Weekend Read 27 March 2021

Weekend Read 27 March 2021

Hello Saturday 27 March.  With an optimistic spring in our step, we enter British Summer Time (BST) at 1 am.  In other words the clocks go forward overnight by an hour and we live in the hope of brighter days to come.  So can we please join together, once again, as we collectively try and make the positive difference to each other that is so sorely needed in order to heal.  Mind, body and soul.  Words, songs and thoughts. 

Right, let’s do that thing as I write about the products that I believe will help make that positive difference, on many different levels.  There will always be the products that work almost instantaneously, and then there are others that may take several weeks or months before a difference can be seen.  I have always been incredibly transparent about this subject matter because I don’t want to give any of you false hope.  It is a given that supplements can take up 28 days to really start to kick in and I will caveat that by saying we are all different, so there is no absolute across this.

The same can, of course, be said about topicals.  For sure, if we are talking about skincare, there are the products that can immediately brighten your skin, but in most cases it is a continued dedication to those chosen products that will so often determine the health of skin.  It also needs to be said that there is no such thing as product Utopia.  What works for one, may not necessarily work for another.  I am very clear on that.  I am also very clear about the brands, products and genres that are conspicuous by their absence on our site.  I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to know what these are.  And I am not referring to last weekend’s rant about Clean Beauty.  Answers on a postcard.  Perhaps.   

Being in a playful mode, I think I would like to begin the product section with a smile.  And that smile would be on the face of the Japanese Cleansing Cloud that I know so many of you adore.  It’s not difficult to love the Cloud, which is infused with the citrus scent of East Asian Yuzu.  I have written many words about the Cloud, so I will just say here that all information can be found on the product page, together with three suggested Japanese Cleansing Rituals, my favourite of which is the Foot Cleanse.  If I had to choose.

In the hope that smiling is contagious, I am taking the price of the Cloud down from £12 to £10.  My sole purpose for doing this is to dedicate the Cloud as a symbol of hope and happiness at this moment of time.  This is a one day only offer and will end at 1 am BST.  Provided our site doesn’t have a meltdown as the clocks change.  It had a meltdown last Saturday afternoon, but the least said about that the better.  Anyway, just one more thing, the Cloud is a hand-made product, which means that our lead times are structured by limitation.  But we can live with that.  With understanding.
Japanese Cleansing Cloud £10

One of the many aspects I love about writing weekly is the fact that it definitely has undertones in its ability to morph into an ongoing soap opera.  This does, of course, rather amuse me, but actually what it does do is allow me to follow through on subject matters, rather than wait for an entire month.  So if I may, a few words about hair loss, which we covered last week.  Hair loss falls into so many different categories, but the emotional stress of losing your hair is profound with far-reaching consequences.  Of course there are numerous solutions, I wrote about them last week, so I would just like to continue that theme here.

As I do, I want to reiterate once again that there is not one single product that can deliver overnight results.  It is often a combination of a few different products that will help support this very common health concern.  And the importance of taking the correct supplementation cannot be under-estimated.  Alongside the supplementation, there are the topicals.  Last week I wrote about Fulvic Acid Mist and this week I am going to throw the focus on the other two haircare products in the Fulvic range, namely Fulvic Acid Shampoo and Fulvic Acid Conditioner.

As many of you know, I have been using Fulvic Acid hair treatments for almost ten years, not for hair loss, but for the general health of my hair.  But it really does come into its own in helping to support hair loss when used on a regular basis.  Loaded with Ioniplex, an ionic mineral complex which protects and enhances cellular growth, Fulvic Acid Shampoo will help nourish and protect the scalp follicles, which in turn helps stimulate and re-activate hair growth.  Given time.

