November Newsletter

Lady with face cream on her face and hands

So this is how it is. I’ve been sitting on this new product launch for so many months now, I figured self-implosion wasn’t too far away. I have been using it since I received the very first sample and all the while I’ve had to keep my mouth shut which, as most of you know, isn’t the easiest thing in the world for me. I’ve avoided writing about some of the skincare products I am currently using because I would feel guilty (think I was born guilty!) by not mentioning it. So what is ‘it’. It’s Fulvic Face Cream, that’s what it is.

And so I welcome you to the November newsletter where we also launch two new products from Dermasuri, a touch of newness from LixirSkin and Shabir takes a look at the supplements you need if you are in your 30s (clearly I’m not!). Wait lists and chaos seem to have played a central role over the last few months, so discover why I’m now laughing about Prickly Pear and what happened when I lobbied, on your behalf, for the retro-return of a product. But first, of course, Fulvic Face Cream; here we go:

Fulvic Face Cream

Load it, I said to Shabir at the beginning of the year. Formulate me a moisturiser and load it with all the ingredients I adore and it has to be perfect (actually beyond perfect if there is such a thing), not only for me, but for each of us. My love of all things Fulvic has been extraordinarily well documented (by me!) and I have been spraying Fulvic Acid on my skin forever, but I wanted more than that. My insatiable gene appeared; it actually lives within as far as products go.

Take it to the limit is what I thought, and now, at last, I have my own Fulvic Face Cream. However tempted I was to call it ‘Gill’s Dream Cream’, I resisted because I didn’t formulate it, Shabir did, and I’m not going to steal his thunder. Poor Shabir. He has at least another five products to formulate for me, but he has his own thoughts on some new products, so I’ll stand in line. Reluctantly.

Anyway, Fulvic Face Cream. Make it luxurious, I said. It is. Let it nourish, hydrate, protect and prime my skin. It does. Cram it full of Ioniplex Fulvic Acid in order that it may deliver vital nutrients, trace minerals and vitamins to my skin cells, all necessary for cell growth and cellular rejuvenation. He did. May it help plump and smooth my skin and please ensure it penetrates into the deepest layers of my skin. Tick, tick and tick. And then please blend the Fulvic, which in and of itself is a powerful antioxidant, with other outstanding ingredients; but with one proviso; Shabir, I said, if you dare add one drop of essential oil into the formulation, I will literally kill you. He didn’t. He’s still breathing.

The other ingredients, in case you need to know, include Hyaluronic Acid, because of its ability to help drench the skin; and then there’s Argan Oil, literally bursting with omega 6 fatty acids, tocopherols and polyphenols, Argan is renowned for helping to brighten toneless, dull-looking skin, so in it went; Vitamin E is added to enhance intense cell regeneration and to also help protect skin from oxidative damage. Also included, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) also known as Thioctic Acid, another antioxidant, but this one helps reduce swelling, puffiness, redness and those blotchy patches which seem to appear every now and again (go away, please just go!).

And then in a final flourish, Shabir included Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), which binds to moisture acting as a natural hydrator to help improve the skin’s softness and elasticity. That word ‘elasticity’ sends me. Surely the Nirvana of all skin-related words. CoQ10 makes an appearance too. Another vital antioxidant, it helps to neutralise free radicals from external stressors such as UV rays. As we age, levels of CoQ10 decrease making our skin more susceptible to damage which can result in fine lines and wrinkles; we call it the great repairer.

Three more ingredients to go. Allantoin, Aloe Vera, both having strong soothing qualities and finally Plant-derived Squalane, which helps boost lipid levels in skin (another bouncy elastic skin moment – deep joy) and helps relieve the discomfort of dry, tight skin. So that’s a wrap on the active ingredients.

