July Newsletter

July Newsletter

Welcome to the July newsletter where we continue the NIOD (Non-Invasive Options in Dermal Science) roll-out with yet another ground-breaking new product; just when you think you have seen it all, you actually realise that you haven’t, so be prepared because it has taken my breath away and will probably do the same to you. We also launch a new product from Sarah Chapman, we get beach body ready and we take a look at the benefits of selenium. I will also be writing about skin health, we do some feedback and there are a few treats, so please read carefully. Just one thing to say here to those who are addicted (VH Addicts!), apologies as you already know about some of the new products, what to do! Let’s go:

Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate – NIOD

I’ve waited a long, long time for a lip product like this to be created and when I was first told about it, it went far further than I believed could even be possible. It is no exaggeration to say that it kind of defies belief, although I’ve had to believe it because I’ve been using it and it is so outstanding, I just want the entire world to know about it. Before I tell you exactly what it does, let me just say that this is serious stuff, it is a treatment product and it is so far removed from ‘fluffy’ cosmetics, I couldn’t even speak about them in the same breath, so I won’t.

I am not going to write chapter and verse about the science here, but for now all you need to know is that it is a lipid-based serum that increases collagen, increases HA, increases lipid content, increases water content, increases hydration, protects from oxyradical, carbonyl radical and glycation damage, increases natural pigmentation (redness), increases volume through seven different mechanisms, has anti-ageing benefits and just in case that isn’t enough the serum also contains a first-ever oil-compatible form of Hyaluronic Acid, which is kind of amazing.

So in other words, it plumps up the lips in a truly beautiful, yet subtle way, it helps bring back our natural lip colour (as if we were teenagers again) and you will notice that the condition of your lips will change as they become completely hydrated. We are not talking about surface change, we are talking deep, deep penetration; it is both a nightmare and a virtual impossibility to get peptides and biotech into lipids (that’s a scientific fact) but rising to the challenge, NIOD have achieved it. There is absolutely nothing on the market that comes close and it is not to be confused or compared with lip balms or lip oils, which are in a completely different category.

I was so excited when ‘Lip’ landed on my desk, I ran like a complete lunatic to a mirror. The first thing to say is that this is a serum; it is pale yellow in colour; it is in a dropper bottle, in line with the other NIOD products; it deliberately doesn’t have a brush or a sponge (there are multiple reasons for this, but just know it is better without) and you just put a drop or two on your finger and then apply it to the lips, rinsing your finger after application. It smells slightly medicinal, but once it has sunk in (two or three minutes), you won’t taste it and if you get some on your skin, please don’t panic if your skin goes slightly red, this is purely because of its amazing ability to increase circulation – the redness will go down within ten minutes or so and it absolutely will not harm your skin, but please do not get this product anywhere near the eye area.

Literally within one minute of application my lips started to tingle and that sensation lasts two or three minutes; my lips did have more colour almost immediately, it fades initially, but this is an ongoing treatment, so it takes time to build, but build it does. The effects of the treatment start within approximately 20 minutes, they will get far better within three days and will continue to improve within 30 days.

I am now near the end of the 30 day cycle, I’m completely blown away by the results; my lips are most definitely fuller and they feel so gorgeous that perhaps I should put a sign across my forehead – kiss me – although maybe not! The other thing I have noticed, although I am going to be careful about this statement because it may not happen to everybody, is that it looks like I’m wearing lip liner, but I’m not. How is that possible – perhaps only God and Brandon (Brandon Truaxe – creator of NIOD) know, but whatever, magic has descended upon my lips and I think it’s going to be all about the ‘naked lip’ for me this summer, although of course you can gloss or colour them on top of ‘Lip’ if you want to.

The recommended application is twice daily for the first 30 days, after which a maintenance application of just once a day is necessary, although I almost guarantee that we will still be double-dosing! According to Brandon, one bottle is large enough at 15 ml to last a lifetime in sub-Saharan Africa, so it’s a one-off investment, which is more than I can say about trips to a needle-person. Sorry, but as you all know I am vehemently against needles for cosmetic enhancements; I just don’t get what on earth is remotely attractive about having an oversized ‘trout-pout’, but each to their own I suppose and let’s leave it at that.

