Have you heard of the Wicked Gummy Co? No? Well that will soon change. The company launched recently with an initial range of five vegan nutritional gummies. I'm a great fan of vitamin supplements and was delighted when the company kindly sent me all five products to test and review. After trying them for a few weeks I can say without hesitation that I won't be going back to my other brand again. Wicked Gummy - you rock!
Each bottle contains 60 gummy pieces equating to 30 daily servings. Getting - and staying - healthy has never been so easy! Even better, they taste delicious.
The products are:
The Hair, Skin and Nails Gummy (mixed berry flavour)
The beauty gummy contains high levels of biotin and vitamins A, E and C, key vitamins in contributing to the maintenance of healthy hair, skin and nails. RRP £19.99
The Happy Tummy Gummy (yogurt flavour)
This probiotic contains 1 billion CFU healthy bacteria in each serving. The Happy Tummy Gummy promotes healthy balance of gut bacteria to benefit digestive health and immune function. RRP £21.99
The Peaceful Zzzzzz Gummy (passion fruit flavour)
A sleep aid containing 5-HTP, L-theanine, passsiflower and veteran root extract. These are all great in low doses for helping reduce insomnia, anxiety and improving mood. RRP £23.99
The Multi Vitamin Gummy (lemon flavour)
This gummy contains the range of vitamins A-E, as well as minerals that support the immune system, fertility and cognitive function. RRP £14.99
The Vitamin D Sunshine Gummy (orange flavour)
A gummy containing 1000% recommended minimum intake of Vitamin D. This vitamin contributes to the health of bones, teeth, muscles and the immune system. RRP £19.99
A major benefit of gummies is that you chew them rather than swallow them, which some people don't like doing, or find it difficult to do. But remember, to get maximum benefit from vitamins, you have to take them regularly, one every so often won't do anything for you!
Products are sold online at Wicked Gummy and on Amazon. What are you waiting for?
The lovely people at INIKA don't compromise on quality or performance. Better still, as far as I'm concerned, their products are 100% naturally derived and cruelty free. None are tested on animals or contain ingredients which are a result of animal cruelty. They sent me samples of their Bold Lash Vegan Mascara, Curvy Lash Vegan Masacara and The Mascara, which I was happy to test.
I found that this gives a great boost to lashes. It is cranberry water based and has a tapered wand which easily provides a good amount of coverage to the inner and outer part of the lash line. Rich in Magnolia Bark extract, Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil it makes lashes look glossy in appearance and great news! no clumping or flaking as I have found to be the case with so many brands. It's ideal for sensitive eyes and for those searching for a mascara rich in nourishing certified organic ingredients. The Mascara really is...The One! (£27)
The World's first Certified Organic and Vegan mascara with the highest percentage of Certified Organic ingredients - 71%.
Bold Lash Vegan Mascara
Wow, dramatic! This deeply pigmented formula glides on smoothly, instantly amplifying lashes by coating every one with glossy black pigment. Even for those with sparser lashes this helps give a voluminous appearance AND it protects lashes too while the large brush separates and coats individual lashes. It contains certified organic Magnolia Bark, Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil. (£27)
Curvy Lash Vegan Mascara
With a plant-based, smudge-proof formula and a purpose-built curling wand, this mascara coats every lash evenly. Enriched with certified organic Carnauba Wax and Vitamin E, this curling mascara does as it says and flares out lashes holding them in place with a deep dose of pigment. (£25)
Did you know, INIKA'S organic make-up range has won a plethora of awards - over 35 in total - for product excellence and innovation, beating big name brands in open categories. If you are eco-conscious, it makes sense to choose INIKA for 100% natural, ethical cosmetics.
All INIKA products are 100% naturally derived, Certified Vegan & Cruelty Free.
Dive into the latest swimming trend from your private lakeside chalet. Wild swimming, an ideal add on to a spa weekend, is proven to lower blood pressure, spark metabolism, boost immunity, aid sleep and increase endorphins. San Luis is an oasis of calm in South Tyrol where 22 lakeside chalets and 17 treehouses are set around a natural lake. Each has a sauna and many have private hot tubs.
Glass walls and high ceilings create a feeling of immersion in the surrounding landscape and even
the spa at San Luis blends in, with its open fireplaces, inside-outside pool, hot-tubs sunk into the lake and natural therapies using local herbs and oils.
See San Luis website for more info.
The naturally therapeutic (and legal!) effects of CBD oils derived from organically grown cannabis are forming the basis of pioneering spa treatments at Cornwall's Budock Vean Hotel.
