Weekend Read 19 March 2022
As I welcome you to another Weekend Read, tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring with all that it brings, and that would of course include the hope we collectively hold for lighter days ahead. We continue to stand together and as we do so, I promised that I would give you all the news and feedback now that I’m back from LA, and there has been rather a lot.
So let’s do it and I’m going to begin by telling you that I remembered to take my HA capsules away with me, unlike the last time I went out of the country and left them behind, to the detriment of my then-aching body. I have written for many years that there are many supplements which we can get rather complacent about, yet it is only when we stop taking these supplements that we fully appreciate their efficacy, and HA definitely falls into that category, most especially now that Shabir has increased the therapeutic dosage.
We still believe, after all these years, that HA remains the most crucial anti-ageing supplement, evidenced by its ability to help keep our joints supple and our skin cells plumped up. It is also hugely beneficial for varying eye issues, including dry eye syndrome and vaginal dryness, both of which are very common health concerns. And it’s because of my absolute trust and belief in Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength that, once again, I feel a strong urge to share. And I’ll do so by taking the price of this bestselling supplement down from £35 to £30 across the weekend. Hopefully, without limitation.
Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength £30 for 30 Capsules (offer ends at midnight GMT, Sunday 20 March)
I would just like to stay on theme, because another supplement that falls into the can’t-live-without category for so many of us is Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes. Normal ageing can decrease the production of stomach enzymes, which can then create discomfort. Formulated to help relieve bloating, stomach pain and constipation, you will find four different articles on this subject on the product page to support that statement. Once again, this supplement’s efficacy is most especially noted if you stop taking it, but let’s not even go there as I drop the price of Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes from £23.25 to £20. Also across the weekend.
Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes by Life Extension £20 for 60 Capsules (offer ends at midnight GMT, Sunday 20 March)
I have one or two new products to tell you about, but I think I’ll intersperse them with all the latest news and feedback. And where better to begin than with EarthKind’s Organic Rubber Comb which we launched last weekend. The comb of all combs, it is so often the simple things in life that are the most effective and that is certainly true of this little beauty. Dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our hair and scalp, it is recommended that you start combing at the very ends of your hair and work your way up, rather than working down from the scalp, which most of us do. This helps to gently tease out any tangles.
It is also recommended that you should comb your hair before showering to remove tangles pre-wash and if we are talking about pre-washing, this is the comb that was born to be used in conjunction with the Elasticity Bar, as I wrote last week. So let’s talk about the Elasticity Bar, and all the other shampoo and conditioning bars from Earthkind, because they are leading the way in this specific category. The Elasticity Bar is pioneering in concept, the shampoo bars are notable for their considerable attributes and the conditioning bar is one of EarthKind's bestselling products. Dedicated products. Outstanding integrity. And that really matters. In this world.
EarthKind Organic Rubber Comb £17.50; Elasticity Bar by EarthKind £12.50; Shampoo and Conditioning Bars by EarthKind
Staying with the simple things in life, a few words about Fulvic Face Cream. Two weeks ago I wrote that Fulvic Face Cream was an integral part of my rather extensive skincare wardrobe. I went on to share the 30 ml size of Fulvic Face as the Saturday only treat, so an update from me to you. I only took two skincare products with me to LA. And one of those was Fulvic Face. I multi-tasked and used it as a wash-off cleanser and as a moisturiser. I also took it on the plane with me and it performed magnificently in keeping my skin hydrated for 10.5 hours. Calming, wound-healing and rejuvenating, Fulvic Face Cream drops in price to £25 from £30 across the weekend. Simple. Yet rather clever.
Fulvic Face Cream £25 for 60 ml (offer ends at midnight GMT, Sunday 20 March)
And having written that, the other skincare product I took with me was Extreme Protect from iS Clinical. I have used Extreme Protect on my face for more years than I care to remember, because nothing else does it for me. On the other hand, Shabir and Lara were using Coola’s Mineral Face Matte Untinted Moisturiser which they both declared to be outstanding. Lara said that her face felt like silk, which can only be a very good thing. And as outstanding products go, we all used Coola’s Classic Body Sunscreen Spray. I know it’s rather early to write about such things, but if you are travelling to sunnier climes you may wish to take a look at these products. Or lodge them in your memory bank. Perhaps.
