Weekend Read 5 December 2020
Albeit one of the strangest years most of us have lived through, somehow or other we reach December and I’m not quite sure how that has happened. But it has happened, so as I welcome you to another Weekend Read, I will continue on theme and that theme is, and has always been, to share the things that are most important to us. Of course sharing comes in all different shapes and sizes and it remains paramount that this sharing is not only about products. We are all so much more than that and we have to stand outside of our products in order to remain as close as we all are. And we do it with attitude (of the best kind) and latitude.
More on that at the end of this bulletin because I now need to take you into this weekend’s lead treat. It is one of our bestselling beauty products and it was well and truly put on the map by a certain close friend. Not because we are friends, it doesn’t work like that, but because she became besotted with its brilliance and that love continues to this day. The product is 100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil and the friend is Nigella. But I think most of you know that.
All I really need to do here is to refer you to Shabir’s article, the Beauty Benefits of Prickly Pear Oil and then tell you that for today only, Saturday 5 December, we are offering you the opportunity to buy the 45 ml version of Prickly Pear for the same price as the 30 ml version. So that means that you get 45 ml for £20, whilst stock lasts and I seriously have my doubts if our stock will last until the end of the day. But if it does, this offer will end at midnight GMT. We live, love and eat together. So a link below to all things Nigella, with an open wish from me that I could morph Nigella’s site into and onto ours. And so I dream. The vision.
VH Editorial: The Beauty Benefits of Prickly Pear Oil; 100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil by GoW for VH £20 for 45 ml (whilst stock lasts); nigella.com
Into the new products section we go and I am going to begin by telling you about a new launch from Sarah Chapman. It is called the Meso-Melt Infusion System and translated that means it is an advanced skin-rejuvenating micro-needling system. Combining high potency skincare and micro-needling technology to help transform and rejuvenate skin, it has been developed as an at-home skin solution set with the same effects as a professional, clinical treatment.
It contains the Meso-Melt Infusion Roller, three Meso-Melt Needling Tips and three Meso-Melt Stem Cell ampoules. The roll-to-activate dissolving needling tip is concentrated with Sarah’s signature Platinum Matrix-EM, a trio of peptides, containing Hyaluronic Acid and eight powerful peptides. The unique needling tip dissolves upon rolling, releasing its own active complex into the skin for this bi-phase approach. Clever, clever. The instructions for use are on the product page. Use it. Gift it. Love it.
Meso-Melt Infusion System by Sarah Chapman £138
We have long supported Green People and they certainly deserve several plaudits for their latest product to launch, One Balm. This is an organic multi-purpose beauty balm and has been formulated to help restore dry, troubled skin anywhere and that would include lips, hands, elbows and heels. It is loaded with Myrrh which assists in healing inflamed skin, Pomegranate and Rosehip to help repair skin and this is all housed in the UK’s first 100% biodegradable pot, so I am told.
All of which means it needs to be used within six months of opening and as the pot is sensitive to warmth and humidity, this should not be kept in the bathroom. Please keep in a dry, cool environment. Unless you live in an Igloo. On the North Pole.
One Balm by Green People £20 for 30 ml
I am sure that many of you will have seen the latest headline news on Vitamin D, where it has been said that this essential vitamin will be freely distributed to approximately three million of the UK’s most vulnerable people. It has to be acknowledged that in each and every moment, headlines change, but the relevance of taking Vitamin D supplementation remains. There are of course several large clinical trials taking place as to its role in helping to prevent Covid-19 and these are ongoing, but in the meantime we are still recommending that each one of us should still be taking it, not only now, but ongoing right the way through the Winter, and probably beyond.
It’s called protecting your immunity. And just because I can, with every order of any of the Better You products listed below, over this weekend, and whilst stock lasts, I will automatically throw in the 15 ml size of Magnesium Oil Original Spray, which helps alleviate sore joints and can help promote restful sleep. There is only one gift per customer and you know that Igloo I was just talking about, well I think I might buy one for Shabir and send him there. For the duration. Lest he starts proceedings to business-divorce me. For over-sharing.
DLux 3000 Spray £7.95 for 15 ml; DLux 4000 Spray £9.95 for 15 ml; DLux+ Vitamin D + K2 Spray £9.95 for 12 ml by Better You
Moving on, let’s do a couple of health concerns, the first of which is gut health. The health of your gut depends upon the beneficial bacteria and the pathogens that reside within the gut, as well as the permeability of the lining of the intestinal tract. When these beneficial bacteria are at reduced levels, or the lining of your gut is inflamed, your body is at risk from gastrointestinal concerns and disease. Numerous factors play a role in compromising the microbiome within the gut and include antibiotics, processed foods, refined and hidden sugars, stomach medications, painkillers and of course stress. And if ever there was a stressful year, this is it.
