Last Saturday I wrote that it was the end of an era as I would no longer be writing monthly newsletters. I suppose it was inevitable that certain memories would come to the fore; there were so many of them and I will share them periodically because they are mostly enormously amusing. I will never forget the customer who was absolutely convinced that I was a marketing tool and didn’t actually exist. Memories are rich. And so are friendships.
In each and every moment the landscape changes and it’s all any of us can do to remain relevant. Except the one thing I do know is that it is both a comfort and, I suppose, a relief that we have each other. It is in this space of friendship that we can learn together and grow together. For me, it is yet another learning curve in a long line of them. Since inception, I have always written that the most important thing is to help make a positive difference to each other. And that doesn’t always mean via a product. It is in this thinking that we carve the liberty to create a difference that encompasses our emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Let’s do this together. Over the next few weeks. And on from that.
For now, having been swept off our feet, we are gradually finding our feet once more, although the shortage of raw ingredients and products is ongoing. There is really nothing that I can do about it, so acceptance is key. I accept that some of you are tremendously angry and disappointed, but surely it’s all relative in the bigger global picture. Acceptance has many different meanings and perhaps we should all take a moment to reflect the difficulties that acceptance means for so many of us, such as grief and loneliness. A greater perspective is all I ask and hope for. We will get through this.
So let’s do this thing and I am going to start where I finished last week. I wrote that there was a huge drama going on at that time, and quite honestly it hasn’t abated. It was early on a Friday evening two weeks ago. All was relatively peaceful in the scheme of things, until it wasn’t. The order screen exploded (rather like my head) with orders for Mosi-Guard Natural Insect Repellent. But it wasn’t normal ordering, it was ordering in vast quantities. We have stocked Mosi-Guard forever, it’s a great product, but I knew we wouldn’t have the stock levels required to fulfil a fraction of the orders so I slapped a ‘pre-order only’ message across it. And the investigation begun. It didn’t take long.
It was being reported across the media that Citriodiol, the active ingredient found in some insect repellents, was being tested by the Ministry of Defence laboratory to see if it could kill the strain of Covid-19. British troops had already been given an insect repellent for testing purposes. That product was Mosi-Guard. I think it is important to say here that the Ministry of Defence have stated that further work is required to determine its full effectiveness, acquisition and distribution. So by no means is it a proven defence mechanism right now, but hugely interesting nonetheless.
Citriodiol comes from the Eucalyptus citriodora tree, it has anti-viral properties and it is widely believed that its efficacy can only be determined in DEET-free repellents, such as Mosi-Guard. But of course there are other repellents that tick all the right boxes, one of which is Trek Natural, from a company that specialises in this arena. I am not going to list Mosi-Guard below as I have been told there will be no further stock until at least June and that will be pushing it (and me). As most of you buy an insect repellent (or three) at some point in the year, please allow me to suggest that you choose Trek Natural right now, if only to help prevent those horrid bites. And it’s effective for up to ten hours. Brilliant stuff.
Trek Natural £9.50 for 100 ml
Can we please talk about masks. Spacemasks actually. These amazing self-warming eye masks have been a bestselling product since the day Harriet Inglis let me launch them for her. We have had several adventures since that time, seriously you don’t need to know, so all I will say here is that they are brilliant in helping to remove tension, stress and headaches. They are particularly effective in helping to send you to sleep and each mask lasts around 15 minutes, although you may well fall asleep before then. I have several friends who do.
Before we get any further, I want to throw in a little gift. With every order placed for £15 and above, and whilst stock lasts of course, we will automatically include a single Spacemask in your order. It doesn’t matter which products you order, but I need to put the caveat of £15 across this otherwise I could well be looking at an abundance of tea orders, which would mean yet another Saturday trip under my desk. Actually on the subject of tea, our two bestselling teas are Elderberry & Echinacea and Three Ginger. No surprises there. This will not show up on your invoice and I believe, barring another unforeseen media explosion on something, we have enough Spacemasks to cover all weekend orders. At which time it will end, namely midnight GMT Sunday 10 May.