Extreme Protect SPF 40 Translucent by iS Clinical £68 for 100 grams; Mineral Face Matte Untinted Moisturiser SPF 30 - Cucumber by Coola £36 for 50 ml; Classic Body Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 Unscented by Coola £25 for 177 ml
Right, let’s do a new product. It is called Restitude, it’s from Temple Spa and it is a Limited Edition product, which means that it is only here for a short while. Restitude is a restoring bathing experience, which is rich in Mediterranean essential oils including Frankincense, Patchouli, Geranium and Vetiver, all of which are infused in a base of Coconut and Sunflower oils. Dedicated to deep relaxation, Restitude also includes warming and muscle-easing extracts of Ginger and Turmeric. As a peaceful salvation for mind, body and soul, Temple Spa have, once again, created yet another outstanding product, which can also be used in the shower. To gift. Or to keep?
Restitude Shower & Bath Luxe by Temple Spa £20 for 300 ml (whilst stock lasts)
I’m jumping around a bit, so forgive me but I need to tell you about two product famines. I am far from thrilled about the first product shortage because it is Essential Youth L-Ergothioneine, a supplement we launched just two weeks ago. I suppose in one way it is a testament to the brilliance of this new ingredient, and it is an exceptional ingredient, but our stock levels are quite low at this time and I am being told that we may have to wait until the middle of April, or slightly longer, for further stock. I really don’t think we can avoid another dreaded wait list, but I am holding out for a miracle. And they do happen. Sometimes.
VH Editorial: Is Ergothioneine The Next Longevity Nutrient; Essential Youth L-Ergothioneine by Life Extension £20 for 30 Capsules
The second product famine is Mankai Duckweed and by all accounts there is a global shortage of this ingredient, which would perhaps explain why this product has been peaking over the past few weeks. Once again, we are still in stock, but I’m really not sure how long it will last or when the raw ingredient will become readily available again. I have written several times about raw ingredient shortages over the past couple of years and this issue is still problematic across so many products as we, the greater we, are still experiencing the extensive, yet expected, fallout from the pandemic. Transparency remains key. Throughout.
VH Editorial: Mankai Duckweed, The Smallest Vegetable Big On Vitamins; Mankai Duckweed Powder £22 for 500 grams
On a roll with ilapothecary as once again we launch another new product from this highly-acclaimed brand. This is the third new product launch in as many weeks and it is their Dream Space Candle. Loaded with Vetiver, Spikenard, Patchouli and Lavender, Dream Space is a soothing ‘earthy’ candle which has been formulated to help create a quiet space for relaxation and grounding. Because a warm bath is so often the route to relaxation, we will include a gift for the bath with this product, which is their Magnesium & Amethyst Deep Relax Bath Soak (40 grams). And because this is an exclusive launch, the Dream Space Candle drops in price from £54 to £44 until the end of the week. Amen.
Dream Space Candle (40 Hour Burn Time) + Magnesium & Amethyst Deep Relax Bath Soak £44 (offer ends at midnight GMT, Friday 25 March)
I recently wrote that Shabir updates all of his health editorials on a regular basis and the latest editorial to receive this treatment is his in-depth article on helping to lower cholesterol levels. It is thought that cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death in the Western Hemisphere, so we feel it is important to take a look at the natural remedies available, as well as understanding the complexities of cardiovascular health. So all I am going to do here is link Shabir’s article below, tell you that he is having a moment about oats for cholesterol and then drop the price of our bestselling product for cardiovascular health, CholestSafe, down from £25 to £22. That’s it. Done.
