August Newsletter

August Newsletter

Welcome to the August newsletter where we do a rather big (understatement!) NIOD update, which I ask that you read carefully because at the end of it we may well have changed everything, again! We take a look at several health concerns, including Age-Related Macular Degeneration, what it means to have an underactive thyroid and Diverticular Disease. Somewhere in the middle of all this is a treat and I report on the death of a product, actually make that three that have entered ‘product heaven’; additionally there is another new launch from Margaret Dabbs and a rather chic water bottle to have and to hold. Let’s go:


When we launched NIOD, I was very clear that we were launching on a health platform and although NIOD can of course be categorised as a health/beauty crossover, the single most important thing to Brandon and I was that the products made a positive difference and in some way, shape or form changed lives, which for so many of you it has gone on to do on so many different levels.

I’ve written several times that NIOD is not a brand, it is a collection of extraordinary formulations, which are light years ahead of all else; it has a heart, it has a soul and we always do NIOD in depth because anything less would be deeply disrespectful. But it is more than that, far, far more: NIOD loves, NIOD shares and NIOD gives. And you give back; you give back in the most loving and beautiful way by sharing your thoughts and in so doing you help others and that is where I am throwing the focus on this newsletter because there can be no greater gift than loving and supporting each other.

And so a series of emails from you to us; these arrived after we launched Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM) and Photography Fluid Tan 8% (PF 8%). I am going to begin with an email that touched Brandon and I immensely; I had a huge lump in my throat and tears rolling down my face as I read it and although it is pretty personal to both of us, I decided to share because one of the paragraphs epitomises every single word I/we have ever written and all that we believe in. We are all on this ‘ride’ together and to be understood on this level means more than you can ever know; at this point I would just like to recognise and acknowledge the brilliance of Prudvi Kaka once again, NIOD’s Lead Chemist.

Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist – (SDSM)

‘I’ve been with you on the NIOD journey from the very beginning, buying each new addition as it came along, falling in love with every single one and marvelling at the transformation in my skin. I remember reading one letter where a woman said she couldn’t stop looking at herself in the mirror because of the wonder of her skin, and I know exactly how that feels.

My latest love affair is with SDSM. Oh my! It’s unbelievable how dewy my skin looks and how soft and happy it feels. I spray it everywhere, morning and night and I am smitten. I think I’ve become a little blasé about the number of comments I get about how lovely my skin looks, and I have to remind myself that this never happened before NIOD came along. The other day I was in a meeting with a friend who I hadn’t seen for a few months. She kept staring at me and at the end of the meeting she asked me what I was using on my skin. She said it didn’t look like I was wearing any make up and she couldn’t get over how dewy my skin looked. Bear in mind we’re in our 50’s, so dewy skin isn’t really what we’ve been led to expect.

And what I really love about you both is that you truly have changed people’s lives with your approach to wellbeing and health and happiness. NIOD isn’t just a bunch of clever products that deliver results. It’s a love story. It’s about passion and grace and integrity and incredible talent and vision and I feel so very lucky to have been able to come along for the ride’.
Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM) £34 for 240 ml (Use after Cleaning with LVCE and/or Sanskrit Saponins, but before CAIS on the face; mist the entire body after shower/bath)

Photography Fluid Tan 8%

There are three different emails in this section; I am replicating the first email almost in its entirety because it is so honest and I know that so many of you will relate to this. It is profound in content and once again I was moved deeply because of our pledge to help change lives, which does of course include the emotional and psychological:

‘I am a barrister, which, as a professional woman and working mother, should mean that I am above feelings of low self-confidence and doubt. I was 50 this year and for about 36 years, I have not left the house without wearing make-up. Not because I am vain, but because without it I feel somehow diminished. I have keenly read about the best skin and make-up products as the years have gone by, but that has become more, rather than less, daunting. The claims made and the sheer increase in the number and type of products has made it all confusing and expensive.

But now all of that has changed. I no longer scan the pages of magazines looking for the next new thing. I am so happy and content with what my NIOD miracle workers have done for my skin and for my confidence that I know that I will never buy anything else. And as if that were not enough, I concluded my last email by saying that if only Brandon could invent the perfect foundation my life would be complete.

