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iHerb Haul #10 – Skincare products & more!

Hi guys!

Here is my recent haul from the best online shopping site ever, iHerb!.

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1) Andalou Naturals Lift & Firm Cream – You will find this product in one of my previous hauls. That time though, I had bought it for my brother. Recently he raved about it to me and so I had to get it for myself. This cream has Hyaluronic Acid, DMAE and fruit stem cell complex (Apple / Grape). The main ingredient in it is certified organic Aloe Vera and also has Argan & Jojoba oils. This product is supposed to help with diminishing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, fade hyperpigmentation and improve overall texture for a visibly lifted, firmer complexion.

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I found it to be extremely hydrating and nourishing. It imparts a soft, supple feeling. It’s white in color, has a light Vanilla like scent and has a lovely, creamy texture. A little comes a long way. It’s meant to be used in the daytime. Though not shown here, I bought two of this, the other one a repeat purchase for bro.

Price – $19.96 (Approx AED 73.32) for a tub containing 50 ml.

2) Andalou Naturals Night Repairing cream– Since I bought the day cream, I decided to check out the night cream too, as it’s a known fact that when you get products from the same range, it goes well together, works hand in hand and helps you achieve your goal in a lesser amount of time. This product contains certified organic Aloe Vera, Cacao butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Rosehip oil, Evening Primrose oil, Avocado oil and more. The Resveratrol & CoQ10 in it works as antioxidants, to stimulate circulation, slow cellular damage and speedy healthy cell renewal for improved skin texture.

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This cream has a balm like texture and is very light. It has a chocolatey smell, which I really liked. A little goes a long way with this product too. It sinks in really fast leaving skin looking healthy and slightly dewy.

Price – $19.96 (Approx ) for a tub containing 50 ml.

Based on my experience with both these products I would definitely recommend you the Andalou Naturalsbrand. Also, I preferred it because it is vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, sulphate free, Non- GMO & gluten free. When you use chemical free products, it really makes a wonderful difference in your skin. Both of these creams that I purchased are from their ‘Age Defying’ range and targets ‘Dry & Very Dry’ skin types.

3) Avocado oil by Now Solutions– I love this oil so much since it’s multi purpose. I use it both as a nourishing face oil in my night time skin care routine and as a hydrating oil for my dry hair. This is a repeat purchase. Only difference though, is that last time, I had bought a smaller bottle (118 ml) while this time, it’s a larger one (473 ml).

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Price – $12.22 (Approx AED 44.89) for a bottle containing 473 ml.

4) Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Tamanu Deep Treatment Masque– Since I have dry hair, I wanted to try a product like this one. Funny enough, I don’t use it as a masque but as an overnight leave-in conditioner. The actual usage of it is to work it into damp hair from roots to end, cover hair with plastic cap for 45 mins and then to rinse off. However, I simply work it into my hair from the middle part until the very tips and leave it overnight. Next day when I wash my hair, it feels soft and manageable.

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It is white in color and has a thick texture. I first rub it in between both my hands, warm it up just a bit that way and massage it into the hair. This mask contains great ingredients such as Tamanu oil, Monoi oil, nutrient-rich Garlic extract and Bamboo to fortify hair. This is made for dry, textured and damaged hair. Overall, it’s a nice masque but not one I would urge you to buy because my expectations were really high for this product and it falls short of it.

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Price – $11.99 (Approx AED 44.04) for a tub containing 340 gms.

5) Hyaluronic Acid Firming Serum by Now Solutions– I was looking for a serum that hydrates well but doesn’t cost a lot. So, I chose this one. It’s supposed to naturally reduce appearance of fine lines.

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I love the runny texture of this product. A little goes a looong way. On application, it feels like my skin just drinks it up, leaving it hydrated. It has this extremely refreshing scent. It reminds me of the smell of the leaf of lemon tree. I would like to say this could be a cheaper version of Mad Hippie’s Exfoliating serum, which I have reviewed earlier. No doubt their ingredients are worlds apart but am comparing just the texture and feel of the products.

I love any product that comes with a pump because it’s convenient and mess-free. So, I was delighted to see a pump on this one. However, I was surprised to see that there is no tube inside the bottle. On reading it’s back side, I understood that it uses an airless pump. So, you gotta shake the bottle, then pump to get rid of excess air and then product is dispensed out. If not, shake again. The base rises each time you pump. But I rather prefer a bottle with a pump/tube mechanism. But still, I love this product so much!. I HIGHLY recommend it!. Also, it’s paraben free, cruelty free and gluten free.

