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iHerb shopping discount code for you..♥

Hello friends,

Starting now, until Jan 31st, type in the code PROMOJAN in the check out page, to get $5 off your order on iHerb.

iHerb offers the world’s best value for over 35,000 brand name natural products and reduced shipping rates. All orders are shipped from their GMP certified, air-conditioned warehouses in California and Kentucky, USA. They ship worldwide and to UAE, it reaches in 3 – 4 days via DHL. Be it makeup, skincare, grocery, sports supplements, essential oils, whatever you need, they’ve got it.. Do check it out..

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iHerb Haul #6 – Vitamins!

Hey guys!

Here is another iHerb haul!. iHerb is my favorite online shopping site. It’s US based but ships worldwide ultra fast and offers great deals!. This time, I bought some vitamins for my mom and myself. I did this shopping on Dec 31st, 2014. Here they are:

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1) Natrol Menopause Formula – My mom is 49. She hadn’t hit menopause but had to have her uterus removed a few years back due to some complications and that brought about menopausal symptoms. The worst of it is hot flashes. She would have it many times during the day and even when the A/C is on!. Also, even simple actions like getting ready to go out would make her sweat really badly. She was so tired of it. She saw the doctors about it but nothing really helped. Some said she would overcome it and also gave her some hormonal medicines. But, she didn’t see results and asked me to look into supplements that might help. That’s when I read about menopausal support formula and decided to give this one a try. This Natrol one is hormone free and also supports bone health.

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Price : $9.08 (AED 33.35) for a bottle containing 60 capsules (which lasts for a month). I bought 4 bottles.

2) Evening Primrose oil capsules by Solgar – Solgar is a really known brand when it comes to dietary supplements and vitamins. Evening Primrose oil has several benefits. It helps with achieving the best for your skin, since it has essential fatty acids that help in keeping the skin youthful and also is generally great for women (for PMS, breast pain etc). It great for nourishing your hair and nails too. I bought this for my mom because these capsules also help alleviate menopausal discomforts. When taken along with the Menopause formula, it helps immensely. She takes just 1 tablet a day.

primrose The capsules came in a glass bottle. Inorder to avoid any damage, this bottle was specially bubble wrapped. I love how iHerb really takes care to pack everything well. These capsules are pretty huge and contains 1300mg per capsule. This brand sells premium, cold pressed, gluten free primrose oil and that’s why I chose this brand.

Price : $11.52 (AED 42.31) for a bottle containing 60 softgels (which lasts for 2 months). I bought 2 bottles.

3) High Potency Vitamin D3 softgels by Rexall Sundown Naturals – I bought this for myself. Vitamin D is great for bone health and for immune support. I spend a lot of time indoors and don’t really expose myself to the sunlight, which is a natural source of Vitamin D. Even though now I might not feel it’s effects, later on in life, my bone health would suffer. I like to take precaution and like to take one capsule of this per day.

vitamind Each capsule contains 1000IU and is tiny in size. This bottle will last me a LONG time!.

Price : $11.23 (AED 41.25) for a bottle containing 400 softgels (which will last an year and more!).

4) L- Carnitine by Now Foods – L-Carnitine naturally exists in your body. But I do like to take these tablets. Some of the main things that these tablets do are : give anti-aging benefits for the skin, firm the skin, increase energy levels (Athletes take these tablets) and also help in burning fat in the body (particularly visceral belly fat).

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The capsule is white and each one contains 500mg. I take one tablet daily.

Price : $16.56 (AED 60.83) for a bottle containing 60 capsules (which will last 2 months).

I actually didn’t have a plan of buying these L-Carnitine tablets. I already have a bottle of it that I am currently using and a back up, from the brand Puritan’s Pride, which I bought from a local pharmacy here in UAE. It was the price of this bottle that made me buy it. As you can see, the Now Foods bottle with 60 capsules in it, costs roughly AED 60.83. But in UAE, vitamins are priced much higher. Below are the bottles that I currently own. Each contains 60 tablets and has the same ingredients and all that but costs AED 145 per bottle!

