I realize I'm in a very lucky position. I get to sample practically every product that comes my way. So from creamy cleansers to silky serums, I usually get to test-drive an entire skincare regimen from top to bottom. Every person has different likes and dislikes when it comes to products, including the ingredients, texture, scent, etc. And your skin has a say too-responding to the formulas in different ways. So I understand how tough it is to shell out big bucks for an entire new collection of products. Luckily many companies understand this too, which is why they come out with sample kits that include some of their favorite or top-selling products in tiny trial sizes.
Our newest sets come from Jurlique. Each of the four sets matches up five products together to address a specific skincare need-oily, dry, sensitive and even normal skin that just needs to stay balanced (lucky you!). I especially love the Rebalance Dryness Introductory Collection Kit, which nurtures and replenishes, and the Rebalance Sensitivity Introductory Collection Kit gently soothe and calm. All of the kits include Jurlique's coveted Herbal Recovery Gel (It's a celebrity favorite.) and are packaged in special egg cartons made from 100% post-consumer recycled newspaper.
Natural Balance is better known Europe than it is here in North America. The Natural Balance Face Care Kit is the ideal way to get introduced to one of my favorite line's of all time. The innovative products-including a cleanser, toner, soothing serum, treatment oil, eye treatment, two face creams and the special face capsule oils-balance the effects of time with luxurious organic ingredients.
If you're one of the three people out there who hasn't heard of or used Dr. Hauschka, you've really been missing out. Luckily there are two trial kits available to help put you in the know. The Daily Face Care Kit, for normal, dry or sensitive skin, contains six products to restore radiance. The Daily Face Care Kit, Oily Skin holds six products to regulate oil production and draw out impurities. Each of the two kits is packaged in an adorable-and reusable-metal tin.
Another wonderful starter kit is from a different Dr. brand-Dr. Alkaitis. Made with pure and potent raw plant ingredients, this brand has successfully harnessed the benefits of botanicals to powerfully transform the skin. The Dr. Alkaitis Travel Kit includes eight of the brands signature products including the amazing Purifying Facial Cleanser, the refreshing Herbal Toner and the luscious Day and Night Crèmes
My final favorite starter is comes from Sophyto, the first professional grade certified organic skincare range licensed by the UK Soil Association and a recent addition to Saffron Rouge. The Sample Kit includes five nourishing skincare products packaged in sterile vials that utilize whole food nutrients to effectively deliver vitamins, antioxidants and other skin-benefiting properties. I especially love the Polyphenol Skin Drops, which protect skin from environmental damage and the Purify & Energise Super Bioactive which invigorates and renews.
Although most brands suggest using their products for your entire regimen, don't be surprised if you end up mix and matching brands. In my opinion there's nothing wrong with that. And there's nothing wrong with loving one cleanser in the morning and a different one in the evening. With all of these money-saving kits, you can experiment as much as you wish. Plus, don't forget, Saffron Rouge has a 60-day return policy, which is good even after you've open and used the products. So don't be shy, if you see something you like give it a try.