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iHerb Haul #12 – One phenomenal Korean skincare product & more!

Hey guys,

Am back with yet another iHerb haul. Remember, in my last iHerb haul, I mentioned that I received $15.41 as loyalty credit?. Well, loyalty credit expires after 60 days, so when I received a reminder in Nov 2016, to use the credit, I decided not to waste it & bought two skincare products. Here are my thoughts about them :

Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack – Etude House is one of the most popular Korean brands. Koreans are knows for their elaborate skincare routines and beautiful skin. Sleeping pack is a new concept to me. So, I decided to give it a try. Basically, it’s a face pack that works while you are sleeping. It’s used in place of the night cream, like twice a week.

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Before going further with the review, I gotta talk about the packaging!. Koreans make the most adorable & cute stuff. This product is made to look like a bubble tea, complete with tapioca pearls lookalike in it!. It definitely looks edible. It comes in a glass, with a plastic lid and a scoop. Inside, there is another protective lid to avoid the product from transfering.

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I chose the ‘Strawberry’ one. It’s pink in color and has a unique kind of water like, ultra lightweight texture. It smells amazing. On application, it’s like a splash of water, quenching the thirst of dry skin. It’s super hydrating. When you have extra dry feeling, get hold of one of those pearls with the scoop that it comes with, break it apart, mix with the strawberry pack and apply. On waking up the next morning, the skin feels extremely hydrated, well rested, soft and supple.

Definitely try this out. It’s a boon for those with normal/dry skin. Another variant of this sleeping pack is the ‘Green tea’ one.

Price : $13.84 (Approx AED 50.82) for 100 gms. But I paid only $11.76 (Approx AED 43.72) since Etude House was one of the Brands of the week (which features brands at 10 – 20% off), at that time. In 2017, iHerb has revised several of their product prices. So, currently this one is priced at $12.33 (Approx AED 45.29).

Desert Essence Daily Essential Moisturizer– I have so many day and night creams, but nothing that’s general in nature. That’s why I decided to buy a daily moisturizer. This one contains Jojoba oil & Aloe Vera, along with many other plant based ingredients.

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It is crueltyfree, vegan, fragrance free, paraben free & contains no SLS, Mineral oil or petrolatum. It does have a sweet scent and that’s actually because of the Geranium essential oil that’s added to it.

The white colored cream is thick and it’s best to work with small amounts, as a little goes a long way. Due to it’s texture, it’s best for winter only. During summer, it tends to melt right off of the face. But it’s definitely hydrating.

Price : $6.28 (Approx AED 23.07) for 120 ml, that should last a good half an year or so!. Super affordable, right?. Currently, this one’s price has been slashed to $5.17 (Approx AED 18.99).

Shipping & Loyalty credit

Since it’s a small purchase, I opted for the Global Mail shipping option which cost $4 (Approx AED 14.69). It was delivered by post and reached me in UAE in 10 days.

I got a loyalty credit of $1.82 for this purchase.

When you use my code SCZ695 (at check out), you will receive an instant 5% off your bill total, plus another 5% as loyalty credit, which can be used in your next order! ♡. Happy shopping!

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Naz ♥

Nacomi Skincare & Haircare Haul!

Hey 🙂

Today I would love to introduce you to a brand that I got to know myself just recently. It is Nacomi, a Polish brand that’s crueltyfree, handmade, paraben free, SLS free & allergen free. They use only the highest grade raw materials from around the world to make their products highly effective.

Here is everything that I got in my beauty haul & the mini reviews :

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● Moroccan Argan Intensive Hydration Night cream – This one is a thick, luxurious cream that smells absolutely divine. It is, just as it’s name suggests, intensely hydrating thanks to the presence of Hyaluronic Acid in it. Other ingredients that make this cream truly moisturizing are Argan oil (sourced from Morocco), Shea butter (from Africa) & Avocado oil. It melts right into the skin on application.

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The brand has different creams targeting different age groups. The one I got is for my skin type (normal/dry) and targeting 30+ when the first wrinkles start showing. I am hitting 30 this year and I feel it’s a match made in heaven for my skin. I highly recommend this night cream ♡

● No Rinse Argan hair conditioner – As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I am trying my best to keep my hair looking like it has some life. So, this leave in conditioner attracted my attention. It has Argan oil & Cashmere protein in it to deliver healthy, silky hair.

