Unless you are lucky enough to live in a city where there is a brick and mortar beauty boutique that specializes in green beauty, you are likely purchasing most of your goodies online. Nothing is worse than buying full sized products online, only to discover that they do not work for you. The best way to get a feel for products and colors is to orders samples before going the full sized/full priced route. I’ve taken the sample searching out of the equation and provided you with a list of fabulous sites and brands that provide awesome samples!
Samples by Online Boutiques
The Deets: Choose 5 samples of your choice. Samples provided are enough for 2-6 uses. Moss Élixir Sacré (due to limited quantities), nail polishes, eyeliner pencils and mascaras are not available for samples.
Cost: $15 plus shipping
The Deets: Choose 5 samples. Samples provided are sufficient for multiple uses. Citrine will sample all brands they carry (yes, even Kypris!)
Cost: $15 priority shipping included.
The Deets: Samples sold as a kit. You can any 4 products available for sample. Samples size varied by product, but definitely enough product is provided for multiple uses.
Cost: $12 plus $5 shipping.
The Deets: Although they do not have a separate sample program like the sites above, I decided to include Integrity Botanicals because they do allow YOU to choose up to 3 free samples with any purchase. I love the fact that you get to choose the samples instead of them choosing random products for you to sample. They have a pretty extensive list of products available for sample too! Plus they have trial sizes of May Lindstrom’s youth dew, blue cocoon and honey mud—Um, YES PLEASE!
Cost: Free with purchase
The Deets: Choose 5 samples. Excludes teas, mascaras, eyeliners, bath soaks and other hard to sample items. Sample sizes are enough to be able to properly sample each product and varies depending on the item.
Cost: $9.99 plus 1.99 shipping.
The Nature of Beauty
The Deets: Samples contain enough product to give you an idea of color, texture, smell, and feel of the product. Some, but not all, of their $1 samples are deluxe size, depending on the brand, and contain enough product for a few days of use.
Cost: Ranges from 25 cents, 50 cents or $1 depending on the brand. No minimum purchase required for new customers, minimum purchase of $20 for existing customers. Existing Customers: With any minimum purchase of $20-$99, you can choose up to 4 samples. With any purchase of $100 or more, you can choose 2 additional samples. New Customers: Same pricing as above but they make exceptions for new customers and allow up to 6 samples total with no minimum purchase required (This is for first time customers only!)
The Deets: You can purchase samples via the sample set. You will see a list of samples and simple click on the ones you want to add to your set. They also have individual foundation samples available.
Cost: The sample set has a base price of $1 and then whatever other samples you choose to add to your set will add on to the price. Samples range from Individual foundation samples range from $3-$4.80 (based on brand).
The Deets:.Sample Kit ships free anywhere in Europe, without track&trace number and cannot be ordered together with other products. For Makeup – 5 samples of makeup products of your choice and €2.5 off your next order. For Skincare – 5 samples of skincare products of your choice and €5 off your next order. Coupon is valid for one month from the date of purchase. Sample sizes vary by product.
Cost: Sample Kit Makeup €10, Sample Kit Skincare €20
Spirit Beauty Lounge
The Deets: Choose 6 samples, amount provided in each sample is sufficient for 1-2 uses.
Cost: $25 and free shipping to US address
Samples by Brands
The Deets: Only foundation samples are available. You can buy individual foundation shade samples or purchase a foundation sample kit to help you find your perfect match. The kit includes: 10 samples of the satin matte foundation, a kabuki brush (I have this brush and it is ultra-soft) and a $10 coupon. You may be thinking 10 foundation samples? Do I really need 10? I thought the same thing, but then realized that having a variety of foundation shades meant that I could play around and customize a shade that would be perfect for me. Plus, I know that depending on how much sun (or not) I get, my foundation shade changes throughout the year, so having lighter and deeper shades on hand to customize my foundation as the seasons change is awesome. Then when you figure of what combination of shades (usually it is just 2) creates a perfect match, you can repurchase those for a totally customized shade. The samples lasted me a pretty long time for samples, but I didn’t use them every day either.
Cost: Individual foundation samples go for $1.25 each shipping for orders under$12.25 is $3. The foundation sample kit will run you $24 plus 6.25 shipping (free shipping on all orders above $35).
The Deets: Samples available by category: eyes, lips face and mix and match. Samples provided are based on indicated preference. 5 samples are included per category.
Cost: $6 plus $10 shipping
The Deets: Products available for sampling include: pressed and loose eye shadow, pressed mineral foundation, lipstick, soap.
Cost: .50 cents per sample plus shipping. If you purchase 10 (.50 cent) samples shipping will only run you $2.95!
The Deets: Samples are available for individual purchase.
Cost: Range from $3-$6 depending on the product. Shipping is free for samples over $5.
The Deets: Samples are sold by individual product.
Cost: $1.50- $4.20 based on the product. (though most samples are prices at $1.50). Shipping starts at $2.60
Red Apple Lipstick
The Deets: Individual lipstick samples sold individually. Choose as many lippy samples as you little heart desires. Each comes in a little pod with a lippie applicator. A free sample sized rally balm is also included! Currently, only lipstick samples are available.
Cost: $3.50 per lippie sample plus $7.50 shipping.
The Deets: Individual samples of most of their products, including skin care products (and trust me there are a lot of gems, thank me later!) are available for purchase. Skin care products can be purchased individually or as part of pre-set kit, which includes 4 samples. Eyeshadow and lippie samples are no longer available, but they do accept returns if you are unhappy with your purchase.
Cost: Most samples run for $1.25. The skin care samples vary in price, but the most expensive one I saw was $3.25 (aside from the skin care kits). The skin care kit will cost you $4.25. Shipping prices are determined by product weight and destination. One thing I am compelled to mention about Silk Naturals is that they are EXTREMELY affordable. I’m talking $4.50 for an eye shadow and $5.99 for a lippie, so even if they don’t offer samples of these, you can’t beat that price. That’s unheard of for a full-size product! Both samples and full size products are generous.
Vapour Organic Beauty
The Deets: Samples sold in a kit. Choose 5 samples, duplicate product samples not permitted. Eyeliners not available for sample. Samples provided are sufficient for multiple uses. When your sample kit ships, you will be emailed a $10 coupon code, use the code within 60 day to purchase any full size product.
Cost: $15 plus $2.75 shipping.
Happy Green Beauty Shopping!! Share your favorite boutiques/brands that offer amazing sample programs in the comments below.
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