Is There Any Merit To Reverse Washing?

Reverse Washing

Shampoo and condition is the two-step hair care routine that has been ingrained in most of us since we were children. There is a small movement encouraging us to rethink our approach though. Advocates of reverse washing suggest that conditioning your hair before shampooing could be the key to attaining that soft, bouncy, healthy mane of hair usually associated with a trip to the salon. Read More…

How Does Sleep Affect Your Skin?

sleepskin

According to new research, the average Brit regularly survives on less than six hours of sleep a night. Most of us are well-versed with the implications of not getting sufficient sleep, including daytime fatigue, irritability and a shorter concentration span. Studies have also solidified the link the between a lack of sleep and weight gain. The impact on our skin is rarely talked about. Read More…

March Newsletter

Potted Daffodils

Hello and welcome to the March newsletter where we will be launching not one, but two new skincare brands. Both are niche, both are specifically targeted and having said that we rarely launch new skincare, I suppose I had better start eating my words as I defy my own rules once again.

Additionally, we have a new product from Nannette de Gaspé, a world-first in sublinguals, a new range of supplements, including a fabulous nootropic (I will explain later) and we take a look at ginger for migraines and castor oil (yes really).

Laboratoire du Haut-Ségala (LHS)

Oooh-la-la. A new skincare brand. A new French skincare brand that went completely crazy when it recently launched over there, and now we have it over here. I think I know why several of the products went out of stock within inches of its launch and it wasn’t because of the name of the brand, which I can just about pronounce after practicing in front of the mirror. It’s because it’s cool, in every sense of the word.

The skincare market is split into many sectors, which includes the highly technical innovations (the firsts) and a significant return to the values of some of the most ancient ingredients in skincare, plants, which is where we are heading with LHS. This powerful new range of products is based entirely on the hero ingredient Aloe Vera, which I have always loved and which has saved my skin on numerous occasions.

Once again we have a range of products which are simplistic, they do what they need to do and put to the test, they work in a rather magnificent way, but I would expect nothing less quite honestly. There are just eight products, three day-care products, three night-time products, an eye contour and an Aloe Vera gel for the body. Let’s do them:

Day: We begin with a Micellar Water and we all love Micellar Waters; this one is delicately scented and it cleans the face and eyes gently. Enriched with floral waters and hyaluronic acid, it leaves the skin hydrated and smooth. I really, really adore this.
Aloe Vera Micellar Water £17 for 200 ml

We then move onto an Anti-Pollution Face Serum which easily penetrates the skin. The natural hydrating properties of Aloe Vera, combine with hyaluronic acid and alginate extract, allowing this anti-pollution serum to help protect the skin from external aggressions. I’m always happy when a product stands up to its promise. This does.
Aloe Vera Anti-Pollution Serum £20 for 30 ml

The light day cream combines Aloe Vera with Linden floral water and is enriched with Argan and Jojoba pure plant oils. When testing, I had a stash of hard-core drugs by my side in case I reacted badly. When this happens I am often rushed to A&E and put on a drip, which is far from cute, but I didn’t react and I have the most sensitive of skins. I did a happy skip and jump around my bathroom because my skin took on a fabulous glow after using all three of these products. Tick, tick …. fabulous scented skincare I can actually use.
Aloe Vera Day Cream £20 for 50 ml

Night: And of course we begin the night-time regimen with a Make-Up Remover, which is refreshing and purifying. They recommend that you put a drop or two on cotton wool and wipe all over your face; I rarely do what people tell me to do (ask Shabir – poor Shabir!), and I prefer to massage this straight onto my skin, rinsing with copious amounts of water.
Aloe Vera Make-Up Remover £17.90 for 125 ml

Another serum, a Face Serum for night-time use which is dry-touch and combines four pure plant oils, Aloe Vera (of course), Musk Rose, Jojoba and Hazelnut. Think ‘supple’ and then think ‘comfort’. Comfortable skin (and we all know when it’s not) rocks.
Aloe Vera Face Serum £20 for 30 ml

LHS call this a melting touch night cream. ‘Melting’ is an evocative word, but it literally does melt into the skin, repairing with marine and plant active ingredients. Fucus and Kelp extracts are blended with Aloe Vera and Rose floral water and suddenly floral waters are having a moment in a rather wonderful way. God, I love this.
Aloe Vera Night Cream £23 for 50 ml

And there we have it, a simplistic new skincare range, just three products in the morning and three products in the evening. But I’m not finished yet. There are two more products, the first of which became the bestseller in the entire range when it was released in France, and I have a feeling it may do the same here:

It would appear to be the season for eye products because I keep writing about them; I mean it’s not my fault, these fabulous products keep appearing before me and this one is no exception.

My excitement peaked when I saw it was roller-ball; it peaked again when I read the ingredients. Aloe Vera meets hyaluronic acid, meets Rose and Immortal floral waters, which are used to soothe and decongest the eye area.

So I rolled it under my eyes and an instantaneous coolness descended upon my skin. Wow oh wow, I thought, that feels amazing, but wait, I had other thoughts too. I think most of you will know where I’m going here. If it had such a powerful cooling effect on the eye area, what about putting it on pulse points, which I did, starting with my wrists.

Who cares if it was formulated for the eyes, I’m using it all over the place and it is going to be an essential go-to for the warmer months, which hopefully are on their way. But not only that, menopausal women unite, roll away the night-sweats, roll away the hot flushes, which always seem to arrive at the worst possible moment. I mean, for heaven’s sake – let’s roll together.
Aloe Vera Eye Contour £17.90 for 15 ml

How to follow that. Well, I will follow it by telling you about the eighth product in this range. It’s an Aloe Vera Gel for the body and I really don’t need to say any more. It does what it does and I always, always have Aloe with me whenever I travel. It’s in my bathroom too, obviously. And finally, Victoria takes an in-depth look at Aloe Vera. We need to do these things.
The Forgotten Beauty Benefits of Aloe Vera by Victoria Hall; Aloe Vera Gel £11.90 for 100 ml

Vegan Health Daily Oral Spray

The first indication I had of this new product from Better You was an email with the words ‘World’s First Vegan Health Daily Oral Spray’ in huge capitals; to me capitals are indicative of shouting (don’t we all love it when people send us ‘shouty’ emails – give me strength). Hold on, I thought, that is a huge claim and so I called the Better You boys (bonjour Andy) to clarify and they satisfied me enough with their research, so please allow me to introduce you to the World’s First Vegan Health Daily Oral Spray!

