Well, here we are and as the world continues to turn inside out and upside down, it is all we can do to stay as close as we are to each other as we have done for most of this year. I am infinitely aware of the difficulties that face so many and it is in that space that we have to do our very best in our love, support and understanding. And I believe the very best we can do is to carry on doing what I promised we would do, but obviously a few brick walls may loom in front of us. I just don’t know, but as I have said before, we will climb them as best we can. I remain intrepid. And pragmatic.
Additionally, we have our new site going live very soon. The struggle to get this done, and it has been an almighty struggle, pales into insignificance in the light of current global circumstances, but I do need to make you aware of a few things. Probably the most important matter is that you will have to renew your password when you go onto it for the first time if you want to buy something.
There is nothing I can do about that, it’s how it is, so perhaps the best thing to do is to check a couple of times to see when we put it live and do this before the relevant Weekend Read is released. I don’t want you to stress on a Saturday morning, most especially if I am having one of my big treat moments. So with that said, I also need to tell you that in its early incarnation, the site will be pretty basic. With stability, we will constantly be adding the initiatives we have waited so long to do, but I will walk you through these as and when they happen. And I’m praying they will happen without any big drama. Can we please hold hands on this.
On the subject of holding hands, I’m not too sure that Shabir wants to hold my hand this week. I couldn’t really hear the words he was muttering under his breath when I told him what I wanted the lead treat to be this week, but never mind, I’m doing it anyway. And I do it by way of celebrating the amazing launch of Fulvic Body Lotion. Shortly after launch, I told you that I felt incredibly emotional because of the truly magnificent feedback we had received, with so many of you saying that it was the best body lotion ever. And I can assure you, I would never have released it had it not lived up to promise. I’m an all or nothing girl. That’s just how it is.
So no crocodile skin for any of us this winter as I tell you that with every Fulvic Body Lotion bought today, Saturday 7 November, we will include our bestselling Fulvic product of the year. Well so far. It is of course Fulvic Acid Nail Cream, which is worth £12, and I can’t honestly see its pole position changing any time soon. It is the product that literally reincarnates nails by making them stronger and helps prevent them splitting. It also helps kill off fungal infections, which is a big thing, and it is the product that allowed me to terminate an almost life-long habit of having my nails wrapped. Which trashed them. Actually.
The logistics. Please click on the link below to receive this treat. This offer will end at midnight GMT tonight (Saturday 7 November) while stocks last. I can’t be sure that they will last until then, but I’m hoping I’ve got my stock levels correct, in a rather long line of not getting them correct. And the thing is that if you were going to buy Fulvic Acid Nail Cream anyway, which thousands of you do, this means that you get Fulvic Body for just £8. I think I’ll end this now. I need Shabir to live.
Fulvic Body Lotion Treat £20 (Includes Fulvic Body Lotion £20 for 200 ml and Fulvic Acid Nail Cream £12 for 30 ml)
That done, I think we now need to talk about health and wellbeing. It is beyond obvious that we have to help support our immune systems as best we can. This theme will continue right through until Spring, and perhaps onwards from that. Obviously I will be writing about this each week and we continue to recommend Daily Immunity as the most comprehensive formulation for immune support, together with adjunct products.
Daily Immunity £26 for 60 Capsules
With so many infections flying around, it is increasingly important to be having a conversation about feeling well after a viral infection. We are receiving so many emails on this subject, with lethargy and a lack of appetite being two of the most common factors, which can inhibit our wellbeing. In a way, I am going to be writing about a suggested recovery regimen, which consists of three products, but of course they can be taken individually as stand-alone products. And probably the most important of the three is Quercetin.
Quercetin improves zinc uptake into the cells, which is important since zinc is the second messenger of the immune cells, helping to decrease the duration of infections. Quercetin also displays powerful anti-inflammatory properties which helps to enhance recovery since inflammation in the body hinders repair processes. The second product is Good Green Stuff, which Shabir loves. This is the supplement that will help improve immunity and memory, reduce stress and help boost your metabolism, which is really important. The third product is Liposomal Vitamin C. And it really does have to be a liposomal version of Vitamin C for absorption and efficacy.
Quercetin by Lamberts £21.50 for 60 Capsules; Good Green Stuff by Nuzest £22.50 for 120 grams; Liposomal Vitamin C by YourZooki £39.99 for 30 x 15 ml Sachets
I wrote above that zinc is the second messenger of the immune cells, so what is the first messenger. Well it is of course Vitamin D3 as sufficient Vitamin D3 ensures that the white blood cells remain active in order to help engulf bacteria and viruses. I think I have more or less written about the importance of Vitamin D3 nearly every week for most of this year. I don’t think any of us can under-estimate how crucial it is to continue taking it. And that’s all I want to say. For now. Except that its importance has been acknowledged in Parliament. And rightfully so.
DLux 3000 Spray £7.95 for 15 ml
I’m about to have one of my soft moments. And I’m going to share a secret with you. Actually some of you will probably have guessed this anyway, but the next product I have asked Shabir to formulate for me (and you) is Fulvic Bath. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this, but being realistic I am not sure that we will be able to launch this before the end of the year, although I am forever hopeful.
That said, we are definitely in the long-dark-evening bath season, so please let me introduce you to another fabulous new product from Temple Spa. And Relax. And Relax are mineral-rich bathing salts which have been formulated with Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Thyme, Bergamot and Grapefruit to help soak away the stresses of the day. Which can only be a very good thing. I think.