Spacemasks £15 (Five Spacemasks); Elderberry and Echinacea Tea with Elderflower by Pukka Herbs £5.98 for 2 x 20 Sachets; Organic Three Ginger Tea by Pukka Herbs £5.98 for 2 x 20 Sachets
I am sure that many of us are suffering stress headaches, but on from that let’s take a look at 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 are a group of drugs which bind the serotonin receptors in the brain, helping to diminish the swelling of blood vessels in the brain. However, triptans are not without side effects and many seek complementary remedies, notably magnesium and ginger supplementation. Shabir does an in-depth on both forms of supplementation, namely Neuro-Mag, which he would like to marry if he could (he can’t) and Lamberts Ginger Capsules. In a small study, ginger supplementation was more or less as effective as the triptan drug, but outshone it on its lack of side effects.
You may wish to investigate if you do suffer from migraines and aside from the recommendations on Shabir’s article you may also wish to explore Aculief, the wearable acupressure device which also helps to ease tension, headaches and pain. Shabir has one on his desk and uses it often for his repetitive strain injury (RSI), which he blames me for. Go figure that one, because actually I can’t. Life, and Shabir, work in mysterious ways.
VH Editorial: Ginger For Treating Migraines; Neuro-Mag by Life Extension £32 for 90 Capsules; Ginger Capsules by Lamberts £9.95 for 60 Capsules; Aculief £19.95
Let’s talk about menopause and menopausal symptoms because at the moment these seem to be heightened somewhat, most especially mood swings. Yes, it’s hormone party time and those hormones are dancing around rather magnificently, even if you’re not perimenopausal or menopausal. Symptoms include erratic behaviour, hot flushes, excess stress and anxiety, sleep disturbances and vaginal dryness, to name a few. I suggest we have an uprising and I’m happy to lead it. We shall overcome. And we’ll do it with Sage Complex, which Shabir formulated a very long time ago.
We consider Sage Complex to be best-in-class (of course we do) so for two days only, until midnight GMT Sunday 10 May, or whilst stock lasts, we are offering you a treat, and just perhaps it is an essential treat. Sage Complex is normally £25 for 90 Capsules, but let’s rock this thing by creating a twin-pack for £40, which gives you a saving of £10. It may well save you from yourself, seriously! Anyway, anyway, please use the link below for the sake of neatness and if you want to delve further, Shabir (‘I am a pharmacist’) has all the answers on his article, also linked below. Dreaming of sanity. And shorter titles for articles.
VH Editorial: Hormone Mimicking Supplements Should Be Used By Nearly All Women Over 35; Sage Complex Duo Pack £40 (Two x Sage Complex £25 for 90 Capsules)
Look, I have a bit of a problem which I need to share with you. It’s my nails actually. And it’s all my own fault. I have been writing about naked nails for weeks now, to the point where I think I have become a bit obsessed. The first thing that happened was that I reduced the price of Fulvic Acid Nail Cream to £10 as a gift from me to you. Because it is selling in droves, I don’t have the heart to stop that offer right now despite Shabir’s mumblings that I have completely lost it. Again. Actually that’s not my problem, I have developed selective hearing. No, no, my problem is that I’ve been religiously rubbing it into my nails twice a day and I have never had such strong nails, which basically are no longer splitting. And now because they are so long, I am adding another product into the naked nail regimen out of necessity. The Crystal Nail File by Margaret Dabbs.
This glass nail file offers a smoother, finer finish to your nails. The fine abrasive crystal finish also helps protect the nails, making them less prone to splitting (we need all the help we can get) and I’ve filed my nails right down. So that’s now the Fulvic Acid Nail Cream, the Super Shiner Buffer and the Crystal Nail File in the regimen. Add Gloves In A Bottle for locked-in hand moisture and we have it covered. Although one more thing, I also attribute Fulvic Acid Elixir. Health benefits aside, it really is the next-generation hair, nails and skin supplement, as is Ionicell, perhaps I’ll write about that next week. Dependent.
Fulvic Acid Nail Cream £10 for 30 ml; Fulvic Acid Elixir £30 for 480 ml; Super Shiner Buffer by Margaret Dabbs £7; Crystal Nail File by Margaret Dabbs £12; Gloves In A Bottle £10.50 for 240 ml; Gloves In A Bottle Handbag Size £5.15 for 60 ml
When I started writing weekly, right at the beginning of this pandemic, I said that we would concentrate on health issues as I felt it was wholly inappropriate to launch new products, unless it was a product that would significantly make a difference to our wellbeing. I still stand by that decision because, for me, it was the right thing to do. With time, an easing and when this next product landed in front of me, I knew I had to tell you about it.
