever give superficial short-term results. As I’ve written above, we are not going to see overnight miracles, these things take time, but what I will say is that from the very first wash my hair responded with the shine and bounce I would expect. These things are not a given, trust me I have been in treatment testing mode for a very long time.

It goes without saying that for the very best results you should use all three products on a regular basis; if you don’t wash your hair every day, then please try and use the mist every day. We know the power of Humic-Free Fulvic Acid and we are all different, so on some the results will come quicker than others. All three products will hopefully arrive within the next four or five days. In Fulvic we trust.
The Fulvic Hair Trio £75 (Fulvic Acid Shampoo, Fulvic Acid Conditioner, Fulvic Acid Mist)

PHA Plus Serum

I vaguely mentioned that we would be releasing a PHA serum a couple of months ago. I should have kept my mouth shut because we were inundated with emails and phone calls asking where it was. We have called it PHA Plus Serum and it is now here. I am calling it the ‘superstar serum’ because I believe it is. Shabir formulated it, but he is contradicting me (these things happen) and is calling it the ‘complete serum’, but it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that it lives up to either of its names, and it absolutely does.

Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA’s) are the next generation of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) and act as chemical exfoliants, but unlike AHA’s, PHA’s are far gentler on the skin causing less irritation which is so common with AHA’s. The brilliance of PHA’s is that they can be used on all skin types, including those with sensitive skin (that would be me!) and they are extraordinarily effective for pigmentation problems and uneven skin tones. PHA’s are also reparative. I will say now, there is a skincare God/Goddess and I think he/she may be living inside this wonder-bottle of serum.

Polyhydroxy acids were discovered by the same two scientists who discovered Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Their discovery resulted in the patenting of the Polyhydroxy acids, which meant that introducing PHA’s into skincare was prohibitively expensive. But glory hallelujah, the patents have now expired, which means they can affordably go onto our skin and go onto our skin they shall absolutely go.

And the ‘Plus’ part of the name. Well, that’s the inclusion of Phytic Acid into this formulation. Phytic Acid (inositol hexakisphosphate) has been dubbed ‘The Hollywood-Style Peel’ because of its ability to help with the elasticity of skin and has been purported to help ‘lift’ the skin. I’m not going to put my life on the line and promise you that it lifts, but most importantly Phytic Acid is far milder than glycolic, but equally effective in a non-aggressive way. Like PHA’s, Phytic Acid has the ability to tackle pigmentation issues; it is also a brilliant antioxidant and it has anti-inflammatory properties, inflammation being the root cause of so many compromised skin conditions.

With the advent of PHA’s, everything changes yet again, well for me it does. I have written so many times that I will not use harsh acids on my skin, even though I know I am in the minority. But PHA’s, yes absolutely. I’m not doing pigmentation, uneven skin tone, an inflammatory skin condition or anything else that may decide to invade my skin. Gentle PHA’s may be, but their efficacy is unquestionable.

So after cleansing please, unless you use Vitamin C, in which case PHA Plus should be used after Vitamin C. Please don’t layer too many serums, one more is fine, such as Anti-Aging Multi-Peptide Serum, or you can continue with your preferred skincare regimen. If you are using Vitamin C during the day, please remember to also use an SPF. Thank you and a few words on Vitamin C next.
VH Editorial: What Are Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA’s)?PHA Plus Serum by Garden of Wisdom for VH £14 for 30 ml; Anti-Aging Multi-Peptide Serum by Garden of Wisdom for VH £20 for 30 ml

Vitamin C

It bothers me that I may have to give Shabir an award on the December newsletter. I’m already compiling my list for the now infamous VH Awards, but the thing is that Vitamin C 23% Serum + Ferulic Acid looks like it could be our bestselling beauty product of the year. Forgive me, but facts are facts and together with GoW he has managed to create a whacking 23% dose of L-ascorbic acid in a stable formulation, balanced with Ferulic and Hyaluronic Acids.

And as with supplementation, all Vitamin C Serums are not created equally. Although there are many derivatives, L-Ascorbic acid is the only form of Vitamin C that has been proven to enhance collagen synthesis. It could be worse I suppose, he could win two awards, but that won’t be happening!
VH Editorial: Vitamin C & Healthy SkinVitamin C 23% Serum + Ferulic Acid by Garden of Wisdom for VH £10 for 30 ml

The Hayo’u Method: Three New Products

What Katie did next. I’m talking Katie Brindle, creator of The Hayo’u Method and the Beauty Restorer Face Tool, which we launched at the beginning of this year. We all love and adore this clever jade tool and having been indoctrinated into the far-reaching benefits of Gua Sha, I am so happy to introduce you to three new products in the range:

Beauty Restorer Comb: And back to the scalp we go. I absolutely promise you that Katie and I didn’t plan for the launch of this new product to be on the same newsletter as the launch of Ful.Vic.Health, but it is and that makes me smile rather a lot because of course it is the perfect accompaniment to the three products in the Fulvic range. A coincidence or otherwise, the Beauty Restorer Comb is as remarkable as the Beauty Restorer Face Tool in its own very specialized way.