Loaded with vegan D3, vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin), iron and iodine, this daily oral spray has been specifically formulated to optimize vegan diets, containing the primary nutrients which are under-represented in vegan and vegetarian diets. These appear at scientifically substantiated levels to help support a healthy lifestyle.

It is recommended that you spray via the inner cheek; the spray delivers these four essential vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream via tiny droplets which absorb quickly into the buccal membrane of the inner cheek. Working closely with Cardiff University, this nutritional delivery system is extraordinarily effective. Please note: This is not suitable for children under 13.
Vegan Health Daily Oral Spray by Better You £ 14.95 for 25 ml

Baume Noir – Eyes

Nannette de Gaspé have just launched their latest product in the Baume Noir range, which I totally worship. It’s an eye product (told you we are on an eye fest) and dear God it’s £175.  Look, I know I keep writing about the price of the Nannette products, but I always tell it as it is. The thing is that I thought they would never talk to me again and take the products away from me, which would have needed some explanation, and here is why:

I’m sure that most of you will have seen that I called the Vitality Revealed masks hideously expensive on the last newsletter.  I did counter that by saying that they were brilliant, because they are.  And then what happened.  We sold out, that’s what happened.  And astonishingly Nannette de Gaspé still appear to be talking to me, which is rather miraculous under the circs.

So onwards and Baume Noir Eyes appeared on my desk in its signature black packaging.  My level of excitement was in line with when I first opened Baume Noir Face, except when I got to the actual product it was in a much smaller jar than Baume Noir Face.  Excuse me.  My poor little heart sank, but only for a moment because when I actually opened the jar and put my finger inside, I kind of understood.

As Baume Noir Face is lilac, this is knicker-pink colliding with Germoline in colour (thankfully not in smell).  And it’s not a cream as such, I thought it would be, but there we go, I was wrong.  It’s kind of a balm, but not a solid balm.  As one would expect from Nannette, it has a texture all of its own and all you do is warm the smallest amount between your thumb and middle finger, warming the product and then you just press (please don’t rub) it onto the eye area and that includes the upper eyelid.  So a smaller jar, but a super-concentrated formulation.  Relief!

For those that need to know these things, Baume Noir Eyes incorporates cutting edge, targeted ingredients, transported through a biomimetic micro-vectorized (lost – me too) technology to deliver a powerful blend of actives into the skin.  Ingredients include Green Tea Extract, Pomegranate, Caffeine, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid.  You would expect some of those ingredients in an eye product, but I’m rather intrigued by the inclusion of Persian Silk Tree Extract, a natural plant that can help diminish the dreaded puff and any number of other things.

Poor Shabir.  Spare a thought.  My adoration of high-end products continues.  I don’t often fall in love with eye products (I’ve written this several times in the past and yet in the space of a few paragraphs, I have gone and fallen for two), but I am more than in love, whatever that means.  And now a treat:

Treat:  If you order any Nannette de Gaspé product (this excludes the Miss de Gaspé range), we will automatically drop in a dry mask for you to try.  It is called Hydrate & Glow and it is just that, a hydrating and illuminating dry mask.  It is reusable, so you can have two sessions with this mask and don’t go looking to see if you can buy it (after the event) because it is not for retail sale.

If you haven’t dry masked, prepare to be amazed, but I need to tell that we only have a limited amount of Hydrate & Glow and once they are gone, they are gone, never to return. Amen.
Nannette de GaspéBaume Noir Eyes £175 for 15 ml

Neubria – Nootropics

This is the new range of supplements which come with a ‘Shabir Seal of Approval’; no small thing let me tell you. There are four supplements in the range, Spark, supporting memory and recall; Edge, supporting concentration and cognitive function; Krill, a sustainable advanced Omega 3 supplement and Drift to help support healthy sleep and relaxation.  Let’s look at them:

Three of the products, Edge, Spark and Drift, are advanced brain health supplements. Edge is formulated specifically for people who want to improve their mental performance (feel the need in me). It also happens to be a natural nootropic. Nootropics, are the new buzz in supplementation, although they have been around for some time.

Nootropics, often called smart drugs, are natural or synthetic substances that can be taken to help improve mental performance in healthy individuals. Clearly we are not doing smart drugs here, we are going natural, but Nootropics are fast gaining popularity as they help boost memory, focus, creativity, intelligence and motivation. Edge contains the natural nootropics, Bacopa Monnieri Extract, Ashwagandha Root Extract and Ginkgo Biloba Extract, together with 22 vitamins and minerals.

I became intrigued, so I am taking them. I mean we are not doing hard-core Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds here, heaven help us, no we are doing it the natural way and if it encompasses the sky and diamonds, I really don’t mind at all.
Edge by Neubria £25 for 60 Capsules

Spark, the second of the advanced brain health supplements, is designed to help support age-related memory and recall. It includes the six ingredient ‘clarity botanical complex’, which have been carefully chosen for their effects on cognitive function. Again it includes Bacopa Monniera together with Tumeric extract, Ginkgo Biloba and Sage Leaf extract. Other ingredients include Cognizin, which supports mental energy, focus and attention, Co-Enzyme Q10 and 22 essential vitamins and minerals. I like 22 as a number; just do.
Spark by Neubria £25 for 60 Capsules

The third in the advanced brain health series is Drift, which has been formulated specifically for people who struggle to relax at the end of an often stressful day. It contains Bliss Botanical Complex, a blend of four botanical ingredients that work together to help support relaxation and healthy sleep. The complex includes Lemon Balm Extract, Hops Extract, Chamomile Extract and Saffron Extract, all of which have demonstrated sleep-inducing properties.

Drift is further enhanced by the inclusion of l-tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that interacts with the brain chemicals which are most important for sleep and also the timing of your biological clock’s sleep-wake pattern.
Drift by Neubria £25 for 60 Capsules

Finally Krill. Neubria have formulated a pure Antarctic Krill Oil, a superior source of Omega 3, EPA and DHA, which have been clinically proven to help support heart, brain and eye health. Made from sustainable, traceable krill sources, Neubria recommends that Krill should be taken by anybody who doesn’t consume fish at least twice a week. That would be me. I don’t like fish and neither does Carolyn Asome. Obviously it’s really important that you know that about both of us in case any of you invite us to dinner – ahem.
Krill by Neubria £25 for 60 Capsules

31st State

The second skincare launch on this newsletter. I had been hearing all good things, actually make that fabulous things, about this range of products specifically designed for teenage skin and hair.

