It's hard for me to wrap my head around it conceptually. Y'all are saying that if I splash cover, let's say a 4"x4" area of skin, that it's going to perform noticeably different than if I would have sprayed the same amount over that same area. I'm not buying it.
Personally, I think it has more to do with how much is used out of the sample vials. I used to be kinda stingy with samples but for some time now I've been using the whole .7/1ml vials worth if I really want to assess performance rather than just to get a hint of the top/middle to see if it 'makes the cut'.
Good point, good thread Possum-Pie.
Samples are like a first date. You may like it (or hate it) at first in small drips and drabs but the only way to feel comfortable is to spend time with it. Especially with fragrances, in my experience, to see how the scent works with your body chemistry. You don't truly get that metamorphosis from a dab on the back of the hand or forearm. You have to see how it reacts when you perspire, when it's cold, sillage, longevity, etc..
I'd say of all my fragrance mistakes over the years, buying full bottles from "dab" samples is a close second to blind buys from positive reviews.
Personally I don't usually find the difference to be that great between application methods. Maybe just because most of the ones that I have tried both ways were ones that I liked enough to turn and buy a full bottle of anyway. I haven't normally tried ones I didn't like both ways for comparison. When Bond No. 9 switched from dab samples to spray ones, I wound up with some duplicates of each style and didn't really find any difference, but again, maybe different types of fragrances are more likely to act differently if sprayed rather than dabbed.
9/18/13 at 3:59am