Hair combing, or combing therapy, is actually an extension of Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) and the Jade Beauty Restorer Comb allows you to practice this ancient Chinese self-healing treatment as a daily ritual, which is pleasurable, simple and hugely beneficial.

The combing ritual increases scalp stimulation. This helps increase circulation and by association will help deliver more nutrients to the hair follicle. Using the comb also massages the acupressure points of the head, helping to regulate the meridians (energy channels) that flow through the scalp, which is so beneficial for overall health, as of course is reflexology, but we will do that another time.

As in Gua Sha, using the comb has an anti-inflammatory effect on the scalp and the body; it also helps clean the surface of the scalp of dirt, dead skin and dandruff. Katie recommends sweeping the comb across your scalp from your forehead down to your neck.

I think it’s rather akin to having an Indian head massage and I would happily pay somebody to ‘comb’ my hair for several hours because it can also help reduce stress quite dramatically, but in the event that doesn’t happen (which it won’t), I shall self-heal watching yet another box set.

The Beauty Restorer Comb can be used on wet or dry hair, with or without product. Except we have yet another marriage made in heaven here. I’m thinking of turbo-charging the efficacy of the Fulvic Shampoo, Conditioner and Mist, but of course you can use it as a stand-alone product. And pretty sensational it is too. As with the Beauty Restorer Face Tool, I think this will be one of those iconic products that we will love and keep forever. Thank you Katie.
Beauty Restorer Comb by Hayo’u £38; Beauty Restorer Face Tool £35

Beauty Restorer Precision: Alongside the Beauty Restorer Comb, I have had the Beauty Restorer Precision for several months and love it – yes I do. I use it alongside the Face Tool as it allows you to get even closer to every fine line, particularly around the eyes and lips. And of course because it is Jade it has a remarkable cooling effect on the skin.

A moment on Jade. There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says ‘Gold has a price – Jade is priceless’. Known as ‘The Emperor’s Gem’, it has been a symbol of status, spirituality, purity and health in China for over 9000 years.

How to do it: using the slim tip of the tool, make a series of little flicks over and around your lips to help plump them up and then make the same series of little flicks on the delicate areas over your eyelids and around your eye sockets. You can also use it along your facial contours.

The ‘eye ritual’ sings to me because I am prone to the wretched puff. I enhance the ritual by dabbing Eye Contour Serum on first (use it on your upper lip too – who cares if it says ‘eye’) and then do the flick. This makes me happy. Ritualistically happy actually.
Beauty Restorer Precision £35; Eye Contour Serum by Garden of Wisdom for VH £18 for 30 ml

Beauty Restorer Lite: The Beauty Restorer Lite is a thinner, lighter version of the original Beauty Restorer Face tool and is particularly suitable for younger skin and mature skin. Mature skin is thinner and more delicate and for younger skin the focus is on clearing congestion, which leads to breakouts.

I think we could call this the ‘family Beauty Restorer’ because in a very gentle way it can be used on children as a body Gua Sha treatment and if you want a longer body treatment, then use this rather than the De-Stress Body Tool.
VH Editorial: The New Generation of Gua Sha by Victoria Hall; The Beauty Restorer Lite £35; Treat-Rite De-Stress Body Oil £40 for 100 ml

LixirSkin – A Double Celebration

We sang happy birthday together on the September newsletter for Dream Coat’s first birthday and here we are again. Singing again, it is the first birthday of LixirSkin which we launched for Colette Haydon on this very newsletter last October.

And what a success story it has been; a truly simple range of pioneering skincare products. At the time of launch there were just six products and the runaway hero was her Vitamin C Paste, it actually still is.

And then there were seven; this is where an obsession morphs into an award. When we launched Colette’s seventh product, Soft Clay Rubber, a few months ago, I wrote at the time that I was completely obsessed with this mask, basically because not a lot makes me happier than to watch dead skin cells roll off into the sink, which you can do after it has been on your skin for a minute. For others the joy was using the mask differently and keeping it on for about five minutes and then rinsing clean.