Trinny often talks about these products because Lyla, her daughter, uses them. Then I happened to be at a party with Catherine Robinson of CN Traveller, make that the very amazing Catherine Robinson who seems to appear on these newsletters rather regularly. Anyway at said party, she pinned me against the wall and told me I had to list 31st State. Didn’t really want to argue with her because she was wearing killer heels (actually so was I) and I thought she might spike me if I didn’t listen.

And then, behold, I received a phone call from Damiana Foscari of 31st State telling me that she had worked with my daughter at Burberry (back in the day) and that Lara had said I would list the brand. I am totally unaware at which point Lara decided VH policy. Er, Lisa Armstrong and Carolyn Asome, I included that last sentence for your amusement.

Enough preamble, let’s talk products and they contain powerful active natural ingredients that work and smell great. The brand, created by Stephanie Capuano, is inspired by a vibe that is pure California, the 31st state where clean living is a way of life. In Stephanie’s words:

‘What I wanted was products that were made from clean, high quality ingredients – what my sons wanted was for them to really work, and be cool, of course. Stuck between green-washed and fake natural products that smelled awful and lacked efficacy, and stereotypical make aftershave type products laden with chemicals, there seemed to be no option for boys like my sons, or me, the purchaser’.

Teenage boys, teenage girls and Ms Victoria Hall who really, really rates these products, most particularly the Overnight Clearing Pads, which she has been waxing lyrical about. Any minute now, I will start dreaming about 31st State, but just to say although the brand is in its infancy, the Overnight Clearing Pads have already won an award.

Right, back to it and we have another simple range of products, three skincare products, two body care products and two hair care products:

Foaming Face Wash

Created to keep your skin looking clear and feeling fresh, Foaming Face Wash incorporates Tea Tree and antibacterial Manuka, working together to target spots by helping get rid of oil. Magnesium, Copper and Zinc help regulate excess sebum and help prevent breakouts. Another accolade, Foaming Face Wash was a finalist at the GQ Grooming Awards 2019.
Foaming Face Wash £12.99 for 150 ml

Spot Control Gel

The same combination as above, Tea Tree, Manuka, Magnesium, Copper and Zinc, this concentrated gel zeros in on the bacteria that causes spots, while helping to prevent future breakouts. Dab a small amount onto spots and spot prone areas. It can be used morning and night.
Spot Control Gel £ 12.99 for 15 ml

Overnight Clearing Pads

Once again, all the same ingredients with the addition of Lactic Acid. Ah, now I know why Victoria is smitten, she loves an acid and these pads have been formulated to keep your skin looking clear, removing surface dirt and oil. There is something about the word ‘dirt’ that excites me. Dirty chips aside (sorry), the word conjures up cleaning products, which I have a thing about. A good thing. Let’s clean.
Overnight Clearing Pads £15.99 for 50 Pads

Body Care

Two products here, a 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash and a Roll-On Deodorant. The Hair & Body Wash was created to help you feel clean and fresh all day long. It includes Silver, which actively fights bacteria. Zinc helps control body odour and soothes the skin. The Roll-On Deodorant actively fights the microbes that cause unwanted body odour offering long-lasting protection. It is Aluminium free.
2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash £8.99 for 250 ml; Roll-On Deodorant £5.99 for 50 ml

Hair Care

Another two products, Style & Shape Hair Putty and Easy Hold Styling Gel. Providing texture, definition and subtle hold, Hair Putty is loaded with Tamanu Oil and hydrating Shea Butter, which will also protect your hair from UV rays (I know, I know, we don’t live in California, but we still get rays). The Styling Gel is just that, a styling gel, which is non-sticky and smells pretty great. Shame I don’t use hair gel; maybe Shabir will.
Style & Shape Hair Putty £8.99 for 100 ml; Easy Hold Styling Gel £6.99 for 100 ml

Castor Oil

And suddenly we are talking about Castor Oil. I know, can you believe. If you were force fed spoonful’s of castor oil as a child, you’re probably not thrilled that the pale yellow liquid is enjoying a resurgence of popularity, writes Victoria in her article on Castor Oil. This time though it’s less about its bowel-inducing powers and more about what it can do for your skin.

Synchronicity can be awesome. I had been with Anastasia (Achilleos) and she had slathered Castor Oil all over my body; castor oil heals she said. I’ll take that. And literally within a couple of hours, Lisa (Armstrong) told me that she had been taking Castor Oil and she was going to write a column about it in The Telegraph.

There are so many castor oils on the market, but we like Pukka’s Castor Oil basically because if you are going to use castor oil, it needs to come from a trusted source, most especially now that it is having a moment.

Castor Oil has endless uses, aside from its medicinal qualities and knowing what I know, I don’t think this is going to be one of those fad moments. The potential of this humble oil is massive and you can read more about this in Victoria’s article. Medicine cabinet or bathroom? Both.
Why Castor Oil Is Making A Comeback by Victoria Hall; Organic Castor Oil by Pukka Herbs £9.95 for 250 ml

Ginger for Treating Migraines

Most people suffering from migraines are often prescribed a group of drugs called triptans to relieve the symptoms of migraines and severe headaches. Triptans bind the serotonin receptors in the brain helping to diminish the swelling of the blood vessels in the brain. The most common side effects of triptans include dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, flushing and infrequently, chest pains.

Going the natural route, Magnesium supplements are often recommended to help prevent migraines since Magnesium is a muscle and nerve relaxant, which may help to prevent the swelling of the blood vessels in the brain.

Alongside Magnesium, Ginger is now gaining popularity as a remedy for helping to treat headaches and migraines. Shabir takes an in-depth look at Ginger and analyses the results of a study which showed that both triptans and Ginger reduced the severity of migraines within two hours, although obviously Ginger did not have any notable side effects, which are often present when taking prescribed medication.
VH Editorial: Ginger for Treating MigrainesGinger Capsules by Lamberts £9.95 for 60 Capsules

My Under-Eye Moment

Please don’t fret, I am not about to write about a third eye product. I just need to tell you something. I have no idea how it happened, but I woke up recently and found a rather unattractive gash under my eye. I’d love to blame Shabir, but I can’t.

Anyway, no point in speculating, it needed to go. One of these days I’m going to write about my top ten epic products of all time, but one thing I do know is that Sheald Recovery Balm will be pretty high up on the list. I immediately used it on the gash and that evening I applied it again. The following morning no sign of the gash whatsoever. I believe in miracles. This is a miracle product and nothing comes close. I doubt anything ever will. Well not in my lifetime.
Sheald Recovery Balm by iS Clinical £43 for 60 ml

Hormones and Skincare

Our hormones are critical to our overall wellness and also for our skin health. Being aware of how hormone levels change within a month can make us more inclined to use skincare products that are functional and appropriate. Your hormones constantly affect your skin and although linked to age, there are other scenarios that also come into play.

