My Bad Hair Miracle

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Some people have bad hair days; I’ve had a bad hair life. Starting when I head-butted a hairdresser “somewhere in Mayfair” who gave me a Dennis the Menace when I’d asked for a Kate Bush. My mum Maddie doesn’t recall the salon, just the embarrassment of being asked to leave without paying and a trip to Regent’s Park Zoo where a gang of monkeys tried to steal me.

Her punchline when telling this story is always, “Your haircut wasn’t that bad!” The brunette in a family of blondes, Maddie did her best to Blondie me but couldn’t get my locks lighter than banana; which clashed with the wee red blazer of my school uniform. I had to wear a balaclava until Aunt Irene the Slut bought me a Lolita wig in a porn shop when she came on one of her flying visits from New York where she lived in self-imposed exile away from the disapproval of her six sisters. Read More…

March Newsletter

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Welcome to the March newsletter where I emerge from a Toronto-based trauma (yes I’m talking Flavanone Mud), we launch three new brands, I write about a re-branding event (ok, it’s Lanolips) and then we launch several new products. There is a bestselling treat somewhere in between, we do some health concerns, news and feedback and then I propose to go to bed for a week!

There is only one place to start, we all know where that is, it has been dominating my life (and email) for the past few weeks, our customer care team has been re-named the FM team and Brandon’s life is on the line. I actually threatened to murder him, but then I realized that I wouldn’t have any more NIOD products to launch so I decided otherwise. Let’s do it: Read More…

The Most Common Holiday Problems Solved

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Most of us do not worry about our holiday health until we come down with something and then rush to the local pharmacy trying to explain the symptoms. Some forward planning can make this unnecessary since most common problems are easily preventable or treatable. I have put together some of the most common summer concerns that our customers contact me about, giving brief explanations and possible ways to prevent or treat them.

How to fend off traveller’s tummy

When people travel abroad, especially to developing countries, their risk of becoming ill increases. Your holiday can be ruined by unsafe or contaminated food. Many places outside of Europe do not have the investment and regulation for water supply, refuse disposal and sewerage that we take for granted in the UK. Food poisoning on holiday is often cause by contaminated or tainted water, poor hygiene by food handlers, contamination of food by insects such as flies and wasps and numerous other possible causal factors.

The normal treatment for food poisoning is prescribed antibiotics and whilst they perform their role of destroying the harmful bacteria, they are not without side effects and can disrupt the balance of the good bacteria in our gut. This does not mean that you should not take antibiotics when you have food poisoning, but you may be able to prevent this concern or certainly replace the good bacteria lost through antibiotic usage by using a good probiotic. Read More…