Fulvic Face Cream is suitable for all skin types, including acne and rosacea-prone skin, and one more thing: so many of you have been taking Ionicell since we launched it; it was our bestselling supplement last year (I think it still is) and little wonder because we all know the vast difference that it makes to the health of our hair, skin and nails. We called it the next-generation hair, skin and nail supplement when we launched it. We don’t think anything in that genre comes close. So hand in hand they go. Fulvic Face Cream and Ionicell.

So could Fulvic Face Cream be the love of my life (product wise) right now, yes I think so because it’s everything and more that a girl could ask and wish for. Has my skin changed, yes it has in a way I didn’t think was possible, but actually I can’t be wholly monogamous here, because I have never, ever used a serum that performs in the way that Neurophroline does for taking the stress out of my skin. So for several months I have been using Neurophroline and Fulvic Face Cream together, morning and night. And I want to sing. And I want to dance. And I invite you to join me. Shabir, I thank you for both formulations. Proud moment. Spread.
Fulvic Face Cream by Ful.Vic.Health £30 for 60 ml; Ionicell £20 for 60 VegiCaps; Neurophroline Serum £18 for 30 ml

Deep Exfoliating Back Scrub by Dermasuri

Many of you will remember when we launched the Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Body Mitt several years ago. It had a rather big moment then and actually it continues to have several moments basically because it’s rather fabulous. And now the Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Back Scrub, which I knew I would adore even before it arrived. And I do. I do. With all the best will in the world, I have tested numerous back brushes, some are great, but they don’t possess the ‘satisfaction factor’. This does.

Made with a unique fabric texture, the back scrub visibly removes surface layers of build-up and dead skin instantly. Super-wide and super-long, it is the easiest thing in the world to use on your back, most especially on those hard-to-reach areas as it has ‘straps’ on both ends so you can exfoliate to your heart’s content.

I know I’m sad, but the very thought of rolling away dead skin cells thrills me. Take it into the shower with you and when you have finished turn the shower off, squeeze excess water from the back scrub and go for it, but don’t use it with soap, you don’t need to. For optimal results use horizontal side-to-side motions. Apply pressure by pulling handles away from your body. But it’s not only about the dead skin cells falling onto the shower floor, it helps increase circulation too, which is a rather good thing from a health perspective. If you want to know more, then speak to Jo or Natalie in our customer care team. They ‘stole’ the samples I stashed under my desk. Is nothing sacred!
Deep Exfoliating Back Scrub by Dermasuri £25

Deep Exfoliating Face Mitt

Peak excitement as I write about the second new Dermasuri product. If my bathroom could talk (thankfully it can’t), it would tell you that I was screeching with delight when I was testing this. As I wrote on the last newsletter, it’s always the small things in life that excite me and this small thing does just that. Made of the same unique fabric texture as the Back Scrub, this also removes dry skin instantly, while massaging and stimulating your skin. It also helps remove make-up residue, helps reduce blackheads, reduces pore visibility and prepares your skin to absorb serums and moisturisers in an efficacious way.

You need to use it damp and whilst you shouldn’t use it with soap, you can use it with a cleanser as a daily wash. My preference is to use it damp, without product (all the while looking how many dead skin cells fall into the sink) and once or twice a week I follow through with Pore Cleaning Powder (aka Miracle Powder). And very happy I am. For best results use it in circular movements. Buff. Cleanse. Exfoliate. Look-in-the-mirror. Don’t fall over.
Deep Exfoliating Face Mitt £15; Pore Cleaning Powder by GoW for VH £12 for 50 grams

The Uprising – Miracle Lotion

Let me set the scene. Since the beginning of VH time we have all loved Miracle Lotion. The packaging was dire, so dire that it could be kitsch (that waterfall!), but never mind that, it lived up to its name and it did actually perform miracles on dry skin. Everybody I know hid it in their bathroom somewhere, including many beauty editors, but it was our secret weapon for crocodile skin and it had its own unique fragrance, which was often the subject of discussion; it was a love/hate thing, but mostly love. And then calamity.

For some unknown reason, the formulation changed and the packaging changed too. I wrote on the newsletter at that time that I just couldn’t understand what on earth the manufacturers were thinking because the container (for want of a better word) looked like a bottle of weed killer and I can’t even bring myself to write about the wording on the front. Let’s just say I had a virtual heart attack when I saw it, as did so many of you.

And then the pleading emails started to roll in. The uprising had begun, it was very real and, on your behalf, we started to lobby for the return of the original Miracle Lotion. And we’ve won. Glory hallelujah, the original Miracle Lotion is now back where it belongs and so let us sing together the VH mantra: ‘We Shall Not Be Moved’. (More singing soon).
Miracle Lotion £16 for 237 ml

Supplements To Take In Your 30s

Through the decades we go and this month Shabir takes a look at the supplements you may need if you are in your 30s. This is of course an overview, but the subjects covered include the importance of food-state vitamins, PMS, anxiety, fertility and anaemia. Probiotics are of course a given, in our opinion, for all ages. Check it out.
VH Editorial: Supplements To Take In Your 30s; Alive Once Daily Multivitamin Ultra Potency £29 for 60 Tablets

Over We Go – Supplement Change

Over the years, as many of you know, I have often said we are changing supplements. This mostly happens when further research dictates that what we believe to be best-in-class at that time, gets superseded with an even better best-in-class. Such is the case with Super Bio-Curcumin, which has now been superseded with Curcumin Elite.

By way of background, curcumin is impressing scientists around the world with its remarkable multiple health benefits. Curcumin is a polyphenol present in the spice turmeric and was first used, it is thought, over 3000 years ago in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Modern science has found that curcumin has many remarkable properties and has also been found to help increase detoxifying enzymes and help promote healthy DNA function.

So Curcumin Elite it is then as I tell you that Curcumin Elite is absorbed 270 x more than conventional curcumin supplements and delivers 45 x more free-curcuminoids, which in short increases benefits for the heart, joints, mind and the immune system. Powerful stuff.
VH Editorial: Turmeric – The Spice With Health Benefits; Curcumin Elite by Life Extension £29.50 for 60 Capsules

Getting Rid Of A Cold Quickly

When you catch a cold, it is very natural to want to get rid of it fast. The average duration of a cold is between four and seven days and this all depends on the strength of your immune system and how quickly it can respond. The most common viruses for a cold are rhinovirus and corona virus, although there are around two hundred types of viruses which may cause a common cold.

In his article, Shabir takes a look at the products that he believes should be kept in your medicine cabinet if you succumb. That said, we both believe prevention is better than cure and for that Shabir recommends taking Daily Immunity, which continues to support so many of you through the most vulnerable months. This isn’t on his article, but I also have something to say, so I will say it! I strongly believe that Fulvic Acid Elixir also helps hugely in the immunity stakes. Over the many years of taking Fulvic, I can’t remember when I last had a cold and so many of you tell me the same thing. There are several reasons why I can’t (and won’t) live without Fulvic, and this is just one of them.
VH Editorial: Getting Rid Of A Cold Quickly; Daily Immunity £26 for 60 Capsules; Fulvic Acid Elixir £30 for 480 ml

Prickly Pear Seed Oil – The Update

Aside from the fact that I’m wishing I had a Prickly Pear farm, actually probably a co-operative shared between all of us would be good, the story and the wait list continues.

Our biggest hurdle was getting over the first three days of ordering; the task was monumental, but we’ve done it. It seems pretty incredulous that I’m on the November newsletter talking about orders placed in August, but that’s the reality of the situation and as I’m writing this I know of at least three more consignments, which are scheduled to arrive over the coming days, all things being equal, which may well mean we are getting closer to smashing our way through the ongoing wait list.

One of the reasons the wait list is ongoing is because, taking their lead from Nigella’s article in The Sunday Times, various publications decided to run the story and I can absolutely assure you that I didn’t send out a press release about this to the world. And on top of this, the re-ordering of Prickly Pear is extraordinarily high; I have a mountain of emails extolling the virtues of the oil and Nigella of course, from the people who were amongst the first to order.

