Welcome to the September newsletter where we are going to rock and roll our way through some new brand and product launches. We have new products from NIOD, Dermasuri, Color Wow and iS Clinical. We have seven (yes seven!) new products from The Ordinary (head examination needed) and a new brand which I’ve kind of flipped over. Additionally, we take a look at Cannabis (of the legal kind), the lymphatic system and stomach issues; there is a low-key celebration too. Let’s do it:
RE:Pigment (RP) by NIOD
Please believe me when I tell you that RE:Pigment was one of the very first products we were going to release after the core NIOD launch of CAIS and MMHC. Except we didn’t and the reason we didn’t is because we knew about some core active brightening and supporting technologies, which were not yet available and so we waited. Patience is a virtue and so I became virtuous because NIOD has a ‘conquer all’ DNA, which remains so very important to me and Brandon over and above all else.
RE:Pigment is a highly-saturated, ultra-lightweight, emollient solution incorporating modern advances in biotechnology and peptide technology to fight signs of one of the most complex-to-treat dermal concerns: hyperpigmentation. This formula visibly counteracts both uneven pigmentation, such as spots, as well as overall pigmentation issues through several pathways. This multi-pathway approach optimizes the synergy between the technologies in contrast to networked technologies that approach visible pigmentation through the same mechanisms.
I am not going to write about the science here; all the information is listed on the product page and that is the place to read all about Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Acetyl Glycyl Beta Alanine and White Shiitake Ferment, amongst others, if you feel the need. Brandon is so excited about the technologies used in this formulation; he spent an entire hour on the phone talking about them, without taking a breath. I was on my bed eating grapes with my eyes shut; in those moments I send up a prayer that we don’t Facetime each other.
The above statement doesn’t mean that I’m not excited about RE:Pigment; I am actually beyond excited as this is probably the most powerful of all NIOD products. The thing about hyperpigmentation is that there are so few options actually available. If you have severe hyperpigmentation then laser treatment will probably come top of your list, but it is expensive and it doesn’t always work; there are thousands of products on the market making such extraordinary claims that you can only laugh at them. One look at their ingredient listing and it’s a major eye-roll from Shabir, in a long line of them.
Anyway, as you will have guessed I have been testing RP rigorously and I am in worship mode; worshipping Prudvi (NIOD’s lead chemist) is one of my most favourite things. In the testing phase I asked him what the main priorities were in the formulation and he said that there was really only one priority and that was to target as many pathways involved in pigmentation as possible in one single formula. That priority then translated into several priorities. In the end, the formula had very little room left for anything; it’s now made up of over 90% active technologies, which requires the use of the actives themselves to solubilize one another.
With complete transparency, I will tell you that I don’t have hyperpigmentation; I have one or two visible dark spots, but nothing drastic and I have been ‘treating’ them, most especially the annoying one on my hand, which has almost faded into oblivion. But there is something else about RP. It brightens your skin to such an incredible degree that I now can’t live without it. NIOD lab: please note!
I think it is important to tell you that you will not see immediate results; for sure some of you may see a brightening effect after a few days, but it actually took around 14 days for me to see a difference on my skin. I think that will probably be true for those of you who use NIOD, but I’m just debating the subject here so you know what to expect, unless of course you look in the mirror and see the ‘unexpected expected’ within a day or so. Start singing if that happens!
We are releasing RP in two sizes, RP 15 ml and RP 30 ml; if you want to use RP just to dab onto dark spots, then the 15 ml size is all you will need as a little goes a long way. However, if you want to use RP as part of your skincare regimen, then you will probably need the 30 ml as results improve with continued use; as a preventative measure, this is an essential as I am not doing age spots. Repeat. Not doing them.
If you are going to use RP as part of your NIOD regimen, then this should be used twice a day, after CAIS but before MMHC2. Please avoid unprotected UV exposure when using this formula (hello Survival!). And that’s a wrap on hyperpigmentation and the extraordinariness of RE:Pigment.
RE:Pigment £27 for 15 ml; RE:Pigment £50 for 30 ml; Survival from £20
Rice Milk Brightening Face Exfoliator
Many of you will remember when we launched the fabulous Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt. It was the once-a-fortnight secret to soft skin and so many of us fell in love with it. I always knew that there would be more products coming from Dermasuri, I also knew that they would be considered very carefully and researched beyond the point of research. I have been waiting almost 18 months for this product and when the sample arrived on my desk, I threw it in my bag and immediately left the office. I think that’s a sign. Very few products receive the *must-try-immediately-and-I-need-to-go-home-right-now-status*.
