I Found A Large, Reputable Online Store With Good Brands & Affordable Pricing To Buy My Family’s Health Supplements, Vitamins, Organic Foodstuff, Toiletries

iHerb USA - Gift Code No. MLL655  for up to US$10 off for first time purchases

iHerb USA – Use my Gift Code No. MLL655 for up to US$10 off for first time purchases during your checkout

Hi there, dear friends :D

Health supplements and organic foodstuff/toiletries are very expensive in Malaysia, and because of that, I hardly buy them previous as I would have to spend a lot of money monthly for my family of 6 (the youngest is 18.)

Recently, in my quest in finding a good brand of pharmaceutical grade, molecularly distilled double strength (EPA & DHA, Omega 3 of 600mg per capsule) Fish Oil to buy, I stumbled onto iherb, an online store in USA with 35,000 products. That was a really amazing find for me and I am writing about it here so that you know of a great place to buy health supplements or products that you may need but can’t find where you live. :idea: 

Natural Factors Fish Oil

I got this family sized bottle of EPA/DHA 600mg Fish Oil with 240 capsules for US$29-97 only (RM120), and it comes with a FREE bottle of 60 softgels of 100mg CoEnzymeQ10 (worth RM100). The equivalent of this Fish Oil would have cost more than US$100 or RM300 if bought in Malaysia!

Please note that I am not being paid in any way by iherb to promote their site. :wink: 

I will also give you some tips on how to have your imported purchases passed by the Malaysian Customs and Malaysian Pharmacy Division :idea: .

Other than the savings I got, I also love the low cost and the speedy delivery of the order  by courier to me. I always chose DHL Priority Express which cost only US$10 for my package weighing around 2kg (US$15 for 5kg) and around 5 – 7 days (from date of ordering) to reach me! 

Yesterday, I received my third order from iherb in the last 2 months, and it has always being a delight for me when opening up the package. The items bought meant a lot of  savings for my family and opened up a world of exciting goodies which are difficult to find in Malaysia. :D

Organic Decaffeinated Whole Coffee Beans for my husband's espresso machine so that he can make decaffeinated cappucinos for me! :lol:

Organic Decaffeinated Whole Coffee Beans for my husband’s espresso machine so that he can make decaffeinated cappucinos for me! 

At the various products found at iherbs, you will find reviews of the products submitted by people who had purchased them and that will help you to decide whether to buy them or not.

After this article, I will write more about the amazing health benefits of taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids (EPA and DHA) found in Fish Oil and why I needed a large, regular supply every month. If you have been following my blog, you know that I have been suffering from heart palpitations and arrhythmia since last year and I am so happy to tell you now that my heart no longer suffers from those conditions since I started taking large doses of Fish Oil 2 months ago! :D

One of the conditions that is worrying me now is my thinning hair :sad: … I have very fine hair and with perimenopause, my hair is beginning to recede at the crown area and thin at the top of my head. I have been using shampoo bought locally for preventing hairfall but it doesn’t seem to help. So, I bought some organic thickening shampoo and hair stimulator/tonic from iherbs :wink: .

Avalon Organics, Biotin B-Complex Therapy, Thickening Shampoo, 14 fl oz (414 ml) which I bought for US$7-39 (about RM28).

Avalon Organics, Biotin B-Complex Therapy, Thickening Shampoo, 14 fl oz (414 ml) which I bought for US$7-39 (about RM28). Organic toiletries are very expensive in Malaysia

Herbatint (Antica Herbavita), Permanent Herbal Haircolor Gel - I decided to use a herbal hair colour that has no ammonia and gentle on my scalp

Herbatint (Antica Herbavita), Permanent Herbal Haircolor Gel – I decided to use a herbal hair colour that has no ammonia and gentle on my scalp

Some tips on getting your package past the Malaysian Customs and Pharmaceutical Division :idea: 

1) make small purchases not more than RM500 each time. I always try not to go past US$130.  I think the items may be taxed if it exceeds that amount. 

2) do not buy more than two of the same items, i.e. restrict each type of product to two only. Buying more may get the product confiscated, especially for health supplements, as the Customs only allow us to purchase them for personal use only. If we are buying in larger amounts, the Customs will consider that we are buying them with for reselling here – for that we would need to apply for a licence to import them and pay a large sum of money.  

