Samples review #1

Hey guys,

I’ve just realised how many samples I go through – on one hand all that environmental waste of the one use packaging but on the other hand, they provide a great opportunity for me to decide whether to purchase something before it’s too late. However, we don’t get the same samples as each other so I thought I’d review the samples I receive to broaden the review variety especially lesser known organic and natural skincare though today’s brands are quite known.

Most of these samples are from L’Occitane and Vapour cosmetics (an organic, cruelty free American makeup brand). I’ve flipped the samples over so you can see the ingredients as their corresponding cover image is in the title image.


All italicised blurbs are taken off their website, links to the products are in the prices in the captions.

I am aware that 2 of the brands mentioned here, Origins and L’Occitane are not cruelty free as they stock in markets that allow for animal testing if required though recently China has announced that animal testing will not be required – however, nothing’s certain as of yet and I feel especially if it doesn’t cost as much to test on animals, companies will continue testing on animals – I am merely reviewing the product even though I will not be purchasing the full size until changes are made to their policies.

All information regarding cruelty free cosmetics and skincare are taken from the net, in the case of misinformation please let me know and I will update the post as soon as possible.

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L to R: Vapour Organic Atmosphere luminous foundation in #135 $63AUD/11.3g , Siren Lipstick in #Knockout 405 $35.75 AUD


(I purchased these samples off Nourished Life for $3.50 AUD each and it’s free shipping for samples though they come in small envelopes if you’re only purchasing small samples.)

The foundation had a nice light scent that didn’t smell too fragrant or artificial – easy on the nose.

It’s a YES from me – I purchased and reviewed their full size foundation stick of the sample. Review here.

However with their lipstick whilst it was very moisturising, it wasn’t longwearing so I will not be repurchasing their lipstick.


ORIGINS Modern Friction Natures gentle dermabrasion $57 AUD/119g from MECCA AUS.

Keep skin looking refreshed with this gentle face scrub that offers exfoliation without irritation. At the heart of this slightly grainy formula is skin-refining Rice Starch, which lifts dead skin cells and reaches to the core of damage and discolouration.

This has a strong smell and I found the micrograins rough on my face skin – however, I would use it on my body to smooth out skin. One thing though, ORIGINS is apparently not entirely cruelty free so I will not be repurchasing.

It’s a NO from me.


L’Occitane Amande Concentre De Laid Milk Concentrate body cream $64 AUD/200ml from L’Occitane AUS

‘This body cream formulated with powerful almond extracts melts deliciously into the skin to help the body look visibly firmer and smoother’

This moisturiser is so fragrant but in a soothing way (partly because there’s parfum/fragrance in the ingredients). In terms of weight, I would consider it a 2.5/5 weight moisturiser, it’s not the lightest but it’s not the heaviest moisturiser I’ve tried before.

It’s a YES from me.


L to R: L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo $30 AUD/300ml, $45 AUD/500ml | Conditioner $30 AUD/300ml, $45 AUD/500ml

When I was trialling this sample out, I managed to not wash my hair for 3 days (normally I wash my hair every second day but uni work got really hectic I couldn’t fit hairwashing in my schedule as I have long hair which makes it longer to wash as well). I was worried that my hair would be oily, dandruff would show and it would be a mess but surprisingly, my hair did not look greasy and it still smelled like the scent of the shampoo.

I ended up purchasing their other shampoo shortly after at the recommendation of the salesperson. Read that review here.


L’Occitane Shea butter ultra rich body cream $62AUD/200ml from L’Occitane AUS


The ultimate relief for extremely dry, cracked skin, our Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream is your best friend during harsh, dry winters when all you want to do is stay in bed.

This moisturiser is a bit thicker and heavier in weight compared to the almond cream – as it is a body butter – I’m not too big of a fan of body butters as I feel like they don’t moisturise my skin. I didn’t find this to moisturise my skin.

I will not be repurchasing this in full size form.

Hope you guys liked this samples blogpost – I might do sample try-ons/testers in video formats in the future as there’s just too many samples to get through!

Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated!




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Design student | Sydney