So let me tell you about the product. The Rice Milk Brightening Face Exfoliator is made with Rice Milk, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E. This gommage style gel gently creates rolls when massaged on skin, then lifts away dead cells. Although there are of course other gommage style exfoliating gels on the market, the key differentiator is the use of Rice Milk which has been used for centuries in Japan, not just the Geisha culture, but workers in the rice fields too. They used the milky water from the first wash of rice for soft, clear skin and to polish their skin. POLISH … hello, my skin has been polished rather magnificently. Perfect.
All you do is apply a few pumps on damp skin and gently massage in a circular motion until rolls form. And form they do. And fall into the sink they do. And excited about that – yes I am. I know it is incredibly sad, but dead skin rolls make me so extraordinarily happy, I can’t tell you. I stare at them and smile, and then I rinse my skin. But wait – I tested it on my hands too. There are not enough words to describe the moment, but try it for yourself and see. Rolling off the years would be an appropriate statement. Feet next.
It is recommended that you use this product one to three times a week at most. Me, I don’t take much notice of instructions, so I used it two nights in a row. The disappointment of no dead skin cells rolling off my face on the second night was rather profound. It had done its job and I had to wait impatiently for the next moment. It arrived, I promise, it arrived!
My love and thanks to Susumu Tsuchihashi, President of Dermasuri, for creating amazing products and for his incredible love and support. No small thing.
Rice Milk Brightening Face Exfoliator £29.95 for 25 grams; Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt £19.95
Dream Coat by Color Wow
Please read this carefully: I wrote about Dream Coat on the Addicts Bulletin just under two weeks ago. We didn’t get to the end of the day and we had sold out; I think you all know me well enough to know that when we sell out of a product I don’t do a dance of happiness; instead I dance it out, which goes something like blast out the music and dance out the stress of a ‘pre-order only’ status product. Trust me it works. It has almost become a daily occurrence.
We received a second consignment a few days later, but it was only a fraction of what we needed. So what to do. I wanted to write about Dream Coat on this newsletter, but I also knew that it had sold out in America and we were looking towards the end of September before it would become available again. And then I had a moment. I stashed a whole load under my desk for the purposes of this newsletter and asked Shabir to take it out of the ‘What’s New’ section of our site.
So below, is what I wrote on the Addicts Bulletin, I doubt we will get to the end of the day before I put it on pre-order again, but at least you will be on a wait list (without us debiting any monies from your account) for the end of September because at this point I don’t know what the stock levels will be looking like and I can’t make any hard and fast promises. Here it is:
I don’t normally flip over hair-styling products, but I’m flipping because although this has been created for frizzy hair (I don’t have frizzy hair), it actually made my hair look amazing and I don’t say that lightly. This has already been released in America and it is going crazy over there, thus its current unavailable status. The best I can do right now is replicate the words of Dr Joe Cincotta PhD and Chief Chemist of Color Wow.
‘The key to fighting frizz is all about controlling moisture levels and locking the cuticle down as tight and smooth as possible. Unlike typical serum or oil-based humidity-fighting formulas that lay down a heavy coat on hair’s surface, (which deflate volume and leave the hair greasy), Dream Coat uses a ground-breaking, heat activated polymer technology that is lighter than a feather. Dream Coat scatters teeny droplets randomly on hair’s surface. When heated with your blow-dryer these droplets connect and crosslink forming an invisible, hydrophobic matrix that does two things. It compresses each strand into a sleek, silky, supple shape and sheathes every strand in a light, imperceptible ‘raincoat’ that repels moisture’.
Color Wow is of course the brainchild of Gail Federici and John Frieda, who know a thing or two about frizzy hair. I don’t really know anything about frizzy hair, but what I do know is that I now have ‘Cleopatra’ hair and I’ll take that, thank you. In a way I kind of wish I had frizzy hair so that I could experience the powerful magic of this product, which they are calling the ‘Supernatural Spray’. The Dream has arrived for some. The Dream is real. The Dream is coming to the rest of the world soon!
