Q&A with Marishka Dunlop
Award winning 100% natural supplements that re-balance, re-energise and restore.
We are not immune to the pressures of modern life, and we are often too busy to stop and think about how this can affect our wellbeing. life armour® was born out of a passion for everyone to live a life full of positivity, health and endless possibilities. The natural formulas work in harmony with the body to restore vitality and health and reduce the effects of stress and anxiety. We spoke to founder Marishka Dunlop to find out more.
Q: What is Life Armour and what are its benefits?
A: Life Armour is a range of 100% natural tinctures and capsules born out of a passion to help people better manage the impact of stress on their health and wellbeing. With the current pandemic, we are all navigating this stress, and anxiety has been significantly heightened.
We only use active levels of proven ingredients, including many adaptogens so our consumers can feel the difference. You will never find fillers, bulking agents or alcohol in our products. After all, our bodies deserve the best.
Developed and recommended by experts, the range has been designed to work synergistically together, so you can feel confident in using multiple products according to your needs.
Q: There are a few different supplements within the range – can you tell us more about them?
A: Our range addresses stress, anxiety, energy, focus, sleep, and immunity.
We have designed the products to be as easy to understand as possible and have worked hard to ensure our tinctures taste delicious without using sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Drops of Slumber is a liquid supplement, formulated to help calm a busy mind before bed and ease you into a deep and restorative sleep. Simply put 1 pipette under your tongue or dilute in water before bed. If you are prone to waking up in the middle of the night this tincture can be used to help ease that wandering mind and support you back into a restful night’s sleep. Our formula is specifically formulated to give no drowsy side effects the next morning.
Drops of Immunity Defence is designed to support your immune system at first signs of weakness. Containing high levels of concentrated actives such as echinacea, elderberry, and astralagus, to name a few, this alcohol-free liquid supplement can be taken daily as preventative or as often as required when feeling under the weather.
Drops of Balance is a calming tincture blend to help ease tension and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. It can also help to reduce feelings of irritability that arise during the day. The fast-acting formula is in a handy on-the-go bottle and can be taken as and when required.
Energise capsules are a caffeine-free energy boost that helps to enhance focus and cognitive function. These can be taken daily with a glass of water, or some of our customers open them up and add the powder to smoothies and smoothie bowls. With capsules, it’s important to remember to take them daily to feel the difference. That’s why we’ve designed our pots to be on display as a helpful reminder. We also have eco-friendly refills to top up your pots when you run out.
Super Me capsules help to build long-term resilience to feelings of stress and anxiety, enhancing your mood. They contain KSM-66 Ashwagandha, which has been clinically proven to reduce stress and anxiety, along with other proven adaptogens. By building these award-winning supplements into your daily rituals, whether it be taking with a glass of water or adding to your smoothie or breakfast bowls, you will feel a greater sense of calm and wellbeing.
Q: What makes it different from other supplements?
A: Quality is the key to everything we do; for me as the founder this should be a given, but it is not always the case. Not all supplements are created equal. You won’t find a long list of ingredients in our products. We use active levels of proven ingredients so you and your body will feel the difference.
We never use fillers, bulking agents or alcohol. It is the result of our sheer determination that your bodies are given exactly what they need and nothing more. We are committed to sustainability and minimising our environmental footprint. In a world full of waste and harmful chemicals, we use 100% recyclable materials across all our packaging and are continuously searching for ways to improve. We believe that caring for yourself should be easy. Supplements can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming, so we’ve simplified the process. We have simple product names that speak for themselves.
Q: Who is Life Armour designed for and how can it help them in today’s modern world?
A: Life Armour is designed for both men and women who look to support their health and wellbeing with natural and effective solutions. We harness the power of adaptogens, which have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Think roots, mushrooms, and herbs, grown in extreme conditions in which they adapt to survive. Adaptogens increase our body’s ability to counteract the damaging effects of stress, bringing the body back into balance.
How? Adaptogens regulate the release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands, helping to bring the body back into homeostasis, i.e. balance. These clever ingredients can detect the type of stress your body is experiencing, mental, emotional, or physical, and adapt their function accordingly. Think of them like a thermostat, reacting to what the body needs, when it needs it.
Q: Where did the inspiration for Life Armour come from?
A: I am a working mum of two girls and found myself and many of those around me impacted by the stress of modern life. We are always on the go, often juggling lots of different demands. I noticed how everyone talked about the way stress can impact our mental health, but there was very little about how it can impact our physical and emotional wellbeing.
When I looked to the supplement category to support, I found it more confusing than a science exam. I had no idea how to pronounce many products, let alone know what they did. The more research I did I realised that quality was not always a given, and this surprised me. Coming from a skincare background, quality of ingredients is key, and given supplements are ingested, I felt I could do better, and so life armour was born.
We give you the armour to live a life of health and happiness.
Q: Life Armour is vegan and 100% natural – was this important to you?
A: Absolutely! Many of us are looking for natural and plant-based solutions to support our wellbeing. Whilst not everyone is vegan, many are increasingly aware of the benefits of incorporating more plant-based ingredients into our diet.
One of my closest friends, who would have been my co-pilot on life armour, was battling stage 3 breast cancer last year, and when she looked to the supplement category to support her health she struggled to find vegan supplements. It frustrated me that she was battling something so huge and yet had to work so hard to find supplements that would be suitable for her vegan lifestyle.
I didn’t want anyone to have that problem with our brand.
Q: What feedback have you had so far?
A: For a new brand we have had some incredible moments, from being featured in Vogue four months after launch, to winning and being nominated for several prestigious awards, including the Vogue Beauty Awards in the Best in Wellness category.
We are also receiving some incredible reviews from well-established wellbeing gurus. The customer reviews truly make my day and make all the hard work worth every minute.
Q: Most importantly, when will it be launched at John Bell & Croyden?
A: At the beginning of July, we can’t wait!