August Newsletter

August written in scriptive font

Well here we are, it’s the August newsletter where we have a few new product launches including a Limited Edition product from Ameliorate, which I know you will love and adore.  We also launch a new product from Thyme Out, with a strong message behind it, a supplement that aligns with the brilliance of Neurophroline and a reformulated product from iS Clinical. But more than that, you will need to get keyboard ready because there are a few treats throughout and they don’t last forever.  Let’s do it:

Thyme Out For Wrinkles

For those of you who love Thyme Out (who doesn’t, it’s one of those miraculous products), I am here to tell you that there is a new product launch and we are so excited.  It is called Thyme Out (the natural alternative) for Wrinkles.  Although I don’t really like the ‘wrinkle’ word, I got over myself pretty rapidly when I started to research and recognised its huge potential, especially for somebody like me (see below) and I don’t think I’m alone.  And here is why I think it’s the beginning of the way forward as a whole new ‘way’ in beauty begins to unfold:

I can’t remember how many times I have written that I rarely use acids on my face; I don’t use retinoids (or retinol – a member of the retinoid family) by choice because I have sensitive and reactionary skin.  The downside is that although retinol is often called a ‘Holy Grail’ ingredient for anti-ageing, it irritates my skin and creates ongoing inflammation (the main cause of ageing), so it’s a ‘no’ from me and my skin.

So when this product arrived on my desk, I stood up and did a happy dance because it was accompanied by a statement from Thyme Out saying that it was the world’s only 100% natural organic anti-wrinkle product containing the naturally occurring compounds of Bakuchiol (Psoralea corylifolia flower) and Sweet Potato.  Big words, big claims (by them, not me!) and so I started to research, but I couldn’t find a spray formulation that included both compounds together with Thyme, which in and of itself helps address mild skin issues.  The story just got better.

The bottom line here is that although, as mentioned above, we are all familiar with AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) and the derivatives of vitamin A (retinol), the fact remains that every version on the market uses a synthetic or a naturally compromised extraction of these compounds.  As such, there is always a limitation to how well they work together with numerous side-effects including those mentioned above.

Bakuchiol has been called the ‘natural version of retinol’. Using the whole plant, Thyme Out for Wrinkles is not only for wrinkles, it helps maintain the overall health and integrity of skin.  And the question everybody will be asking: when to use it?  I use it after cleansing and before Neurophroline, but the general rule, whatever your skincare regimen, after cleansing and before anything else.

Synthetic retinols are dead.  Long live natural retinols.  Shabir will kill me for writing that, so will most of the ‘acid-loving’ beauty industry.  Like I care.  Mist and sing with me: Rebel, Rebel: Ode to Bowie.  And Bakuchiol.
Thyme Out for Wrinkles £20 for 120 ml (comes with a refillable ‘to go’ spray – spray all day long is what I think!)

Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion – Rose Limited Edition

Whenever we do a new launch for Ameliorate, my mind goes right back to the beginning of the Ameliorate journey when we exclusively launched this brand.  Since that time Ameliorate has become a legend in its own lifetime and has a massive following, which it so richly deserves because each of the products have their own unique brilliance.

It is always difficult to define the success of brands (outside of cosmetics), but what is relevant and evident is that the brands that fall into the health/beauty crossover are amongst the most successful.  I could reel off a whole list of them but suffice it to say that Ameliorate is the living and breathing epitome of this.

So yes, we did launch Ameliorate on a health platform and the beauty side morphed in further down the road.  Shabir’s article, written for launch, still stands where he takes an in-depth look at Keratosis Pilaris (KP), the raison d’être behind the brand and since that time an entire legion of people who don’t have KP are hooked on its intense moisturising qualities amongst its many other attributes.  For those with a good memory, I virtually died and went to heaven when we launched Softening Bath Milk Oil; for me it’s one of those epic products.

