For Skin and Soul - Hyaluxe Body

For Skin and Soul

THE STORY THAT INSPIRED BOTH OUR BRAND AND MISSION

This is the story that sparked such a surge of urgency in our founders to start a brand that emphasized the importance of health, beauty, self care and treating those that we serve with the absolute most incredible service they will ever experience. 

 

AN EXTRACT FROM THE DIARY OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL MERVIN WILLETT GONIN DSO WHO WAS AMONG THE FIRST BRITISH SOLDIERS TO LIBERATE BERGEN-BELSEN IN 1945. 

"I can give no adequate description of the Horror Camp in which my men and myself were to spend the next month of our lives. It was just a barren wilderness, as bare as a chicken run. Corpses lay everywhere, some in huge piles, sometimes they lay singularly or in pairs where they had fallen.

It took a little time to get used to seeing men, women and children collapse as you walked by them and to restrain oneself from going to their assistance. One had to get used early to the idea that the individual just did not count. One knew that five hundred a day were dying and that five hundred a day were going on dying for weeks before anything we could do would have the slightest effect. It was, however, not easy to watch a child choking to death from diphtheria when you knew a tracheotomy and nursing could save it, one saw women drowning in their own vomit because they were too weak to turn over, and men eating worms as they clutched a half loaf of bread purely because they had to eat worms to live and now could scarcely tell the difference. Piles of corpses, naked and obscene, with a woman too weak to stand propping herself against them as she cooked the food we had given her over an open fire; men and women crouching down just anywhere in the open relieving themselves of the dysentery which was scouting their bowels, a woman standing stark naked washing herself with some issue soap in water from a tank in which the remains of a child floated.

It was shortly after the British Red Cross arrived, though it may have no connection, that a very large quantity of lipstick arrived. This was not at all what we men wanted, we were screaming for hundreds and thousands of other things and I don't know who asked for lipstick. i wish so much that I could discover who did it, it was the action of genius, sheer, unadulterated brilliance. I believe nothing did more for those internees than the lipstick. Women lay in bed with no sheets and no nightie but with scarlet red lips, you saw them wandering about with nothing but a blanket over their shoulders, but with scarlet red lips. I saw a woman dead on the post mortem table and clutched in her hand was a piece of lipstick. At last someone had done something to make them individuals again, they were someone, no longer merely the number tattooed on the arm. At least they could take an interest in their appearance. That lipstick started to give them back their humanity."

 

 

You may wonder what on earth does this have to do with a wrap or oils or any of the products that we offer and the obvious answer is 'nothing' but what we took from it was very different. 

The women in the story were given back their humanity through something that seemed so simple and so superficial. What was lost most during the time of the Holocaust? Humanity. Feeling human, being treated like a valuable, cherished human being. 

The significance of the story and the changes these women experienced even at their most vulnerable point simply by receiving lipstick is the point we want to drive home. It is so incredibly important to take time and treat your body and mind with the things that may seem somewhat superficial and obsolete but have such a heavier impact than what first meets the eye. It is the small things that add tremendous amount of value to our souls and they are often unveiled through large traumatic events because we are unable to appreciate them. 

We want to show women that they are beautiful and that their bodies deserve to be treated as such. Your mind deserves to be treated as a treasured, cherished life. Take time and treat your spirit and mind, start with your body and watch the rest unfold.