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The following sites offer regular free samples. While they may not be available every time you check, offers do appear. Some are membership sites where you do surveys and reviews to qualify for items. If there are readily available offers I am aware of, they will be listed on the front page.
-Read articles regarding free samples: Dr. Dennis Gross from Sephora, Volume One, Volume Two, Formula X from Sephora, Volume Three, Dr. Dennis Gross and Murad from Sephora, Bumble and bumble and Drybar from Sephora, Volume Four, Essentielle Beauty Product Test, Volume Five, Volume Six, Essentielle Beauty Product Test Two, Volume Seven, Omorovicza, Volume Eight, Radical Skincare, Volume Nine, Volume Ten, Madam C.J. Walker from Sephora, Volume Eleven, Volume Twelve, Volume Thirteen, and Volume Fourteen.
Allure Beauty Enthusiasts- Get free trial products of beauty products to review. Give feedback in a short follow-up survey and film a video that is less than 3 minutes. There are also exclusive discounts, pre-sales, Sweepstakes and more to take part in. There are studies and quick polls you can take part in as well. Active members are more likely to test products. Read articles regarding Allure Beauty Enthusiasts: Program Review, Garnier, Skin Better, and Skincare.
Allure Free Stuff- There may be large lags with no offers. Then, they may have daily offers. An option to join the magazine will pop up with every offer. A specified number of winners, usually 500, will be announced. The first 500 to enter in that case will win. If your entry will not submit, refresh the screen and try again. See articles regarding Allure Free Stuff: CoverGirl The Super Sizer, Olay Pro X Micro Peel, Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant, Pantene Pro V Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, and Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist.
Brandbacker- A community open to social media influencers. People who actively post product reviews on: blogs, Youtube, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook apply for campaigns they want to participate in. Applying is an easy process that takes less than a minute. Brands review the user’s profile and social reach to determine if the member is a good fit for the campaign. In exchange for free products, reviewers share their thoughts with their social networks. The only caveat is brands get to review posts before they go live, so articles on products that do not perform could be killed before the article even gets published. If a brand kills my article for an unfavorable review, I will not work with that brand in the future. See articles regarding Brandbacker: derma e Hydrating Day and Night Cream.
BzzAgent- An international network of consumers who take part in word-of-mouth campaigns for a variety of products and services. It is a membership program that gives subscribers free products to try. After trying the free products, members review and share their experiences with the campaigns to qualify for future campaigns. Short surveys will appear in your profile. Complete them to see if there are any new campaigns available. MyPoints offers are no longer available to BzzAgent members as of 03/09/18. There are over 1 million BzzAgents in the US, Canada and the UK. See articles regarding BzzAgent: Secret Outlast, Crest 3D White, Zoomer Dino Jester, Children’s Claritin, Crest Pro Health Active Rinse Clean Purple, Welch’s Refreshingly Simple Strawberry Raspberry, Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid, Paula’s Choice Purchase Influenced, Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream, L’Oreal Root Cover Up, BIC® XTRA-Fun #2 Pencils with Stripes, and ClariSpray Nasal Allergy Spray.
Crowdtap- A place where consumers and brands collaborate to: share opinions, ideas, and market through social sharing. This company has a two-part reward system. Those who earn a specified number of points get a reward. There are opportunities to team up with brands to test products in exchange for reviews. Successful completion of brand missions get points, which in turn helps tappers get more rewards. See articles regarding Crowdtap: Free Amazon Gift Card, Another Free Amazon Gift Card, and Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer Mission.
DAILY GOODIE BOX- Consumers with a social reach can get a free box of goodies in exchange for reviews on the products. Reviwers are encouraged to social share and write reviews on the brand’s Facebook wall. Members must review each item and the overall box on the DAILYGOODIEBOX site for future eligibility. Items requiring review are listed in the online profile. See articles regarding DAILY GOODIE BOX: Welcome Box.
Influenster- gives free trial products of everything from beauty products to household items. To qualify for programs, you fill out quick product surveys. Once you’ve qualified, products are mailed to you. Try them and tell people what you think. Share your opinion on social media. Then, complete a short exit survey and review the product. The more active you are the more programs you qualify for. Everything received from Influenster is free. Some virtual Voxboxes or multi product packages include coupons to redeem for the product. At times, the coupon will not cover the full amount, but you can opt out of any program that only offers discounts or does not interest you. Read my article about the program. See articles regarding Influesnter: Reese’s, Dessange Haircare, Healthy Essentials, Dessange Purchase Influenced, Sally Hansen Airbrushed Legs, Pumpkin VoxBox, Sally Hansen Badge Prize, Pantene Pro V VoxBox, Lumene Virtual VoxBox, TRESemmé Expert Selection Beauty-Full Volume Reverse System VoxBox, Backyard Bash VirtualVox, Back To Cool VirtualVox, Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Refresh and Revive, Reviewer’s Choice Awards Beauty Awards Badge, and Erno Laszlo Phelityl Night Cream VoxBox.