That said and done, for a limited time only, Ameliorate’s bestselling Transforming Body Lotion will be available in a rose fragrance with bespoke pink packaging.  Transforming Body Lotion is the hero product of the range; it helps sweep away dead cells promoting renewal and repair, whilst working to lock in hydration for up to 24 hours and it’s suitable for all skin types.

Pretty in pink, the Rose Limited Edition is currently on pre-order.  We don’t have a firm date for release at the moment, but we are anticipating approximately 14 days.  I know this is a longish time to wait for something but Ameliorate wanted it on this newsletter (so did I!) so here it is.  To make the wait a little sweeter, with every Rose Limited Edition ordered we will include a travel size Nourishing Body Wash (60 ml) worth £8.

From this day on another wait list, so get it whilst you can is what I think; I mean who knows, it could become a collector’s item!  Just to be clear, because these things matter, we will not debit any monies from your account until the day we process and send your order.  With love and pink kisses from me and Ameliorate.
VH Editorial: Treatment of Keratosis PilarisTransforming Body Lotion – Rose Limited Edition £24 for 200 ml (it will automatically include Nourishing Body Wash as above); Softening Bath Milk Oil £19 for 250 ml  

Neurophroline

At this point, I think Neurophroline could win the ‘Beauty Product of the Year’ award (self-proclaimed) because the feedback about its efficacy has blown us away, but then it would because it more than lives up to the clinicals, so I’m going to start by replicating some of the words written by Catherine Robinson in Conde Nast Traveller for two reasons; the first because she has a wonderful way with words (Nurofen!) and secondly because whenever I write about Catherine, her children think her fame has rocketed to superstar status (it probably has!); here are some of her words:

‘Just as we’ve learnt how to pronounce and spell Hyaluronic Acid, there’s a new kid on the block: Neurophroline.  I’m still at the stage of calling it Nurofen for the skin, but maybe that’s because it’s as fundamental to your skincare kit as Nurofen is to your medicine bag.  Our skin is our largest organ and is our first barrier against environment stress, pollution and toxins.

It is also a barometer of what’s going on inside the body (depression, exhaustion, anxiety, hormone change).  Much like anything that is overworked, skin gets stressed and stress produces the hormone cortisol, which in small doses is fine, but too much causes acne, spots, redness, dark circles and increased wrinkles.  Neurophroline is an extract from wild indigo, a plant native to India that has been used in Ayurvedic traditions for generations and has been found to break down cortisol in your skin’.

You can read the entire article here because I can’t actually bring myself to type Catherine’s words about VH because I will start to blush and that’s not a good look when you’re walking around with full-on red lips (me, not Shabir!). I think I’m on my 10th bottle (excessively-heavy-handed-with-product).  Anyway.  Neurophroline.
Neurophroline Serum by GoW for VH £18 for 30 ml

Shade Factor

So where do we go now?  We do the inside/out approach because that’s who we are and that’s what we do.  Once again we are doing the health/beauty crossover because supplementation and meaningful topicals are inexorably linked and together with Shabir, I believe that we should take a 360-degree approach.  With that said, please allow me to introduce you to Shade Factor, a new supplement which has been formulated to help support skin before, during and after you spend time outdoors.

As we age, ultraviolet exposure takes its toll on skin health and the benefits of Shade Factor include supporting our natural immune response to UV exposure, helps promote healthy DNA function, helps boost cellular energy and encourages protective ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy releasing molecule that fuels our cells and powers intracellular actions.

Most of you know that we love the ‘marriage made in heaven’ scenarios and this is the latest in a long line of them.  I suppose that one day I should write an article about all of them, but for now let me just tell you that Shade Factor is loaded with 500 grams of Niacin (as niacinamide), Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid from Red Orange Complex) and an extract of the fern, Polypodium leucotomos, which helps inhibit premature ageing from outdoor activity.