Well, not having had a foundation-free day since my teens, having bought PF Tan 8%, I no longer wear a foundation, but have found something that perfects the skin already prepped by my other NIOD products, including PF 12%. My skin looks like me but fresher and younger. I recently sent a text to someone celebrating their 50th birthday telling them not to think of 50 as the ‘new 30’ but the ‘new 50’ as women can be sexy, confident and beautiful at 50 without pretending to be younger. That that has become a reality for me is all down to NIOD’.

So just when I thought that I had really put PF 8% through its paces, I was wrong and in this instance I love being wrong because I know there are so many of you who will benefit from these two emails:

‘I just have to say two words to describe PF Tan 8% – absolutely brilliant. It makes my skin look fabulous, or even more fabulous given that I am using all the NIOD products. It is also great for using up all those bottles of foundation that I have that are too pale for my skin’.

And this:

‘I mixed PF 12% with PF Tan 8% this morning and tried on my chest where radiotherapy has left the skin in such poor condition. It looked soooo much better – unbelievable. I will now not go out without it. I am also loving SDSM just for the feel of it and the Non-Acid Acid Precursor is magic’. (Note from me: The ‘Drop the Acid’ campaign continues apace; changing the health of skin with responsibility).
Photography Fluid Opacity 12% £20; Photography Fluid Tan Opacity 8% £21; Non-Acid Acid Precursor £35 for 30 ml

Neck Elasticity Catalyst (NEC) And The NIOD Boob Job

Yes, you have read that correctly and I’m in seventh heaven because although I suspected that many of you were doing the same as me, it wasn’t until this email came in that I decided to put it in writing; so the email first followed by my comments and then another NIOD happening with love and kisses from me and Brandon:

‘I’ve started using the NIOD products on my breasts, because I thought they deserved the same love and attention that my face and neck get, and oh my – the difference to my very delicate and slightly crêpey breast skin is ridiculous! So now my morning and evening routines take a little longer and my products might not last as long, but it makes me so happy. Who needs a boob job when you can just squirt a few serums instead!’

I remember writing just after we launched NEC that I had taken to using it on my arms and now this! I just want to make it very clear that when I say ‘boob job’ I don’t mean that you are going to wake up and discover they have suddenly uplifted themselves and arrived just under your chin (if only!), what it means is that the skin improves rather remarkably, if you have fine lines/stretch marks, they will go given time and if I told you to continue right down over your stomach, you will probably think I’ve lost my mind, but I can assure you it makes a difference.

So if you want to do what I do, morning and night, mist with SDSM (thankfully it comes in a large bottle!), apply MMHC (not at all obligatory!) followed by NEC (in this instance, pretty obligatory!).

And now two more things; the first is that when massaging NEC into the breasts, it automatically means that you are giving yourself a health check, which is so important because we can all get pretty lackadaisical about checking for lumps and the second thing is that Brandon and I are so excited to announce that NEC now comes in a 100 ml tube, which makes all the above so much easier. So in recognition of your neck, décolletage and breasts (plus stomach if you so wish), say hello to NEC 100 ml because it is £78, which means you get more for less and it needs to be that way after what I’ve just written!
Neck Elasticity Catalyst £78 for 100 ml; Neck Elasticity Catalyst £50 for 50 ml; Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex £38 for 30 ml

Sanskrit Saponins

So much love, so much feedback; no further words, just this:

‘My skin has progressively improved as I’ve used more and more of the products, but the one which has really improved it the most has been Sanskrit Saponins, which as a starting point has deep cleansed better than anything I’ve ever used – mask or cleanser. Continued use of CAIS and MMHC has really refined and plumped my skin, evening out quite a lot of sun damage too’.
Sanskrit Saponins £21 for 90 ml; Sanskrit Saponins £34 for 180 ml; CAIS 1% £38 for 15 ml; CAIS 1% £60 for 30 ml; CAIS 5% £130 for 15 ml

Voicemail Masque (VM)

The ongoing story! I really don’t need to tell you what this is because I have been writing about it ever since we gifted it to so many of you in May to celebrate NIOD’s first birthday. But I do have some news; as you all know, I seriously dislike wait lists and the wait list for VM has now reached such epic proportions it is keeping me awake at night!