In another one of his archived articles, Shabir digs deep into the factors that compromise gut health, how to maintain a healthy gut, how to find the right probiotic and the seven takeaway tips he believes we should all know about probiotics. No surprise that he includes Mega-Probiotic in this article, it remains our bestselling probiotic supplement and has done for the past few years. As I always say, you can’t keep a good product down. But with balance, there are some amazing targeted probiotics available too, including Florassist Mood Improve, which is not in the article, but deserves a mention. So I’ve mentioned it.
VH Editorial: Factors That Compromise Your Gut Health; Mega Probiotic ND £19.50 for 60 Capsules; PrescriptBiotics £39.95 for 90 Capsules; Florassist Mood Improve £25 for 30 Capsules
There are more than 4000 bioflavonoids found in the plant kingdom and essentially they are a group of plant pigments designed to give fruit and vegetable their vivid colours. That said scientists have discovered that bioflavonoids are very important to the overall health of our body and that they offer protection against free radical damage to skin, our organs, arteries, veins and other structures.
Two of the best bioflavonoids, Hesperidin and Rutin, have some intriguing research indicating their ability to help prevent wrinkle prevention, to help reduce the appearance of age spots and to help fight spider veins. They also help the general circulation of the body. Additionally Hesperidin has a similar structure to Hydroxyquinone, a chemical that is widely used to treat age spots and hyperpigmentation. Unlike Hydroxyquinone, Hesperidin is without any side effects, which can only be a good thing in my book. Shabir investigates.
VH Editorial: Why Are Bioflavonoids Important; Rutin and Vitamin C + Bioflavonoids by Lamberts £12.95 for 90 Tablets
And on the fifth paragraph (I count these things, don’t you know) after the last treat, here is another one. It’s from Soapsmith, a brand I have adored right from the very beginning of its emergence into the world. It is a limited edition offer, as these things are, and it is their fabulous Body Butter Melt Assortment. There are five different fragrances, including my absolute favourite, Bloomsbury. Each of them contain 30 ml of gorgeousness and I’ll make this short and sweet. The retail price is normally £15, but whilst stocks last, I am reducing the price by 50% to £7.50. Because I feel like it. Go.
Body Butter Melt Assortment by Soapsmith £7.50
I’ve written about this product several times over the years and I do it again now because of its importance and relevance as of the moment. Of the moment because high levels of stress have several ramifications, including diarrhoea to name just one. I think it’s called being kicked in the stomach and I think most of us can relate to that. Enterosgel, with over thirty years of clinical research, is a remedy to help treat severe indigestions, diarrhoea, food poisoning and IBS. It works. And we need it to work. Fast.
Enterosgel Sachets £20.80 for Ten Sachets
One more article from Shabir before I head into the news and feedback section. It is about treating cold hands and feet, which can affect anyone, but somehow or other it is more common in women. I think it best that I don’t comment further, but instead I will tell you that Shabir gives the lowdown on the possible causes of cold hands and feet and how to treat them. He recommends Diosmin Plus and Active 35 Oil, but because I feel the need to add my bit, I further recommend slipping into a therapeutically charged bath. For that I suggest two brilliant products. Atlantic Seaweed Bath (iconic) and Annee de Mamiel’s Altitude Bath Soak. Also iconic.
VH Editorial: Treating Cold Hands And Feet; Diosmin Plus £26 for 60 Capsules; Active 35 Oil by Pukka Herbs £12.95 for 100 ml; Atlantic Seawood Bath £12; Altitude Bath Soak by Annee de Mamiel £48 for 400 grams
Much to report this week and I’m going to start by telling you that the response to the launch of Collagen Zooki was huge. I’m not really surprised because of what it is and what it does. I also wrote that in my opinion it knocked everything else in this genre out of the water. And when you write things like that, it can become problematic in terms of stock levels. You think you are safe, and then you discover that you aren’t. It kind of goes with the territory. Most especially at the moment.