And there we have it; Neurophroline and Shade Factor; powerfully working together to help mitigate stress and DNA damage internally and externally.  Together forever?  Yes, I think so and although I’m writing this as the sun shines upon us, Shade Factor can be taken all year round, with Neurophroline working topically to help protect environmental stress.

Do I believe that Neurophroline is sufficient protection for our skin during the winter months, absolutely I do. I have never used an SPF during winter and rarely use it in London during the summer months. Colette (that would be Dr Colette Haydon, Founder of LixirSkin) strongly believes that SPFs are for the beach only.

She has always maintained that sunscreens are quite harmful to the skin if used every day. It was for this reason that she formulated Universal Emulsion, one of the core LixirSkin products, as an urban day cream and primer.  It uses an unusual emulsification technique to obtain an SPF 10 without any added sunscreens.

And a certain Miss Lisa Armstrong (The Telegraph) has been on two-year-mission researching the truth about sunscreens.  Interviewing Dr Michael Prager, a GP who has become one of London’s leaders of cosmetic ‘tweakments’, recently, she asked his views on wearing an SPF all year round, which has, as she writes, been heavily promoted by the beauty industry over the past decade as an anti-ageing weapon.

His response ‘It’s absolute nonsense.  Never would I wear an SPF in London in the winter. The side effects far, far outweigh any benefits’.  He further states that he considers most SPFs to be major polluters, not just for our skin, but for our water system and coral reefs too.

As Lisa says: ‘I’ve been reporting on this for a couple of years and there are always some angry responses from readers who think I’m being irresponsible – I’m just the messenger, people’.  Messenger or otherwise, Colette, Lisa, Dr Prager, Shabir and I stand united on this.
VH Editorial: The Problem With SunscreensShade Factor £25 for 120 Capsules; Universal Emulsion by LixirSkin £29 for 50 ml; Universal Emulsion by LixirSkin £45 for 100 ml

Ful.Vic.Health with a Treat

Earlier this year I included an email from a VH Addict where she was singing the praises of Fulvic Acid Elixir, which has gone on to be dubbed ‘The Libido Elixir’ because of its apparent aphrodisiac qualities, which so many of you have written to us about.  Glory be, because as most you know this is the one product I would take to a desert island over and above everything else, such is its efficacy for overall health.

And then I received another email from the same (beloved) customer with another update.  Because of her ongoing love for all things Fulvic, the gift, which will appear at the end of this section is in her honour.  And of course there is nothing I like better than abdicating sections of this newsletter, so with my deepest gratitude, I replicate her email verbatim:

‘Gill, you very kindly featured my words in your newsletter earlier in the year and I am happy to say that Fulvic Acid Elixir is still working its miracles. However, I had to write as I have found more results from taking it and from using the other Fulvic Acid products.

I mist my face morning and evening with the Fulvic Acid Mist and apply it to my scalp every other day when I wash my hair.  I also shampoo with the Fulvic Acid shampoo and occasionally use the Fulvic Acid conditioner (my hair doesn’t do well with a lot of conditioning).

Anyway, I may be going slightly mad, but I could swear my hair isn’t as grey as it used to be. I don’t dye my hair at all as I just knew that I would end up with 2″ stripes of undyed roots before I got around to getting it dyed again, so I decided to go grey “gracefully”.  I wouldn’t have been described as grey-haired, but I was getting towards salt and pepper, certainly above my ears.

Since I have been using the Fulvic Acid products, I swear I have not only not got any greyer but the amount of grey has actually decreased? Is this even possible?!

Furthermore, my hair is thicker, reversing the menopausal thinning I was experiencing. I went to put it into a ponytail the other day and was surprised by how much more hair there was than before.

Just to round off this paean of praise, I love, love, love the Fulvic Acid Nail Cream: not only have my nails never been so uniformly long, they are glossy and smooth. Please keep on making the Fulvic Acid products and I look forward to the new products in the range that you have hinted at!’

