SampleSource Fall 2014

So when I wrote my upcoming unboxings post, I completely forgot about my SampleSource box that I had coming in the mail. I don’t know how I could forget because this company and the box they send are so exciting! This is only my first SampleSource box and I am so excited that I have gotten involved with this program.


Some of you may already know what SampleSource is but for those that don’t, it is a “try before you buy” program. When you first sign up, you answer a questionnaire about yourself and your demographics. SampleSource gathers products and sends out boxes 3 or 4 times a year (with the new seasons). When they are ready to send out the new boxes, you will receive an email that asks you a few more questions relating to yourself and also the products that they have available. After going through this, it will list the products they have available that match your profile and preferences. You select which ones you are interested in receiving and 4-6 weeks later you get them in the mail.

Everything that is sent out in these boxes is free to you, all the company asks is that you use the products when you receive them and fill out any surveys that they send you about the products. This is an amazing company and I am so excited to be able to write this post.

Anything else you would like to know about the company and this program you can find at their website http://www.samplesource.comIMG_20141024_144651_edit

Although I did receive everything in this box for free, this will not influence my opinions on the products. In this amazing box I got 17 different samples. 17!!! Can you believe it? Just amazing. Please beat with me since this blog is new, I am working on getting a better camera to use. Until then, the pictures will not be the most beautiful thing in the world. Sorry!


The first product I want to talk about is the John Frieda Full Repair set. This little set came with a sample of the Strengthen + Restore Shampoo which “restores strength without weighing hair down”. It also included the Hydrate + Rescue Deep Conditioner which “weightlessly restores moisture to dry, dull hair for enhanced softness and shine”.

I am pretty excited about these! I definitely have dry hair and my hair is fine so the fact this claims to moisturize without weighing hair down is very exciting! The third panel talks about the Full Repair Repairing Oil Elixir that smoothes, shines, and strengthens. This panel is pretty flat so I’m not sure if it is empty or contains a small sample of the oil. I will have to investigate later and get back to you! These sell for around $9 for the full size of the shampoo (250 ml) and conditioner (115 ml). The oil sells for around $12 in the full size.

IMG_20141024_144736_editThe next sample is another John Frieda product (there are quite a few in this box which is great!). This one is the Sheer Blonde Go Blonder LighteningShampoo. It claims to gradually lighten in 3 uses and it provides shampoo samples for days 1, 2 and 3. It says that it uses citrus and chamomile to lighten and renew hair.

This is very interesting! I am blonde so this is definitely great. It is also ammonia and peroxide free so this makes me happy. I am skipping hair appointments at the moment to try and grow my hair out so this might be a nice pick me up for my hair since I’m not getting my highlights refreshed either. This shampoo sells for around $9 for the full size (250 ml).


The next John Frieda product is the Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo. Much like the Go Blonder Shampoo, this is said to change your hair gradually over 3 days and it will take your hair from brassy to blonde. This once again provides samples for days 1, 2, and 3. This one is also ammonia and peroxide free which is great!

A lot of my more blonde colouring is from my highlights but I am not sure if they are brassy. I am really interested in seeing if this will have any colour changing effects on my hair! Very cool that we got so many different types of samples. This shampoo sells for around $9 for a full size (250 ml).


The last John Frieda product in the box is the Secret Weapon Touch Up Crème with avocado oil. It says that it “seals hair to eliminate frizz and flyaways”. The way you use it is to apply it to dry hair. Rub a small amount into palms, pull through hair concentrating on the ends.

I definitely have frizz and flyaways a lot of the time since my hair is long and fine so it is easily messed up. I am really excited about this product! Not only that but 30 ml is a generous size considering you really wouldn’t need to use much product at a time. Total score! The full size (115 ml) of this crème sells for around $9.


