Postage & Delivery Information
UK 1st Class Royal Mail – Flat charge £3.10, or Free on orders over £40
Order by 3pm Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays) & goods leave that day. Delivery after dispatch is 1-3 working days.
UK Special Delivery Royal Mail by 1pm next working day – from £8.60
Order by 3pm Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays). Doesn’t deliver on public holidays or Saturdays. Friday orders delivered Monday, you will need to sign for the goods. The exact price is based upon weight of items.
Choose between Royal Mail post (cheaper and slower) or DHL (more expensive and faster).
- Royal Mail to Europe 3-6 working days after dispatch - from £4.20 (2 kg max.)
- DHL to Europe from 1-2 days after dispatch - from £19.96
- Royal Mail to Outside Europe 6-10 working days after dispatch - from £6.48 (2 kg max.)
- DHL to Outside Europe from 1-2 days after dispatch - from £25.00.
Delivery through Christmas, New Year & Other Holidays
Goods leave us just as quickly throughout December and January, with no backlog (we have always managed to avoid backlogs and we have been trading online since 2000).
Our policy is just the same as ever throughout this period - order by 3pm on a given weekday and we send that order out on that day. (We don't dispatch goods on Saturday or Sunday, nor on Bank Holidays). UK orders are sent out by Royal Mail first class post or by Special Delivery if you pay extra. Internationals will go standard airmail. There will be normal postage deliveries (and collections) to most areas of UK up until Monday the 23rd December.
First Class Royal Mail (our standard UK service)
Royal Mail say their last posting date to arrive before Christmas Day is Friday, 20th December, 2019. So for delivery before Christmas please order from us by 3pm on Friday, 20th December.
Last year we were still getting many next day or two day arrivals of parcels at this time. So it is still possible a later order will get to you. But please be aware that Royal Mail could have some delays in some areas so if you can order earlier even better.
(Please note this is a non-guaranteed service and ordering before this date is recommended if possible.)
Royal Mail Special Delivery (pay a bit extra when checking out):
For delivery by Tuesday, 24th December, please order by 3pm on Monday, 23rd December.
(Please note this is a guaranteed service. Ie you get your postage money back if it doesn't arrive on time and we will also pay your postage to return the goods to us if required)
Airmail to Australasia, order by 12th December.
Airmail to USA & Canada order by 14th December.
Airmail to Western Europe, order by 17th December.
The only weekdays we will not be dispatching during December 2018 and January 2019 are:
Wednesday, 25th December 2019 (Bank Holiday)
Thursday, 26th December 2019 (Bank Holiday)
Wednesday, 1st January 2020 (Bank Holiday)
Please also note that for dispatch on the 24th December and 31st December you will need to place your orders by 10:30 am as Royal Mail collect early from us on these two days and all their trucks move earlier in lieu of the bank holidays on the following days.
We hope you have a lovely time over the Christmas period. If you do buy presents from us we hope the recipient loves them!
Very Best Wishes,
The Holisticshop Team
Full List of International (Airmail) Posting Dates by Royal Mail
Tue 4 December - Africa, Middle East
Fri 7 December - Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Sat 8 December - Caribbean, Central and South America
Mon 10 December - Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand
Fri 14 December - Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and USA
Sat 15 December - Finland, Sweden
Mon 17 December - Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Tue 18 December - Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
An item isn’t right for you or no longer needed? No problem! So long as the product is still in mint condition, you are welcome to return this to us within 60 days of purchase. (Please see the FAQ below if you receive an item that is damaged or faulty upon arrival as we have a slightly different procedure.)
Reasons For Returning
1. The product wasn't as you hoped / expected.
2. The product was bought as a gift for someone and they didn't like it.
3. You don't need that product any more.
Should an item not be as your imagined, please return to us in the same condition that you received it, well packaged for the journey for a refund or alternative. When returning unwanted goods, please note that we do not normally refund postage costs.
Our Return Address - Please include your name and order number in your return parcel
FAO Returns, Holisticshop.co.uk, Unit 3, Chestnut Drive, Wymondham Business Park, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 9SB
Once your items have been refunded, we will email you to let you know.
In the interest of hygiene and for your protection, we cannot accept returns of earrings or beauty products unless the items are of unsatisfactory quality, damaged, or unfit for purpose. If you require advice on returning items, please contact us.
What to Do If My Items Are Missing or Damaged?
Should any items be missing from your parcel when it arrives, faulty or damaged please notify us as soon as possible on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01953 857260 and we will get onto it straight away.