My response: I have no idea whether Fulvic Acid Shampoo reduces the volume of grey hair; it certainly isn’t anything we were looking at, but if it is doing this, well there we are, miracles may happen where we least expect them; inadvertently or otherwise.

Regarding hair thickness, this is where Fulvic Acid is so brilliant; for sure it can take time, we say several months, although we are all different.  As I recently wrote, I have been using Fulvic for more than eight years and it has transformed my hair where nothing else has.

Finally, and before the treat, I’m wondering whether I can actually give our own brands numerous awards at the end of the year; I mean anybody would think I was biased (I’m actually not, brilliance is brilliance whatever the brand), but the Fulvic Acid Nail Cream does things that most nail creams can only dream of doing.  Case rested.
Fulvic Acid Shampoo £25 for 240 ml; Fulvic Acid Conditioner £25 for 240 ml; Fulvic Acid Mist £25 for 120 ml; Fulvic Acid Nail Cream £12 for 30 ml; Fulvic Acid Travel Trio £20

The Treat:  When you buy Fulvic Acid Elixir (480 ml), we will automatically include a Special Edition size (240 ml) of Fulvic Acid Elixir as a gift from us to you.  This gift is worth £15 and you cannot buy it, but we think it’s a good size to pack in your suitcase if you are travelling, you may have other thoughts!  This is a limited time offer; I am not putting a time scale around it because I can’t.  Bashing the keyboard time again. ***Sorry this promotion has ended***

This comes with our heartfelt thanks for all of you who take the Fulvic Acid Elixir and have supported us on this rather fascinating journey.  Once again, this will not show up on your invoice, but you will find it nestling by the side of its older and bigger sibling in a VH box.
Fulvic Acid Elixir £30 for 480 ml

Ingenious Vegan

A new product from Ingenious who most of you know because of their bestselling product, Ultimate Collagen+.  So what is it?  It’s their new patented plant-based supplement formulated to help increase the manufacture of collagen in the dermal and epidermal layers of the skin, thereby improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The hero ingredient of this vegan supplement is Astrion.  Astrion has been proven through several forms of studies to help increase natural collagen and hyaluronic acid production when taken internally.  Astrion is made from specific extracts of Centella asiatica and Astragalus, both of which have a long history of promoting skin health.  Working together these two ingredients also limit the breakdown of already existing HA and collagen in the skin, which can only be a very good thing.

Together with Astrion, Ingenious Vegan also includes vitamin C, vitamin E and Zinc.  Just as a by-line in Zinc, Shabir always calls zinc ‘the traffic policeman’ because it remarkably goes to whichever part of the body needs it most.  Clever zinc.  Clever Ingenious Vegan.
Ingenious Vegan £49.99 for 90 Capsules

Three More New Products

I am very aware that continually launching new products creates an element of confusion and this applies to both health and beauty products.  On health products, it is important and responsible to update on ongoing research and development.  There are many instances where I have written ‘all change’ on a supplement and then there are the products which were formulated several years ago and they still sit in the ‘best-in-class’ category.  Designer pricing and packaging has never done it for us and quite honestly we sit and laugh at most of it.  It’s insane.

Beauty is slightly different.  Beauty, to a certain extent, is fickle, it always has been, but mostly we are sensible enough to know that we don’t need to load six or seven serums onto our skin; we respect new innovation, but mostly we respect ground-breaking simplicity.  For me that means having a skincare wardrobe of the products that I love, but don’t necessarily use every day.

There are some constants and I am going to begin this section with a product from my nearly-twenty-year-constant-brand, which is of course iS Clinical.  Before I do this, can I just slip in here that the Lip Duo has gone out of stock three times (heavily sighing), but it’s now back in stock. And so:

Tri-Active Exfoliating Masque

When is a new product not really a new product?  When it has been reformulated, that’s when.  I can’t actually remember the last time iS Clinical reformulated a product, although I think it may have been several years ago when we launched Reparative Moisture Emulsion.  I can’t remember its previous name, all I know is that it morphed into something quite extraordinary and my love and respect for this product continues no matter what.