Either way, it has just won an award and a pretty impressive one at that. It has been named as ‘Best Exfoliator’ in the Bazaar 2018 Beauty Awards and I think that when I next see Colette (in a few days actually), we will dance on some table, somewhere. Who cares where. If you’ve won it, flaunt it for all it’s worth.

So a double celebration it is then. Together with Colette I would like to thank all those who have supported LixirSkin. It is not easy to launch a skincare brand, the market is overcrowded, but I truly believe that cream will always rise to the top and there is no question in my mind that LixirSkin’s journey will continue to be triumphant. And once again I have a secret little smile on my face. 2019.

The Treat: This is a limited edition treat. With any purchase of any LixirSkin product we will automatically throw in the Electrogel Cleanser (50 ml). This will not appear on your invoice, so please don’t fret and you also can’t buy this size. Perfect for a weekend away, or if you haven’t used this product, now could be the time to try. Once they are gone, they are gone. Only one gift per customer so fingers on the keyboard!
LixirSkin; Soft Clay Rubber by LixirSkin £28 for 60 ml; Vitamin C Paste by LixirSkin £32 for 50 ml

What is SIBO?

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, SIBO, is an overgrowth of bacteria within the small intestine often due to a change in the microbiome, which is the environment of the bacteria that reside in the intestines.

The small intestine is the longest part of the digestive system. Within the small intestine, food mixes with digestive enzymes and as the food is broken down into small particles, nutrients are able to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Most of the beneficial bacteria are meant to be located in the large intestine and in the colon where they help break down food, manufacture vital energizing B vitamins and also help to detoxify acids and toxins.

If these bacteria begin to thrive in the small intestine, the result is SIBO. The excess bacteria then feed off the undigested food especially sugars, carbohydrates and starches.

As the bacteria feed in the small intestine, the carbohydrates begin to ferment releasing excess amounts of hydrogen which can result in bloating. Within the intestines there are single cell organisms residing and they are called archaea. These micro-organisms use hydrogen which they convert into methane. This means that when the beneficial bacteria have overgrown with the small intestine, both hydrogen and methane are released within the region which results in bloating, gas and abdominal pain.

Shabir takes an in-depth look at SIBO, the causes, the symptoms and how to treat SIBO. One of the products he recommends is Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes which is literally changing lives. More on that further down.
VH Editorial: What is SIBO?Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes £23.25 for 60 Capsules

The Trinny and Shabir Show

Together again. Whenever I write a newsletter I always have a list of things that I need to write about, except I have crossed quite a few things off my list because Shabir covered those subjects with Trinny and I give thanks that all you need do is watch their video.

The subjects they covered included how to ease dry, dehydrated skin and 100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil virtually went off the Richter scale when they were talking about it. Prickly Pear is a tremendously expensive ingredient and is often used in high-end skincare. That’s all I’m saying on that (I want to live) except it has the highest amount of vitamin E of any other natural oil.

And once again bloating was on the agenda, it seems to be on the agenda every time those two get together, but for good reason, it is such a common complaint. The thing we all want to know is why (as women) is it that whenever we go away, we have issues with constipation. I mean does my stomach know I am sitting on a beach eating watermelon (which I have been) or that Trinny was in Italy? Shabir explains.

They also talked about the importance of bathing; Shabir recommends Magnesium Oil Original Flakes and so do I. He also talks about the difference between Epsom Salts and Magnesium Flakes, so look out for that one. And then they did Benenox to help adjust sleep patterns and you can also watch Trinny eat Moringa!
Takeaway Tips from Shabir and Trinny’s Facebook Live on Post-Summer Concerns100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil by Garden of Wisdom for VH £20 for 30 ml; Magnesium Oil Original Flakes £9.95 for 1 kg; Benenox – Overnight Recharge £12.40 for 135 ml 

Triple Flu Defense (2018-2019)

It is that time again. We do this every year and Dr Nenninger’s Triple Flu Defense has just been released, which is made specifically for the current flu season. To best match the changing influenza strains it is reformulated each year using CDC, WHO and patient data. This unique approach offers maximum effectiveness in helping to fight respiratory and stomach flu.

Formulated to help reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, headaches, sore throat, cough, fever, chills and nausea, there are no side effects, it can be used alongside prescribed medication and it is gluten and dairy free.

At the first sign of the flu, take three times per day for symptom relief and once per week for maintenance. The adult dose is 20 drops and you can either place drops on the tongue or mix with a small amount of water. And into the bathroom cabinet it goes for the moments when.

