Updated October 2020
I first reviewed Annmarie Skin Care Sample Kits back in 2016. Since then they’ve rebranded, changed their packaging, and the Sample Kits have had a makeover too. They’re still the same gorgeous products (the formulas have not changed), just a new look. This blog post is my updated review of their current Sample Kit offerings, plus photos too.
I’ve been using Annmarie Skin Care for many years. To me their products have withstood the test of time. They’re just as great now as they were when I first tried them.
Back in 2016 when I first tried their Sample Kits I immediately fell ing love with Annmarie Herbal Facial Oil For Normal/Combination Skin. I’ve since used up one full size bottle after another, and to this day, it’s still my favourite moisturizing facial oil. Nothing compares to it. If it weren’t for their Sample Kits, I would have never discovered this wonderful product.
In my eyes, Sample Kits are great (more companies should be offering this). You get to test a brand and their product range to see and experience what it’s like.
Annmarie Skin Care Sample Kits feature their bestselling, most popular products. They have one kit for every skin type (4 sample kits in total). In each sample kit you get a cleanser and facial oil moisturizer, so you get to experience the full skin care ritual. Plus the sample sizes are generous, you have enough product to last you at least a few days.
Annmarie Skin Care offers 4 Sample Kits
Balance Sample Kit for Normal & Combination Skin: (includes samples of Aloe Herb Cleanser and Herbal Facial Oil For Normal and Combination Skin)
Purify Sample Kit for Oily Skin: (includes samples of Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser and Herbal Facial Oil For Oily Skin)
Restore Sample Kit for Dry & Mature Skin: (includes samples of Aloe Herb Cleanser and Anti-Aging Facial Oil)
Soothe Sample Kit for Sensitive Skin: (includes samples of Aloe Herb Cleanser and Herbal Facial Oil For Sensitive Skin)
My first impressions of Annmarie Skin Care
Back in 2016 when I first tried Annmarie Skin Care, their products were like a breath of fresh air. I wished they were available a long time ago.
I’ve been interested in natural skin care way before I got into natural health and healthy eating. I’ve always been drawn to the idea of skin care products made from all natural ingredients. But, as great of an idea it is, back in the day (like 15-20 years ago), most natural skin care products sold at health food stores or markets were awful. They were heavy, waxy, non-absorbable, and would make my skin worse, not better. It’s only been in the past decade that a bunch of natural skin care companies like Annmarie Skin Care have been popping up, offering high quality products that are just as good and effective as conventional, mainstream counterparts.
What stands out the most about Annmarie Skin Care is how lightweight and absorbable the products are. Nothing in their product line is heavy or waxy, and nothing sits on your skin feeling like a mask (that’s the worst!). My sensitive, acne prone skin never reacted adversely to any of their products. Most skincare lines I’ve tried, there’s always at least one or two products my skin has a bad reaction to. I was quite surprised after trying all 4 Sample Kits, nothing made my skin red, irritated, or broken out.
Another standout is the quality of the ingredients and formulations. All products are made with the highest quality organic and wild crafted ingredients. You can tell by the texture, performance and absorbability of the products that they’re high quality and professionally formulated. They’re a pleasure to use, and I’ve seen a noticeable difference in the appearance and texture of my skin when using them.
Review Of All 4 Annmarie Skin Care Sample Kits
Balance Sample Kit for Normal & Combination Skin
Annmarie Balance Sample Kit includes samples of Aloe Herb Cleanser and Herbal Facial Oil for Normal and Combination Skin.
Out of the 4 Sample Kits, the Balance Sample Kit is my favourite. It’s soothing, moisturizing, and de-stresses the skin. When I use this kit at night, my skin is noticeably nourished, soft and supple the next day (which is quite a feat when sleeping with air-conditioning).
All products in this kit are especially gentle. They’re suitable for all skin types, including normal, combination and sensitive skin.