The Natural Health Spa manager Martina Crkonova, an expert in Chinese and Herbal Medicine, has devised the new therapies in partnership with the country house hotel in its natural surroundings on the banks of the Helford River.
“Our decision to add CBD to our Spa Menu is beyond being 'on trend',” says Martina, “and it's based on the vast therapeutic potential of cannabinoids. We are excited to incorporate CBD into our Spa as part of our continuous efforts to source the best in beauty and wellness solutions for our guests and clients.”
CBD - the non-toxic, non-psycho-active component of the hemp plant has an incredible healing range.
Martina says “CBD is an effective, natural way to target chronic pain, arthritis, skin conditions and stress and it can tackle feelings of depression and anxiety while enhancing feelings of well being, relaxation and calmness.”
Natural Health Spa clients can choose their treatment and then build their experiences with add-ons and technologies of Martina's CBD Therapy range – all of which are lab-tested and certified to the highest UK standards. Guests can choose to add CBD oil to massages, manicures and pedicures, among other options. In an effort to promote prolonged CBD use and aftercare, CBD Therapy products including body balm, massage oil, bath salts, lip balm and the brand's salve hero product will be available for purchase in the Natural Health Spa.
The new CBD enhanced treatments aim to provide benefits including increased mineralisation, collagen production, moisturisation, anti-inflammation, pain reduction, relaxation and overall improved skin health. Natural Health Spa treatments will combine the opportunity to add CBD enhancements to some existing treatments such as Hot Stones, Himalayan Salt Stones and Wraps or Deep Tissue Massage for a rejuvenating, relaxing experience.
Sample CBD Treatment Menu:
60 minute Customised CBD Massage- targeting pain, muscle exhaustion, enhancing relaxation and wellbeing - £79 (or £49 for 30 minutes)
60 minute CBD Infused Body Wrap- targeting skin conditions, chronic pain, arthritis, enhancing relaxation and a providing a state of calmness to aid depression and anxiety - £79
CBD Manicure or Pedicure - £45
Situated just 32 km from Paris, Les Villages Nature® Paris combines nature, architecture, sustainability and learning. The unique environment inspires guests to try new sports, sign up to interactive workshops and kickstart a healthier lifestyle.
Portugal: Fusion Fitness at Palacio Estoril Golf Resort & Spa
Fulfil your wellness goals on Portugal's Estoril coast. With a warm, dry climate, scenic views and a team of specialist trainers and therapists, finding motivation to restore your health is only a hop, skip and jump away. Recover from beach circuits, resistance and cardio training in the Asian-inspired spa.
Turkey: Fusion Fitness at Six Senses Kaplankaya
Improve your stamina by blending high intensity training with soothing spa treatments while experiencing the rich beauty and culture of this destination. There are activities to suit all abilities and tastes including yin yoga, mountain biking, scuba diving and hiking.
Cyprus: Fusion Fitness at Aphrodite Hills
Kick-start your fitness goals among the charming beaches and rolling hills of Cyprus, by creating a personal fitness regime that suits your body type. Power walk along the coast before boosting your metabolism with strengthening TRX training. For the perfect recovery, soothe your muscles and release tensions with therapeutic treatments adjacent to fragrant gardens.
Portugal: Fusion Fitness at Monchique Resort & Spa
Boost your energy levels in the enchanting woodlands and stunning Monchique mountains of the Algarve. Choose from a range of personalised activities from boot camp training, yoga, Pilates and walking tours. Enhance your physical endurance and reach a new level of consciousness.
Italy: Fusion Fitness at Forte Village
Stay in shape and try a new sports discipline in Sardinia, including boxing, fencing, triathlon courses or wreck diving. There's a choice of al fresco training throughout the 47 acres of natural surroundings, a multi-faceted gym, yoga, tennis and cycling.
For more information on these and more fitness breaks see Health and Fitness Travel.
Sleep is almost a luxury in today's busy world. According to the Sleep Council, 30% of us suffer from sleep problems predominantly caused by stress and worry. Poor sleep hygiene including watching TV (38%) or checking emails (14%) is partially to blame. On the bright side, the 50 million+ downloads of sleep storytelling apps such as Calm and Headspace reveal a shift from awareness to action. People are now embracing the art of a good night's sleep as part of a wider self-care regime.
Inspired by the art of sleep storytelling, Magnetic North Travel identifies three themes that put travellers at the centre stage of their own sleep story.
Re-learn the art of going to bed - As adults, we may have forgotten the value of a bedtime routine to help boost sleep quality. Magnetic North is inspiring travellers to explore new routines and rituals to aid deep slumber. How about a sauna at twilight or Nordic spa routine practised at a Finnish lakeside cabin?