You may also want to check out Dr Nenninger’s formulations for allergies, colds and sinuses. They are all incredibly powerful and reach the parts that many others can’t.
Triple Flu Defense (2018-2019) £26 for 30 ml; Triple Allergy Defense £24 for 60 ml; Cold and Sinus Solution £25 for 60 ml

Lanolips – 101 Ointment Multi-Balm Coconutter

I invite you to meet 101 Ointment Coconutter, a new twist on yet another iconic product, 101 Ointment. This is just like the original except a dash of 100% natural fruit extract of Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk has been added, both of which are rich in antioxidants. Helping to boost the hydration of lips, on our lips it goes.

And two more products in the Coconutter range. Coconutter Body Milk, Lanolips are calling it ‘summer in a tube’, which makes me laugh because we are now in Autumn, but very clearly it is approaching summer in Australia, the home of Lanolips. Never mind that, we shall do a touch of creative summer visualization perhaps.

Finally, there is Coconutter Hand Cream Intense, which is hydrating, nourishing and rich. On the packaging it says that it smells like a holiday. Think Pina Colada. Virgin or otherwise.
101 Ointment Multi-Balm Coconutter £7.99 for 10 grams; Coconutter Body Milk £12.99 for 120 ml; Coconutter Hand Cream Intense £8.99 for 50 ml

Dr Ginger’s Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Let’s stay with coconut because I want to tell you about this toothpaste. Coconut Oil Toothpaste with White Charcoal is made from all-natural ingredients, including pure water and coconut oil. Developed by two dentists it is free from fluoride, propylene glycol and a host of other ingredients that they believe are toxic. We did coconut oil pulling a few years ago, we move on. It has a subtle sweet coconut-mint flavour.

Also in the range is the Coconut Oil Teeth Whitening Pen which I wrote about sometime this year (can’t actually remember when), but I know that many of you loved it.

The Treat: If you buy any of the above two products, or both, we will also send you their Coconut Oil, Xylitol + White Charcoal Floss which is worth £5. Again, this will not appear on your invoice, but will be included in your order.
Dr Ginger’s Coconut Oil Toothpaste with White Charcoal £12 for 113 grams; Coconut Oil Teeth Whitening Pen £19 for 10 grams

Feedback

I am just doing two pieces of feedback this month; we have been inundated with the most amazing emails and phone calls, but I can’t write about everything because it could be November by the time I’ve finished. Here they are, with my profound thanks to each of you for giving us such valuable feedback:

‘I recently purchased Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes and had to write to let you know how much they have improved my digestive system.

Over 20 years ago I had food poisoning from shellfish. It was particularly nasty and since then I’ve had endless problems. My stomach has been bloated and hard. It made the most horrendous noise once I’d eaten (no matter how light the meal) and I felt permanently hungry because of the gnawing feeling I had.

Within just a few days of starting the course of the digestive enzymes, my stomach is almost flat, the griping, gnawing hunger pangs have gone and my digestion has improved no end. They really have changed my life’.
Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes £23.25 for 60 Capsules

And then:

‘Someone recommended Thyme Out for Rosacea. I didn’t believe for one second that it would work as I have spent so much money on products and they either did nothing or made it worse. Out of desperation I tried it and for me it is like a little miracle in a bottle.

This is the first time in almost a year that when I came off antibiotics for the condition, I have been able to avoid an instant repeat flare up. I am taking Tumeric supplements alongside this and although it is early days, I am confident I have found a solution’.

I just want to add that Catherine Robinson, Beauty Director of Conde Nast Traveller said that Thyme Out has the healing powers of the God Apollo. I was so happy I did a ritualistic ‘God Dance’. You can read more of what she said on ‘In the Press’.
Thyme Out £18 for 200 ml; Super Bio-Curcumin £27.95 for 60 Capsules; In The Press

Things

I love making announcements and I have two to make. The first is that Jo Fairley (together with her husband, Craig Sams – hello Craig!) has won an amazing award. They have won a ‘Legends of Chocolate Award’, at a ceremony held in New York to recognise those who have changed the world of chocolate.

And change the world they did. Together they founded Green & Black’s on the conviction that great taste comes from the finest ingredients. The brand launched with an organic dark chocolate bar with 70% cocoa, their signature product that is still available today.

Although they no longer own the brand, they will be forever recognized for creating a brand founded on sustainable and ethical sourcing principles. Legends, both of them.

