Where to get Perfume Samples

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 AedesLuckyscent, 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.

If you already own a bunch of stuff, and you want to trade it for different stuff, check out Basenotes or MakeupAlley, both of which have active swap programs and interesting discussion boards.

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.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Greetings, help please. I shopped for the samples (have no idea how I got there but it was after much browsing so I could not repeat the ‘operation’) then tried to signed in with Amazon but for some reason it didn’t accept my password, so I asked Amazon to email my password. To make a long story short 🙂 I coudln’t go back to the page where I saved the samples to my cart…Is there a way I can access ‘my cart’ again, or even the page to choose the samples?
    thank you for your help (if all possible, could you send a link to my email?)

    I’ve been here for 44 minutes trying to get this done.

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  • Philip Himmelstein says:

    That’s great, I’ve been purchasing samples from Surrender To Chance tor a couple months now and reading this blog for about a year and had no clue you guys were related. Way cool.

  • OK, I am retired,and I want the real,not Mexican, Maja perfume and (soap? does the soap scent you,if you bathe with it?)I got the Talcum Maja made in Mexico, very disappointing.I don’t want it.I want the real,old,original Maja perfume or cologne.It was a knock out!–and some excellent powder or soap too.–I am NOT buying the Mexican stuff.In my youth,foreign even some French, perfumes or dusting powder were more available, sold also in tiny catalogs, cheaper.I even got the old Paco Rabann (spelling) once.,it was yummy.I am an exotic,and also floral, perfume lover.modern fruit,grapefruit, or “killer scents” like “Opium” do not interest me.I remember Tatianna (spelling) and very exotic, oriental, heavy scents, floral like roses and gardenia, interest me.complex,floral,,strong, spicy and mysterious, that’s mine.So Maja always was great.(we found out, some excellent mens’ colognes also suited we exotic,strong cologne lovers.)

    HOW DO I get the original Maja vintage cologne & perfume now?Only on Ebay? let me know.It used to reek of sophistication and allure. sigh. –I am old fashioned, I know.Does the company really think we old Maja-lovers will be satisfied with bad copies from Mexico?(I hate globalization, it renders everything badly made, and inferior copies. junk.) I do mean that, globalization turned good quality products into JUNK. Everything, even glass bead “millefiore” Italian beads are no longer made–China destroyed the market.(OK, I’ll stop ranting.) unfortunately, its true. THANKS! GREAT SITE! I do want some old and quality scents. —-I’m old, its about time. 😉

  • beautizar10 says:

    My name is Mary Beth and I am a scent slut.
    Even though I am a nurse, I never gave up my make up artistry because I would have access to the goods while doing make up on the side. Plus , I ALWAYS was leading my cliets to the fragrances because IMHO , everyone needs a new fragrance with a new look, outfit, pair of shoes, haircut , pedicure or even if they walked their dog!
    I also received s discount ehich greatly heloed me support my habit.
    I know fragrance is a personal preference. But, YOUTH DEW and AROMATICS ELIXIR: Please put the bottle down slowly and call a friend or your daughter. They will be so very happy to take you out for congratulatory dinner! This is your first and second step. You CAN do this. I put my Pink Sugar to sleep . I did, Idid.
    I adore fragrances. I sm so happy that I sm nit alone! !!
    My name id Mary Beth snd I am a scent slut.

  • JayneNoor says:

    As I am from UK, I regularly make use of First in Fragrance (an excellent German outfit – http://www.ausliebezumduft.de/) and Les Senteurs (a brilliant London store – http://www.lessenteurs.com/) who both offer a very reasonably priced samples service. However, I have to say that the service from Surrender to Chance is excellent too.

  • Melissa says:

    If you’re looking for perfume samples in Australia, check out scentsamples.com.au.

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  • Lee Lawrence says:

    Sometimes, in the ever-spinning game of life, the odds are that at SOME point, all 7s are going to come up, which means that SOMETHING is afoot in the cosmos. There I was, a beekeeper, NOT enjoying that season of winter, that in-between, that meh time when nothing is happening except inside my head, which led me to begin contemplating where my honey business should ooze to next. We have honey, natch, several niche flavors-one that tastes like toasted marshmallows- and 2 scents of hand bar, one citrussy, and one lavender, -pretty tame- a body lotion-also tame- and beeswax candles, plain. HMmmmm, what would be …INTERESTING… . Lo and behold, my friend Julie blows back from her trip to Argentina and arrives on my doorstep. She starts talking about the trip and somehow gets around to saying that there’s this book I should read on my new Samsung Galaxy 3 called Jitterbug Perfume, about people who travel time-maybe they are vampires? she can’t remember, but I should read it. Enter the Oregon unrelenting rain after a teaser spring week. Naturally, desperate for entertainment, I went to Kindle, and there was, suggested for me… yup. I bought it. Read it. Was mesmerized by it. Googled Jitterbug perfume and found Opus Oils. Who makes bespoke scents… THAT’S IT!!! Lee’s Bees will have it’s OWN perfume! Then I started reading about perfumes. I am very odor oriented, and both my parents were wine experts, so the notion of top notes, finishes, etc. was not totally foreign to me in general, but, in terms of perfumes in particular, they were. More Googling, and… here found myself. Samples? Words I’ve never heard before? Saville vs Morroccan oranges? What?. A novice scent slut blossomed inside me, and here I am at the beginning of another of life’s great adventures. YIPEEEeeeeeee….