There was some discussion in the comments section regarding where to get perfume samples. Here´s my Two Cents, which you can skip if it´s not a topic that interests you:
When I was a nascent scent slut, I started lurking the fragrance blogs, reading about the different lines, trying to understand the categories and terminologies and export designations, and eventually it dawned on me that a lot of people were buying samples of the fragrances, not the whole bottle. Oh. Well, okay, that makes total sense. But Where to get Perfume Samples?
This is also where I´ll violate the Blogger´s Code of Ethics (hah, yeah, right!) and point out that my blogmate Patty is a Professional Scent Slut who sells fabulous niche stuff , including sample sets of the really cool non-export Shiseidos I reviewed recently. There´s a link on the left side of our homepage or click here to go to Surrender to Chance. (And yeah, Flora, SL Tubereuse Criminelle should be illegal in the lower 48. A LOT of great stuff probably should be illegal. The DEA´s going to show up any day and take away my Jicky parfum and my Bal a Versailles.)
You can buy samples from a number of online niche perfume stores like Aedes, Luckyscent, or Luscious Cargo for nominal amounts of money ($13 gets you 8 samples plus a couple of freebies from Luscious. Okay, once they sent me somebody else´s order, but they fixed it right away when I emailed them, and I got to keep the 8 mistakes, so I was happy.) Some of the niche perfumers also have their own sample programs.
Where to start? Just start … anywhere. Pick something you’ve read about. Or sample your way through a particular line, if you’ve found one scent there that really appeals. Or pick a note you like (rose, incense, vetiver?) and sample some of those.
Of course, making friends among the other perfume nuts online also leads to endless rounds of share-the-love freebies, particularly if your fellow blogster (not naming any names here, P) happens to own the equivalent of Fort Knox in niche perfumes, but that´s another story. And that’s all – well, most of what you need to know about where to get perfume samples.