January Newsletter

January Newsletter

Welcome to the January newsletter where we are pretty much health focused, with a few diversions thrown in between. As ever, we have some new products to tell you about, I announce the death of another product (in a long line of them) and I will update you on all the feedback.

I’m going to begin with something most of you will want; I thought we may as well kick off the year with something wonderful, so here it comes:

Hyaluronic Acid Capsules – High Strength (HA)

This is going to be short, sweet and to the point. There is absolutely no need to write reams about HA, I feel like I’ve been writing about it since before I was even born. It is our bestselling supplement, in our opinion it is the most crucial of all anti-ageing supplements, we do high strength because we take things to the limit and I have no idea how long the offer, outlined below, is going to last, but I’ll take my chances that it will last at least a few days at the very least.

HA is normally £35 for 30 capsules, on a dose of one a day. With my eyes barely open after the holiday season, which may well account for this mad moment, we have created a twin-pack, which would normally cost £70, knocked £20 off and it now becomes £50. If there is anybody left who isn’t taking HA, please take this opportunity to join the rest of us because it is the saviour of all south-sliding faces, together with NIOD of course (more on that later). We’ve got it covered and I’m about to hide under my desk just in case this goes off the Richter scale. ** Sorry, this promotion has now ended. **
VH Editorial: Hyaluronic Acid – The Anti-Ageing Nutrient; Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength Twin Pack £50 (Hyaluronic Acid Capsules – High Strength 30 Capsules £35)

Cailyn Cosmetics

As many of you will have read on the December newsletter, I did the one thing that I said I would never do and that was to list make-up on our site. I couldn’t really help it, Cailyn had just released their 7 in 1 mascara in America, it was massively acclaimed and so I thought we may as well join in. So we did and if you are yet to discover how brilliant this is, here it is again.
7 in 1 Dual 4D Fiber Mascara £20

At the same time I wrote about Cailyn’s Just Mineral Eye Polish in Champagne. With my hand on my heart, I promise you that I only did it because I was using it, I thought it was amazing and I loved how you were dressed, but undressed at the same time, in make-up terms. I didn’t order a massive volume because I was basically musing about it to you and I expected just a few people might like to try it. Except I was wrong, which is a bit of an understatement. Read on:

It outsold the mascara. I thought I was seeing things, or somebody had attributed the wrong code to it on the backend of our site. I was screaming to LA, send more, send more and so they did and then we sold out again. Oh! I seriously did not intend for this to happen, but it did and then the phone calls and emails started, please list more colours …. we love it.

So here they are, I am following America’s lead and although Champagne is the undisputed #1, these are pretty close behind, all of which can be used in conjunction with Champagne or as stand-alone colours. They are Dark Sky, Milk Chocolate, Orchid, Snow and Iron. I’m playing with all of them. Shabir has almost given up on me before the year really begins. Who cares – it’s called ‘research’!
Just Mineral Eye Polishes £15 by Cailyn Cosmetics

I also wrote on the December newsletter that I would be launching one more new product from Cailyn, except it seems I just contradicted that statement above. Never mind, I shall carry on because you need to know that I am not the world’s best at applying eye liner, but now I’m an expert because Cailyn have just made it dead easy with the launch of their 7 In 1 Liquid Gel Liner.

I knew this was coming, but I didn’t expect it until February, but in the scheme of all things wonderful, it has appeared earlier and you will be thankful because the combination of liquid and gel creates a highly pigmented intense formulation that stays in place without cracking, smudging or flaking away. It comes in black and brown and you use less pressure to create a thin and diffused line, while adding more pressure will create a bold defined line. Not a lot more to add really except that I love Cailyn, I really, really love this liquid gel liner and suddenly I’m a make-up expert!!
7 In One Liquid Gel Liner Black £18; 7 In One Liquid Gel Liner Chocolate Mousse £18

Tagcone Skin Tag Removal Kit

Skin tags (acrochordons) are small growths that hang off the skin and resemble warts. They are very common, often flesh-coloured or brown in colour, and they are harmless. They can vary in size and they are usually found on the neck, armpits or around the groin. Anybody can develop skin tags and they tend to grow where skin rubs against skin or clothing.