3) don’t buy anything that you think may be banned or prohibited in Malaysia. For that, I think iherbs has a list of prohibited items for Malaysia at their website. 

I read from some other blogs that organic baby foodstuff and products are a favourite with new moms.  Some other items I bought…

NOW Citronella Essential Oil 2 fl. oz or 30 ml for only USD3-18 or RM10. Pure essential oils are very expensive in Malaysia.

NOW Citronella Essential Oil 2 fl. oz or 30 ml for only USD3-18 or RM10. Pure essential oils are very expensive in Malaysia.

This essential oil is really strong with a refreshing fragrance and I use it to repel the mosquitoes in my house. It is cheap enough for me to use it liberally for anything – even for adding into homemade my enzymes for use washing dishes or mopping the floor. :idea: 

Doctor's Best, High Absorption CoQ10, 100 mg, 120 Veggie Caps - only US$12-95 or RM42-00. If I had bought this locally, it would have cost me RM150.

Doctor’s Best, High Absorption CoQ10, 100 mg, 120 Veggie Caps – only US$12-95 or RM42-00. If I had bought this locally, it would have cost me RM150.

As we age, our energy levels tend to drop because of decreasing amounts of CoEnzymeQ10. People who are on statins (e.g. my husband is on cholesterol medication) will have that enzyme depleted in their body. Therefore, my husband and I have started taking CoQ10 since a month ago and our energy levels are simply superb these days. We no longer feel lethargic easily. :wink: 

So, do have a look at this world leading online store and compare prices of the health supplements there with those you are currently purchasing for your family.  You may also find a lot of interesting products at iherbs that you may not be able to find in Malaysia.

For example, I already have on my “wishlist” there at iherbs to purchase a bottle of Peanut Butter With Maple Syrup, some Organic Popcorn (to make popcorn at home), O’Keefe’s Working Hands Cream (for dry and cracked finger skin), etc. 

Do feel free to use my Gift Code – MLL655 – to knock off US$10 off your first order if your purchases exceed US$60 (US$5 if purchases are more than US$40). 

Happy browsing and shopping at iherbs! :lol: 

With best wishes,

choesf :D

About these ads

11 Responses so far »

  1. 2

    My orders each time was around 10 items –

  2. 3

    Hahaha…I just ordered more stuff from iherb today (my fourth order) :lol: ===>

    (you can use my Gift Code for US$10 off your first purchase :idea: )

    1) Herbatint (Antica Herbavita), Permanent Herbal Haircolor Gel, 6N –
    $12.22

    2) Hobe Labs, Naturals, Grapeseed Oil, 4 fl oz (118 ml) – $3.95

    3)Hobe Labs, Energizer, Hair Follicle Stimulator, 8 fl oz (237 ml) – $6.90

    4)Starwest Botanicals, Nettle Leaf C/S, Organic, 1 lb – $9.98

    5) Nubian Heritage, African Black Soap Bar, 5 oz – $3.37

    6) Avalon Organics, Thickening Conditioner, Biotin B-Complex Therapy, 14 oz (397 g) – $7.39

    7) Doctor’s Best, Extra Strength Ginkgo, 120 mg, 120 Veggie Caps(DRB-00091) – $7.69

    8) Arrowhead Mills, Organic Popcorn, 28 oz (793 g)(ARW-47665) – $3.28

    9) Breezy Morning Teas, Peppermint Harvest, Caffeine Free, Triple Mint Zing, 20 Tea Bags, 1.2 oz – $2.54

    10) Nestle Hot Cocoa Mix, Mini Marshmallows, Hot Cocoa Mix, 6 Envelopes, 0.71 oz (20.2 g) Each – $1.50
    11) Peanut Butter & Co., Mighty Maple, Peanut Butter Blended with Yummy Maple Syrup, 16 oz (454 g) – $5.07