Finally, I released Lip on the Addicts Bulletin, even though we didn’t have stock at that time, I just couldn’t help myself. Within six hours I was screeching (yet again) to Toronto, because I knew we would run out of stock before I released this newsletter, so just to say a big, big thank you to all at DECIEM (NIOD is a DECIEM brand) for locking yourselves in the lab for all of us. Our lips love you!
Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate £38 for 15 ml

Photography Fluid – NIOD – The Feedback

So it happened; the June newsletter got released and we completely sold out of Photography Fluid (PF) by 4 pm that day; more stock arrived 48 hours later and that went too – I actually didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, but there is no longer a famine or a wait list and for that I’m grateful.

I don’t think we have ever received so much feedback on any product and it just goes on and on and on. The reviews are completely sensational and as one customer told me, there are not enough superlatives in the vocabulary to describe PF; another customer said that she gains entry to her home by camera recognition, but when she puts PF on, the camera doesn’t recognise her. Her husband thinks she is bonkers anyway and doesn’t believe her, but she swears it is true.

The email below sums up just about everybody’s comments and I danced round the office when I read this, taking care not to fall down the stairs because I’ve done that before now; Shabir was standing behind me and failed to save me (or my sunglasses), he kind of thought his ‘moment’ had arrived, but it hadn’t and I’m still here:

‘I have a bone to pick with you Gill Sinclair! Ever since I’ve started using Photography Fluid, I can’t seem to get anything done because I drop everything to go look in the mirror every five minutes to admire the sheer luminosity and perfection that is my skin. Oh and I used to be modest too!’

If by any chance you missed the June newsletter, please click here to read what I wrote about PF. For the rest of us, I have more to say; I have been experimenting with PF and let me tell you that if you add four or five drops to body lotion, yet another miracle happens. I have been putting it on my arms, legs and décolletage and the definition is just amazing in real life, so on camera we could all start looking like we have model bodies, well you get the gist, and if you are in the sun, mix it into SPF and be beach-body-gorgeous. Don’t overdo it though, less is more and if we are talking about the face, one or two drops only please.
Photography Fluid £20

Overnight Facial Supplement by Sarah Chapman

So many of you are huge Sarah Chapman fans, we love her products and we absolutely adore Sarah. I need to tell you that whenever we can, Sarah and I get together and put the world to rights, but I’m actually going to step aside because this section is about Sarah and Shabir, I’m just writing about their collaboration; so if you want to supercharge your sleep and your skin, read on:

This has been a long time coming, but Sarah has always wanted to create a supplement to partner with her bestselling product, Overnight Facial. And so it came to pass that Sarah consulted with Shabir to help formulate a skin rejuvenating blend of active vitamins, minerals, natural antioxidants, co-enzymes and essential omega oils to help deliver another dimension to optimizing her skincare regimen.

It brings together Sarah’s passion for both skincare and nutrition, creating a 360 degree approach to anti-ageing by encouraging the natural cycle of repair and rejuvenation. Sleep is fundamental towards having healthy skin and this supplement helps encourage healthy sleep quality with concentrated lavender, hops, vitamin B6 and magnesium (we so love magnesium!). A curated blend of 26 skin nourishing essential micronutrients work as a dual action approach to actively help strengthen, revitalise and boost the quality of your skin whilst you sleep, just at the time when the repair process begins.

