Originally Posted by scentsitivity
I was surprised to see so many people reporting high success rates. IF I did blind-buying, I probably would only be about 25% successful. Then again, I probably have to sample 15 to 20 scents before I find one I really want (so 5 to 7% of those tested) a full size bottle of.
Through sampling, I have found I can make my wardrobe so much better than if I buy based upon other people's reviews.
I think the vetiver in Guerlain, Labo's Vetiver are both "okay" but absolutley love it in FM French Lover, Yatagan, Axe Proximity and also Chanel Sycomore - this is something that is completely subjective and cannot be captured in a review. If I had just gone out and blind bought Guerlain, I would be "satisfied" but would not think that I would achieve the level of satisfaction had I not sampled the whole range and bought Yatagan and contemplating Sycomore and/or French Lover.
The Wardrobe currently listed was primarily done before extensive sampling. When we can update it - I will put in the frags I tried and bought bottles - I feel there has been a shift for the better in it. At least I have started to develop tastes and matching frags to those tastes!
Also, I think buying lots and lots of samples allows your nose to develop quite rapidly, and you will understand house styles and fragrance styles, as well as composition a lot better than if you have not. This is the real benefit of sampling - you will educate yourself more - at least thats how it worked out for me!
I found over the last 6-9 months or so, my nose has got better, and I have a much finer appreciation of fragrances, tastes and smells - though by no means am I even beyond the first base camp of this mountain!