So, as you will note from the heading, Tri-Active Exfoliating Masque has been reformulated with a powerful blend of botanical extracts, Salicylic Acid and eco-friendly micro-beads to provide a combination of physical and biochemical exfoliation.  Brazilian Blood Orange provides added antioxidant protection and it also includes Copper PCA (note: who remembers when we launched Copper Firming Mist several years ago – I do, it completely rocked the skincare market – in a good way).

Anyway back on track, together with iS Clinical, we recommend using Tri-Active Exfoliating Masque once a week.  Just moisten your skin with water and apply a thin layer, gently rubbing in a circular motion and then let it sit for approximately five minutes to allow the enzymes to function.  You may, or may not feel a warming sensation, this is perfectly normal and there is no need to panic.  Rinse with cool water and voila.
Tri-Active Exfoliating Masque £82 for 120 grams; Reparative Moisture Emulsion £72 for 50 ml; Copper Firming Mist £24 for 75 ml

Overnight Recovery Mask by Aurelia

Another mask (masque) this time it’s Aurelia’s Overnight Recovery Mask, which is a richly nourishing overnight face mask formulated to help soothe, hydrate, repair and calm the skin.  It is targeted for those with dry, flaky, sensitive skin or skin that is prone to redness and breakouts.

Fragranced with pure lavender extract to help you relax, ingredients include Aurelia’s signature probiotic ingredients, which they say will restore and balance the skin; hydrating Shea butter, Aloe Vera, Meadowsweet, Arnica (for its natural anti-inflammatory effects), Calendula and Yarrow.
Overnight Recovery Mask by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare £58 for 60 ml

Intensive Skin Treatment Candles by NEOM

Another reformulation, this time it’s NEOM’s Intensive Skin Treatment Candles.  There are two fragrances in the range, Real Luxury and Tranquillity.  Real Luxury has been blended to care for dry, stressed skin in need of extra nourishment and Tranquillity helps prepare your body for sleep incorporating 19 sleep-inducing essential oils.

In both instances you should light the candle for 15-45 minutes (your choice) allowing it to form a therapeutic pool of oil.  Blow out and allow the oil to cool.  The was has been scientifically formulated so it warms to the perfect temperature for application to the skin.  Drizzle the warm oil all-over and then massage in, or alternatively use on certain targeted areas such as legs, hands, feet or dry elbows.  And now:

The Treat: When you buy the Real Luxury Intensive Skin Treatment Candle, we will automatically include NEOM’s Scent to De-Stress (50 ml), a beautiful hand balm worth £15; when you buy the Tranquillity Intensive Skin Treatment Candle, we will automatically include NEOM’s Scent to Sleep hand balm (50 ml), again worth £15.  This is a limited time offer, it will not show up on your invoice and once they are gone, they are gone!
Real Luxury Intensive Skin Treatment Candle £40 for 140 grams; Tranquillity Intensive Skin Treatment Candle £40 for 140 grams

Hyaluronic Acid High Strength Capsules – The Treat

On last month’s newsletter I felt a touch sorry for Ionicell, our bestselling supplement, because Fulvic Acid Elixir had hogged all the limelight (and I’ve done it again on this newsletter).  This month, I feel for Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which had been our bestselling supplement for several years, until Ionicell came and knocked it into second place in the bestselling stakes.

I’m wondering whether HA will reclaim its top spot by the end of the year (and let me tell you it’s pretty close), so to help it (and you) on its way we are doing a three-day-only treat.  When you buy Hyaluronic Acid High Strength Capsules, we will automatically include a travel size of HA as a gift to you.  This contains 15 Capsules and is worth £17.50.

