Everybody loves a good freebie, right? There are lots of websites out there offering free stuff, but sometimes these can be a bit scammy or involve a large amount of effort with no guarantees of getting anything. After a lot of trial and error, I now have a small handful of sites that I’m registered with for product testing with which I think are worth my time.
From these 3 sites, I get regular exciting packages through my letterbox containing something new for me to try out. Recently I’ve had a luxury body scrub, lip balm, and absolutely gorgeously fragranced aromatherapy night spray. Oh, and this set of brill of L’Oreal face masks pictured below (the others came in plain packaging and can’t be named due to the rules of the product trial).
In return, I’ve simply had to genuinely use the products and either fill in a short questionnaire or share my experiences in a review or on social media.
So here they are, my top 3 product testing sites for freebies:
Alba Science do lots of trials, always for toiletries and cosmetics. Simply register here and fill out your profile details regarding skin type, products you currently use etc – the more products you use, the more you are likely to be eligible to test.
Each trial has different criteria for who can take part – male/female, age range, skin type etc. Usually you will receive an email notifying you when you are eligible for upcoming trials and you can then go to the site and answer a few screener questions to register your interest. Do this as soon as you can as they can fill up really fast. You’ll be notified by email again if you’ve been picked to take part and the product arrives a few days later. There’s an online questionnaire to complete, typically 1 – 4 weeks later. As part of the terms and conditions you agree to keep details of what you’re testing confidential.
If you happen to live near their testing centre in Edinburgh, you can sign up for their clinical studies too – this is where you would attend the centre, often multiple times, and undergo things like patch tests or skin/hair analyses showing the effect of the products being tested. These are paid.
Clicks research works much the same way as Alba Science, though also offer food and drink trials. You can sign up here. There are many, many profiling questions and I get far fewer invites from them than from Alba Science (though it could be different for someone with a different profile) but the things I have received have been really good, including the dreamy aromatherapy spray – definitely worth the effort.
This one works a little differently from the above two, as rather than keeping details secret, you are asked to share details of what you’ve been given as much as possible on social media and/or in a review on the site.
Again, you start by signing up, filling in some profile questions and connecting your social networks – this bit is optional but you get a higher BzzScore for doing so which leads to more opportunities. When you’re matched to a campaign based on your profile and BzzScore you’ll get an email invite to log in and accept. Then you receive the product, and start reviewing and sharing posts on your social networks – details of what’s required will be set out on the website.
BzzAgent products can be household products, food & drink or toiletries/cosmetics. As an example, current campaigns include the L’Oreal facemasks pictured above, Braun shavers, Colman’s mustard, Tresemme heat spray, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Maybelline cosmetics.
Things to note…
- Products from Alba Sciene or Clicks Research will usually come in plain packaging – though I have occasionally received things looking exactly as they’ll be sold in store this is rare. This is to ensure you’re giving feedback that’s genuinely based on how the product works and not the branding/appearance.
- All of these are open to men and women, though for toiletries etc there tends to be more opportunities for women to get involved.
- If you want to continue getting freebies, it’s really important that you follow through on whatever is requested of you by completing the questionnaires, posting on social media etc, otherwise you’ll find the invites quickly dry up…
Let me know what goodies you get if you sign up, or which your favourite product testing sites are!