June Newsletter

The word WILD with white blackground on connifer trees.

One month after saying that my head was spinning before I had written one word of the May newsletter, I am still in head-spinning mode as I welcome you to the June newsletter. At some point I will do the news and feedback from May (there is a lot of it), but for now I invite you to join me as we launch a staggeringly effective new serum from Garden of Wisdom, an exclusive Limited Edition product from LixirSkin and a brilliant new addition, in the form of a targeted cleanser, product from The Light Salon.

Additionally, there is a new product launch from Color Wow, the latest in their award-winning ‘Dream Series’, a very rare new and exclusive launch from iS Clinical (I nearly fell over with excitement) and another Ful.Vic.Health treat because you can’t put down a sharing gene, and I love sharing. Hold my hand (with nails adorned with Fulvic Acid Nail Cream) and let’s do it:

Neurophroline Serum

So what if I told you that there is a serum that has been clinically shown to help take the stress out of your skin. And what if I then told you that the stress hormone (cortisol) is indicated as affecting our skin in a major way, both internally and externally. Cortisol causes inflammation (fact), often resulting in anything from breakouts and redness to dryness and fine lines. But what if you could reduce cortisol in your skin. Enter Neurophroline.

And then enter Shabir who believes that Neurophroline is the only (I should have written ‘only’ in capital letters, but I didn’t want to shout at you!) ingredient-based technology that currently gets to the major cause of ageing skin, which is increased levels in cortisol. Amongst other things Neurophroline improves skin tone within a very short period of time. We’re pioneering here, read on:

The manufacturers of Neurophroline (Givaudan) believe that your skin can change in just two weeks by using Neurophroline daily, but I’m not saying that because we are all different. It also helps target luminosity, dark circles and hyperpigmentation, all by the regulation and breakdown of the stress hormone, cortisol, within skin.

If I didn’t know differently, I would say that Neurophroline is the stuff dreams (skincare dreams) are made of, but I have been using it and can absolutely attest to you that I am not dreaming. And neither is Victoria, whose skin really did brighten and change within two weeks.

I am not going to do chapter and verse about the full impact of stress on our skin or the virtues of Neurophroline because Shabir has done that on his article, linked below. But I will tell you that derived from a native Indian plant, Neurophroline is an extract of wild indigo and has been used in Ayurvedic traditions for generations.

Because this is Shabir’s formulation, he added two types of hyaluronic acid to the hero Neurophroline, including super low molecular weight hyaluronic acid to deliver this active to the skin cells within the epidermis. And then apple polyphenols and all-trans resveratrol. Because he can, he did.

With my feet on the ground and being realistic, we all suffer from stress in some way, shape or form (wait list stress is high on my agenda), so having a serum which allows us to have overall stress skin control is like manna from heaven. Well I think it is and I use it every single morning and evening after cleansing and before moisturising. If you prefer, you can put a couple of drops into your moisturiser. Just dose it is what I say.

I don’t really want to tell you that I’ve had thoughts of dosing by pouring an entire bottle of Neurophroline into my Nannette lilac cream (more on that below) and I might yet do it. And then I started to use Neurophroline on my décolletage as well as my face and ran around my bathroom screaming take my stress Neurophroline, take it, take it, take it. And it did. I’m on my third bottle.
VH Editorial: Stress Ages Our SkinNeurophroline Serum by Garden of Wisdom for VH £18 for 30 ml

Good Skin Day Shaker Summer Edit by LixirSkin

I’ve written about the Good Skin Day Shaker from LixirSkin across the last two newsletters and within the shortest space of time it has already established itself, alongside Vitamin C Paste, as being the bestselling product from the range, actually it’s slightly ahead of the paste. That takes some doing, but anybody who has used this product will completely understand why it has been hailed as ‘a little wonder pot’ across the media.

And now another wondrous moment for this biphasic formulation that will help de-puff the skin while simultaneously plumping the areas of the face that need it the most. Please allow me to introduce you to the Good Skin Day Shaker Summer Edit, which is an exclusive Limited Edition and will only last as long as it lasts, which probably won’t be long.

