The Largest Holland & Barrett Store in the UK Open!

I have always thought of myself as a regular Holland & Barrett customer. I pop into my local store or any other I may pass, every couple of months for my evening primrose oil, porridge oats, vegan cheese (not that I'm even vegan but it's delicious!), aromatherapy oils & some teas. So, when I was invited to have a look around the largest Holland & Barrett store in the UK and to try a few of their products I was very  keen to see all that the store had to offer.
Although I'm a food blogger, when I heard about all the beauty products in the shop, it reminded me that due to my life being very hectic for the last few months, I have not had time to pamper myself, let alone think about it! Therefore, I was also intrigued to see the beauty products available and to get a chance for some much needed and frankly well deserved pampering, inside and out!!

On the day!

As I approached the Holland & Barrett store, Marble Arch, outside, I saw a gentleman happily volunteering to cycle for customers who wanted to try out some free smoothies with The Smoothie Bike Company. Of course me, being me, wanted to make my own smoothie, so I 'got on my bike' and within a few seconds had blended my delicious smoothie!! (I need to ask where they bought their strawberries from- you could taste their delicious sweetness through the smoothie! Mine was banana & strawberry)



After my few seconds' cycle, I started making my way through the store, enjoying my smoothie along the way! The first thing that hit me was how open and airy the space was and although there were so many products on show, it didn't feel overwhelming and the items were all displayed clearly and within easy reach.
Everything looked so fresh and clean and the atmosphere enabled you to breathe, relax and concentrate on all the goodness that was on offer.
Being near the door, I went straight over to the help yourself buffets. They had an olive bar which included olives such as Piri Piri tabil stuffed olives, Atlas olives and Sicilan pitted olives and to my delight, accompaniments such as delicious tapenade, harisa paste (!!!), semi sun dried tomatoes, grilled artichokes and much more! And yes, I tasted absolutely everything and was very impressed by the freshness, quality and tastes.





They also had a cereal bar with all kinds of milk & alternatives & both healthy & naughty toppings!  And an extensive selection of pick n mix which included snacks such as 'satay broad beans', 'punchy pumpkin & spicy sunflower with a twist', 'choccy ginger', 'Zingy chilli & lime pistachios' and much much more! My only regret is, for fear of looking too greedy, I didn't try all of them! (Note to self, go back and try them all!)




 
A few months ago I was told I could possibly have celiac disease. It turns out that wasn't the case. However as soon as I thought it may be, I went all gluten-free. I was impressed by how delicious gluten-free foods were and that all supermarkets had a basic selection. Had I known what a huge selection H&B stock (the most I have seen anywhere - They have enchiladas for goodness sake!! :D ), I would have come here.  Again the same goes for vegan foods and vegetarian foods- rows and rows of items ranging from Tofurkey smokey maple bacon to beef style pieces!
As a previous vegetarian I found it hard as a lot of products used nuts (most nuts give me spotlike reactions!) and for other friends, they found it hard as they were allergic to soya! Holland & Barrett have it all! They have vegan & vegetarian products that are also nut free& soya free - You name it, they've got it! For example I haven't eaten peanut butter sandwiches for years and am so looking forward to trying the Wowbutter and if it tastes similar to peanut butter, then I can not wait to have a Wowbutter and jelly (jam) sandwich washed down with a nice cold glass of milk! :D
Now, I want to reiterate that although I was invited by Holland & Barrett I want to write about everything honestly, so the praises I am giving here are totally genuine and I could go on, but this would make for a very long blog! So, without further ado, these are what I came back home with and for the next few weeks, I shall be trying them all out in recipes or on their own and letting you know how I find them!

and yeah, as you can see I've already tasted the cheese and mayo in between taking these pics!


For those who want to see a bit more of the shop, foods, items, including the gorgeous beauty products, plus see the results of the Beauty Kitchen 60 second manicure scrub on my hands - do continue reading below! *I have not covered all that is in the store- this blog has probably shown you around half of what there is, if that!
Raha x
 



Me trying one of the beauty kitchen 60 second Himalayan salt manicure scrubs
They claim they hydrate & clean for making younger looking hands and they weren't kidding!! I couldn't believe how smooth my hands looked after just a bit of scrubbing! Lovely!

I  wish I had had a closer look at these wonderful colors! I wasn't sure why nail polish had to be vegan but after googling, have found that companies use extracts from beetles and fish scales to help make metallic nail polish!! EWW!
Largest selection of dr.organic products I have seen in any shop
Pretty bath bombs, soaps & scrubs
Pumice Soap

Put together your own body scrub :)
Grab your jar! (ooh Rose Petals please!)


Choose the scrub


And finally add your own oil! Nothing makes you feel better than when you can choose what to pamper yourself with! The oils have something for everyone. I feel like the Brightening & Toning today!
Ingenious!! Coconut jam!! & coconut & Cacao spread!! :)

Some soya products

The whole downstairs dedicated to Sports Nutrition
Of course there are rows & rows of vitamins & supplements but I didn't concentrate on those


Aztec Clay Mask with Rose Water (I'm going back to buy this!)

Burt's Bees - including products I've never seen such as body washes and night creams

I really love and believe in aromatherapy. I always make my own little concoctions for myself & friends- whether to use in massage, put in the bath or in diffusers

A few of the aromatherapy oils on offer
And finally look at these colorful scented chips! They have some interesting scents! Apart from the usual, such as jasmine & honeysuckle, and the pretty such as magnolia, petal and sweet pea, they have the slightly more unusual, such as rain, ocean and Mediterranean fig and cucumber and then there were others I hadn't heard of in scented products such as Rustic Cabin!! Going back to try that one for sure!




4 comments

  1. I'm actually so excited to go there now!

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  2. Definitely worth a visit, Rebecca! - plus they have milk free icecream! (though maybe you want to save that for when it's warmer!) I'm definitely going again within the next couple of weeks - quite a few items I want to buy/try! :D

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