I have been a member of the Boots Review panel for 6 years now and really enjoy being a part of it. Over the years, I have received a wonderful array of products to test ranging from L’Oréal mascara to a lovely bottle of Mon Guerlain perfume.
It is easy to join, just enter your details here and they will contact you if you are successful – please note that they are not always looking for new panelists, but they do open registration up every once in a while so it is worth bookmarking the page and checking it periodically.
If you are accepted onto the panel and there is a product available to test which fits your profile, Boots will send out an email advising you that they are going to send out a product and give you the option of opting out if you think it is unsuitable. Then, it is just a matter of waiting for the product – you are given a time frame of when to expect it in the post. After you have diligently tested the product it is time to leave a product review on their website, following the instructions on the enclosed leaflet. This must be done within 28 days of receiving the product which allows ample time to test it and you also receive a reminder email.
Most of the products tests consist of a single item, but they do send out bundles too – sometimes in the form of a beautifully packaged beauty box. There is no minimum word count required for the reviews, but the more detailed and informative they are, the better. Consumers are able to vote whether the review was helpful or not, and whilst a lot of ‘yes’ votes won’t hurt and will probably net you more products to test, any ‘no’ votes can be detrimental to your account.
I believe this to be the case because In my early days of reviewing for the panel, I wrote a review for a shampoo in haste and reading back now, it is plain to see that it was not detailed enough and this resulted in two ‘no’ votes and I did not receive any products for months afterwards. This worried me a bit, so was quite surprised when I eventually received another product to test.
Boots also have a volunteer testing panel which offers their own branded products to be tested at home or at their site in Nottingham. This is briefly covered here in my overview of product testing companies that I have experience with.