Weekend Read 28 May 2022
As I welcome you to another Weekend Read, I am more or less doing the same as I did last Saturday and I’m going straight into it, without too much preamble. All I really want to say here is that these newsletters seem to have a life of their own. I always have a list of the things I want to write about, which I discuss with Shabir before I start writing, but then I seem to go off on a tangent and it becomes something entirely different. Of course that amuses me somewhat, but in another way it allows me the freedom to write about the things that I believe matter the most, without being beholden to anything or anybody. And I’m not talking about Shabir here.
I think that it is so important to retain that freedom, without any outside influence whatsoever, but I’ll touch on that another time because I want to talk about Hyaluronic Acid. And most specifically Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength. Many of you will know that Shabir increased the therapeutic dosage of HA capsules to 300 mg a few months ago based upon the most recent research obtained, so a few more words about that, if I may.
When I wrote about that therapeutic dose increase, I also said that I considered it to be a ‘holy grail product’ because of its ability to help plump up skin, to help protect our joints and to help alleviate Dry Eye Syndrome. And with HA levels in our body declining with age, it has often been dubbed as ‘the fountain of youth’, so I’ll take that, with thanks. I don’t want to be ridiculous here and tell you that we are all going to look twenty-something, because we are not, but I swear by its ability to help prevent my joints from creaking and I know the difference because I have also written about the time when I went cold-turkey to test its efficacy. I also wrote that I would never do that again, and I won’t.
And because so many of you feel the same about HA, a treat without any restrictions. Knowing what I know, I wouldn’t even consider writing about this if I wasn’t absolutely sure we had enough stock to satisfy demand, which is more than I can say about some products, and I will talk about that somewhere below this. But for now I am throwing the focus on Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength, and with each pot of capsules sold, we will automatically throw in the travel size HA capsules, which gives you fifteen extra capsules free, with a value of £17.50. Born to stash. Perhaps.
Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength £35 for 30 Capsules (including the travel size, 15 capsules, free) (offer ends at midnight BST, Sunday 29 May)
Having mentioned the benefit of taking HA for Dry Eye Syndrome, I would just like to follow through with a topical treatment. Dry Eye Gel has been specifically formulated for skin around the eyes. It is a gentle, yet moisturising gel and is suitable for all skin types and that includes sensitive, itchy skin, which is so common. As such it is particularly helpful if you have patches of eczema around the eye area, most especially on the eyelid, or excessively dry skin. Fully targeted, this is another one of those solution-led products, which really helps to make a difference.
Dry Eye Gel by Skin Shop £9.50 for 15 ml
Staying on subject, let’s talk about washing our eyes. I get over-excited at the small things in life, but perhaps this is not such a small thing because Vizulize Eye Wash washes away irritants and provides gentle and effective relief for tired, irritated and sensitive eyes. It hydrates, it soothes and is pH balanced to the eye’s tear fluid and as such it is perfect for soothing eyes irritated by pollen, grit and dust. Of course it will also help alleviate the discomfort of dry and tired eyes which are often caused by sitting staring at computer screens, and I think this is a brilliant product. Suitable to use with contact lenses, it comes with an eye bath. Let’s wash.
Vizulize Eye Wash £4.20 for 300 ml (includes eye bath)
Moving on, I now want to talk about another of those tremendously common health concerns, vaginal thrush. Shabir has written extensively about this subject, so all I really want to say here is that the most common symptoms of vaginal thrush include itching, swelling, soreness, burning and irritation of the vagina. Vaginal thrush is generally caused by a yeast infection, but there are many myths surrounding this condition, so I think it best if we get down to the basics, and as such I am linking Shabir’s article on the subject, as he recommends two supplements and one topical product, also listed below.
VH Editorial: Vaginal Thrush; Vaginal Care Her Balance by Kolorex £22 for 30 Softgels (drops from £24); Vaginal Care Cream by Kolorex £16 for 50 grams (drops from £18); Daily Immunity £22 for 60 Capsules (drops from £27) (offers end at midnight BST, Sunday 29 May)
Following through on common health concerns, Shabir has also written an in-depth article on prostate enlargement, which affects nearly half of all men over the age of 50. Referred to as Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE), it is also known as Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH). There are many symptoms regarding BPH, which Shabir will identify in his article, but saw palmetto berry extracts have been extensively researched for their benefits in addressing prostate enlargement, with some studies indicating that saw palmetto berry extract is equal to some drugs prescribed to improve urinary flow. It makes an interesting read. So over to Shabir. For the lowdown.
