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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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Hourglass said no to me as well. I tried some really random ones and got turned down as I expected. SKII,Shiseido, Josie Maran, and Tarte. I was asking just to see but wasn't surprised by the answer. 

 

Yes from Ren,OH, Murad, Jane, and Vbeaute. 

 

Ones that have yet to answer (some are random). JFR,Mario,Koh Gen Doh, Perfekt, Amazing Cosmetics, Bite Beauty, and Obsesive Compulsive Cosmetics. I really wish OCC has samples my Sephora doesn't carry them  Bite or Amazing Cosmetics. I hate buying things without swatching them. 

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Koh Gen Do just got back to me with a Yes. That makes me very happy since I am really interested in them. 

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I wonder what would happen if someone approached Hourglass or another company saying something like "my friend was able get some samples from you recently and loved them and I was hoping to test a few things out as well" Then they couldn't say they don't send samples at all, right? You could still be told "not at this time" or something annoying but maybe there's a better chance of a yes?

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Why not? You should totally try that Smiley Happy.

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I'll wait a while I think, since I just emailed recently but if anyone has success, report back! Smiley Happy

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I was denied from hourglass Smiley Sad. They told me Sephora gives out samples and I told them Sephora doesn't carry what I want to try they just said hopefully in the future Sephora will carry more of their products.

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I was thinking the same thing! Charlie said no to me twice 

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That sounds like a good idea! I really do agree with the other ladies on here saying it depends on who answers your email.

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Mine was from Charlie as well and it was a no. It's really sad because they isolate potential customers by doing it this way. I'm a person who won't buy it if I can't try it. I'm sure there will be some people who will even avoid a brand because they show sporadic favoritism. I can't see how this is smart business wise. 

 

I've been wondering that if you are subscribed to a newsletter, or if they have you on record of purchasing products, if some companies aren't quicker to say yes to you? 

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How do I even get the free samples?

Should I just email them and ask if it's possible?

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Email them and ask. However be smart when emailing them. The way you phrase things can depend on what you get just as much as who answers you. 

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Hi! So I received an email from Mario Badescu about 2 weeks ago asking if I'd like free samples of the products that were recommended to me, but I still haven't received them in the mail. Is that amount of time normal?

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I emailed Koh Gen Do recently saying I was interested in their products, but didn't know where to start.  Within a week they sent me a large quantity of samples, probably 15 or so.  It was really nice.  I'm going to try Ren and Mario Badescu next!

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I am so happy for you! (And slightly envious). I have emailed Koh Gen Do 3 times already (once in April, June, and August) and I haven't heard anything back at all. I would LOVE if they would send me something because I am really interested in them. Especially their skin care!

 

What email did you send it to? Just in case I am emailing the wrong email address???

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The only company I expect a reply from and have yet to get is Mario Badescu. I'm wondering if because it's a holiday weekend everyone is on vacation? I think I'm going to wait until Wednesday or Thursday and call them if I haven't gotten a reply. 

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After seeing all the wonderful samples y'all received, I decided to try for myself.  I was pretty excited about how many responded with a yes.  I got my first set of samples on Thursday from vbeauté.  I can't wait to get the rest. Woman Very Happy

 

Yes
Dr. Hauschka, Juice Beauty, L'Occitane, Mario Badescu, Murad, REN, vbeauté

 

No
Algenist, FAB, Hourglass

 

No Answer
Koh Gen Doh, Ole Henrikson

 

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Koh Gen Do  samples arrived today

 

-Aqua Foundation 

-Maifanshi Face Powder 

-Makeup Color Base X4 all colors 

-Cleansing Water Cloth

-Pure Cotton

-Makeup Remover

-Oriental Plants Essence x3

-Oriental Plants Cleansing Cream

Oriental plants Cleansing Foam

-Oriental Plants Milky Lotion

-Oriental Plants Skin Lotion 

 

I think I got 14 samples if you count the cotton. I'm not really sure what I do with that yet. 

 

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Did they reply to your e-mail or just send you the samples?

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They replied 

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Finally got a yes from Mario Badescu. Had to take the survey twice. 

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Yay! I am super excited for you!!!

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I took their survey about a month ago and I just received their samples yesterday! I had completely forgotten about it, so it was a very pleasant surprise! They were VERY generous about their samples -- like 6 different deluxe samples!

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what is the link to that survey from mario badescu

id like to try that scrub lol

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  • I got samples from living proof, Mario badescu and murad..I haven't received the murad yet but I cant wait..they sent me a very nice email advising me of the products they are sending me...love samples..i have 2 full drawers in my vanity full of them,even though I am always giving them away to my neighbor.i like to try them when I need a perk up or am doing an overhaul day..you know facial, pedi try new make up tricks..overhaul....I just have such a hard time deciding which ones to use!! oh I do so mlove playing at my make up table....my 2nd fav place to place is my closets..all my bags and shoes and clothes..i just bought another coats yesterday..a beauty with leather sleeves...its the 4th I bought this year..i cant wait to start wearing some of my new things..hubbby bought my open toe botties and a pair of leopard pumps last week..i don't work right now but am planning on going back just p/t since he is disabled and I am his caregiver..i have it set up where I can do about 20 hours per week while my son stays with his dad..one thing for sure I don't need to buy anything new to start work..i am even stocked up on tights!!gonna start looking in a week or so..wish me luck..i need to get out of the house for a while and do something for me.peace to all my beauty sisters

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Here is a picture of more samples i have received.