I am a sucker for samples. I love them If I can try something before I buy it then generally I am all in whether it is a tiny spoon of ice cream before I commit to a cone or a face cream I have never tried before, trying it before I commit makes me a happy camper. I find this especially true with skin care, especially if I am just getting to know about the company.
Annmarie Organic Skin Care sells a starter sample pack for about $10. With this sample pack you get a sample of their cleanser, a facial oil and they send you three samples of their bestselling signature serums. And if you are thinking, why would I pay for samples, don’t. The sample kit comes with a $10 coupon that you can use towards a future purchase should you decide you like the products.
How could I not be interested?
Especially when I started looking into their website and products. Not only are they natural and organic but they are heavily into sustainability. All of which made me more interested to try them.. After all how can you not love something called ‘Wild crafted’?
There are several different kind of kits available and they are labeled via skin concern: Balance for normal to combination skin, Purity for oily skin, Restore for dry or Mature Skin and Soothe for sensitive skin.
The company very kindly sent over the Soothe Sample kit for me to review. They also sent over samples of additional products so while this is a review of their sample kit and a first impressions of the products, I will be able to do my full two week review after using the products for two weeks.
Actually what is nice is they sent samples of their cleanser, serum, facial oil, face scrub and two types of masks so that for the duration of the trial I can use only their products which I really appreciate.
So to The Soothe Sample kit. It includes a sample of their Aloe Herb Cleanser and the Herbal Facial oil for sensitive skin. The three serums that came with the kit are the Citrus Stem Cell Serum, the Probiotic serum and the anti-aging serum.
Right off the bat I have to say that I love that the packaging is paper, easily collapsible and recyclable. I also like that they provide a website link for further instructions.
By following the link and going to the Sooth kit I find that…
This herb-infused, mildly formulated sample duo includes our Aloe Herb Cleanser which gently lifts away impurities, while our Herbal Facial Oil for Sensitive Skin delivers essential oil free, lightweight moisture to keep skin calm and at ease.
The directions suggest using the cleanser and following up with the oil. Nothing strange about that, but it doesn’t mention the serums. I believe that the serum is supposed to come between the two. Because they left out the serums I decided to try the duo without the serum in between first and then get to the serums later.
These are very much sample packets and I had two concerns when opening them. Concern one was that there would be very little in the packet. Concern to would be that there would be a lot in the packet. If you’ve ever used little sample packs often having them for more than one use gets messy. You open them, use them once and then set them aside to use the remainder later and they leak all over the sink and make a mess.
While these packets did have more than one use in them. The paper packet is designed in such a way that the top, if you tear it right, only exposes a little hole for the product to come out of and the paper is also designed to stand upright. The way it is folded on the bottom means that it won’t slump over and spill everywhere.
I know it is kind of a silly thing to be excited about, but I really was excited about this. (it’s the little things in life right? Plus it shows they really thought about things, which I appreciate).
But packaging means nothing if you don’t try the products.
My first run was with the cleanser and facial oil. The cleanser smells like lemon verbena which is one of my all-time favorite herbs in the garden. It is in face what summer smells like in my mind because my Mom used to use it in her homemade bug spray. Whatever mix she concocted (I do not have the recipe) had loads of lemon verbena in it and we were hosed down with it to keep us bite free. It worked pretty well actually.
While I adored the scent of the cleanser, I also really enjoyed using it. It took very little to wash my face and the small packet managed to stretch to four face washes, so I got two days’ worth of use out of it. It took off my makeup, although it needed a little extra help with the mascara (but that is one of the reasons I keep a Makeup Eraser around). Quite frankly the scent makes me perfectly content to let the mascara slide. Most cleansers have issues with it and not all of them smell as good or leave my skin actually feeling conditioned. Seriously, it felt good enough that I really didn’t want to put anything else on my skin.
But I did.
The Herb Facial oil came next. It smelled like oil with some indefinable herbs infused into it. It was thicker and more viscus than I expected and only a drop or two was actually needed. Going on the skin it felt kind of sticky, but after applying, I gave it a moment to do its thing and it absorbed well. I finished with a light moisturizer and was very happy with the results.
Later I tried the serums and they too contained enough product for multiple tests. The Citrus Stem Cell serum smelled slightly citrusy but mostly herb and the other two just smelled very herby. My nose couldn’t pick out any distinct herbs but the probiotic serum did smell slightly sharper than then the Anti-Aging serum.
While there was enough product in this sample kit to get a good feel for the products, there was not enough to see any type of results. Luckily the folks at Annmarie were kind enough to send other larger samples that I can try for the duration of a full trial. I will have to report back after using them, but I have to say given my initial exposure, I have a very good feeling about them. My initial impressions are all pretty good. Thus far the only slight negative was the slight stickiness to the Herb Facial Oil. And even that goes away pretty quickly leaving the skin soothed and nourished.
While I eagerly jump into the trial of the skin care regime, this post was more about the sample packets and whether or not it is worth the initial $10. I have to say I think it is. There are two days’ worth of products in the packet and three separate serums to try so you can see what works well with your skin. It is enough to see your initial reactions to the products and to learn if they are right for you. Personally, I really like sample kits of skin care products and I think the fact that it comes with a $10 off coupon is just the cherry on top. I’ll be back in a few weeks to let you know how the products work over time.
I have a good feeling about this one.