Price – $11.04 (Approx AED 40.55) for a bottle containing 30 ml.

6) Badger Beard Balm – I got this for my brother since of late he is into grooming his beard. According to him, it’s a nice product and he would recommend it. It is a cruelty free product.

Badger Beard Balm

Price – $14.39 (Approx AED 52.86) for a tin containing 56 gms.

Discounts and Shipping

iHerb has introduced something new. A loyalty program!. After each purchase, 10% of your bill total (excluding shipping charges) is placed in your iHerb account. It has a validity of 60 days. Next time you purchase within this time frame, this amount is deducted from your bill total!. For this purchase of mine, I got $9.76 (Approx AED 35.85) :).

Since Andalou Naturals was one of the ‘Brands of the Week’ at the time of my purchase, I got an extra 20% off it, thus saving $11.97 (Approx AED 43.97) on three products!

The shipping via DHL was amazingly fast and it reached me from US to UAE in just 3 days. Gotta love how fast DHL’s service is. Shipping cost me $8 (Approx AED 29.38), since iHerb had a special offer running that month that no matter how much ever the weight is of the package, you can get it shipped for a flat rate of $8. There really is no other site that offers you so much value!.

Use my code SCZ695 at checkout to get $5 off your first purchase!

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My Bathtime / Body care routine!

Hiya!

Friends and followers equally loved and supported when I published my night time and day time skincare routines. So, I thought, why not do a bathtime / body care routine post and also show you the products I use!. It’s absolutely important to take care of your skin. This particular routine is not specific to winter. It’s the same all year round. I have normal skin by the way, which leans towards dry in winter.

My routine is split into two : One routine is for 5 days a week and the other is for 2 days a week. The key to the entire routine is ‘exfoliation’. Gentle exfoliation and conditioning for five days and intense exfoliation for two.

Five day routine

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I dry brush my body using a dry body brush before stepping into the shower. Since I have started dry body brushing, I have noticed a huge difference in my skin. It exfoliates dead skin cells away and increases blood circulation thus revealing glowing new skin. It’s really up to you how many days you wish to do it. I think five is perfect. I bought this Merben International dry body brush from Amazon for $26.46 (AED 97.19).

Once in shower, I use shower gels / shower creams. I love them more than bar soaps. I use a shower puff to help exfoliate. Both dry brushing and using the shower puff are gentle forms of exfoliation and thus doing them on the same day, does not aggravate your skin in any way. I use a selection of different products, just to keep it interesting. Here are some of the shower gels I use / finished using recently :

  • Nivea Powerfruit Relax shower gel – I quite like this range of Nivea’s shower gel. This particular one has Acai Berry scent and blueberry antioxidants in it. It smells like a berry juice. It is purple in color. Price : AED 12.70 for 250ml.
  • Nivea Water Lily & oil shower gel – This one is light pink in color and has yellow colored micro beads suspended in it. It’s pretty to see. The micro beads are oil pearls. It’s scent is that of water lily which is a very pleasant and feminine smell. Price : AED 12.70 for 250ml.
  • Dove Deeply Nourishing shower cream – This is my absolute favorite one. I already have a back up of this ready to use. It’s creamy and absolutely nourishing. It’s scent is refreshing and uplifting. I highly recommend you try it out. Price : AED 16.75 for 250ml.
  • Sebamed Olive Face & Body Wash – This is very gentle and mild, being soap and alkali free. It can be used on your face too. It is so gentle and chemical free that it can be used for bathing babies and by those with sensitive skin. It has a light scent and is cream in color. Price : AED 31.50 for 400ml.
  • The Face Shop Green Tea mild body wash – This is a an antioxidant rich body wash with Korean green tea and olive oil in it. It is gentle and great for the skin. Price : AED 40 for 300ml.
  • Shower puff – I got mine from The Face Shop. It’s really great. You can buy shower puffs from even local supermarkets for really cheap prices. However, I suggest you buy from a store like this one. It lasts for a longer time and is tightly woven together. I hang mine in the bathroom so that it dries well after every use. Price : AED 15.

After that I wash off the shower gel and apply a generous amount of Nivea In Shower Body lotion. This eliminates the need for applying a body lotion once I step out of the bathroom. The best time to apply body lotion is right after your shower, when your skin is in the most recipient state. Price of this body lotion is AED 19.25 for 400ml. After that, I just wash it off, dry my skin and step out of the shower.