We are not launching VM until later in the year, but my guilt pangs have also reached epic proportions and so we are going to process and send VM to everybody on the wait list over the next 72 hours (give or take an hour or so!). Today is the very last day you can put yourself on that list because at midnight tonight I am taking VM off our site and it won’t appear again until the day of launch. I think we have enough to cover all orders, but if not we will let you know.

We are still not going to tell you the reason behind the name until we launch, but just know from me that the inventor of Voicemail (it is pretty contentious who that is) is at the root of the name and that’s the VM and NIOD wrap for this newsletter – *silently falls on the floor for ten minutes in a state of total exhaustion*.
Voicemail Masque (VM) £30 for 50 ml

Water Bottle Pill Organizer

I’m a love-at-first-sight kind of girl; it’s pretty simple really, if it doesn’t move me, it doesn’t get listed and that would include pioneering and cutting-edge supplementation. I don’t take every single supplement we endorse (can you imagine!), but Shabir is pretty much on his own in recognising ‘next generation’ supplementation and at this point I could list a whole load of products that, like NIOD, are light years ahead of anything else, but I won’t.

Instead I am going to introduce you to this pretty chic Water Bottle Pill Organizer, which as the name suggests is a pill organizer and water bottle combined. It is the new way of keeping your pioneering pills and water organised, it has a built-in seven-compartment pill organizer, so you’ll never be without water to wash down your daily medications when you are on the go. Clever, clever water bottle!
Water Bottle Pill Organizer £14.95

Margaret Dabbs Bespoke Manicure & Pedicure Set

I absolutely recognise that this won’t be for everybody, but we have so many Margaret Dabbs fans it would be completely remiss of me not to tell you about her latest product launch, a leather-encased manicure and pedicure set. Margaret has hand-picked a selection of her premium tools to help keep your hands and feet looking perfectly finished and groomed.

Included in this set are travel sizes of her renowned Super Shiner Buffer, Crystal Nail File and Professional Foot File together with a cuticle pusher, nail scissors and curved toe nail clipper. It is rather gorgeous and I’m wondering if Shabir will notice if one goes missing from the shelves! Indulgent or otherwise, one for you and one for me and one, two or three for birthday presents.
Margaret Dabbs Bespoke Manicure & Pedicure Set £95

Death of a Product – Part One – Dyno-Mins Magnesium

I know, I know – can you believe it; we have been recommending Dyno-Mins Magnesium forever and now it has gone to product heaven. We checked about five times just to ensure we had been given the correct information because it was one of our bestselling supplements and as we are mostly magnesium deficient, it really helped so many of you. Its downside was the size, they were like taking horse-pills, or worse, but nevertheless we endured and now it will be ‘all change’ in an ongoing saga of birth, death and delisting.

Over to Shabir on this one and he is now recommending Neuro-Mag, which in itself is quite an amazing product and so it has now been elevated to ‘this is the one’ status, and actually it deserves it.

Most magnesium supplements are not readily absorbed into the nervous system; to overcome this obstacle, an innovative form of magnesium has been introduced called Neuro-Mag, shown to specifically target the ageing brain and nervous system. In pre-clinical models, L-threonate contained in Neuro-Mag boosted magnesium levels in spinal fluid by an impressive 15% compared to no increase with conventional magnesium.

Coincidentally, or otherwise, just as we were doing our final confirmations on the death of Dyno-Mins, Shabir received this email, which of course made us all smile rather a lot:

‘In April 2015 you recommended that I try Neuro-Mag to help me cope with the horrible symptoms of tri-geminal neuralgia. It worked. From the beginning I took one capsule daily, however within a month it abated. I waited for more than a year fearfully anticipating its return, but NO! My life is transformed’.
Neuro-Mag by Life Extension £33 for 90 Capsules

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a condition which affects the eye and involves the deterioration of the retina, the light sensing cells in the central area of vision, to a point when vision can be seriously impaired or even lead to blindness. The area in the centre is called the macula, the part of the eye that enables a person to carry out daily activities such as reading and driving. The most distinguishing aspect of macular degeneration is round spots covering the field of vision so that it is difficult to see things which are straight ahead. The peripheral vision remains unchanged.