Being a dual action product, there are two things to take before you go to sleep, one capsule and one tablet; the highly active ingredients are at concentrated, therapeutic levels and I just want to say that it is already being hailed as a ‘genius product’ by the press and I need to also tell you that Sarah has just opened her new clinic, which looks completely amazing. I could have written more about it, but I was out of the country (researching of course!) and missed the launch party, but if you live in London, do check it out and so it is a double celebration, one new clinic, one new product. Meanwhile, coming later on this newsletter – a wonderful Sarah Chapman treat; don’t go away!
Overnight Facial Supplement £46 (30 Capsules + 30 Tablets); Overnight Facial £46 for 15 ml

Ameliorate Skin Soothing Body Polish

When we launched Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion in the UK (well everywhere really!), the response was completely fabulous, as has been the feedback and it continues to be written about across the health and beauty press with amazing reviews. It really comes as no surprise because Ameliorate was formulated to help improve the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris (rough, dry, bumpy ‘chicken skin’). Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a really common skin condition and if you want to have the in-depth, then do take time to read Shabir’s article on the subject, and then read on to discover their newest product, Skin Smoothing Body Polish.
VH Editorial: The Treatment of Keratosis Pilaris – Chicken SkinAmeliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion £27.50

Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish is a high-performance, multi-action exfoliator, specifically formulated to help encourage simultaneous exfoliation above and within the skin’s surface. Combining gently exfoliating Lactic Acid with polishing micro-dermabrasion granules and natural skin conditioners, it sloughs away dead skin cells and smoothes rough, dry, bumpy area, normally seen on arms.

But you don’t need to have KP to use this product as it will also help prepare the skin for spray and self-tan applications; it gives me enormous joy when one product does several things, so I’ll just finish by saying that this is suitable for all skin types and if you want a gorgeous self-tan, we are loving the TanOrganic products and by all accounts, so are you!
Ameliorate Skin Soothing Body Polish £19.50 for 150 ml; TanOrganic from £7.95

Regenerate Enamel Science

Recently featured in The Times Raconteur report, Regenerate Enamel Science have released two products, an Advanced Toothpaste and a Boosting Serum to help halt acid erosion by re-hardening the soft enamel on the surface of the teeth. These are the first OTC products to do this and it has taken nine years of research. Regenerate Enamel Science has been developed by Unilever together with academic dentists from International Oral Health Research Centres. The products help re-build and reconstitute the enamel surface on a microscopic level and their technology (NR-5) has five international patents, granted and pending.

Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste: 80% of common tooth problems are caused by enamel erosion and acid attacks. Enamel is the outer coating of the tooth which protects the core underneath. In spite of its hardness, it gets eroded, day after day, by acid attacks from food and drink. This erosion process frequently goes unnoticed and happens to everyone, at all ages, making teeth increasingly vulnerable.

The Advanced Toothpaste helps regenerate enamel by restoring its mineral content and micro-hardness with regular use and it is the only formulation with NR-5 technology, which is calcium silicate, sodium phosphate and fluoride. With each use, the ingredients wrap and integrate onto the teeth and aside from regenerating enamel mineral, it will also protect and strengthen against cavities and helps to restore whiteness.

This toothpaste starts working immediately you use it and should be used twice daily (or more) in place of your regular toothpaste. It tastes pretty amazing too; trust me I ran home with the sample before Shabir had even seen it. So yes, it is pretty incredible and yet another shelf gets depleted as I develop another addiction. One more thing, I like the tube, it stays clean and that’s a big thing for me because one of my pet hates is ‘gunky’ toothpaste; the minute that happens the tube/pump is banished from my bathroom; this is a ‘keeper’ and it will last ages.
Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste £10 for 75 ml

Regenerate Enamel Science Boosting Serum: Oh the joy, another serum has entered my life and it is reported, after in vitro testing, that the efficacy of the Advanced Toothpaste is boosted by 43% when using the Boosting Serum. The boosted regeneration efficacy comes from the synergies between the NR-5 Serum and its Activator Gel. When combined with the Activator Gel, the NR-5 Serum unleashes the concentrated regeneration boost, helping to reverse the enamel erosion process.

Each Boosting Serum kit contains the unique NR-5 Serum, its Activator Gel and two custom-fit mouth trays. The Boosting Serum should be applied for three minutes on the dental arches and full instructions are included with the product. It really couldn’t be easier to use, all you need do is use it for three consecutive days every month, in conjunction with the Advanced Toothpaste and you may as well start smiling now, because these really are exceptional products.