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This one is also white in color and contains 500mg per tablet.

Anyways, that’s my iherb haul!. Hope you enjoyed reading. Disclaimer : I personally research vitamins online and buy it if I like what I see. I just seem to know what’s worth trying and what’s not. Even my husband doesn’t really like the fact that I buy random vitamins for myself. But I do that and I have been doing that for years. For your safety, please research well and I would recommend you take vitamins after having consulted a doctor.

Discounts Received

During December 2014, iHerb had a 50% off on International shipping. Also, I got 5% off my entire order since it was over $40. That came to $5.22 (AED 19.17). Also, iHerb had included a cute notepad and pencil in my package 🙂

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Shipping

The shipping cost was $10.37 (AED 38.09) after the 50% discount. I had placed the order on Dec 31st. Since it was the new year’s day the next day, there was a note on the check out page that a delay should be expected and that my package will be shipped by Jan 4th. I didn’t mind waiting at all. However, on Jan 2nd itself I received an email saying it was shipped and less than 48 hours, it was on my doorstep, delivered by DHL!.

I can’t stress this enough, iHerb is one of the BEST websites I have ever come across in my life. I highly recommend it.

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

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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 🙂

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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 ♥

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

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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Review : Mad Hippie Exfoliating Face Serum!

Hi!

Last October, I bought Mad Hippie’s Exfoliating face serum from iHerb (Click here to see that haul post). I love serums. That’s no secret. Mad Hippie, though unusually named, is an advanced skincare brand. All of their products have very powerful, natural antioxidant ingredients. The more powerful the ingredients, the better the results are.

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I have been using it for about 2 months now and it’s a good time period to judge the product well. This serum contains 16 active ingredients in it. Those 16 ingredients are : Glycolic acid, Vitamin B5, Lactic acid, Matrixyl 3000, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Sodium hyaluronate, White tea extract, Goji berry extract, PhytocellTec (Apple Stem cells of the rare Swiss apple which have been shown to protect skin cells from age related damages, in combination with a few other ingredients), Gigawhite (A natural blend of six organically grown alpine plants that lessen discoloration by inhibiting melanin production), Melatonin, Caffeine, Biotin, Tocopheryl acetate and Ceramide 3. This product contains no parabens, harmful chemicals, synthetic color or fragrance.

These ingredients work together to help shed dull, damaged skin & discoloration to reveal brighter, smoother skin. Within a couple of weeks, I could see the results!. My skin was visibly brighter. Even my family noticed it when they saw me after a gap of two weeks. There is a bouncy feel to my skin which is really healthy.

The outer packaging has cute floral designs on them. The brand believes in flower power and being close to nature when developing their products. The serum itself, comes in a dark brown glass bottle. It has a dropper, which is one of my favorite kind of packaging for such products. The serum is beige in color. It looks a bit sticky when you dispense it out through the dropper. However, when you apply it onto your face, it isn’t sticky at all. It’s almost liquid like, then. It gets absorbed into the skin, super fast. It smells like apple and coffee mixed together!. Though individually these smells are nice, combined am not a fan of it. So, I am disliking it’s scent however when looking at how amazing the product is, I can live with it!

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The bottle contains 30 ml and will last a LONG time. You only need 2 drops each time. I give two long presses on the cap of the dropper. That dispenses enough amount to cover both my face and neck. The liquid consistency is easy to work with and spreads well. I use this every night right before applying an oil. To read my nighttime skincare routine, click here.

Since some of the ingredients in this serum can cause sensitivity to sun, it’s best advised to use it only at night. Use sunscreens, if you like to use it in the morning. I highly recommend this serum. This is one of the best serums I have ever used. It’s not just about having my skin brightened. It’s about the overall feeling of healthy skin that I just love!.

