Samples! FREE SAMPLES!!
Yeah, the caffeine is kickin' in hard!
Remember getting free samples anywhere that had them? Even if you didn't use the product, you did get that free sample. Maybe you even tried this sample, probably liked it or didn't. Maybe it was an awesome product, perhaps a tad too sweet, scent didn't last long enough, not the right shade of Hooker Pink (no judgments here!)..
What if you could get samples of products that you like, or haven't tried yet for a monthly fee?
You can, oh I don't know, try new products, and find something to change up your game?
I'm talking about the now-popular membership-based sample program. Lots of companies have done this for a while, and new companies are popping up with more stuff! Cologne, perfume, makeup, nutritional supplements, clothes (yes, clothing!) and assorted other products for $10-$30/month.
I've tried a few, and here's my thoughts on them! I'll start with the ones I've used the longest and work my way up. If there's any pros/cons to them, I'll list them.. Many of these companies have monthly, yearly, and pay-as-you-go options, I'll list the prices.
Formerly jackedinabox.com run by Muscle & Fitness, this service send you random sports supplements every month. Also, based on your profile, they may send more relevant products to you, and some special products in male/female subscriber boxes. During the time I had the M&F version, they did have a mishap in my account, but they fixed it rather quickly and gave me extra boxes for my troubles. JackedPack.com was a different version at one point, where you could pay for a set amount of samples and also get a full-sized product every month. Since they merged, it's just a box with at least 10 sample packs, healthy recipes, and a quick workout card. They also do themed months, I believe the August box is all pre-workout products, one box was mostly different proteins and BCAA powders.
COST: $15 per month, $75 for 6 months, $135 for 1 year
PROS: Try out a new product every so often. Get a sample of a product you've heard about, and lines you may have never heard of. Good to have travel-sized packets for on the go training!
CONS: (Slightly nit-picky) Shipping frequency, they should really pay attention to your profile choices (have yet to get banana or peanut butter protein, why ask?).
ScentBird designer fragrances!
New kid on the block (to me at least) ScentBird has a good amount of men's and women's scents that you can switch between in their handy travel spray. It comes in black or red, and you load the fragrance cartridge in to spray it. They say each cart lasts 30 days (at least 4 sprays if used daily) and you can set up your ideal fragrance line-up to be shipped monthly. This is awesome for me because of 3 simple reasons:
1. I tend to collect colognes, still have a few I purchased in highschool
2. Many of the best scents (Tom Ford, Prada, Chanel) cost a bucket of arms and legs, so searching for less expensive means (fragrancenet.com, perfumania.com, some outlet shops) you rarely find the scent you want.
3. I never buy over 1.7oz bottles, unless it's a decent deal ($25 for a Christian Audigier 3.4oz with shower gel and deodorant, sweet!)
So far the package got here quickly, the bottle came in a velvety bag, and I can't wait for my next order! Which, by the way, happens to be Tom Ford Noir white. I got the black bottle on Amazon, but that's another blog post.
COST: $14.95 monthly, $84 every 6 months, $162 for 1 year
PROS: The carts are interchangeable, so you don't have to use the same scent everyday (who does that, amirite?) Travel-ready vials with a snazzy case (you can order extra cases also) Shipping was fast, they say they ship on the 15th and they do it! They have many of the newer fragrances.
CONS: Slightly pricey, Having a broader array of fragrances would be nice (they have plenty new ones, but some pop up too often in the profile) Seems more female driven, but on the bright side you can gift a membership to others.
Dollar Shave Club!
Get your shave on! Keep a clean, bump-free mug (or legs, no judgments) with some awesome blades from dollarshaveclub.com. You could have them sent regularly, or bi-monthly, and they're shipped free! They also have some awesome products for shaving like shave butter (softens and soothes), a post-shave moisturizer, and a repair serum (my absolute favorite!). The blades are pretty sharp, smooth cutting, and last pretty long unless you shave daily (change blades every week). I shave probably 3x a week (baby-faced 40yr old) so the blades last me quite a bit. I get the Executive blades: 5 blades on the front with a trimmer blade on the top. The shave butter is clear, very soft fragrance, rinses clean. I've used plenty of different shave gels, some were too harsh smelling, others didn't help the razor burn.Their shave butter is a new animal! They've also recently added hair products, and they have One Wipe Charlie's, a wipe for us guys who want to be cleaner after dropping off baked goods.
PROS: Shipping is free! Good quality blades for awesome prices. Very good shaving product for all skin types. Will be trying out the One Wipe Charlie's soon. They ship quickly, and always a cool package to open! Change frequency from monthly to bi-monthly.
CONS: No face wash for guys, That's all I got!
So these are the companies I use for random sample service. So far I like the service I'm getting from them, customer service seems very good in most cases. Hit me on twitter @mrcamillo if you have questions on the brands I'm using, or if you found another one worth looking at.
FUN FACT!: ScentBird gives you free months with every referral, you get $5 credit from referrals with DollarShaveClub. Enjoy!!