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Wholefoods, Giffnock

Despite my eating habits and the fact that I have been living in Glasgow for almost two years, I still hadn't taken a trip to Wholefoods in Giffnock. Mainly cause I am lazy and didn't want to get a train or bus out only to discover it wasn't worth my time. Luckily when my mum was down for the Commonwealth Games she had her car with her so we headed out to this southern suburb of Glasgow for a nosey.

The first thing that hit me when we walked in was that this was like a proper supermarket. For some reason I had it in my head that it would only slightly bigger than some of the health food stores in town. But this was just a bit bigger than some Tesco Metros and included the different departments you'd expect from a supermarket such as fruit and vegetable, dairy, international, beauty, frozen, cleaning and meat.

I was on a bit budget at this point (I mean, this was during the Commonwealth) so I was going for a look instead of splurge, and if anything I was making myself a mental note of stuff to buy once my finances caught up with. What I did buy was some normal stuff that I needed anyway such as bread and laundry liquid (vegan and Leaping Bunny certified) but I also picked up some veggie cider, a new perfume, and some 'gourmet popcorn' to eat whilst watching the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony with my mum.

But moving back to that perfume. You may have spotted me on Twitter and Instagram absolutely ecstatic to discover that Pacifica is available there. This is a brand I have heard American cruelty-free bloggers such as Tashina go on about but I had no idea I could purchase them in the UK (aside for paying for shipping costs - no thanks!). They don't have the full range of products in Griffnock but they did appear to have the whole perfume range, which is the part I was most excited to look at as cruelty-free (let alone vegan) perfumes are hard to come by. I was on a budget so kept to buying one perfume (French Lilac) but will definitely be back to buy a few more.

Overall, the beauty and personal part of the Wholefoods is the part I was most impressed by - seeing quite a few natural, organic, cruelty-free and vegan brands on shelves for me to have a smell of instead of having to order online with nothing by gut feeling to go on. I also spotted that Yes lube and French Letters condoms which I have mentioned in some Linkables and on Twitter were also available in the store.

The rest of the Griffnock store was good and it included a wide range of food and drink - their alcohol section also contained some brands marked as veggie which I hadn't heard of and I spotted some food brands I've only seen at the Ideal Home Show/Country Living Country Fair. I was however disappointed in the cleaning section as I am trying to switch to cruelty-free cleaning and I also didn't spot my favourite Violife Cheese on the shelves. In the grand scheme of things, I can get everything I need to eat vegan in the city centre of Glasgow (mainly in Quality Vitamins and Herbs off Sauchiehall Street) and would only head out to Griffnock if I was going to have people over and required something special, or was making a recipe that called for a fancy vegetable. However, I mentioned above that I loved their beauty department and will be making trips back in order to pick up some more Pacifica goodies and possibly some other brands once I've checked their cruelty-free status.

Should also throw in that they have a small gardening section however it was tiny and as you come in the door - but you can buy the beginner 'grow your own' kits as well as organic soil.

Also below is my terrible video I filmed on Saturday of some of the stuff I bought, but because I left the filming so late I was only able to include three products as I had used/eaten/drank the others! Maybe my next haul will be more timely and exciting....

Morag x
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