Shabir takes a look at fluctuating oestrogen levels and how when oestrogen drops, testosterone and progesterone become dominant, which can lead to greater inflammation.

A month’s cycle in other words and for the purposes of this article Shabir has used the Garden of Wisdom products. Well he would really, as he formulated them. And his next formulation, well expect it within the next few weeks (all things being equal) and it’s a stunner.
VH Editorial: Hormones and Skincare

Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment of Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a chronic long-term inflammatory condition affecting the eyelids and the skin surrounding the eyes causing a lot of discomfort. There are two types of blepharitis, anterior blepharitis, which affects the outer edge of the eyelids where the eyelashes are found, and posterior blepharitis, which affects the inner edge of the eyelids where the eyelid comes into contact with the eyeball.

There are many causal factors for blepharitis, but the most common one is staphylococcus infection. This bacterium species invades the follicle of the eyelash or the glands around the eyelids. The eyelid tissue may be sensitive to the toxins secreted by these bacteria resulting in a thick, sticky discharge, which may cause the eyelids to stick overnight.

So what are the other causes of blepharitis and how can you treat it? The answers are all in the article below.
VH Editorial: Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment of Blepharitis; OcusoftHycosan Extra Eye Drops £10.95 for 7.5 ml

Ful.Vic.Health

Let’s talk Fulvic Acid. The bestselling product in the Ful.Vic.Health range changes from day to day, literally. The race is on between Fulvic Acid Shampoo, Fulvic Acid Mist and of course Fulvic Acid Elixir (aka The Libido Elixir!). I just want to add something here. Some of you are confused whether to take Ionicell or Fulvic Acid Elixir, it doesn’t really matter which, it’s a personal choice.

I think some of the confusion has arisen is because I have written several times that I take both. Basically I’m an all or nothing girl, and on this I have gone OTT because I can and because I am hooked to the staggeringly brilliant results. You absolutely don’t need to do what I do, except so many of you are. I think this customer knows which one she prefers:

‘I have been taking Fulvic Acid Elixir for six weeks now and am quite frankly stunned at the effect it has had on my terrible nails. For several years I have not had proper nail growth with only part of some of my nails growing due to damage to the cuticle and nail bed. But now I have proper nails again for the first time in years and I am sure it is down to this Elixir.

I can’t actually believe the change – a doctor looked at my nails and said she doubted there was anything I could do about them. Well I am convinced this Elixir has the difference. I stopped taking Ionicell and switched and have seen a big change. Plus I find it hard to swallow so many supplements. Please spread the word for people with serious nail problems.’ Thank you, consider it done!
Ful.Vic.Health from £25

Some Things

It’s a rather miraculous occasion when Shabir lists supplements, aside from our own of course, but we have listed Neubria, as above and we listed Ultra Collagen+ on the February newsletter. It went slightly bonkers and the feedback has been amazing; suppose you can’t keep a good product in whatever category.
Ultimate Collagen+ £42.99 for 90 Capsules

Spring is on its way and to celebrate, Annee de Mamiel is about to release her Spring Facial Oil. I have put it on pre-order for the moment but the moment it arrives (in a few days), we will send it to you.

Hand blended to be ready to use as of the Spring Equinox on 20 March, this new season blend works at a cellular level to deliver renewed energy, helping to bring Winter weary skin back into bloom. I will be writing forever if I list the ingredients, so please check our product page for that, but Annee created this seasonal facial oil using the finest ingredients known for their age-defying, antioxidant, balancing and brightening qualities, helping your complexion radiate vitality and clarity.

I think everybody knows that Annee is a personal friend; there is nothing like watching the success of a friend and the following quote from the New York Times Magazine made me completely emotional because we have known each other a very long time: ‘To say that these oils have a cult following is to say that Miuccia Prada has a nice little dressmaking business – it is an understatement of colossal proportions’. Bravo Annee – respect.
Spring Facial Oil by de Mamiel £80 for 20 ml

The Resurrection: We thought CocoBaci had gone to product heaven, which seemed rather a shame since this coconut oil-pulling brand had developed a following. And somehow it is back. Don’t ask me why or how because I don’t know.
CocoBaci £19.95

Constipated. I’ve asked the same question over and over. Why do most women suffer from constipation, if not permanently, at certain times like when we go away. I think Shabir did explain it once, but I’ve forgotten, so never mind that, there is a new supplement called KiwiZyme which is a natural fibre for constipation, helping to calm inflammation.

KiwiZyme includes a combination of Kiwi Fruit Extract, Aloe Vera inner leaf and Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) prebiotics. The Kiwi fruit extract also includes the fruit flesh to provide significantly high levels of the digestive protease enzyme, Actinidin. Protease digestive enzymes help break down protein into amino acids.

Apparently, it really does work, but don’t ask me to test it because I have a severe allergy to Kiwi. This fascinates Shabir who has, on several occasions, threatened to smear me with Kiwi. Bad boy, you are not getting my 50% of VH by killing me. Castor Oil for me then.
KiwiZyme by Viridian £20.40 for 30 Capsules

Beat the Blues. All I will say is that these products are magical and if you missed what I wrote about the new products in this range, you can read all about them here, as they appeared on the last newsletter. Divine divinity.
Beat The Blues from £27

VH Editorial

I have written about several articles throughout this newsletter, but in addition the profound Ms Carolyn Asome (as I now refer to her) has written about why you should embrace a little failure. Will somebody somewhere please give this girl an award for her services to VH. Her remarkable insights to life truly move me.
Why You Should Embrace A Little Failure by Carolyn Asome

Jo Fairley discusses women’s rights, nope we are not going political, we are talking shoes here. And if we are talking shoes, let’s talk Allbirds, which Jo refers to and all the fashion girls (and me) are wearing.  Blame Lisa Armstrong.  She made me do it. Moving on, Jo, together with Sarah Stacey,  declare that it’s all about cleaning your beauty stash in this month’s Beauty Bible article.
A Woman’s Right To Shoes by Jo Fairley; These Shoes May be Boring, But They’re The Latest Cult A-List Buy by Lisa Armstrong; How To Spring Clean Your Beauty Stash by Beauty Bible; 

Danielle Fox talks about five nutritional trends to have on your radar and finally Perdita Nouril asks if we really need to change our skincare each season.
Five Nutritional Trends To Have On Your Radar by Danielle Fox; Do You Really Need to Switch Up Your Skincare Every Season by Perdita Nouril

The End Bit

Victoria is totally besotted by Sarah Chapman’s Cleansing Cushions. These are layers of plush cotton featuring an easy-to-hold ergonomic finger pocket for improved dexterity and hygiene. I put one on each of my fingers and started playing finger puppets, which kept me amused for several minutes.
Cleansing Cushions by Sarah Chapman £14 for 80 Pads

I think it’s probably best I stop writing, so all that remains is for me, together with Shabir, Victoria and the VH team to thank you for supporting us, for sending the emails that you do and for ongoing loyalty.

