We just love, love, love our go-to online organic store www.iherb.com. The name may sounds like a supplement store but it really has much more products that the website name may suggest. Iherb is our virtual treasure chest for a plethora of sometimes hard to find items like:
Organic groceries and foods
Organic/natural skincare/cosmetics (see our post on why we think Organic is good for you)
Organic baby care
Non-gmo food and products
Gluten free food (they even have gluten free cosmetics, body care & skin care)
Homeopathy & other natural medicines
Natural vitamins, multivitamins, biotin, probiotics & supplements (they have gluten free and sugar free vitamins)
Organic apple cider vinegar (we always recommend organic, unfiltered & with the mother apple cider vinegar)
Organic coconut oil & coconut juice (see our post about Coconut water)
Other super foods & antioxidants (see all our superfood posts here)
Here are the reasons why we highly recommend iherb.com :
Their prices are very affordable and competitive. They keep running discounts, specials and several items have lower pricing for higher quantity purchases. They have a Trial products section with items priced as low as $1- but they are ‘Trial’, so use at your own risk.
Authentic Products and not Fake
We can vouch that iherb sells authentic products. You don't have to be worried about fake products and sellers like you can sometimes face on websites like Amazon and Ebay.
Availability & Time saving
Many organic brands and items are either hard to come by where I currently live-in Dubai- and those that are available are often outrageously priced. I've seen skincare and vitamins at literally half the Dubai organic stores prices on iherb. It is also a huge time saver if you don't have any health or organic store near you.
The best part is they ship worldwide by courier. Shipping to your door step in Dubai, UAE takes 2-3 working days and costs hardly USD 15-20(which is not as good as Free worldwide shipping but isn’t that bad if you are purchasing 3 or more items much cheaper than buying them locally). Update: Their shipping has become more expensive but look for Shipping Savers to bring down the shipping cost of your order. They are based in the US but they have websites specific to Iherb UAE, Iherb India, Iherb UK, Iherb Australia, Iherb Singapore & Iherb HK and more countries- so depending on where you are browsing from, it automatically updates the website as per your location.
Their website states their Mission Statement as: Providing the best overall value for natural products through "e-simplicity". And it states their Core Values as: Conscientiously meeting the needs of our customers, while always safeguarding the environment. And we find this highly commendable.
As a review, this needs to list both the pros and cons, but we can hardly think of any negatives of iherb.com.
The only not-so-good experience I have had is a shipping once took a whole week to arrive. But it was due to ordering on a weekend, but a week's time is also quite reasonable and worth the wait. Another unpleasant experience I had just once was that they missed an item and sent something else instead by mistake. But just a quick email to them and they credited my account with the item cost and the shipping charges.
Customs charges for some countries
I don’t have this issue in Dubai, but you need to be vary in countries like India and other places that have strict customs rules and customs duties on imported products.
So our verdict is that we would highly recommend Iherb.com as one of the best online shops for natural, non-gmo, and organic products such as grocery, cosmetics, makeup and much more.
Note: We can get affiliate commissions from Iherb from the links here but this review is our own personal opinion and review. And such earnings helps us with the running costs of the website.
Disclaimer: Any opinion here is not be considered as medical opinion. Please consult your medical practitioner before using any products recommended on this website.