Weekend Read

Weekend Read

Hello Saturday morning and hello to the Weekend Read which, once again, is pretty loaded with a few treats and Saturday only offers. That aside I wrote last week that I would introduce you to somebody I love, worship and adore, so we shall kick off with that introduction and then work our way through the rest where a brand re-emerges looking pretty smart and Shabir gets over-excited about a spray.  I fulfil a promise I made several weeks ago and based on that I will just take a deep breath and mist myself once again with Calm by Derma E.  I think I may need it.  Let’s do it: 

His name is Ross J. Barr.  He is a registered acupuncturist, trained herbalist and a member of the British Acupuncture Council.  He is regarded as one of the country’s leading and trusted fertility specialists, focusing on male and female infertility, in conjunction with IVF, grief and heartbreak.  He is also a member of the British Infertility Counselling Association.

Specialising in five element acupuncture, I was introduced to Ross some time ago and in those first moments of meeting, we knew that we would work together.  It was a given.  At that time we didn’t know what we would do, but that didn’t matter.  There was a collective intent to do something.  I also knew a lot of people who had been treated by Ross; I knew how he had helped them conceive and I also knew how he had also helped with issues and challenges so many of us have experienced, such as grief, betrayal and loss.  His warmth and compassion precedes all else and it is in his giving that I feel so very privileged to launch his new range of fertility supplements.

We launch with two products, Female Fertility Formula and Female Pregnancy Formula.  Over the coming weeks we will be adding to the collection with a Male Fertility Formula, and outside of fertility, another product which I cannot wait to write about.  But I need to wait because it hasn’t arrived yet.  Conception is such an emotive subject and so with this in mind, I asked Carolyn Asome to talk to Ross in order to give you an in-depth on the man, his work and his products, which I hope will give a fuller understanding of conception and pregnancy.  For some time Ross has been sharing these profound supplements with many of his clients.  It is only now that he feels ready to share his innate wisdom and supplements on a wider platform.  Forever we will hold hands.
Ross J. Barr by Caroline Asome; Female Fertility Formula £32 for 30 Tablets; Female Pregnancy Formula £32 for 30 Tablets

When I began to write weekly, one of the first treats I wrote about was the Fulvic Face Treat, which included smaller sizes of some of the other Fulvic products, in particular Fulvic Elixir, if you bought the Fulvic Face Cream.  I don’t think I will ever forget it because by around 10.45 am on that Saturday, we had literally run out of the Fulvic Elixir gifts and I had to put big notices across our site informing many of you that we had to substitute the Elixir for another Fulvic Mist.  I spent the rest of the day under my desk eating chocolate.

The following week, I made a promise that I would re-visit this when I was able to, and that time has now come, with a slight twist.  We have had so much incredible feedback about the efficacy of Fulvic Face Cream, which as so many of you know, Shabir formulated for me.  You will also know that I am incredibly fussy and it took an entire year to get it right.  But get it right he did and so now, here is the treat, re-worked.  With every order of Fulvic Face Cream, we will include a bottle of Fulvic Elixir (240 ml) which is worth £15.  It’s the least I can do given that so many of you were disappointed, but I will just say that this is a Saturday only offer and it will end at midnight GMT (Saturday 13 June) or whilst stock lasts.  Please use the link below, otherwise everything gets muddled and we don’t need that to happen.  And I’ve stopped buying chocolate.  I just can’t anymore.
The Fulvic Experience £30 (Includes Fulvic Face Cream £30 for 60 ml and Fulvic Acid Elixir 240 ml worth £15)

Consistently low energy levels are often caused by key nutrient deficiencies, which so often have a significant impact on our wellbeing.  Insufficient B-vitamin levels contribute to this lack of energy and so to help resolve fatigue we are recommending B-Complete Oral Spray, which helps increase energy naturally pretty rapidly.

