Nothing beats completely free offers. Sometimes, there really is no catch to obtaining free items. You just have to know where to look and how to find them. Welcome to the eleventh installment of items I’ve received for free. Past free sample articles feature different freebies. The offers at times come in emails. Sometimes, you will see them on a blog or the direct brand’s website. Other times, you can find free offers on social media or even through snail mail. My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities. Offers can at times come by phone, but I never answer numbers I do not recognize. I will miss out on any that come that way.
My first three freebies came from users in my Beautytalk thread. A lot of freebie offers pop up, but less than half materialize into actual freebies. Others are likely phishing for personal information, so I exercise some discretion when filling them out. I only post freebies I know work, so if you see a link, I have received that freebie or a different one from the sender. If any offers are still available at posting time, I will always link them below. No link means the offer expired. I hold each article for a while to wait for multiple items to arrive. My front page always lists free samples I am aware of. If the offer is still available, I post it to the front as soon as it arrives.
L’Occitane has been on a roll with freebie offers this year. I also received a nice freebie set in Volume Nine. This free Cocooning kit, which came in a lovely tin, is no longer available, but I definitely suggest signing up for L’Occitane emails if they do another freebie in the near future. This freebie came in an adorable tin with a 0.3oz Shea Butter Hand Cream, and a 0.28oz Light Comforting Cream.
My husband picked this up for me, partly to reduce my urge to shop while redeeming, but also because there is a store very close to his office. The lady who helped him also gave him the following free samples: a 0.2oz AMANDE Milk Concentrate, a 0.1oz Shea Butter Hand Cream, and a 0.05oz Divine Cream.
This also comes with a $10 off $35 discount code. I will probably use this.
I adore Lancome. It is my favorite brand. The items from the Visionnaire line are all impressive, so I look forward to trying this 0.03oz sample of Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep Perfector. This sample is no longer available.
It is a small sample, so I doubt it has more than 1-2 uses. A single use may not give me an idea of whether I like it, but I only need one use to see if I am allergic, dislike the scent, or it does not moisturize enough. For this reason, I like foil samples. Generally, I wish companies only offered bigger samples though.
My husband takes a lot of supplements while I take very little. After reading about this energems Chocolate Energy sample, I ordered it for my husband. It’s too bad I did not order one for each of us while the sample was still available. He loved the taste, but he did not feel it packed enough caffeine to energize. This is a man who is used to 160-300 mg energy drinks though. I’ve never had an energy drink in my life, so I would probably feel the caffeine in this. If he buys any, I will try them and report back.
Everyone is probably familiar with Sam’s Club handing out free samples. About a year ago, my store installed a machine that dispenses random packaged samples that dispense when you swipe your membership card. I’ve picked up some great items from that machine, but my favorite was a very recent acquisition (so it is probably still available). The machine gave me three 0.13oz foil packets of Blue Stop Max Massage Gel for Body Aches. After a really tough workout where my legs were killing me, I applied this instead of my usual Elemis Instant Refreshing Gel. It was nice that a single packet was more than enough to apply all over my legs. The formula is thin, so a little goes a long way.
This worked about as well as my Elemis gel, which costs $55.50 for 5oz. Paying $25.22 for 16oz of the Blue Stop Max makes it a definite contender. I will probably buy a full size and alternate this with the Elemis to see which one works better. It is a topical analgesic that soothes and penetrates deeply. The formula has a special mixture of Cetylated Fatty Acids, Emu Oil, MSM, Glucosamine, Aloe Vera, and Menthol, It is safe for daily use for rapid relief of muscle and joint soreness. It delivers fast and effective relief for overall body aches.
I loved this sample so much that I named it a FabuFind and purchased it.
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