So in continuation, I am taking the price down of Fulvic Acid Shampoo and Fulvic Acid Conditioner from £25 to £20 respectively.  This offer will go across the weekend, ending at midnight BST tomorrow, Sunday 28 March, or whilst stock lasts.  And I know that I wrote last week that Superior Hair is our bestselling and most comprehensive supplement for hair loss, but don’t under-estimate the power of Fulvic Acid Elixir either.  I think it could be a very good thing to take both, if you can.  As I take the price of Fulvic Acid Elixir down from £30 to £25.  With the same terms and conditions.  Shabir will need his blood pressure supplementation.  Again.
Fulvic Acid Shampoo £20 for 240 ml; Fulvic Acid Conditioner £20 for 240 ml; Fulvic Acid Elixir £25 for 480 ml; Superior Hair £27 for 90 Capsules (I’ve gone soft and re-introduced last week’s offer across this weekend too)

The Hay Fever season is upon us.  The pollen forecasts started on the Met Office website on Wednesday, so three days in and Sarah has got all the usual symptoms and Shabir, who also gets really bad Hay Fever, has no symptoms yet.  Notwithstanding that, in this week’s Health Notes, Sarah takes a look at natural non-drug solutions for sufferers who are either trying, or will try, to cope with runny noses, stuffy eyes and numerous other issues. 

For many years we have recommended Aller-DMG, not only for Hay Fever, but for numerous other allergies too.  Shabir and Sarah both think it’s amazing and I think I will throw a weekend only treat across Aller-DMG to celebrate its continued brilliance.  So ending at midnight BST tomorrow, Sunday 28 March, I am dropping the price of Aller-DMG to £17 from £20, whilst stock lasts.  Last year there was an Aller-DMG famine.  I sincerely hope that the same thing doesn’t happen this year.  With another consignment scheduled to arrive sometime next week, I am holding my breath.  And I will of course honour all orders placed this weekend.  If I can. 
Hay Fever Helpers by Sarah Stacey; Aller-DMG £17 For 60 Tablets

I think it’s both interesting and informative to take a look at often lesser-known ingredients and one of those is Taurine.  Taurine is an amino-acid that was once labelled as non-essential simply because it is manufactured by our bodies.  Except with scientific research and development, it is now considered to be an essential amino acid and one that plays a vital role in the many processes of our bodies.

Shabir believes Amino Acids, such as Taurine, are of equal importance as vitamins and minerals for the optimal function of our bodies.  They are required for cell function, cell regeneration, for the formation of antibodies and for hormone and enzyme production.  With widespread health benefits, it is also important to know that a deficiency state of Taurine is very likely in vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as in those suffering from cardiovascular concerns and diabetes.  Shabir does the lowdown.  I do the pricing structure.  As I drop the price of Taurine from £12 to £9 across the weekend, ending at midnight BST tomorrow, Sunday 28 March, or whilst stock lasts.
VH Editorial: The Multiple Benefits of Taurine; Taurine by Life Extension £9 for 90 Capsules

Here come the skincare treats.  Three of them actually.  Just so I don’t have to repeat myself three times, each of these are limited edition treats and once they are gone, they are gone.  The first is Aurelia’s hero product, Miracle Cleanser.  This is the cleanser that is suitable for all skin types, except if you are allergic to essential oils, like me.  All information is on the product page, but the thing you really need to know is that I am talking about the 120 ml size of Miracle Cleanser.  It has a retail price of £42.  Except now it’s £21.  Momentarily I guess.
Miracle Cleanser by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare £21 for 120 ml

A little story around this next treat.  It’s Derma E’s Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask and some time ago, actually rather a long time ago, I bought a stash of these sachets and gave them away.  To this day we still receive requests for these sachets, even though the full size product is available.  So this is what I’m going to do.  I have taken three of these sachets and bundled them together.  The retail price should be £9.95 for the three sachets, but I’m taking the price down to £5 for the now.  And just to say this is new stock, just in case you were wondering.  Out with the dirt.  Deep rooted. 
Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask by Derma E £5 for Three Sachets; Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask by Derma E £17 for 48 grams

Many of you will remember when I launched Vice Reversa's Micro-Needling Patches.  I loved them then and I love them now.  Each of the patches contain dissolvable micro-needles which deliver high potency actives to the inner layers of the skin.  The unique delivery system allows several actives to be used, whereas most similar products only allow one or two actives per needle.  Vice Reversa remain at the forefront of this technology and with that said, a treat.  With all details on the product pages, the Micro-Needling Plumping Patches drop from £34.95 to £25 and the Micro-Needling Patches drop from £19.95 to £15.
Micro-Needling Plumping Patches by Vice Reversa £25 for Eight Patches; Micro-Needling Pimple Patches £15 for Eight Patches

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about high blood pressure.  Recommending Cardio-Peak, I wrote how this common health concern is often described as the ‘silent killer’.  So today, I want to write about another very common health concern, which is often termed as ‘silent reflux’.  Silent reflux is a condition where the stomach acid flows back up into the oesophagus causing the symptoms of heartburn.  It is often associated with the poor function of the sphincter that opens and closes between the stomach and the oesophagus, and it can also be associated by a higher than normal protein diet.  So two product recommendations from Shabir to help resolve this issue.