All eight B-vitamins have important functions and play a vital role in maintaining optimal health, however they are water-soluble, which means that the body doesn’t store them, so our diets must supply them each day.  B-Complete is a formulation which includes Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3) and Pantothenic Acid (B5), which help to break down and release energy from the food that we eat, while helping to keep the nervous system healthy.  Biotin (B7) is needed to help the body break down fat, while also contributing to the maintenance of health hair and skin.  Folic Acid (B9) and vitamin B6 help the body to form healthy red blood cells, contributing to normal immune system function, while vitamin B12 contributes to healthy red bloods cells, a normal homocysteine metabolism and aids energy release.  Pretty complete.  Thus the name.  One more thing, it also helps clear brain fog.  I start to spray.
B-Complete Daily Oral Spray by Better You £14.95 for 25 ml

I have a thing about soaps.  I have always had a thing about soaps.  I love them and of course what a moment soaps are having, which makes me extraordinarily happy.  Several years ago we launched Soapsmith and over the years I have often written about them and gifted them to you whenever and wherever I could.  Except over the past few months they have been mostly absent because they have been going through a re-branding exercise.  They have literally just emerged looking rather fabulous and so I apologise if you had to wait for your soap, but I think we have now covered off all back orders.  So for the rest of you, do go and check them out, in all their new glory.  We still have a few of the original products available, which would include Bloomsbury Bath Soak, which never fails to send me into a rapturous state of joy.  At the end of a day, I dream the dream in a heady bouquet of fresh English blooms.  In my bath.

And now for something completely different.  This is the spray that Shabir loves.  And it is very far from what you would imagine because it is a totally natural fruit and vegetable wash.  It is a safe way to remove soil, agricultural chemicals, waxes and surface micro-organisms from fresh fruit and vegetables.  It contains 100% safe, natural food derived ingredients, so in other words it is like washing your fruit and vegetables with fruit and vegetables.  It’s the simple things in life really, and we have all joined Shabir and gone a bit crazy-in-love with this.  I am so tempted to spray Shabir from head to toe.  But I won’t.
Veggie Wash Fruit Too £3.99 for 750 ml; Living

Blepharitis is a chronic long-term inflammatory condition affecting the eyelids and the skin surrounding the eyes, which can cause a lot of discomfort.  It is a very common health concern and there are two types of blepharitis, anterior blepharitis, which affects the outer edge of the eyelids around the eyelashes, and posterior blepharitis, which affects the inner edge of the eyelids where the eyelid comes into contact with the eyeball.

There are numerous symptoms of blepharitis and these include red rimmed eyes, sore, burning and gritty eyes, bloodshot eyes, watery eyes and sufferers are also more prone to eye infections, particularly styes.  In one of his now infamous archived articles, Shabir looks at the causes and treatment of blepharitis, where he recommends several products including The Eye Doctor Hot Eye Compress, three products from the brilliant Ocusoft range and of course, one of his favourite eye treatment product, Hycosan Extra Eye Drops.
VH Editorial:  Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment of BlepharitisHot Eye Compress by The Eye Doctor £19.95; Ocusoft from £9.95; Hycosan Extra Eye Drops £10.95 for 7.5 ml

Treat Time.  And it’s a Lanolips treat. So here we go.  If you buy any products from Lanolips with a value of £15 or above, we will automatically include the award-winning Lemonaid Lip Treatment, which is worth £8.99.  Lemonaid Lip Treatment is an ultra-rich and creamy whipped lanolin lip treatment with organic lemon oil to help naturally exfoliate the lips, leaving them fresh, soft and moist.  It also gives a natural high gloss with a hint of shimmer for a healthy sheen.  What’s not to love. 

So, this gift will automatically be included in your Lanolips order, whilst stock lasts and quite honestly I haven’t got a clue when that will be, but I’m pretty confident it will last over the weekend.  Until I start eating humble pie again.  Seems to be a bit of a habit.  Rock it Lanolips as you always have.  One more thing, it won’t show up on your invoice. Please don’t fret.