Two more things to say, please do not substitute these products for visits to your dentist/hygienist and if you are suffering from gum problems, please use Peri-Gum in conjunction with these products. This little bottle of magic is truly sensational for gum health and bleeding gums.
Regenerate Enamel Science Boosting Serum £30; Peri-Gum Mouth Wash Concentrate £17.95

Scentered

I think this range of aromatherapy products is really lovely, I knew we would just have to list them because these portable therapy balms are pretty clever and they address some very common concerns. You can carry them around with you and they are so easy to use, just apply to pulse points and inhale deeply, it’s that simple.

There are five products in the range, Stress Less, Sleep Well, Focus, Love and Escape. I’m not going to write about them individually, but I think I can guess which will be the bestsellers – shoot me if I’m wrong, but it just has to be Stress Less and Sleep Well. That said, Love looks rather interesting and it’s for when you feel overwhelmed and in need of a hug, so that’s most of us then.
Scentered £14.50 each

The Benefits of Selenium Supplements

The trace mineral selenium was considered an irrelevant nutrient as recently as three decades ago, but now scientists have discovered that selenium is actually crucial to the health of humans and plays a role in helping to protect the body against a wide range of damaging diseases and conditions.

Selenium’s rise from an irrelevant mineral to a crucial trace element has occurred as a result of studies indicating its role in regulating metabolism, cell manufacture, enhancing reproductive efforts, neutralising damaging free radicals and protecting the body against infection. In addition to these benefits, selenium is the only trace element that is incorporated into our genetic material. Selenocysteine is a specific amino acid that is incorporated into numerous proteins in our bodies under the direction of the genetic code.

Mostly we obtain selenium from plants and selenium bonds with proteins in our bodies to create compounds known as selenoproteins. At least 25 unique selenoproteins exist within our bodies, which play an important role in many processes from protecting us against free radical damage though to activating thyroid hormone release.

In his article on selenium supplementation, Shabir takes a look at its multiple protective role for many health concerns and recommends Super Selenium Complex by Life Extension, which provides some of the most advanced forms of selenium available.
VH Editorial: The Benefits of Selenium SupplementsSuper Selenium Complex £11.50 for 100 Capsules

Three Treats – One After Another

I know I have written this many times before, but it makes my little heart happy when my sharing gene comes out to play, so the following treats come to you, both from us and the brands; we hope these make your heart sing and it is our way of saying thank you for loving and supporting the work that we do and for recognising the research and development behind it all, which is no small thing:

iS Clinical – Youth Serum

America went ahead of us with the launch of Youth Serum (I’m still recovering!), but when we did eventually launch in the UK, it all went a little bit mad with the iS Clinical devotees, of which there are many. So Youth Serum, the most powerful and technologically advanced formulation from my LA boyfriends to date, should be used in the daytime, or whenever you want an immediate ‘lift’.

The beauty of Youth Serum is that you can apply it over another product or pat it on over make-up (not both please) and you will feel your skin tightening. Within minutes of application, you should notice a smoother, tighter skin texture, but don’t think this is just an ‘instant’ product, it isn’t and it has long-term anti-ageing benefits too.

The Gift: With every purchase of Youth Serum, for the duration of this newsletter, we will automatically drop into your order a travel size Cleansing Complex, which is worth £16. You don’t need to do a thing, it will just appear and let me tell you that their Cleansing Complex is one of the bestselling products in the range, for good reason, it’s fabulous! ** Sorry, promotion has now ended **
Youth Serum £137 for 30 ml; Cleansing Complex £34 for 180 ml

The Body Discovery Collection – Sarah Chapman

Following on from the launch of Sarah’s Overnight Facial Supplement, as above, we have a gorgeous treat for you, which has been specifically put together for VH customers only. If you have never used any of these products before, this is a really good chance to try them out and if you are a Sarah Chapman fan, start getting happy.

Each product in this collection is a bestselling product and it includes The BodyLift massager with its 12 unique rolling heads and 72 massaging nodules; helping to encourage the lymphatic system to drain toxins and reduce puffiness from the body, it also helps to ease muscle tension and stimulate circulation to help sculpt, smooth, tone and define. This is a winner!