There are two types of macular degeneration – wet and dry. Wet macular degeneration occurs due to abnormal formation of blood vessels in the eye; dry macular degeneration, affecting almost 90% of people suffering from macular degeneration, is due to deposits of debris in the retina which would normally be carried away by the blood vessels. There may be several reasons for this type of macular degeneration that include inadequate blood circulation in the retina, premature ageing of the cells responsible for sight, possibly due to genetic factors and dietary factors.

Affecting mostly people in their 50’s and above, the effects of macular degeneration cannot be reversed, however it may be possible to help prevent macular degeneration by maintaining a healthy diet rich in vegetables and by taking an appropriate supplement. Through advances in medicine over the past few decades, blindness, associated with cataracts, has virtually been eliminated and advances in treating macular degeneration are hugely encouraging.

Over the last 25 years, researchers have discovered that people who ate spinach, collard greens and certain other vegetables had lower rates (up to a 41% reduction) of age-related macular degeneration. Upon studying the ingredients found in these vegetable, the most likely constituents were thought to be lutein and zeaxanthin. This was substantiated by the fact that lutein and zeaxanthin blood levels were found to be low in sufferers of macular degeneration. Furthermore, scientists were virtually certain that lutein and zeaxanthin compounds were severely depleted in the macular of those suffering from this disease.

AMD currently affects from the 600,000 people in the UK and it is estimated that if not treated, this figure will triple by 2025. As many of us do not get sufficient lutein in our diet, or simply do not have the enzymes to convert lutein into meso-zeaxanthin, it may be prudent to take MacuGuard Occular Support, which provides lutein, zeaxanthin, meso-zeaxanthin and alpha carotene, all of which are required in the formation of the macular pigment and for helping to increase the density of the macular.

Uniquely, Saffron has been added to the formulation which has been shown to help improve vision in those with early AMD. Saffron appears to help protect and prevent the breakdown of the light-sensitive cells of the macular. Whilst rapid improvements were experienced within approximately three months, scientists found the benefits were greater when taking Saffron in a dose of 20 mg per day. This dosage is included in the formulation of MacuGuard Occular Support.
VH Editorial: Age-Related Macular Degeneration; MacuGuard Occular Support by Life Extension £22 for 60 Softgels

Sage Complex – The Treat

If your hormones are hanging in the balance, it is really important to take Sage Complex. It is moments like this that I glance upwards to product heaven (a somewhat recurring theme) with fond memories of Meno-Herbs; those of you who have been with us forever will remember Meno-Herbs (RIP) because it literally wiped out most symptoms of menopause and half the world was on it. We think Sage Complex is even better because it’s an updated version and it brilliantly helps to calm dancing hormones, obliterating hot sweats and mood swings too – well maybe not every single mood swing – no promises on gender-(men)-related-mood swings. Ahem.

So here’s the treat; Sage Complex is £25 for 90 capsules, but with the wave of my hand (and with the help of our IT department), we have created a twin pack, which should cost £50, but it has just become £40 and this offer is good for the duration of this newsletter, or while stocks last. **Sorry this promotion has now ended**
VH Editorial: Hormone Mimicking Supplement Should Be Used by Nearly All Women Over 35; Sage Complex Treat £40 (Two x Sage Complex); Sage Complex £25 for 90 Capsules

Diverticular Disease and Symprove

Diverticular disease affects nearly 10% of the population over the age of 40 and nearly 50% of the population over the age of 60. Diverticular disease is, in most cases, free from recognizable symptoms with the exception of chronic constipation, which seems to be a common symptom. For those who develop other symptoms, the most common complaint is intermittent and unpredictable griping lower abdominal pain, often accompanied by a fever. There are actually three medical terms for this disease, which are as follows:

Diverticulosis: This term is used to describe people who do not exhibit the normal signs of this disease and are only diagnosed with diverticulosis after they have undergone scans and tests for other concerns.

Diverticular Disease: This term is used to describe people who exhibit chronic symptoms such as wind, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.

Diverticulitis: This refers to the inflammation of the diverticula, which are small pouches on the large intestine. The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, changes in bowel habits and abdominal pain. The symptoms can appear and disappear for no known reason.

The main causal factor for diverticulitis is thought to be a lack of fibre, which often leads to constipation, which you can read all about in Shabir’s article, below, but for now I want to throw the focus on Symprove, because it plays a major role in helping to control Diverticular Disease.

The human gut is the host to hundreds of bacteria, some beneficial, whilst others not so. The bad bacteria are usually kept in check by the beneficial bacteria, which produce lactic acid inhibiting the bad bacteria from thriving. In Diverticular Disease, there is often an imbalance between the good and the bad bacteria with the bad bacteria overgrowing, a term referred to as ‘dysbiosis’. This bacterial overgrowth, along with stagnant faecal matter, has been shown to contribute to inflammation and infection. Achieving bacterial balance is therefore vital in order to help reduce intestinal inflammation.

Symprove is a water-based multi-strain probiotic that contains four unique strains of live activated bacteria, which are L.rhamnosus, E.faecium, L.acidophilus and L.plantarum. These four beneficial strains of bacteria are presented in a delivery system which ensures that the bacteria are live from the start, survive the strong acid environment of the stomach and thrive in the intestines to help calm inflammation in the stomach.

Symprove has been the subject of several independent trials’ trials at King’s College Hospital, which have already shown Symprove to be effective in relieving the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in 60% of sufferers within 12 weeks. Researchers from King’s and Darents Velley Hospital found that patients with ulcerative colitis had significant reductions in faecal levels of calprotectin, a protein released by the cells in the intestine when they are inflamed.

There is currently a study being carried out by King’s specifically focusing on diverticulitis and the use of Symprove, with the team expected to present its findings within the next few months. Based on all other studies, it is expected that Symprove will be equally effective in helping to improve the symptoms of diverticulitis by reducing intestinal inflammation, balancing gut bacteria and intestinal motility. Go Symprove!
VH Editorial: Diverticular Disease; Symprove Original £21.95 for 500 ml; Symprove Mango and Passionfruit £21.95 for 500 ml

Death Of A Product – Part Two – Cracked Skin Relief

Cracked Skin Relief is another one of those products that has been with us since the beginning of time; created by Derma E, a brand which so many of you love, I did another double-take when I found out it was all over for Cracked Skin. Such fond memories of this product and although pretty innovative in its day, it has of course been superseded by the brilliance of a ‘next generation’ product, Heel Hydration Complex, so once again it is all change, although so many of you are already using and loving it.

So if you are not, here is the lowdown. Unlike traditional heel creams which focus on removing hard skin, Heel Hydration Complex has been formulated to hydrate and repair cracked skin topically, whilst re-balancing below-surface hydration to help avoid the traditional hard skin cycle. Its innovative 19.5% Antarctic Marine Complex works to prevent extreme dryness, particularly prevalent on our feet, elbows and hands. It makes me happy, it makes an awful lot of you happy and it is of course transformational. Done!
Heel Hydration Complex by Hand Chemistry £14.99 for 100 ml

Work It Out by Temple Spa

As many of you know, most Tuesday’s we release 60 Seconds with a different gift each week; I have never really written about 60 Seconds on the newsletters because it is self-explanatory and if you subscribe you receive it automatically.

One of the things I really love about 60 Seconds is that it is an opportunity to share and gift products that you may not necessarily have thought of using, so of course I was smiling when I read this message about Work It Out by Temple Spa because it is a gorgeous product and it does what it says on the bottle:

‘I had a treatment yesterday for back and leg pain; I massaged the oil on the areas and then had a warm bath and poured in some more. I slept like a baby and was frightened upon waking that I would be in a lot of pain from the treatment, but not all. I feel great today and am so looking forward to using the rest of the product, which I would never think of buying. I am so grateful’
Work It Out Bathing & Massage Oil by Temple Spa £24 for 100 ml

How An Underactive Thyroid Affects You

An underactive thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism, affects people in a number of ways. An underactive thyroid occurs as a result of a decrease in the hormones produced by the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland, roughly about 5 cm long, which lies at the base of the neck behind a piece of cartilage, often referred to as the Adams apple.

