iHerb haul #1 – Skincare oils!

Hello beautiful people ♡

I recently did a post on How you can purchase from iHerb, a site which I am so in love with now!. I promised you a post on my haul within some days. So here are the four items I bought and their reviews based on my usage since Dec 2013 (Click on the links to go directly to the product on the site) :

1) Argan oil by Acure Organics – The first thing I searched for on this site, is Argan oil. I have heard people rave about it for so long. There are three really known brands that sell 100% organic Argan oil (according to some survey). They are Josie Maran, Eden Allure and Acure Organics. So I decided to give Acure a try. I love the packaging. A beautiful Argan tree printed on recyclable packing.

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The oil itself comes in a glass bottle with a dropper. It’s golden yellow in color and has a nutty/woody kind of smell. Some might say it’s harsh/very strong but I loved it!. Anyways, the smell dissipates within seconds. So, even if you don’t like it, you don’t have to worry about the smell lingering on.

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It’s very lightweight and gets absorbed fast into the skin. It doesn’t feel greasy at all. I can say my skin absolutely loves this oil. It leaves my skin looking radiant and feeling soft. I use 4 drops on my face and 2 drops on my neck. A little goes a long way with oils. I highly recommend you try Argan oil. What I loved about this brand is that the Argan oil is sourced from a woman’s cooperative in Morocco and is sustainably harvested to protect the bounty of the Argan Tree.

Price: $12.94 (AED 47.53) for 30ml.

Just FYI, recently at Dubai Shopping Festival, my sister in law and mom bought Argan oil from the Morocco pavilion. It’s a darker color and smells of roasted nuts. I disliked it’s smell very much. Mom says it works really well on her skin. I swatched it. It doesn’t get absorbed into skin really fast and feels heavy. Here is the (plastic) bottle that they bought by the way:

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It costs AED50 for 100ml

General info about Argan oil

  • Argan oil is considered to be ‘Liquid gold’
  • It’s loaded with vitamin E, antioxidants, stimulates skin renewal and promotes skin’s elasticity
  • Protects against sun damage
  • Softens skin
  • Helps against acne and skin infections
  • Regulates sebum production in people with oily skin
  • Keeps nails healthy, shiny and strong
  • Perfect for all skin types

2) Avocado oil by NOW Foods : It was December that I placed the order on iHerb. Winter time in UAE. It’s that time of the year when my skin leans the most towards ‘dry’. That’s what made me choose Avocado oil. It’s so hydrating, healing and nourishing.

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It comes in a plastic bottle with a flip open lid. Avocado by itself is a source of vitamin E. The oil is very thick and heavy. It looks very oily when applied on to your skin. It doesn’t have a distinctive smell. I use 4 drops on my face and 2 drops on my neck. During cold mornings, I slather my face with this oil and it helps my skin fight dryness. When applied overnight, by morning the oiliness is gone because it’s all absorbed by the skin. It’s truly hydrating and I highly recommend this product to you.

Price: $5.34 (AED19.61) for 118ml.

General info about Avocado oil

  • Loaded with vitamin A, D and E
  • Has Omega 3 and Omega 6 in it
  • Helps reduce age spots
  • Fights against sun damage
  • Increases the amount of collagen in skin, thus promoting skin’s elasticity (which deteriorates as we get old)
  • Nourishes dry, damaged and brittle hair because of it’s humectant (it can attract and bind water) properties
  • It is anti inflammatory
  • Extremely moisturizing
  • Best for dry skin but suitable for all skin types

3) Rosehip oil by Aura Cacia : I read about Rosehip oil when my friend Kate of Sleeping Bootay did a post on it. I wanted to try it then. Trilogy is the best brand selling Rosehip oil but Aura Cacia is well known too. So that’s what I bought. The product came in a dark colored glass bottle with a pump, which I thought was so neat and hygienic.

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This oil is full of Vitamin A and C. In fact, this is a natural product similar to Retin A, retinols or retinoids. It brightens up the skin.  I love the glow it gives. It’s yellow in color, because of the presence of natural beta-carotenes (which gives carrot it’s bright orange color), without any artificial colors added to it.

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The smell of this oil… Oh boy!. Where do I begin?. Lets start with a little story, shall we?. Rosehip oil is extracted from rose hips, which are the fruits of rose plant. It looks like this :

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Obviously I thought it would smell heavenly like roses. But it couldn’t be further from the truth. It smells like fish oil!. Disgusting right?. Well, at first I thought, did my bottle go rancid?. But no. I ran a search and found other people finding it the same. So yeah, it’s normal. But the smell dissipates within seconds. So I can live with that!. I use 2 pumps of it on my face and neck. Also normally rosehip oil is sourced from roses in Chile. Aura Cacia’s rosehip oil is also from Chile. That’s one reason I chose this brand.

Price : $9.34 (AED 34.31) for 30ml.

General info about Rosehip oil

  • Helps fight premature aging
  • Works against fine lines and wrinkles
  • Has essential fatty acids in them
  • Rejuvenates skin
  • Fights age spots
  • Helps restore brittle nails
  • Should be stored in the refrigerator
  • Best for all skin types

4) Organic Pomegranate lip balm by Sierra Bees : This is the freebie I chose. I love pomegranate. So when I saw this organic lip balm with pomegranate oil it, I found it interesting. It also has extra virgin olive oil, sunflower seed oil and vitamin E in it, all of which are organic. It also contains beeswax and looks exactly like it. It’s a dull color. It’s so nourishing and leaves your lips smooth and pampered.

