With the rise in healthy eating, those switching to vegan diets and a country with a greater understanding about what we're putting into our bodies, there's never been more of a need for a one stop shop that is suitable for people with all types of dietary requirements. Unfortunately, it's just something that major chain supermarkets don't cater towards yet. So last Thursday when the new Holland & Barrett more store opened in Plymouth I couldn't wait to have a look around and see what else they had to offer. I've always been a fan of Holland & Barrett, despite having to browse the two existing original stores in Plymouth that were tiny, dark and had limited brands. So with a brand new more store with SO many new and exciting brands, interactive elements added to the store and a body analysis section, there really is something for everyone in the new store. If you can't make it down to Plymouth (Drake Circus) just yet, here's an insider peek into this amazing new shop so you can appreciate just how impressive it is too!
I was instantly drawn to their new beauty section, I never realised that Holland & Barrett sold so many amazing cruelty free brands such as Burts Bees, Beauty Kitchen and Zoya. The new interactive elements excited me the most, including making your own body scrubs - how cool?!
You'd be forgiven for thinking these mini bath bombs were in fact bon bons, you can fill a tub of these to create your own pick & mix baby bath bomb selection, as a major bath bomb addict I found myself instantly drawn to this section!
I love the concept of the create your own bath bombs and lip balm sets, they're something a bit different and would make such great presents at Christmas time!
After a hard day of shopping the thought of making your own body scrub seems like such a treat, the lovely shop assistant talked us through each of the 3 stages and how you can create your own tailor made scrub to suit your skin type. You simply take the jar, fill with your chosen type of scrub, add an oil and shake it together well. Think like a build a bear type thing for grown ups - I really do love the concept of this.
A girl can never have too many nail varnishes, right?I'm such a fan of Burts Bees, and I was so impressed with their massive selection, they've definitely given Boots a run for their money in this department!
As a fitness fan, I was overjoyed that I could then gravitate into their fitness section, with only a few steps away from the beauty area, I was beginning to realise this was my dream shop... This part of the shop allows you to make your own protein shakes on the go, pick up some protein rich foods and even have your body analysis taken in their special body composition area, this includes measuring BMI and hydration levels to help customers improve their fitness and overall sporting performance. I absolutely loved the fun design of this section too, with a race track flooring and a blue theme throughout.It was then time to satisfy those sweet cravings with a trip to their healthy pick and mix stand. Again, such a simple yet different concept which is just something I haven't seen elsewhere, you can mix and match your favourite nuts, chocolate coated dried fruits and more. It's a good way of trying different things out to see what you like, and maybe don't like so much! I picked up a bag myself, and it was maybe only slightly dearer than what a standard bag of pick and mix would cost, but a damn sight healthier!
If pick and mix isn't your type of thing, then you can head over to the olive bar to fill a tub to the brim for a super healthy snack.
But I'm sure this section will be everyone's cup of tea, a super cool tea bar filled with every possible tea you could imagine.
Then it was time to explore the area of the shop that I'm most familiar with which is their healthy snacks, vegan, vegetarian and free from section, except this shop had a lot more brands! I have finally managed to get my hands on some brands that I've been wanting to try for months such as Pip & Nut butters and Rebel Kitchen chocolate milk, mmmm! They also had 25% off everything in the store during the day which was amazing, so it's fair to say that I stocked up on a lot of healthy, guilt free goodies that will keep me going for a while!I went along to the event with the lovely Emily, and I spotted these fruity crisps that were coincidentally named after her, needless to sell they fell into her shopping basket shortly after.. Also, can we appreciate the amazing packaging of these - so so pretty!
I headed home with a super generous goodie bag, as well as the treats that I picked up for myself, how could I not when I had waited for such an extensive selection of brands like this for so long?! They all came packaged in one of their lovely reusable tote bags, such a life saver when you still refuse to pay 5p for a plastic bag, it's just the principle of it isn't it? I also picked up one of Holland & Barretts loyalty cards which I didn't even know existed, it works in a similar way to any loyalty card, so there's no better incentive to keep eating healthily!
I couldn't be happier that Plymouth is now home to the flagship Holland & Barrett More store, aren't we lucky?! A lot of people still have preconceptions that Holland & Barrett just sells pills and seeds, as you can see it doesn't just sell that, and it has something to offer everyone, whether you're looking to pursue a healthy lifestyle, you're a gym fanatic or have special dietary requirements. Healthy living is a lifestyle choice more than anything, and this new store provides you with a real shopping experience that lets you stock up on the essentials in one shop, and help you to live that lifestyle with ease! If you want to hear more from the new store, be sure to follow them on Twitter:
Have you been down to see the new store? Are you a fan of Holland & Barrett stores? Which is your favourite part of the new store?