You would think that I would be stressed out of my head, but I’m not, I’m actually laughing and it’s all because of so many of you. Throughout all of this, the one thing I have done is keep everybody updated with emails, there have been five of them to date (check your junk mail if you haven’t received them).

On the last email sent, entitled ‘Prickly Pear – Episode 5’, I wrote that I was walking around singing ‘I Will Survive’ because death-by-wait-list wasn’t on my agenda, mostly because I had to write this newsletter. And then more chaos as so many of you mailed back suggesting various songs we could sing together. I fell about laughing. I can’t tell you all of them, there were so many for which I thank you; here’s a small selection:

I’m Still Waiting (Diana Ross); Simply The Best (Tina Turner); Under Pressure (Queen); Anticipation (Carly Simon); I’m Still Standing (Elton John), Runaway (Bon Jovi) and Patience (Guns N’ Roses).

The Collective VH. The Songs.
We Sing. You. Me. Us.
VH Editorial: The Beauty Benefits of Prickly Pear Seed Oil; 100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil £20 for 30 ml

Superior Joints With A Gift

Arthritis affects an estimated one in five people in the UK and although considered a disease of old age, it can affect all ages. Healthy and flexible joints are paramount and it is a well-documented fact that pain relief to help ease the reduction in stiffness of joints is a multi-million-pound business with both over-the-counter medicines, prescription medication and natural supplements.

Glucosamine is often recommended and perhaps it is the most well-known natural ingredient for pain relief, but Natural Egg Shell Membrane has been the subject of studies and has been shown to significantly reduce pain quite rapidly, within approximately seven days, and continuously when used over a 30-day period.

Superior Joints, our bestselling joint supplement, contains Natural Egg Shell Membrane and it is the supplement Shabir always recommends for joint issues.

The Superior Joints Treat: The Superior Joints Treat comprises of Superior Joints (obviously!) and Capsicum & Ginger Warming Cream, which is free and worth £9. This warming cream is used as a massage rub to help comfort muscles, joints, backs and also helps ease neck tension. There is only one Superior Joints Treat per customer; orders will be processed in three or four days time; this is a limited time offer and will end on Friday 1 November 2019 at midnight GMT. **Sorry this promotion has ended**
VH Editorial: Read This If You Are Taking Glucosamine And Suffer From Painful JointsSuperior Joints Treat £30 for 60 Capsules; Capsicum & Ginger Warming Cream by Napiers £9 for 100 ml

The Good Skin Trio Mini Set: LixirSkin

Take the three bestselling heroes from the LixirSkin range, otherwise known as LixirSkin’s ultimate essentials for everyday skin needs, put them in a new mini format and voila, The Good Skin Trio Mini Set.

The three products are Vitamin C Paste, the quick morning mask that protects and corrects in one; Electrogel Cleanser, the evening cleanser and detoxifying mask and Universal Emulsion which can be used as a day moisturiser, a night cream or a serum base. Each of the products are 30 ml and if you haven’t yet tried these products, here is an opportunity to do so. Also perfect for travelling or for gifting. Christmas gifting perhaps.
The Good Skin Trio Mini Set by LixirSkin £34 (Vitamin C Paste 30 ml; Electrogel Cleanser 30 ml; Universal Emulsion 30 ml)

Male Vascular Sexual Support

Stress, as ever, plays a major role in male sexual issues and dissatisfaction and reports are indicating that this concern is becoming increasingly prevalent, most especially with younger men.