The thyroid gland is one of the largest hormonal glands in the body and like most other hormonal glands, it manufactures, stores and releases thyroid hormones into the bloodstream. The two main hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) regulate many body functions and are usually kept within very finite levels, like all of the body’s hormones. Any reduction in any hormone, including the thyroid hormones, invariably has a detrimental impact on the functions carried out within our bodies.

The thyroid hormones, T3 and T4, travel through the bloodstream into almost every cell in the body. They are responsible for regulating the metabolic rate and an example of this is that T3 and T4 regulate the heart rate and how fast your intestines process food. A reduction in T3 and T4 thyroid hormones, as is the case in an underactive thyroid, can result in sluggish digestion, constipation, weight gain and poor circulation. Conversely, an increase in these thyroid hormones, called hyperthyroidism, can result in a rapid heart rate diarrhoea and weight loss.

Some other symptoms of an underactive thyroid include tiredness and fatigue, dry skin and hair, cold hands and feet with a sensitivity to the cold, sleep issues, anxiety and depression, frequent heavy periods and an inability to concentrate. If any of these symptoms occur on a regular basis, then please get them checked out with your GP because if you are diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, you must take prescribed medication, such as L.Thyroxine.

According to the British Thyroid Foundation, one in twenty people suffer from thyroid disorders. Many people who have an underactive thyroid also take nutritional supplementation to help manage the symptoms. There are many natural supplements to help support the thyroid and if you have a history of thyroid disease in your family, you may also wish to consider a thyroid gland supporting supplement and we recommend Thyroid Complex.

Thyroid Complex provides iodine and selenium; iodine is required for the manufacture of thyroid hormones and selenium for the manufacture of proteins, which regulate thyroid hormone release. Both these trace minerals are known to be deficient in our diets. Thyroid Complex also contains vitamin A for its ability to help improve thyroid function and B vitamins for their role in supporting the health of the thyroid gland, its metabolic activities and the enhancement of energy.
VH Editorial: How An Underactive Thyroid Affects You; Thyroid Complex £19.85 for 60 Capsules

Death Of A Product – Part Three – Replens MD

All four of the Replens MD Vaginal Moisturisers have died, finished, gone; never to be seen, or used again. I honestly don’t know why, so all I’m going to do is change you all over to Good Glide with Love Beads – yes love beads!

I actually remember writing about this product when it launched, specifically saying that you didn’t have to suffer from vaginal dryness to use this product – within 24 hours we were out of stock. Read on:

Good Glide with Love Beads is an all-natural, water-based and water-soluble personal lubricant; it is 100% natural, it is unscented, it is hypo-allergenic, it is pH balanced and doesn’t contain propylene glycol or parabens. It is also water-based, its non-oily formula means it is unmessy to use and according to the manufacturers, sexual pleasure is enhanced and extended by hemp oil beads that melt upon contact to provide an extra boost of lubrication for a stimulating experience. That’s all.
VH Editorial: Overcoming Menopausal Vaginal Dryness; Good Glide with Love Beads £15 for 100 ml

VH Editorial

This month the Beauty Bible girls take a look at age spots/pigmentation, Carolyn Asome investigates the 50:50 parenting split, Jo Fairley muses on life in her article ‘Life’s Short’ and Catherine Turner talks about ‘The Go Slow’. Additionally, and as you all know, we are currently re-publishing Sally Brampton’s articles and this month we are taking a look at ‘We Are All Good Enough’.

I just want to say here that I am still getting so many emails about Sally, for which I thank you and I also thank you for letting us know that Sally’s work continues to be a great comfort. This is exactly what Sally would have wanted and as it comforts you, it comforts all of us, most especially Molly (Sally’s daughter), knowing that her words will live forever.
Age Spots by Beauty Bible; The 50:50 Parenting Split by Carolyn Asome; The Go Slow by Catherine Turner; We Are Good Enough by Sally Brampton; Life’s Short by Jo Fairley

The Travel Checklist

Anybody who has ever travelled with me knows that I don’t travel light; I try my best, I really do, but I always fail miserably, so when I was asked to compile a list of five travel essentials, I couldn’t do it, but I’m going to try and do it for you and give you the reasons why.