Two day routine

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On Mondays and Thursdays, the same days that I use scrub on my face too, I scrub my body. I start with the Tree Hut’s Shea Sugar Scrub, which I bought from Amazon, paying $17.94 (AED 65.89) for three tubs, each containing 510 gms. It is an excellent scrub. I am using my second tub right now. I personally think sugar scrubs are much better than salt scrubs. But if salt scrubs are your thing, I would suggest using a scrub with Himalayan salt in it. It’s great for the skin.

Using a scrub really makes your skin so soft and glowing. I always scrub in an upward direction to stimulate blood flow. It’s the same concept of doing dry body brushing. Once I wash it off, I apply a body mask. I am currently using Izil’s Re-Mineralizing body mask, which costs AED 95 for a tub containing 150 gms. This mask really hydrates the body and the scent of Damask roses is amazing. Then I wash it off after 10 minutes. After this, sometimes I use a bar soap or on some lazy days, I just wash off the mask and step out of the shower. If I do use a soap, my current favorites are:

  • Dove – My favorite soap ever!. It feels so gentle on the skin and makes your skin supple and soft. I also like a variant of Dove which has Shea butter in it, but I didn’t have it on me to click a pic of. Price : AED 4.75 for 100gms
  • Lux Silk Sensation, which has olive oil in it and Lux Secret Bliss, which has Egyptian Violet & Elemi oil in it. I love the scent of this one. Price : AED 4 for 170 gms

After stepping out of the shower, I use one of the body lotions / body creams that I have. I have many at any given time, because I believe moisturization is key and love to try out different brands/products. Here are the ones I currently use / are recent empties :

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  • The Face Shop Green Tea body lotion – A really gentle and pleasant smelling lotion. It’s perfect for those with sensitive skin too. It has Korean green tea and olive oil just like the body wash from the same range. Price : AED 50 for 300ml.
  • Vaseline lotions – I like lotions from Vaseline and recently reviewed four of them. They are easy to work with and has a great fast absorbing consistency. Price : Between AED 11.95 – AED 13.50 for 200ml
  • Avocado oil – Especially during winter, our skin tends to like oil more than body lotions since it’s more nourishing. Avocado oil in particular is extremely hydrating. It’s one of my favorite oils. I bought this Now Foods avocado oil from online for $5.34 (AED 19.61) for 118ml.
  • The Body Shop Shea beautifying oil – Frankly, I am not a fan of it. But I am using it, so that I can finish it off, since I hate wastage of anything plus it’s smell is nice. Price : AED 65 for 100ml.
  • Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction body lotion – Where do I start on this!. The smell of it is absolutely heavenly and sensuous. It’s intensely hydrating. It has Aloe, Oats, Grapeseed extracts and Vitamins E and C in it. It’s easily one of my absolute favorites of my entire life. Thanks to Sally for gifting this to me ♥. Price : AED 56 for 250 ml.
  • Stress relief Aromatherapy body lotion from Bath & Body Works : This lotion has Eucalyptus and Spearmint essential oils in it that makes it soothing and uplifting. It is of a thin consistency and gets easily absorbed into the skin. I don’t suggest you use this one if you have sensitive / extremely dry skin. It could irritate your skin. I quite like it though. It’s bottle is made of glass and is gorgeous and classy. Price : AED 45 for 192 ml. It’s priced the same all throughout the year and never featured in their sales.
  • Dove Essential Nourishment & Dove Purely pampering body creams : I got the purely pampering one with Shea butter in it, in a Glambox. The other one, which is the original one, I had bought from Lulu Centre. These are nourishing but with the original one, though it gets absorbed super fast and feels nourishing in the beginning, it tends to leave your skin feeling a tad dry like 5 mins later. I don’t know why that happens. It is especially so in winter. I don’t highly recommend these but you might still try it since it might perform differently on your skin!. Price : AED 12.75 for 150ml.
  • Jergens Soothing Aloe body moisturizer : This is another one of my absolute favorites. It’s scent is so calming and beautiful. It’s perfect for sensitive skin. It is non – sticky and comforting. I highly recommend you try this out. Price : AED 17.65 for 400ml. More often times than not, this one is featured in an offer whereby you get 20% off when you buy two or buy two and get one free. I stock up on one of these sales. I have never bought just a single piece of it. Those sales are happening almost throughout the year!. So, look out for that and do give this a try.
  • Dove Essential Nourishment body lotion – This lotion is so nourishing, perfect for winter. It’s fast absorbing and really hydrating. The effect of it seems to last a long while. My skin feels really soft while using it. I will be buying this again when it gets over. I definitely recommend you check it out too. Price : AED 15.95 for 250ml.

