Since I started doing this several months ago, I have really enjoyed using and trying out these samples. Trying out all these new products through samples has really helped me to prevent unnecessary beauty purchases as well as helped me to find some great new products.
(I know that these reviews tend to be longer, but stick with me anyway… :-))
Here is the group of samples that I have been trying…
Befine food skin care exfoliating cleanser with brown sugar sweet almond and oats
I love this stuff! The scent, the formula, the way my skin feels after using it, the way it tastes, yup, I said the way it tastes!
I love that it is all natural ingredients! The sugar crystals melt into the skin as they exfoliate and the oil hydrates the newly exfoliated areas. I hated to see this sample end!
Now, this is where all beauty products are person specific. My friend used this and hated it! She said it left her skin feeling scaly and dry. (If you are reading this you can give me whatever is left in your sample 😉)
A 4 oz tube is $24. The only place I have found it sold is on the Be fine Website
YES, based on the sample, I would buy this Befine food skin care exfoliating cleanser with brown sugar sweet almond and oats
Crest Complete Whitening Plus Scope Toothpaste
I have mentioned before that I have super sensitive teeth. I cannot use a lot of regular kinds of toothpaste. I usually use Sensodyne or Pronamel. Every once in a while I will use a different toothpaste just to see if my teeth can handle it.
I could use it for three days in a row before I needed to switch back to my sensitive toothpaste. That is actually really good for me. Usually, after only one use of regular toothpaste, I am wanting to pull my teeth out.
I really like the flavor and scent of this Crest Complete Whitening Plus Scope Toothpaste.
This sample size can be bought for $0.99 and the 6 oz tube is around $3.50
YES, based on the sample, I would buy thisCrest Complete Whitening Plus Scope Toothpaste.
Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash Moroccan Argan Oil
I love Dove products! This Moisture Bod Wash formula is no exception. I just really hate the scent. I feel like the formula leaves my skin feeling young, soft, and moisturized, but the scent leaves my skin smelling like an old lady.
The product claims “softer smoother skin after one shower,” I agree with that statement. Despite the fact that I didn’t enjoy the scent of this Moroccan Argan Oil body wash, I still used the entire 1.8 fl oz because I really loved the way it made my skin feel.
I have used other scents of this same formula and really enjoy them. I think there’s seven different scents included in the “nutrium moisture” line.
If you love a ton of lather from your body wash, you will really enjoy this Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash.
A 22-ounce bottle costs $5.50 and the 1.8 oz sample can be bought for $1.25.
YES, based on the sample, I would buy this, just in another scent.
Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator
This exfoliator is completely different from the Be fine. The granules are small and sand like. The type of exfoliation that this product gives is much, dare I say, “harsher” than that of the Be fine.
That being said, I only used this PoreDermabrasion Exfoliator once a week, if that. Although it is different, I still loved it. I liked how deeply clean it made my pores. I tended to use it in the shower, putting it all over my face letting the PoreDermabrasion part do its thing, then after a minute or two I rubbed it in and the let sand-like exfoliators do its thing.
When I want my skin to look fresh and clean, I used this product. Considering how small this sample is, I got several uses out of this 0.25 oz tube.
A 2 oz tube of this exfoliator is $58 at Sephora.
YES, based on the sample, I would buy this Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator.
Garnier Fructis fortifying cream conditioner
I love the way that this conditioner smells! It has a great sweet fruity scent. If that were the only thing I was basing my review on I would love this product. I just feel as if the actual conditioning aspect was lacking. My hair didn’t feel soft and manageable after I used this conditioner.
I just feel as if the actual conditioning aspect was lacking. My hair didn’t feel soft and manageable after I used this conditioner.
Overall I usually have enjoyed Garnier Fructis products in the past. There are so many other great conditioners to be found at the drugstore that this one is a pass for me.
A 25.4 oz bottle can be purchased for around $5.
No, based on the sample, I would not buy this Garnier Fructis fortifying cream conditioner.
Schwarzkopf essence Ultimate Diamond Color and Radiance shampoo and conditioner
I don’t have color-treated hair so I cannot testify as to how well this product works for that part of the claims. That being said, I love the way this makes my hair smell and feel.
The shampoo has a great lather with only a small amount of product and the conditioner is thick and rich. I only needed a small amount of product each use, so these 1.7 oz sample bottles lasted for a much longer time than I expected.
I usually lean towards sweeter lighter scents when it comes to everything, but this shampoo and conditioner is an exception. It has a heavier richer more amber scent to it. I really like it!
The scent lasted all day long. Several times when hugging my kids at night when putting them to bed, my children commented on how great my hair smelled.
A 13.5 fl oz bottle costs around $14.
YES, based on the sample, I would buy this Schwarzkopf essence Ultimate Diamond Color and Radiance shampoo and conditioner.
Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash
The texture of this black soap is weird. It is thick and molasses like without being sticky.
It has a strong clean scent. My skin literally feels squeaky clean, but not tight. I hate when cleansers leave my skin feeling super dry and tight.
A 4 ounce 118 ml bottle is around $17.
YES, based on the sample, I would buy this Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash
Village Naturals Therapy Concentrated Mineral Bath Soak
This item wasn’t pictured in my original post’s photo because I wasn’t actually planning to use it this time around. My daughter recently had the flu and then right after that ended up with a sinus infection, double ear infection and the start of pneumonia. Wow, not fun!
I used these bath salts in her bath every day. The scent is beautiful! I feel like bath salts really help with muscle tension and breathing problems. She really seemed to perk up after the bath. (I love when that happens!)
I also used the Aches+Pains Muscle Relief (green trim) version as well. It has a combination of eucalyptus, spearmint, and menthol. I think that this combo worked even better for her breathing issues.
This single-use 2 oz bag is $1 while the larger 36 oz (2.25 lbs) bag is $5. As far as I know it comes in three different scent combos.
YES, based on the sample, I would and did buy this Village Naturals Therapy Concentrated Mineral Bath Soak.
Another round of great samples. Most of them were winners!