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Beauty Sample Hoarding

I have been doing a spot of tidying and sorting and have realised (quite late on in life, I suppose) that I am a bit of a hoarder. Look at this lot! Tiny tubes and bottles and jars, all of them filled with gorgeous unguents and potions. Not only are they brilliant for travelling with, they’re a great way to try new things (or old) that you don’t want to splash out on before you’re sure you like it. Most counters will provide samples, I find, so long as you don’t look as though you’re just after a sample. You have to play it cool, know your stuff, look like – at some point – you’re going to come back and spend some dosh.

Of course if we were in France, we wouldn’t have to play any silly counter games, because in France they see the importance of complimentary samples and they literally lavish you with them when you’re shopping. Granted, you usually have to buy something, but no matter how small that something is, expect a whole batch of lovely sachets and tubes to try out when you get home. That’s they way things should be, in my opinion. If you’re going to invest thirty, forty, fifty pounds and up on a new face cream or cleanser or foundation, then it’s helpful (and kind of necessary in many instances!) to be able to try it properly before you commit.

Anyway, mini-moan over – what on earth am I going to do with my five kilos of samples? I travel a lot, but still not nearly enough to use this lot up! How about a giveaway? Does it seem weird to do a massive bumper selection of minis as a giveaway? Let me know and I’ll sort it out!

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  1. Good morning Ruth! Couldn’t sleep, so woke up early, you can’t imagine how happy I was to see a new blogpost from you!

    In the Netherlands (where I live) it’s quite normal to receive a batch of samples as well. Especially when you purchase over 45€, they literally give you a handful of high-end samples!

    A giveaway would be lovely! I saw you have a few Caudalie and other French pharmacy samples, and I’d love to try their products! X

    • Hi. I love samples! They are such a great way to see if a product is right for me. As always, something might be great for someone else but different for me. I feel funny asking for sample though and especially when i don’t know who has or hasn’t got them lol. So sample give away is a great idea ruth! :)

  2. I’m the same; I chronically hoard anything beauty related and have drawers, cupboards and boxes full of the stuff. Every so often I have a clear out and do a flash giveaway (first ten to comment or similar) which I think/hope rewards my most regular readers/followers and also helps me make some room! xx

  3. I have a box that looks just like this… Probably much more… And I never use my samples, I always go for my good, trusted, full size products… Expecially perfumes, I hate perfumes samples, if I have my good, beautiful (and expensive) perfume bottles, why should I wear a sample of a perfume I don’t even know if I like? Not to mention the fact that if I had to use up all of my samples, I would have no time at all to use my actual products. I only think they are useful if you’re actually wanting to buy a specific cream or something, ghen you ask a sample to try before splurging (here in Italy we don’t have return either)
    But I know it is just my opinion, most people loves samples!

  4. hahaha this is what the sample box in the back of my closet looks like too :) I try not to think about it too much, but you’ve reminded me I really need to deal with it when I’m back in the States. Doesn’t really seem weird to me, maybe you could give away some of your favorites, and donate the rest to a women’s shelter? They could probably use things like these, it’s what I’m planning to do with mine. Also, AGREED on France’s sample policy. It’s a good way to keep people coming back.

  5. That is one give away that I would enter in a heartbeat!

  6. Ooh so many samples so little time! A giveaway sounds like a great idea, you could probably make little sets! For example, a skin care for sensitive skin set, summer make up set, beach set, travel essentials set, etc. Also, you could do a special giveaway set of your favourite products.

    I hope this sparks some ideas for you.
    Ps. Would your giveaway be available internationally? I live in Canada and am just wondering if I would be, I guess, eligible.

  7. kirsty forsberg

    Yay! Great idea. Little lucky dip of treats! Then all the winners could give a report on the sample that they win? x

  8. I love perfume samples, If I buy a proper bottle I always get bored. I’ve got a proper bottle of Alien but most of the time I just samples for variety.

  9. Goodmorning Ruth,
    I think that’s a lovely idea.
    I’m also a big fan of samples,since I travel allot and I just don’t always want to drag around with big bottles and jars,so there all in my ‘travel make-up bag’.
    It’s always beter to give things away then let them die in your drawer :)
    And a surprise packet of samples still does the trick for us girls ;)

    x Freyja

  10. I would certainly be thrilled with a sample giveaway as they would be very useful for a couple of 12 hour flights I have coming up in August!

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