Weekend Read 26 June 2021

Weekend Read 26 June 2021

As I welcome you to another Weekend Read, it is becoming increasingly obvious that mostly we are in a synergistic relationship with each other.  And the power of that synergistic relationship strengthens in each and every moment.  As, I hope, does our resolve to overcome the extreme difficulties so many of us are facing.  I know one thing, and that is that we must never stop talking about how we feel, for it is in that very sharing that we allow ourselves the experience of a cathartic release of our emotions.  As we communicate with each other.  And, perhaps, tap with each other tomorrow evening, which I will write about very soon.

So let us begin, once again, with feedback and the continuing story of Sheald Recovery Balm, Fulvic Acid Nail Cream and a magnifying glass.  An imaginary magnifying glass.  Imaginary because I went to Mr Derm for a check-up after the removal of my Basal Cell Carcinoma.  And I was so tempted to present him with a magnifying glass.  But even if I had done that, there was nothing to see because within the space of just over three weeks, Sheald Recovery Balm had performed its magic and healed the ‘three stitch’ wound.  No scar.  But I did have a bump just underneath the wound.  And it wasn’t a spot. 

Excuse me.  But what is this spot, which isn’t a spot, I asked.  Ah, said Mr Derm, it’s pinched skin which can often happen just underneath where the stitches were.  It may go after another six weeks or so, he said, and if not please come back and I will ‘shave’ it off.  Except of course that won’t be happening, most especially after what I wrote last week about Fulvic Acid Nail Cream.  It took just five days of applying Fulvic to the bump.  And then it disappeared.  Never to return.  So that’s the feedback and despite what I wrote last weekend we are, once more, struggling with supply and demand issues on Sheald Recovery Balm.  Not entirely unexpected.  Please bear with.
Sheald Recovery Balm by iS Clinical £20 for 15 grams; Sheald Recovery Balm by iS Clinical £52 for 60 grams; Fulvic Acid Nail Cream £12 for 30 ml

On from that, let me slip in another iS Clinical mention.  I need to slap myself for not writing about the Youth range of products more often, not least because most of the formulations were industry firsts when they were launched, and actually their integrity and performance remain as powerful today.  So much so, that I am putting myself on a ‘Youth’ regimen right of this moment.  And a word about Youth Complex.  I was testing this for approximately two years before launch and such was the secrecy surrounding this product, I remember locking it into my hotel safe when Bryan and Alec first gave it to me in LA.  So that Shabir couldn’t steal it.  From my bathroom.
Youth Complex £126 for 30 grams; Youth Serum £130 for 30 ml; Youth Intensive Crème £180 for 50 ml; Youth Eye Complex £85 for 15 ml; Youth Lip Elixir £52 for 3.5 grams; All from iS Clinical

Rapidly moving on, because Shabir is probably sitting with his calculator working out the cost of my latest indulgence, in a long line of them.  And none more so than my indulgence for the Roadscents candles, which we launched last weekend.  And what a launch it was.  It was a close call as to which fragrance would win, but it was GodSmell by a small margin.  And although this can of course change in any given moment, perhaps it was because the inspiration for this candle, which is fragranced with uplifting Patchouli, Sandalwood and Cedar, came from the Hindu God Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.  And has a deeply spiritual intent.

That said, I absolutely adore RoseRage too, so I burn them independently, dependent on my mood and dependent upon circumstance.  As I guideline, if you need one, I tend to burn GodSmell when I am on my own and also when I’m writing, and RoseRage when I have people in my home.  The warmth of a rose-scented summer evening is both intoxicating and sensual.  And just because I feel like it, I hang the corresponding Roadscents car atomisers around my home and place them in my wardrobe and drawers too.  These products are so very special, for so many differing reasons, but mostly because their creation was one of a much considered intent.  For our wellbeing.
GodSmell Candle by Roadscents £35; RoseRage Candle by RoadScents £35; Roadscents

And on the subject of intent, the products that are loaded with correct intent are so often the products we love and adore.  So, if I may, another testimonial about the very fabulous Heated Eye Wand, as follows: ‘I just wanted to say how brilliant the Heated Eye Wand is.  I’ve had dry eyes for years, pink awful things that various treatments have helped, but not solved.  The dryness has meant that I have had to give up wearing my daily contact lenses in my right eye, the left one was ok for occasional use.  I used the Wand as recommended and initially I got a couple of styes, but persisted and for the first time in decades (honestly) my eyes are white.