Dream Coat by Color Wow £22 for 200 ml
Happy Birthday O. With the release of the September newsletter, The Ordinary is one. Together with Brandon, I am deliberately keeping this very low-key. I have continually written over the past year about the challenges we continue to face with The Ordinary; it has been a really difficult year. Struggling to keep up with the overwhelming demand has been at the forefront of our endeavours; when we launched Colours, everything collapsed, including both our websites. We should have been euphoric, but we weren’t. We are accountable, yet there was no real accountability to offer because of the sheer volume of demand. And that hurt both of us. Badly.
And yet, amongst all of this, The Ordinary has made a profound difference to the beauty industry and to so many of you. At this point it really is not about how many products we can sell or the products we continually release. O. is more than a commodity. It is a way. It is a being. It makes a fundamental point about honesty and integrity. Many have an opinion about The Ordinary. Some good, some bad. It goes with the territory. The Ordinary is a force. So Happy First Birthday O. The world is a better place with you in it. It is our democratic right to choose. Millions have chosen. Thank you.
The Retinol/Retinoid Story
And out of somewhere and nowhere, there is a new story to be told. One of the key promises of The Ordinary is to be evolving and, as part of this commitment, we take feedback very seriously. The Ordinary’s retinoid offerings have been top sellers from the very start and have received outstanding reviews, but we also had feedback that a) the difference between Advanced Retinoid and Retinol was confusing; b) Retinol 1% was too strong as a starting point for those who preferred direct retinol; c) the products were not lightweight enough to be used as part of several steps in a regimen; d) most preferred Retinol 1% to be silicone-free. And so we have listened to all of this feedback and done even more.
Let’s start with the dramatic bit; Advanced Retinoid 2% is being re-named to align with new product introductions and Retinol 1% will soon be discontinued.
The line-up is below, but with a caveat; the two new Granactive Retinoid products are available now, but the three new Retinol products won’t be available for several days (please don’t let it be weeks!) so I’m putting them on a pre-order status, but please be aware we will not be taking any monies from your account until we process your order.
Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane (Moderate Strength. No Irritation) & Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane (High Strength. No to Low Irritation)
These water-free, silicone-free, alcohol-free solutions contain a 2% and a 5% concentration of the same advanced retinoid active complex used in the original Advanced Retinoid 2% called Granactive Retinoid that has been shown to offer better results against multiple signs of ageing than retinol without any of the irritation and drawbacks common with retinol. Granactive Retinoid, an active technology from Grant Industries, is a solubilized system of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, a highly-advanced form of retinoid which is, in fact, a non-prescription ester of all trans direct retinoic acid that offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of ageing than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid.
These products use next-generation retinoid active technologies which have been shown to achieve better reduction in ageing than retinol, without irritation. These technologies cannot be compared to retinol itself in terms of concentration because they include a different retinoid molecule, in a similar way that retinol cannot be compared with retinoic acid in terms of concentration.
The existing Advanced Retinoid 2% will be renamed to Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion to align with the new naming direction. The formula continues to offer an emulsion of 2% of this retinoid complex. While the new formulas in Squalane offer a very-light-weight solution for better compatibility with several steps in a regimen, the existing formula continues to be a creamy hydrating emulsion for those who prefer this format. The box and label change for the existing Advanced Retinoid will be in rotation for a few weeks as new packaging finds its way through distribution.
We recommend applying a small amount to your face in the PM as part of your skincare regimen, after water serums, but before heavier treatments. Please do not use with other retinoid treatments and avoid unprotected solar exposure.
Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane £7.80 for 30 ml; Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane £11.90 for 30 ml; Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion £8.00 for 30ml.
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane (Low Strength. Moderate Irritation); Retinol 0.5% in Squalane (Moderate Strength. High Irritation) & Retinol 1% in Squalane (High Strength. Very High Irritation)
These water-free, silicone-free, alcohol-free solutions contain three different strengths of pure direct Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin ageing. While Retinol has been studied extensively, it is irritating to the skin and new technologies exist that mimic the visible effects of Retinol without causing skin irritation. For this reason we generally recommend using the Granactive Retinoids, as above.
If you have not used high-strength retinol formulas in the past, we strongly recommend that you start your retinol regimen with Retinol 0.2% in Squalane and adjust to higher strengths as your skin builds tolerance. You will achieve the same end results without the unpleasant redness and peeling along the way. Please also note that water can affect the stability of retinol. Additionally, plant oils sound peaceful in products but in retinol formulations can trigger lipid oxidation and can impair retinol integrity. These formulations do not contain water, silicones, plant oils or alcohol. As above, please do not use with other retinoid treatment and avoid unprotected solar exposure.
