Discuss : Fragrance Samples, Love or hate?

Thursday, 26 April 2012


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Over the past year, (I would say, ever since the launch of Glossybox back in May 2011) fragrance samples have become more and more talked about. There's the whole debate on whether they should be included in beauty boxes at all. I still stand by my point that I think they should be an extra in a box not classed as 1 of the 5 samples you receive but hey, that's my opinion and others may think differently..so there you go.

Regardless of that little debate I do actually like receiving them in general, whether it be in a beauty box, as an extra when I place an order online, or given out in a department store.  They are relatively easy to get hold of - Well I've found that to be the case for me anyway. I've never had a problem going in store and asking for samples. I simply explain that I am looking for a new perfume, tell them what I currently use, and ask if they can suggest anything I would possibly like. If there are any that appeal to me after listening to the advisers suggestions, I ask if they have a sample I can take away with me to try for a few days - You don't want to shell out for a brand new perfume only to find out a few days later is doesn't react well with your skin. No one wants dodgy rashes on their neck and wrists! I've never come across anyone that is rude about giving them out - I think this is the general concern when asking for samples of any kind -  If they have them most of the time they will give you one, if they don't have them or simply 'don't do samples' then you just have to accept that, and possibly go elsewhere to see if you can get hold of one.

In the past I have placed orders online with fragrance websites and received samples along with my order which is nice. A lot of the time they are perfumes by the same brand or have a similar scent which is a really nice touch. This doesn't happen all the time though, I guess its just pot luck?! I do think these little samples are handy, not only do you get to try out a new perfume over the course of a decent time period (rather than that one spritz on a piece of card in boots) to see if you like it. They are also great for your handbag for day to day use or nights out. It's even more handy when you get one in a beauty box or free with an order which is of a perfume you already love. USA have the rollerball perfume pens and yes we have the travelo doo dahs but the bonus with these are that they are free! :-) Who doesn't love a freebie! I think I will forever have a supply of these little beauts floating in various handbags and in my makeup storage.. it would feel a bit weird if I didn't.

So do you like receiving perfume samples? Were you scared about possibly asking for samples at a counter but now thinking.. actually I may just go do that. Seriously there is no harm in doing it. In all honesty I have gone ahead and purchased some full sized perfumes after having a sample because I was that impressed. They do serve a purpose!

Much love

24 comments:

  1. i asked for a sample today in debenhams, the lady had LOADS in a draw, i dont think stores actually give them out enough, if you have to ask it can be off putting! i agree they should be an extra in a box OR we should get a minature perfume bottle!! x

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  2. I love perfume samples! It's great to try a product before you buy it. I will ask for a sample next time I go in a department store - although I do get worried about them being rude! xx

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  3. Katy - Rottenotter26 April 2012 at 21:56

    I actually like getting

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  4. Katy - Rottenotter26 April 2012 at 21:59

    aaah it posted my comment before I'd finished typing!

    I actually like getting perfume samples in beauty boxes! If I don't like it then I'll pass it onto someone else. I also keep them in my bag in case I forget to put perfume on in the morning or just want to freshen up later on in the day.

    I also ask for perfume samples in shops. A lot of the time they'll say they don't have any but I've gotten some great samples before. My friend also got a mini sized perfume bottle when she asked for a sample once. Definitely worth asking, the worst thing the sales assistant is going to say is no :) xxx

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  5. Ooh I actually really love getting perfume samples! Especially when they are in the little spritzer bottles- so cute! :) Gives me a chance to really test them out compared to when you spray it in the shop on paper! I've never thought to ask for samples in shops though!! xxx

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  6. Lauren - Gotta Love A Trier26 April 2012 at 22:54

    I love and hate them - like you I think they're too minuscule to be classed as a sample product in beauty boxes, but some are nice and so handy for travel. The ones I am not too fussed on I use in and oil burner/diffuser!! lol x

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  7. I completely agree with you, I think because they're essentially freely available they should be an add on and not a paid for sample. I remember when I used to be a Feel Unique customer they always gave lots of extras from perfume samples to skin sachets and I wouldnt have thought of paying for them. I do love a good tester though!

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  8. I love them, easy to fling in your purse or a going out bag you so you dont have to drag a HUGE bottle around with you giving you shoulder ache... I also have no qualms gong to ask for samples (although the debenhams ladies are a bit snooty here in Brighton!) 
    I dont subscribe to any beauty boxes anymore, but when I did it used to wind me up that they were one of the 5 things, and not an extra, because they are so tiny after all! 

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  9. I like getting perfume samples as it usually takes me a while to decide whether I actually like a scent or not. They're also great for putting in your bag (if you don't own a travalo).  I buy a lot of stuff online because I don't get as much free time to get down to a store so I suppose without these sample I wouldn't have the chance to test any perfumes out. :) x

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  10. I definetly do not think that it should be counted as a sample in programs like glossybox but if I buy something and someoen gives it to me for FREE I don't mind |(obviously, who would?) It gives me the chance to see how I like the scent because scents really do not hold the smell that comes out of the bottle right away. When it's on you for an entire day you get a real feel if you like it or not!

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  11. Justine Gibbins28 April 2012 at 00:20

    Hi, I've just discovered you blog! I love that you have little debate posts like this :) bit like an exam style question but obviously one that's much more interesting to read! Just to add to this one, I love a good perfume sample, I think its a great way to get the right opinion of a perfume and other people's! its also pretty handy to pop in your bag on a night out! I have definitely asked for a few in the past!

    Justine xx
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  12. I kind of agree they can seem a bit stingy for a sample. Although I do find them so handy for a change and I have discovered some really nice fragrances this way!

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  13.  They do have loads in their drawers you just have to ask. If they are nice they will give you them. I dont understand how some people have a problem getting hold of them! x

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  14.  Dont be scared about asking. If you are there for the intention to try a new perfume and dont want to fork out the price for a full one  incase you dont like it/ it irratates your skin, then theres no need to worry! :-)

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  15.  Exactly, if you dont ask the question you will never know! Ive started putting mine in my handbag too! They've been little saviours when Ive got to work and realised I didnt put on any perfume when getting ready!  x

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  16.  Yeah they are great to try out new perfumes, and are a better indication if you can actually use them on your skin rather than on a piece of card!  x

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  17.  Never thought to use them in a diffuser! Will have to do that with ones Im not too keen on! x

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  18.  I think its just down to pot luck whether there is a nice sales assistant or not. Thankfully the girls around where i live all seem nice!  x

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  19.  They are handy arent they! Love getting these little samples. Even more of a bonus if I end up liking the scent! x

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  20.  I know, they are great to try before you buy!  x

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  21.  Thank's justine! Glad to hear that someone else isnt worried about asking for samples in stores! x

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  22.  I love it when I get a sample and end up loving the scent so i purchase or ask for it for my birthday! x

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