So that’s my two day routine. During daytime, I like using these body lotions or the in shower body lotion. However, during night, just before heading to bed, I believe in heavy moisturizing and that’s why I like to use body butters / heavy body creams. Also, during the day I like to use the same body lotion on my hands and feet however during night I like to use specific creams for hands and feet. Here they are:

Night time routine

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For hands:

  • Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom hand cream – This one smells amazing and is intensely hydrating. LOVE it!. Price : AED 45 for a tube containing 80ml.
  • Caudalie Hands & Nail cream – I got this sample from a Glambox. It’s 15 ml. It’s nourishing and is antioxidant rich. It smells like grapefruits / citrusy. Price : AED 90 for 75ml (full sized version).

For feet :

  • Herbline Essentials Foot cream : It’s the most phenomenal foot cream I have ever used. It brings a long lasting effect. Price : AED 52 for a 150 ml tube.
  • Krack Heel Repair cream : This is an Ayurvedic cream and it’s an Indian brand. This one is OK. I kept using it until I came across the Herbline Essentials foot cream. I kind of got hooked on to it then!. But, I really want to finish off this Krack cream. I reach for it sometimes. This cream is a muddy brown, has a unique herbal scent to it and absorbs into the skin fast. Price : AED 9.95 for 50 gms.

For body :

  • Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze body butter : This one is intensely nourishing and has such a bouncy soft texture. Once again, I don’t recommend you buy any B & BWs creams/body butters if you have sensitive / extremely dry skin. I bought this in the last B & BW sale. Sale price : AED 30 for 200gms.
  • Maui Hibiscus Beach Triple Moisture Body cream : I quite love this heavy body cream. It smells amazing and is very nourishing. I bought this in the same B & BW sale I just mentioned. Sale price : AED 30 for 226 gms.
  • The Body Shop Chocomania body butter : I love this one’s chocolate like smell. I reviewed a bigger tub back in 2012. But the one now (my third tub) is a 50ml one. Price : AED 25

Heavily moisturizing at night means you wake up with soft and hydrated skin. I would also like to suggest you try out a Moroccan Bath once. I have tried it twice at spas and you will leave that place feeling extremely soft. If you follow this routine, not necessarily with so many products, I guarantee you that you will have the softest skin ever and can get rid of body acne forever!

I hope the sheer length of this post, does not confuse you. If you need any clarifications, I am happy to help. Do leave a comment below and let me know if you love the same products as I do or any suggestions of new brands that are your favorites and you would like me to try out!

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Amazon haul #3 – Skincare products!

Hey guys!

I recently went on a shopping spree on Amazon!. I have been meaning to look after my body more and invest in more products as much as I look after my face.

Here are the products I purchased and mini reviews:

Blog pix 0541) Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub (Brazilian Nut) : I occasionally do at- home body scrub DIY. However, I never was consistent with it. Probably it’s me being lazy but I wanted myself to be consistent with scrubbing my body and so I decided to get myself some good quality body scrubs that I can reach for any time. Tree Hut body scrubs are really known. They have different colors based on the ingredients like Almond & Honey, Hawaiian Kukui, Coconut Lime and Original Shea but what caught my eye was the Brazilian Nut one, which was brown in color.

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Blog pix 058It contains Organic Shea Butter, Avocado oil, Safflower seed oil, Evening Primrose oil, Sweet Almond oil, Macadamia seed oil, Orange oil and is infused with Brazilian nut oil. For the abrasive part, it contains real sugar grains and ground walnut shells. I fell in love with the ingredients list. Each tub contains 510gms. Now what surprised me the most was the price. It was only $17.94 (AED 65.89). That’s not the price of one tub. It’s the price of three tubs!!. So I bought two sets (6 tubs). I gave one full set to my mom and sister in law.