Tagcone Skin Tag Removal Kit uses a simple three step technique and solution to completely remove skin tags. It uses a skin tag removal cone, and specifically designed bands, which help remove skin tags quickly. Basically the band sits securely over a skin tag and helps reduce blood flow to the skin tag. Some skin tags will be removed after just a few days of treatment, while others may take a few weeks for complete removal, but during the process you may notice a reduction in the size or a colour change until the tag falls off. Once it has come off, it will not come back, the results are permanent.

The tagcone can be used on medium to large size skin tags. It can be used on all external parts of the body, except on the eye area. Just a word of precaution here, while most skin tags are harmless, we recommend that skin tags should be examined by a professional consultant to ensure that they are benign. That said, this is a rather brilliant innovation.
Tagcone Skin Tag Removal Kit £14.95


It has become rare to get this far into the newsletter without writing about a new product launch from NIOD, but there is a very good reason for that, we are not launching anything new this month. It very nearly happened, Brandon and I have chosen the product, but we thought we would save it, in all its spectacular glory until next month, instead of which I have a few things to say.

The demand for all the NIOD products has of course been extraordinarily high and not a lot could make me happier as with each passing day more and more of you are discovering the core NIOD regimen, CAIS + MMHC, and the difference they both make to the health and integrity of the skin. Just a reminder here, that if there is anybody left who hasn’t got NIOD Set No.1, you may want to check it out as it is a great introduction to the range and includes Low-Viscosity Cleaning Ester (LVCE); Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (MMHC); Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate (FECC) and Photography Fluid (PF).
Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1% 15 ml £38; Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1% 30 ml £60; NIOD Set No.1 £50

If you don’t mind, I would just like to talk about Neck Elasticity Catalyst (NEC) for a moment as this was the last product to launch (aside from the set). The feedback has of course been phenomenal and this is a product that will literally blow your mind (and blow everything else out of the water) when you begin to see what it does and yes, you will see a visible difference from the upper lip line down. But more, try using it on your eyes for another ‘nirvana’ moment.

I truly don’t want to confuse the issue here, I use Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate because it specifically targets puffiness and dark circles and because I sit staring at my computer all day and night, I really need it. But I layer NEC on top (after a 20 second wait) because it restores elasticity in the most magnificent way. Sure, I want it all over me (I’m talking head to toe), but I have to hold back and so this goes under my eyes and on my eyelids too because I don’t want creases on my eyelids and I’m not up for eye surgery either. It’s the way I roll.
Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate (FECC) £43 for 15 ml; Neck Elasticity Catalyst (NEC) £50 for 50 ml

Finally a couple of pieces of feedback; in the spirit of using products for other purposes other than those stated, I love the VH Addict (she knows who she is!) who told me that a tiny amount of Hydration Vaccine (HV) is fabulous for taming wild bits of hair (leave in) and that it also makes an amazing overnight hair mask (had to try, she is right!). And CAIS 5%, this from another Addict: ‘I have fabulous news that a very stubborn brown mark on my skin that has resisted lasers et al has almost gone since I started using CAIS 5%’. Making a positive difference is what really matters, I’ve said it so many times and I’ve just said it again. Thank you, thank you for all your feedback and rather novel suggestions and recommendations. Love it.
Hydration Vaccine £35 for 50 ml; Copper Amino Isolate Serum 5% £130 for 5 ml

Pillow Mists

We came across these rather gorgeous pillow mists and I knew I had to tell you about them because they are ever so wonderful; because they are loaded with essential oils, I haven’t been able to test them myself because of my ever-so-boring essential oil allergy, but all our testers are raving about them, so feeling rather left out of a new product launch, here they are:

There are five different mists in the range, all highly concentrated, the formulations have been adapted to help fight against the most common troubles by inhalation during sleep, well maybe four of them, ‘Naughty Night’ claims to help boost sexual appetite and have aphrodisiac properties, but I don’t think I will comment further on that!

The other four are Anti-Stress, Sleep Well, Breathe Well and Stop Headache; the full ingredients are listed on our site, so it saves me writing about the essential oils used in each formulation. I am being told that they absolutely do what they say on the tin and aside from spraying on your pillow at night, they can also be sprayed on all linen and into the atmosphere.

