How to get DECIEM The Ordinary in Kenya

I'm sure by now,  you have heard of the skincare line - The Ordinary by the company DECIEM. It's great skincare at affordable prices. Aaand they deliver to Kenya, at a mind-boggling US$38. Jameni. That's literally three times more expensive than most of the products themselves.

So what's a skincare enthusiast to do?

Well, there's three main ways to go around that ridiculous delivery cost.

  1. One is to get a friend or relative abroad to send it to you.
  2. Another is to get a shopping service like MyHq, Box or Mall for Africa to bring it in for you.
  3. Lastly, you can use ASOS or Look Fantastic, which I do, 90% of the time. I prefer it this way because:
  • It's cheaper. Because no middlemen.
  • Look Fantastic has free shipping.
  • ASOS has free shipping over US$30. If your total is below that, shipping is US$4. It's all much less than that disrespectful US$38.
  • Posta Kenya has been reliable thus far. Fatha Lawd may it be like this forever amen. 

How to get DECIEM The Ordinary in Kenya from ASOS and Look Fantastic

The process is straightforward for both stores as long as you have a Visa enabled card. I've sang about how easy it is to get the I&M Visa enabled pre-paid cards here enough times, y'all must be tired. 

  1. Go to the ASOS or Look Fantastic site.
  2. Create an account.
  3. Log into your account.
  4. Search for "The Ordinary".
  5. Add the item you want to the shopping bag.
  6. After you're done, click checkout.
  7. On the checkout page, fill in your personal details and postal address.
  8. Whip out your card, pay and submit your order.
  9. You will receive an email a few hours or a day later when the product has been dispatched. This email will let you know when to expect your package. It takes about 2-3 weeks to arrive.

What to expect when the delivery is in Kenya

My latest order from both sites was made on the same day, 2 August. To deal with dark spots, I got Alpha Arbutin from ASOS and MAP from Look Fantastic.

Delivery was estimated before 18 August for both sites. But I knew that unless a miracle occured, I would be receiving the delivery in the 20s of the month. And I did.

  1. I got a text from Mombasa GPO on 25 August that my packages had arrived. Sema excitement. I had to get my stuff that day. BTW that text had me wondering if it was a con, it was from a regular line, had poor spelling and grammar. Posta Kenya, do better.
  2. At GPO, I was directed to the parcel office.
  3. In the parcel office, the first step is showing that text to receive a yellow slip.
  4. I took that yellow slip to the person responsible for getting the package from the store.
  5. When my packages were brought out, I had to show my ID, sign on the slip and pay KES 174 for each package.
  6. Finally, I had to pay customs. After opening the packages and stating how much each product cost  and the country I bought them from (UK), I paid a total of KES 500 for both packages. Carry cash, hakuna mambo ya Lipa na Mpesa huko. 

How do you usually get skincare that isn't locally available  in Kenya? Let me know in the comments.

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