The old fashion manufacturer’s product sample as a marketing device is alive and well at Wal-Mart. For the consumer who likes new items, but is sometimes afraid to switch from their old tried and true product, the product sample is a no cost method of discovery.
Routinely, when I purchase something on-line from Wal-Mart I will click on their samples page and check out what new product sample is available. The link for anyone to access free samples with no shipping is:
Many times a new product is advertised on T.V. and in magazines. The advertisements may give you the marketing spin, and a coupon worth a dollar toward the purchase, but the sample gives you the hands on evaluation of the product. Lastly, Wal-Mart provides a coupon with the sample. If you are happy with the product you may then use the coupon next time to purchase the item.
I have found this method of trying out new products very satisfactory. Particularly in a new product by Unilever Degree Deodorant Solid. I received my .50 ounce sample in the mail some weeks ago. The sample size is adequate to give an honest evaluation of the product. In comparing the product I am a long time user of Secret solid deodorant.
The differences between the product are as follows:
Unilever, Degree Deodorant-Ultra Clear:
This product is a solid form of deodorant as opposed to spray or roll on. It has a mild and pleasant fragrance. It is advertised as an anti-perspirant and deodorant. The active ingredient is Aluminum Zirconium Tetachlorohydrex Gly, 14.8 percent. This active ingredient is present in most anti-perspirants.
The significant difference between Degree-Ultra Clear is that the product does not rub off onto dark clothing and leave any trace of the product on your clothing. It does what is says, it will do. It is effective as a deodorant and anti-perspirant, but it does not wreck your clothing. Another good thing is that it did not cause an allergic reaction to my skin. Many products are out there, but some do affect sensitive skin.
In response to the effectiveness of the sample, I purchased a Women’s Degree Ultra Clear and a Men’s Ultra Clear Deodorant Stick. The product is excellent in both the men and women’s variety. The Men’s deodorant stick is called Silver Ice and I am told by the men in the house that the product is great. So, the sample paid off for Unilever.
Degree vs Secret Deodorant Stick:
Secret deodorant stick is a solid form of deodorant. The fragrance is mild and pleasant and is equally effective as an anti-perspirant. The only difference is the two products is that sometimes, but not often you will find a trace of the product is the arm pit area on black and navy clothing.
I have not had it appear on brown colored product, but I have on the other two. The product is useful for sensitive skin and does not cause a rash. The solid formula is good, but the new Degree Ultra Clear Product is a little better. Overall, I would rate the new Degree product line a four and the Secret line of products a three.