Ah, the atmosphere, I don’t think I will be spraying Sleep Well in the office any time soon, but Anti-Stress could be rather useful for moments when we release 60 Seconds and all the gifts go in about 30 seconds (it happens), the phones start ringing like crazy and I hide under my desk to escape bedlam. Nothing to add except start spraying, I know you will enjoy using them even if I can’t!
Sleep Well Pillow Mist £15 for 100 ml; Anti-Stress Pillow Mist £15 for 100 ml; Naughty Night Pillow Mist £15 for 100 ml; Stop Headache Pillow Mist £15 for 100 ml; Breathe Well Pillow Mist £15 for 100 ml

What Are Liposomal Encapsulated Vitamins?

Over the last few months, liposomal encapsulated vitamins have been hailed as the best supplements to deliver vitamins to the body. It is important to understand what liposomal encapsulation technology (LET) entails in order to understand why these supplements may be very effective in the body.

Essentially, Liposomal Encapsulation Technology consists of microscopic healthy fat particles called phospholipids along with vitamins. This technology has been used for many years to deliver certain drugs to specific tissues within the body without affecting the other parts of the body.

At the heart of this technology are liposomes. Liposomes are microscopic bubble-type particles which form a membrane made up of special molecules called phospholipids. Phospholipids are very similar to the membrane that surrounds each and every cell within our body and either allows or hinders the absorption of a nutrient or a compound.

Several years ago, researchers discovered that these liposomes could be filled with therapeutic agents and nutrients. The membrane of the liposome would hold in the nutrient and would not release it until it reached the bloodstream.

This incredible technology works because of the natural behaviour of phospholipids when they are within a water solution under the right conditions. So if you were to make a solution of vitamin C or vitamin D and mix it with phospholipids the result would be that the resulting liposome would contain either vitamin C or vitamin D suspended inside the liposome.

Liposome technology protects these vitamins from degradation, for example as these pass through the harsh environment of the stomach acids. Once they pass the intestines into the blood, the nutrients are delivered to the cells because the cell membrane is similar in chemical structure to the liposomes allowing the nutrients to enter the cells and replenish the body.

Liposomal C and Liposomal D are two new supplements that provide vitamin C and vitamin D to the body very effectively and in therapeutic strengths. As I have often done in the past, I am about to write ‘all change’ on your supplementation, so if you are taking vitamin C and/or vitamin D, please use what you are currently taking and then please change, basically because it is our role and responsibility to tell you about best in class supplementation and these sit in that category.

So just a short run-down on the health benefits of each vitamin, but you can read this article in full by clicking on the link at the end:

Vitamin C: Often referred to as the ultimate biological antioxidant, vitamin C is required for nearly every single process in the body and unfortunately we all appear to have the notion that our food intake covers this. It doesn’t. Maintaining optimum levels of vitamin C over a 24 hour period is almost impossible since this vitamin is water soluble and excreted out of the body within a very short space of time. The use of Liposomal Vitamin C ensures delivery through the bloodstream directly to the cells and this ensures that the body has sufficient vitamin C for the whole day.
Liposomal C by Food Science of Vermont £20 for 225 ml

Vitamin D: Low dietary intake and limited sun exposure have led to large numbers of the population being deficient in vitamin D. According to the Department of Health, as much as 25% of the population may be deficient in vitamin D, although scientists estimate this to be a lot higher. Less than a decade ago, vitamin D was thought to be involved only in maintaining healthy calcium and phosphorus levels in the body required for healthy bones and teeth, but the past decade has seen a surge of studies indicating that vitamin D deficiency is linked to a variety of chronic health concerns.
VH Editorial: What Are Liposomal Encapsulated Vitamins; Liposomal D by Food Science of Vermont £15 for 225 ml

Treating Cold Hands and Feet

With my feet up on my desk, Shabir takes a look at treating cold hands and feet:

If you suffer from cold hands and feet, you will understand how discomforting this can be. Cold hands and feet can affect anyone, but it appears that predominantly they are more common in women (me – here we go again!). In order to avoid serious problems, it is important to be aware of what causes cold hands and feet and what you need to do in order to prevent this becoming a serious problem.

There are many reasons that can contribute to someone suffering from cold hands and feet and these may include:

1/ Exposing the body, including the hands and feet, to lower temperatures, which constricts the blood vessels and decreases blood flow to the hands and feet.