This new sexual health support supplement can be taken at any age. The formulation contains KaempMax, a unique extract of Kaempferia parviflora, a member of the ginger family. It helps support healthy male sexual function, helps enhance healthy male sexual response and overall sexual health. Dosage: one capsule daily.
Male Vascular Sexual Support by Life Extension £20 for 30 Capsules

Skip Care

I have often written that skincare should be joyously simple; there is no need to use seven different serums, various creams, primers and heaven knows what else. The very last thing any of us want to do is to send our skin into overdrive, so I was thrilled to read Victoria’s article on the latest ‘trend’, which is ‘skip care’. I don’t really like the word ‘trend’, but never mind that, this makes sense to me, whereas the whole eleven-step thing, advocated all over the place (except here), just doesn’t.

Skip care is about honing in on the ingredients that really work for your skin and skipping the ones that don’t deliver the results you want. I am currently in a phase where I’m not testing any new skincare products, which is rather miraculous, so I have free reign to use anything I want. I suppose it’s akin to living in a sweet shop, which was my childhood dream that clearly failed to materialise.

So my three essentials right now are, I suppose, pretty obvious. I’ve already written about Neurophroline and Fulvic Face Cream and the third serum I add in, three or four times a week, is Super Bakuchiol Serum. If you haven’t yet tried Super Bakuchiol, then you are in for a treat because I think it’s fabulous and bearing in mind I will not use Retinol or Retinoids on my skin, this is a brilliant, clinically proven natural alternative and my skin adores it.

So it’s Neurophroline first, Super Bakuchiol second and Fulvic Face Cream third. You can take this down to two steps by adding a few drops of Super Bakuchiol into Fulvic Face Cream (or whatever moisturiser you are using), but I adore the texture and feel of Super Bakuchiol, so I do it separately. I think this regimen is suitable for most skin types, so love me do, and that’s also a song.
VH Editorial: Skip Care Is The New Self-Care; Bakuchiol, A Natural Alternative To Retinol; Neurophroline £18 for 30 ml; Super Bakuchiol Serum £15 for 30 ml; Fulvic Face Cream £30 for 60 ml

Daily Cleanser

I deliberately didn’t write about the cleansers, oils or masks that I use above, but if we are talking cleansers, then Daily Cleanser is Shabir’s favourite. I suppose it would be really because he formulated it, but there is always a story behind each formulation and so here is Shabir’s story and raison d’être:

‘Just like your gut, the skin on your face houses billions of friendly bacteria and this community is known as the skin microbiome. Just like your gut, your skin microbiome is unique to you. These organisms help maintain healthy skin barrier function, protecting it against other invaders and they also produce skin nutrients and essential skin lipids making your skin feel and look healthier.

Many cleansers eradicate these friendly bacteria using harsh chemicals, but I wanted to take a different route and I formulated Daily Cleanser in order that it respects the skin’s pH. It does not contain harsh chemicals, but it does contain an infusion of Marshmallow root, which acts as a prebiotic to help promote these friendly bacteria to flourish’.

Daily Cleanser is ideal for normal, combination and oily skin types. The question is what product will Shabir formulate next? I seriously don’t know, but life works in mysterious ways; well it does if you’re Shabir. Mostly he resides on a parallel universe. Fine with me.
Daily Cleanser by GoW for VH £12 for 120 ml

Gifting

I should really be writing this section on the December newsletter, but I’m going early because, as most of you know, the December newsletter is dedicated to the VH Awards and I won’t have space for these. Anyway, it’s good to be organised, so here are a few of our favourite things:

Aromatherapy Associates Seasonal Saviours will help transform your bathing experience from day to night with the help of a carefully curated trio of bath and shower oils. The oils included are Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil (9 ml); De-Stress Mind & Shower Oil (9 ml) and Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil (9 ml).
Aromatherapy Associates Seasonal Saviours £25

Forever Evergreen Hanging Decoration also from Aromatherapy Associates, this contains Support Breathe Bath & Shower Oil (9 ml). Loaded with Eucalyptus, Pine and Peppermint, it has been formulated to help clear your mind with fragrances of the forest.
Forever Evergreen Hanging Decoration by Aromatherapy Associates £10

