CzaCee

What companies have you gotten samples from?

I just wanna ask what companies give out free samples when you contact them. I only know of Mario Badescu and L'occitane. :smileyhappy:

 

Who doesn't love free samples anyway? :smileyhappy:

ShimmerDust

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What is the best way with the tougher companies? Call? Email?

SirenPrincess

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I don't know if it helps, but I try to provide some information that shows I've actually researched the product.  I state WHY I'm interested in their product or what I think I might like about it.  I think that comes across better than 'give me free stuff I know nothing about!'  Also if I'm currently using a competitor product, I state so and what I am hoping might be better about their product.  For example, I told Living Proof I'm currently using Aveda.

estewart920

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I've always contacted companies via email, but I try to ask for samples of specific products. It might not actually do any good but I think it helps to show greater interest. 

FireSpinner

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I'm thinking of contacting some companies for some samples, but i kinda feel bad :s 

neko333

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There's nothing to feel bad about. They make a good amount of money off these products and the tiny bit they send you  doesn't add up to much. Even if it does they want to get you hooked to buy their product. Plus they figure if they send you samples even if you don't run out and buy all the stuff they send you, when you do go out to buy something, you will favor their company over others. Oh, and you're probably giving work to someone, and when there is work, there is a job that needs to be filled. They choose to send out free samples because it is smart business wise. They have as much to gain from it, if not more, than you do. 

SirenPrincess

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I would feel bad if I wasn't willing to buy their product if I like it.  But I do spend a great deal of money on make-up, hair care, skin care, and fragrance.  If I love their product, I will buy it, so really it's in their best interest to send samples if they stand behind their product.  Am I going to buy every product I've requested?  No.  Will I buy the moisturizer that seems the best for my skin of all the ones I've tested or the perfume I've liked best?  Absolutely!

ChicDabbler

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I feel bad/guilty too sometimes. If you are not interested in the products, don't contact them just for freebie's sake, but if you are interested or are already using some of their product (and 40min away from nearest Sephora like me), that's ok me thinks. I've been raving about Koh Gen Do water and powder all over the place, so I don't feel guilty asking/getting samples from them. I didn't bother with living proof or Ren cuz I'm not interested in those brands.

 

And if you want samples without the guilt trip, just take the Mario Badescu survey a few times and it will offer to ship you samples without you having to explain yourself to a person. =X

crayzeeRN

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Got yes's from Ren and Koh Gen Do today! Can't wait to start getting things in the mail! :smileyhappy:

 

On a side note, I tried Bare Escentuals and was declined :smileytongue:

carolang

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I finally tried this! I only emailed Living Proof as I was interested in comparing their new Perfect Hair Day product with the nourishing styling cream. I might try Ren. Only things I want... From my experience with Sephora samples they make me want things I didn't even know I wanted haha. LP is sending me stuff tho! Pretty cool!

sandy69

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Wow, I was bummed I spent the money (26) on the Living Proof PHD 5 in 1, I wish I could have tried it.  I got the caviar CC cream, but I need VOLUME, and it didn't do much for me, so when I wash my hair Saturday I will try it.  I was down to 1 aveda volumizing prep, now I own, or got perks and am using 6, which I am mad at myself because you don't know what's not working.  I have to minimize again.  But thanks soooo much.  I would absolutely love to get some of these samples.

 

Thanks everyone for the way to get an "in" I am a disabled Chemical Engineer who made a ton of money and have 18 inch red hair extensions, (1400 every 3 months) so ya, now I have my own hair, which isn't bad, my stylist/owner of the salon new I made big money and grew up in the 80's.

crayzeeRN

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Ok, you guys have me 100% motivated to try this now that I keep seeing all the great photos!

 

I've contacted L'Occitane (got a yes already!), OH, PTR, and Ren. I'm stuck on trying to contact Murad though- when I try to email them, it says my options are to contact about site feedback, product feedback, submit a success story, and change shipment frequency. What email did you guys use to contact them with?

ShimmerDust

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How did you contact them?

ChicDabbler

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Ohh, let us/me know if PTR says yes! I've had my share of OH but PTR has quite a few things I like and want to try.

sandy69

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FYI, they are having a $5 special on travel sizes, like the retinol PM (should be like $35) and the unwrinkle pads, every travel item $5.  They are out of some, but I imagine they will restock.  So sign up for emails for PTR, and if you are will to pay $5 for a $35 worth of product, you're in.  I am never tried free samples.  But am now thinking of it!

SirenPrincess

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I picked product feedback, I think.  As long as you get an e-mail in to the company somehow, they'll help get it to the right people.

crayzeeRN

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Thank you!

MysticalAngel

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PA080811.JPGThis is what I've received so far.

 

I got a "yes" from:

 

Jane Ireland

Living Proof
vbeaute (I got 5 different tubes, and I gave the anti-aging stuff to my mom)

Ren

Estee Lauder
Mario Badescu

Vichy

 

Murad originally said yes but when I told them I'm from Canada, they said they were unable to send samples to Canada...:smileysad:

 

L'Occitane gave me a flat out "no". (I guess I got someone who was in a bad mood...lol)

 

Still waiting for Mario Badescu and Vichy samples to arrive! :smileyvery-happy:

ivyxox

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You got samples from Living Proof? They told me they don't send samples to Canada :smileysad:

MysticalAngel

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They were a bit reluctant at first and told me that I can get samples at Sephora. I told them I live far away from a Sephora store (GUILTY I lied! :smileytongue:) so they agreed to send me some.

 

Prior to asking for my address, I had some nice e-mail exchanges with someone from their customer service and when I told her my hair concerns she wanted me to experience Living Proof.

 

I think I was the last person from Canada to receive samples from Living Proof.

ivyxox

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LOL they told me to go to Sephora too, but honestly, Sephora's containers are fairly small, a small container of conditioner wouldn't be enough for me for just one wash :smileysad: Really wanted to try the perfect hair day line, but my Sephora doesn't have the full range yet. So hopefull they will be able to offer me some samples. Thanks for sharing!

MysticalAngel

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LOL! That's why I lied. The samples at Sephora are so small, and my store is not so generous. They barely give anything, refuse to give a sample or if someone gives out more another cast member comes over and stops them from putting too much. That's why I hate asking for samples at Sephora. Even if I have $100+ in my basket, and I ask for one sample and they act like it's such a big chore...:smileysad:

 

 

I'm glad my little story helped you. Good luck with your sample quest! :smileyhappy:

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