This privacy policy sets out how Almost Essential uses and protects any information that you give Almost Essential when you use this website. Almost Essential is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. Almost Essential may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

What we collect

⎯ We may collect the following information:
⎯ name
⎯ contact information including email address
⎯ demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers
⎯ For the exhaustive list of cookies we collect see the List of cookies we collect section.
⎯ What we do with the information we gather
⎯ We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
⎯ Internal record keeping.
⎯ We may use the information to improve our products and services.
⎯ We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
⎯ From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

In addition we only store the necessary information needed to identify customers such as Name, address, delivery details – purely for linking customers to orders, we do not store credit card details.

On placing your order you are transferred to SagePay to make your purchase. All credit card details are processed at this site on secured pages and require CVV2/CVC2 verification. We also accept 3D Secure transactions. The credit card details you enter during a transaction are encrypted using SSL High grade encryption. When you enter your card details SagePay are using a 256bit encryption security system which at present is the highest security available for online payment data protection. All transaction information passed between merchant sites and Sage Pay’s systems is encrypted using 128-bit SSL certificates. No cardholder information is ever passed unencrypted – and, in the case of Almost Essential, you enter your details directly into the SagePay system, your details are not transmitted at all. Once on the SagePay systems, all sensitive data is secured using the same internationally recognised 256-bit encryption standards used by, among others, the US Government. The encryption keys are held on state-of-the-art, tamper proof systems in the same family as those used to secure VeriSign’s Global Root certificate, making them all but impossible to extract. The data they hold is extremely secure and they are regularly audited by the banks and banking authorities to ensure it remains so.

Via Sagepay we accept all cards shown below (Mastercard, Visa, Visa Delta, Visa Electron, Visa Purchasing, Solo, Switch, JCB).

In addition, in order

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:
whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at
We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.
You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to .
If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

List of cookies we collect

The table below lists the cookies we collect and what information they store.

CART ⎯ The association with your shopping cart.
CATEGORY_INFO ⎯  Stores the category info on the page, that allows to display pages more quickly.
COMPARE ⎯ The items that you have in the Compare Products list.
CURRENCY ⎯ Your preferred currency
CUSTOMER ⎯ An encrypted version of your customer id with the store.
CUSTOMER_AUTH ⎯ An indicator if you are currently logged into the store.
CUSTOMER_INFO ⎯ An encrypted version of the customer group you belong to.
CUSTOMER_SEGMENT_IDS ⎯ Stores the Customer Segment ID
EXTERNAL_NO_CACHE ⎯ A flag, which indicates whether caching is disabled or not.
FRONTEND ⎯ You sesssion ID on the server.
GUEST-VIEW ⎯ Allows guests to edit their orders.
LAST_CATEGORY ⎯ The last category you visited.
LAST_PRODUCT ⎯ The most recent product you have viewed.
NEWMESSAGE ⎯ Indicates whether a new message has been received.
NO_CACHE ⎯ Indicates whether it is allowed to use cache.
PERSISTENT_SHOPPING_CART ⎯ A link to information about your cart and viewing history if you have asked the site.
POLL ⎯ The ID of any polls you have recently voted in.
POLLN ⎯ Information on what polls you have voted on.
RECENTLYCOMPARED ⎯ The items that you have recently compared.
STF ⎯ Information on products you have emailed to friends.
STORE ⎯ The store view or language you have selected.
USER_ALLOWED_SAVE_COOKIE ⎯ Indicates whether a customer allowed to use cookies.
VIEWED_PRODUCT_IDS ⎯ The products that you have recently viewed.
WISHLIST ⎯ An encrypted list of products added to your Wishlist.
WISHLIST_CNT ⎯ The number of items in your Wishlist.


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