Also included is Sarah’s Overnight Body Treatment (40 ml), a rapidly absorbed dry serum-oil to help improve skin elasticity, firmness and uneven tone; smooth all over your body every night, or get somebody to do it for you (ahem!) and finally from her clinic collection, discover the Chin and Jaw Lift, a visibly lifting treatment mask inspired by Sarah’s re-sculpting and firming facials – you get two of these.

With the exception of The BodyLift, which comes separately, all the products are in a Sarah Chapman pouch, one of which I’ve stolen, so I hope nobody does a stock check in the office any time soon. Guilty again! The cost of all these products would normally be £63, but as a one-off treat, The Body Discovery Collection is available for £32. This is a limited edition offer, so get it whilst you can because once they have gone, they are gone!
The Body Discovery Collection by Sarah Chapman £32 (saving £31)

Femergy

This newsletter seems to have developed into a theme of the life and times of VH launches, but there have been so many launches and so many wonderful memories, it’s kind of nice to re-visit them, most especially those from several years ago. Femergy falls into that category and even after all this time, we still think Femergy is a pretty amazing product.

The basic role of Femergy is to help increase energy and vitality through ingredients which are proven to enhance the body’s metabolism, reduce temporary feelings of tiredness and helping to enhance sexual alertness. The formulation is caffeine and sugar-free and contains wholefood ingredients that are gentle on your stomach and designed to work in harmony with your body’s cycle.

Ideally Femergy should be taken daily, but most especially when tiredness strikes; you will find that its positive effects will build over time, so if you feel you need that extra ‘ooomph’, do try Femergy, most especially because there is a rather fabulous gift to accompany it:

The Gift: With every purchase of Femergy, we will automatically add Femergy Skin, Hair & Nails (£11.95) into your order, whilst stocks last. This product is a potent combination of Acerola cherries, pine bark extract, vitamins and minerals to help maintain the strength and appearance of skin, hair and nails. You may, or may not, notice that the price of this is higher than Femergy, but I haven’t lost my mind, really, really – it’s just the way it is and why not!get! ** Sorry this promotion has now ended **
Femergy Promotional Pack £10.25

Copper Amino Isolate Serum – The Feedback

The response to CAIS has been unreal, except it is very real. Launching the first two NIOD products, Copper Amino Isolate Serum (CAIS) and Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (MMHC) has been the most enormous privilege and I am hugely grateful to Brandon for letting us do it. It changes everything.

These are not beauty products, they are health products – there is a massive difference. Products that have the ability to have such a significant difference on the health and integrity of skin just have to be in a different league to beauty products per se, so all I’m going to do here is to replicate an email sent to me from one of our fabulous customers. It was one of several, so I thank all of you for your feedback, we’ll do MMHC on the August newsletter and I really don’t have anything to add, except wow oh wow, this is what skin transformation is all about:

‘So it has been five days, and on the box it says results in five days. Now I trust you completely, so if you stand behind a product then I know it will be good, but five days – really? I’ve used a lot of high-end brands, but none of them have been bold enough to claim results in five days. So, what’s my verdict?

My skin texture is finer than it was five days ago, it is brighter too. My pores are still there, but definitely less visible. I’ve been using it around my eye area too, please don’t tell me I can’t – I’ve done it for four days and have not suffered any ill effects, so will most likely ignore you if you say no! The lines under my eyes are a lot reduced, like barely there anymore. I had started getting fine lines in the lower outer corners of my eyes about six months ago and had noticed them in photographs where I’m smiling. Seriously they are barely there anymore. Four days!

Finally my skin is usually very dehydrated. I need to apply lotion, serum, facial oil and moisturiser after cleansing to avoid the feeling of tightness. Now, I apply CAIS after cleansing my skin feels comfortable and hydrated. I can’t fathom how this crazy little bottle of blue ‘water’ can do that. Feels like magic!’
Copper Amino Isolate Serum 15 ml £38; Copper Amino Isolate Serum 30 ml £60; Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex 30 ml £38

Pre-Holiday Stress and Fear of Flying

It is estimated that one in four people have a fear of flying to some degree; some people have a mild fear, while for others the fear of flying is so great that it leads to massive stress symptoms.