And Relax – Restoring Bath Salts by Temple Spa £25 for 500 grams
It is rather inevitable that I have, and will be, throwing the focus on immunity as I have done above, but of course running alongside there are so many other health concerns that we must continually address and so I want to talk about the importance of Iodine. Or rather I will abdicate to Shabir who asks whether a lack of Iodine is the cause of the rise in thyroid disorders. He also writes about the role of Iodine for breast health and the importance of Iodine for cardiovascular health.
Recommending Nascent Iodine as the most biologically active and available form of Iodine, Iodine is a vital nutrient that has been coming to the forefront of medical research in recent years. Do read. Please.
VH Editorial: The Importance of Iodine; Nascent Iodine £35.95 for 30 ml; Kelp by HealthAid £10.49 for 240 Tablets
In a long-running series, I am about to announce the death of another product. And this time it’s The Power of Krill. With so many of you taking this supplement, I am going to move you all over to Neubria’s Krill Oil. For ease, and for the sake of the length of this bulletin, I will refer you to Shabir’s archived article on Krill. But what you really need to know from me is that I hereby announce that I am reducing the price of Neubria’s Krill Oil from £29.99 to £23 for this weekend only. This means that whilst stock lasts, this offer will run through until midnight GMT tomorrow, Sunday 8 November. Stash them. Maybe.
VH Editorial: Is Krill Oil The New Fish Oil; Neubria Krill Oil – For Omega 3 £23 for 60 Capsules (until midnight GMT Sunday 8 November)
A moment of kindness and acknowledgement for Shabir. It won’t last obviously, but I am having a bit of a field day with his archived articles. I am doing this because he has been working way into the early hours of each day in an attempt to get our new site live. It is no small thing, which is why he hasn’t written any new articles for a while. But great articles will always hold their own, most especially on subjects that concern so many. And Rosacea is one such concern. Shabir uncovers Rosacea. Somebody has to.
VH Editorial: Rosacea Uncovered
As most of you know by now, I am huge on acknowledgements. And with that said, my love and thanks to Trinny for her ongoing love and support. She was the first guest editor in The Telegraph’s shiny new guest editor column (their words, not mine) last weekend where she was asked to share six of her all-time favourite products. On that list was C-Deep, which made me so happy I did a ritualistic dance of joy. I’m wondering if Shabir was dancing bearing in mind he formulated it. Don’t think so. As it happens.
Also on Trinny’s list was Roller Noir by Nannette de Gaspé, the micro-needling tool that she is so passionate about. Trinny and I have a mutual adoration of all things Nannette, but I have a bit of an issue, which I will share with you. It’s all to do with backend stuff on the new site, but essentially it means that every product I hide in my bag to bring home has to be accounted for now. I’m in a state of flux about this. I mean Shabir will finally discover how many Baume Noir™ Face I get through each year. Not to mention all the other products I seem to need. A rapid change of subject. Do check out Trinny London, where Trinny has released some fabulous gift sets. And go.
C-Deep Vitamin C Serum by Garden of Wisdom for VH £18 for 30 ml; Roller Noir by Nannette de Gaspé £35; Baume Noir™ Face by Nannette de Gaspé £275 for 50 ml
Let’s talk about last week. And I’ll start by talking about Temple Spa’s Eye Therapist. I wrote about them last Saturday, and the rest is history. I took refuge under my desk because of the volume of orders. Of course there was a stock blip, but it was just a blip as we are now fully stocked, at least I think we are.
Anyway, here are some of my words from last week: Basically these rather brilliant eye massagers are designed to help microcirculation, improve muscle tone and help reduce facial tension. Because I like to multi-purpose, I also run then across my forehead in moments of need. Love me, love my Therapist. For £10. And do allow them to live in your fridge. Staying chilled. Together.
Eye Therapist by Temple Spa £10 for One Pair
Also from last week, the fabulous Japanese Cleansing Cloud remains one of our bestselling products. So I give love and thanks to the manufacturers, who are based in Wales, for doing the very best they can to continue production under the most difficult of circumstances. I just want to say here that I am incredibly mindful of the brands who are really up against it. My support is unwavering as I ask you to please be patient if you have to wait a few days for your product. It will all end up with a smile anyway and a product which is making so many of you happy. Thanks.
Japanese Cleansing Cloud £12 for 100 grams
And into unwanted facial hair territory we head once again. I think last time round most of you bought The Tweezy to help deal with this issue. If you haven’t got one, just know from me that I believe the Tweezy to be one of the most effective at-home products to get rid of sprouting dark hairs. And it’s one of those forever tools. Which I will not live without.
Tweezy – Facial Hair Removal £10
The Saturday only treat has arrived and this week it’s the Rosé All Day Botanical Fiber (it’s American) Mask which is loaded with an AHA Flower Complex and Rose Water. With every order placed today (Saturday 7 November) for £25 and over (excluding p&p), we will automatically include this mask with your order. This will not show up on your order confirmation or invoice and it is only available whilst stocks last.
For the longest time I have written how words can be so comforting, so please do take time to read this article written by my beautiful friend, Carolyn. It’s all about embracing winter and her thoughts. Once again, I abdicate. With love and understanding. On every level.
Embracing Winter by Carolyn Asome
As we come to the end of another Weekend Read, I must continually thank you for your loyalty and support.
Together with Shabir, Lara and the entire VH team, please know that we are here for each of you. No matter what.
Please take care of yourselves and have a peaceful weekend.