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It’s white in color and has a watery texture. It smells like any other hair conditioner – very pleasant and lovely. The smell lingers in the hair, at the same time giving it an instant shine. I like apply it on my hair at night or when it looks extra lifeless before stepping out of my home. It comes in a plastic spray bottle, convenient to spritz on to the hair. It’s long term efforts are yet to be known. Anyways, I got 2 bottles to keep it stocked.

● Hair Mask with Moroccan Argan oil – The ingredients of this thick, white, creamy mask are the same as the ones I just discussed in the leave in conditioner. It is supposed to regenerate and smoothen the hair, strengthening the hair against damage and breakage and restoring shine to dull hair.

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I usually apply it for 20 mins and wash off. The hair does feel instantly soft and manageable. I am currently using it once a week. It comes in a tube with a flip open lid, conveniently designed to be used while in shower.

All of the above are priced between AED 50 – AED 85 and were purchased from the store named ‘Solace’, Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi. The staff there are so friendly and amazing. On asking for samples if any, that suits my skin type (normal/dry), they gave me two awesome product samples. Here they are :

● Natural Sugar Scrub – This one is a dense scrub, packed with sugar thats immersed in a base of Argan oil & Shea butter. It also contains strawberry seeds for exfoliation (first time coming across strawberry seeds used for this purpose!). It smells strongly of coffee. I believe it contains ground coffee beans too. I have used it only on my body, since I feel it’s a bit too abrasive for facial skin.

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● Cleansing oil – This yellow colored cleansing oil helps in perfect makeup removal while clearing all impurities from the skin. It smells so heavenly and is a mix of several precious oils. Mann, I wanna make this into a perfume and keeps smelling it throughout the day. What a lovely, effective product!.

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Overall, Nacomi a great natural beauty brand. Definitely check them out and if you have any wonderful experience with any of the products from this brand, kindly suggest them in the comments below and I will go try it out for myself =)

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iHerb Haul #9 – Skincare products!

Hey beauties!

In September 2015, I was quite surprised one fine morning when I found an email from iHerb in my inbox stating that they are giving me $10 (AED 36.73) to shop on their site. That too, no conditions attached which means no minimum purchase required!. iHerb is my favorite online shopping site and I literally need no reason to go shopping there. However, I had just gone shopping there in the previous month (see my August haul post), so I was sceptical about spending more on things I don’t need right now. But I didn’t want this $10 to go to waste (it was valid for only 5 days), so I did just that.. I went shopping with that $10!. iHerb being a site that provides immense value, I was sure I would find something that would ‘fit my budget’. 😀

The first place I headed to is their Specials’ page, which lists special offers and also a 20% discount on 5-7 brands each week. That particular week, the brand EO Products captured my attention. It is a crueltyfree and glutenfree skincare & body care brand with the motto ‘Love Life. Live Clean’. After looking at the array of awesome products they offer, I chose their Rose & Chamomile body lotion.

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This is one of the best body lotions I have ever used. It gets absorbed so fast into the skin, it feels like your skin is drinking up the goodness!. It smells of rose, grapefruit, chamomile & glycerin. It’s such an uplifting scent, it feels like aromatherapy. All ingredients in it are organic and it also has essential oils in it. It is white in color, has a liquidy consistency and comes in a bottle with a pump, which is so convenient. It makes your skin feel super soft. I will make sure I look at more products from this brand, in my future purchases.

Price : $6.90 (AED 25.34) for a bottle containing 236 ml, but since it was one of the brands of the week, I got it for $5.52 (AED 20.27)

Next, I headed over to the ‘Now Foods’ brand page to look for a skincare oil. I am a huge fan of their Avocado oil (see my Skincare oils haul post). I then found Apricot oil there that sounded really nice. It softens fine lines and helps treat dry hair. It’s a multi purpose product which appealed to me. As a skincare oil, it’s actually more suitable for mature skin but since am all about anti-aging and also since I have dry hair, I decided to go for it.

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It’s a heavy oil. It leaves an oily sheen on the skin and hair. It smells lightly of apricot when smelt directly from the bottle but if you take a small amount in your hand and smell it, it just has an oily smell, nothing else. Since I don’t mind using a heavy oil on my face at night, I like this oil.

Price : $3.18 (AED 11.68) for a bottle containing 118 ml. Please note it’s current price is $3.81 (AED 13.99).