I cannot include anything NIOD in this list because I take it all with me wherever I am and wherever I go; ditto the Rainbow Brush, the Wet Brush, Extreme Protect, Regenerate, Volume Support, Eau du Soir by Sisley (deeply in love) … and on.

So here are the five:

Mrs White’s Unstung Hero Mosquito Repellent: Because I know what it does and it does a whole lot more than most other insect repellents. It has sold out at least four times since we launched it, maybe it’s because Vogue use it on all their shoots, or maybe because it has an uplifting lemon tea fragrance, which everybody loves – or just maybe it’s because it is one of the most brilliant summer products ever and after it was recommended in The Times recently there was an Unstung Hero famine, which, by the time you read this, I sincerely hope is over, but if not I am assured it should be with us very soon. Pray!
Mrs White’s Unstung Hero Mosquito Repellent £20 for 250 ml

Sheald Recovery Balm: I am always, always going to include Sheald Recovery Balm on this list; what to say, I’ve been writing about it since it launched, it has received every accolade under the sun for its scar and wound healing abilities, it can be used on open wounds, blisters and heaven only knows what else, the list is too long and a certain journalist carries it around in her handbag, just in case, and I think you can pretty much work out who that is!
Sheald Recovery Balm by iS Clinical £43 for 60 ml

Mega-Probiotic ND: I don’t need to tell you why, it is a superstar of a product and this broad-spectrum probiotic is an absolute must-pack supplement. One more thing to say here, after I wrote what I wrote about Psychobiotics on last month’s newsletter (read here if you missed it), it will also have the ability to help lift your mood when your flight is delayed or you arrive at your destination and you discover it actually bears no resemblance to its ever-so-fabulous description!
Mega-Probiotic ND £19 for 60 Capsules

Glow Oil: Just because even if you are in the sun and even if you are getting a tan, Glow Oil gets packed because there is nothing like adding this to your body lotion (or Hyaluronic Concentrate) every evening because the glow just gets better and better and better. The fact that it also creates a golden radiance and is DHA free, really is the ultimate, perhaps it should be re-named ‘Ultimate Glow’, but who am I to comment!
Glow Oil £20 for 100 ml

ChitoRhino Mist: I’ll own up, Shabir wanted this on the list and it would be mean not to let him choose one; he has chosen it because this soothing nasal mist was not only created to help alleviate hay fever symptoms, but was formulated to aid in the relief of irritation caused by all pollutants. It is non-addictive and Shabir recommends that you use it on the plane and in so doing you can say au revoir to most of the nasty, horrid germs flying around in the cabin.
ChitoRhino Mist £12.50 for 30 ml

Finally, many of you will have seen that vitamin D has recently hit the headlines with a recommendation that we should all be taking this vitamin throughout autumn and winter, although many of us take it all year round (me included!). We recommend Liposomal D or DLux 3000 Spray and just to clarify the situation, Shabir has written an article on Vitamin D, which takes an in-depth look at the vitamin D story.
VH Editorial: The Benefits of Vitamin DLiposomal D £15 for 225 ml; DLux 3000 £7.95 for 15 ml

And so we have come to the end of another newsletter; there are no words that can adequately describe your loyalty and support. At times it leaves me breathless and to each of you who have contributed your words to this newsletter, I thank you.

With Brandon, together we thank you; thank you for believing in the NIOD journey; it is a journey that continues to be from another time and another place, we move forward, we move backward – of equal importance and relevance, each footstep leaves an indelible mark on our health and wellbeing, which is so very important to us.

With Shabir and the VH team, thank you for trusting and understanding when things go a bit pear-shaped. We have been faced with some really horrid product issues and a couple of IT happenings that made me want the floor to open so that I could fall through it and not come out again, but I actually had to come back out to write this newsletter, so all that remains is for me to wish you all a fabulous August; travel safe, travel well and who knows what will happen on the September newsletter!

My love to each of you

Gill x