If the stress is overwhelming, you may wish to consider the use of an adaptogenic herbal supplement, such as Sibergin. Sibergin contains one of the highest concentrations of Siberian ginseng, which helps to normalise the function of our adrenals, which are responsible for stress management and energy enhancement. Sibergin works very quickly to enhance energy levels and helps strengthen the adrenals, which is especially important to those suffering from stress. Studies also indicate that Siberian ginseng is an immune tonic, which is always beneficial because stress compromises immunity.

For those that are affected to a lesser extent, do try Vervain SOS Spray of Sunshine, which helps to calm nerves and relaxes muscle and nerve tension. Start using this product a couple of days before flying and during your holiday. Both of these products can be used in conjunction with each other, if needed.
Sibergin £15.50 for 30 Capsules; Vervain SOS Spray of Sunshine £14.15 for 50 ml

Preventing Prickly Heat

Prickly Heat, also known as miliara or heat rash, is a skin condition that occurs in hot, humid weather conditions when small particles of sweat block the sweat glands causing a rash to appear on the body. The rash can develop anywhere on the body, but it most commonly occurs on the face, neck, back, chest and thighs. It is composed of tiny spots or bumps that are surrounded by an area of red inflamed and itchy skin. The trapped sweat causes localised irritation and the characteristic heat rash.

We have had positive feedback from the use of Stinging Nettles Root for both the prevention and treatment of Prickly Heat. Nettle is commonly employed to provide relief of hay fever and other allergies because of its ability to inhibit the release of histamine, which is responsible for the rash. Additionally, nettle extracts are powerful diuretics helping to eliminate the compounds that are responsible for the inflammation of the sweat glands.

Topically, we recommend the use of Lemon Balm Cream which can be applied three or four times a day. Lemon Balm, when applied topically, helps to soothe itchy inflamed skin as well as being a good first aid cream useful for sores and cuts. In some studies, lemon balm cream helped to heal cold sore lesions quicker than conventional creams.

Since Prickly Heat is a photochemical reaction, we would also recommend the use of a topical sun protection product with a high UVA/UVB protection such as Ultrasun Extreme Sun Lotion SPF 50+, which not only provides high protection, but is also free from oils and perfumes that may aggravate skin.
VH Editorial: Prickly HeatStinging Nettles Root £14.95 for 120 Capsules; Lemon Balm Cream £8.50 for 60 ml; Ultrasun Extreme Sun Lotion SPF 50+ £20 for 100 ml

Beach Body Plan

As part of an entire Beach Body programme, YOU magazine featured three fat-burning supplements on the recommendation of diet and fitness expert, Louise Parker. Louise recommends taking two fat-burning supplements before breakfast, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and green tea, plus a probiotic for digestion and general health. Shabir recommended the following products: CLA by Lamberts (£15.95), Green Tea by Lamberts (£15.65) and Mega Probiotic ND (£18.50).

If you missed the article, please don’t worry because for the duration of this newsletter, this easy little regimen is offered to you for £40 for all three products, which means you save £10.10 and will be on your way to being beach-body-beautiful, in a sensible way!
Beach Body Plan £40 (includes CLA, Green Tea and Mega Probiotic ND)

Bloating

Following on from the above, one of the biggest concerns that we are constantly asked about is how to tackle bloating. Bloating is invariably associated with a lack of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes are produced by the body in order to break down fats, carbohydrates, protein and fibres in order to maximise the availability of nutrients from the foods we eat.