Assuming I am not on a desert island with Fulvic Acid Elixir, this is one of my must-take supplements.  I have taken HA for virtually 20 years and the latest reports are that my face has not slipped south yet; I’m sure Shabir will be the first to tell me if and when it does!  I hero-worship HA for its plumping of the skin qualities, but more than that, it keeps my joints well lubricated and that’s really important in my humble opinion.

Anyway, this offer ends on Thursday 1 August at midnight GMT, or whilst stocks last.  Go to it! **Sorry this promotion has ended**
Hyaluronic Acid High Strength Capsules £35 for 30 Capsules (including Travel Size worth £17.50 as above)

Shoe & Insole Cleansing Spray by Margaret Dabbs

Well, here’s something different.  If you want to eliminate bad odour, cleanse and preserve the condition of your footwear, here is a fast-acting shoe spray.

Scented with the fresh fragrance of Lemon Myrtle, it is quick drying and non-staining.  Tea Tree Oil is included for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities which can help to prevent Athlete’s Foot and it should be used daily, most especially if you wear trainers.  And if we are talking about Athlete’s Foot, Shabir has written an article about it which is linked below.  Actually is there any health concern Shabir hasn’t written about!
VH Editorial: Athlete’s Foot TreatmentShoe & Insole Cleansing Spray by Margaret Dabbs £19 for 100 ml

Our Three Bestselling Holiday Products

We do this each year and I am here to tell you that two of the three products which we featured on last year’s newsletter are the same this year.  This doesn’t surprise me at all, and I doubt it will surprise you either as they are Thyme Out and Mrs White’s Unstung Hero Mosquito Repellent.  I doubt whether the third, which is a newcomer, will shock you either.  Let’s do them:

Thyme Out

Not only a bestselling product, but an award-winning product too.  Since we launched Thyme Out last year, its soothing and healing properties has helped so many.  Thyme Out exists to tackle various inflammatory skin concerns such as prickly heat, rashes and sunburn, but not only that it is a fabulous first-aid product too, helping to heal cuts and grazes, zapping insect bites and I’m not even going to start talking about its ability to help treat acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.  Pack it in your suitcase!
Thyme Out £18 for 200 ml

Mrs White’s Unstung Hero Mosquito Repellent

For the third year running, this appears on the bestselling list.  Not really surprised, its claim to fame was that it was used in a photo-shoot for Vogue and it has maintained its hero-status ever since.  It does what it says, it smells divine, it’s DEET and chemical-free and we love it. Another one for the suitcase.
Mrs White’s Unstung Hero Mosquito Repellent £20 for 250 ml

Fulvic Acid Travel Trio

I can’t work out whether the Fulvic Acid Travel Trio appears by virtue of the fact that the three products are being packed into suitcases, or whether it is because they are a great introduction to the Ful.Vic.Health brand.

Never mind that, the trio consists of Fulvic Acid Shampoo (60 ml), which effectively cleanses both hair and scalp; it delivers 65+ minerals which help invigorate repair and renewal of keratin production.  Particularly relevant at this time of year, it will also help remove chlorine from hair.

The Fulvic Acid Conditioner (60 ml) conditions, nourishes and revitalises hair; it can be used as a hair mask too.  The Fulvic Acid Mist (60 ml) reached hero status in its capacity as a potent rejuvenating treatment for the scalp.  Providing ionic minerals and amino acids, it targets hair health, thinning hair and hair loss.  We spray it on our faces too – because we can!
Fulvic Acid Travel Trio £20

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are caused by a weakness in the walls of the blood vessels.  They are four times more common in women, will often develop during pregnancy and may also run in families.  Haemorrhoids, which are usually the result of excessive straining during bowel movement due to constipation, are actually also varicose veins and will respond to the same treatment.  Shabir investigates.
VH Editorial: A Natural Remedy for Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, Haemorrhoids and Poor CirculationDiosmin Plus £26 for 60 Capsules

VH Editorial

This month:

Antidepressants treat all sorts of illnesses and can be beneficial for people with mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, OCD and bipolar disorder.  And while for most, the potential side effects are outweighed by the opportunity to feel better within ourselves, these types of medication can, in some cases, affect our skin and bodies in unexpected ways.  Rebecca Fearn investigates.
Can Taking Antidepressants Affect Your Skin by Rebecca Fearn

Whether it’s a serum that promises results in 60 seconds or an eight-step cleansing routine that takes time, effort and endless products, the beauty industry is a never-ending stream of instant gratification and consumption.  But changes are afoot.  With the backlash against ‘fast fashion’ and recent research revealing that one in five women feel guilty about buying new clothes, we are starting to see more mindful beauty purchasing too.

Dubbed ‘slow beauty’, Becci Vallis says that brands are reassessing how they can appeal to customers keen to embrace this simplistic approach.
Why You Should Consider Slow Beauty by Becci Vallis

If ever I write a cookery book, states Jo Fairley, and I guess with 25 books of varying kinds under my belt, it’s not entirely beyond the realms of possibility – then it will be called ‘Dried Onions & Donald Trump’.  I realise that this may not be the catchiest title for a cookbook ever, um, cooked up, but those are the two key reasons why I have truly embraced the kitchen, relatively late in life.  And am experiencing the greatest, most unexcepted joy as a result.

With a loving tribute to her Kenwood Titanium, Jo reveals all and I’m thinking of resurrecting VH Eats (it’s still on the backend somewhere) when we launch our new site, whenever that is.  Let it be soon, but don’t hold your breath!
The Food of Love by Jo Fairley

There are not enough superlatives to describe the powerhouse that is Lydia Fenet, declares Carolyn Asome.  By day, global director of strategic partnerships at Christie’s New York and a leading benefit auctioneer who has raised over half a billion dollars for over 400 non-profits around the world by night.

She is also a mother to three children and has done a great service to womankind by writing her first book, the Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You.  A powerful book, a powerful article which I implore you to read. The final paragraph of this article really sang to me and ahead of publishing it today, I have sent this article to so many people (men included!).  It’s who we are, it’s what we believe and we always have.

I’ll leave you with this statement from Lydia, ‘a truly powerful woman doesn’t thrive by putting other people down; she does it by lifting people up, and benefits from that as much as driving herself to live to her fullest potential’.  Thank you.
The Importance of Community by Carolyn Asome

This from the Beauty Bible girls, Sarah Stacey and Jo Fairley:  Over the years, we’ve seen that, slathered this, tried that and sent literally thousands of products out to be trialled by our Beauty Bible testers too.  So as true connoisseurs of beauty products with (blimey!) 50+ years’ experience between us, we like to think we recognise a great product when we see it.  Discover which six products the girls have raved about recently on their own website.
The Beauty Bible August Essentials

The End Bit

The 10x magnifying mirror is upsetting me.  I love steam and extraction and I can’t find a clogged pore.   I’m blaming Pore Cleaning Powder, but I suppose it’s better than blaming Shabir for failing to formulate a product property.  Epic stuff.
Pore Cleaning Powder by GoW for VH £12 for 50 grams

This from Arthur Mitroulas, founder of Vice Reversa:  ‘I have used Neurophroline consistently for the past three weeks and swear by it.  It really feels good on the skin, not oily at all and it also feels like it gives me a protective barrier from the sun and the elements’.

There’s something about a brand owner who can recognise brilliance in other products other than their own.  My Colette does the same thing.  Leading by example.  Their brands reflect their personal integrity.
Vice Reversa; LixirSkin

So much praise for the laundry revolution from Japan, Terra Wash+Mg.  Changing the way we clean our laundry, one washing machine at a time.
Terra Wash+Mg – Organic Washing Detergent Replacement £35 (365 washes)

And so we come to the end of another newsletter; as ever, and together with Shabir, Victoria and the entire VH Team, I thank you for your support, your love, your loyalty and your feedback.

If you are travelling, please be safe and please be well.

With love

Gill x