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  1. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    Thanks greenforrest! I'm in Canada too, BTW.l FWIW, I've never had any of my BPAL packages come via UPS. And, knock wood, I've only ever had one package opened by customs. cheers, chin
  2. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    Sorry, I guess I should have been more specific. For those of you who use UPS for whatever reason, do you know how to get them to give you the option of clearing the packages yourself?
  3. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    Hello international peeps! Gah, I just had to pay 40 bucks to UPS .... grrr ... Ishtar and I ordered shea butter lotion, and they dinged us. The good news is that if you have the time, you may have the option of clearing the package through customs yourself. I fully admit that I am not sure about how this process works - for example, I was not offered the option, I just got the bill. Does anyone know how to avoid the UPS brokerage fee?
  4. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    Helloooo international peeps! I think the milkman/postman analogy is apt (and it made me laugh!) - but I also think that the questions/comments posted by lohengrin and Femke were valid. I've been a customer since 2003, and although I know *now* that there's a difference in shipping times, through experience, I would have liked to know upfront. Not because of any drama or upset or dissatisfaction, just because it's nice to know when to expect the lovely lovely box of BPAL in the mail. Also, if some of the oils are presents for specific occasions, it's nice to be able to order in time to receive them in a timely way. It's also great to be able to have a "reality check" from the experienced forumites as to what might be a valid question for Beth, rather than mailing her with an issue only to discover that it's already been covered on the boards, or that there is a reason that she has already explained. Anyway in my usual fashion I am agreeing with everyone Lohengrin, could you post if you do decide to mail the lab and let us know what the response was? cheers!
  5. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    Hey peeps! O'dessa, obviously I haven't been keeping in touch well enough ... will call you shortly to hear the scoop on your order! Ishtar and I went in together for our last order, but we didn't order until this month. Well to be perfectly honest, the extent of my involvement was "yes please, I want ... and ... and ... thank you Ishtar!" Ahhh looking forward to a big bottle of Hetairae for the summer!
  6. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    Hello international peeps! I live in an apartment building, and the boxes are too big for my letterbox. However ... and I'm not sure if this is just because my postman is extra cool, I usually come home to my BPAL goodies sitting on the mantel in my apartment building's foyer (other tenants get this treatment too, although their packages are not nearly as exciting as BPAL!!). Hm I am not sure that this info is useful ... I am just excited about having ordered recently after a long break! Ahhh the feelings of anticipation ...
  7. chin

    The Best Mint Blends

    The Fool is wonderful - minty, whimsical goodness.
  8. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    Hey there, I've rec'd shipping e-mails for the last ... hm .... six-seven months, say? One thing to note for us international peeps is that even when Brian's "shipped through" thread is updated, as far as I know, it doesn't apply to us. The process for shipping internationally is more involved (and the lab has been frank that it's a bit of a pain in the ass) and IME it takes longer for the international packages to go out. I'm sure it won't be long, enantiomorph
  9. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    And, woo hoooooo ... I received it yesterday, only five business days later! All fabulous, and, as usual BRIMMING with imps. *love*
  10. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    If it helps, my Oct 27th order to Canada was shipped out on January 18th. I'm relieved I'm not the only one! I thought perhaps it was something I did, but the lovely lab peeps were too nice to tell me
  11. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    Thanks Morrighana I'll wait a couple more weeks before I start getting antsy again! Luckily I have a few more drops of Fenris Wolf in my imp that will tide me over (whoo I love that stuff ... but I'll go gush in reviews instead!). cheers, chin
  12. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    Gah! I'm wondering if my Oct 27th order is hung up in customs Has everyone received their international yule orders? If so, did you receive an e-mail from the lab saying that it had been shipped (I haven't rec'd one, but I see from Morrighana's post above that they might not have been sent out this time)? I don't want to mail the lab unnecessarily as I imagine the inbox is bursting ... but if the order has gone missing I don't want to wait too long. ~~ thanks in advance ~~
  13. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    Thanks Morrighana (and the splendid peep who mailed me ) I am so content with the oils I have (wearing Sugar Skull today), but I'm getting itchy to try those yummy Yule scents! I'm thinking Hearth and Egg Nog will warm up this cold rainy Vancouver winter. Happy winter solstice, everyone!
  14. chin

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    Hey Canadians, other international peeps, and lurking domestics who use PayPal .... I ordered via PayPal on Oct. 27th and I haven't received the usual notice via e-mail that my order has shipped. I'm not too fussed because I know the Lab is smokin' busy, except that I see a bunch of my fellow Canadiennes have gotten their orders from that date. My question for you all .... how many of you who ordered via PayPal on that date or after have received notices via e-mail that your orders were shipping? Wondering if the orders are being sent without that e-mail notice (i.e. my order might be on the way), or if my package is delayed at the Lab (I ordered single notes and discontinueds, so that might be it). ~~ Thanks in advance ~~
  15. Greed, LadyL - although you might keep it for yourself if you haven't tried it!