August Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the August newsletter where we talk about wardrobes; skincare wardrobes and supplement wardrobes, with a light touch on fashion wardrobes (full blame on a certain fashion director). With the heat still on (as I’m writing this), we throw the focus on holiday products, although quite honestly we need most of these without even jumping on a plane to seek the sun. It has sought us.

We take a further look at Garden of Wisdom (GoW), the resurrection of a product, which is no longer in product heaven and if you don’t mind, I am also going to talk about my hair for a moment or two. Shabir makes an appearance (one of many) with a skincare regimen that is helping so many of you and there are a few treats sprinkled throughout, so please read carefully, we don’t want you to miss out. Let’s do it: Read More…

How To Keep Cool In The Heatwave

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The weatherman has lived up to his promise and temperatures across the UK are rivalling Europe’s. Most of us aren’t sat on a beach, sipping an ice-cold Margarita and watching the waves softly break. Instead, we’re clock watching in stifling offices or hustling with thousands of sweaty, irritable commuters to board a train. All is not lost though, here are some helpful pointers to keep you cool and calm throughout the heatwave…   Read More…

July Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the July newsletter where we exclusively launch a magnificent new product for Color Wow together with several new product launches from Better You. I write about the return of Phylia de M (please don’t fall over) and we throw the focus on the result-driven skincare brand that is knocking everything out of the water and has sent me spinning.

Additionally we take a look at some common health concerns, which include Candida and Lyme Disease; with Ionicell holding its position as our bestselling supplement since its launch, we dig deeper into its assets and I jump onto The Podium somewhere in the middle of all of this and hold hands with Lisa Armstrong. Finally, and this will arrive in no particular order, I have a whole list of people I need to thank, which will appear here, there and everywhere, there is an also an update on Soul Medicine and a Summer Essentials Kit. Let’s do it: Read More…

The Scene

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A crowded restaurant on a warm evening. The problem: my menopausal friends getting hot and bothered. The solution: FanU, a phone-sized, lightweight portable cool air fan, which Gill Sinclair, joint founder of Victoria Health, pulled triumphantly from her handbag. It’s a must for anyone with hot flushes, due to hormones or chemotherapy, or simply because it’s hot outside (here’s hoping). With a USB and rechargeable battery, £9.99, in white or pink. Read More…

May Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the May newsletter where we have rather a lot to get through including the launch of four new brands, several new and exciting products, news, feedback and this month’s features from the girls. The girls! And then we have Shabir who has formulated his own new product, which will appear somewhere in the midst of everything.

That said, we are going to begin with two of the new brands. The entire ethos of VH has always been to help make a difference to each of you with cutting-edge and pioneering products. When that encompasses a far wider audience and an enablement to address fundamental and profound health concerns, it becomes something more. Far more. Let’s do it. Read More…

Victoria Meets Adele Marks

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There’s a story behind every brand, but FanU’s is one that is particularly heartfelt. We caught up with the founder, Adele Marks to find out what inspired her to create the clever portable fans and why she continues to give back…

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I left school at 16 with 5 0-levels and worked in fashion wholesale, but I’ve always been hugely into athletics. I met my husband when I was 17, he proposed on my 18th birthday and we were married just after my 19th birthday. I had my first daughter at 21, second at 23 and son at 25.

Throughout the years, I remained devoted to fitness and wellbeing and regularly attended the gym; played tennis and enjoyed kickboxing. Once my children were at school-age, I trained and qualified as a personal trainer.

In 2009, I ran the London Marathon in aid of two charities ‘Young Variety’ and  ‘Fight for Life’.

Over the last 20 years, I have worked on a committee ‘Fight for Life’, which raises funds for the children’s radiotherapy unit at the University College Hospital in London.

How did FanU come about?

When I had a hysterectomy at the age of 32 I immediately began experiencing hot flushes throughout the day and night with no warning. I would become awkwardly and uncomfortably hot in public places and realised my menopause had started. Although there were hand fans available, I couldn’t find an effective cooling fan.

In 2013, our beautiful daughter Jodi gave birth to our first grandchild Charlie, a gorgeous blue-eyed, bundle of joy and we were all crazy about him. Four months after giving birth Jodi found a lump (the size of a pea) on her left nipple. The doctor assured her that due to her age and the fact she had recently given birth it was probably an infected milk duct.  

However, after a biopsy Jodi was given the shocking news she had breast cancer. Following the diagnosis and supported by an incredible cancer team, Jodi was given a double mastectomy as well as having 19 lymph nodes removed from her left arm. She had to undergo six months of extensive and grueling chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy.

Throughout Jodi’s treatment she suffered terribly from hot flushes, as did the other patients she spoke to who were having chemotherapy. Once Jodi’s treatment was finished she was told she would have to have an injection every three months for the next five years to put her ovaries to sleep. Thus sending her into early menopause and causing the hot flushes to continue, becoming more intense and frequent.

Wanting to do all I could to help Jodi and knowing first hand the discomfort hot flushes caused, I set about sourcing an effective air cooling fan that was pleasing to the eye and cooled you down. And so, FanuU was born.

FanU is not sorely for those suffering from hot flushes, but is also an effective air-cooling fan to help anyone who needs cooling down in a public place.

Jodi felt is very important to give back and chose Breast Cancer Now as the charity for FanU to support with every fan sold .

What advice could you give to relatives trying to best support someone through chemotherapy?

Be mindful and considerate. There will be highs and lows, days when it seems things can’t get any worse and days when there is a clear light at the end of the tunnel. Keep that light shining, be a source of positivity and brightness. Fight for and alongside whoever it is you are supporting and don’t forget to look after yourself too.

If you could give your 18 year old self one piece of advice what would it be?

Enjoy each day and live in the now. Give to others who might be in need of some care and extra love.

What is your desert island beauty product and why?

A FanuU of course to cool off! And, Extreme protect SPF 30 to keep my skin well protected from the heat, as well as help to repair collagen and cell DNA.