Holland & Barrett More Store Plymouth

Holland & Barrett More stores are the latest innovation from the brand and I was lucky to attend the launch of the new store in Plymouth last week.  Being only the third store of it’s kind in the country, it was a fantastic opportunity to see how Holland & Barrett are moving with the times and bringing a fresh, modern, innovative approach to their shops that will attract a new wave of customers of all ages.WP_20160714_10_20_41_ProThe store is huge compared to a standard Holland & Barrett shop that I’ve visited and very bright and inviting.  Being right on the doorstep of our shopping centre Drake Circus, you can’t fail to miss it and it invites you right inside to try out it’s array of interactive displays, taste it’s fresh goods, grab a pic ‘n’ mix pot of olives or nuts etc or even make your own body scrub in store ready to take away and use at home that evening!

The beauty section of the store is quite frankly huge!  Beauty isn’t something I would normally associate with  the store, but the More stores now have a large section dedicated to it, packed full of natural and organic brands, far more than I can list down here.  A few of the more prominent ones that spring to mind are Dr Organics, Burt’s Bees, Beauty Kitchen, Weleda to name a few but do check it out for yourself because the choice is vast.  Rather than products being packed into endless rows across shelves there are a lot of inviting displays eager to catch your eye, there are even opportunities for mini makeovers, hand treatments and a lot of sections where you can really see and smell the products.

holland & barrett more store 2Beauty Kitchen are a range that focus on providing 100% natural and effective skin care and body care products that smell amazing.  They have an interactive stand where you can make your own body scrub adding ingredients of your choice.  They also have lip balm kits which would make great gifts as well as an array of bath bombs and other exciting products.  The Zoya stand stood out, a vegan range of nail polish in so many gorgeous looking colours, I could wear them all.  The beauty section here has really impressed me and definitely somewhere I’ll come back to.

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Although Holland & Barrett are known for healthy foods such as seeds, nuts and dried healthy snacks, if you are vegetarian or vegan then you need to get down to the More store now!  It has aisles packed full of not only the usual seeds, pulses, dried substitutes but a whole wall of refrigerated and frozen foods.  There really is a vast choice and I spotted many of my favourite brands in both the chilled and dried aisles.  The snack selection is pretty amazing too, so I know where I’ll be popping into when I’m feeling peckish in town.holland & barrett more store 4If you thought that sounded good then wait until you witness the fresh food offerings the store has to offer.  I wasn’t expecting this lot when I walked in but there is an enormous fresh olive stand where you can pick up a pot and fill with your favourites.  Then there is the nut and seed pick and mix counter which looks truly divine.  These are perfect for a snack during the day or in the evening with a glass of wine. Then there is the Tea Bar, a utterly unique feature that allows you to lift a small glass cloche and sniff the flavoured tea that’s gently wafting inside the lid.  There is a vast range of teas to smell before you buy, with some amazing flavours to try out, such as chocolate orange.  There is also a salad dressing station where you can fill your own dressings and oils from tapped dispensers, again a unique and interesting feature. holland & barrett more store 3

I think you’ll have gathered from the above that I was rather impressed with the new Holland & Barrett More store with it’s vast range of products and modern concept of displays and interactive features.  It really has taken this shop into the future and is a place I’d love to visit  every time I venture into town.  Get down there now to check it out for yourself!

Here you can watch me talking about my thoughts on the store:

Keep you eye out for my follow up blog post reviewing the products I’ve been trying out!

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7 day Sleep Challenge with Holland & Barrett

Sleeping as I’ve got older has always got a little bit harder, particularly after having children and most recently I’ve just moved into a new house.  Having been in our previous house for nearly 16 years, you get used to the sounds, the space and the little noises you hear both from within and outside on the street.  I spent the the first five nights in our new house waking up at 3am and really struggling to get back to sleep.  Fortunately Holland & Barrett came to the rescue with wide range of sleep remedies as seen below.

WP_20160218_14_39_52_ProWith everything from daily supplements, calming tablets to take at bedtime, to warm drinks and relaxing bath oils, there really is something for everyone and something to fit your lifestyle and daily routine.
WP_20160218_14_43_55_ProPerfect for end of the day is a bath in relaxing Lavender Oil from Miaroma,  I love the scent of lavender, and this is a great way to unwind in the peace of the bathroom when the kids are in bed.  After your bath you can indulge in the Tisserand Sweet Dreams Body Oil, to really relax your body before climbing into bed.

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Having a hot drink is something I’ve got into a routine with each night now, and it definitely helps me to wind down and feel ready for bedtime.  If you want something light, I’d suggest one of the teas, Higher Living Chamomile & Vanilla is good, but for something a little more indulgent, the Good Night Creamy Chamomile & Cocoa drink with added lemon balm.  There is a good choice of drinks available for bedtime so you could also try Bloom Supercharge Matcha which can be drunk over ice, or added to smoothies, soups and salads.

WP_20160218_14_44_30_ProTaking regular supplements can help with tiredness and I’m currently using the Vitamin B-Complex to support the metabolism and combat fatigue, something I’m definitely feeling with the house move!  I’ve also found the Valerian Plus and Passion Flower Stress Relief tablets to be useful at the end of a long day when I know I want a good nights sleep ahead of a day at work the next morning.

I have to say I’m feeling great since adding a few things into my everyday routine and sleep has definitely improved.  Waking up in the night can be draining, but on the whole I’ve been sleeping through and definitely feeling more alert in the daytime.  I also enjoy a good wind down routine in the evenings, and the lavender baths are perfect for that followed by a warm drink in my pj’s.  If you need any help getting a good nights sleep then definitely check out Holland & Barrett – they really do have something to suit everyone!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.