Kiss Me Cracker by Lanolips includes two little tubes of magic; the Lano 101 Ointment Fruities offer multi-tasking properties for super-dry lips. The cracker contains Multi-Balm Strawberry (10 grams) and Multi-Balm Peach (10 grams). Kisses.
Kiss Me Cracker by Lanolips £11.99

The Glow Card from Sarah Chapman comes as a greeting card presenting their bestselling 3D Moisture Infusion mask for an instantly hydrating glow boost. It hydrates, plumps and soothes and it was also our bestselling gift last year. It went out of stock really quickly, but I hope we have it covered this year. Don’t hit me if it all goes pear shaped. Thanks.
The Glow Card from Sarah Chapman £10

Sleep Power Nap Spray from This Works contains two travel size tubes (10 ml each) of this clinically proven formulation which is loaded with Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile. Perfect for using on a long-haul flight. The gift of sleep.
Sleep Power Nap Spray by This Works £15 (Two x 10 ml)

Beat The Blues Room Spray by Ilapothecary remains one of my favourite ever scents, but then of course, as many of you know, I use it as a fragrance as well as a room spray. This is the scent that literally stops everybody in their tracks and you can use it for any number of things including spraying into the atmosphere after any heated discussions. A must-have for those Christmas events perhaps.
Beat The Blues Room Spray by Ilapothecary £29 for 50 ml; Beat The Blues Ritual £85 (Love)

The Healing Heart Facial by Ila Spa contains two Rose Quartz hearts renowned for their soothing and healing properties. Symbolic of the energy of love and peace they are a wonderful gift and can be used in numerous ways; as a healing face massage (a small phial of Face Oil for Glowing Skin is included), or you can put one on each eye after spending hours staring at a computer screen. That would be me.
The Healing Heart Facial by Ila Spa £29.50 (Pack of Two Hearts)

VH Editorial – The Feature Articles

Are you really listening asks Carolyn Asome. The answer is very likely a big fat no. How often do you actually focus on what someone is saying. Instead, there’s the running ticker-tape: the Ocado shop, when will Brexit go away, yesterday’s deadlines, the overwhelming in-box, the beep of your iPhone, what are the kids going to eat for dinner? And you are not alone. Research shows that only 10% of us listen effectively. Carolyn feels the guilt.
Are You Really Listening by Carolyn Asome

It is clear to see that the popularity of spiritual practices is on the rise. We’re seeing crystals lined up on desks, energy healers on speed-dial and more of us are choosing to swap out post-work drinks for breath work. Whether you’re engaging in these practices or not, there’s one word that’s always mentioned and written about, but seems to escape many of us, and that’s intuition. Giselle La Pompe-Moore investigates.
How To Tune Into Your Intuition by Giselle La Pompe-Moore

Just sometimes you come across a poem, or a poster, that stops you in your tracks. This happened to Jo Fairley recently and it got her thinking about her own life, the things she regrets and taking risks. Full disclosure here.
Regrets by Jo Fairley

Pain is no beautifier, say the Beauty Bible girls. We furrow our brows, the light goes out of our eyes, we stoop or slouch, and left untended, our joints may suffer irreparable damage. At Beauty Bible, as you’ll probably know, we take a holistic approach to beauty and so that means doing what we can to keep aches and pains, with their knock-on effect on our looks and energy levels, at bay.
How To Ease Aches and Pains by Beauty Bible

With the turn in temperature comes a dial-up of central heating in our workplaces, homes and social settings. As cosy as it feels, it’s not doing our skin any favours, with increased dehydration and dryness on the horizon. Louise Whitbread does the low-down.
What Does Central Heating Do To Your Skin by Louise Whitbread

The End Bit

Just a few more things to tell you:

Sarah Chapman Alert. With any order placed for any Sarah Chapman product, we will automatically include Morning Facial (5 ml) as a gift. Only one gift per customer whilst stocks last and this will not show up on your invoice.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis

For the love of Color Wow. The new products keep on coming and the very latest is EXTRA Mist-ical Shine Spray, which they say is light years ahead of other hair shine sprays. So the spray absorbs UV rays and releases full spectrum white light, acting like a solar-powered spotlight on your hair.

