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 fourteenth 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.
Most of these freebies came from freebieselect.com or freebiesinyourmail.com. There are similar sites, but those are the only ones I’ve signed up for. I’d stop short of endorsing either (so they are direct links), because I only receive about a quarter of the freebies I apply for from their links. If you want a chance at getting freebies and are okay providing your information knowing less than 25% will arrive, you could sign up. These companies and companies like them probably get these offers through an affiliate of some sort. For the 75% that never arrive, they are likely phishing for personal information or get overwhelmed by receiving more requests than they anticipated. Either way, I do not like listing freebies for my readers unless I know they will actually get them.
If you see a link for a freebie anywhere on my site, I have received that freebie or a different one from the sender. I will not link any I am unsure of, because as mentioned above only about a quarter actually result in freebies. While I am okay with those odds, I know everyone is not. Those who are can get access to the links directly from one of the sources listed above. Any offers that are still available at posting time get linked below. My front page always lists free samples I am aware of. Offers still available when the product arrives get listed on the front page. These articles are held until I have multiple products, so most freebies are gone before I post. Most freebies are actually gone before the sample even ships.
The Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream sample was a single use card, but I really enjoyed the way it smells. When you order a sample, you rarely know how big it will be. These single use samples are still worth it to get a feel for the product, but they make purchase decisions difficult. I’m not sure I would but it, because I typically like to wear a scent a few times before I commit to it.
I realized as I was looking at the pictures that there is a bar code on the card. It’s possible there is a reason for that, but I threw it away before reading it. Oops. If that postcard allows a free vial for those willing to pick it up, I would have considered it (if it was available at a convenient location.
The Jo Malone freebie took a little to time to redeem, but it was fun. You create an avatar, take a picture, go on a London Lark virtual tour, and then order your sample. It is a Basil & Neroli fragrance.
The link is still up, but you can no longer order a free sample at the end. If you want to save a cute avatar, it is worth checking out.
The sample is single use, but I really like the card stock printout of my avatar. That was a really nice touch, and I am definitely saving that.
L’Occitane has offered a few deluxe gift sets over the years. I’ve purchased directly from the brand and subscribed to emails, but I’ve never received these free sample offers directly from L’Occitane. In case they are targeted from subscriptions, I’d suggest subscribing to emails. As such, I have no clue how they choose who to send the offers to. Someone usually tells me about these offers, and I get one from that person. That is how I got this one. You can usually send the offer to three people once you receive it, so it is like a game of telephone. Once your three invites receive the offer, they can each invite three people. As you can imagine, these offers disappear quickly, because so many people find out about this freebie quickly.
The offer sends an email for you to enter a L’Occitane store to redeem the coupon. Although the offers disappear quickly, you usually have weeks to pick up your freebie. If you wait until the last-minute, your store may not have any left, so redeem as quickly as you can. No purchase is required, but it must be picked up in person. Everything gets wrapped beautifully in a gift box. This set included: a 2.5oz L’Occitane Repairing Shampoo, 0.3oz L’Occitane 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream, and a 0.14oz L’Occitane Divine Cream. It was definitely worth a trip to the store (for my husband). I sent him to pick this up for me.
I ordered a Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner and Restore Shampoo. They are foils, but the shampoo is 0.5oz and the conditioner is 1oz. That is a leave in conditioner, so I will need to transfer it to another container. A 1oz leave-in conditioner will last a long time. There was a choice for which shampoo and conditioner to select, but I picked this one to pair the conditioner with a shampoo I already own.
My husband loves coconut oil for many things. He even eats it, but I do not like the way coconuts taste. When I saw this VitaCoco Coconut Oil sample, I ordered it for him. Vita Coco Coconut water is something he purchases often, so I already know he likes the taste (well a watered down version of the product). If I ever try this, I will report back.
The 0.07oz Ren Flash Hydra-Boost instant plumping emulsion is something I’ve wanted to try, so I am not even disappointed the sample is small. I love trying anything that promises to hydrate and plump. Those are my favorite things about any face cream.
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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.