2/ Poor circulation in the whole body, which may be associated with a lack of nitric oxide production. Our circulatory system uses nitric oxide to control the flow of blood to every part of our body by relaxing and dilating the blood vessels ensuring that every tissue in our body gets adequate oxygen and nutrients vital for their individual function.

3/ Raynaud’s Syndrome, which is a concern where there is an interruption of blood flow to fingers, toes, ears and the nose. This syndrome is caused by spasms within the blood vessels and these spasms may be caused by exposure to cold weather and/or emotional stress. Raynaud’s may be the primary disease itself or it may be secondary associated with other concerns such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

4/ Poor thyroid function since the thyroid gland fuels every single cell within our bodies including the muscle cells around blood vessels.

5/ Anaemia or low iron status can result in cold hands and feet because less oxygen is delivered to all tissues including the extremities.

6/ Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes where higher blood glucose levels during any part of the day causes damage to blood vessels since sugar (glucose) destroys all our soft tissue structures. This damage to the blood vessels leads to greater plaque formation and hence hinders circulation in the whole body including the hands and feet.

By far, the most common reason for cold hands and feet is impaired or poor circulation and in order to enhance circulation we recommend Diosmin Plus, containing Diosmin 95 together with time-tested herbal extracts which work to support the circulatory system, including Horse Chestnut, Gotu Kola, Ginger, and Pine Bark Extract.

Diosmin Plus also helps to alleviate many other circulatory concerns such as haemorrhoids and varicose veins, but please note that this supplement is not suitable if you are using blood thinning medications.

Topically we recommend Active Oil from Pukka Herbs, which should be massaged onto the affected areas of the hands and feet. Active Oil is a light warming blend of 35 active herbs to help alleviate joint and muscle pain.
VH Editorial: Treating Cold Hands and Feet; Diosmin Plus £25.50 for 60 Capsules; Active Oil by Pukka Herbs £12.95 for 100 ml

Right, let’s do a few pieces of news:

Yacon Syrup

I actually can’t remember exactly when we launched Yacon Syrup, perhaps it was about 18 months ago, but whenever it was the demand has been consistently high. The product was brilliant, the feedback was brilliant and then we hit a problem.

We were getting reports back that the quality of the Yacon had changed, unfortunately for the worse, that it got stuck to the bottle and that it wasn’t easy to get out. As ever, we went straight back to the manufacturers for an explanation, but it didn’t get better so we delisted it immediately (this is what happens when people don’t behave!) and sourced a version of Yacon that behaves itself; it’s a whole lot smarter too.

So please don’t be perturbed when you see it is a different brand, it is not a mistake and if you missed the whole Yacon story, then do take time to read Shabir’s article.
VH Editorial: Can Yacon Syrup Help You Lose Weight?; Yacon Syrup £19.99 for 250 ml

Death of A Product – Marine Algae 3

I promise I didn’t delist this product, it actually died and has gone to product heaven, which is absolutely fine because we like new products, so if you were taking Marine Algae 3, or for anybody who wants to take a vegan source of omega 3, please let me introduce you to Ahiflower Oil Capsules.

Ahiflower is an entirely new plant seed oil offering the highest levels of omega 3’s from non-genetically modified crops. The seeds of Ahiflower have more than four times the omega 3 benefits of flaxseed oil and provide a biologically superior form of omega 3 essential fats.

Ahiflower contains Stearidonic acid (SDA), an important essential fat that humans easily convert into EPA, an omega 3 essential fat found in fish oil, which provides all the benefits associated with taking fish oil supplements. The essential fat SDA converts into EPA some four hundred times more efficiently than flaxseed oil. There are numerous peer-reviewed articles outlining the benefits of omega 3 essential fats in the human diet for both physical and mental health.