Aloe Herb Cleanser is an aloe-based, non-foaming cleanser. It has a cream-like texture that rinses off completely clean. It’s a very gentle, mild and hydrating facial cleanser. It removes surface impurities and makeup, and skin is left balanced, soft and supple. Your skin won’t feel tight, dry or stripped after using this. It’s suitable for all skin types including sensitive, and I really like the fresh scent.
Herbal Face Oil for Normal & Combination Skin smells heavenly! It’s a light weight oil moisturizer and a perfect compliment to the Aloe Herb Cleanser. It absorbs really well without sitting on the surface of your skin or being greasy. And it truly moisturizes. I’ve used a lot of facial oils that soften the skin, but don’t really nourish or replenish the skin. This one does. I like to use this oil at night as a deep moisturizing treatment and to protect my skin from the dehydrating air conditioning. Over the years I’ve tried a lot of Annmarie skin care products, and this has always remained one of my top favourites.
Purify Sample Kit for Oily Skin
Annmarie Purify Sample Kit includes samples of Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser and Herbal Facial Oil for Oily Skin.
The Purify Sample Kit is a clarifying sample kit. Great for oily and combination skin types. These are also great for hot summer months when the skin needs light refreshing products.
Like the Aloe Herb Cleanser, the Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser is also an aloe-based cleanser, but has a gel consistency. I find this cleanser is especially good at removing makeup, sunscreen and buildup from the skin, while at the same time still being gentle and non-stripping. It has a refreshing scent and leaves skin bright and clean.
Out of all the products in all 4 Sample Kits, the Herbal Face Oil for Oily Skin is my least favourite. The herbal scent is a little too overpowering for me. The oil itself is balancing, fast absorbing and lightweight, but the scent was too strong for me to use directly on my face.
This oil does have some powerful clarifying ingredients, including neem and white willow bark that help unclog pores and balance oily skin. The grape seed oil base is also a great choice for acne prone skin. It’s one of those products that can do a lot, but you’ll need to get used to the scent.
Restore Sample Kit for Dry & Mature Skin
Annmarie Restore Sample Kit includes samples of Aloe Herb Cleanser and Anti-Aging Facial Oil.
The Restore Sample Kit is another favourite. This sample kit is for dry and maturing skin helping to nourish and smooth the skin. The products are lightweight, easily absorbable, moisturizing, and smell beautiful.
The Aloe Herb Cleanser is the same cleanser as in the Balance and Soothe Sample Kits. It’s a mild aloe-based cleanser. Both the Aloe Herb and the Citrus Mint Cleansers are non-foaming facial cleansers. I would say the big difference between the two is I find the Citrus Mint is better at removing makeup and sunscreen and more clarifying, whereas the Aloe Herb is more balancing and nourishing (so if you wear a lot of makeup or sunscreen, I would use the Citrus Mint Cleanser, and if you don’t, use the Aloe Herb Cleanser).
The Anti-Aging Face Oil is a herb-infused moisturizing oil that conditions and softens the skin. I like that it’s non-greasy, lightweight, and also absorbs beautifully. It also has a nice light scent, and softens the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
I have to say, all of Annmarie’s facial oils moisturize the skin really well. Better than most oils I’ve tried. And this one is no different. When your skin is properly hydrated and moisturized, it shows with improved firmness, smoother texture, and a glowing complexion.
Soothe Sample Kit for Sensitive Skin
Annmarie Soothe Sample Kit includes samples of Aloe Herb Cleanser and Herbal Facial Oil For Sensitive Skin.
The Soothe Sample Kit is the newest addition to Annmarie Sample Kits. This one is mild, and formulated to calm and soothe sensitive.
The Aloe Herb Cleanser is the same cleanser in the Balance and Restore Sample Kits. It a gentle aloe-based cream cleanser that washes away impurities without drying or stripping the skin. It’s hydrating, balancing, and washes away clean without leaving any residues on the skin.
