Holland & Barrett’s Reward Scheme

I had no idea that Holland & Barrett had a reward scheme! You can collect points on every purchase and then they’ll email you money-off vouchers every three months. It’s called “Rewards for Life” and you can sign up to it by clicking here: hollandandbarrett.com/rewardsforlife/

I’m a bit obsessed with reward schemes – I know they track your purchases and spy on your life, blah, blah, blah, but seeing the points add up is just too much of a temptation. I don’t mind getting customised letters from Tescos and vouchers for scarily appropriate things from Boots. I like to get something for nothing, and thanks to Tesco I regularly have a wad of restaurant vouchers to use up. (The last lot were a mistake – you try spending £350 in Café Rouge. It’s virtually impossible and I never want to eat their Steak Rouge ever again.)

Back to Holland & Barrett, or “H&B”: they stock some great bits and bobs. Known for their natural approach to healthy living, it goes without saying that most of their beauty brands go for the ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ ingredients angle. There are loads of nice (and well-priced) brands to choose from, including JASON, Lavera and Weleda, but I’ve picked out a couple of things that have caught my attention in the recent months.

Firstly, the Manuka Doctor range including the quite brilliant Bee Venom Mask. You can read my thoughts on the Bee Venom Mask here, but I’ll be reviewing a few more products shortly, so keep your eyes peeled. They’re not cheap, but they do seem to be effective – more ‘active’ than most of the brands stocked.

 There’s also a great brand called Dr Organic. The range is absolutely huge and they have loads of little beauty gems – I love the Rose Otto products in particular. The Hand Cream is excellent – I have it on my desk right now!

(Rose Otto Hand Cream, £6.69 from Holland & Barrett)

Even though Holland & Barrett are supposed to be all about healthy eating, they do the world’s best selection of amazing liquorice. Liquorice is one of those things I don’t think about until I see it – and then I must have it. Don’t be fooled by that “it’s fat-free so it’s good for you” nonsense: it’s absolutely loaded with sugar. Lovely all the same, though – and good for “getting things moving”, if you catch my drift. Maybe that’s why it’s a health food! I like the Raspberry flavoured liquorice but will happily sit and eat a whole bag of the ‘soft-eating’ liquorice too. Which is why when I going into H&B I have to make a beeline for whatever it is that I know I want and NOT BROWSE.

Sigh.

12 comments

  1. What is happening to Holland & Barrett?????
    I moved from South Yorkshire where my H&B store was full and the staff knew their stuff. I have moved to Edenfield near Bury and the store selection for vegans is not great so I spoke to the manager.
    I am now able to get most of my cooked meats but not the kind of selection that I was getting in Doncaster (smaller store too).
    I have always chosen to buy from H&B (mainly my in-laws bought it)even though at times they are more expensive that the supermarkets.
    My vegan ice cream is £2.00 in Tesco’s and £3.09 in H&B. But I prefer choice which is the reason I do not mind the difference but it would seem that they cannot get any stock even though it is a must have item.
    The range is slowly going down too.
    Come on H&B, get your act together.
    I was also given a card to “Have your say” How can we when it has not been working for the last few days?????????????????
    Seb Pringle

  2. Oh God, don`t talk to me about Liquorice, else I will start to want it! I adore the Raspberry, because at least if someone says to me “Thats so bad or you” I can say “If Holland and Barrett are selling it, it must be good for you somehow.” The chocolate one is the best though, if you haven`t tried it you must (try the one which I think is called the Panda range? Haven`t had it for a while).

  3. my mum wants to see how much she has points on her card

  4. I love your youtube channel and your blog, and I can’t wait til may, cause then I`ll be going to London and then I will be able to find more of the products you mention! I live in Norway, and a lot of the things you wright about, we don`t have here. Looking forward to it, thats for sure =) Maybe you can do a “hidden gems in London” kinda thing some time?

  5. A few of my friends really liked it! Since you’re very into chemical peels, it was interesting to hear your opinion ;) maybe if you do try it- please include in a video) x

  6. Hey Ruth, did you try Pevonia Botanica Enzymo Spheride Peeling cream? Is it good in your opinion?

  7. Hi Ruth,
    I just don’t know where is the right place to write about it so I write here:) It’s about Bioderma suppliers. I’ve found some french (?) retailer and they seem to deliver worldwide: http://www.leguidesante.co.uk/
    Maybe you’ve heard anything about them?
    I haven’t ordered there yet but they seem to have nice prices.
    I ordered Bioderma at http://www.beautefrance.com but p&p costs like 15 euro outside France. Not too inspiring.
    I live in Sweden, so we have no Bioderma here at all and I thought to share this info in case there are more ppl interested:)
    P. S. Thank you for the great blog! You are really inspiring!

    • @Olga yes, they always have them in stock, but have you got to checkout yet? The shipping is very expensive! Maybe it’s not so bad to Sweden? xx

  8. Hiya Ruth I bought the bee venom face mask you recommended I haven’t tried it yet as my skin Is going crazy at the moment!however I wanted to ask because I know your a fan of the Alpha H liquid gold how it compares to the dermalogica skin resurfacing cleanser this one has lactic acid which is better for sensitive skin I really wanna try. Oh an one more thing whilst using the AHA do u a clarisonic or is this too much exfoliation. Thanks

    • @Ro no, don’t use with a Clarisonic. I haven’t tried the Dermalogica, but it does sound a little more gentle.. I’ll have a look into it! x