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Price : Free item. But if you order it a second time, you got to pay the full price which is $1.95 (AED 7.16) for 4.25 gms.

Shipment

I had chosen DHL for this shipment. This was probably the fastest shipment I ever got. Within six hours of placing the order, I received an email saying it’s all been shipped!!. I was wonder struck. What an amazing service from iHerb. Within three days it had made it’s way from US to UAE. It reached here in the night and as such it was the next day morning (Fourth day) that I received it. I am just in love with their tracking service. Within those 3 days of transport, there were 15 updates. I could see where all the package was going through, in so much detail. It was so exciting watching it’s progress, knowing it’s getting closer to me!

Everything was carefully packed in a cardboard box marked ‘Fragile’. The rosehip oil was bubble wrapped separately.

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More info

  • Though I do not break out normally, it was a first for me to apply any kind of oil on my face. So I didn’t want to take a chance and thus did a 3 day advance patch test. I suggest you do the same too before trying any of these oils.

  • One of the main reasons I chose all of these oils is that they are multi- purpose. You can use them on your face, body and hair!. I use them mainly on my face (on lips too but never tried around eyes), occasionally on my hair and rarely on my body.

  • These three oils are beneficial in similar ways but still I bought them all because it’s good to treat skin with different products.

  • You can use these oils morning or night. However, I prefer using them at nights except for Avocado oil which I also use on cold mornings.

  • These oils can be used as a moisturizer by themselves or be layered just underneath a moisturizer or mixed with a moisturizer and applied.

I highly recommend iHerb. It’s god send!. They are just so amazing. Money well spent!. Can’t wait to go back and buy more stuff!. It’s so irresistible.

Use the discount code SCZ695 to receive $5 or $10 off your first purchase!. iHerb ships worldwide ♥.

Hope you loved my mini haul and the reviews. Please leave feedback in the comments below. I would very much appreciate that!

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Naz 🙂

21 thoughts on “iHerb haul #1 – Skincare oils!

  1. Hey glad to see that you’ve shopped from iHerb…. You know one of the prime reasons I started a blog was because I used to discover stuff like this and rave about it to my friends who would eventually get drowned into the glorious shopping and I would have to hear their guilty confessions of splurging… Finally they begged me to stop passing them on with new products and deals… I had to channel that energy somewhere… And now after reading your post Im a lot nostalgic… Great haul…

    • Oh I see!. Well my prob is that none of my real life close friends are interested in skincare/makeup products. I had no one to talk to in the first place but now I can blog about it and interact with like minded people like you. Well, am so glad you blog, Irene. I love your hauls ♡

  2. oh wow! I am in love with your entire haul. Even I had bought argan oil from Dubai but it was a lot thicker and darker, greasier in consistency. I have not used it after first try but will do so once I am done with my other stash of oil. Didn’t expect rosehip oil to smell like fish!! Oh gosh….I wonder if they add fish oil in their base, i doubt that though. What amazing services from iherb!!! Avocado oil is a great find too. hope you are doing good, Naz. am busy with some exams till monday, hopefully after that I will be free.tc

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  6. Hi….. Its very Nice…. I was trying to search for argan oil and ended up on your blog. U are so good on all the reviews… So good.. i’m planning to buy Acure Argan oil and What if I select International Mail for delivery. I reside in Sharjah And from where shall i collect the product.
    I only need Argan oil and it cost $7 . but DHL costs $18.
    So i made the choice of International Airmail.
    I need to know both iherb and International mail can be trusted or not…?
    pls reply.
    Regards

    • Hello Ashfaq! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog :). I have never tried the International mail delivery option. So, I don’t know how long it will take to arrive here. But I know where it will arrive. It will be in your post office, in your p.o.box address. iHerb can be totally trusted. It’s an amazing site.

      What I can suggest is, either try using the international mail option and get low shipping price (in which case, you should definitely tell me how your experience was since so far everyone I have referred, have used the DHL option) or buy other products too that you and your family needs and make your bill amount above $40. Then your DHL shipping charge will drop as low as $8 – $10. Then, you will get your products via DHL, right to your doorstep. There is a 50% off shipping charges over orders above $40, at the moment. That’s why I suggested it.

      So, kindly look at your options. Whichever the case, use the code SCZ695 at your checkout to get a guaranteed discount.

  7. OK.. Thanx.. Let me check the International mail 1st.. I never used Argan oil and its only the sample one.. I will purchase it after trying this..

  8. Hi neenz, very happy to see your haul especially since i have spent quite a few days collecting essential oils on i herb cart.
    However i am appprehensive aboub customs clearance and duties…please let me know if you were charged above the courier charges..
    Thanks!

    • Hi Aditi!. I have shopped 9 times at iHerb and never have I paid any customs clearance and duties so far. Do use my code SCZ695 at check out to get a discount off your bill total 🙂

    • Hi Aditi!. I have shopped 9 times at iHerb and never have I paid any customs clearance and duties so far. Do use my code SCZ695 at check out to get a discount off your bill total..

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