This next product is from Jergens and it is the Ultra Care Moisturizer. It says “This unique formula contains an illuminating Hydralucence blend, as well as enriching vitamins C, E, and B5. Penetrates through 5 layers of the skin’s surface to deeply nourish and soften extra dry skin”

I love moisturizers so I am excited to try this. It does not say anything about a scent for this lotion so I am excited to see what it smells like. I will let you know. It also comes with a coupon for $1.00 off of any Jergens Moisturizer that is 100 ml or larger. The full size (775 ml) of this sells for about $8 and that is super inexpensive for such a large product!
IMG_20141024_144901_editThis is the cutest little deodorant. I would say that this is a travel size which is quite generous. This is the Dove Go Sleeveless 48h Beauty Finish Anti-Perspirant with nutrium moisture. I normally use a different type of Dove deodorant so I am really excited that I got this! The scent of this deodorant is just a clean, soap type of smell. Definitely not offensive at all!

The full size of this is 45 g and sells for about $3 so this is definitely a good size sample at 14 g. Very excited about this!


This is a great sample because who doesn’t need toothpaste. I am almost out of my current tube so this came at a great time! This is the Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Whitening & Enamel Strengthening Toothpaste. It is a Fresh Mint Flavor so hopefully it tastes good!

This sample is 18 ml and the full size (90 ml) sells for about $3.


This sample is a package of 2 Breathe Right Nasal Strips. I have never tried these strips but I definitely could have used them last week since I am just getting over the cold that never ends. I am excited to try them the next time that I have a cold (not that I want to be sick!).

This package has 2 strips but the full size has 30 strips and sells for about $18.


Next we have the Schick Hydro 5 Razor. This razor is typically for men but I find that mens razors sometimes have a closer shave than women’s do and I am not opposed to using them at all. I kind of prefer using them for my underarms! This one has a hydrating gel reservoir and 5 ultra glide blades to reduce irritation. It also has a top part that can flip and be used as a trimmer. This is super cool!

This package has one razor with one cartridge. The retail version comes with an extra cartridge and sells for $10. I was going to pass this along to one of my brothers but I think I am going to keep it for myself.


These are two separate samples from the brand Ice Breakers. The package on the left are the Fruit + Cool Duo Mints in Raspberry. The ones on the right are the Frost Mints in Wintercool. I have tried the Raspberry ones before and they are delish! I am really excited to have them again. The mint ones sound really good too so I can’t wait to try them.

Each of these packages has 2 pieces in them. The full sizes of these are 36 g and sell for $2.


This is a full size chocolate bar. A FULL SIZE?! Can you believe it? I am so excited about this one. This is the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar with Almonds. I have had these before and they are delicious. I am super happy about getting this in the box. This full size bar is 43 g and retails for about $1.25.


This is the Kellogg’s Special K Cookies & Creme flavour Pastry Crisps. This is a new flavour for Special K and it looks great. Each package is 100 calories for 2 crisps. SampleSource also gave us a $.50 off on a box of these in either the Cookies & Creme flavour or the Chocolatey Caramel flavour. A regular box has 10 of these packages and sells for about $3. Much like everything else in the box, this definitely excites me!


Next up are the Brookside Dark Chocolate Açai with Blueberry snacks. I have had these before and they are really tasty! My mom’s eyes lit up when she saw this in the box so I may have to share these with everyone. This package is 20 g and the full size (595 g) retails for about $9.


When selecting the products to put in your box, you got to choose between Green, Chai, and Earl Grey teas. I’m not a tea drinker and my mom doesn’t like any of these flavours too much so I got the green. A lot of the people I work with like green tea so I figured it would go to good use with one of them. We got 2 tea bags in this box, the full size comes with 20 bags and retails for about $4.


The final product in our box was a Finish Power & Free Dishwasher Pack. Things like this are always handy because with 5 people living in our house, we need to wash dishes a LOT. This will definitely go to good use. The full size of this comes with 16 packs and sells for about $8.

Phew, that was a lot! What a great box. I am so thankful to have received all of this awesome stuff! I think that I will try this stuff out for a little while and come back with a review of the products I got in the box in maybe a week or two. I would definitely recommend this box for anyone who loves to try out a bunch of awesome products and help out great companies!

xo Amanda

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