The first is Yarrow Complex, which enhances the body’s production of digestive enzymes to help break down food efficiently.  It needs to be said that proteins are particularly difficult to break down and are often the causal factor for acid reflux.  Additionally, this tincture governs the production of gastrin, a hormone that controls the sphincter between the oesophagus and the stomach.  As we age, the sphincter ages.  Fact.

The second recommendation is to take a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in some water before eating.  This slightly increases the acidity of the stomach, which may seem slightly odd, but there is a logic to this approach.  Acid reflux is actually, in most cases, associated with a lack of stomach acid, not an excess of stomach acid.  So the lower the levels of stomach acid, the more difficult it becomes for food to be broken down.  The resultant mixture has a tendency to creep upwards, which in turn can inflame the oesophagus.  Another fact.  So there we have it.  Two rather simple solutions.  From Shabir.  Without side effects.
Yarrow Complex Drops by A. Vogel £10.50 for 50 ml; Organic Apple Cider Vinegar by Higher Nature £9.90 for 500 ml; Cardio Peak with Standardized Hawthorn and Arjuna by Life Extension £32 for 120 Capsules

Anyway, anyway, can we now talk about dogs because Green People have just launched a new range of products for dogs called allPaws.  The range will be extended later this year, but for now they are launching with two shampoos, Wild Mint Cleansing Shampoo and Sensitive Shampoo for dogs with extra sensitive skin.  And just so you know everything you ever needed to know, Shabir has two German Shepherd dogs and I part-share a lunatic French Bulldog called Sadie.  Who has attitude.  And separation anxiety.
Wild Mint Cleansing Shampoo by allPaws £14 for 200 ml; Sensitive Shampoo by allPaws £14 for 200 ml

Moving on, let’s do two new product launches.  The first is from QRx Labs.  It’s called 2% BHA Exfoliating Liquid and it is formulated with Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Green Tea.  And here comes another new product, which is also loaded with Niacinamide.  It’s Ultrasun’s Hand Cream, which is fast-absorbing and non-greasy.  It is ideal for sensitive skin which is prone to pigmentation and offers free radical protection.  Done.
2% BHA Exfoliating Liquid by QRx Labs £20 for 120 ml; Hand Cream SPF 25 Anti-Pigmentation by Ultrasun £18 for 75 ml

Might as well finish the product section with a bang, although the only thing that will be banging is Shabir’s head when he reads this.  Having just written about Niacinamide, I thought I might as well reduce the price of Niacinamide Serum from £10 to £7.  All I want to say here is that this offer is for one day only, today Saturday 27 March, and it will end when the clocks go forward at 1 am.  This is good whilst stock lasts.  But they may not.
VH Editorial: Should You Introduce Niacinamide Serum Into Your Skincare Routine; Niacinamide Serum by Garden of Wisdom for VH £7 for 30 ml

Into the Saturday only treat we go and this week I want to do something slightly different.  So that is what I will do by telling you that with every order of £30 and over (excluding p&p) we will send you a gift.  And that gift could be anything, in other words it will be a lucky dip.  I have absolutely no control over these gifts, but whatever you receive, it comes with love and hugs from me (and Shabir) to you.

The Saturday song.  I have chosen this song for several reasons.  It is one of my favourite rock anthems of all time.  And it is also serves as a reminder that I will never conform to whatever I am meant to conform to.  So I invite you to ‘Walk With Me On The Wild’.  With love, attitude and hope.  It is of course Born To Run.  One.  Two.  Three.  Sing.  With me.  Because ‘Nobody Wins Unless Everybody Wins’.
Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen

With love

Gill x