Price : $27.99 (AED 102.81) for a 30ml bottle. It seems really expensive but in the long run (since a bottle lasts really long), it’s a good investment. Also, iHerb has the lowest prices. It’s best to buy from there. Even Mad Hippie’s own website sells these for $34.99 (AED 128.52).

iHerb ships worldwide by the way. It ships from US, ultra fast. Use the code SCZ695 on your first purchase to receive an instant discount of upto $10.

Have you tried any of Mad Hippie’s skincare products?. If yes, do leave me a comment below.

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iHerb Haul #4 – Skincare, Makeup, Snacks and more!

Hey guys!

I am back with another haul from my favorite online shopping site – iHerb!. This time I bought a variety of items. Here they are:

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1) Indigo Wild Zum Soap Lover’s Gift Box – My mom is a huge fan of Bath & Beauty items. Her birthday is coming up next month and what better gift than a Soap Lover’s gift box?. Indigo Wild produces soaps, mists and other body care products containing no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, preservatives, detergents, synthetic fragrances or colorings. It really appealed to me. Goat’s milk soap has many benefits. It delays signs of skin aging due to its high content of alpha-hydroxy acids, has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties (making it perfect for those with acne) and is loaded with vitamins that are easily absorbed into our bodies.

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This box contains 10 items and they are:

  • Three Goat’s Milk soap bars, each 3 oz (85 gms) and having different and exotic smells like Frankincense-Lavender, Eucalyptus and Tangerine-Orange.
  • Three All-Natural Aromatherapy Laundry Soap, each 30 ml, with scents namely Sweet Orange, Frankincense & Myrrh and Eucalyptus-Citrus
  • Three liquid soaps, with scents namely Lemon Grass, Rosemary-Mint and Frankincense & Myrrh
  • One sachet of goat milk bar shavings, which can be used to keep anywhere to take away bad odor like stinky drawers or a stuffy closet.

These smell heavenly and was the first thing I could register when I opened my iHerb package. This is such a perfect gift for those who love bath and beauty products.

Price: $22 (AED 80.81). That’s how much I paid. However, currently there is a promotion and as such it is $20.55 (AED 75.48)

Talking about gifts, iHerb has put together an amazing selection of gift sets for just about anyone in your life, be it men, children, makeup lovers, tea lovers or anyone, in anticipation of the Holiday season ahead of us. Do check it out!

2) 100% Raw Manuka Honey, Active 16+ by Wedderspoon Organic Inc. – I have been wanting to try Manuka honey for so long now. It is a monofloral (means bees get the honey from only one kind of plant species) honey from New Zealand. It is high in anti-bacterial properties making it an excellent product for wound care, skincare and for digestion. So basically, you can eat it, apply it on your face as a soothing face mask (it makes your skin really soft and glowing) and also apply on wounds to help it heal faster.

Since Manuka honey is so rare, it is pretty expensive. I have seen many kinds here in UAE. Were it not so expensive, I would definitely have bought different brands to find out which one is the best. However, that’s just wishful thinking!. Since, I did decide to invest money in it, I thought why not go for the best?. Wedderspoon is a really raved about brand. So I bought the one with the highest Active number, which is 16+ from their range. Active number shows the peroxide activity rate. In layman’s terms, it just means higher the number the better. It starts from 5. But if you are looking for honey to use in wound care, you should definitely aim for 10+.

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During my researches on which honey I should go for, I did come across a particular article which said any company could put any ‘Active’ number on their label and what you really should look for is the UMF rating. UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor. However, since Wedderspoon is a known brand and there are hundreds of rave reviews on it, I decided to buy it.

Indeed, it has a very unique taste. I would describe it as herbal and woody. It leaves a slightly bitter after taste which goes away within seconds. I really love it. It tastes pretty powerful!. It’s texture is thick, very smooth and almost like a creamy jelly. It’s color is a beautiful golden brown. On the Pfund scale, used to measure the color of honey, I would say, the batch of honey that I received falls in the category between 75 – 85 mm.