Like many processes in our bodies, as we age we produce less digestive enzymes, which leads to stagnation of food in the abdomen and a distended abdomen. Using a cutting-edge digestive enzyme supplement can help in achieving a flat tummy since all food is given the opportunity to be broken down efficiently, leaving no stagnation of food in the gut. We recommend Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes and all you have to do is take two capsules before you have a main meal. These work.
Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes by Life Extension £23.25 for 60 Capsules

Summer Facial Oil by de Mamiel

The very lovely Annee de Mamiel has just released her Summer Facial Oil and so for those of you who are dedicated and devoted to Annee’s products, here is a message from her:

‘Summer is a time of joy and celebration, it’s when we are at our most yang – the fire in our souls is ignited which gives us energy. I created this uplifting blend to nourish and protect our skin, balance our emotions and help sustain that sunny spirit so we can enjoy long days and restful holidays’.

Each seasonal oil is different and Summer Facial Oil helps boost skin with a vitalising blend of cooling citrus of Lemon Seed, Geranium and Wild Rose. Sunned skin is healed with a smoothing, age-proofing blend of nutrient filled oils such as Prickly Pear, Pomegranate and Sea Buckthorn; also included are specially created flower essences of Marsh Marigold and Pink Frangipani. All this and it smells divine.
Summer Facial Oil £67 for 20 ml

Intensive Skin Treatment Candles by Neom

So we go from one very lovely person to another, Nicola Elliot, founder of Neom Organics. We absolutely love Neom products, as most of you are aware, and I know that you love them too. It was in 2012 that Nicola wrote about her ‘lightbulb moment’ which you can read here and three years on, Neom have continued to thrive and their products have won many awards. I adore a real success story and Neom so deserve the recognition and accolades.

There are two new products to tell you about and they are Intensive Skin Treatment Candles; we’ll start with Tranquillity, which comes from their Scent to Sleep Range:

Tranquillity: This Intensive Skin Treatment Candle has been specially formulated to care for dry, stressed skin in need of extra nourishment. Skin softening cocoa butter is blended with soybean oil and vitamin rich almond oil and with the Neom Tranquillity fragrance. Containing the highest possible percentage of the purest possible 19 essential oils it includes English Lavender, Sweet Basil and Jasmine.

Real Luxury: Having the same base composition, Real Luxury incorporates 24 pure essential oils and has been expertly blended to help reduce stress levels with a blend of French Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood.

Directions: Light the candle for 30 minutes, allowing it to form a therapeutic pool of oil. Blow out and allow the oil to cool for two minutes. The wax has been scientifically formulated so it warms to the perfect temperature for application to the skin. Drizzle the warm, hydrating oils over any part of the body in need of a deeply nourishing treatment or use as a warm all-over body massage oil.
Tranquillity Intensive Treatment Candle £36; Real Luxury Intensive Treatment Candle £36

Summer Products

Let’s do some summer products and here are some of our favourites:

Body Mint: It’s simple. It eliminates body odours and has been created from plant based ingredients, working from within to help eliminate all types of odours, including bad breath. Its unique, high specialised formula was created in Hawaii for effective anti-odour treatments in tropical regions where sweat and odour can be a major concern. The product contains a derivative of chlorophyll, which has odour retarding qualities.
Body Mint £14.95 for 60 Tablets

Maui Babe Browning Lotion: Staying with Hawaiian products, this has been a long-time favourite of mine because it helps achieve a real tan in short, very short sun time. It is a sun tanning accelerator lotion mixed from natural Hawaiian ingredients, including aloe, which helps heal burns of all types. This is not a stain or a self-tan product; it accelerates the sun triggered processes in your skin and is safe for all skin types. It is water resistant and insects absolutely hate it. Result! Oh, one last thing, there are some horrid fake copies floating around. Sigh!
Maui Babe Browning Lotion £24.50 for 236 ml

Tick Remover Card: The Tick Remover Card is a credit card sized tick removal device designed to fit into a wallet or a purse. It features a magnifying lens and two different sized removal tools for different sized ticks. Ticks can spread a number of diseases, including the bacterial infection Lyme Disease, which taken to the limit, can be fatal to both humans and dogs. For more information on Lyme Disease, do read Shabir’s article on the subject.
VH Editorial: Lyme Disease and the Tick Remover CardTick Remover Card £3.99