Blog pix 059The quality of this scrub is just amazing. It really buffs away dead skin cells to reveal glowing, smooth and soft skin. It gives a beautiful and healthy glow to the skin. I expected it’s smell to be nutty however it smells of coffee. It’s a very strong smell. First time I smelt it, I didn’t quite like it. But when I first used it, the smell calmed my senses and was very relaxing. It lingers lightly on your skin for some time after which it fades away. I now am a big fan of the smell. I use it twice a week. I first wet my body, then take a bit of the scrub and work it onto the wet skin. I start from my feet and work upward in circular motion, to get the blood flowing. The entire routine is so relaxing. I have used it only for a few times but my skin is incredibly soft now. I particularly notice that the skin on my elbows and knees, don’t feel ‘bumpy’ anymore. I am in love with this scrub and I highly recommend you try this budget friendly brand.

2) L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Golden Balm – I bought this for my mom. This balm is for the face, neck and chest. It contains 10 precious oils, combined with skin strengthening calcium to attract and maintain moisture in mature skin. This product is meant for people with thinning, mature skin. So, I would say it’s perfect for people who are 35+.

Blog pix 055It comes in a maroon colored glass container with a golden colored lid. It contains 48 gms. The moisturizer is a cream/golden colored one and has very slight shimmery appearance. It has a balm like texture and gets absorbed super fast into the skin, leaving it hydrated and soft. The smell, Oh god, is just deliciously beautiful. I couldn’t stop smelling it once I tried it on my hand.

Blog pix 056This product costs $12.79 (AED 46.98) and I highly recommend it if you have mature skin which is in dire need of hydration and care.

3) Merben International Soft Texture Jute body brush with cotton cord handle – I have been wanting to start body dry brushing, in my quest to achieve the softest skin ever. This jute brush is really great and not highly abrasive. It’s not soft either, though it looks like that. This one is 13″ in length. I found it perfect to reach my back. If you would like a shorter version, there is a 9″ one. This is a perfect starter’s brush, if you are thinking of starting body brushing.

Blog pix 060I will be writing a post soon about dry body brushing in detail and share more pictures of this brush then. Please stay tuned for that post.

The price of this brush is $26.46 (AED97.19).

Shipping

Amazon ships right to your door step. I placed this order on 27th April, 2014. On 30th, it was shipped from US. On 4th May, it had reached Sharjah. That’s quite fast shipping. However, Aramex literally messed up the shipping, once it reached in UAE. If you look at the shipment tracking below, you will see that they kept it ‘In Hold’ for days!. On Hold means it’s kept at their holding facility in Sharjah.

AramexThen they took it out on their van on couple of days, in the morning, for the purpose of delivery and simple lugged it around until evening when it was returned back to the facility. I complained to Aramex telling them I couldn’t understand for the life of me why it just can’t be delivered to me!. They called back to apologize and said it won’t happen again but didn’t give me a definite reason as to why it happened. Finally on the 10th May (Yeah, 6 days after it reached Sharjah!) they called asking for my location. That was precisely when I had stepped out of my flat to go shopping. I asked them to bring it the next day as I was not at home. However, the delivery guy was adamant that it be delivered the same day. I don’t know if it’s the sheer weight/size of the package (Those scrubs were 1/2 a kg each!). So I finally asked him to drop it at a nearby supermarket. In the night, it was in my hands. Everything made it in one piece and that’s all I cared for then. I don’t really blame Amazon for this error. Aramex is the one to blame for their silly attitude.

The shipment charge by the way was $42.09 (AED154.60). That is the most I have ever paid for shipping I guess!. But it was indeed a heavy box.

I hope you loved my haul. Do comment below and let me know what you do to keep your skin soft and smooth.

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iHerb Haul #2 – Skincare oils, Dietary detox supplements and more!

Hey guys!

I am back with another haul from my favorite online shopping site, iHerb!. Here are the things I bought:

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In detail, here are each items and mini reviews (Click on each of the below pix to be taken to that item on the site):

1) Enzymatic Whole Body Cleanse Complete 10 day Cleansing System : I have never done a whole body cleanse ever. So, when I saw this, I thought to give it a try. Enzymatic is a famous brand. I really liked this product. It is really gentle indeed, as advertised. I highly recommend it. Please stay tuned for a detailed review soon. [UPDATE: Click here for the detailed review!]

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Price of this pack is $18.87 (AED 69.31).

2) Sugar Controller (Blood cleansing) herb tea from Health King : My father is a diabetic and I bought this for him. The main ingredients in this tea are Mulberry leaf, Green tea leaf and Jasmine flower along with other kinds of seeds and roots, the botanical names of which are listed at the back of the box. The smell is really pleasant and I believe it to be that of the mulberry leaf. He has been taking this continuously and has told me that his sugar has been in control of late which is great. He said it tastes really good too.

