Sampler Village was founded in 2009, and boxes are shipped out of Quakertown, PA. They offer three types of boxes - The Charmingly Samplicious Sampler Box, The Lavishly Samplicious Sampler Box and the Yummylicious Treats Sampler Box. The Charmingly includes 15-20 samples and ships to U.S. and Canada ($25 - shipping included for U.S., $10 extra shipping to Canada); The Lavishly includes 35-45 samples, ($40 - U.S. shipping included). The Yummylicious is the all-edibles box, only available October to April ($40 - U.S. shipping included). Each month they have a different "mayor" of Sampler Village; that company is featured in every box. The mayor for March's Box was The Wacky Cookie Company. Sampler Village also has a pretty active facebook page that has contests going on all the time; you might want to check it out. The boxes also change themes each month, and for March (obviously) it was Spring into Easter.
|Upon opening the shipping box.|
|The Sampler Village Box (cute colours!)|
|Taking a peek at what's inside|
Let's see what I got!
|All the samples|
In total I received 19 samples. I will go through them individually.
So overall, what do I think? I like that many of the vendors included additional discounts and coupon codes with the samples they sent. I also like that there is a good variety of samples (though, a bit heavy on the soap and wax melts), and that I got on the high end of the 15-20 promised samples (I received 19, not including the promo cards). Some samples I liked better than others (my favorites were the bunny cookie, the bookmark, picture, gift card holder and candle). A few I would have liked to see more of (for example, the easter egg gift card tag - could there have been two or three included? As well as the cupcake decoration). The soap samples though is where this box fell short a bit - I will enjoy trying the different varieties of soap, but every bar was just a shaving off of a big bar of soap - if you go to Lush for example they will give you this size of sample for free to try it out. The soaps in the Divalicious box were mostly guest-sized or hotel-sized - smaller, but stand-alone bars of soap. These are much nicer and easier to use and to put out for guests as well. I would recommend that in future boxes vendors send in these types of soaps.
Also, it is important to point out the scents in the box - many of the products are scented and combined, when you open the box it has a very strong, floral aroma. Again, like the Divalicious box, if you are sensitive to fragrances or have an allergy to strong scents, this is not the sample box for you.
I would purchase a Sampler Village box again, as these companies are all new to me, and the samples and companies change from box to box, so you are always finding out about new shops. But I would encourage vendors to send in slightly larger samples as it helps to get many uses out of a product to see if you like it and also to feel like we got our money's worth (especially in Canada since we have to pay extra for shipping).
If you would like to get your own Sampler Village box go here. Boxes are available on the 21st of each month. I also have a button on my blog's sidebar that links to their site.