VH Editorial: Benign Prostate Enlargement; PalmettoGuard: Saw Palmetto With Beta-Sitosterol By Life Extension £15 for 30 Softgels (drops from £17 with the offer ending at midnight BST, Sunday 29 May)
Let’s do some new product launches and I will begin with a new product from the Beat The Blues range. And it is Beat The Blues Body Oil, an alchemical blend of powerful essential oils which are known to help uplift mood. These oils include Clary Sage, Petitgrain, Rose Geranium and Tuberose, which are joined by Vitamin E, Argan Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. It can be applied all over the body, or added to your bath, but in that last instance I would recommend applying it to your body first and then step into your bath, which I think is far more effective. Anyway, it has arrived and with a launch price of £40, reverting to £46 at the end of this week, an invitation to soak.
Beat The Blues Body Oil by Ilapothecary £40 for 100 ml (Launch offer price holds until midnight BST, Friday 3 June)
A new supplement for children and it’s called Unplug Kids Bedtime. It is a sleep and development food supplement which, as a sleep aid, can easily be mixed into a warm drink or smoothie before bedtime. Lemon Balm, Chamomile and Saffron flower extracts are included to help children sleep peacefully; Magnesium helps nourish the nervous system, muscles and mind and Vitamins D and K help support healthy bone growth and development. Shabir is rather impressed with this powder, so I’m launching it at £19.99 from £23.99 for the interim, with an added note that this supplement is suitable for children aged four and over. Let there be peace. At night.
Unplug Kids Bedtime by Motion Nutrition £19.99 for 75 grams
Another new supplement, this time for adults, although I am seriously pondering recommending Unplug Kids Bedtime for each of us, I can see no reason why not. So let’s leave that thought for the moment, as I introduce you to Ionic Iron, which contains Ferrous Sulphate, a highly bioavailable form of iron. Liquid iron supplementation is used widely to help address iron deficiency, which is the most common mineral deficiency. Iron is found in haemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells, which carries oxygen to all parts of the body.
When our diet is not sufficient in iron, our bodies start to use the reserves and once these have been depleted, the blood does not have enough iron and haemoglobin to oxygenate the body, often resulting in anaemia. So a few things here, what are the symptoms of iron deficiency, which of us are at risk, how can we boost our iron levels and which foods are rich in iron. Read all about it in Shabir’s article, linked below, as I do two things. The first is to tell you that Ionic Iron assists with the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, another huge concern for so many, and I am dropping the price of Ionic Iron from £14.99 to £12.99. For launch.
VH Editorial: The Best Liquid Iron Supplement; Ionic Iron by Good Health Naturally £12.99 for 56 ml
A new product from Margaret Dabbs and it’s her Pure Exfoliating Hand Wash, which is a rich and indulgent foaming hand wash loaded with botanical extracts formulated to leave the skin cleansed, hydrated and replenished. Gently scented with Rose and Lemon, it is joined by biodegradable Jojoba beads, which gently exfoliates and nourish skin, Calendula for cleansing and calming and White Water-Lily for hydration. A little goes a long way and with a launch price of £20, down from £25, it is safe, effective and vegan friendly.
Pure Exfoliating Hand Wash by Margaret Dabbs London £20 for 200 ml
One more new product to tell you about, except it isn’t one product, it’s four products, all of which form Ross J Barr’s Immunity Pack. Clever Ross, he has combined four of the key players for immune resilience in one pack, with each supplement carefully crafted to help nurture and fortify the body. Together they are perfect to help cope with the increased stress and strains of life, which often leave us susceptible to ill health.
The four products in the Immunity Pack are listed on the product page, but for ease they include a Vitamin D Formula, a Vitamin C Formula, a Beta-Glucans Formula and a Zinc & Copper Formula. Each of these vitamins, minerals and micronutrients are presented in food-state for optimum absorption. And we all know the benefits of food-state supplementation because I’ve written so many words about the vast difference between food-state and synthetic vitamins. We also know the benefits of the Healing, Calm and Sleep Patches. And one day, when I have more space, I will tell you the story of how these came to be. A seminal moment.
Immunity Pack by Ross J. Barr £60; Healing Patches by Ross J. Barr £15 For Five Patches; Calm Patches by Ross J. Barr £15 For Ten Patches; Sleep Patches by Ross J. Barr £15 For Ten Patches
Another seminal moment right now as I was, and am, astounded by your response to Flooid, the ‘Extrait de Perfum’, which I wrote about last weekend. I seriously didn’t know what to expect bearing in mind I had never launched a pure fragrance before, but having shared that it was my signature fragrance, it would seem that I am having to share the signature part of that equation in a big way, because we totally sold out of Flooid on Saturday, and now there is a wait list. I don’t think the wait will be too long, it may have even arrived as you read this, but I’m thinking of making this my own, and calling it my Universal Signature Fragrance. That will go down well with NGS. Sublime intervention.
Flooid by Non Gender Specific £92 for 100 ml
I would like to stay on the subject of NGS for a moment. When we launched NGS into the UK, I absolutely knew that their skincare formulations were exceptional because I had been using the products for nearly a year before I wrote about them. Of course I used other skincare in between, but I love, and respect, the simplicity and concept of having ‘everything’ products. So in celebration of this powerful forward-thinking brand, I am dropping the price of their skincare across the weekend, listed below, in my ongoing support of the niche brands and products, which are always on my radar. For making a positive difference.