We always endeavour to put things right as quickly as possible in the way that you prefer. That is why we find it best to contact us first rather than returning the goods straight to us. This does not affect your statutory rights as a consumer.
If you are asked to return your item, please make sure it is well packaged for the journey and sent 2nd Class Royal Mail. We will refund the cost of return postage by 2nd Class Royal Mail.
Can I Order by Phone?
Of course! Just call us on 01953 857260 UK (local UK rate) or +44 1953 857260 from outside the UK.
We can take telephone orders between 0900-1700 Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
To place an order over the phone you will need:
1. Your credit or debit card in your hand.
2. Know what products you are ordering. (We can give you advice during the phone call if you are not sure what exactly you need)
3. Billing and delivery addresses.
What is Our Ethical & Environmental Stance?
We take our ethical and environmental responsibilities seriously. We seek information and assurances from our suppliers that they treat their employees with respect and do not employ child labour. Many of our suppliers have an active involvement in their local communities, often contributing time or money.
Because we always try to deal directly with the manufacturers of our products, this means we can ensure that their products are ethically sourced. Particularly with our Native American Herbs and Plants it is important to us that these are sustainable harvested, the same goes for our abalone shells.
We are always developing ways to become more environmentally aware, this is an ever evolving process but something we are always conscious of. Many of our candles are made from natural plant wax or soya and are sourced environmentally (we never use petroleum), our beauty products are paraben and sodium lauryl sulphate free and we ensure that they use the most natural ingredients available or are organic if possible.
Are Your Crystals Genuine?
All our crystals and crystal products displayed on our website are genuine unless otherwise stated. For instance, some stones such as Goldstone are actually man made and certain types of crystal jewellery can be made from re-constituted stones (such as Turquoise). If this is ever the case, each product will be clearly labelled as such.
We try to provide as much information as we can about each crystal but please feel free to contact us if you have any queries
Do You Have a Shop or Catalogue?
We operate from a market town in Norfolk called Wymondham. We have office space and warehouse but we don't have a shop as such, and don't promote ourselves in this way.
Due to health and safety we unfortunately cannot allow customers into our warehouse, but if you would like to collect your order from us that's absolutely fine. Please let us know by ringing in or leaving a note in your extra instructions upon placing your order that you would like to collect your parcel, plus the approximate time/date you will be arriving so we can have this ready for you.
We also do not have a paper catalogue, although a catalogue on the face of it, some might say is just the same as an internet site!
How Long Have You Been Trading?
Holisticshop.co.uk was founded in 2000 by Brett Almond. He was manager of a complimentary medicine practice in Norwich and went part time in March 2000 to start work on the dream of Holisticshop.co.uk. By August he began to realise that it was pulling him apart energetically to be doing the two jobs simultaneously. So he took the bold step of leaving full time employment before Holisticshop.co.uk was actually launched. This was in August 2000. On September 2nd 2000 Holisticshop.co.uk went live on the internet and was open for business.
This was right in the middle of the dot com "boom and bust" when many internet businesses were going bankrupt. What would happen is an internet company would attract investors who would pay hundreds of thousands or sometimes millions of pounds for a share in that internet company. The company would then be cash rich and would get grand premises, spend lots on advertising, get lots of staff based on a projection of future turnover. This projection was based on the internet and their website taking off very quickly as a shopping medium. When the shopping revolution proved to be more of a gradual growth, the internet companies projections were way off the mark and this quite often lead to spectacular failures like the now infamous boo.com, where the company had spent way too quick and simply didn't have the sales to keep it in operation.
Holisticshop.co.uk didn't go down the investment route. It was started as a one man band. Growth was gradual and hard won. Now sometime later Holisticshop.co.uk is solvent, still is 100% privately owned and has business premises and a number of staff who are all committed to the cause of keeping our customers happy and running a really useful website.
We are committed to protecting your privacy. We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully (in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998).
We collect information about you for 2 reasons: firstly, to process your order and second, to provide you with the best possible service. We will not e-mail you in the future unless you have given us your consent. We do not pass you details onto any other companies or third parties.
The type of information we will collect about you includes:
- Your Name
- Phone Number
- Email Address
- Credit / Debit Card Details
We may use technology to track the patterns of behaviour of visitors to our site. This can include using a "cookie" which would be stored on your browser. You can usually modify your browser to prevent this happening. The information collected in this way can be used to identify you unless you modify your browser settings. If you have any questions/comments about privacy, you should email us at email@example.com.