The other announcement I need to make is that Trinny will be launching in-store pop-ups in Selfridges where she invites you to discover her stackable cream based make-up range. The Trinny London make-up artists team will be on hand to help you discover the best products for you. The dates are as follows:

4-10 October: London

14-20 October: Manchester

25-31 October: Birmingham

You can check everything out at trinnylondon.com/on-tour, but the very same Catherine Robinson in the very same article in Conde Nast Traveller proclaimed ‘This could easily be the best make-up launch since YSL’s Touche Eclat and Chanel’s Rouge Noir’. Ah, Rouge Noir, I still adore it after all these years. Anyway, all I will say now is ‘Go Trinny!’

Vitamin D Awareness Week

This event is held every year to help underline the importance of taking Vitamin D. This year it falls between 22-28 October in the UK. In America it is called ‘Vitamin D Day’ and this year it is on 2 November. It actually doesn’t matter where you are, you just need to be aware of the benefits of this versatile vitamin. Shabir does it.
VH Editorial: The Benefits of Vitamin D

Milan Fashion Week

Look I wasn’t there. Nobody invited me and I have never sat on the Front Row, and I can’t imagine I will ever achieve that, if you can call it an achievement. I just have fashion director friends, so I live vicariously through them (yes Lisa Armstrong and Carolyn Asome) and when Lisa tells me it’s all about Gucci, well then it’s all about Gucci.

I mean the thing is that I would happily publish every single one of her fashion articles because they are not just about fashion, they encompass so much more. Perhaps when we get our new website (sometime never at this point) I will do just that.

But I diversify and what I really wanted to tell you is that Beat The Blues Room Spray made it to Milan Fashion Week. It appeared at the Jimmy Choo press day to be precise. And everybody was talking about it. I was wondering whether they were talking more about Beat The Blues than the shoes, but I can’t really say that (except I just have) because my daughter, Lara Sinclair, (no more, no less) is Head of PR at Jimmy Choo. Thus Beat The Blues. Thus, I think she is going to kill me. Who cares.
Beat The Blues Room Spray by ilapothecary £28 for 50 ml

VH Editorial

Here they come, this month’s feature articles:

Two articles, two different approaches to the same subject. Carolyn Asome discusses why we need to change our approach to ageing and celebrate the idea of getting older and the Beauty Bible girls share their top tips for acceptance and ageing. Forget Botox and injectables they say, there are easy tricks that everyone can use.
Why We Need To Stop Being So Youth Obsessed and Embrace Ageing by Carolyn Asome; The Importance of Acceptance by Beauty Bible

We are all guilty of putting too much pressure on ourselves. This month Arly writes about the pressure she puts on herself and why she feels overwhelmingly ashamed of failing. And if you are fed up of the constant ping of your inbox, Jo Fairley has found an app that has quite literally changed her life and saved her sanity.
Why Do I Feel So Ashamed To Be Struggling by Detail Oriented Beauty; Why Sanebox Is Saving My Sanity by Jo Fairley

Tina Gaudoin, writer and friend of the late make-up artist extraordinaire, Kevyn Aucoin, shares the make-up tips she picked up from the legend. She should know, she co-authored his book, ‘The Art of Makeup’ and Tina also shares some heady moments from the era of the supermodels ….. Linda, Cindy, Naomi et al.
Kevyn Aucoin: The Face Painter by Tina Gaudoin

Most of us don’t breathe properly, which is not only bad for your health, but it also affects your posture and how you look. Danielle Fox shows us the way and could tapping be the drug-free way to keep you cool, calm and collected asks Victoria Hall. Yes, we think it can.
Breathe Yourself Slim by Danielle Fox; Could Tapping Reduce Your Stress Levels by Victoria Hall

The End Bit

Still so in love with Ameliorate’s Softening Bath Milk Oil as launched on last month’s newsletter. Forever fabulous, yes I really do think so. Indulge.
Softening Bath Milk Oil by Ameliorate £19 for 250 ml

It’s October. We all need to think about our immunity. Daily Immunity. Please take it.
VH Editorial: A Daily Supplement That Supercharges Your ImmunityDaily Immunity £26 for 60 Capsules

Autumn Facial Oil. Formulated by Anne de Mamiel. It is here.
De Mamiel Autumn Facial Oil £70 for 20 ml

Wrapped. Nothing more to say except to thank each of you for your continued loyalty and support, which as I always say is no small thing. Together we can make a difference and if we do that for each other, then the world becomes a better place.

Together with Shabir, Victoria, Krishna and the entire VH team, I would like to wish you a healthy and happy October.

With love

Gill x

The contents of this newsletter are not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal direction should be provided by a qualified healthcare practitioner.

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