    12) Now Foods, Essential Oils, Cedarwood, 1 fl oz (30 ml) – $4.57

    13) Now Foods, Essential Oils, Orange, 1 fl oz (30 ml) – $3.18

    14) Now Foods, Essential Oils, Lavender, 1 fl oz (30 ml) – $7.63

    15) Cococare, Repairs and Conditions Dry Cracked Heels, .5 oz (11 g) – $2.40

  3. 4

    Rita said,

    Hi Choesf,
    I haven’t been on site for a while, it’s nice to get an update. I am always looking for better health remedies. I know how you feel with your heart palpitations I have had them since I was 19 years old after have injections for hayfever allergies! I am now in my 50’s, I am always hunting for what works. The Jiaogulan Tea has really helped a lot so does CQ10 and Hawthorn Berry tablets. I came across a very interesting site by Dr John Christopher a herbalist – Herbal Legacy. He has herbal treatments for many ailments, I have found this a great site and have ordered some products and will let you know how it goes.

    Regards Rita

    • 5

      Hi there, dear Rita :D

      Thank you for sharing your experience on heart palpitations and herbal remedies. Two weeks ago, I decided to cut back on my Omega 3 Fish Oil capsules down to just 1 capsules a day (with 1,200 mg of Omega 3 Fatty Acids) and my heart palpitations came back, though it wasn’t as strong as before. So, now I am back to 2 capsules, sometimes 3 daily. :lol:

      I actually have some Hawthorn tincture tucked away somewhere, I should take that, too. I have started taking CoQ10 also since I bought them from iherb and I am drinking Jiaogulan Tea daily. :wink:

      I will go check out Dr John Christopher’s website, too.

      Do have a lovely day!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  4. 6

    edna said,

    Hi Choesf,

    Many thanks for sharing this especially tips on getting packages through Malaysian authorities. As I’m a newbie on online shopping, not sure what to expect. Grateful if you could help with my questions below:

    1) where is the collection point when the package arrived Malaysia?

    2) will recipients be notified of arrival of package?

    3) is inspection done with recipient’s presence?

    Thanks

    Edna

    • 7

      Hi there, dear Edna :D

      So far, I have only ordered stuff from iherb and I usually go for their DHL Priority Express courier service – that enables me to track my order from the time the package leaves iherb and the package is delivered right up to my home. There is detailed updating of the package a few times daily and we can check at the DHL online website. Example of the tracking details on the 5th day after I ordered at iherb :-

      20 Delivered – Signed for by : CHOESF Kuala Lumpur 11:19 1 Pieces

      19 With delivery courier KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA 09:35

      18 Arrived at Delivery Facility in KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA 08:26

      17 Departed Facility in KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA 07:13

      16 Processed at KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA 07:12

      15 Clearance processing complete at KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA 06:11

      14 Arrived at Sort Facility KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA 06:05

      If there is any need by the Customs or Pharmaceutical Department to check the package, a DHL agent will handle any issues for us. Inspection is done at DHL agent’s presence.

      So far, my 5 orders have been straightforward and arrived intact.

      Hope this helps…

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  5. 8

    Example of DHL Express International Tracking Information on Day 1 after I made my order…it is updated daily until I receive the package at home from the courier agent :idea: ===>

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013 –

    6 Departed Facility in LOS ANGELES GATEWAY – USA LOS ANGELES GATEWAY, CA – USA 20:20 PM

    5 Processed at LOS ANGELES GATEWAY – USA LOS ANGELES GATEWAY, CA – USA 19:53 PM

    4 Arrived at Sort Facility LOS ANGELES GATEWAY – USA LOS ANGELES GATEWAY, CA – USA 19:20 PM

    3 Departed Facility in ONTARIO – USA ONTARIO, CA – USA 18:57 PM

    2 Processed at ONTARIO – USA ONTARIO, CA – USA 18:56

    1 Shipment picked up ONTARIO, CA – USA 13:56 PM

  6. 9

    Audrey said,

    Hi there! Thanks so much for your tip through customs. We just moved to Johor Bahru Malaysia and just found out that we may be taxed. Iherb has been my go to website for years from New York to Hong Kong and Singapore! My total came to under usd100 and plus shipping was around usd15. I’m really hoping that it’ll get through customs alright. :) I also took your advice and bought 1 for most products and only couple of stuff at the most 2 in quantity. Thanks again!

  7. 11

    […] time ago, I wrote HERE about a good online store where I got a variety of quality health supplements, organic foodstuffs […]


Comment RSS · TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 574 other followers

%d bloggers like this: