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

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March Newsletter

Potted Daffodils

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

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

Laboratoire du Haut-Ségala (LHS)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vegan Health Daily Oral Spray

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

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

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

Baume Noir – Eyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neubria – Nootropics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31st State

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foaming Face Wash

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

Spot Control Gel

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

Overnight Clearing Pads

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

Body Care

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

Hair Care

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

Castor Oil

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

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

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

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

Ginger for Treating Migraines

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

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

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

My Under-Eye Moment

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

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

Hormones and Skincare

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

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

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

Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment of Blepharitis

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

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

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

Ful.Vic.Health

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

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

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

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

Some Things

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VH Editorial

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

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

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

The End Bit

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

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

I hope you have a wonderful March.

With love

Gill x