Ahiflower Oil Capsules are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and are a great alternative to flaxseed oil capsules, liquid or any other vegetarian omega oil supplementation. Ahiflower naturally contains the omega 6 essential fat gamma-linoleic acid also found in Evening Primrose Oil.
VH Editorial: Ahiflower – A Vegan Source of Omega 3; Ahiflower Oil Capsules £12.99 for 30 Capsules

Winter Facial Oil by de Mamiel

If you are a follower of Annee de Mamiel’s seasonal facial oils, you will be delighted to know about the new Winter Facial Oil. Formulated using a blend of potent essential oils, including frankincense, neroli and rose geranium, Annee created this oil to deeply nourish, balance and hydrate skin, while helping to boost vitality from within. Neroli works to help soothe sensitive skin and reduce inflammation, especially in the cold weather.

This oil is hand-blended in small batches only once a year at the beginning of the Winter Equinox. To use, apply a few drops at night before bed on freshly cleansed skin. Enjoy!
Winter Facial Oil by de Mamiel £67 for 20 ml

How To Get Rid of Warts

Another one of Shabir’s tried and tested regimens, this really does work, so first the lowdown on warts followed by his regimen:

Warts are small protrusions or raised lumps, which are caused by a viral infection often arising as a result of broken skin or a compromised immune system. The virus responsible is the human papillomavirus, HPV, of which there are many strains.

There are many different types of warts varying in shape and the site of infection; ranging from the common wart (verruca vulgaris) to genital warts and each type of wart comes from a different strain.

Warts are viruses living within skin with the blood vessels actually feeding the virus ensuring it carries on thriving. This is the reason why removal of warts can often be painful because the wart is attached to the capillaries and embedded in the skin. Often you can see black dots at the site, which are clotted blood vessels feeding the wart. The types of warts are as follows:

Plantar warts: A common type of wart that grows on the side or bottom of the foot. Because they are usually located on the bottom of the feet, they are usually flat and painful. The pressure of the body weight causes the plantar wart to grow inward. Anyone can develop plantar warts, however this type of wart is more likely to affect teenagers, people with weakened immune systems, those who have been affected by plantar warts before and people who walk barefoot, especially in public baths and showers.

Flat warts: These warts are small and smooth with a distinct oval or round shape. They appear in large numbers, anywhere between 20 and 100, and can be found anywhere on the body. In children these warts are most often found on the face and fingers. Scratching causes the warts to spread in a linear fashion.

Genital warts: These are spread through sexual contact and form tiny, soft flesh-coloured bumps.

Warts are spread when a non-infected area comes into contact with an infected area either through direct contact or contact with skin cells shed from the wart. In order to contract the infection, the uninfected skin needs to have a small tear or opening. Warts can be highly contagious and therefore it is not advisable to use towels or other objects from people who already have warts.

Whatever the type of wart, there is great justification in the use of the amino acid L-Lysine. Lysine inhibits viral replication by blocking the uptake of arginine, a major ‘food source’ for the virus to multiply. We recommend L-Lysine by Lamberts, taking three tablets daily on an empty stomach. Lysine also helps to boost the immune system, which ensures a faster recovery from this type of infection.

Topically, for all types of warts excluding genital warts, we recommend Bye Wart, a cream containing natural anti-viral ingredients including tea tree and lemon oil. Bye Wart offers a pain-free and effective solution to warts and works by depositing a film over the skin allowing the active ingredients to work effectively.
VH Editorial: How To Get Rid of Warts; L-Lysine 500 mg by Lamberts £8.50 for 120 Tablets; Bye-Wart £9.95 for 15 ml

Dry Eye Syndrome

In an article on the symptoms of dry eyes, Shabir took an in-depth look at this extraordinarily common health concern and wrote how Maqui Berry can help tear production.

To recap, Maqui berry plants grow in the rainforest region of Chile and Argentina. The small berries from these plants have been used in these regions for decades to treat diarrhoea and inflammation. Maqui berries also contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins.

Japanese scientists isolated the chemicals within the Maqui berries and found unique compounds called delphinidins. These delphinidins were shown to inhibit damage to the delicate eye tissues and additionally protect the eye tissues against free radical damage. These two effects appear to enhance the lacrimal glands ability to restore tear production even though we do not fully understand the mechanism.

What we did know is that Maqui Berry Extract helps boost tear fluid secretion and enhances the actual function of the tear film and we recommended Tear Support with MaquiBright capsules. The feedback rolled in and I’m going to share two of the emails we received; I don’t really need to add anything, except to say if you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome I hope this helps you:

Email #1: ‘I just wanted to thank you for Tear Support with MaquiBright. I have dry eye syndrome and frequently suffer from gritty, inflamed eyes and blurred vision, which gets really bad in the afternoons and makes working at my computer screen difficult.