In the early days of the pandemic, I more or less wrote weekly about the impact it was having on raw ingredient supplies, manufacturing and delivery. Unfortunately this still applies across the board and although we are doing our very best, together with the manufacturers, delays are inevitable and unless a miracle descends upon us, there may be a delay on further stock of Collagen Zooki being available. We have what we have, and once we are through that, it is over, until it isn’t over. It could be two days, it could be two weeks. I honestly don’t know, but please bear with. And thank you for glugging down the Glutathione too. Such an important supplement.
Liposomal Collagen by YourZooki £27.99 for 14 Sachets; Liposomal Glutathione by YourZooki £34.99 for 30 Servings
On the subject of saying thank you, a great big thank you to Sali Hughes for including the Japanese Cleansing Cloud in her gift guide in The Guardian last weekend. The gift that keeps on giving and the smile that keeps on smiling. I suppose that now we have entered December, it’s fine to talk of gifting and stocking fillers. So that’s what I’ve just done. With love and respect to Jane Cunningham who created the Cloud for all of us. And just perhaps the Cloud will have a brother or sister next year. A rather delightful work in progress. In a long line of them.
Japanese Cleansing Cloud £12 for 100 grams
At this point of the proceedings, I am literally beside myself. And the reason is because of Fulvic Acid Nail Cream. After an avalanche of emails about the efficacy of using it on your lips, including its ability to heal chapped, dry and sore lips, I received the following words from a customer. I nearly fell over, so let me share those words:
‘Just so you know, I had a few really annoying little spots in the centre of my forehead, just above eyebrow level. I tried loads of things, but nothing really cleared them up. When I read about someone using the nail cream on their mouth I decided to try it on my little spotty zone. Guess what? It worked! The spots are gone. So you can add that to the power of this clever little cream’.
I don’t really know what to say, other than it now appears to have morphed itself into a spot cream too. I’m wondering whether or not to acknowledge Shabir, basically because he formulated it. I’m typing this with my eyes shut (I touch type), so let me do it. Thank you Shabir. That’s all. And a big thank you to those of you who have taken the time to share. I remain indebted to your support.
Fulvic Acid Nail (Lip & Spot) Cream £12 for 30 ml
I am all said and done on products, with the exception of course of the Saturday only treat, and this week when you spend £30 and over (excluding p&p) we will automatically include a Margaret Dabbs Anti-Ageing Hand Serum (full size: 30 ml) We think this is rather fabulous, but it will only be available whilst stock lasts. It is worth £30 so there may be a rush. Probably an understatement. If it lasts, this offer will end at midnight GMT tonight, Saturday 5 December.
And if I may, some more words from me. There is no doubt that the dichotomy of owning a business and being a consumer is a rather interesting scenario. I have always maintained that I am a consumer first and foremost, above all else. I am very clear on this, which is why, together with Shabir, I have never sought investment, or any form of outside funding. To do so would mortally destroy my entire vision of being a sharing platform. In my head, VH belongs to all of us and I am of course joined by some of my closest friends, and you know who they are because I write about them rather a lot.
It is in this space that I will make a stand, not only for the truth, but for all that I believe in. Injustice literally makes my blood boil, which is why I will not keep quiet on varying subjects, which would include cyber bullying and commercial bullying, both of which go beyond the pale.
It is neither relevant or appropriate to speak of the latter at this juncture, but one day I will tell you a story that will make your hair curl (without using any products), and of which I have referred to the Chair of the SME (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) Advisory Group of UK Finance. We will fight the fight against the nefarious manipulation of small businesses. Enough said. For now. I want to live.
Anyway, anyway, back to it and it was in my stance of being a consumer that I wrote the words I wrote last week about the duplicity of product reviews, so I want to thank the many of you who supported my viewpoint. I am very well aware that my refusal to conform to whatever the health and beauty industry is meant to be could be viewed as controversial. However, I don’t see it like that at all. As a consumer I will not be duped. And the thing is that the truth always comes out in the end. It has to.
So as we continue to further enhance our sharing platform, please know from me that our new site is very far from complete. I think it is very obvious that we are still having several teething issues, but we are working day and night to overcome these. And let me say this, I don’t care what whizzy technology will come to the fore in the future, I am not joining in. I will never, ever go through the trauma of putting a new website live again. And neither will Shabir. We will bequeath to our respective children. Perhaps.
And on that note, all that is left is for me to thank you for your tolerance and understanding in and of all things. And next week, if all goes according to plan, I will be doing the VH Awards, and of course I will have quite a few words to say about ‘Awards’ next week. I think you can guess because I’ve had a few rants on this subject in the past. I rant with purpose. And for the better good. I absolutely promise you that.
Wishing you a peaceful weekend.