Originally Posted by karisuma
Initial consensus seems to be NO. How then do we end up with so many neutral reviews on BN? Do people often review fragrances they don't actually own (assuming they only own ones they like)?
Short answer: Samples!
I wouldn't buy a full bottle at anywhere near full price, of something that I know that I only sort of like.
But I might still find myself commenting on something like this, based on:
- A mistake - I thought I really liked it, but I turned out to be wrong.
- A good-sized sample. A 2ml or more spray sample is, to me, enough to say something about the fragrance.
- A mini. A mini can cost only a bit more than a sample, so if I think that the odds of liking the fragrance are high, I may buy the mini.
- A decant. Same logic as the mini; if I think I'm likely to like the fragrance, I may start with a decant instead of going through a sample and then a decant.
- A blind buy. I realize that it seems inconsistent to say that I'll only buy it if I really like it, and then say that I'll buy it as a blind buy. But I see them as different - a blind buy is a bet that I _will_ really like it.
I haven't actually blind-bought yet, but I've been on the verge many times.
- If my SO ever wore fragrance, i could also see myself commenting on those.
- If I participated in swaps, that'd be another way to get my hands on enough to form an opinion about.