Awhile back, Swanson Health Products contacted me and offered to let me pick out some items from their website. I was already familiar with Swanson, since another RD blogger I follow, Kath, promotes their probiotics. I’d actually been thinking of trying a probiotic, but wasn’t ready to make a call on a specific one right then.
Swanson carries more than just supplements and vitamins; I saw some food and personal care items on the site as well. They offer various avenues to contact their customer service reps, including email, online chatting and by phone. Swanson also has a blog, where I saw many posts written by a Registered Dietitian–yay!
Since I wasn’t ready to commit to a specific probiotic, I decided I’d use this as an opportunity to try some new things!
Here’s what I chose:
Nature Made Prenatal Multivitamin: First of all, NO, I’m not pregnant. I’ve been taking Prenatal Vitamins for years and was almost out, so I was happy to see they carry my brand. I’ve always been a fan of Nature Made and often default to their brand for most of my supplement needs. Swanson Price: $20.14; Amazon Price: $26.00
Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Pancake Mix: I’m certainly not exclusively paleo/gluten-free/grain-free, but do try to limit my grains and gluten in general. I keep a lot of alternative flours in our basement freezer for baking, but I thought I’d try a pre-made mix in the hopes that I’d get a superior GF product. I haven’t tried it yet, but if it turns out well, I’m sure it will appear on the blog! Swanson Price: $10.49; Amazon Price: $16.52
Swanson Ultra DiosVein Supplement: I haven’t started using these yet (I’m kinda in supplement-overload right now), but since I’ve already had vein surgery (!!!), I thought it might be something I’d like to try. Swanson Price: $8.24; Amazon Price: $18.02
NatraCare Tampons: In an effort to be a bit more ‘natural,’ I’ve changed how I handle my monthly cycle. I’ll leave it at that, lest I gross anyone out. I don’t know that I’ll be putting any product reviews in this category up on the blog anytime soon, but who knows? I chose this brand (I haven’t tried it yet) as it’s also carried at our local co-op in case I fall in love. Swanson Price: $5.53; Amazon Price: $6.99
Note, it’s Thanksgiving evening as I write this, so some of their prices may reflect a Black Friday sale. According to their website, on Black Friday they are offering 25% off any Swanson products and $1.99 shipping.
Honestly, I’m shocked at the price difference I’m seeing between Swanson and Amazon, whether or not its related to Black Friday. I rely A LOT on Amazon, especially now that I’m working full-time. In fact, I often tell friends that if I can’t get it at our co-op or delivered to my house via Amazon, I just don’t get it anymore.
Working with Swanson was a delight, their customer service was excellent (I even had to contact them when I was having technical difficulties with me order), and I felt their prices were on-par with other vendors. If Swanson’s prices are really that much lower on a regular basis, I may need to re-evaluate where I order some of my supplements. I wonder if they offer a subscription service, like Amazon’s Subscribe and Save? Swanson’s standard shipping charge is $4.99, but I’ve seen some promos for free shipping.
I’ll definitely keep Swanson in mind next time I need to order my supplements!
Disclaimer: This a sponsored post. I was compensated for my purchases up to $50, but all my opinions are my own.