Have you heard about TestTube? It’s a sampling program for all the latest, greatest (?) nutraceuticals. If you’re anything like me, you’re tempted by the glossy ads, the promising superlatives and the embryonic-looking models. But, perhaps like me, you’re a frugal person who believes in a little bit of prudence in a big way when it comes to splurging on things you can (a) probably make yourself and (b) you knowuse less than 1% of the active ingredients they so proudly tout on the label.
I’ve been satisfying my curiosity for $29 per quarter for the last year and am lovin’ it. So far, every single line I’ve gotten (save one – I’ll admit it – $150 Prevage pretty much rocked my skeptical, penny pinching world) has not lived up to the overhpyed claims. And, rather than spending $hundreds$, I’ve spent $120 for the entire years’ worth of samples and generous testers.
If you see the glossy ads and think, “Hm, maybe I should spend that $300 on GDSB (Glossy Department Store Brand),” then the NewBeauty TestTube Sampling program might quell that urge. And, at the very least, it’ll give you a healthy boost of self esteem as you realize that despite the lack of fancy-schmancy packaging, your homemade soap, lotion or cleanser is just as awesome and effective as the GDSB one.
Beauty TestTube, $29 every 3 months, here.
Eat Well (was Teresa R) says
Well, thanks for trying Anne-Marie!
Hi Teresa –
It’s a frusterating problem isn’t it? It’s the Post Office INTERNAL laws, actually. That’s why we can still ship Fed Ex with many of those same fragrances. I think it’s a mistake that wasn’t intended and we’ve talked a lot to them and I don’t see the rule changing any time soon.
We really feel the pain of our customers in Alaska and Hawaii. =(
Eat Well (was Teresa R) says
That reminds me of something I’ve been meaning to ask you, Anne-Marie. Do you have any idea at all on when the Dept of Transportation will change the rule about shipping fragrances with a flash point of less than 200? I almost always have trouble with the land FedEx delivery people, and prefer getting things through USPS. Thanks!
Hi Heidi –
Thanks for your suggestion. I agree, a little TestTube like sampling program would be awesome. We do something like that here:
You can purchase different Samplers based on the time of year (summer, spring, fall, holidays) and our Best Sellers as well. I hope this helps quell your fears about buying bigger sizes.
What a great idea! I’ve never heard of that before.
Have you ever thought about doing test tube size fragrance oil samples? Like the perfume sample sizes… I get nervous about buying fo’s I’ve never smelled because I’m pretty picky about scents. I’d dish out some cash to buy a whole bunch of super small samples.
Pretty neat. Sounds like a reasonably affordable way to try some new products and prevent lots of partially used bottles of products accumulating to just end up in the trash.