What is it? Well the Summer Edit is a tinted version of the original Good Skin Day Shaker. Not just any tint you understand, but a subtle, universally adaptable tint to help blur imperfections leaving skin with a natural ‘no make-up’ sun kissed glow. It is beautiful, actually beyond beautiful, but then Colette (my Colette) is beauty personified and she has bottled it.

The Summer Edit is the result of a moment some time ago when Colette and I decided we wanted to have a bit of fun. Fun it is, but I think most people I know will be walking around with this on their faces (legs Colette, legs, can we have a bigger size please!) all through the summer months; with all due respect why use foundation when you can use this. Bring on that glow. Bring it on. Merci Colette, merci.
Good Skin Day Shaker Summer Edit £36 for 15 ml; Good Skin Day Shaker (the original) £36 for 15 ml; Vitamin C Paste £32 for 50 ml

Boost – Cleanse & Recovery Spray by The Light Salon

I need (really need) to continue writing about Boost, the Advanced LED Light Therapy Face Mask, which we launched on the May newsletter, but before that, and fast on the track of that launch, The Light Salon have released a Cleanse & Recovery Spray, which is amazing.

Partnering with the team behind Clinispet+, Hannah and Laura (The Light Salon founders) release their first, of several, skincare products which is stand-alone, but can of course be used with the LED Mask. If you were to have a treatment at The Light Salon, this is the spray they use (and swear by) in their treatments and it stands up to everything they say it will do, and more.

The Boost Cleanse & Recovery Spray deeply cleanses whilst gently balancing your skin’s pH, helping calm redness and irritation.  It helps support the acid mantle on the skins surface, providing further protection from bacteria and pollution, yet maintains moisture in the skin.  It has all the attributes needed to help control oil flow, reduce infection and provide ideal conditions for rapid skin recovery, contributing to a healthy cellular turnover.

And this is what it does when used in conjunction with the Boost Mask.  Blue LED helps treat acne and blemishes by destroying the bacteria that causes blemishes.  So spritz Cleanse & Recovery as your anti-microbial step and you have a double whammy; the healing benefits of the spray coupled with Red and Near-Infrared LED. Stand-alone, or used in conjunction with the LED Mask, I’m impressed.
Boost – Cleanse & Recovery Spray by The Light Salon £18 for 100 ml

Right, that’s the first three launches done, so I will just say this: oh my, what a time to be alive in my own bathroom where best-in-class, meets best-in-class, meets best-in-class. I invite you to join me, not in my bathroom obviously (can you imagine!), but in your own:

Boost – Advanced LED Light Therapy Face Mask by The Light Salon

Actually this section mostly centres around the LED Mask because every time I think my skin can’t look any clearer or brighter, it does.  There are several reasons for this, which I’m about to write about, but notwithstanding my experimentation, Boost is probably one of my best investments (and yes, I bought my own) I have ever made.  Being completely honest, I get bored very quickly, but I don’t think I will ever get bored with Boost or its phenomenal results. And the very best bit, I don’t have to do anything; I just put it on and take to my bed, in the best-ever scenario, or I walk around with it on. And then I went further.

I was sitting in a meeting with Adele from Nannette de Gaspé and we were talking about dry masking under LED.  There is no scientific evidence that this works; I was slightly concerned that the lights wouldn’t penetrate properly through the mask, but I was prepared to test it every which way, so that’s what I did.  For complete transparency I used Vitality Revealed – Face, which I live and die for; I often go under the radar and slip one into my bag and then drive home – fast. Poor Shabir. Anyway regardless, it is a five-time-use mask, used preferably for five days in a row as a treatment.

Boy, what a treatment it proved to be, but under the lights would it hold up for five uses?  Yes it did. Magnificently, and I really put it through the wringer. I double-dosed under Boost (twenty minutes) for the first two sessions and for the remaining three sessions I did it for ten minutes per session.  My biggest concern was that the dry mask would dry out and not deliver the actives. It didn’t dry out and it truly delivered. I was in skincare heaven (it’s almost becoming a permanent fixture) and I just happened to see Trinny, who sat staring at my skin in amazement and I was only halfway through testing.