I feel the need to tell you that a miracle happened last week.  I didn’t mention Fulvic Acid Nail Cream.  Shabir thought I may be suffering short-term memory loss and was standing shaking a bottle of Neuro-Mag, which as it so happens is truly magnificent for cognitive function.  Actually most of my friends take it, so I think I may as well join in because I’m not the one who is going to become forgetful anytime soon thank you.  But I digress, so back to Fulvic and to Shabir’s abject dismay, I have still kept the price at £10 because I can.  And each week more and more emails flood in singing the praises of this wonder-product.  Most of us had rubbish nails at the beginning of this pandemic.  We don’t anymore.  Long live healthy nails. Amen.
Fulvic Acid Nail Cream £10 for 30 ml

As most of you know, we love feedback and so when a customer sent me an article about the importance of vitamin K this week, I knew I had to write about it because it is fascinating.  Research into vitamin K is growing and it has been shown to confer multiple benefits to our bodies.  Whilst most people get sufficient vitamin K from their diets to maintain adequate blood clotting, they do not have enough to help project them against many serious health problems.  It has actually been estimated that vitamin K deficiency could actually be bigger than vitamin D deficiency and that really is saying something.

Scientists in the Netherlands are currently exploring a possible link between vitamin K deficiency and Covid-19, but whilst there is no such evidence at the moment, a study carried out some years ago demonstrated that people who consumed 45 mcg of vitamin K2 lived longer than people getting 12 mcg.  In a subsequent study carried out on 16,000 people over a ten year period of time, researchers found that every 10 mcg in vitamin K2 resulted in 9% fewer cardiac concerns. 

Food sources of vitamin K2 include fermented dairy products such as cream cheese and natto, but natto is not very palatable and most of us would not consume large quantities of cream cheese on a daily basis.  Shabir has been writing about the importance of vitamin K2 for several years (yes another archived article below), but a word of caution, please do not take vitamin K if you are taking blood thinning medications.
VH Editorial: It Is Estimated That Nearly 99% Of Us Could Be Deficient In This NutrientSuper K by Life Extension £22 for 90 Softgels; DLux+ VitaminD+K2 Spray by Better You £9.95 for 12 ml

Although it’s raining as I write this, in the recent good weather many of us went a bit wild and exposed our faces and bodies to excess sun, which often results in red blotches, inflamed skin, rashes and itchiness.  For some this inflammation may have resulted in the breakout of rosacea, which could lead to acne because inflammation causes the productions of excess oils from the pores.  The quickest and almost-immediate acting topical in these circumstances would be Thyme Out, which contains the cooling, soothing and antimicrobial properties of a thyme solution which will calm redness, blotches and rosacea symptoms. 

It also helps prevent breakouts and all you need to do is mist your skin as necessary and you will see the improvement quite quickly.  Actually it would be even better if you combined it with the new Thyme Out Face and Body Wash.  Both products are suitable for humans and pets and I can report that a friend’s itchy cat is so much better after being bathed in the latter.  If cats could talk.
Thyme Out £18 for 200 ml; Thyme Out Face and Body Wash £18 for 210 ml

I know you have been waiting for this, so following on from last week’s treat from Margaret Dabbs, I have another one for you.  This is a Saturday only offer, so with every order placed for £15 and above today (Saturday 13 June), you will automatically receive a 45 ml tube of Fabulous Hands Hand Lotion, which has been specifically formulated to help reduce the visible signs of wrinkles and uneven skin tone.  There is only one gift per customer and this will not show up on your order confirmation, but we will pop one in if you qualify.  We have a thing about hands, as you may have noticed over the past few weeks!

And because we have been talking about naked nails most weeks since this pandemic hit in, this week’s feature article is from Inge van Lotringen, where she declares there are no pretty gel nails for her and there never have been.  Inge is the beauty editor who has always stood up and told it as it is, often in complete contravention of her beauty colleagues, although they are all of course the best of friends.  I find it refreshing.  I hope you do too.
Quarantine Twinkle Toes by Ingeborg van Lotringen

Finally, together with Shabir, Lara and the entire VH team, I wish all of you a peaceful weekend.
As ever, please stay safe and be well.

With love

Gill x