I hope you have a wonderful March.

With love

Gill x

February Newsletter

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Hello and welcome to the February newsletter where l lead with two new product launches from ilapothecary and I will follow through with a big Fulvic Acid treat. Additionally, there are a few other launches, a few more treats and we take a look at some very common health concerns. Let’s do it:

Beat The Blues

There are many reasons why there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to launch two new stunning products from ilapothecary. The first reason is because we celebrate the first birthday of ilapothecary. Launching on last year’s February newsletter, this beautiful brand has gone from strength to strength. My love and thanks to Denise Leicester (Founder) for allowing me to launch and walk beside her.

Infused with powerful natural ingredients, with a long history of healing, the bestselling product across the range is Beat the Blues Room Spray. It hits the senses in a very profound way using powerful oils to help uplift emotions and to help combat depression. Despite being a room spray, so many of us use it as a fragrance too, which will help so much during one of the darkest months of the year (if you are in the UK), February. Just to add here, I will write about SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) further down this newsletter.
Beat The Blues Room Spray £28 for 50 ml

But back to Beat the Blues. In its first year it has become one of those iconic products that you didn’t know you needed until you had experienced its healing properties. Whilst of course it could exist as a stand-alone, we wanted more for Beat the Blues. We wanted it to evolve, we wanted to create a Beat the Blues journey to further enhance the heady experience. And so:

Beat The Blues Shower & Bath Oil

This is a transformative bathing experience, and I don’t say that lightly. It is an alchemical and mood balancing blend of essential oils formulated to soothe and uplift the senses. And it does. Loaded with Clary Sage and Petitgrain, these oils are known to help boost self-esteem and confidence, while helping to banish negative energies and releasing anger in order to help heal emotional wounds. It forms part of the Beat The Blues Ritual (love all things ritualistic), which I’ll explain below.
Beat The Blues Shower & Bath Oil £29 for 150 ml

Beat The Blues Pulse Point

Denise calls this ‘ridiculously divinely magical’ and of course it is. Denise knows how to create the magically divine and Beat The Blues Pulse Point has been formulated with Tuberose for upliftment, Geranium to help stimulate happiness, Clary Sage and Petitgrain. It does so many things, but primarily it helps stimulate happiness, which is a very good thing for all of us.

Beat The Blues Pulse Point can form part of the Beat the Blues Ritual, but if you are using it as a stand-alone, roll as needed over the pulse points on your wrists and neck. Yes, the neck.
Beat The Blues Pulse Point £27 for 10 ml (lasts ages)

The Beat The Blues Ritual

Before I write about the ritual, I’ve come up with a new way of being for those of you who are like me and are extraordinarily heavy handed with products. I mean the thing is that I’ve been known to pour the entire contents of an oil, salts and any number of other things into my bath because I want to test and feel the benefits.

Most recently I received a bath product to test; it was an oil and it was a small sample. I decided not to pour the entire contents into my bath, so instead I took the oil and massaged it into my body before I stepped into the bath. There is a part of my brain that decided that this was a more concentrated and therapeutic way of allowing the benefits to sink into my body and was far better than diluting the product in gallons of water. With that thought, I am suggesting that you use Beat The Blues oil this way; aside from the increased therapeutic benefits, it’s more cost effective, which matters.

The Bath Ritual: Anoint your body with Beat The Blues Shower & Bath Oil and step into a temperature adjusted bath. As an additional extra you may wish to add four or five drops of SOS Pearl Drops into the water. Soak for approximately 20 minutes (read a book in the bath if you get bored after two or three minutes or listen to music – that’s me!). Step out of the bath and use Beat the Blues Pulse Point, as directed above, and then spray your aura with Beat The Blues Spray.

The Shower Ritual: As above, anoint your body with Beat The Blues Shower & Bath Oil and step into the shower; alternatively, you can make an infusion of the bath and shower oil by adding a few drops to water and pour it over your entire body at the end of your shower.  Additionally, you may wish to take SOS Pearl Drops after your shower. Wrapped.
The Beat the Blues Ritual £84 (Beat The Blues Room Spray; Beat The Blues Shower & Bath Oil; Beat The Blues Pulse Point); SOS Pearl Drops £15 for 15 ml

Fulvic Acid: Complete

As so many of you know, I started writing about Fulvic Acid approximately eight years ago; I am still incredibly saddened about the loss of Phylia (I take these things personally) and to date I still don’t know what happened.  As I have written before, with thousands of people regularly using Fulvic Acid shampoo, conditioner and mist, we had to create our own brand in order to fill the huge gap that Phylia left.  And the response has been amazing, for which I truly thank you.

We’ve tweaked a few things, the first batch of conditioner was way too viscous (my final sample wasn’t that viscous) and there have been other tweaks, but that’s the beauty of having your own brand, we listen to what we are being told and we are able to change things.  There are times when I wish brands would listen to us, but mostly they don’t – the life and times of the beauty industry!

The Fulvic Acid Mist remains the bestselling product in the range, but then why wouldn’t it; we upped the ante on the formulation and, over time, it is giving incredible results for hair issues, such as hair loss, thinning hair and do spray it on your nails (and your face).  My ever-so-critical friend, Lisa Armstrong (The Telegraph) recently wrote about her ‘rubbishy hair’ (her words, not mine) and stated that she uses several squirts of the mist to boost her hair health ‘to make it thicker or look thicker, which is as good in my book’.  Several thousand other books too, thank you Lisa (who would throw a product back at me if it didn’t perform).

And Fulvic Acid Elixir.  If you didn’t get a chance to read what I wrote about this on the January newsletter, then please click here.  Of course I want everybody to take the Elixir because I think it matters that we do.  And after I wrote what I wrote, which included feedback about the Elixir increasing libido, the emails started to arrive; I won’t be sharing them!  I am so tempted to change the name of this to The Libido Elixir, but I’d better not – Shabir would pass out on the sidelines.