Everything Cleanser by NGS £20 for 237 ml (drops from £25); Everything Serum by NGS £43 for 50 ml (drops from £49); Everything Cream by NGS £38 for 50 grams (drops from £42); Everything Mask by NGS £30 for 50 grams (drops from £34); Phytonutrient Concentrate by NGS £129 for 50 ml (drops from £136) (offers end at midnight BST, Sunday 29 May)
Before we do some updates, I would like to refer you to Sarah’s article, Why We All Need Vitamin N For Nature. Immersion in nature has been recognised for decades as being vital for our mind and body health, and, as you will read, NHS England says that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of being outdoors to people’s mental and physical health. As such Sarah talks about ‘Fields In Trust’, which is really interesting, so please do read this article, most especially if you feel unable to cope with the stresses of life. We all need a calm space. Without exception.
Why We All Need Vitamin N For Nature by Sarah Stacey
The Updates. Several weeks ago I wrote about Frownies and how a certain celebrity’s social media post had gone viral after she recommended using them. As you can imagine, the demand was practically off the Richter scale and this was a global phenomenon, which has resulted in a global wait list. I wrote at the time that I was being told that stock would not be replenished until mid-June at the earliest, and following through I have just been informed that we were unlikely to receive our order until the end of June. Obviously this is out of my control, and with the most-wanted being the Forehead And Between Eyes Facial Patches, I just wanted to let you know that we have not forgotten you.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about our bestselling mosquito repellent, Mrs White’s Unstung Hero Mosquito Repellent. Just to recap it is DEET and chemical-free and the whole idea is to render you invisible to mosquitoes, ticks, wasps and bees, which it does by way of a fresh Eau de Cologne, which is fragranced with citrus. What I should have written at the time, and I totally forgot to do so, is that if you are susceptible to being bitten, then we recommend taking a course of Vitamin B1 which helps further protect your body from nasty bites. And with that recommendation I am dropping the price of Solgar’s Vitamin B1 from £31.99 to £25.50. For the interim.
Mrs White’s Unstung Hero Mosquito Repellent £20 for 250 ml; Vitamin B1 500 mg by Solgar Vitamins £25.50 for 100 Tablets
Let’s talk about Fulvic. Actually, let’s specifically talk about Fulvic Acid Mist, which we launched as a potent and invigorating treatment for hair loss and thinning hair. We all know that however potent a product is, it takes time and patience to see results for hair loss, but given that, Fulvic Acid Mist also plays a role in helping to strengthen our nails, alongside Fulvic Acid Nail Cream, and helps hydrate and protect skin against oxidative stress. I have used Fulvic in this way for many years and would recommend using it after cleansing, but before any other skincare products. You can always use it all over your body, before applying your chosen body lotion.
And of course this all leads to a Fulvic Acid Mist treat. So when you buy Fulvic Acid Mist (120 ml), we will automatically include the Travel Size Fulvic Acid Mist (60 ml), which is worth £12.50, to accompany it. I’m going to keep this offer open until midnight BST, Friday 3 June. Bank holiday Friday.
Fulvic Acid Mist £25 for 120 ml (includes Fulvic Acid Mist 60 ml) (offer ends at midnight BST, Friday 3 June)
I often write about products for compromised skin, so please let me tell you about Derma E’s Sulfur Spot Treatment. Formulated with Colloidal Sulfur, Salicylic Acid, Calamine and Aloe Vera Gel, this spot treatment works hard to help clear spots and blemishes from acne-prone skin. It is also suitable to help fight the fight against breakouts and cystic acne. It soothes, it helps reduce irritation and it should be £14, but I am dropping the price to £9 across the weekend, with the hope that we have enough stock. Whatever happens, I will honour this reduction in price until the offer ends.
Sulfur Spot Treatment by Derma E £9 for 30 ml (offer ends at midnight BST, Sunday 29 May)
We may as well stay with Fulvic for the Saturday only treat, so with every order placed for £30 and above, excluding p&p, we will automatically include the 60 ml size of Fulvic Acid Shampoo. I honestly don’t need to write about the merits of Fulvic Acid Shampoo, so all I will do is refer you the product page, listed below, if you need to know more.
Fulvic Acid Shampoo
Finally, having a nostalgic moment recently, I was minded of an article we have on our site. ‘I Come From A Different World’ was written by Jackie Annesley in the middle of the pandemic. In her article she talks about two of the things that she misses the most in this world, manners and respect. I'm linking this article once again, because like Jackie, I truly believe that so many of us can relate to her words and it is my belief that we do indeed come from a different world. A world with values.
I Come From A Different World by Jackie Annesley