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It’s perfect to take while having throat infection or cough and it did benefit me. I will be incorporating it into masks and trying some DIY recipes. Will definitely post one soon. I did try it alone on my face and it’s really nice. Skin seemed visibly brightened and softer. Also, while other honeys are a really sticky mess and tough to spread on the skin, this one goes on very smoothly and overall, it’s application is so convenient and easy.

One thing I don’t quite like about it is that it comes in a plastic tub. Usually potent honeys are stored in dark colored glass jars. Wedderspoon uses BPA free plastic tubs. Only positive thing about it is that they won’t break while in transit!. I definitely do recommend this brand anyway, because the quality of the honey is great!

Price: $40.86 (AED 150.08) for a tub containing 500 gms, which is pretty good pricing considering Manuka honey with Active 15+ rating usually sells for about AED195, here in UAE. Thanks to my friend Abidha for mentioning that to me.

3) Snackimals Animal Chocolate Chip cookies by Barbara’s Bakery : I love chocolate chip cookies. That being said, I actually feel extremely guilty when saying this… I didn’t buy this for myself. I bought it for my little nephew but ended up eating it since that particular weekend that they were supposed to come visit me from Abu Dhabi, they didn’t and the thought that there is a large pack of chocolate chip cookies in my cupboard just didn’t let me think of anything else!. OMG!. How bad am I??. But I also thought, “Hey, I never tested it out. I should probably test it out and only if it’s good I’ll get it for my nephew”. Man, it’s scrumptious!. Such a lovely pack of animal shaped cookies, that is made from organic grains.

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It’s thin but sturdy and crunchy. Since’s it not chewy and rich, you don’t feel guilty at all!. But I got to say it’s not low in calories. You can see tiny sugar crystals on the backside of the cookies, if you notice that in the picture above. One serving, which is 10 cookies contains 120 calories. The problem is that you wouldn’t stop with 10 cookies. I bet you, you wouldn’t even count :P. It’s really yum and a great snack for kids and adults too. My husband who doesn’t even like cookies, loved it!.  It comes in a good quality resealable pack, ensuring freshness every time, not that you will need it anyway. The pack will be over in one sitting! I will definitely buy this one again and I will be buying one for my little nephew too 🙂

Price : $4.46 (AED 16.38) for a pack containing 213 gms.

4) Exfoliating Serum by Mad Hippie Skincare : I came across the brand Mad Hippie by chance on iHerb one day. When I searched more about it, the more I understood that they incorporate really potent active ingredients into their skincare line. Even their motto is “Advanced skincare”. Usually brands incorporate one or two active ingredients in their products. But this particular serum contains a stunning number of 16 actives!. I love serum like nothing else. They are powerful and penetrate into the deeper layers of our skin. Once I try this product out properly, I will post a detailed review about it.

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Price : $27.99 (AED 102.81)

5) Traditional Italian Risotto by Lundberg : I love risotto and though I don’t know how to make it, I have had it several times in hotels. So, when I saw an option to make it at home easily out of a packet, I went for it :). I love mushrooms. So I went for the Porcini Mushroom option.

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Inside the box, there were two packets. One containing Italian Arborio rice (1/4 cup) and the other containing seasoning and pieces of Porcini mushroom. All you got to do is sauté the rice in 1/2 tbsp. olive oil, then add 2.5 cups of water and mix the seasoning in it. Once it boils, reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes. It’s ready to serve!. It’s that easy.

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The result was quite good. In between the cook, I tasted it and felt it needed more salt. Adding it at that time meant it really got absorbed by the rice. The final product tasted good. I got to say though that in the seasoning, there is butter and dried onion among other ingredients. It tasted a bit too strongly of those two. Once prepared, it amounts to 1 cup of risotto. I couldn’t finish it one go, since I felt it to be pretty heavy. I kept it covered in the fridge and reheated it the next day. I felt it tasted better the next day!. I do recommend this easy and convenient product.

Price : $3.43 (AED 12.60)

6) Dark Chocolate Fusion by The Tea Room : Once I read the concept of this brand, I fell in love with it. The makers of this brand love tea and chocolate. So, they decided to infuse tea into chocolate!. What a novel idea!. Each bar of chocolate contains 1 cup of tea in it. They have infused different types of teas into dark chocolates containing varying degrees of cacao in it.

I bought two bars. First one is Dark Chocolate Fusion with Mate & Cacao nibs, which contains 72% cacao from Europe, organic yerba mate tea from South America, and organic cacao nibs from Ecuador. It tastes very smooth and nice. I have never tasted yerba mate tea. So, I guess the foreign taste it has is of the tea. There are minute pieces of cacao nibs in it which contributes towards the rich and intense experience, that is having this bar of chocolate.

The second bar is Dark Chocolate Fusion with Raspberry Rooibos, which contains 60% cacao from Europe, and organic red raspberry rooibos tea from South Africa. OMG!. This one is absolutely delicious. I love the intense berry taste of this one.

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Overall, the dark chocolate is tasty and so smooth. The bars are covered in a wrap. As soon as you open it, the smell is really inviting. iHerb takes care not to ship out chocolates in hot months. My bars were soft when it arrived. I popped it immediately in the fridge. As you can see, my bars have maintained their structure.

I highly recommend this brand and eventually I hope to try out their other great flavors like Black Masala Chai from India and Lapsang Souchong tea from Fujian in future.

Price : $2.99 (AED 10.98) for each bar, containing 1.8 oz (51 gms)

7) E.L.F Clarifying Pressed powder in Spice : This pressed powder is quite OK. When you apply it, immediately the lack of quality can be felt. The formulation isn’t really great. But when you pay less, that’s all you should expect!. Positives are many though. It’s perfect for someone who is just beginning to collect makeup and is looking for budget friendly options. It takes away any oily sheen on the skin and really mattifies. It also gives a natural look to the face. It’s coverage is low. So, it’s definitely not for someone who even expects medium coverage. For the amount paid, it’s definitely OK and perfect to carry in your purse for touch ups.

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It comes in cute and handy compact, with a white powder puff. I got it in the color Spice. There are a variety of shades and Spice is color just below the darkest one which is Toffee.

Price : $1.99 (AED 7.31).

Discount received

During the month of October, there was a promotion going on whereby if your order is over $40, you get a 10% discount. So, I got a discount of $10.67 (AED 39.19)!. I got a cute little notepad and pencil too in my package.

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iHerb always has some promotion or the other going on in addition to the discounts they give on each product. I just love this site!. You can save so much, while doing your normal shopping.

Shipping

The shipping cost was $13.74 (AED 50.47). This time my order took two days to process and less than two days to reach my doorstep in UAE, from US. I love DHL and I am so glad iHerb has teamed up with them. They move so fast!

Overall, I am love with the things I bought this time. 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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Review : Enzymatic Whole Body Cleanse – Complete 10 day cleansing system!

Hello!

Recently when I did an iHerb haul, I had promised a detailed review of the Enzymatic Whole Body Cleanse Complete 10 day Cleansing system.

Here it is:

I have been looking for some good weight loss products and that’s when I came across this Enzymatic cleansing system. I read good reviews about it and decided to buy one for myself. Let me first of all tell you that I have never done a cleanse before. Every review I read mentioned that this one is a gentle one and so that’s one of the main reasons I chose it.

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This system is supposed to do the following:

  • Complete detoxification of the body
  • Restore  digestive balance while you cleanse
  • Kick start weight loss

There are detailed instructions of how to have each tablet listed on the box, on each container and in a user guide.

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The box consists of the following –

1) Detox Activation cleansing formula : This tablet activates the detox process in our body. This container consists of 46 tablets. It has a green tint to it. You are supposed to have 5 tablets at night from Day 1 – 8 and 3 tablets per night from Day 9 – 10.

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2) Fiber Fusion PLUS : This special fiber blend with psyllium husk absorbs, binds and flushes toxins and excess waste from the body, supports healthy and comfortable bowel cleansing and promotes regularity.

This container consists of 44 capsules. You are supposed to skip it on the first day, then have 4 capsules at night from Day 2 – 8 and 4 capsules each per morning and night from Day 9-10.

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3) Acidophilus pearls : This is a strip of small round tablets with active culture in it. This restores healthy digestive balance, relieves occasional gas, bloating and constipation. This can be taken any time of the day from Day 1 – 10. You are not supposed to break, crush or chew on it.

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My experience

I really liked this cleansing system. It was extremely gentle. I never found myself rushing to the bathroom except for the very first day I started this system. It helped me lose 1 kg too. I actually expected at least a loss of 2 kgs but I believe 1 kg is better than none at all!. One thing I dislike is that each time you have to have 5 – 10 tablets in one go and that’s very inconvenient. I wish it was just one single tablet which had the power of five!.

All in all, it’s a good system and perfect for anyone who would like to do a mild and complete body cleanse.

Price: $18.87 (AED69.31).

I bought this from iHerb which is a fantastic online shopping site. Using the code SCZ695 at check out, gives you upto $10 off your first order from there. They ship internationally. So, where ever you are in this world, you can buy literally anything from groceries to essential oils to weight loss products to cosmetics from there!. From US to UAE, the shipping takes about 2 days normally, via DHL and is delivered right to your doorstep!

If you have bought something from iHerb after reading one of my posts, do let me know your experience so I may quote it in my next iHerb haul 🙂

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iHerb haul #3 – the ‘Cure all’ oil!

Hey guys!

I am back with another iHerb haul!. I am in LOVE with that site ♥. Recently, a good friend of mine, Abidha of Abidha Ayyoob’s blog, told me how beneficial the black seed oil is. I was quite intrigued and did some research on it. One of the main things that caught my eye everywhere is this:

“Hold on to the use of the black seed for indeed it has a remedy for every disease except death.” – Prophet Muhammad (S)

Wow!!. How amazing is that?. So many years ago itself, it was considered to be so beneficial and a cure all!. There are many seeds that go by the name of black seed but the one that is being discussed here today, the one which has all the great properties, is the black cumin seed – particularly Nigella Sativa. In Arabic cultures, black cumin is known as Habbatul barakah, meaning the “seed of blessing.” You can even find cheap black cumin seed oil in local supermarkets here but let me tell you, that’s not the original stuff!. Research well before you buy!

It is great for your skin, your health, your hair, for weight loss and is said to even cure diabetes or cancer in the first stages!. I decided to give it a try and searched around for it. I found a local dealer here in UAE who was into selling this oil from the brand Sweet Sunnah. I asked the price for three bottles (each 16oz/approx 473ml) and he quoted me AED 540 (AED180 per bottle) plus AED10 delivery charge to my home. That’s AED550 for roughly 1.5 litres!. I searched online and found that a 16oz bottle of Sweet Sunnah is priced only approx AED91!. So the dealer here was charging me double for each bottle!. I definitely didn’t want to buy from him!.

I then searched on Amazon and found really great prices. I was fixated on the brand Sweet Sunnah but then I found another brand called Amazing Herbs. It was priced $13.96 (AED51.28) for a 4oz (240ml) bottle. So 6 such bottles (total of approx 1.5 litres) will cost me $83.76 (AED307.66) plus shipping. I was excited!. But that’s when I found out something else. Amazon doesn’t ship that product to UAE :(. That’s one of the worst things about Amazon. Not everything you see there can be shipped to UAE. Need help with ordering on Amazon and knowing how to understand what products are OK to be shipped to UAE?. Click here!