So, Fulvic Acid: Complete.  One of each of the products: Fulvic Acid Shampoo, Fulvic Acid Conditioner; Fulvic Acid Mist; Fulvic Acid Elixir.  All four products put together in celebration of their very existence.  The cost of all four products is £105 but until midnight on Tuesday 12 February 2019 the cost will be £80.  I’m putting it on a limited time period because product famines upset me, actually it’s not that limited! Anyway the thing is that you save £25, so get it whilst you can with love from me and Shabir.
Fulvic Acid: Complete £80 (Fulvic Acid Shampoo; Fulvic Acid Conditioner; Fulvic Acid Mist; Fulvic Acid Elixir)

Power Balm

This product was meant to be on the January newsletter, but I took it off because the newsletter was getting way too long, even by my standards.  Never mind that, it is here now and every so often an all-in-one balm comes along which has infinite uses.  Power Balm is that balm.  It can be used as a cleansing balm, a moisturiser, an intensive mask, a hand and foot cream, a beard, brow and hair balm and any number of other things that I haven’t thought of.

Calling itself an ancient healing remedy from the jungles of West Africa, it blends Red Palm, natural plant oils, shea butter and vegan wax.  This soothing balm melts into skin helping to repair and protect while providing long-lasting moisturisation. Making skin glow, it is loaded with amazing ingredients with the help of three super seeds, two miracle trees and one aromatherapy blend.  And it smells divine.
Power Balm £19.50

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also referred to as SAD, is a condition that affects over half a million people in the UK and impacts upon the mental welling of people during the winter months, often peaking in February.

Sufferers of SAD often experience low mood, varied degrees of depression, loss of energy, sleep problems, irritability, increased appetite, strong craving for carbohydrates and sweet foods, as well as headaches and muscle pain. The defining characteristics of SAD are that the symptoms return annually and disappear during the three other seasons of the year.

SAD can affect any age and gender, although it is more common in females (typical!) and whilst the causal factor is not fully understood, it is clear that it is related to the amount of sunlight received. The body’s circadian rhythms are regulated by the amount of daylight and the lack of daylight during the winter months, which appears to have an effect on the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus plays a key role in numerous complex functions within our bodies, including hormone cycles, sleep and wake-up cycle times, as well as our emotional state.

All hormonal glands communicate with each other using hormones as chemical messengers. An imbalance in any hormone can therefore have a wide impact on the body. In the case of SAD, the hypothalamus, the adrenals and the brain are all interlinked through a complex series of chemical reactions, with the result of increased melatonin during the day leading to the feelings of lethargy, a lack of motivation and a reduction in the production of serotonin, which is the mood elevating chemical in the brain.

If you have a milder form of SAD, you may benefit greatly from the use of Magnolia Rhodiola Complex, which is our bestselling supplement for stress and anxiety issues. It contains a potent extract of magnolia, which works to physically relax muscles; magnolia extracts have been shown to help reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.

It is the increase in levels of cortisol in the body that prevents the uptake of the nerve-calming neuro-nutrient serotonin by the brain, so the benefits of taking this supplement are pretty fabulous.
VH Editorial: Seasonal Affective DisorderMagnolia Rhodiola Complex £28 for 60 Capsules

Honesty

I am stepping outside of products for the moment. On the January newsletter I made a promise that we would keep things real throughout this year, actually forever, whatever that means.

The theme of this newsletter is partly about self-care, self-love and self-healing and my mind went back to an article the late great Sally Brampton wrote about honesty a couple of years ago. Many of you may have read it then, but with mental health awareness issues so prominent in our minds, I replicate it here. Please do take the time to read it, most especially if you suffer from depression, or if you are close to those who are experiencing mental health issues.
Honesty by Sally Brampton

Being Loved

Coincidentally, or otherwise, Carolyn Asome has written an amazing article about the transformative effect of listening to music, which you can read on the link below.

If you read the VH awards on the December newsletter, you will have seen that I gave an award to the 432 Love Tracks, created by Denise Leicester for Soul Medicine.

I have written several times that my favourite track is Being Loved and I certainly know that it has impacted so many of you during times of extreme difficulty. It always makes me cry whenever I listen to it and I’ve been listening to it rather a lot recently.

Together with Denise and my beautiful friend, Anastasia Achilleos, I believe it is the birthright of those of us who have been hurt, traumatised or abused to listen to this one track. I have no more words to add other than to say that when you truly believe in something you have to share your truth. Being Loved is that sharing and from now, and for the entire month of February, you can download this track free of any charge. Please listen.
Being Loved (Password VHFEBLOVED); The Utter Joy and Transformative Effect of Listening to Music by Carolyn Asome

Ultimate Collagen+

We do love ‘next generation’ products, so please allow me to introduce you to Ultimate Collagen+, which contains just three ingredients. They are a marine collagen peptide, hyaluronan complex and astaxanthin. As an ingredient, Shabir loves astaxanthin and over the years has written reams about it.

Formulated to help replenish collagen and hyaluronic acid in the body, it also helps protect against UV damage. According to Ingenious Beauty, the manufacturers, its scientific advanced enteric approach has been proven to achieve a reduction of fine lines by up to 26% within 10-20 days and they recommend taking it before you go to bed on a relatively empty stomach for the best results. So does that mean that after about 20 sleeps we can look in the mirror and smile? Hope so.
Ultimate Collagen+ £42.99 for 90 Capsules

The Trinny and Shabir Show

A couple of weeks ago Shabir was in the bathroom once again with Trinny.  Some of you may already have seen it, but if you didn’t, they were talking about Body Cleansing and you can watch the video by clicking on the link below.  And suddenly they are building up a whole library of videos, mostly covering health concerns, but occasionally doing skincare too.

A VH Addict (no names) sent me an email saying she was hypnotised by Shabir’s voice.  I haven’t told him (I mean he doesn’t need to know everything!), but I responded by saying that he should really create a sleep app.  Go to sleep with Shabir.  Ahem, I digress, but for the fashionistas of the world, my jeans are J Brand and my shoes are from Jimmy Choo.  Excuse me, but my daughter is Head of PR (UK and Europe to be precise) at Choo.  Life is good.
Shabir And Trinny on Body Cleansing

Squalane Oil

When I’m writing the newsletter, my best moments are when somebody else has written about a subject and I can put my feet up and have a brain-rest for a few minutes. So thank you to Sali Hughes for writing, in depth, about Squalane in a recent article in The Guardian.

Describing it as a cheap, unfussy oil for all skin types, Squalane Oil has been Sali’s go-to for decades and she is delighted that it’s finally enjoying a big moment. And it is. We sold out within 24 hours of the article being published, but thankfully it is now back in stock. For ease I am linking the article below, which I hope you enjoy reading. For the record, I did a ritualistic happy dance when I read it.
A Cheap, Unfussy Oil For All Skin Types by Sali Hughes; 100% Pure Squalane Oil by GoW for VH £9 for 30 ml

Are Sugar Substitutes Healthier Than Sugar?

