It doesn’t take much searching around the internet to learn that in the last year sampling programs have exploded onto the scene in the last year. If you follow my blog or my YouTube channel you have seen my reviews and followed my roller coaster of loving and hating a variety of said programs. I’ve complied what I believe is one of the most up to date list of the programs available in the US (I’ve honestly kind of given up on cataloging the ones in other countries). Below is a complete list plus, my two cents on the programs I have tried. I think the biggest thing to remember about joining any program is to focus on what you really need and companies that coincide with your likes and interests. FTC note: I have not been paid to endorse any of the following companies and my opinions are based on either trying the programs or research found though a number of outlets. ENJOY!
Quarterly Sampling Programs
BEAUTYFIXwww.beautyfix.com $49.99 a quarter, free shipping. First off, I like Beautyfix because you can choose your own products and they are all (for the most part) full sized products. I’ve received 2 BF boxes so far and was pleased initially; however, I recently decided to opt out of the winter box. Bottom line $50 is a lot to spend and I want to have choices I actually like, the fact that they give you an option to opt out though is pretty awesome. I’ll see how next time’s selections go and we’ll re-access then.
NEW BEAUTY TEST TUBE www.testtube.newbeauty.com $29.95 a quarter plus $8.95 shipping. The fall/winter NBTT will actually be my last for a while, I’ve received 3 tubes now, the first was great, the second so-so, the last … not good at all. The last three tubes I’ve received have had repeat companies or similar items to the last with very little variety. While they do feature some full sized products, I have had tubes that have been all deluxe sample sizes and frankly, if its not stuff I’m going to use, its not worth the price. ***However, as far as I’m concerned the QVC edition of the box is AMAZING and WAY more my speed!
BEAUTY CACHE www. skincarerx.com/beauty-cache.html $29.95 Beauty Cache is a quarterly sampling program similar to Beauty Fix. It features beauty and skin care products and is run by SkinCareRx.com It seems VERY similar to BF and if thats the case, its an almost $20 savings over BF. The reviews on the website seem really good. This is one I really want to try!
Monthly Sampling Programs
BIRCHBOXwww.birchbox.com $10 a month free shipping. With the exception of a few misses, I’ve really enjoyed the now 6 boxes I’ve received. Totally worth the $10 every month, I feel like you get at least that in every box. I also REALLY like their points system and the different offers they run.
BEAUTY ARMY www.beautyarmy.com $12 a month you get to choose 5-6 of your own samples, the company started in January and is really listening to what their subscribers have to say! So far I’ve received 4 boxes a few hits and a few misses but, Im super excited about May’s box!
ECO EMI www.ecoemi.com $15 a month, free shipping. Eco Emi boxes are amazing. They feature eco-friendly companies and new and interesting items like food and home care. Plus Christine the owner, is a doll who goes above and beyond when there are customer service issues.
CONSCIOUS BOX- www.consciousbox.com $12 a month $7 shipping. I’ve received a total of 4 boxes now I LOVE them!!! The products are all naturally based and it’s a lifestyle box similar to Eco Emi (Only there is WAY more stuff) so the variety is everything from granola to lip gloss, laundry soap to shampoo.
JULEP MAVEN www.julep.com/maven.htm $19.99 a month, free shipping. Julep Maven features nail, hand and food care products including nail polishes, scrubs and moisturizers. I received my first box and paid $5 because of a promotional code I found. For $5 it was a steal! You get a preview of the next box before it ships and have a chance to opt out. The boxes are hit or miss, I’m still not 100% sure about the price point but, for all you nail junkies out there I’m sure you’d love it!
BLISSMOBOX www.blissmobox.com $19 a month, free shipping. Its basically like big Eco Emi boxes (a lot of full sized products) and you can choose from different categories each month. They vary from cleaning boxes to beauty boxes. Lately Blissmo has been a little hit or miss. My first few boxes rocked and the last few have been so so.
