Review: iHerb service & products

Have heard a lot about iHerb, but never really get to purchase anything from them. That is until recently.

I am really uncomfortable when it comes to buying things online and also dealing with complicated overseas shipping (eg. using Amazon). My mathematics is really bad, and the uncertainties purchasing online brings gives me jitters. Hence Hubby will always be the one to deal with these online purchase.

This time round, I processed the orders myself via iHerb. It was surprisingly a smooth and easy process.

I chose to have my stuff shipped via Singpost (S4 flat rate), and received them in less than a week. My only displeasure is that the people Singpost delivered the box without calling to check if we are at home. Hubby said that if we are not able to answer the door at the time of delivery, we will have to travel all the way to the post office to collect our parcel. Luckily, we were at home that day. If I had to go all the way to the post office, and carry that heavy box back, I will be very upset indeed.

Anyway, the products were all delivered in good conditions. All bottles and tubes that contained liquids/semi-liquids were individually wrapped up in a suitable ziplog bag. Fragile bottles were bundled up carefully in boxes made from thick pulp material. I was touched to see my orders meticulously packed to ensure that they reach me safely.

Below is a list of what I have bought:

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Bought quite abit of organic cereals and biscuits for little man as they are so much cheaper as compared to those selling in Singapore. Had wanted to buy Healthy Times products, but they cannot be shipped to Singapore, not sure why. We haven’t tried these yet, so I will leave my reviews for these for other time. One thing to note is that you MUST check the expiry date stated on the website. Some of these food products will expire in a few months’ time.

I shall write more about the following products I have already started using:-

1. Queen Helene, The Original Mint Julep Masque
This facial masque is really very good given the price. I was using Aesop Primrose mask before this, and it leaves my face drier. This Queen Helene’s masque has a nice mint smell when put on. When it dries up, it doesn’t make me feel as if my face has been cemented. After washing it off, my face feels soft. The following day when I looked at myself in the mirror, my pores are not as big as they normally would seem. I personally think this is one of my greatest buy this time. I am not ever going to spend $60-odd on Aesop mask again!

2. Now Foods, Solutions, Certified Organic, Jojoba Oil
Well, this is an impulse purchase. I did not intend to buy any essential oils in the first place. But the reviews were great and my hair was getting really dry at the ends, hence I thought why not try it, since it is not very expensive. I think it’s a good buy as well. Initially I apply abit to my hair after shower, but it was a tad too heavy. Then I tried adding a few drops to my daily cheap Herbal Essence shampoo and I think I feel good so far. (Even though Hubby feels no difference as we are using the same shampoo) It is said to reduce hair-loss, and I do think I don’t drop as much hair as before. I also use this oil as a carrier oil when I am using strong essential oils like Thieves. I have been using it quite abit, but on the bottle, it looks like I have only use a little bit. Makes me feel good to see a product not used up as quickly as I thought it would.

3. Sambucol, Black Elderberry Immune Formula Liquid
This, I bought for myself. iHerb only has the children version for kids 2 years and above. I’ve done some research and found that Sambucol made in UK is suitable for 1-12 years old, unlike that from US. Hence I did not buy any for little man. Whenever little man falls sick, I will get sick as well once he recover. It’s like the virus will multiply 10 times on me. It’s like a vicious cycle. Hence I am also constantly finding ways to improve my own immunity. I am now on my 2nd bottle, and frankly I don’t feel much difference except that the liquid is really very sweet. Now I am wondering if I should continue with this.

4. Earth Mama Angel Baby, Bottom Balm
This is for me and little man. We both have sensitive skin and often develop rashes. Before little man was born, I was satisfied with occasionally using steroids given by doctor whenever my eczema flares up. But after little man was born, I was very hesitate to put steroids on him after reading much about steroid withdrawal syndrome. Hence I started searching for creams and natural remedies that have been tried and tested. We were initially on California Baby Calendula Cream. But after reading about how the company changed the formula and how it is not as gentle on sensitive skin as it used to be, I decided to change since it is not very cheap. This bottom balm cream is shortlisted as my first choice as it is cheaper than Four Cow Farm Calendula. I still stock up on Four Cow Farm’s and Aloe Vera gel as sometimes different outbreak of rashes can only be calm down using different products. It’s really a trial and error for me and little man.

5.Aubrey Organics, Pure Aloe Vera
I have actually bought 2 different brands of Aloe Vera on iHerb as they were really so much cheaper than buying locally. Just started to use this bottle of Aloe Vera. It prides itself as pure aloe vera without adding any artificial thickeners. Hence it is really quite watery and very easily absorbed into the skin. But maybe I am used to aloe vera in gel form. Having it in water form makes me feel like it can be used up very quickly.

All in all, I like my shopping experience at iHerb 🙂 Will be making more purchase soon.

If you are thinking of buying from iHerb, you can use my iHerb Discount Code:KDJ399 and save $5-$10 off your first order. If you know me personally, I can also add your order to mine and we can share shipping costs!

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