Project Samples : Update #1

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

I figured it was time to do a little update on how my little 'Project Samples' challenge was going (Read about it here) I admit I could have used up a lot more samples in the time between writting that post and now. I'll be honest, I keep forgetting to use them up and my attention has been more on my full sized items I want to finish. However I have used a few of the sachets as you can see above, which I am pleased about. I would imagine if I hadnt set myself this little challenge then these sachets would still be sat in a draw, not seeing the light of day!

Obviously with them being small samples I cant give them massive reviews but I'll give you my quick thoughts on each of them.

Ojon damage reverse restorative Shampoo.
You get a fair bit of shampoo in each sachet. Enough for me to use one sachet per shower (I shampoo my hair twice and then condition.) The scent didnt wow me. I didnt find these lathered up as much as I would like but they did the job. Obviously I only used them a couple of times so cant comment on whether any repairing happened to my hair!

 Loreal Elvive Full restore replenishing masque.
I really liked this! At first I wasnt sure there would be enough in the sachet to cover all my hair but there was - Just. It left my hair feeling so soft and smooth and looking much healthier after one wash. I was really impressed and may pick this up in a full sized tub in the near future!

Niva Pure and Natural body lotion
I used these samples on my legs, I just had enough to use one sachet per leg. The scent wasnt too overpowering and the lotion sank into my skin relatively quickly. I think I would purchase this, however I have so many lotions I need to use up, I wont need to buy any for a while!

L'Occitane Volumising Conditioner.
I really did not like this. It made my hair feel so dry and horrible. I like thick conditioners and this was very thin in consistancy and just reminded me of a very cheap conditioner. As for volumising.. I saw no difference.

Thierry Mugler 'Alien' Shower Gel.
You got a lot in this sample, it was filled right up to the top. I used it with a body polisher and it lathered up really well. The scent was true to the perfume and lingered on my skin. I think it would be a great addition to have if you wear the perfume often and want the scent to linger all day.

So there you go, my thoughts on some of these samples. I admit it felt quite nice to use these up. I know they dont take up lots of space like my full sized items, that are taking over everywhere but it still was felt good to actually finish something up! Is anyone else doing this little challenge? I know Charli is. (Check out her post here) Hopefully I will use up some showergels and more body lotion samples next.

Much love


  1. Dominika Wojciechowska11 July 2012 at 10:31

    brilliant review!


  2. I don't even want to count my samples! On the right track Leanne!

  3. I really need to do something like this! I tried some L'Occitane shampoo/conditioner and it pretty much did the same to my hair :( it didn't smell too nice either!  x

  4. TattooedTeaLady11 July 2012 at 14:25

    You still got through a fair amount! :) I'd love to try more Ojon products! xo

  5. I need to do this! I have so many samples that just sit laying around. I really like the L'oreal Masque though, I've used a fair few pots of it! xx

  6. Congrats on finishing up those samples! I often forget as well. What has helped me for is keeping the products out in the open so you see it every day. I'm doing something similar.... but with everything I own. Haha. I've been calling it my "Learning to Live Minimally" resolution. 

    Kindness is the best accessory,

  7. Ooh, this is such a great idea! I have so many different sachets sitting about in boxes that I should really try and use. xx

  8. i should do that too. I always forget to use the sample and only focusing on the big size. =.=!

  9. I love this idea, I should definitely get samples of products before buying the whole thing and hating it!


  10.  I know, slowly but surely I will use them all up! It will be weird not having a load floating around all over the place! x

  11.  Considering its such a popular brand I was expecting good things! Ah well, at least it was a sample and not a full bottle! x

  12.  It was better than nothing. Admittedly if I made sure I used one sample per day (especially the sachets) I could finish them all up much quicker!  x

  13.  I was really impressed. I think I might get it when my Aussie 3 min miracle is used up. Get on the challenge Charli!  x

  14. Thanks! I have the bag by the side of my bed so I see it every morning! Still forget though! I think doing this and keeping a update on my blog is helpful also doing a monthly empties post for my full size items is helping me! x

  15.  You should do this little challenge too then! Its really satisfying using them up, even though they are only small! x

  16.  Yes! Its great to know what works for you or not before committing to a full size product! :-) x

  17. fudgesmoothies18 July 2012 at 08:46

    I've set myself the task of using two per week so that anymore is a bonus! I'm going to include them in my empties posts each month x


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