Hi there, dear friends
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:
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 .
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.
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!
One of the conditions that is worrying me now is my thinning hair … 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 .
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…
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:
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,