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane £4.20 for 30 ml; Retinol 0.5% in Squalane £4.90 for 30 ml; Retinol 1% in Squalane £5.80 for 30 ml (Pre-Order Only Status)
And just when you thought this section was over, it isn’t:
Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
Yes! This formula combines very high concentrations of two of the most powerful and important antioxidants in skincare: Resveratrol, and Ferulic Acid. Resveratrol is a natural phenol found in several plants and O.’s pure source is 100% derived from Japanese Knotweed. Ferulic Acid is a high-potency phytochemical antioxidant found naturally in walls of plant cells.
Skincare formulations generally incorporate Resveratrol at 1% or less and Ferulic Acid at 0.5% or less. This formula contains each at 3%, an exceptionally concentration. The formula does not contain any water, silicones, oils or alcohol. Water can impair the stability of any antioxidant. Stability is all. Impaired stability equals impaired product.
Application should be either alone or after water-based serums and before oils or heavier creams. Alternatively, you may wish to mix with other treatments to enhance their antioxidant capacity significantly. Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% can be mixed with Vitamin C 23% or Vitamin C Suspension 30% at each application to form an outstanding antioxidant network of Vitamin C. This product will be available within the next few days, all things being equal.
Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% £5.50 for 30 ml (Pre-Order Only Status); Vitamin C 23% + HA Spheres 2% £4.90 for 30 ml; Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone £5.80 for 30 ml
EUK 134 0.1%
And if we are talking about antioxidants, the mother and father of all of them is EUK 134. EUK 134 is a mimetic of superoxide dismutase and catalse, forming an exceptionally rare self-regenerating molecule that scavenges superoxide free radicals, eliminates hydrogen peroxide and converts reactive oxygen species into water and oxygen.
While it has been around for many years, very few products on the market use this truly superb antioxidant which can regenerate itself to offer round-the-clock antioxidant protection. The only issue with EUK 134 is that it must not be used immediately with strong acids such as suspensions of Ascorbic Acid. Strong acids will completely destroy EUK 134 which is based on manganese, which is also why it is not included as part of the Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% formula. If you wish to take advantage of both formulas, the most effective regimen would be to use Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% in the PM (mixed with Ascorbic Acid suspensions if desired) and EUK 134 in the AM. EUK 134 can also be mixed with most products such as Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA for a strong antioxidant boost.
Don’t let the low price of this formula misguide you. EUK 134 is by far one of the strongest antioxidants available in the world. It is truly a ground-breaking technology. While EUK 134 itself is very costly, the suggested concentration in a formula is below 0.05% and most formulas do not use this maximum suggestion. This formula uses EUK 134 at an extremely high 0.1% concentration and we do not believe any product on the market today uses a higher concentration than this amount. The formula does not contain any water, silicones, oils or alcohol. Water can impair the stability of any antioxidant.
EUK 134 0.1% £6.90 for 30ml
What Is Cannabinoid or CBD Hemp Oil?
Straight in. In simplistic terms this is a legal form of Cannabis. I have had this sitting on my desk for quite a while. One minute I was going to list it and write about it and then I wasn’t and now I am, or rather Shabir is going to give you the lowdown on CBD, which it has been said will be one of the biggest growth sectors of the health industry.
Hemp, also known as Cannabis or Marijuana, contains numerous compounds including a group called cannabinoids that possess numerous therapeutic benefits. Most people confuse Cannabis and Hemp. Cannabis is a category for the many species of Cannabis which include Hemp and Cannabis. The analogy is rather like lemon and orange plants – they are both related, they belong to the citrus family and yet are completely different plants.
The characteristic difference between Hemp and Cannabis is the content of THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, which has mind-altering properties (Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds). Hemp contains almost negligible amounts of THC which much higher amounts of cannabinoids, whereas Cannabis plants contain higher amounts of THC and lower levels of cannabinoids.
Cannabis contains over 85 cannabinoids of which the most studied and therapeutic ones are Cannabidiol (CBD) and THC. There are other cannabinoids which also have positive benefits including canaigre (CBG) and cannabinol (CBN).
All mammals, including humans, have a signalling network called the endocannabinoid system. This system has two sets of receptors, CB1 and CB2 receptors. The cannabinoids like THC and CBD lock onto these receptors to provide their therapeutic benefits. Although THC and CBD act on different pathways, there is an overlap of benefits offered by both of these cannabinoids.
THC, the mind-altering cannabinoid, displays therapeutic benefits which include reducing muscle control problems, increasing appetite and helping to control nausea and inflammation. THC is not without side effects and is a controlled substance and therefore illegal to use. CBD is not a controlled substance and is therefore legal to use as food supplementation.
Cannabis, in particular CBD, is changing the way we view this herb. Selective breeding techniques have resulted in plants that have high levels of CBD and almost zero levels of THC. In the patent titled ‘Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuro-protectants’, the US Federal Government makes impressive claims about CBD stating:
‘Cannabinoids are potent antioxidants … they easily penetrate tissues giving them the ability to enter the central nervous system and brain; non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as CBD are particularly advantageous as they are non-toxic … and exhibit unique antioxidant properties without the undesirable effects of THC; the antioxidant strength of CBD is significantly greater than that of either Vitamin C or Vitamin E’.
According to the 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, CBD possesses the following properties: ‘antiemetic (reduces nausea and vomiting); anticonvulsant (suppresses seizure activity); antipsychotic; combats many anti-inflammatory disorders; antioxidant (may be of value in neurodegenerative diseases) and anxiolytic (combats anxiety and depression)’. It is also thought that CBD may help improve focus, attention and concentration.
There is so much more to say on this subject, but I will be writing forever, so I’m going to refer you to Shabir’s article (below) and I will end on a quote from Dr Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN: ‘Every 19 minutes someone dies from prescription drug overdose. It doesn’t happen with Cannabis’. I quoted him because I like him rather a lot and I’m ever so happy he declined to accept the role of Surgeon General in the Obama administration back in the day because he may have disappeared from view. At one point he was voted as ‘the sexiest man alive’. I’m stopping right here, right now!
VH Editorial: What Is Cannabinoid or CBD Hemp Oil?; CBD Hemp Oil 5% Capsules £48.50 for 30 Capsules; CBD Rich Hemp Oil 10% £67.50 for 10 ml; CBD Hemp Oil 5% £35 for 10 ml; CBD Hemp Oil 2.5% £19.50 for 10 ml
I Woke Up Like This
I received an email. It was from a customer. This is what it said:
‘I was wondering if you had ever tried a brand called BioBelle. If not I urge you to stock it ….. a friend of mine returned from the US and gave me a BioBelle ‘I Woke Up Like This’ sheet mask to try. Honestly, I have never ever seen results like it. I was glowing! I was almost poreless! I was young again! I’m not kidding these were results on my 70-year-old skin that due to medication is prone to horrible lump-like blemishes that leave red marks and they were practically invisible’.
The inevitable followed, but before anything I need to say that I have stayed away from sheet masks despite the fact that I have had several hundred samples of them stashed in the office; the collection spans over an approximate four-year period, but not one cell in my body wanted to write or recommend any of them, until now.
The BioBelle masks are huge in America (second time I’ve said that on this newsletter) and BioBelle say that the use of Tencel, a biodegradable fibre made from the pulp of wood is a new technology which helps make their products absolutely cutting edge. Whatever technology, whatever serums, these masks are beyond fabulous and more than 100 patents have been awarded internationally for the development of Tencel.
Before I even tell you the names of each mask, I know that ‘I Woke Up Like This’ is going to be the bestseller of all of them; if you can fall in love with a name, I just have. Just looking at them in my bathroom makes me happy. Using them makes me even happier. The descriptions for each are on the product pages and I am not talking about the event at the end of the year now, but I’m kind of thinking My Diary of Beauty Secret Kit may well go on a few wish lists. Go … discover fabulousness!
BioBelle; Primer £4; Glam Hydrogel £5; I Woke Up Like This £4; After Party £4; Happy Hour £4; My Diary of Beauty Secrets Kit (Six Masks) £24
The Treat: Cysticlean
It is thought that up to two million women suffer from cystitis and urinary tract infections each year and that 20% of women have another infection within two months.
We have long recommended Cysticlean capsules which provide 240 mg of Proanthocyanidins (PAC) derived from North American cranberry extract, which work to help prevent and treat cystitis and urinary tract infections by dislodging bacteria that adhere to the bladder wall. High levels of PAC are clinically proven to benefit in the prevention of UTI’s and cystitis and Cysticlean contains the highest level of actives currently available in the UK.
