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iHerb Haul #5 – Skincare/Haircare products and snacks :)

Hey guys!

Back with another haul from my absolute favorite online site, iHerb!. This time I shopped for my family rather than for myself. Here are the things I bought ūüôā

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1) Nature’s Gate body¬†lotion – This body lotion contains colloidal oatmeal and is made especially for itchy, dry and sensitive skin. Oatmeal is a key¬†ingredient that you need to look out for in products targeting dry skin. FYI: Colloidal oatmeal is just oatmeal that has been ground to a fine powder.

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The other ingredients in this body lotion¬†are just great as well. That’s what attracted me to buy it for my mom. Here is the list: Shea butter, Sweet almond oil, Apricot Kernel oil, Soybean oil, Canola oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vegetable glycerin and Vitamin E.

All these work towards softening and hydrating your skin. Another great thing is that this brand is free of parabens, phthalate, mineral oil, petrolatum, PEG and fragrances. This brand is also cruelty free, vegan and made in USA. Mom quite loved this product. I tried it out too and it’s very nice. However, there is a natural scent to it which I didn’t like¬†a lot. It might be oats or anther smell. Can’t put my finger on it. But my skin loved it!

The bottle is a sturdy one with a pump. It contains 946 ml and will surely last a long time.

Price: $11.92 (AED 43.78)

2) Jojoba oil by Now Foods¬†– This is a multi – purpose oil. You can use it both in skincare and hair care. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, helps in hair growth, in conditioning the hair, hydrating the skin¬†and also is a great carrier oil. My sister in law has been having excessive hair loss and that’s why she asked me to place an order for this.

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It comes in a plastic bottle and easy to dispense lid. Even though it looks like a little bottle, it lasts a long time since I already own the Now Foods Avocado oil which comes in the exact same bottle and is one that I have been using over the past one year. I covered it in my first iHerb haul post.

Price: $11.46 (AED 42.09) for a 118ml bottle. However, since all oils were on 20% off on iHerb during that week, as a weekly offer, I got this for $9.17 (AED 33.68)

I also wanted to highlight something. This particular Jojoba oil is specifically said to be ‘Certified organic’. There is another Jojoba oil listed on the site from the same brand that comes in the same kind of bottle, containing the same amount of oil which just says ‘100% pure’ on it. That one costs $9.93 (AED 36.47) on a regular day and on discount that week, was $7.74 (AED 28.43). However, I felt it was a better decision to go with the ‘certified organic’ version.

3) Rosemary Essential oil – This is one of the most popular essential oils. My sister in law wanted it because when this one is combined with a carrier oil, especially Jojoba oil, it becomes a potent hair care treatment for longer, stronger hair. That is the main purpose she wanted it. However, Rosemary essential oil has numerous other uses too, be it aromatherapy, stress relief or skincare.

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It came in a dark brown glass bottle. The scent of it is absolutely amazing. It’s very aromatic, warm, potent and camphorous.

Price: $6.11 (AED 22.44) for a 30 ml bottle. I got 20% off on this oil too :). So, it was $4.89 (AED 17.96)!.

4) Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum – I bought this in my last iHerb haul. I also reviewed it some days ago. Anyways, my mom really loved how much beneficial this serum has¬†been for my skin. The result was that profound!. So, she wanted one too. Since, it’s anti aging, I felt it would suit my mom’s skin too. So I bought this bottle for her.

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Price: $27.99 (AED 102.81) for a 30ml bottle.

5)¬†Snackimals Chocolate Chip cookies by Barbara’s Bakery – I bought this in my last haul too. Remember back then how I shamelessly ate what I had originally bought for my nephew?. :D. Well this time I am making up for it!. I promised I will buy it again when I order from iHerb next time. So,¬†this time it’s definitely¬†for my little adorable nephew… Am keeping my paws off it!. I freaking love these cookies. They are so yum!. You got to try these out ‚ô•

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Price: $4.46 (AED 16.38) for a packet containing 213 gms. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last that long ūüėõ

Discounts received

In addition to the 20% discount I received on two of the five items I ordered, iHerb had something called the ‘VIP discount’ happening the time I had placed this order. I am not sure when that offer started/ended. However, I am indeed glad I got it. I got a 10% discount which worked out to be $5.84 (AED 21.45). Seriously, iHerb is an amazing site that gives discounts on top of discounts. You save a great deal when shopping from there.

Shipping

The shipping cost was $18.99 (AED 69.75). I think this is the highest shipping charge that I have paid when ordering from iHerb. It’s because of the pretty heavy body lotion. Once again, my order was shipped ultra fast. Shipped the same day that I placed the order and arrived at my doorstep in UAE, from US, in less than 48 hours!.

Everything was packaged very carefully so as to avoid any damage during transit. The Jojoba oil, Rosemary essential oil and the Nature’s Gate body lotion were individually packed in zip lock bags. Once again, I highly suggest this site to you. They ship worldwide, ultra fast.

Use the code SCZ695 at checkout to receive upto $10 off your first transaction with them!

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Naz ‚ô•

Review : Jojoba & Clove organic oil treatment by Old Wives Tail!

Hello beautiful,

In this world that we live in, with various products loaded with chemicals and sold purely to make profit, Old Wives Tail emerges as a breath of fresh air.

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OWT is a small hair care company, based in the UK, selling handmade, organic hair care products with absolutely no additives or chemicals!. Their main lifetime goal is to eradicate animal testing in the beauty industry and 10% of their profits go to charities that save animals from being tested upon!

The first time itself that I heard of OWT and their ethical approach to creating organic, cruelty products, it really appealed to me!. They make oil treatments and mask treatments for hair and also sell hair accessories and cosmetic brushes (with bamboo handles). I am delighted to review one of their hair oil treatments today.

It’s the Jojoba and Clove organic oil treatment. Each of their oil treatments target different hair problems. I chose the Jojoba & Clove one because it is made for dull, thinning, brittle and broken hair. After my rebonding experience, my sole goal has been to take as much care of my damaged hair as possible. This treatment seemed just perfect!. It came wrapped in a very pretty printed napkin, which is so lovely!. I could see that extreme care has been taken to package the product, so that there is no damage caused during transit.

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Once the napkin was removed, there was a plastic wrap inside with a little sheet which listed the benefits and usage directions of the product.

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The product is solid/creamy in consistency, yellow in color and filled to the brim of the container.

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Truth be told, seeing the container, I felt it’s way too small. Looking at the picture on their site, I had expected it to be much bigger. Ofcourse, it’s mentioned there that it’s 100ml but still, that info hadn’t registered with me. Seeing the container in real, placed in my hand, I wondered how little 100ml actually is. I thought to myself that this surely isn’t going to last me a long while.

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I have long hair that reaches around my elbow level. You can imagine my surprise when I had to use only 1/2 a tbsp (shown below) for my entire hair!!. It’s solid at room temperature. So, I took a little bit in between both my hands and rubbed them together. Your body temperature makes it melt into a luxurious oil. Then I spread it on my hair, massaging it on the roots first and then onto my entire hair. My husband quite loved this treatment too. For him, I used a little less than 1/2 a tsp.

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Here is some info about the product from their site РThe pure organic jojoba oil penetrates every hair follicle to add strength, volume and texture to weak, lifeless hair. This treatment has both anti-bacterial and stimulating properties which when massaged onto the scalp will naturally sooth, balance and stimulate your roots to encourage healthy hair growth.

Directions for use: Use on damp hair and massage into your scalp. Leave the treatment on for one hour. Rinse with fresh water and shampoo. Repeat this process until your hair feels clean and product free. After shampooing you can use conditioner on the ends of your hair only. Rinse out thoroughly and style as normal. If your locks are really damaged, then use twice a week leaving the oil on overnight wrapped in a warm towel. Store in a cool, dry, dark place РA cupboard in a ventilated bathroom is fine to store your hair treatment.

As directed, I applied it on damp hair. Once it was washed off, my hair looked shiny and felt healthy. Also, the color of my black hair seemed to look more intense after the treatment! It’s main smell is that of cloves. It’s a beautiful and strong smell that lingers on your hair even after you wash it off with shampoo. I could smell that pleasant smell even the next day!. I use it only once per week.

Here are the all-natural ingredients in this amazing product : Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Karite Butter Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil.

It is made with certified organic ingredients only. It’s paraben free, sulfate free, gluten free, vegan & vegetarian with no animal testing. I loved this treatment and I really recommend you try it!. OWT offers free worldwide delivery on any order, which is a huge plus!. I got my package by post via Royal Mail.

Price: $22.76 (AED83.60) for a 100ml container

Giveaway!

OWT is holding a giveaway on their site, whereby when you follow their rules and participate in it, you stand a chance to win TWO hair oils of your choice!. It’s an excellent opportunity to win and try some awesome, organic hair products!. Go ahead and participate in this worldwide giveaway!. It ends on November 1st, 2014 and winner will be contacted by OWT via email.

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Note: I was provided this product for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.