As you’ve probably gathered by now, I’m a bit obsessed with samples. Especially samples that come as part of special offers. I know it’s all a marketing thing, but I will genuinely be much more tempted to buy something if it comes with a load of freebies! What can I say, I’m obviously a marketer’s dream.
The skincare company REN sucked me in recently with one such offer. It was spend £50 and get £50 worth of samples free. I’d tried REN toiletries while on holiday earlier this year in a lovely posh resort and really liked them. Since then, REN has been on my try list, so I was really pleased to see this offer – a great opportunity to try out lots of their products at a discount, as they are a fairly expensive brand.
Before I get onto the products though, a whinge. The REN website is truly awful. It took me days (literally) to put the order through as it just kept hanging or crashing. Then after submitting the order I got duplicate confirmations. Then the shipping notices began… I got one every day until I finally lost patience and sent them into spam. And last but definitely not least, my order arrived with no free samples to be found. I had to email customer service, who then sent them on to me separately. But honestly, what a palaver – enough to put me off ordering again.
Anyway, on to the products. In spending my £50 I bought the Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum, and the Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask. I have milks rosacea so I’m always on the lookout for anti-redness products, and I don’t have a regular day serum so thought I’d give this a try. The mask was more of a generally useful product that I bought as a gift. Once I’ve tried them properly, if they’re good I’ll do a proper review.
So the samples! The above pic shows all the samples I got with the special £50 offer. It’s a really good mix of stuff to try, and decent sizes too, which is what I was hoping for (given the samples were supposed to be worth £50). There is REN’s oat shampoo and creamy conditioner (which I used on holiday and liked), a cleanser, the ‘flash rinse facial’ which is like a weekly treatment, two masks (including a sample of the Clarimatte that I bought a full size of), a facial oil spray, a firming cream and a B.B. cream.
As far as I could see, there was no way to see what samples would be sent and certainly no ability to choose specific ones, which is a bit of a shame. For example, I wouldn’t have bought the full size Clarimatte mask if I’d known I was getting a sample to try. But REN also offer two satchet samples with all orders – and these you can choose. I chose an Evercalm day cream and the Flash Rinse Facial – again without knowing I would get a bigger sample through the offer! Below is my whole £50 order.