Formulated with African flower-derived mullein, a natural source of luminescence that lights up your hair with an intense glossy shine, with a tongue-in-cheek statement, Color Wow say it will keep dark forces away. Good with me. For a whole new level of EXTRA exaggerated shine, spray it on then hit with blow-dryer heat. Swing that hair. Fabulous.
EXTRA Mist-ical Shine Spray by Color Wow £25 for 162 ml

We’ve done the shine, now let’s do the shimmer. SHOW-OFF (so many capitals everywhere!) Super Hydrating Shimmer Lotion melts into the skin leaving it moist, plump and dewy while imparting an opalescent, shimmer glow on the surface. Smooth, glossy skin, yes and I know it’s not summer, but it’s the party season if you like that kind of thing, personally I don’t. Never mind that, you can shimmer and I’ll stay in bed. Thank you.
SHOW-OFF Super Hydrating Shimmer Lotion by Time Bomb £24 for 250 ml

And so we have come to the end of another newsletter; I honestly don’t know where this year has gone and I can barely believe that very soon I will be writing the final newsletter of the year. I think I’m going to release it slightly later than normal, so Tuesday 3 December it will be, so please don’t miss it because I’m busy polishing my tiara for the award ceremony, which is all a rather large figment of my over-active imagination.

Finally, and with my feet back on the ground, together with Shabir I would like to thank each of you for your ongoing loyalty and support.
Wishing you a happy and healthy November.

With love

Gill x

Do You Need A Super Serum?

Serum Bottles with a dropper lid on pink background

Applying a serum has become a regular protocol in most people’s beauty routines and while stats show that many of us are eschewing multi-step routines, serums are sticking. “A need for simplicity has pushed UK women towards minimalist skincare products with more intense active ingredients, such as serums,” explains Alex Fisher, Global Skincare Analyst at Mintel. “Serums are also a well-liked format, perceived as brightening and nourishing and often include ingredients like vitamins and antioxidants that are said to illuminate skin.” Read More…

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

The New Skincare Movement That Will Save You Time

recreational

Over the past few years the rise of K-beauty might have opened our eyes to feather-light formulas, jelly textures and 14-step beauty routines, but some of us are craving a move back in the direction of straightforward skincare. Streamlined beauty, aka the latest skincare movement offers just that and several brands are leading the way. Read More…

December Newsletter

victoria health awards

Voila. It’s the last newsletter of the year, so hello and welcome to the VH Awards 2018. As ever, nobody has voted, which makes me happy for several different reasons, not least because I have no desire to bombard any of you with ‘vote for’ emails when you could be watching a box set, having a bath or be sleeping in bed.

The awards are based on facts, although I have allowed myself some creative license here and there. There are treats attached to some of the awards, but not all awards have products attached to them. Each of the awards given are representative of the journey throughout this year, which has been interesting for many different reasons. Life works in mysterious ways and I fully embrace that as we uphold the thing that matters most to us, namely helping to make a positive difference in all that we do.

So having declared to the VH Addicts that there wouldn’t be any more product launches this year, I eat my words once again. Here we are and here we go: Read More…

June Newsletter

stack of rubbers

Hello and welcome to the June newsletter where we talk about the launch of a new product from LixirSkin, which is rather special. We take a look at some other new product launches, there is a bestselling supplement treat, all the latest news and feedback and we also throw the focus on mental health issues. And then of course we have the girls with this month’s feature articles. Let’s do it:

Soft Clay Rubber by LixirSkin

It has been nine months since we launched LixirSkin for Colette Haydon. Simplistic in its approach to skincare, there were just six products in the range and now there are seven. So we say hello to Soft Clay Rubber, which sits in all its resplendent knicker-pink pot glory in my bathroom and I’m guessing it will soon be in most of your bathrooms too. Read More…