A few weeks ago I was becoming really quite discouraged by how bad my eyes were, despite using Hyaluronic Acid, which has helped with general discomfort in my left eye, but hasn’t prevented the other symptoms. By one of those remarkable coincidences we experience sometimes, I happened upon Shabir’s article and discovered MaquiBright.

I ordered it immediately, so desperate was I to try anything that would alleviate my worsening symptoms. After taking it for two weeks, I noticed a considerable improvement, and now after nearly six weeks, I feel moved to tell you how delighted I am. I hardly dare write that I no longer get blurred vision, just in case it comes back. I no longer get the persistent, daily, pale, almost clear, discharge in the corner of my right eye which I’ve had to wipe away at intervals every single day for years. I am thrilled and fearfully flabbergasted, I can’t quite believe that this state of affairs is going to last.

Thank you for rescuing me from the worst of my dry eye symptoms, you have improved my quality of life immeasurably’.

Email #2: ‘You asked me to let you know how I got on with Tear Support. Well, I have just had my second appointment with the eye hospital and my dry eye has gone from severe to mild and I put this down to using Tear Support – hooray!’

So that’s a wrap, and just to say thank you, thank you for all your feedback; it’s good to share and your sharing really does make a difference to so many people who are experiencing similar health concerns.
VH Editorial: Symptoms of Dry Eyes; Tear Support with MaquiBright £18 for 30 Capsules

Magnificent Magnesium

We have been writing about magnesium for several years and the ongoing love affair with all things magnesium continues. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and can be found in the teeth, bones and red blood cells. The body jealously maintains about 1% of its magnesium within the blood making blood tests notoriously difficult to identify a deficiency.

Magnesium activates more enzyme systems in the body than iron and zinc combined and it is estimated that a staggering 70% of the adult population may be magnesium deficient. The benefits of magnesium are numerous and include addressing low energy and fatigue, PMS and hormonal imbalances, insomnia, cramps/spasms, headaches and anxiety, so I list below some of our favourite magnesium products, which I hope you love as much as we do:

Magnesium Oil Sensitive Spray: The topical application of magnesium has shown it to have an absorption rate of approximately five times faster than if taken orally. One of the signs of magnesium deficiency is if your skin turns red when using a magnesium spray; this is perfectly normal, but there are people who are super-sensitive to a transdermal mineral spray and we therefore recommend Magnesium Oil Sensitive Spray, specifically formulated for those with ultra-sensitive skin. Containing up to 800 sprays, it helps relieve muscle tension and is really great to use on conditions such as Restless Leg Syndrome.
Magnesium Oil Sensitive Spray £12.20 for 100 ml

Magnesium Body Wash: This is a magnesium-based shower gel that gently cleanses and nourishes. Highly concentrated with magnesium chloride, which is mined deep under the earth’s surface, this body wash is blended with natural gentle ingredients to help soften and moisturize the skin. It also helps to correct magnesium deficiencies.
Magnesium Body Wash £9.95 for 473 ml

Magnesium Body Lotion: The companion product to the Body Wash, it is particularly beneficial for sensitive skin as it works to help calm and encourage the healing of inflammatory skin concerns such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It enhances cellular energy for effective regeneration of cell tissues and is suitable for all skin types, including very dry skin.
Magnesium Body Lotion £9.95 for 240 ml

Magnesium Soap: If you prefer using soap to a body wash, then you will love Magnesium Soap which is loaded with magnesium chloride. This highly concentrated soap is also formulated with coconut and avocado oil and is suitable for all skin types.
VH Editorial: Magnesium – The Most Important Mineral We All Overlook; Magnesium Soap £5 for 121 grams

VH Editorial

A few words from me first; I was at an ‘event’ recently (yes, yes, I actually unchained myself from my computer) and I lost count of the number of people who told me how much they enjoyed reading these articles every month. I haven’t said this for a long time, so I just want to say that all the girls have complete freedom to write whatever they feel moved to write about and so they do. Let’s do it:

This month Sally Brampton writes about celebrating and accepting ourselves rather than declining into guilt and shame coupled with those awful New Year resolutions – MUST lose weight, MUST go to the gym and generally MUST be a better person. I need to add here: There is no must about anything (I feel really strongly about this); we are what we are and quite honestly if people don’t want to accept us for what and who we are, then they can walk out of our lives because none of us are perfect; there is way too much cruelty in this world and it is unacceptable on a global and personal level.
We Are Good Enough by Sally Brampton

Carolyn Asome takes a look at lingerie; she has been on a one-girl mission researching the lingerie industry and she learnt so much that she feels the need to share. I think we will allow that!
Lingerie by Carolyn Asome

Jo Fairley writes about kindness, based on the Audrey Hepburn quote ‘For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone’. Profound. Do take time to read this, kindness matters a lot.
Kindness by Jo Fairley

Catherine Turner investigates the ‘Secrets of Spa Cuisine’, taking a look at the food at some of the best spas in the world and the Beauty Bible girls do juicing, with a recipe of course.
Secrets of Spa Cuisine by Catherine Turner; Just Juicing by Jo Fairley and Sarah Stacey

Things We Didn’t Do In December

Before anything, I just want to thank you for responding in such a magnificent way to the December newsletter; as you can imagine it went totally mad, but I always love writing the last newsletter of the year, even if I seem to be writing forever. If you read the newsletter you will know that I had to edit it considerably, so there are two things that I didn’t include, they were really important launches, so we’ll do them here because I don’t want them to feel left out:

The Hair Molecule

The Hair Molecule was launched in May of last year, which also happened to coincide with the launch of NIOD, so forgive me for not including it, but it’s here now:

We love The Hair Molecule; it is a concentrated liquid supplement that incorporates Silicon, Biotin and a Hyaluronic Acid matrix to help support your hair from within to grow strong and healthy. Here is a rundown of the ingredients:

Silicon: When you are young, your body has abundant levels of silicon, which is why children normally have beautiful silky hair, soft skin and perfect nails. As we age we start to lose what were once large amounts of silicon, so each two-teaspoon serving of The Hair Molecule provides 500 mg of silicon to support hair health.

Biotin: Biotin can help stimulate rapid new hair and nail growth and has been shown to help people suffering from a dry scalp.

Hyaluronic Acid: Helps regulate and preserve moisture within tissues and delivers nutrients into the cells. It also enhances the tissue’s water retention capacity.

Because the health of hair is so important, and if you want your hair to shine, do take this molecule. We are still recommending Superior Hair if you are prone to serious hair loss issues, but for the rest of us, do try this. I love it, I think you will love it and just to add here that when I wrote about the BIG size of Volume Support on the December newsletter, we all rejoiced – well those of us who have discovered how brilliant Volume Support is.
The Hair Molecule £35 for 240 ml; Superior Hair £26 for 90 Capsules; Volume Support £65 for 1000 ml; Volume Support £30 for 180 ml

Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency is the most common mineral deficiency in the world and is a major nutrient needed by most children and menstruating women. Men, on the other hand, usually have excess iron since iron is not excreted through the usual routes or urine and sweat. Iron deficiency usually arises by any factor, or a combination of three factors, which are low iron diets, poor absorption and excessive loss of blood.

We threw the focus on iron deficiency on last year’s June newsletter where we recommended Organic Liquid Iron, so I’m just going to do a quick run-through of the product and will refer you to Shabir’s article for the whole story:

Organic Liquid Iron contains iron sourced from the curry leaf plant and thus provides the body with a food-state iron that ensures greater absorption than the synthetic forms of iron often prescribed. Being a natural source of iron, this liquid iron supplement does not cause constipation or stomach discomfort. The formulation also contains organic amla fruit and acerola cherry extracts, which are rich in vitamin C, known to enhance the absorption of iron. Unlike traditional forms of iron supplementation, this formulation does not overload the body with iron, which can be dangerous. Amazing product.
VH Editorial: The Best Liquid Iron Supplement for Children and Adults; Organic Liquid Iron £20.25 for 200 ml

That’s it; we have come to the end of another newsletter and all that remains is for me to thank you, together with Shabir and the entire VH team, for your loyalty and support.

Wishing you health and happiness for 2016.

With love

Gill x