And a few other things here.  I put Defy & Drench from the Miss de Gaspé range through the wringer too, but it didn’t hold up under testing; taking absolutely nothing away from Defy & Drench, it remains fabulous, but don’t try it under LED.  And finally, on subject, and as I’ve written before, Trinny and I were having separate love pangs with the Nannette de Gaspé products, but it was some time before we realised we were both doing the same thing. I remain spellbound by the brilliance of Baume Noir Face and I think (actually, I know) she does too.  Something about that lilac cream.
Boost – Advanced LED Light Therapy Face Mask by The Light Salon £395; Vitality Revealed – Face £95 (one mask, five treatments); Baume Noir Face £275 for 50 ml

Vice Reversa

The day I stop being so passionate about certain brands and products, is the day I will walk away from all of this.  And then you meet somebody like Arthur Mitroulas (Founder of Vice Reversa) and I dance the dance of all dances because in an industry sorely lacking in integrity (sorry, it’s the truth), there are pockets of shining light and Vice Reversa are shining through, in every sense of the word.  And now, they can shine every brighter.

It’s not like I am not over-the-moon thrilled with the best-in-class results of these pioneering micro-needling patches as a stand-alone, because I am.  Furthermore I could have positioned them as being ‘Botox/filler alternatives’, but I didn’t do that mostly because they are two very different modalities and cannot be compared, but I will say this: I don’t do needles, I never have, but if we are doing ‘needles’ then these are the only needles I want penetrating my skin.

If you were to hold a Plumping Patch in the palms of your hands, the crystallised serum needles would melt fairly quickly and you would have the liquid serum in your palms.  I am not suggesting you do this, you don’t want to waste a patch, but of course I then had another thought, and into my bathroom I went to test the patches under LED. I couldn’t help myself.

I didn’t tell Arthur what I was doing, because after three years of researching and bringing Vice Reversa to market, I didn’t want him to fall over in sheer horror.  No, I thought, let me try this first. The thing is that we live in a fast world and I thought if I could accelerate the efficacy of the patches, then that’s a good thing. A very good thing for the moments when we need them fast.  30 minutes fast. In full transparency again, I don’t sleep with the patches on, but prefer to keep them in place for two hours whilst I am compos mentis.  The results thrill me. So:

I took six of the Plumping Patches, placed them strategically on my face and then blasted them under the lights for twenty minutes.  I took the LED mask off, pressed the patches into my skin (I’m addicted to the pressing mode) and then left them on for a further ten minutes; once again, the results were staggeringly good.  And then I told Arthur. I told him that I had baked my face. Poor Arthur. But Gill, he said, it is not scientifically proven. Yes Arthur, I know, but as above, I don’t really care, it works, so by all means go into testing, but I know what I know.  And what I know is that this can obviously only work if you own an LED mask, but more than that, if you are using them solo, they remain beyond excellent.

If you haven’t already done this, try using a couple of patches on your neck.  My next trick is to use all eight patches on my neck because I can and because I know what will happen, without lights. The neck saviours perhaps? I think so.
Micro-Needling Plumping Patches by Vice Reversa £34.95 for Eight Patches

Let’s do some health stuff, Ful.Vic.Health first:

Fulvic Acid Nail Cream

Whoosh. My heart said yes, my head said no, but I did it anyway and I’m such an idiot because it came back to haunt me, as these things do. I’m talking Fulvic Acid Nail Cream. And I’m talking that within hours of the May newsletter being released we were out of stock. Fulvic Acid Nail Cream was a gift for those who participated in the treat, which was on the newsletter, but outside of that and as a stand-alone product, it literally flew and yet another famine was upon us because I went against my ‘head intuition’. Thankfully we are back in stock, but it took a little longer than I thought, for that I apologise.

But, as is often said, you can’t keep a good product down and Fulvic Acid Nail Cream is the nail cream everybody is talking about. Little wonder because it is brilliant, but more than that, I wrote on the last newsletter that there is a Ful.Vic.Health product which I want Shabir to formulate. As if it was an invitation (actually perhaps it was), we started to receive emails of Fulvic products that you wanted Shabir to formulate. I promise I have the list. Shabir doesn’t even know about this (except he does now!). I’ve said several times over the years that it’s little wonder he hasn’t business-divorced me. But hey, I’m still here and so is the Fulvic Acid Nail Cream!
Fulvic Acid Nail Cream £12 for 30 ml

Another Ful.Vic.Health Treat

Hopefully my heart and head are aligned, because hard and fast on the back of the above, I am doing another treat. Basically because I can (it’s our own brand), but more than that, such is our belief in Fulvic Acid Elixir, we would like the world (well those who can) to take it because of its profound health attributes. I am sure most of you have read Shabir’s article on Fulvic Acid Elixir, but I am linking it again below just in case you haven’t.

