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Used to be fantastic - last set not good and iHerb customer service diabolical
Posted by 4616715287013331533 on May 29, 2013 | Verified Purchase
I adore Real techniques brushes - I have them ALL, plus several doubles. They are (or WERE) great quality brushes, cut so precisely, made from soft dense bristles and with lovely handles. I bought a second Core Collection set in May 2013 only to find some brushes with obvious manufacturing faults. I was very surprised and disappointed. Something has clearly gone wrong. Worse than that has been iHerb's total failure to address enquiries about it! I was literally told to email someone else (gee, thanks!) then the nominated department ignored the enquiry totally. They simply would not respond about it at all, no matter how many emails I sent. They took my money, sent a faulty product, and apparently just could not care less! I have to say I am shocked. It's my first black mark against iHerb. Up until now I have been a great fan of iHerb, recommending them to everyone. Now I am issuing warnings instead! :(
Mouthwash is pleasant but acidic - bad for teeth!
Posted by 4616715287013331533 on Mar 17, 2016 | Verified Purchase
Being the geek I am, I always pH-test mouthwashes to make sure they are alkaline, which is needed for protection of enamel. I'm shocked by this one - it comes it at pH4, meaning markedly acidic. I did wonder about that from looking at the ingredients before purchase, but hoped the chemists had worked some magic. Shame, because it's otherwise an OK formula - fresh enough and not too strong. I will be adding sodium bicarbonate to bring it up to about pH8, which may mess with the formula but at least I won't be rinsing my enamel with acid :|.
OK, but why large caps with so much chemical filler?
Posted by 4616715287013331533 on Oct 01, 2014 | Verified Purchase
With other brands available I would not choose this again, only because of Doctor's Best's use of a larger than necessary capsule that's packed full of non-nutritive filler to make up the space. I really, really hate - seriously hate - that so many supplement manufacturers do this! Especially for long-term multi-supplement users such as myself - i.e. their best customers - 'no filler' products are greatly appreciated. Alpha-lipoic acid is relatively heavy, so 150mg could be a tiny capsule.
"Cures consitpation" because Mg Oxide is a laxative! Poor quality Magnesium.
Posted by 4616715287013331533 on Apr 30, 2014 | Verified Purchase
I have supplemented with Magnesium for 20 years, using many products. Beware this one. The ingredients say "Magnesium (from Magnesium Oxide, Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Aspartate)". Because this product did nothing to prevent leg cramps, whereas other Magnesium 'chelate' and 'citrate' supplements do, I became suspicious that the ingredients label may be little more than a dishonest up-sell for mostly cheap and useless Magnesium oxide. Then I spotted a reviewer saying "Cures constipation!", which confirmed my suspicion. Magnesium oxide is a well-known laxative. That's why it's such a poor Magnesium supplement - it goes straight through you and does not absorb. If you want a semi-natural laxative, go for it. But if you want an actual Magnesium supplement to benefit heart health, anxiety or muscle cramps, make sure you choose a product genuinely containing a Magnesium chelate (eg aspartate or orotate) or at least citrate.
Excellent - exceptional quality and price
Posted by 4616715287013331533 on May 25, 2016 | Verified Purchase
This is a deep black, rock-steady eye liner that doesn't smudge or irritate. It's superior to every other one I own, ranging from $10-30, so it's both cheapest and best. Quite a find.
ORIGINAL: Best ever 'my lips but better' color with good staying power | NEW color: OK, but why, why...??!
Posted by 4616715287013331533 on Jul 21, 2016 | Verified Purchase
My ORIGINAL review said: I have about 15 lip liners. If the house was burning down this is the one I'd save. (Well, you know what I mean...) Goes on easily. Stays on really well. Totally natural lip color, only better of course. And all in a non-chemical formula with no weird smells. I'm very impressed. Highly recommended. My review of the NEW Zen in July 2016: This product is now two shades lighter and pinker than the original plum/lip color, with a slight sheen instead of being matt. The formula is more modern, glidey, and probably chemically. It's fine, but it's NOT Zen, and I am not feeling very zen about it!!! Is there no company who reads the reviews of their own products? Did no-one notice how outstanding customers thought the original Zen was? Did no-one think to at least try to match the color...or to just call this entirely different product something else?! So annoyed.
Has something changed? Chemical fragrance?
Posted by 4616715287013331533 on Apr 30, 2014 | Verified Purchase
I love the Thayers toners like everyone else, but my last bottle of Lavender is affecting my skin strangely. Has the formula changed in some subtle way??? I find that if my skin is at all sensitive this stuff really tingles, even stings. It actually irritates! The Rose and Natural in my cupboard, which have identical formulae barring the scent, are fine and don't do this at all. I have no allergy to Lavender and find real Lavender very soothing, so I do wonder if Thayers have added something less than entirely natural fragrance-wise. It does smell very strong and not quite natural. It's strange because real Lavender is a potent and pleasant scent, so I can't imagine why anyone would want to add a chemical analogue, if that's what they've done. Does anyone know?
Disappointing - dehydrated skin at end of day
Posted by 4616715287013331533 on Mar 22, 2016 | Verified Purchase
Three stars for trying - the ingredients are good. However, my skin looked far from glowy at the end of the day, and instead rather dehydrated and dull. So it may not suit other over-40 normal skins either. (I have lots of experience with skin creams and serums as I test them almost like a hobby! That's not to say this product won't work for you, as it might. I just much prefer products with an obvious moisturising effect.)
Very unpleasant taste/smell...so hope it's good for us!
Posted by 4616715287013331533 on Aug 15, 2016 | Verified Purchase
Oh boy, this takes a dedicated self-healther to consume! I swear, this had better be genuinely good for me, because it tastes like sh*t. By which I mean actual poop, not the proverbial version. And not something manageable like horse, but more like pig poo. If you are one of those people who can't bring yourself to consume anything that doesn't taste good, you won't be able to go near this. It's strictly for the determined! Or buy some cellulose capsules and fill your own. It's a fine brown powder that's easily mixed into drinks. My best taste-disguising combo so far is milk+maca+coco+vanilla+stevia. (Still... :| ) I take it if I feel I need extra iron. I don't notice a clear difference in my well-being, but that may be because I am already pretty healthy and rattling with other supplements.
Highly effective for steadying mood / reducing anger
Posted by 4616715287013331533 on May 11, 2014 | Verified Purchase
I found this micro-dose Lithium very effective for creating calmer, positive mood in myself, and for reducing and eventually stopping a long-standing extreme anger problem in a family member. It worked even when taking just 3 capsules per person per week. So I'm shattered it's discontinued. It was an invaluable offering from iHerb. NOTE: 5mg is a true micro dose of a trace element. It's of the order supplied naturally from soil and water. This tiny dose, or even much less, is effective for improving mood in otherwise healthy people lacking this background Lithium source (very common). This is VERY different from Lithium pharmaceutical drugs used for people who are sick with Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia! Pharmaceutical doses go up to 338mg elemental Lithium per day = 68 capsules = 1 entire bottle of Doctor's Best Lithium Aspartate every 42 hours! The drugs also contain a different form (carbonate) and require you to have your blood levels monitored for safety while taking these very high doses. So if you are seriously unwell don't imagine that you can self-treat with the ultra tiny doses in this product!! There is no comparison with the mega-doses contained in prescribed drugs.
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