I can wear my contact lenses in both eyes, all day and every day and whilst I still have age-related under-eye bags, the fluid-filled sacks that used to sit on top of them have gone, presumably because my tear ducts are now functioning and the tears lubricate my eyes.’  And a few words from me, those fluid-filled sacks under our eyes are known as ‘Eye Festoons’ or ‘Malar Mounds’.  Two things to say.  Down with Eye Festoons and I can see straight the way through the products that are created with an incorrect intent.  Let’s leave it there.  For now.
Heated Eye Wand by Peep Club £60; Instant Eye Relief Spray by Peep Club £15 for 17 ml; Soothing Coconut Eye Balm by Peep Club £20 for 120 ml; Cleansing Lash Foam by Peep Club £20 for 50 ml; Reusable Velvet Bamboo Pads (Eight Pads + One Laundry Bag) by Peep Club £15 (Wait List - Still)

Right, let’s do something on Fulvic again.  Many of you will recall that I have been asking (actually nagging) Shabir to create a Fulvic Bath product.  So the update on that is that I am not happy with any of the samples I have received to date, so the mission continues.  We will get there one day, but I don’t know when.  What I do know is that I use Fulvic Acid Shampoo both in the bath and shower as a body wash, aside of course from using it on my hair, but that’s a given.  I have also been known, on occasion, to pour an entire bottle of Fulvic Acid Elixir into my bath because it is so very excellent for skin.  Stay with me.  A treat is coming.  And it’s a bit insane.  But who cares.

And it looks like this.  I am taking the price down of Fulvic Acid Shampoo to £20 from £25.  Added to that, with every Fulvic Acid Shampoo bought, I will throw in the 120 ml size of Fulvic Acid Elixir.  This is one of those limited edition treats, so once they are gone, they really are gone and you won’t be able to add them into your basket.  There is absolutely no necessity to pour the Elixir into your bath, you can of course just take it, which I guess is what most of you will do.  But if you do choose to use it in your bath, stay in that bath for at least twenty minutes to get the most benefit.  And you could add Lixirskin’s Universal Oil to that bath.  For therapeutic bathing. 
Fulvic Acid Shampoo £20 for 240 ml (Includes 120 ml Fulvic Acid Elixir whilst stock lasts)

So Universal Oil, but before I talk about it, I have a story to share with you.  Most of you know that I have a very close relationship with Dr Colette Haydon, the founder of Lixirskin, and that I had the privilege of launching Lixirskin in 2017.  On from that, Colette and I were very aware that it would defy the raison d'être of the brand’s ethos of simplicity, to keep releasing new products, although there was so much more we wanted to explore together.  The Lab Edit was created through that very exploration.  It stands alone as a brand in and of itself and it enables the release of a series of triumphant products created by Colette in her lab.

Conceptually there is no permanence.  Each of the products released will be limited editions, with some being more limited than others.  It defies rules, yet it creates expectancy.  So please allow me to introduce you to Universal Body Grains.  The first product from The Lab Edit.  The Grains are an exfoliating blend of salts, minerals and acids formulated to help remove dead cells, resurface the skin and encourage cell renewal.  Universal Body Grains were created to be used with Universal Oil and all you do is mix one tablespoon of the grains with one capful of Universal Oil, massage onto damp skin until the grains are dissolved, then slip into a relaxing warm bath or rinse under the shower.

