Founded in 1972, Guardian Health & Beauty, Singapore is a subsidiary of Cold Storage (1983) Pte. Ltd, operating under the Dairy Farm Group of Companies. It operates Singapore largest health & beauty chain comprising more than 145 stores offering professional services such as patient-care counselling & dispensary services as well as offering a wide range of health and beauty products.
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Guardian always has it!
Guardian can be your guardian angel at times, at least when it comes to health and beauty. Every Guardian outlet is well-stocked with health and beauty essentials you might need at any time of the day. You can get plasters, toiletries and even health supplements. What I like best about Guardian is the pharmacy. Whichever outlet you go to (those with pharmacies), the pharmacist is always ready to help and recommend solutions to most of your health needs. You can get over-the-counter drugs and ointments or even vitamins and minerals that Singaporeans tend to ignore in their daily intake.
What is less than ideal is the fact that most Guardian stores are always congested with little space to walk about, especially during crowded times.
Nice service, wide varieties
It has always been a pleasure to buy basic necessities at Guardian.
Magazines and newspapers are displayed neatly on racks outside. Luckily, there's a shelter so even if it's raining, the reading materials will not get wet. I always find it a relief that they still have The Straits Times, despite that it's already 6pm. You must be wondering who buys newspapers at this time..
Customers normally have to approach cashier for assistance. There are certain times where they ask if you would like to buy chocolates or sweets during the payment process. They're mainly items on sale. Thankfully, the cashiers aren't over-enthusiastic or persuasive types so overall, shopping experience at Guardian was pleasant enough.
Got All You Need Here
Most people that went to Guardian would probably get facial creams, shampoos, contact lens lotions, many essential health and beauty stuffs that you need in your daily lives. Guardian got it all, while most of the things sold there were meant for girls and kids, which goes from facial protection lotions, health pastilles, some vitamin candies and pills.
Guardian is a very convenient place for people, rather then running all over Singapore just to look for a specific product, most of the brand that is feature in Guardian were Garnier, and I find Guardian is pretty much similar to Watsons, the two shops serves almost the same purpose such as health and beauty products sold there were roughly the same.
I would only go to Guardian to get Black Hair-Dyes as I always dye and bleach my hair during the December holidays. But I must say that the price and stuff at Guardian is affordable and essential for your daily needs, especially for girls and women.
sells specific beauty brands that cannot be found in other wellness stores
For health and wellness products, Guardian provides a wide range of brands to choose from. It also sells other miscellaneous items like snacks and chocolates.
I hardly shop at Guardian since I find their products rather expensive, especially for those that can be found at other stores that are significantly cheaper, like candies and biscuits. I do get my facial and body products though, as Guardian carries Avene and Vichy products that are difficult to find in other beauty and skincare stores. Occasionally, there will be promotions for these specific products, which make purchasing them during that time more worthwhile. Also, for specialized medicine, there is a pharmacy to dispense them upon approval of the pharmacist.
Guardian can be slightly crowded at times, but there will still be a lot of space to move within the shop as there is quite a lot of walking area between the shelves. There will be sales assistants for certain products at times to help promote the goods and they will distribute testers for customers to try. However, they will be less adequate to help with the purchase of the products of other brands, and there does not seem to be any other sales assistants to help with the general purchasing of products.
Guardian- guards your wallet and health
As someone who loves running marathons, I always prepare myself for the post-marathon day. As I expect my legs to be quite sore and strained, I make sure I buy some medicated gel to fasten my recovery rate. And here is where Guardian comes into the picture.
Guardian , being very accessible to my nieghbourhood has quite a variety of sports-recovery products, that also has a wide price range to cater to your specific budget. After much choosing, I chose a salon pas gel for around $8. The effect was cooling and while it did state it was for temporary relief, it did help lessen the amount of stress my leg received.
There was also the other time when I fell directly onto my knees- and I managed to find a glucosamine gel at Guardian –which was quite effective too. While I did consider going to other stores to perhaps deliberate over the pricing, the fact that it is nearer and convenient makes up for any extra dollar.
In addition, the staff is proactive. They would make recommendations based on your budget. There was once where I almost bought a supplement for my joints that was fairly expensive but an assistant quickly gave me advice and recommended a cheaper yet fairly similar alternative. Thankfully I got to save some money.
catching up in their beauty department!
If you ask any Singaporean women where they would usually shop for drug store makeup and beauty stuff, they would usually say: Watsons… However, one may not have noticed. In fact, Guardian is really trying to catch up by expanding their beauty sections. Guardian once did a survey research on consumers’ opinions on their stores. It has been found out that most women only associate Guardian with health products and medications such as vitamins and health supplements, etc.
Perhaps it has something to do with the outlook of the shop as well as the age range of the staff. Guardian has this very pharmaceutical feel and the staff are usually slightly older. And for Watsons, the stores are brightly lit up, with many colourful signboards and product stands. Their staff are also comparatively younger between the age of 21 to 25 years old.
However, Guardian is way less crowded than Watsons. So, it is a good place if you have something specific in mind to pick up. In terms of the makeup variety, they are definitely not on par with Watsons. However, they still sell the basic drug store makeup brands like Maybelline, Loreal, etc. And quite often, they have 20% discount storewide!
Where you can get all your medication needs
If I would ever need to get any medicines or health supplements, I would think about guardian rather than other stores. Perhaps, since young, I have always been following my parents to Guardian every time they are getting anything health related. I would say that Guardian has almost everything in terms of medications and supplements. There is also pharmacy counter where you could consult the pharmacists in case you are uncertain about the medicines you are going to purchase. It's a good alternative where you could save several bucks of going to the clinic in the case where you are having mild sickness, such as cold and flu.
However, for the service wise, I would not generalize. In some outlets, the Guardian service staffs are great but not for the pharmacists. I remembered asking her about a certain drug and she just brushed me away by saying,' you can just read the pamphlet inside the box'. That is really rude. And so, I prefer Watson's pharmacists who are much friendlier.
In terms of the pricing, everything is priced the same as other stores. If you are Passion card members, you could flash your card during payment to earn points for every purchase you make.
more focus on health rather than for both health and beauty
I only go to Guardian whenever I need to stock up on vitamins, first aid kit essentials or need to speak to the pharmacist there. For some reason that I don't know, I trust Guardian more than Watsons (another health/beauty retailer) when it comes to health-related purchases or issues. Just an instinct and personal preference. They stock a great deal of items there but the overall vibe that I feel from them is that they are geared more towards the health section.
Their stores are not as well-stocked as Watsons when it comes to beauty products. You won't find the latest mascara or nail polish here. Instead, you will find the latest vitamins and health-related products! They have their house-brand first aid kit and be careful of buying the first aid kit as their kit is literally a kit. I bought it and realize that there's nothing inside! I thought it would come stocked with the essentials. But in any case, there are always the friendly shop assistants and pharmacists to help you out. If you are in need of any health products or first aid kits, think no further, Guardian can definitely be trusted as your guardian of health.