This from Shabir: With many health warnings about the amount of sugar we consume these days, it is not a surprise that many people are looking to use a sugar substitute. When the body metabolises sugar, the by-products of this process are very damaging to all the structural proteins within our bodies as well as having an impact on virtually every single system and gland within our bodies.

The increase in sugar substitutes, I believe, is because artificial sweeteners, whilst used extensively in beverages, are not really a relevant form of sweetener for deserts, cakes and other baked goods.

Natural forms of sugar including honey, raw cane sugar, maple syrup, fruit and coconut nectar, all have an impact on blood sugar levels. As soon as you ingest any form of sugar, insulin levels in the bloodstream increase in order to convert this sugar into energy or if it’s not utilised for energy then sugar is converted into fat for storage. This process applies to all forms of sugar and therefore it is always prudent to use sugar in moderation.

In his article, Shabir takes an in-depth look at artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes concluding with Palmyra Sugar, which he rather likes:

Palmyra sugar also known as Palmyra Jaggery is the crystallised nectar obtained from the flowers of the Palmyra palm which grows in Sri Lanka and India. Palmyra Tree Blossom Sugar is nutrient dense and is a great source of B vitamins. One teaspoon of Palmyra Blossom Sugar provides 130% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin B-12; 200% of Vitamin B-6 and over 600% of Vitamin B-1.

Palmyra Tree Blossom Sugar in comparison to sugar has a Glycemic Index of 40, sugar has an index of 100. The Glycemic Index is a rating for foods containing carbohydrates to show how quickly each food affects your sugar levels after ingestion. Refined sugar and processed foods have a higher Glycemic Index than wholemeal grains and pulses whose carbohydrates are broken down slowly.

SugaVida’s Organic Palmyra Tree Blossom Sugar has a deep, warm caramel flavour. You can use it as a direct substitute for recipes that call for sugar and often you can use half the amount suggested. It is organic, ethically sourced and a sustainable business for communities who farm this.

I don’t believe that there is any place in our diets for man-made chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and acesulfame K. For those who require sugar within their diet and through food, then Palmyra Blossom Sugar is, in my opinion, the best of the bunch of sugar substitutes.
VH Editorial: Are Sugar Substitutes Healthier Than Sugar?Organic Palmyra Tree Blossom Sugar £8.99 for 250 grams

Eye Reboot Serum

We like this under-eye serum. Containing a high 6% concentration of ultra-pure caffeine, clinically proven to help reduce the dreadful puff, it also includes Hyaluronic Acid, Rosehip Oil, Niacinamide, Retinol, Green Tea and Calendula extract. It absorbs quickly and should be massaged onto the eye contour twice a day. It delivers.
Eye Reboot Serum by QRx Labs £12 for 30 ml

Hydrolific Serum

And another new product from QRx Labs. Hydrolific Serum is a highly concentrated Hyaluronic Acid serum which has been boosted with Pro-Vitamin B5. Helping to plump up the skin, the B5 element provides soothing and healing qualities for the skin.
Hydrolific Serum by QRxLabs £10 for 60 ml

The Beauty Bible Awards 2019

For the past 21 years, the mission of Beauty Bible has been to cut through the hype and help women take a short-cut to products that really do what they say on the tin/jar/tube.

I am thrilled that we list so many of the winning products, too numerous to mention here, but the Beauty Bible girls give some of the lowdown in their article below. I say that these awards go from strength to strength and so many congratulations to all the winners, not forgetting of course the ‘real women’ who tested these products over a period of four months. It is a mammoth task and as one award ceremony ends, the build-up to the 2020 awards begin.
The Beauty Bible Awards 2019

Comfort Cream D-Stress by Sarah Chapman

And did Sarah Chapman win a Beauty Bible award – yes, she did for Overnight Facial, which I’ll link below. But for now I need to tell you about a new product launch from Sarah, which is always a bit of an occasion. Sarah’s words before anything:

‘Sensitivity is complex and can be triggered by a number of different and changeable factors. From hormones and your genetic skin make-up to lifestyle and the environment.

Following careful research into the primary triggers of sensitivity and how to support the skin to minimise flare-ups, I created my Advanced Comfort Cream D-Stress to instantly relieve, support and protect, while boosting the skin’s natural-defence barrier in the long term’.

This nourishing recovery cream includes key ingredients, which are all listed on our product page. I am not going into the scientific significance of each of these here, but they are powered to perform and will help heal weakened skin, amongst several other attributes.

Before I end this section, I also need to tell you that after an absence of a year, Icon Night Cream is back. This is the night cream which features a revolutionary targeted drone delivery system and so many SC fans adored.
Comfort Cream D-Stress £59 for 50 ml; Icon Night Cream £98 for 30 ml; Overnight Facial £49 for 15 ml

Treating An Over-Active Bladder

Losing control of your bladder can be a very embarrassing concern with widespread ramifications. People who have bladder control problems have trouble stopping the flow of urine, which is classified as urinary incontinence or an over-active bladder. For others it may just be a case of a constant urge to urinate, which is often termed as sensitive bladder.

According to recent statistics, less than half of women and a quarter of men who suffer from an over-active bladder ever seek medical help. Two large studies indicate that one in six adults report some signs of an over-active bladder, with one in three having episodes of urge incontinence.

An over-active bladder affects one in six adults over the age of 40 and is defined as having an urgent need to empty the bladder during the day and night, along with incontinence. Those afflicted with an over-active bladder have to go to the bathroom frequently, leak urine into their clothes and report feeling depressed, stressed and sleep-deprived.

As early as 1578, a European herbal encyclopaedia mentions the use of pumpkin seeds to help treat urinary problems. In Germany, pumpkin seed extract is officially approved for the treatment of irritable bladder. We have known for years that pumpkin seed extracts are good for urinary problems, however most supplements use pumpkin seed oil, where in recent studies the water-soluble fraction of pumpkin seeds has demonstrated impressive results.

You can read the entire article by clicking on the link below, but for those seeking a natural remedy to help address urinary incontinence, an over-active bladder or the symptoms of prostate enlargement, we recommend Water-Soluble Pumpkin Seed Extract capsules, which is free from wheat, gluten, soya and other allergens.
VH Editorial: Treating An Over-Active BladderWater-Soluble Pumpkin Seed Extract Capsules £17 for 60 Capsules

African Super-Teas by Aduna

We have been extolling the virtues of Aduna’s Moringa Powder for the longest time and now they have released a range of Super-Teas. These teas have been specially crafted using the highest quality active botanical ingredients, including generous doses of African Superfoods, giving each tea a unique feel-good benefit.