Universal Body Oil is of course the luxurious hydrating body, hair, bath and shower oil, which was the first body product launched from the Lixirskin range.  So in celebration of the launch of The Lab Edit, we will send you a gift.  And that gift is the product itself, Universal Body Grains, which will accompany each order for Universal Body Oil, whilst stock lasts.  On a personal note, I just want to say that Colette and I are so excited by the concept of The Lab Edit.  Neither of us know at this stage where it will lead, but we will let it grow organically, without the need to conform.  Freedom in thought.  Creativity.  And exclusivity.
Universal Body Oil £39 for 100 ml (Includes Universal Body Grains 150 grams whilst stock lasts)

Let’s do a few more treats.  I’m in mode and I’ll begin with Astaxanthin.  Astaxanthin with Phospholipids actually because regular Astaxanthin is limited by low absorption, however Astaxanthin with Phospholipids facilitates maximum absorption of Astaxanthin into the bloodstream, where it is transported to cells throughout the body.  Astaxanthin is of course a super antioxidant with multiple health benefits including the optimisation of immunity, limb mobility and cardiovascular health.  It has also been shown to be beneficial to help protect skin against the ageing process.

Three articles from Shabir on the Astaxanthin with Phospholipids product page, with one linked below because I feel like it.  I also feel like dropping the price of this product from £14 to £12 and I sincerely hope we have enough stock because I am going to extend this offer across the weekend, ending tomorrow, Sunday 27 June at midnight BST.  I have nothing more to say.  On this.
VH Editorial: Astaxanthin Protects The Whole Body; Astaxanthin and Phospholipids by Life Extension £12 for 30 Softgels 

And next.  Liposomal Vitamin C.  This is the ground-breaking high absorption form of Vitamin C that is gentle on the stomach.  Liposomal Vitamin C works by wrapping Vitamin C in liposomes, which makes it easier for your cells to absorb, as opposed to it getting lost or flushed away.  In other words it is a hugely powerful source of Vitamin C and this is the Vitamin C that Shabir recommends.  And has done for rather a long time.  Vitamin C also helps in reducing tiredness, so for that alone it is worth taking as there seems to be a global malaise.  We need to help conquer that, so the price of Liposomal Vitamin C drops from £39.99 to £34 until Friday 2 July at midnight BST.
Liposomal Vitamin C by YourZooki £34 for 30 x 15 ml Sachets

Skincare.  Aurelia Skincare and a new product launch.  It is their Resurfacing Serum and it’s a Bakuchiol-infused serum, which mimics the effects of retinol to help re-surface the skin without irritation.  But really I don’t need to tell you that because I have been writing about Bakuchiol for the longest time.  This formulation also contains balancing Niacinamide to help target blemishes and redness.  So that’s the lowdown on the product and Aurelia assure me that they have used the gold-standard Sytenol A as Bakuchiol in this formulation.  Because I asked.

Anyway, that’s the product description and now the treat.  We have a limited volume of the 15 ml size Resurfacing Serum which is worth £34.  So, whilst stock lasts, which I guess won’t be that long, I am reducing the price of this down to £20, so that’s a saving of £14.  And just to add to that, Aurelia used to be called Aurelia Probiotic, but they have re-named themselves as Aurelia London.  Don’t ask me why.  Because I don’t know.  But now you know.  In case anybody was confused.   
Resurfacing Serum by Aurelia London £20 for 15 ml (Whilst stock lasts)

Health Notes.  And Sarah declares it’s a sneezy, itchy, head-blurring time for Hay Fever sufferers.  The grass is growing, flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing and it’s peak hay fever for so many.  So Sarah offers some natural products to help you through the array of possible symptoms, including sneezing, blocked/runny nose, itchy dry throat, sore pink watering eyes and blocked sinuses.  Not cute.  At all.
A-A-A-Tishoo! You Need Hay Fever Helpers by Sarah Stacey

Rapid Tapping.  As many of you will have read last week, I invited each of you to participate in another free Rapid Tapping event hosted by Poppy Delbridge.  This event will take place tomorrow evening, Sunday 27 June at 7 pm BST and you can register for the big guided tap on the link below.  After registration you will receive your invitation to join us, with the theme of the tap being ‘Energy Is Not Your Enemy’.  Just to explain once more, Poppy will be demonstrating how to turn negatives into true positives and how to shift your low energy into higher vibrations, in order to feel a deeper sense of wellbeing. 