I realise that many of you take Ionicell, which as I wrote on the last newsletter remains our bestselling supplement, however some of you prefer the Elixir and some of you do both (like me). And here it is: when you buy Fulvic Acid Elixir we will include in your order travel sizes of the Fulvic Acid Shampoo, the Fulvic Acid Conditioner and the Fulvic Acid Mist (so that’s three products!). Each product is 60 ml, so you can stash them away for your holiday (the mist is great for taking down sunburn and the shampoo takes the chlorine out of your hair), but for those of you who haven’t used any of these products, it is an opportunity to try them.

I have no idea how long this treat will last, so I’m not putting any dates across it, but once they are gone, they are gone. There is only one gift per customer and this will not show up on your invoice but will automatically be included in your order. Go to it Fulvic. ** This promotion has now ended **
VH Editorial: Fulvic Acid – The Elixir of LifeFulvic Acid Elixir £30 for 480 ml

Liposomal Cocktails

I take my inspiration from where I find it and Liposomal Cocktails are inspired by Trinny, which I’ll explain soon. Shabir has a thing about liposomals and he has had a thing about them for a very long time. I’m going back a few years, but they have become more fashionable, if you can call a supplement fashionable, over the recent past.

Essentially, Liposomal Encapsulation Technology has been used for many years to deliver certain drugs to specific tissues within the body, without affecting other parts of the body. At the heart of this technology are liposomes. Liposomes are microscopic bubble-type particles which form a membrane made up of special molecules called phospholipids. Phospholipids are very similar to the membrane that surrounds each and every cell within our body and either allows or hinders the absorption of a nutrient or a compound.

Many years ago, researchers discovered that these liposomals could be filled with therapeutic agents and nutrients. The membrane of the liposomal would hold in the nutrient and would not release until it reached the bloodstream.

This incredible technology works because of the natural behaviour of phospholipids when they are within a water solution under the right conditions. So if you were to make a solution of vitamin C or vitamin D and mix it with phospholipids, the result would be that the resulting liposome would contain either vitamin C or vitamin D suspended inside the liposome. Total brilliance.

The very latest liposomal product that Shabir is having a moment about is Glutathione. Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants available with over 100,000 peer-reviewed scientific articles; furthermore experts believe that a vast majority of us may be deficient in this important nutrient.

Every single cell within our body manufactures glutathione, which is why scientists often consider it the most important antioxidant. Glutathione is required to manufacture glutathione peroxidase, which protects the whole body against oxidative damage that can age our glands and skin. Glutathione is also required for the manufacture of a number of important enzymes, helps to detoxify the liver and reduces the by-products of metabolism, which are damaging to the body.

And one last thing about Glutathione. It has been the subject of numerous studies on its ability to help tackle hyperpigmentation concerns. Both glutathione and its reduced form, GSH, were found to be beneficial for age spots, dark spots and pigment problems.

Back to the beginning. Liposomal Cocktails. I was with Trinny just before she was about to fly to NYC (those who follow Trinny will know that she has just conquered NYC, as only she can, with her Trinny London products). Anyway, she takes all (yes all) the Aurora Nutrascience’s liposomals and rather than take all of them with her, she asked Shabir if she could mix them together to save packing space. He said yes and so Liposomal Cocktails were born. On the rocks. Why not. If you’re going to do it, do it in style. With a straw.
VH Editorial: What Are Liposomal VitaminsMicro-Liposomal Glutathione £32 for 160 ml; Aurora Nutrascience

Dream Filter by Color Wow

Full name of product: Dream Filter Pre-Shampoo Mineral Remover, but excuse me Color Wow, I’ve just shortened the name to Dream Filter, which is exactly what I did with the Dream Brush because that had too many words in its name too. But never mind the semantics, the ‘Dream’ series, created by Gail Federici and John Frieda, continually leads the way with ground-breaking products and Dream Filter is no exception.