Made with whole pieces of fruit, herbs, leaves, flowers and spices, these are available in five different flavours: Vitality (Lemon, Ginger & Baobab), Relax (Cinnamon-Spiced Cacao), Cleanse (Mint, Nettle & Moringa), Detox (Green Tea & Turmeric) and Radiance (Rosehip, Aloe Vera & Hibiscus).

A Treat: Priced at £4.99 for 15 tea pyramids, you can of course buy these individually, but if you purchase Moringa Green Superleaf Powder, we will automatically include one packet of the Cleanse tea with your order, while stock lasts. This will not show up on your invoice, but will be included automatically.
VH Editorial: Is Moringa Powder The New Superfood?Moringa Green Superleaf Powder £13.99 for 275 grams; African Super-Teas £4.99

A Few Things

On the January newsletter I wrote about the Vitality Revealed Masks, the dry masks from Nannette de Gaspe which are hideously expensive.  I didn’t think anybody would buy them (more for me), but so many of you did; Catherine Robinson of CN Traveller certainly did and you can read what she has to say about it below.

For those that indulged, a trick.  Once the mask is in place, you are meant to massage it for a couple of minutes to release the actives onto your skin.  I get bored doing that, so I take my Beauty Restorer and use it over the top of the masks.  Two birds, one stone.  Amazing skin.
Vitality Revealed Face Mask by Catherine Robinson; Vitality Revealed from £80; Beauty Restorer £35

Another new product from Viridian. Aronia & Cacao Frappe is a modern twist on Native American and Mayan traditions to create a pleasant tasting phytonutrient-dense beverage. Having powerful antioxidant properties, it is gastro-protective and it may help enhance circulation. The inclusion of Quinic acid, which is five times stronger than cranberries, can also help to improve urinary health.
Aronia & Cacao Frappe £30 for 30 grams

Several birthday celebrations: Happy 4th birthday to Sheald Recovery Balm. After all this time, nothing touches it for open-wound healing and the reduction of scars. Happy 1st birthday to Hayo’u, launched one year ago this month and it is one year since Trinny invited Shabir into her bathroom where they discussed Common Health Concerns. The next Trinny & Shabir show will be about sleep, a huge topic, which will take place towards the end of February I think. No known date yet!
Sheald Recovery Balm by iS Clinical £43 for 60 ml; Hayo’u; Common Health Concerns with Trinny & Shabir

VH Editorial

I have written about several of this month’s articles throughout the newsletter, but additionally Jackie Annesley writes about cats, two of them; Perdita Nouril informs us how to take the perfect bath (written before the advent of Beat the Blues!) and Jo Fairley discusses how to follow a social media diet.
The Kitten, The Vet And The Pet That Made Our Family Happy by Jackie Annesley; How To Take The Perfect Bath by Perdia Nouril; How To Follow A Social Media Diet by Jo Fairley (who has had her phone turned off for nearly two weeks!)

And through my tears:

Brandon Truaxe – A Tribute

There are no words to describe the sadness I feel at the recent passing of Brandon.  As many of you know, this past year has been so very difficult, not only for Brandon, but for the people closest to him.

Much was written, much was speculated, which in and of itself carried its own destructive energy. I am not writing these words staring through rose-tinted spectacles, because like so many who carry the vibration of a genius, he was flawed, but then to be flawed is to be human.

Over the past year Brandon went to a place where I couldn’t find him and I couldn’t reach him, no matter how I tried.  I was used to his erratic behaviour, he was difficult, he was obsessive, and you really didn’t want to be around when he was screaming (often), but his brilliance was breathtaking.

And then it all went wrong.  It is still too painful to talk about, but after three years of being as close as two people could ever be, he cut all ties on a personal and business level and I was left reeling.  More recently he told me that it was one of the worst decisions he had ever made and that we had shared more than most do in a lifetime.  That much is true.

The work we did together is well documented and I remain privileged to have launched NIOD and The Ordinary with him and for him, but my love for Brandon was not because of the obvious commercial success of those brands.  It came before that.  It came in the form of Avestan, Brandon’s long-held, now to be unfulfilled, dream, which touched me so deeply, a bond was made before we even met.

I always thought that I would see him again and we would do the things we wanted to do, but I was wrong.

I pray that his soul rests in everlasting peace.

Brandon Carrano Truaxe, I will never forget you.
https://avestan.com/about

With love

Gill x

Fulvic Acid – The Elixir Of Life

Growing green leaves

Scientists have known for years that everyone requires at least 90 nutrients to maintain optimal health. These nutrients include 17 vitamins, 59 minerals, 12 amino acids and three essential fatty acids. Whilst nature has provided us with all these nutrients to enable us to live a long and healthy life, unfortunately the processing of foods and the depletion of nutrients in our soils are some of the biggest reasons for nutrient deficiencies within our bodies. Fortunately, scientists have found that Fulvic Acid, an element found in soil, makes nutrients more available from the food we ingest and thus corrects deficiencies quickly and safely.

What is Fulvic Acid?

Fulvic Acid is the element found in humus, the highly nutritious layer of the earth. Partially decomposed matter is the basis of humus and peat. It is this highly nutritious layer that feeds plants and ensures that they grow strong and healthy. Fulvic Acid is created in extremely small amounts by millions of beneficial microbes that work on the decaying plant matter. It combines with a variety of minerals to create a complex molecular compound. Fulvic Acid works to activate the nutrients within soil so that they can be utilised by the cells of plants. It is often termed ‘nature’s miracle molecule’ and for good reason. Unfortunately, modern farming practices have destroyed our soils, leaving them devoid of minerals and have thus disrupted the proliferation of this miracle molecule in the soil, and therefore in vegetation and animals – in effect within our food. Read More…

2019 Resolutions And Solutions

Old typewriter close up with "New Year Chapter One" typed on paper

I always look forward to the start of a new year for that feeling of a clean slate it gives and the opportunity to do better and more. I have always loved making resolutions too, not unrealistic or unattainable ones that I have no intention of keeping, but personal goals and exciting plans that help me shape how I want the year to go.

Last year didn’t work out at all how I had planned and while I am still dealing with some of the health issues involved in that, I am now in a much better place and ready to take on 2019. When thinking about what I want my resolutions to be, I quickly realised that it was all about self-care and wellness, which makes sense considering how sick I have been. Read More…