Immerse in nature -Sleep improvement apps often evoke nature in words or sound. The scent of the forest, the sound of water and quality of air support the process of drifting into a deep sleep. Magnetic North encourages travellers to learn new ways to seek rejuvenation in Nordic nature and bring home good habits to compliment usage of a sleep app.
Nurture an active mind - New experiences and settings have the power to chase away worries that keep us awake. Magnetic North helps travellers engage with their surroundings through its Deep Sleep programme, that could mean meeting locals, learning a new foodie skill or embarking on a bicycle or boat trip.
Introducing: Finnish Lakeland as a Deep Sleep destination
Magnetic North's MD Laura Greenman says, “Europe's largest lake district has two national parks and countless cottages, houseboats and wilderness cabins, many with lakeside sauna. This southerly Finnish region can help relax body and mind by combining time spent outdoors with Finland's sauna culture. We've partnered with Visit Finland to bring together a selection of Deep Sleep itineraries.
Short spa break in a Nordic houseboat
Embrace the soothing waters of Finland's largest lake, Lake Saimaa on a 4-day spa break. Home is a spacious Nordic-style houseboat with views across the bay next to spa Hotel Jarvisydan. Enjoy the delights of a traditional Nordic spa experience located just a short walk from the jetty as well as forest bathing and slow tours by boat and SUP.
Luxury Bear Hide Cabin
Holed up in the Bear Hide cabin guests can drift off to sleep safely with the added comfort of birdsong piped in from the surrounding wilderness. New wildlife watching cabins have floor-to-ceiling windows, stylish Nordic interior and views across lakes, fells and forests.
Cycling from capital city to national park
Helsinki is a green and sustainable capital city emphasising the importance of keeping nature within a 15-minute walk, bike ride or train journey. Nuuksio National Park has well-marked trails snaking through pine forest and colourful coastal villages. Experience the best of Southern Finland's scenery at your own pace on a self-guided e-bike tour.
Food for mind and body
Uncover the secrets of Finnish cuisine on a holiday designed to rediscover cooking from scratch. The guesthouse hopping tour takes amateur chefs to Karelia on the Finnish-Russian border. Learn about the secret ingredients behind Finland's rye bread and cake making. Your foodie hosts will share tips and tricks.
Self-drive journey into the heart of Lakeland
Follow the road less travelled into the heart of Finnish Lakeland, where design villas, log cabins, foodie farm stays and spa retreats showcase the best of Nordic outdoor culture. Sleep well with slow adventures by day, sauna experiences at twilight and comfortable beds, guaranteed to enable you to have a deep slumber.
For over 30 years, Pret has supported homeless people by giving away unsold food to shelters across the country, with over 3 million items donated annually. Last year marked the 10-year anniversary of the Rising Stars programme, dedicated to providing career opportunities to the ex-homeless. These initiatives are managed by the Pret Foundation, an internationally registered charity set up with the singular goal to break the cycle of homelessness.
The Pret House at WLM St. Luke’s takes this one step further through a partnership that provides accommodation, employment and access to advice to help homeless people transition into the private rented market.
The Pret House in London where almost a third of the UK’s rough sleepers live will accommodate up to 13 people at a time. They will live there for 6-12 months before moving into a privately rented home. The ambition is to help at least 20 ex-homeless people off the streets by the end of the year, through this initiative.
WLM is a charity empowering people affected by homelessness, poverty and trauma to make positive changes in their lives. It will focus on financial resilience, providing accommodation and support, with residents paying rent monthly at an affordable rate relative to their wages. Each resident will have their own room and will receive advice from WLM on how to get a bank account, save for a deposit, as well as develop wider literacy and computer skills. They will also join the Rising Stars programme, working in Pret shops nearby.
FAST FACTS ABOUT THE PRET FOUNDATION- Pret has been donating unsold food to the homeless since it opened its first shop in 1986. What started out as a handful of sandwiches has grown to over 3 million meals across the UK every year.
- The Pret Foundation has supported 462 Rising Stars over the past 10 years.
- Almost 80% of Rising Stars graduate from the programme to become full-time Pret Team Members, while others have gone on to build careers beyond Pret, eg one is now a full-time professional wrestler, another a chef.
- The Pret Foundation supports over 60 charities in the UK in communities local to Pret shops. Besides donating money, the Pret Foundation provides everything from showers and sleeping bags to food shopping and chefs.
I'm Gilly, award winning journalist, travel writer and author of 11 books. My byline appears in national and regional newspapers and magazines. See website gillypickup.co.uk