BLUUM BOX www.bluum.com $12 a month focuses on samples for mommy and baby
KLUTCH www.klutchclub.com $18 a month From their website: Indulge in $50 worth of expert-curated health, wellness, and fitness products, delivered right to your door. You’ll get healthy food and drinks, workouts and apparel, skincare products, supplements, and more!
GOOD AND LOVELY www.goodandlovely.com $13.99 a month From their website: At Good & Lovely we provide a little sunshine at a time that is normally grey and blah, your period. Your LovelyBox will arrive each month filled with really good chocolate and a sampling of fun items like aromatherapy, tea, & body care
BEAUTY BOX 5 www.beautybox5.com/ $12 a month From their site: Once a month, we deliver a Beauty Box with four or five handpicked samples directly to your doorstep. Your Beauty Box will contain items like makeup, skin care products, hair care products, fragrances and a few other surprises
MY GLAM BAG www.myglam.com $10 a month (currently a waiting list) My Glam has this sort of cult following because of its creators. I just got word that I will be receiving a May bag. Most of you have heard about MyGlam on YouTube … I’ll let you know my thoughts as soon as I receive it :)
THE LOOK BAG http://thelookstore.com/thelookbag $10 per month. I just received my first Look Bag in April. I really liked it but, the jury is still out … I’ll have to wait to weigh in on May’s bag. Check out my opening on my YouTube Channel
CRAVEBOX www.cravebox.com $10 a month (Currently on a lottery based waiting list)-5 personally selected food, beauty and home products. Should be interesting, it’s ran by a company called SheSpeaks which is similar to Influenster.
SAMPLE SOCIETY http://www.beautybar.com/SampleSociety/LandingPage.qs $15 a month and brought to you by the people at Beauty Bar and Allure. I’m currently on the wait list for this one, everyone on YouTube is ranting about how amazing it is!
GOODEBOX http://goodebox.com/ $16 a month you receive 7-10 deluxe sized samples of “clean and healthy, innovative and effective beauty products, along with the occasional sample of health and wellness and style-centric eco-living tools.” Again, sounds kind of amazing!
GREEN GRAB BAG http://greengrabbag.com/ $15 a month and features natural beauty products. I’ve heard good things, another one that I have not yet tried.
SINDULGE http://www.sindulge.com $12 a month. Started in March, includes a live consultation which I think it awesome! Havent signed up for this one yet, want to do a little more research but, I really love the concept and from what I’ve seen on YouTube its totally worth it!!
POSH POD www.poshpod.com $29.99 a month not too much info other than checking out the website, supposedly you can get 10-15 deluxe sized samples a month but, based on the site, Im not terribly impressed
GO GO GIRLFRIEND www.gogogirlfriend.com I was once a HUGE GGG supporter but, sadly I’m not sure what is going on with the company I had heard that it was closed but, another company was taking it over.
MAKEUP MONTHLYwww.makeupmonthly.com $30 a month, free shipping. I’ve seen a few YouTube videos about this company but, I don’t know doesn’t really appear worth it to me. You receive 3 full sized cosmetics a month but, there isn’t much out there about the company.
SWEET DELIGHT DIVALICIOUS SAMPLE BOXES www.sweetdelight.ca$26 Canadian, free shipping. From what I’ve seen on YouTube, the box is odd… Its kind of like My Pretty Pink Box. It’s a mixture of jewelry, beauty products and other things. I’m gonna pass on this one, it really doesn’t look appealing to me
BIRCHBOX FOR HIM www.birchbox.com/men/ $20 per month
His Black Box – Not exactly sure whats going on with this subscription service … was $12 per month link no longer works and it appears another company has acquired the concept
HisKit www.hiskit.com $12 per month
My Platinum Box http://www.myplatinumbox.com/ $10 per month
Umba Box- $26 a month, free shipping and you receive a variety of handmade items for women. Its like Etsy … in monthly form :)
My Little Black Bag
Lost Crates- $38 a month stationery items
Couple of food boxes worth mentioning, Lollihop and Foodzie are both monthly food boxes but, Lollihop seems to be the better deal and its mostly organic items. I’ve also tried Love with Food and was not impressed but, again just my opinion.