Lastly, I checked out their ‘Trials’ page to find something sample sized or a full sized product at a discounted price. There I found Desert Essence’s Ultra Hydrating Lip Rescue lip balm.

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It’s a lovely, non sticky, moisturizing lip balm. It has a beautiful light scent. I love that it contains Shea butter & Rosemary essential oil. Also, Desert Essence is a crueltyfree & vegan brand. Please note that Desert Essence is one of the Brands of the Week right now (until Feb 3rd).

Price : $2.49 (AED 9.15) for a tube containing 4.25 gms. However, since it was featured on the Trials page, I got it for $1.68 (AED 6.17).

Shopping over and my total is $10.38 (AED 38.13). Like how cool is that!. I got 3 awesome products for such a low price ♡.

Shipping

Since I was ‘shopping on a budget’, I chose to opt for the Airmail (by post) option, which cost $4 (AED 14.69) that month. I usually choose the DHL courier option, since that way I get my package right to my doorstep from US to UAE in 2 – 3 days. Even though cheaper or even completely free sometimes, I never chose Airmail before, since it has no tracking and it says on the site that it would take anywhere between 1 – 5 weeks for the package to arrive. By choosing Airmail this time, I could test out whether it reaches safely to UAE and also know how long it takes to reach here. It did reach safely on the 9th day after I placed the order.

Overall, such a lovely experience ‘shopping on a budget’ on iHerb. 😉

Use my code SCZ695 at check out to get $5 off your first purchase.

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iHerb Haul #8 – Tea, Skincare & more!

Hey guys!

Happy 2016 ♡. Hope you all had a great start to this year!

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First post of 2016, I wanted it to be about something am passionate about. Lol!. Am so passionate about shopping on iHerb :D. This haul is from Aug 2015. Here are the things I bought :

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1) Premium Black Cumin seed oil by Amazing Herbs – I have done an entire post on the benefits of black cumin seed oil before. It’s miraculous. This time, I bought 4 bottles for my father & uncle, because both of them suffers from back and leg pain. External application of this oil reduced their pain so much that they asked me to order more.

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They all came individually packed this time. I recently received an email from someone asking me if this oil could help alleviate his mom’s cancer and I said definitely give this oil a try. When researching this product, I read that it can cure cancer if it’s in the initial stage. It’s that powerful.

Price : $19.49 (AED 71.59) per bottle, each containing 236 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 35% lesser than it’s market price.

2 & 3) I haven’t really delved into the world of loose leaf teas. However, during August, Just A Leaf Organic teas had a massive sale going on. All their teas were priced at just a dollar each!. I got the following two tins :

China Rose Infused Black tea – This tea contains organic black tea leaves, organic red rose petals & natural essence of rose. It has a really refreshing taste and the scent of roses is truly invigorating. Love it. The pieces of rose petals are so nice to taste in between the sips of this lovely tea.

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Price : $10.22 (AED 37.54) for a tin containing 99 gms. But I got it for $1 (AED 3.67)!

Bergamot Grey tea – This tea contains organic black tea leaves & organic essence of Bergamot. I chose this tea mainly because I have found that I like any perfume that has bergamot listed in one of it’s notes. It has a nice citrussy smell & a very strong, spice like taste.

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Price : $9.45 (AED 34.71) for a tin containing 99 gms. But I got it for $1 (AED 3.67)!

Currently all Just A Leaf organic teas that iHerb stocks are those which comes in sealed packs. Tin packaging has been discontinued. That’s why I haven’t listed the direct links to these two products here.

4) Hand cream with Argan nut oil by Madre Labs– Before checking out after placing all products in my cart, I always check the Trials section, which lists trial sized products and also full sized products at an amazingly discounted price. This time, I saw this hand cream by Madre Labs, which is unscented & full sized.

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It’s key ingredients are oils of Argan nut, jojoba, sesame, avocado, olive and coconut plus shea butter. It contains no parabens. It’s a thick white cream. It’s very moisturizing. One advice I gotta give is to work with a pea sized amount only. More the amount of cream, the more it keeps spreading & the more you have to rub it into the skin to get it absorbed. But with a smaller amount, it gets easily absorbed. Also, though it says ‘unscented’, it has the faintest scent of Argan oil.