L’Oreal Consumer Testing- Fill out surveys to see if you qualify to participate in studies. Each study takes a limited number of people, so it can be very difficult to get selected. The good news is even if you are declined for a lot of studies, you usually know you will be declined within two minutes. You do not find out after a 45 minute survey that you do not qualify, so it gives you the patience to keep trying. Study participants test products under the Loreal Umbrella (Lancome, Shu Uemura, Kiehl’s and many more brands). They give feedback and even receive compensation for some studies on top of the free items to test. See articles regarding L’Oreal Consumer Testing: Program Review, Lipstick Study, and Face Cream Study.
Paula’s Choice Testing Panel- Anyone can sign up to test Paula’s Choice products for free and give feedback. Panelists immediately fill out a short skin care profile. When Paula’s Choice needs a new item tested, profiles are reviewed. A short survey determines whether the panelist moves forward. Those who do take part in the test fill out an exit survey by the deadline. Successfully complete one test to qualify for more. See articles regarding Paula’s Choice Testing Panel: Product Test One and Product Test Two.
PINCHme- Complete your profile where you answer questions about your household and shopping habits. On select Tuesdays at 9amPST when new free samples release, you can order any available that match up to your profile. The better samples tend to run out quickly, so log in as early as possible. Once you’ve tried the samples, you complete a short survey. As long as you complete your surveys in a timely manner, you are eligible to receive future samples. See articles regarding PINCHme: Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three, Volume Four, Volume Five, Volume Six, Volume Seven, Volume Eight, Volume Nine, Volume Ten, and Volume Eleven.
Review Directory- A subsidiary of Fuelmyblog.com, which was founded in 2007 and has a database of over 1.5 million bloggers. Bloggers review products and services for free or at a deep discount in exchange for honest reviews. They are only required to give the reviews on the site the product comes from. See articles regarding Review Directory: InstaNatural Scar Gel Cream ad Stretch Mark Cream, InstaNatural Neck Firming Cream and Acne Spot Treatment, and InstaNatural Eyelash Enhancing Serum.
Sample Source- Provides free samples in exchange for your opinion. Register and fill out your profile. If samples suited to your profile become available, they will send you an email. Quantities are limited, so respond as soon as you get the email to make sure yours do not run out of stock. A few weeks after your samples arrive, you will get an email asking to review the products. The review is an exit survey that only has a few questions per product. Read articles regarding Sample Source: Volume One and Volume Two.
SheSpeaks- An online community powered by women. It inspires women to discover, influence and share products. The community connects you to other women with the same goals to exchange tips, advice, review, share deals, and join discussions through the community blog and forum. If something is hot or scoop is available, you can usually read about it here. In addition to connecting you to other influencers, there are a number of exclusive giveaways, parties, and free products to try. Once you try items, you review them and take an exit survey. Then, you’re eligible to try items in the future. See articles regarding SheSpeaks: L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler.
Smiley360- A free membership community. It consists of influential consumers who try products and experiences for free. Brands give their products to Smiley360 who matches them to qualified community members for testing. Based on past missions and your profile, Smiley360 will put place new mission opportunities right on your dashboard. Members are selected to take part in the mission if their short qualification surveys line up to what the study is looking for. See the articles I’ve written so far: Nexium24HR, Sleep Number, Advil Sinus and Congestion Pain, AirHeads Crafting Mission, and all powercore pacs.
Target- Free samples have been discontinued. See articles regarding Target Free Samples: John Frieda Frizz Ease, U By Kotex, Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer, Advil, SunButter On the Go, Advil Take 2, and Allegra.
Wal-Mart- Samples are rare but available. There are always coupons. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see which three banners pop up. If you do not receive any samples, refresh the page a couple of times. The offers keep changing, so samples may be available. You will need to install the coupon printer to get coupons (unless you already installed it for Coupons.com). Read articles regarding Walmart Free Samples: Zing, Dove, Axe and Dove Men+Care.
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