That product is SilicolSkin, which is a topical gel formulated for compromised skin conditions such as acne, blackheads, spots and excess oil. It has a unique mode of action, physically binding nasties from the skin. Its key ingredient is colloidal silica, which works naturally to adsorb irritants, impurities and bacteria. Adult acne is problematic, as are all forms of acne and that would include menopausal acne, which, from the feedback we are receiving, is on the rise.
As most of you know, we are huge advocates for the inside-out approach to beauty, thus the health/beauty crossover. And we are going to do this by using the rather sensational Clear Skin Complex because it makes all the difference. I would go so far as saying that even if you don’t have a compromised skin condition, but if your skin is a bit under the weather, a dose of Clear Skin Complex for a month or two will help perk everything up. Rather nicely actually.
SilicolSkin by A Vogel £9.79 for 50 ml; Clear Skin Complex by Viridian £22.95 for 60 Capsules
The term ‘silent killer’ describes high blood pressure rather well because unless you know what the symptoms of high blood pressure are, you would not necessarily know that you actually have high blood pressure. Medically high blood pressure is known as hypertension and it is a serious concern, which can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. Most of us don’t get our blood pressure monitored frequently, especially at the moment, so I thought it relevant to refer you to an article Shabir wrote some time ago.
Examining high blood pressure, Shabir explains all aspects of this health concern, which includes understanding blood pressure readings, together with the symptoms and causes. In conclusion he recommends a supplement, Cardio Peak, which he believes may offer hope in the fight against the multiple concerns that lead to heart disease.
VH Editorial: High Blood Pressure; Cardio Peak with Standardized Hawthorn and Arjuna by Life Extension £32 for 120 Capsules
Aside from having a naked nail fixation, Vitamin D3 is another one of my fixations for the very best of reasons. With the thought that these weekly missives are turning into a bit of a soap opera, aka, the life and times of VH, you will have read last week that I fully intended to transport Andy Thomas, the founder and Managing Director of Better You, to the hills if he didn’t keep me supplied with DLux 3000. With the knowledge that there are two international clinical studies being undertaken investigating Vitamin D3’s role in the resistance of COVID-19, the sales of DLux 3000 have gone out of control. And so have I.
Desperate not to be exiled, Andy proposed that I write about his little secret weapon. It comes in the shape of DLux+Vitamin D+K2 Spray. We still have stock of DLux 3000, however I do think it is important to say that this product still retains a level of 3000iu (as in DLux 3000) but it also contains 75ug of Vitamin K2. Here D3 and K2 work synergistically to ensure that calcium is directed out of the arteries and into the bones where it may help improve bone density. Without enough Vitamin K2 calcification within the arteries can occur, increasing the risk of heart disease (theme of the moment). I’m actually thinking that some of you may prefer to use this version. It’s a double whammy product, it takes the heat off of DLux 3000 and it may well save Andy from near-certain expulsion. From my life.
DLux+Vitamin D+K2 Spray by Better You £9.95 for 12 ml; DLux 3000 by Better You £7.95 for 15 ml
As things stand right now, there are of course several issues aside from the raw ingredient and product shortages. Product packaging is facing a rather precarious time too and this issue could well roll out over the coming weeks and months. If some brands have to substitute with alternative packaging solutions, I would rather that than wait forever for the correct packaging. I will of course let you know ahead of time if this happens, but I think it will. I also think it’s all about perspective and reality. In some ways this could well change everything, for the better perhaps, but that’s a personal observation. Basically.
Flying point this week, Carolyn Asome. A former fashion editor at The Times, Carolyn now writes for The Telegraph, The Times and Vogue. She is also the author of Vogue on Jean Paul Gaultier and Vogue’s Essentials: Bags. Over the years Carolyn has authored some of our most profound articles and this week she takes a look at being agile. I love all that it stands for, Carolyn says, it is a mindset that is strong, powerful, graceful and supple. And so much more.
Agility by Carolyn Asome
Finally, and as ever, my thoughts remain with each of you.
Together with Shabir, Lara and the entire VH team, I wish you a restful weekend.
Next week: Emerging Heroes.