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. Smiley Happy

 

Who doesn't love free samples anyway? Smiley Happy

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UPDATE: Dermalogica sent me 5 days worth of their medibac line. hemp sent me double packets of about 5 different types of lotion.

 

 

Thanks ladies for this thread!

I emailed some companies yesterday.

 

Mario Badescu - haven't heard back 

Hempz - sending samples

Dermalogica - sending samples

Kate Somerville - haven't heard back

Ole Hendriksen - Sending samples 

Dr Brandt - haven't heard back

Paulas Choice - haven't heard back

Jack Black - haven't heard back

Malin + Goetz - sending samples

Murad - told me to go to Sephora or Ulta to try

emailed Marc Jacobs (Coty) and they sent me 3 perfume samples

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Thought I'd post this update, I finally heard back from Mario Badescu about the samples I requested back in August. Apparently they no longer ship complementary samples to Canada but offered to send them to me as a one-time courtesy for the huge delay and misinformation.

Thought I'd pass this along to any other Canadians.

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Oh no sorry they don't send them to Canada anymore but glad they send them to you anyway. 

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For the ladies who have ben sent samples from FRESH, are you in the states or Canada? I havent emailed yet but their website says they dont ship outside the USA and I am in Canada.

My closest Sephora is over an hour away and I dont always have time to spend getting SA to make me up samples of the FRESH products I am wanting to try (rellay interested in their black tea line) and I dont like buying, testing and returning if it doesnt work for me.

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This is a great resource, especially for me as I've not heard of many of the brands you've mentioned.

 

So far I've emailed the companies below and I'll update the list as I hear back from them. 

 

Samples I've received:

Mario Badescu

Bare Escentuals (only sample available is their bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation)

HEMPZ

Dermalogica

Kate Somerville

DHC Care

skyn Iceland

COOLA

 

Sending samples:

Ole Henriksen
L'OCCITANE

John Masters

Drunk Elephant

Fresh

 

Haven't heard back yet:

Embryolisse

dr. brant

NEST Fragrances

MAD Skincare

Caudalie

 

Not sending samples:

Bite Beauty (no samples due to high demand)

boscia (you have to pay $2.50 for shipping)

Becca (no samples available at this time, but they added me to the waitlist)

Bliss (they do not send samples unless you place an order over $50)

Clarins (they do not send samples unless you place an order)

First Aid Beauty (they told me to visit Sephora)

Glam Glow (they told me to visit Sephora or a department store)

Hourglass (they do not send samples)

Jouer (referred me to their return policy in case I bought something I didn't like)

Korres (they told me to visit Sephora)

Living Proof (they told me to visit Sephora)

Murad (they told me to visit Sephora or Ulta)

Origins (they told me to visit one of their retail locations)

Peter Thomas Roth (samples are only available with purchase)

Supergoop (referred me to their Hello Sunshine! Starter Set)

Suki Skincare (they told me to visit a store and ask for samples in-store) 

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That's awesome! Did you just go to contact us on each site and send them an email asking if they would send samples? (I probably should just look through this thread to find the answer but figured I'd ask you Smiley Wink )

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Thats how you do it! I have template emails pre-typed. I add in what particular products I am interested in. Have a brief description of your skincare/haircare needs and what you would like to achieve. A lot of places email back almost right away with suggestions of products they think would work for you and a lot will send samples of those products to you to test before purchase.

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Really? L'OCCITAN said no to meSmiley Sad

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Thats odd.  They replied immediatly to my request saying samples were in the mail and I could stop at any store and get more if there were other things I wanted to try.

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I requested samples from Mario Badescu in late August and still haven't received anything - is it normal for it to take this long?

I'm in Canada...

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I got mine relatively quickly. They are super friendly. Emailing them about status may be helpful.

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I signed up for them right before you did (if I remember).  I got them a long time ago.  Maybe because I am in US? 

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yeah took me months to get it!! haha

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So I saw Lachaton mention John Masters so I checked it out. Emailed them and they replied the next day asking what products. i had told them
I'm interested in the hydrating and toning mask, maximum moisture and basically anything for dry skin. The winters are horrible to me. .  I came home to a box bigger then a watch box!!!! With not just skin stuff but hair too!!!!

-dropper of 100% organic argan oil

-rosemary & arnica body milk and a body wash 

-honey & hibiscus hair reconstructing shampoo

-rose & appricot hair milk

-citrus & neroli detangler 

-geranium & grapefruit body milk and a body wash 

-blood orange & vanilla body wash and a body milk 

-sweet orange & silk protein styling gel

-Lavender rosemary shampoo for normal hair

-zinc & safe shampoo with conditioner 

-lavender & avocado intensive conditioner 

-(4) Mandarin maximum moisture for dry skin

-(2) rose & apricot antioxidant day creme

-(2) jojoba & ginseng exfoliating face cleanser

-(2) green tea & rose hydrating face serum 

-(2) rose foaming face wash 

 

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I didn't even think about emailing companies for samples. Smiley Surprised !!

 

How do you even going about wording an email like that?

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I think a few other people gave examples and shared tips earlier in this thread Smiley Happy you may have to go back a few pages though. 

 

Basically, I did a bit of research to see what products I would be interested in and asked about that and/or shared a bit about my skin type and concerns (or hair, or makeup, etc). I said I was interested in trying some products so I could decide whether to make a purchase or not. 

 

Some say yes, some say no. Some brands are more helpful than others. But you can find some really great products this way, or at least figure out which ones you definitely shouldn't buy Smiley Wink

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I've been looking to update my skincare routine lately, so I've been working on this for a little while... 

 

Here's the responses I've had - these are the companies which said they could send me samples (I went through this thread, and then tried a few new places. New ones are bolded). I've received some, waiting on others. 

 

Note: I'm in Canada. 

 

  • L'Occitane Canada - received quickly (and VERY generous)
  • John Masters Organics Canada - received quickly
  • Hermes Canada - received quickly
  • Jane Iredale - received quickly
  • Dr. Hauschka (they said this was an exception, but were very helpful) - received
  • Rodial - received
  • Sjal
  • Bare Escentuals - received
  • MISSHA Canada - received
  • Mila Moursi
  • Miriam Quevedo
  • Ole Henriksen - no response, just sent samples

 

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I live chatted Murad and this is what they had to say:

Free samples are available with every Murad purchase. We offer a 60 day money back guarantee on all our products and, remember, you’re always welcome to visit your local Sephora or Ulta to sample our products for free as well.

 

Should I change my strategy? Thanks!

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Murad gave me a no as well , despite sending full sizes to other people. I really think it depends on when and who you speak with. I have received samples from :

 

Jane Iredale

Living Proof

Koh Gen Do

Mario Badescu

Ole Henriksen

BECCA

 

These are through direct emailing only, have received many samples and sample confirmations through scouring the internet for deals such as : Kerastase, L'Oreal haircare, L'Occtaine, Biossance, Philosophy

 

I'm REALLY into this right now.

 

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Update:

"No" from Living Proof and Moroccanoil

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