So what does it do, well quite a few things actually, but basically this pre-shampoo treatment extracts minerals and metals from your hair. Acting like a magnet, it removes other gunk too and the net result is brighter, lighter, fresher hair (and hair colour) in under three minutes.

All you need to do is apply Dream Filter to dry hair before shampooing, spraying evenly to saturate your hair. Wait one to three minutes and then shampoo. It can be used daily if required (I require, I wash my hair every day) and just in case you were wondering, it will not strip, dehydrate or damage coloured hair. Oh, and one more thing here, Dream Coat for Curly Hair is now available in supersize. And swing that hair!
Dream Filter £24 for 200 ml; Dream Coat for Curly Hair Supersize £51 for 500 ml

The Laundry Revolution From Japan

It’s called Terra Wash+Mg and it’s an eco-friendly laundry detergent which is reusable and capable of 365 washes and that’s only one of its many attributes.

Terra Wash+Mg is the subject of a Japanese patent-protected innovative technology, which is filled with highly purified magnesium. When this special magnesium comes into contact with water it generates bubbles of hydrogen and forms ionized alkaline water, which makes it easier for water to remove dirt from fabric and that includes germs, bacteria, sebum, mould and odour.

In testing it has been shown to be ten times more effective in removing odour than conventional detergents; it is hypo-allergenic, fragrance free and 100% free of toxic and synthetic chemicals. The hypo-allergenic bit is so important (I know about these things) as it makes it ideal for those with sensitive skin, or for those who are prone to compromised skin conditions, such as eczema.

And Shabir loves it, but really loves it. I think he talks about it every day. Who knew that a man (only a man) could get so ecstatic over an alternative to harsh, chemical laden detergents. I also think he has been muttering that it costs just under 8p per wash, which is good with me and just in case you need to know, it works with cold and hot water and its ultra-hygienic formulation keeps our washing machines clean too.

Long live our washing machines, white Zara T-shirts (love) and all our clothes. With over 1m sold in Japan, you are invited to join the revolution.
Terra Wash+Mg Organic Washing Detergent Replacement £35 (365 washes)

Lip Polish and Youth Lip Elixir by iS Clinical

I really don’t need to tell you about my love and adoration for all things iS Clinical, which includes Bryan Johns and Alec Call, the founders, aka my LA boyfriends. We have been together since the beginning of time (that’s VH and iS Clinical time) and the boys appointed me as a custodian of their brand a very long time ago, which unfortunately for me doesn’t include shares (it would be unethical anyway).

And proud I am because despite my genuine and total love for the lilac cream and some other skincare products along the way, I still believe that not that many skincare brands can hold a candle to iS Clinical. I always have it in my bathroom, always. I refuse to travel without Reparative Moisture Emulsion and a friend absolutely swears by dosing Reparative with Hydra-Cool Serum every morning and evening. I know, I know, another high-end skincare wardrobe, but so worth it if you can.
Reparative Moisture Emulsion £72 for 50 ml; Hydra-Cool Serum £48 for 15 ml; Hydra-Cool Serum £76 for 30 ml

Back to it and an iS Clinical new product launch is a rare thing. Extraordinarily rare. So when I was with the boys earlier this year and they told me about two new lip products, I nearly fell over with excitement. Lips from iS Clinical. There is a God. A Lip God.

Lip Polish: I think ‘Polish’ is such an evocative word and the thought of polishing my lips kind of sent me and in reality, it sent me even further. Loaded with vitamins C and E and blended with intensely rich botanical butters, exfoliation is encouraged and helps to smooth and hydrate the lips leaving them glowing, well if lips glow that is. And when my lips began to throb (in a good way) my excitement peaked. I knew it would be fabulous because the boys would never release anything that wasn’t, but it exceeded all expectation. But then it’s iS Clinical. Worship.
Lip Polish by iS Clinical £32 for 15 grams

For any of you who have tried any of iS Clinical’s ‘Youth’ products, you will know the efficacy of that range. If you haven’t then this could be a first as I am here to tell you about Youth Lip Elixir which does any number of things, including nourishing the lips, plumping and smoothing the lips and helping to redefine the lip contour (the Vermillion Border as it’s called).

When Bryan and Alec presented Youth Lip Elixir to the media in the US, the most interest centred on the science and the ingredients used in this formulation, which kind of speaks volumes because iS Clinical is a scientifically led brand and are in the top five of global cosmeceutical brands. Little known fact.

