Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
It goes without saying that I spend a ton of time and money on the Internet. Both of my jobs require me to write online, and in between communicating with people on the interwebs, I buy random oils, I’ve discovered wicked brands, and I even buy organic groceries from a little farm online.
In the midst of my research for an article, I found a London-based organic skincare and beauty company that has both a physical store in London, as well as a web store.
Basically, you can pick any four products on their website (save for perfumes, powdered makeup products, eye pencils, mascara, supplements, hairspray and nail polish) and request samples of them for only £3 (about $5 US) with free worldwide shipping.
It’s perfect for trying out products. I know I’ve purchased things online with smells or textures I don’t like, or things that would trigger my sensitive skin. Or, you know, sometimes you’re just curious and you want to give products a good whirl before parting with your hard-earned cash.
I picked Ambre Botanics Rosemary, Thyme and Mint Invigorating Bath Oil which looks very Instagrammable as a full sized bottle; you drop 4 or 5 teaspoons of oil in warm or hot bath water and soak your tired muscles into a state of bliss. The sample is enough for one bath, and it left my skin feeling incredibly soothed and soft.
I also picked out OSKIA Renaissance Mask for one of my samples, a brand I’ve wanted to try for a while. It’s one of those things I never wished I tried because now I love it so much, I want to spend my money on a full-sized tub of it. The mask has lactic acid, passionfruit AHAs and papaya enzymes, amongst other things which aim to boost cell regeneration, as well as to brighten the skin.
The sample was enough for two uses and my tired skin, which was the result of an exceptionally exhausting work week, was immediately smoother and more radiant. I’m saving what’s left for a mask before a night out!
And hey, if you’re broke and dying to try some new products, this service is perfect too… until your next pay cheque when you want to buy the full-sized version of everything, that is.