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 twelfth installment of items I’ve received for free. Past 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.
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. My front page always lists free samples I am aware of. If the offer is still available when it arrives, I post it to the front as soon as it arrives. These articles are held until I have multiple products, so most are gone before I post. Most are actually gone before the sample even ships.
The Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch is something I’ve wanted to try. This freebie came with 2 patches directly from Salonpas. I already have pain relieving gels I love, but I want to see how this compares. Thankfully, I have not had any pains since I got this, but I will try it as soon as I do.
Target has free samples. They’re posted sporadically (no pattern) and never last long, so check often to increase your chance of successfully grabbing something. After answering a few simple questions, Target mails the sample in 4-6 weeks. Any sample requested from Target will arrive, so there is no question their offers are legit.
I received the Allegra Allergy 24Hr recently from PINCHme as well. My husband has those. It’s nice to have little sample packets like this that I can throw in my purse for days when the weather is horrible, and it is affecting me enough to take a pill. To keep the second safe after taking the direct, I will carry this in a small Ziploc.
I love when they include coupons.
I also received Advil Rapid Release formula. When you request samples, you never know what size you will receive. Both of these are small, but I’ve received full-size items in the past. Pain relievers are something I use much more than allergy medication, and this is one I already know and love. It is nice knowing I can get relief (they do not always work) when I am out and forgot my mini pill bottle or it runs out and I forget to refill it. This has two pills, so it is enough for a single use.
It also came with a coupon.
Free samples at Walmart are rare, but I still like to check. Although samples are rarely available, I like viewing the coupons that also appear on the page. They’re usually featured coupons. Samples requested from Walmart always arrive, so there is no question they are legit.
All the samples Walmart gave out recently are for men, and I did not randomly find any of them. Someone else told me about them. We had to watch a short video for these, and both times I forgot that I had to do the video before requesting the samples. The first video provided a 1oz Axe Daily Fragrance Dark Temptation and a 1.8oz Dove Men+Care Sensitive Shield Body and Face Wash.
The second video provided a full-size, 3.8oz Dove Men+Care Dry Spray Extra Strength Deodorant.
I was really excited when someone told me SkinCeuticals had a free sample offer. This is a company that rarely gives samples. It does not even give samples with online orders and suggests you contact an authorized retailer in your area if you want to sample something. That is not easy, because all the retailers in my areas are mediSpas. Although I would love to try C E Ferulic, the $163 price tag prevents me from buying it. Unless something arrives damaged, I do not return it. Companies that offer nice return policies do not entice me into making expensive purchases for items I’ve never tried. This is the main reason I love trying things first. MediSpas would probably charge me more for the consultation than I would pay for the full-price bottles. To my knowledge, there are not a lot of cheap services. As such, I have never used one.
Thankfully, there are some authorized online retailers I’ve heard of, so I could get a sample of this at some point in the future from Blissworld.com, Bluemercury.com, Dermstore.com, Skinstore.com, or SkinBetter.com. The only time I’ve ever received a SkinCeuticals product was actually from SkinBetter when I won an Allure contest. No samples came with the order, and the product was not C E Ferulic.
This sample is a single use foil of SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore. While this is not the sample I’ve wanted to try, I am grateful to try anything from this brand. Samples are very hard to come by, and I love the item I tried so far. It would be nice to try more from this line to see if the products live up to the reputation.
I do not even drink tea, but my husband does. When someone told me about the Twinings free tea offer, I ordered these for my husband. It included: single use 100% Organic teas of: Green Tea, Black Tea Earl Grey, and Cold Brewed Ice Tea. Even though I am not a tea drinker, I’ve heard great things about Twinings.
I had never even heard of Sjal Skincare when someone told me there was a free sample offer. The more obscure the brand the more likely they are to never send the sample but send you tons of spam. They want to generate new customers, but start off on the wrong foot when they never send samples at all or send an email that they ran out of samples followed by months worth of promotions.
I Googled them (as I always do before considering requesting samples from a brand I am unfamiliar with). Barney’s and Dermstore carry Sjal. Both are reputable, so I decided to order the samples. Months went by, and I never received anything. Usually, I just write off the retailer and unsubscribe from emails when they do not follow through. Someone from their office contacted me via email after I signed up for emails. Since I had a direct contact, I decided to ask if the samples were ever sent. The person who responded said they already mailed them a long time ago, but she would send them again. On this note, it is possible that this offer could still work. If you sign up for emails and someone reaches out a few days later to offer samples, it works.
A few weeks later, I finally received them. They sent a 0.1oz Sjal kashmir saphir perfecting mask, a 0.07oz Sjal balans deep pore cleanser, a 0.03oz Sjal orbe eye contour crème, a 0.1oz Sjal pearl enzyme exfoliating mask, and a 0.04oz Sjal saphir concentrate anti-aging face oil Liquid Sapphire. Although I had never even heard of this brand before requesting samples, I am curious to try these and see what Barney’s loves about them.
Philosophy is another brand with frequent freebies, and they always come when you order them. They run out before I receive them, but I list them on the front page the moment I learn of them. Even though they are always foils, I appreciate the chance to try something new. This Take a Deep Breath cream is new. It seems refreshing, so I imagine it is very thick.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.