It is of course one of our bestselling supplements, so here is a treat for those who either use it, or would like to trial this remarkable supplement. Up until midnight on Monday 25 September the price of Cysticlean will be £14.99 for 30 Capsules, which is a saving of £10 from the listed price of £24.99. If I may, I would just like to thank Cysticlean for the ongoing love and support in all that we do together.
VH Editorial: Is Drinking Cranberry Juice A Myth?; Cysticlean £14.99 for 30 Capsules (Available at this price until midnight 25.9.17)
The Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is the largest circulatory system within the body and it is also a system which has not been fully investigated. Most people are simply unaware of it, why it exists or what role it plays in the body.
The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, glands, spleen, thymus gland and tonsils which carry a clear fluid called lymph. Lymph’s composition is similar to blood except that it does not contain haemoglobin or any blood proteins. The lymphatic system consists of organs, ducts and lymph nodes which act as filters for the removal of toxins. The lymphatic system is a detoxification system; a nutrient delivery system and is the home of the immune system.
Shabir takes an in-depth look at the lymphatic system in his article below, where you will read, amongst other things, that the lymphatic system drains an average of three pounds of plaque and toxins from the brain each year. Removing this plaque and toxins may aid cognitive function as well as a possible psychologic response.
VH Editorial: The Lymphatic System; Cleavers by Viridian Nutrition £15.55 for 90 Capsules
Does Your Stomach Growl?
The third and final article from Shabir on this newsletter – does your stomach growl?
It is perfectly natural for the stomach to growl every now and then. Some people however find that their stomach growls loudly and frequently which can be embarrassing, frustrating and difficult to control. The medical term for stomach growling is borborygmic.
Many people associate stomach noises and growling with hunger. Growling does not necessarily occur when you are hungry, but it is usually louder when you have an empty or partially empty stomach. The noise occurs from the muscles lining the stomach and the intestines when food begins to be broken down. If the stomach is partially full, the noises are more muffled and conversely if the stomach is relatively empty, then the noises are much louder.
In his article, Shabir takes a look at some of the reasons behind stomach growling and the steps which may be taken to help prevent this condition. Conclusively he recommends taking Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes, which have a myriad of benefits, including bloating.
VH Editorial: Does Your Stomach Growl?; Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes £23.25 for 60 Capsules
It seems apt to follow through on Shabir’s articles with the monthly featured articles from the VH Editorial Team and I’m trying to keep a straight face as I’m writing this, but it’s not really working because every-time I think of what Carole Morin has written, I fall about laughing. In my wildest dreams I didn’t ever think that George Osborne would make an appearance on our website and I think that is all I can say here; you’ll understand when you read it!
Desert Island Lips by Carole Morin
Arly. Wonderful Arly. For those who don’t know, exactly one year ago when we launched The Ordinary on the September newsletter, Arly stayed up all night to write about it. I didn’t know she was doing it; I didn’t ask her to do it, but she just did it. It seems rather apt that this month’s article is called ‘The Ordinary – How To Create A Skincare Routine’.
A few things to say here; the article includes products other than O. and this will be the third and final article on O. from Arly for the foreseeable future. With three articles to refer to, it will help you create your own personalised skincare regimen.
May I also say that with all the best will in the world, Arly is constantly bombarded with requests for personal regimens and I need to protect her because the situation is getting out of control; I am so, so sorry but she will be unable to offer guidance on personal/complete regimens any longer, although with the three articles there shouldn’t be a need. I hope you understand. Thank you.
The Ordinary – How To Create A Skincare Regimen by Detail Oriented Beauty
Take Four Girls. Jo Fairley, Sarah Stacey, Carolyn Asome and Catherine Turner. This month Jo writes about ‘The Joy Of Sea-Bathing’; well I suppose she would, she lives in Hastings. I have already told her that I am not joining in. Sorry. Love you Jo, but no.
The Joy Of Sea-Bathing by Jo Fairley
Carolyn Asome goes deep and tells us why we need to stop worrying; there is something wonderfully calming about Carolyn and I hope her words really help some of you.
Why We Need To Stop Worrying by Carolyn Asome
Catherine Turner, our intrepid traveller, has just returned from India and her article, Turmeric, Ghee and Sesame Oil is a reflection of her travels and her own belief system.
