Have you ever purchased a full-size bottle of lotion or shampoo only to try it a few times and realize you don’t really like it?
Skip the wasted money and products and try before you buy them. Many companies provide free samples of their products, and often, all you have to do is ask.
Here are 20 health and beauty, personal care and baby products you can try for free. You can even get a sample of waterproofing wax for leather, seasonings or cat food. And it’s all free, so why not give it a shot?
All you have to do is sign up to receive a free sample of Emergen-C — or “maybe more than one… we’re generous with the fizz,” notes the website.
Just fill in your contact information and tell the company how you use Emergen-C and they’ll send you a free taste.
2. Sephora Beauty Products
Sephora lets you mix and match and pick three of their samples to receive. Select from face creams, perfumes, face washes and other sample-size products.
To enjoy your own sample pack, sign up here.
3. L’Oreal Paris Nutri-Gloss Hair Products
Get free samples tailored to your hair type by providing your contact information here.
4. Kotex Feminine Products
Kotex is giving away free sample packs of feminine products, including tampons, pads and liners. Sign up here.
5. Nivea Lotion
Receive a free sample of Nivea’s in-shower body lotion or extended moisture lotion. All you have to do is fill out this brief form.
6. Cottonelle Toilet Paper
To get a free sample of Cottonelle toilet paper, fill out this simple form to create an account.
7. Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste
Just fill out this form to get your free sample of this toothpaste, which promises to go “beyond whitening the surface to strengthen, clean and repair tooth enamel for a radiant smile in just 5 days!” Why not give it a shot?
(Update: Arm & Hammer let us know they’re out of free samples.)
8. Depend Undergarments
Depend is giving away sample packs of both men’s and women’s styles of their protective undergarments. To get your own sample pack, just request it online.
You-T gives away 100 free samples of their drinks each month. They boast they’re clinically proven to improve urinary tract health.
Fill out this form to try and be one of the lucky 100 people this month.
10. Poise Pads
Order a free sample pack of Poise pads. You can select from a couple different options that include different Poise products to try out.
Just fill out this simple form and Zing’ll send you some of its zero-calorie stevia sweetener, plus a $1.50-off coupon to purchase more.
12. Breathe Right Nasal Strips
If you have trouble breathing while you sleep (or a loved one’s snores keep you up at night), sign up for a free sample of Breathe Right Nasal Strips. The site says you’ll receive them in just one to two weeks.
13. Astroglide Personal Lubricant
All you have to do to receive a sample is fill out this form.
14. Nature’s Plus Children’s Chewables
Sign up for a free sample of this chewable dietary supplement for children.
15. Friskies Cat Food
Let your cat try out something new for dinner with a Friskies sample of their special blend of chicken, beef, turkey, salmon, tuna, shrimp and cheese — all in one feline-friendly meal.
16. Truvia Natural Sweetener
Fill out this form to receive two free sample sachets and a coupon to buy more.
17. Bragg Seasonings
Season your food with samples of Bragg Sprinkle and Sea Kelp Delight Seasonings as well as nutritional yeast. To get these samples, just enter your information here.
18. Enfamil Infant Products
Sign up to receive free vitamin drop samples, newborn formula and other freebies from Enfamil.
19. Everyday Minerals
Everyday Minerals offers a pack of seven free samples customized for your skin tone and preference. You’ll have to pay for shipping, but at $2.48 for the least expensive shipping option, that’s still a steal.
20. Nikwax Waterproofing Wax for Leather
Play a quick online webquiz to get your free sample, then take care of your shoes.
Your Turn: What’s the best free sample offer you’ve seen online? Share it so we can all enjoy trying something new!
Kristen Pope is a freelance writer and editor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.