Ordering from Vitacost in the United States has saved me loads of time and money.
Ever since I discovered Vitacost.com in the US six years ago, I have almost exclusively purchased all my favorite vitamins, beauty care, probiotics and numerous other essential personal care items on their site. The savings at Vitacost are incredible. Just walk down the health and beauty section of your local Whole Foods or Earth Fare and then compare the prices of those same brand names at Vitacost and you will see what I mean.
I appreciate that all my Vitacost order history is easily accessible to make new shopping lists and orders a snap. It’s much more savvy system than any list I could manage to jot down on the fly and sometimes it was the midnight order that saved me.
And then I moved out of the country.
There was a period that I lost Vitacost and then I really knew what their site meant to me. I had just moved from Charlotte, North Carolina to Somoto, Nicaragua which is not even on every Nicaraguan map! I did a big Vitacost purchase before I left with at least a year’s worth of critical supplies and hoped for the best.
Then the ‘worst’ would creep in! All the natural home remedies I would have tried, the essential oils and Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, good dark chocolate and herbal teas, our favorite toothpaste and soaps, more quality children’s vitamins, digestive enzymes, and kid’s probiotics for my son Aiden: the list that didn’t get ordered.
And then a logistical miracle…Vitacost and I were reunited!
A year past and one day I lingered on the Vitacost site pondering if I could have some products freight forwarded to Managua through Miami. And I saw it! Vitacost now was shipping internationally! Everywhere! To all four corners of the world?
Would they really ship to Afghanistan and Iraq… to Mozambique and Tajikistan? But more importantly they would ship to Somoto, Nicaragua?
I decided I had to try! I prepared a daring order of highly sensitive, coveted items that otherwise might have forced me into a desperate shopping trip to the US. I noted with relief and skepticism that I was charged only $9.99 USD for DHL Global Shipping to Central America.
Only $9.99? Could there have been a charitable mission behind going global?
I waited expectantly. Not by the door of course. I did what nervous expats do when they are waiting for something of importance to arrive by a precarious mail service. I patrolled our local post office to chat up the post master and sheepishly ask them again to look over their books for any recent arrivals.
And then, four weeks later, it was there! Lo and behold, a Vitacost package arrived to our little town four hours from Managua, Nicaragua! It was magical! All the things that had to go right did! The package for which we had all been waiting! Twenty córdobas ($0.60) in fees and it was in my possession!
It was so exhilarating to reconnect with the things we wanted.
We celebrated that we now had a way to stay healthier and feel energized with our favorite products. We had a restocked medicine cabinet and some great products for our skin and hair. It also helped us to feel not so far from home.
So I bet you’ll want to know some of what was in that care package; that’s my favorite part…
As many of you know, I now live in Granada, Nicaragua which is a mere 45 minutes from the capital city of Managua and I have been now ordering my Vitacost care packages to Nicaragua for three years now. The arrival time on my care packages have been significantly reduces by several weeks now that I live in the south in a larger city (Granada is always on the map!).
Being closer to the center however didn’t change my dependence on Vitacost products. When I have been able to find what I want in the capital, it rarely has the price anyone should be willing to pay for it nor does it have the quality to which we are accustomed.
This is particularly true regarding good vitamins and probiotics for adults and children (so important after parasite treatment), quality sunscreens and bug repellents, food supplements and natural beauty products.
The first time you see basic bottles of Banana Boat sunscreen for $12-18, you’ll know what I mean. Those bananas better be organic! I’d much rather spend my money on an Alba Botanica Sunscreen that smells amazing and has a grocery cart’s worth of protective foods in it!
And before I tell you about my Top Ten Essential Vitacost Products that we do not have to live without in Nicaragua, let me just add this: Vitacost has excellent customer service. If you are unsatisfied with any of your items or anything arrived damaged, simply use their online chat feature and they will resolve the issue.
In three years of frequent ordering, I have had a few things go sideways: a box that ended up in Nigeria, a Bragg’s apple cider vinegar bottle that cracked en route, things that required attention. The important thing is that those issues were easily resolved with courtesy and understanding and I am still a loyal customer with a lifeline to the best of the US in health and beauty.
And for that reason without further ado, I give you my 10 Essential Vitacost Products that we don’t have to live without in Nicaragua!