That’s when I thought.. “Wait a minute!. Everything I see on iHerb can be shipped to UAE and they are all about healthy products. So definitely the black seed oil should be listed there!”. I immediately checked there and yes! I found the exact same product there :). Click here to check out the product.

However, there was a rate difference. Usually, when I have compared iHerb to Amazon, the price has always been lower on iHerb but this time it wasn’t. A 4oz (240ml) bottle of black seed oil from Amazing Herbs, cost $19.49, which is $5.53 more than the rate on Amazon… Ugh!. What a bummer!. However, I was adamant that I wanted this oil. So I decided to buy anyways and added them to my cart. The total was $116.94 (AED429.53). However, since my bill total is more than $60, I received a 5% off :D. The amount came down to $111.09 (AED408.04)!. The shipping was $11.52 (AED42.31). So grand total of AED450.35!. Just imagine if I had just bought from the local dealer here, I would have paid AED550 for the same amount of product!. That’s AED100 more!. Whoa!. So yes, I got a great deal from iHerb ♥

On to the pix!

Blog pix 029That’s how it was packed into a cardboard box. Very neatly packed!

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I bought 6 bottles by the way, so that I can give two to my father, two to my brother and keep two for myself!. My father has been a diabetic patient for a long time. So I thought I will let him try it out. He said for a while his sugar levels seemed under control. He was also taking the diabetic herbal tea I got for him from iHerb itself, at that time. Of late, he hasn’t been taking it regularly. So I can’t really say how his sugar levels are right now. I even read somewhere that the black seed oil is a natural alternative for the medicine named Metformin, which diabetic patients take. But, don’t quote me on that as obviously I am not a doctor!

I bought for my brother so that he can maintain a healthy body. I bought for myself for the same reason too. Also, I read that it helps regularize periods and I totally agree!. I had a hormonal imbalance which caused irregular periods. It’s regularized now!. OMG.. This is TMI but hey got to discuss it all in an honest review yeah?.

I lost two kilos too while taking this. I been taking it since April this year. It really works!. I still haven’t tried it on my hair though. I usually take 1 tbsp of it right in the morning on empty stomach. It is a golden yellow colored. It has a very strong, pungent flavor and there is an after taste that can stay on for a long time. You can take it in capsule form too if you cannot stand the thought of having oil directly. However, the unrefined oil is said to be at least 2.5 times more powerful than having them in capsule form. When you have 1 tbsp honey with this oil, it enhances the healing properties of the oil.

What I love the most about Amazing Herbs is that it says right on the bottle that it contains only 100% freshly cold-pressed and unrefined virgin black cumin (Nigella Sativa) oil from organic sources!. No preservatives, solvent or alcohol in it. I highly recommend this brand. When you open the black cap, it’s sealed inside too, so you don’t have to worry about any spilling at all during transportation!.

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Let me make it clear to you that it’s not just Muslims who use this oil for it’s benefits!. Everyone from all religions and parts of this world uses it, as is evident by all the customer reviews on iHerb for this product!

I will tell you this, if you have some trouble like say asthma, cold and flu, joint pains or anything at all like that that bothers you on a regular basis, search on Google as to how black cumin seed oil can heal that and you will find a remedy!. Even if you are the most healthiest person and has no illness at all, you can still take this to maintain that level of health.

Shipping

The shipping cost was $11.52 (AED 42.31) as I said before. I chose the DHL option and it was here in UAE at my doorstep, from US in less than 2 days!!. It’s amazing how fast they ship!.

I LOVE iHerb!. What a fantastic site ♥

Recently, Sally of Canadian Sassy Sally, bought some products from iHerb after I suggested it to her and this is what she had to say about how fast the shipping was : “wowwwwwwwwww INSANE!!!

That’s how fast iHerb ships!. I highly suggest you try it out and when you use my code SCZ695 at checkout you can get upto $10 off on your very first order!

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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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