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Price : $7.95 (AED 29.20) for a tube containing 71 gms. However, I got it for a trial price of only $0.10 (AED 0.37)!

Currently in Jan 2016, this product is still listed in the Trials section at $0.10. Definitely give it a try!

Discounts & Shipping

During August, iHerb had a VIP discount going on. Depending on your bill total different percentages of discounts were being given. Since my bill total was $60+, I received the highest discount of 10% :). My shipping charge came to $11.01 (AED 40.44). It reached in UAE from US, via DHL, in 3 days. Love how fast their shipping always is ♡

Use my code SCZ695 at check out to receive an instant discount of $5 from your bill total.

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iHerb Haul #7 – Skincare products!

Holla!

Here is another haul from my absolutely favorite shopping site, iHerb. Unlike my previous iHerb hauls, this one won’t have mini reviews, since I placed this order for my brother and sister in law. However, since I suggested these products for them, I will be writing more about why I decided to choose these products.

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1) Certified Organic Shea Butter by Now Foods – Shea Butter has a rich, luxurious texture that penetrates deep to condition and moisturize every type of skin. It is a wonderful emollient that’s perfect for daily use. It can also be used as a scalp moisturizer. My SIL told me it has a hard texture. However, it melts when rubbed between the palms. This is a lovely product that gives intense nourishment and hydration to even the driest of skin types.

Price : $9.93 (AED 36.47) for a tub containing 207 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 24% lesser than the market value!.

2) Certified Organic Jojoba oil by Now Foods – This is my SIL’s favorite oil. She once bought this from iHerb itself and this is her second bottle. This is great for usage on both skin & hair.

Price : $9.93 (AED 36.47) for a bottle containing 118 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 34% lesser than the market value!.

3) Apricot oil by Now Foods – Apricot oil is the oil derived from apricot kernels, that will naturally nourish and moisturize your skin. Rich in essential fatty acids, this gentle oil has excellent restorative properties. I suggested this to my SIL because just like Jojoba oil, this is a multi purpose oil. It can be used to soften fine lines & restore a healthy glow to the skin while also bringing radiance to the hair. I have actually placed an order for this very same bottle for myself, but that will be shown in another haul post :).

Price : $3.18 (AED 11.68) for a bottle containing 118 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 36% lesser than the market value!.

4) Lift & Firm Cream with Hyaluronic DMAE by Andalou Naturals – Recently my brother suffered from a really bad sun burn. He asked me to look for a cream that is hydrating but at the same time non – greasy. I searched high and low and finally found this cream which fit the bill perfectly!. It has Hyaluronic acid in it that gives intense hydration. This product contains age defying, fruit stem cells. Also, Andalou Naturals is a crueltyfree / vegan brand. After using it, my brother said that he hasn’t used anything like it before and that it really is an awesome product. Since I have normal / dry skin, I’ve added this cream to my wishlist for a future purchase.

Price : $19.96 (AED 73.30) for a tub containing 50 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 20% lesser than the market value!.

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Discounts Received & Shipping

I placed this order on Oct 6th. At that time, iHerb had the offers of $8 shipping fee via DHL and 5% discount for every order above $40. So, I was able to avail both offers. The 5% discount came to $2.15 (AED 7.90). Shipping fee was $8 (AED 29.38), which is great value. Within 4 hours of placing the order, I received an email saying it’s shipped!. In 4 days, it reached my brother’s office in Abu Dhabi from US. Also, along with the order, iHerb sometimes keeps freebies and this time it’s a cute green and white cloth pin.

FYI : From now until Oct 31st 2015, iHerb is offering a flat shipping fee of $8 via DHL, $6 via Premium Airmail & $4 via Regular Post, irrespective of the bill total amount!. Usually you get the best shipping price only when the bill total is $40 or above. It’s a great offer and you should definitely take advantage of it.

Also, if you are in UAE and wondering if you can order from iHerb, the solution is to ask someone else in another country to place the order for you but give the delivery address in UAE. That way you will still get your favorite products to your doorsteps.. I placed this order from India and got it delivered in Abu Dhabi.

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

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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.

menosel Trust me you guys, her hot flashes became significantly and noticeably less after taking these for just 2 weeks!. She takes 2 tablets in a day. She highly recommends anyone having these symptoms, to take these. It’s a huge relief and I myself am so happy to see that I helped!

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 #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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