The Herbal Facial Oil for Sensitive Skin is an herb-infused moisturizing face oil made without essential oils. It’s completely unscented. I really enjoyed using it. It’s lightweight, fast absorbing and very calming. My skin always felt balanced, soft and supple when using it. It’s made for sensitive skin, but dry and combination skin types would also benefit from it too.
Best Annmarie Skin Care products to try
Since first trying Annmarie Sample Kits back in 2016, over the years I’ve tried a lot more of their beautiful all natural skin care and body care line.
Here’s my top recommendations:
Minerals Multi-Purpose Foundation – I absolutely adore this mineral makeup. In fact it’s my all time favourite complexion makeup. If you are going to try the Skin Care Sample Kits, I recommend getting the Minerals Sample Kit too. It’s a 4 ingredient pigment powder that you mix with a facial oil or moisturizer to create your own tinted moisturizer or foundation. It’s so simple to use and it won’t clog up your skin. You basically transform your favourite face oil or moisturizer into makeup. How cool is that?! On my blog is a full review of Minerals, plus swatches of all the shades.
Neroli Toning Mist – This aloe-based complexion mist is so soothing and smells divine. I love wearing it before bed (it takes my sleeping ritual to a whole new level). I also like using it during the day to de-stress and hydrate my skin. I’ve never really liked face mists until I tried this. It’s also made with only 3 ingredients which my sensitive skin really likes.
Citrus Stem Cell Serum (formerly Repair Serum) – This serum makes my skin ultra soft and smooth, like baby soft! It also brightens my skin without exasperating my melasma which is a plus (most brightening products seem to make my hyperpigmentation worse). For me, this product is the star in their entire range. I highly recommend it for maturing skin, lines and wrinkles and fading imperfections and acne marks.
Herbal Facial Oil For Normal/Combination Skin – I’ve already reviewed this in the Balance Sample Kit review section (up at the top) but I just want to add this over here in my recommended Annmarie Skin Care product list too – just so everything is in one easy-to-find place. I love this facial oil. It’s my top favourite facial oils. It moisturizes and nourishes the skin beautifully. It’s calming and soothing, and it evens out skin tone nicely. All of Annmarie facial oils work great, but this one in particular smells heavenly and I see and feel a noticeable difference in my skin every time I use it.
Anti-Aging Eye Creme – This eye cream is rich and it works. It really works. If you have deep lines and wrinkles around your eyes (or anywhere on your face), this will help to smooth them out. If most eye creams you’ve tried don’t seem to perform well enough, try this. If you have dry skin around your eyes, this is a perfect choice. I find the formula to be quite gentle for sensitive eyes and my crows feet love it.
Buy A Sample Kit & Get The Special Bonuses
Just to let you know that Annmarie always offers special bonuses that come with purchasing their Sample Kits.
Each Sample Kit costs $10 (which includes free shipping anywhere in the world), and with every sample kit you order, you will receive a $10 off coupon towards your next purchase (which makes your sample kit free). Plus, they also include a free copy of “Toxic Free Home Guide” eBook with every Sample Kit purchase.
If you are interested in quality natural skin care products, these Sample Kits are definitely worth trying. The size of the samples are generous, they last at least a few days allowing you enough time to really test the products and to see how your skin responds.
I’ve been a big fan of Annmarie Skin Care for many years, I highly recommend these kits. Plus, they have 4 to choose from, so you can select the one(s) for your skin’s needs.
To order your Annmarie Skin Care Sample Kits, click here.
If you already use Annmarie Skin Care, I would love to know what products you use and which one is your absolute favourite? (Post in the comments below!).
Annmarie Skin Care Sample Kits Review Video
If you want more info on the Sample Kits or you want to see the products, here’s my Annmarie Skin Care review video I did back in 2016 of the Sample Kits. The sample kits packaging and branding has changed a lot over the years, but the products and formulas are still the same, so it’s definitely worth checking out the video.