Flight Spray: Flight Spray is the first natural nasal hydration spray formulated especially for flying. Used to moisten the nasal passage and alleviate nasal dryness, Flight Spray will also help prevent colds, flu and sore throats caught from recycled aeroplane air and close proximity with transmittable symptoms. It also helps to enhance the body’s immune ability to fight against infection and clears the sinuses during long flights. It is formulated by combining two of the most effective herbal ingredients, Turmeric root and Spearmint, which are used in the treatment of nasal ailments. Brilliant little product, just pack it please!
Flight Spray £13 for 15 ml

Sheald Recovery Balm: What is there left to say about Sheald Recovery Balm; it is the ultimate SOS emergency balm, it has a powerful reparative formula for all compromised skin conditions; it calms and encourages skin recovery while immersing severely dry skin in deep, health hydration and it is antimicrobial and fragrance free.

Its antioxidant rich formula minimizes scars and improves their appearance, it reduces irritation and discomfort, it prevents scabbing, relieves itching and encourages faster healing for all types of wounds – it also helps to decrease skin inflammation and it can be used on open wounds. Essential for travel, absolutely, it’s miraculous stuff, but I would expect nothing less from my iS Clinical boys.
Sheald Recovery Balm by iS Clinical £43 for 60 ml

VH Editorial

We have some pretty diverse subjects this month and I hope you enjoy reading these articles; the Beauty Bible girls take a look at ‘Good Enough to Eat Beauty’, Catherine Turner writes about ‘Understanding Ayurveda’, which is a ‘wellness’ word we see on supplements, beauty products and spa treatments, but how many of us really understand what it’s all about – Catherine gives us the lowdown.

Jo Fairley is a bit of a yoga buff, so she tells us all about how to find your perfect yoga holiday and Carolyn Asome gives us all advice on how to shop in the sales – fashion that is! Finally, Sally Brampton bares her soul once again as she writes about the sad loss of her father. Our love and thoughts are with Sally at this difficult time.
VH Editorial

The End Bit

Just a few one liners before we reach the end:

Check out the new IT Foaming 02 Scrub from Cailyn, which gives you the benefits of both gentle exfoliation and a foam cleanser. It will scrub away dirt, oil and make-up while cleansing thoroughly once activated with water. Its ingredients include Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Lavender and Orange Oil.
IT Foaming 02 Scrub £30 for 50 grams

I’m still loving and using the E-Filler Complete Eye Care. The serum still stings after application, my eyes water and I have to walk round with them shut for about three minutes, but I don’t care, the results are amazing.
E-Filler Complete Eye Care £140; All E-Filler Products from £30

How are your feet doing now that the sun has started to shine and our feet come out to play? Two top tips, the Micro-Pedi and Heel Hydration Complex, both brilliant and I’m not sure how to live without either of them.
Micro-Pedi £29.95; Heel Hydration Complex £14.99 for 100 ml

Religiously swallowing my molecules and my favourite is still The Glow Molecule, just wanted to say that. One of my closest friends swears by The Happy Molecule and seems to get through so much, she must be watering her plants with it. Everyone’s smiling.
The Glow Molecule £38 for 240 ml; The Happy Molecule £20

Volume Support from HIF; the sales are going out of control together with my hair. I don’t know what they have put in it, but it’s growing like weed and if I don’t go and get it cut soon I won’t be able to see straight. I realise I said something similar on the last newsletter, but this will be my second trip to get it cut within six weeks.
Volume Support by HIF £30 for 180 ml

That’s it, we have reached the end of another newsletter and I thank each and every one of you for your continued support, your loyalty and of course your feedback, which is always amazing.

We continue to strive to bring the most pioneering and cutting-edge products available in every sector of health, beauty and the health/beauty crossover. At this present time, I seem to be writing about some of the most outstanding products in the entire history of VH. There are moments when I have to pinch myself because even I can’t believe the efficacy of some of these products, but I believe it because I’m using most of these products and I’m living their brilliance. I really couldn’t ask for any more, it is a complete privilege.

So together with Shabir and the entire VH team, I hope you all have a fabulous July and if you are travelling, be safe.

With love

Gill x