Freeze-dried hyaluronic acid, although not a brand-new innovation, is included together with an extremely low molecular weight hyaluronic acid. It also includes Extremozymes, which is an iS Clinical proprietary combination providing unprecedented multi-level protection against environmental aggressors.

I suppose I could write reams about the science, but I’m not going to do that because I don’t have the space, but what I do have is a total belief and respect for each iS Clinical product and Youth Lip Elixir is no exception.
Youth Lip Elixir by iS Clinical £52 for 3.5 grams

Lip Duo – The iS Clinical Treat

To celebrate the launch of Lip Polish and Youth Lip Elixir, the Lip Duo has been created. This gives you an opportunity to try both products for £64, with a saving of £20. This is a three-month celebration and all I need to do is diarise it otherwise the Lip Duo treat will run forever. Of course each of the products can be bought as a stand-alone (as above), but I think I know what will happen here. Glory be.
The Lip Duo by iS Clinical £64 (Lip Polish + Youth Lip Elixir) 

Neubria – The Nootropic Treat

At this point I’m beginning to wonder whether this newsletter takes the prize for having the most treats on one newsletter; I haven’t actually counted, but here comes another one, this time from Neubria, the Nootropic brand.

To recap what I’ve written before: 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 (Shabir just gave an interview to Grazia about them – thank you Susannah Taylor) as they help boost, memory, focus, creativity, intelligence and motivation.

There are six Neubria products in the range and I wrote about most of them on the March newsletter if you want to reference them. For the duration of this newsletter, order any three Neubria products and we will give you the cheapest product free of charge. So in effect you are buying two and getting one free. This will not show up on your invoice (impatiently waiting for our new website when these things will happen automatically I hope) so please don’t have a panic attack. We will manually adjust your invoice after you have placed your order.
Neubria

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Let’s do this:

Pore Cleaning Powder

Joining Fulvic Acid Nail Cream, we had a Pore Cleaning Powder famine too. I know I wrote that using Pore Cleaning Powder reminded me of being a movie star in the 1940’s, well it does, but this fabulous pink powder has, in the shortest time, developed a kind of iconic status.

And back in stock it is, for how long I don’t know, but another consignment is arriving soon and because I love experimenting (and having double-whammy product uses), I have been coating my feet with it and hanging them over the edge of the bath for ten minutes. I’m about to test it on my hands, but you may get there before me. Meanwhile my face is pore-refined to the extent that I have lost all magnifying mirror fear. Its only taken an entire lifetime.
Pore Cleaning Powder by GoW for VH £12 for 50 grams

Aethic Sôvée Sunscreen

We launched this world-first eco-compatible, reef-safe SPF, scientifically proven sunscreen on the last newsletter and wow, what a response we had.

And then Claire Coleman wrote a hugely interesting article in Metro (thank you Claire) saying that many products claim to be eco-friendly or biodegradable, but she could only find two brands that are actually independently tested and endorsed by people whose priority is the sea, not selling sunscreen. Aethic Sôvée was one of them and it was developed in conjunction with scientists responsible for the first-ever research into the impact of sunscreens on coral.

We launched with two products, Aethic Sôvée SPF25 and Aethic Sovee SPF40 and now there is a third product in the range, Aethic Sovee SPF50 Mother and Baby Fragrance-Free Sunscreen.
VH Editorial: The Problem with SunscreensAethic Sôvée SPF25 £44 for 150 ml; Aethic Sôvée SPF40 £53 for 150 ml; Aethic Sôvée SPF50 Mother and Baby Fragrance-Free Sunscreen £58 for 150 ml

Boost – Advanced LED Light Therapy Face Mask by The Light Salon

And back to the LED mask we go, mostly because I wanted to separate this from everything above. The first thing I want to share is Lisa Armstrong’s article in The Telegraph, which I’ve linked below. I don’t want to get over-emotional, but I will just tell you that Hannah and Laura (The Light Salon girls) said that it meant the world to them and because these things really do mean so much, we all started to cry. Lisa, I and we thank you.