The session will last for approximately 45 minutes and if you have tapped before, you will know that these sessions can make a profound difference to our health and wellbeing.  A sense of calm prevails as we tap together and collectively discover the healing benefits of this therapy.  If you haven’t tapped before, then do please join us to experience the extraordinary power of tapping.  With my heartfelt love and gratitude to Poppy for her ongoing generosity, I am so looking forward to tapping and talking to you tomorrow night.  Well messaging actually.  Poppy will do the talking and I’ll try to behave.  Which might be rather difficult.  Actually.
Energy Is Not Your Enemy:  The Rapid Tap with Poppy Delbridge

More updates.  There are always so many updates, but the first thing I have to tell you is that iS Clinical’s Extreme Protect 40 is now back in stock.  In all three shades.  And just because I can, I am also linking below Sarah’s article once again about the safety of Titanium Dioxide in sunscreens, which includes comments from iS Clinical.  I have said it many times, but I will say it again.  The sunscreen market is a minefield of confusion and misrepresentation.  In iS Clinical I trust.  And I have done for over twenty years.  And I don’t trust easily.  So our curation is incredibly tight.  And always will be.  Whilst I’m still breathing.  And writing.    
Is Titanium Dioxide Safe In Sunscreens by Sarah Stacey; Extreme Protect SPF 40 Translucent by iS Clinical £66 for 100 grams; Extreme Protect SPF 40 PerfecTint Beige by iS Clinical £66 for 100 grams; Extreme Protect SPF40 PerfectTint Bronze by iS Clinical £66 for 100 grams

So now let me write about Mrs White’s Unstung Hero, as I tell you that we have just received our third large consignment in as many weeks.  Lest there should be famine, which happened in rather a major way last year, by some miracle we have been able to keep this on our shelves and will endeavour to do so throughout the summer months.  It remains our bestselling mosquito and insect repellent spray; it was famously used on a Vogue photo-shoot, it collapsed our website last year when it appeared on This Morning and we all use it as a summer room spray.  That’s just a reiteration of everything I have written before.  But I’m so happy to do that.  Because it’s amazing.
Unstung Hero Mosquito Repellent by Mrs White’s £20 for 250 ml (UK only)

And one final fling before the Saturday only treat because I did a final fling last week so I thought I would do it again. When I tap tomorrow night, I will be tapping with Calm Patches strategically placed on my temples.  I have written so much about the Calm Patches and their efficacy, so all I am going to do here is to tell you that in line with what I did with the Healing Patches last week, I will follow through by reducing the price of the Calm Patches from £15 to £12, and I will extend this offer until Friday 2 July at midnight BST.  These are of course the patches that help keep me sane.  In an increasingly insane world. 
Calm Patches by Ross J. Barr £12 For Ten Patches

The Saturday only treat and because I like to be neat and because I have already written about the fragrance of Rose, with every order placed for £30 and above today, excluding p&p, we will include Biobelle’s Rose All Day Botanical Fibre Mask with AHA Flowers Complex.  This mask will gently exfoliate, unclog pores and will help control oil production.  It is also drenched with Rose Water which helps soothe skin, helping to keep it moisturised.  Nice.

As we come to the end of another Weekend Read, can I just say thank you to those of you who mailed me about the VH Playlist, which we initiated last weekend.  And as I look at the list, there are many gaps of songs and artists that need to be filled.  Not least by the legend that was, and is, Freddie Mercury.  There are so many Queen songs that I could have chosen, but the song I am going to share with you today comes from the album Innuendo, which was released in February 1991.  It was of course later in that same year that Freddie Mercury passed away, but his legendary status remains.  For all time. 

The song is These Are The Days Of My Life.  And I think we can all relate.  And sing.  This song.
These Are The Days Of My Life by Queen; The VH Playlist

Wishing you a restful weekend.

With love.

Gill x