VH Editorial: How To Lower Cholesterol Naturally; OatWell Original Powder by Lifeplan £11.79 for 150 grams; CholestSafe £22 for 90 Capsules (offer ends at midnight GMT, Sunday 20 March)
And with that done, we are now in the beauty treat territory. As such we will begin with a treat from LixirSkin and it goes something like this. With any LixirSkin products bought with a value of £25 or over, we will automatically include a free Universal Emulsion (30 ml), which has an approximate value of £15. As ever, this is a limited edition offer and you will know if it’s over if the gift fails to go into your basket.
Vitamin C Paste by LixirSkin £32 for 50 ml; LixirSkin
So let us continue and we are going to continue with some words about Garden of Wisdom. On the last Weekend Read I promised I would let you know what the bestselling Garden of Wisdom product was after we included the 30 ml size of Daily Hydrator with every Garden of Wisdom product as a treat. And it was the Anti-Aging Multi-Peptide Serum. It was closely followed by 100% Prickly Pear Seed Oil, which didn’t surprise me at all. I actually thought that Prickly Pear would win, so I got that wrong, but notwithstanding that let’s celebrate the winners by lowering the price of each of those two products from £20 to £17.
Anti-Aging Multi-Peptide Serum by Garden of Wisdom by VH £17 for 30 ml; 100% Prickly Pear Seed Oil by Garden of Wisdom for VH £17 for 30 ml (offers end at midnight GMT, Sunday 20 March, or whilst stock lasts)
Back into the bathroom we go with the Miniature Body Wash Collection from Aromatherapy Associates. There are three powerful products in this collection, Deep Relax Body Wash (40 ml), Renewing Rose Body Wash (40 ml) and Revive Body Wash (40 ml). With the emphasis on nurturing, the Miniature Body Wash Collection has a value of £14.50, but whilst stock lasts, and this is a limited edition, we are offering this collection at £10. I think I know what is going to happen here. No crystal ball required.
Miniature Body Wash Collection by Aromatherapy Associates £10
And I certainly didn’t need a crystal ball two weeks ago when we launched The Sculptor from Temple Spa. It does seem a bit weird writing about feedback from two weeks ago, but that said I would just like to thank you for your overwhelming response to this wonderful tool. I think I forgot to mention that I keep mine in the fridge, mostly because I like it ice cold, but notwithstanding that, Temple Spa stated that it was a secret weapon for a sculpted jaw, defined cheekbones and lifted brows. And I’m so happy that so many of us are rolling together. I invite you to join in, if you haven’t already done so. Bravo Temple Spa. You’ve delivered on promise. Again.
The Sculptor by Temple Spa £30
One more thing before we head into the Saturday only treat. And it’s all about Black Garlic. Garlic has been used as a medicinal herb for many centuries and historical records indicate that it has been used as a diuretic, digestive aid, antibiotic, for colds, infections and an entire array of other ailments. With extensive research carried out in the last two decades, it has multi-faceted health benefits, including helping to support our immune system. Read all about these benefits on Shabir’s article, linked below, as he recommends Black Garlic Capsules for our overall health and wellbeing.
VH Editorial: The Health Benefits of Black Garlic; Black Garlic by HealthAid £9.49 for 30 Capsules
This week’s Saturday only treat is Palm Balm Luxurious Hand Cream (15 ml) by Temple Spa, which I thought would round off the Temple Spa mentions quite nicely today. Absorbing quickly, Palm Balm’s ingredients include the healing and moisturising Aloe Vera, Jojoba and Vitamin E. We will automatically include this gift with every order placed for £30 and above, excluding p&p, and full product details are listed below.
Palm Balm Luxurious Hand Cream by Temple Spa £19 for 100 ml
And as we come to the end of another Weekend Read, I thank you for the closeness we continue to share with each other. I have always believed that there is very special collective energy between us and although it is often difficult to put it into words, it is that closeness that brings the compassion and understanding that is so evidenced as we continue to witness ongoing atrocities on so many different levels. Let us sing this song. Together. Once more.
The Prayer by Andrea Bocelli and Céline Dion; The VH Playlist