Turmeric, Ghee and Sesame Oil by Catherine Turner
Finally, the Beauty Bible girls, Sarah Stacey and Jo Fairley, do Post Summer Hair SOS, focussing on hair at the end of summer. Summer?
Post Summer Hair SOS by Beauty Bible
Right, back to it:
Warming Honey Cleanser – iS Clinical
This is a resurrection. The story. Going back several years this product was used in professional treatments only. I really didn’t think that was fair bearing in mind it is an amazing cleanser, with a difference. After much lobbying my LA boyfriends conceded (YES!) and it became a retail product. And then one day it disappeared. So I threw a strop (because I can!) and now it’s back. Glory hallelujah.
For those who have used it, you will understand my words above, for those of you who haven’t, Warming Honey Cleanser functions as a treatment cleanser, although I call it an ‘experience cleanser’. It is a blended cocktail of Honey, Myristic Acid, Olive Oil, Papaya Enzymes and Japanese Green Tea. You only need to use a really small amount and you massage it directly onto skin to activate, at which point it gently warms upon application.
I am really not going to write about its cleansing abilities, because they are what you would expect from iS Clinical. I use Warming Honey Cleanser in many different ways, but my favourite is to use it as a double-cleanse treatment two or three times a week, massaging it into my skin for about three minutes. I was doing this ten years ago, I am so happy to be doing it again.
Warming Honey Cleanser by iS Clinical £34 for 120 grams
Mrs White’s Unstung Hero
The story continues. Your feedback has been incredible; I could write reams, but I’m not going to. Instead I am just going to replicate an email sent to me:
‘I am just back from a very hot Italy. I have to let you know what a difference using Mrs White’s Unstung Hero made to my holiday. Having a reaction to mosquito bites, my legs in particular have been bitten so badly in the past that the scars last for months afterwards. Not this time! I sprayed every three to four hours. The spray coats the skin beautifully with no stickiness or residue. There is a pleasant light aroma to the spray.
I did get a few bites, rather than the normal 30 or more, but even those few bites were so light that they didn’t cause any issues. I am back home with tanned, bite-free legs – wonderful. And an added extra – staying on a farm one has to expect flies in the summer. Mrs White’s Unstung Hero kept the flies away from me too! Mrs White really is one Unsung Hero’.
Mrs White’s Unstung Hero Mosquito Repellent £20 for 250 ml
Hello Pommade Divine Travel Size. For those who don’t know, Pommade Divine’s original formula was first made by the Royal Family’s chemist, Butler’s & Co. in 1800. Since then, this multi-purpose healing remedy made with natural ingredients that have antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, has been used extensively.
This deeply moisturising protectant for dry, itchy skin, dry cuticles, chapped lips and hands is now available in a 30 ml tube, which is perfect for travelling and for handbags.
Pommade Divine £14 for 30 ml; Pommade Divine £19.80 for 50 ml
The End Bit
There are moments, several of them, when I go ahead of myself and then regret it. It happens with the best of intentions of course, basically because I want you to know things when I know them. I can’t always do this for obvious reasons and slightly diversifying I have been sitting on a mammoth secret for nearly five years; but the Mini Pop-Folds by The Wet Brush were not a secret and I honestly thought they would arrive sooner than they actually did, which is why I wrote about them on the last newsletter. So they arrived. We made them available to buy. I didn’t say a word and within 24 hours they had virtually sold out. Rose Gold #1.
Mini Pop Folds by The Wet Brush £7.99
More O. news. Two of the products, Salicylic Acid 2% Solution and Natural Moisturising Factors + HA (NMF) are now available in larger sizes as below. I say they are now available, but the way things go, who knows whether they will still be available by the time you read this. Actually they had better be otherwise Brandon is toast. Unbuttered.
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution £4.20 for 30 ml; Natural Moisturising Factors + HA £6.80 for 100 ml
The Organic Matcha Green Tea Gift Set contains AAA grade Organic Matcha (30 grams), a bamboo whisk and a Matcha serving spoon. The box was sitting on my desk when I walked into the office one morning. I liked the box. I thought I’d tell you that.
The Organic Matcha Green Tea Gift Set £37
That’s it. Done. We have come to the end of another newsletter and together with Shabir and the entire VH team, I would like to thank you for your amazing loyalty and support. As I always say, we couldn’t do any of this without you, so thank you, thank you, thank you.
I hope you have a wonderful September.