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This box comes with 20 tea bags and is made of 100% natural herbal supplements. It costs $5.63 (AED 20.68).

3) Fenugreek seed tea from Alvita : This was also bought for my father. Fenugreek is very potent when it comes to controlling sugar in a diabetes patient. My mom used to soak fenugreek seeds overnight and give that water to my father in the morning as a home remedy. Now these tea bags made it much more easier for her!. It smells really strong. Father tried it and said it tastes much more powerful than when mom used to make at home. He liked this one a lot too. Alvita is a brand that makes great tea and that’s why I chose this one from their range. Also, this is caffeine free.

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This box comes with 30 tea bags. There is no other ingredient in this other than fenugreek seeds. It costs $5.36 (AED 19.69).

4) Avocado oil from NOW Foods : I bought this for my SIL after she fell in love with the one I had bought for myself. Click here to read my review on it.

Blog pix 015The bottle contains 118 ml and costs $5.34 (AED 19.61).

5) Pure Grapeseed oil from Life Flo Health : I bought this one too for my SIL. She told me her facial skin, particularly cheeks are developing rough, dry patches and even using Argan oil hasn’t really helped with it. So I suggested her the grapeseed oil and she decided to try it. I did try it too (for the purpose of this mini review) and I love it!. It’s really light weight and gets absorbed super fast leaving your skin looking moisturized and supple. There is no shiny/glossy look, which you would expect from an oil. It doesn’t have a smell at all. The oil is colorless, though through the plastic bottle it looks like a green tint.

SIL recently told me, after having used it for quite a bit of time, that the dry patches on her face has healed and her skin has this really hydrated and moisturized feel. I am so glad I suggested it to her!. Grapeseed oil, in addition to being a great moisturizer, is also good for treating acne.

Blog pix 011The bottle contains 473 ml and costs $8.27 (AED 30.37)

Freebie- iHerb showercap: iHerb sometimes throws in freebies along with your order. I received a showercap, with iHerb.com printed all over it.

Discounts I got

The time I ordered this, there was a 5 day offer going on whereby if your bill total (excluding shipping) is $40 or above, you get 10% off. So I got $4.35 off!. Also, I had some referral rewards which amounted to $4.95. So total discount: $9.30 (AED 34.16). Yay!

Shipping

I chose the DHL option for shipping. It cost $13.78 (AED50.61). Last time I ordered from iHerb, they had shipped my order within 6 hours of me placing the order, which was unbelievably fast!. But this time, a day passed by and when I still didn’t receive an email saying my order has been shipped, I logged into my account to see the order’s status and found that one of the items had gone out of stock, after I had placed the order!. I immediately visited the link to that product and surprisingly, it still showed as ‘In Stock’, which meant it’s available.

So, I contacted iHerb’s customer service and I’ve got to say they got back to me super fast and apologized saying that it’s some discrepancy that happened on their site and that it will be in stock soon. One more day passed by and then I received an email saying my order was shipped. Then as usual, DHL did this magic somehow. My package was at my doorstep in less than 48 hours. I still can’t figure out how can they work so fast!. Can you believe that?. From US to UAE in less than 2 days. Kudos to the DHL team for making it happen. Love them!

I hope you liked my haul. If you would like to add the above mentioned items to your cart with just one click, visit this link. Once you add it to your cart, you can edit the quantity, delete or add more items from the site.

Discount code for you!

iHerb discount codeUsing my referral code SCZ695, will give you $10 off, if your bill total (excluding shipping) is $40 or more and $5 off, if your bill total is less than $40. The discount code will only work on your first order from them. iHerb ships worldwide, so wherever you are, check out this awesome website!. I can’t recommend this site enough for their excellent selection of products, great prices and superior shipping/customer service.

Click here if you wish to see my last haul from iHerb, which was skincare oils only.

Click here if you would like to see a step by step guide as to how to shop from iHerb. Even if you have read it before, I would love you to check it again as I have updated points 5 – 7 yesterday. Updates are marked in red font.

Oh before I go, I would like to quote part of a comment left on one of the iHerb posts I did. It’s a testimonial from a follower who tried out iHerb after I suggested it here 🙂

Dearest Naznin, You are an angel for sharing about iHerb. I have never been so happier about online shopping. The way you described the whole process was so simple and informative. (Thank you for the code!)..” – Preeti M

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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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