Secondly, I absolutely promise you that when we released the newsletter, none of us knew what to expect. We held our breath as the first consignment sold out in 72 hours. The second consignment came and went and the third consignment will be with us within the next two or three days, all things being equal. We do have a wait list, but this is our biggest delivery yet, so we should have enough for those who want to join in, including some of my friends who are still waiting. Stand in line, I told them. And that’s what they’ve done. Respect.
Let There Be Lights. Your Skin Will Thank You by Lisa Armstrong

VH Editorial

This month:

Move over shower gel and cleansers, the bar of soap is making a comeback and for good reason. From reducing plastic to time-saving, Lisa Niven-Phillips says that despite having been around for centuries, traditional bar soap has had a rough ride in recent years, continually slipping down the popularity scale in the cleansing world, but things are changing and Lisa explores why.
The Bar of Soap Is Back, And Here’s Why by Lisa Niven-Phillips

‘When was the last time you listened to anything that intently’ asks Carolyn Asome. She continues, ‘I wrote recently that it takes a mind quiet enough to appreciate the beauty of imperfection, but it also takes a mind quiet enough to have any sort of clarity, especially clarity about oneself’. In a deeply thoughtful article, Carolyn explores the idea of strengthening your sense of self and how it can make you happier, which includes the profound mantra of not allowing anyone to make you cruel, no matter what. We live by this.
A Sense of Self by Carolyn Asome

This month Jo Fairley takes inspiration from the late Barbara Bush and puts together a plan of action for a better world. Without a political bone in her body, Jo leaves ‘Rant Central’ (social media) far behind and declares her views.
Actions For A Better World by Jo Fairley

‘This is just the worst time of year for eye woes’, write the Beauty Bible girls. ‘Dark circles, puffiness, tired and dry and itchy eyes. Even if you don’t suffer from hay fever, the pollen in the air can be irritating and inflammatory’. Read this to discover what they know.
The Complete Guide To Easing Eye Problems by Beauty Bible

‘My naturally rosy complexion is so normal to me’, says Rose Gallagher, ‘that I’d never considered it a problem. Waking up to an angry, bumpy breakout or stepping out of a hot shower with a bright red face is just normal. It’s what I do every day, I’d never given it a second thought until I started sharing my rosacea online’.
My Life With Rosacea by Rose Gallagher

The End Bit

Two new products from Temple Spa, Easy On The Eye, which is a gentle eye make-up remover and soothing eye solution and Life Defence SPF30 Protecting Moisturiser. Each year they seem to run away with a multitude of Beauty Bible awards, so this will please the many Temple Spa fans and I think Easy On The Eye might just get a mention in the next awards, it’s that good.
Easy On The Eye £16 for 150 ml; Life Defence SPF30 Protecting Moisturiser £38 for 50ml

After the launch of the fabulous, powerful Blooming Blend tinctures on the last newsletter, the top three bestselling products are Sleep Easy, Fatigue Fix and Be Sexy. Speaking volumes perhaps. We love our beds. Ahem.
Blooming Blends from £22 each for 30 ml

And with the warmer weather arriving, perhaps it’s time for Thyme Out, which we think is the ultimate summer must-have, even if it is fabulous to use all year round. This is the miraculous gem that helps almost every single inflammatory skin condition, including prickly heat, cuts, grazes and more. Who remembers India Knight’s (hello India) article from last year? I do, everything went bonkers. Let’s do it again.
A Spritz For Irritated Skin by India Knight; Thyme Out £18 for 200 ml

And so we come to the end of another newsletter, another long one I know, but there was so much I wanted to share with you, so thank you for reading.

And, together with Shabir, Victoria and the entire VH team, as ever your support and loyalty means so very much. Thank you for creating famines, however hard wait lists are, we get there in the end – together.

Wishing you a happy and healthy June.

With love

Gill x

Vogue – FulVic Acid

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    • Since it launched last year, Fulvic Acid Elixir has been a bestseller on wellness website Victoriahealth.com. Initially a liquid supplement, it’s now also a shampoo, conditioner and hair mist, to deliver its powerhouse benefits of 65 minerals direct to hair follicles – ideal for those suffering from thinning hair, as well as those in need of scalp cleansing. And with the delivery of these minerals comes keratin repair and production stimulation, too.
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How Does Sleep Affect Your Skin?

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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…

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

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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…