Originally Posted by Jer350
Nope, this would be a total blind buy. Unfortunately I don't have any stores in my area that sell higher quality fragrances for me to test out. And I don't really want to pay 3-4 dollars for samples online when I have been hearing the samples don't truly represent the scent and the money will add up quick. I have just enough extra money for a new bottle so adding samples would be pushing it financially.
What's more important to you though? Just having a niche scent for the sake of having something 'exclusive' and expensive, that you may or may not like but probably won't love (at least not as much as something else you'd find if you spend the money sampling), or would you rather discover a scent that you feel not only smells amazing but perhaps best represents an aspect of your persona and projects the image you want? Yes, with the latter option you may have to wait awhile again before you can afford the bottle, but you'd be purchasing a bottle you KNOW you love. That's a helluva lot more secure feeling than a blind buy on something that is loved by some, hated by others, and considered mediocre by many.
Honestly, it's your money and your prerogative and I wish you the best in whatever you do. I just, personally, think the sampling route pays greater dividends in the long run. (and samples are surely representative enough of a frag to know if you like it or not. The best route is to get small samples, then get larger decants of anything you truly love, and if you STILL love the scent after you've used up the decant, you can be reasonably sure you won't get sick of it if you get a whole bottle).