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    Default Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    Bump, just got off the phone with Hermes in Chicago and they're sending me samples of Terre d'Hermes, Un Jardin sur le Nil, and their entire Hermessence line.

    L'Artisan is sending me samples of Mechant Loup, Dzing!, Tea For Two, Fou d'Absinthe, and L'Artisan Vetiver provided that I chip in $7 to ship it.

    FM replied to my email within 12 hours and recommended French Lover (Bois D'Orage) and Musc Ravageur, so hopefully they're sending samples my way too.
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    Most of the Italian houses and Editions Parfum Frederic Malle among the worse for sending free samples. If you live 'near' an outlet for Editions Parfum Frederic Malle they won't send you any samples. Sad but true...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    Most of the Italian houses and Editions Parfum Frederic Malle among the worse for sending free samples. If you live 'near' an outlet for Editions Parfum Frederic Malle they won't send you any samples. Sad but true...
    Malle sent me three large samples of my choice when I emailed them a while back, all neatly packaged and with a handwritten thank you note inside. It earned them a customer so it goes to show that a little hospitality can be the best advertising.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrd4t View Post
    Malle sent me three large samples of my choice when I emailed them a while back, all neatly packaged and with a handwritten thank you note inside. It earned them a customer so it goes to show that a little hospitality can be the best advertising.
    Oh heck yeah. If a company treats me like "royalty" over the phone or in a store, I almost always return to them. A third return if I get treated the same way and I'm never condescending, prude or disrespectful when there's even the slightest problem. Things can get worked out without over-the-top complaining.

    Exaple: About 6 weeks ago today I called Penhaligon's office in New Jersey late Friday afternoon around 5PM. 5PM is that time when most businesses are closing for the weekend, I know I was! The lady I talked to was more than happy to send me their whole line of men's and unisex fragrances. I expressed my greatest interest in Endymion and they sent me four whole vials of it! Not stingy in the least.

    They earned a lifelong customer from one phone call.

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    After reading this thread I wrote to Floris, Truefitt & Hill and Robert Piguet, got sample packs from all of them, very good custom service indeed! Especially Floris, who sent me 13 x 2ml samples together with some cream samples.

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    Ok just a little update for you guys, I got my first samples! And there from Montale too. I dont even think Montale answered back my email but I saw a package from them from Paris in my mailbox today. They gave me a booklet, along with Black Aoud, Aoud Velvet, Vanille Absolu, and Aoud Flowers. Im really happy, to say the least with this company. And wow, what a luxurious vanilla smell with the Vanille Absolu. Im gonna wear Black Aoud today, but am not crazy and will go easy on the application!
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    5 days later, I've got a package from Hermes at my doorstep, and inside was a sample spray of TdH, and 4mL vials of their Hermessence collection (Ambre Narguile, Vetiver Tonka, Paprika Brasil, and Poivre Samarcande). Neat!
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    Maybe a dumb question, but what do you put inside such a letter? That you're interested in receiving samples from their fragrance line? Or are you very specific into details which samples you want to have?

    Also, do you put your address directly into your first mail? Or will that scare them away?
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    Just tell them that your thinking about buying from their line, but aren't sure which one's you want, and ask them if they could send you samples. I include my address in case they don't send me a response...They still might end up sending you some samples anyway, as what happened with me with Montale.

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    Anyone know how I might set up an email to Penhaligon's, I have the email of their US division, is it too foreward to straight out ask for samples?

    Should I address that I'm 18, new to fragrances and was directed to their company for their old fashioned male and unisex scents and see what that can get me? I recall someone here said they got samples of the whole male line and the unisex fragrances too. That would be so ideal!

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    I am looking for a sample of Paul Smith Story or Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien, is there anyway to get these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximiliani View Post
    Anyone know how I might set up an email to Penhaligon's, I have the email of their US division, is it too foreward to straight out ask for samples?

    Should I address that I'm 18, new to fragrances and was directed to their company for their old fashioned male and unisex scents and see what that can get me? I recall someone here said they got samples of the whole male line and the unisex fragrances too. That would be so ideal!
    Penhaligon's makes you pay for the shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Golem View Post
    Penhaligon's makes you pay for the shipping.
    Really? That must be something new, it hadn't been mentioned before. Is it not too terrible, as in still the most economical way to get samples from their line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Golem View Post
    Penhaligon's makes you pay for the shipping.
    Possibly. Or you may be told they don't send samples. Or you may be told they will only send 3 of their choosing. Or 4. Or 5.

    It seems to completely depend on the customer service rep who gets your email. There's a long thread about it in this post over at Badger and Blade http://www.badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=37824.

    A polite, proper inquiry seems to provide the bests results. Not guaranteed, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Golem View Post
    Penhaligon's makes you pay for the shipping.
    Eh? I got my free (shipping and otherwise) sample of Castile a couple of weeks ago from the US division of Penhaligon's.
    Maybe it is as Hoos says - it depends on which rep receives your e-mail.

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    Bump,

    I emailed Penhaligon's last night, got an e-mail back this morning saying that my samples would be shipped shortly. It does pay to be a master of politeness!
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    Penhaligons have only been positive to me, I asked for a sample of their Hammam Boquet, I ended up receiving a sample pack of like five of their fragrances

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    sent nice polite prof sounding emails to both amouage and caron and haven't recieved any responses

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    Amouage do send samples, I received samples of Ciel, Jubilation XXV and Dia when I just actually asked about stockists in Birmingham

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Amouage do send samples, I received samples of Ciel, Jubilation XXV and Dia when I just actually asked about stockists in Birmingham
    vivek did they send you any kind of email back or did you just happen to find something in the mail a few days later?

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    They sent me an e-mail saying Harrods stocked them online, and that they'd be happy to send me a selection of scents to try if I sent them my house address, I did, and about two weeks later I had them at my doorstep with a nice handwritten note

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    They sent me an e-mail saying Harrods stocked them online, and that they'd be happy to send me a selection of scents to try if I sent them my house address, I did, and about two weeks later I had them at my doorstep with a nice handwritten note
    thats really awesome. I do wish they send me some samples as well, because I am a bottle buyer, I just have so many things I want to sample at once that once im done buying all my decants and samples im out of my original "bottlemoney". I dont even end up liking most of what I sample too so its even worse to have lost all my bottlemoney paying for it lol

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    I'm exactly the opposite, I now want to buy Ciel and Dia, and Jubilation is on my re-try list Unfortunately, i've got a list of about twenty fragrances that I want to buy, and more and more keep pushing Ciel and Dia further down (Most recent Idole de Lubin)

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    Hermes dissapoints me, some people have gotten 4 mL vials while they turn me down and just say to go to my local perfumer. JPG also dissapointed me, I asked for a sample of Le Male, not only did it take them weeks to reply but it was a very short response that just said "To experience the beauty of Le Male please go to your local perfume stockist." Wonderful
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Penhaligons have only been positive to me, I asked for a sample of their Hammam Boquet, I ended up receiving a sample pack of like five of their fragrances
    Yeah, I got samples too in about 1 week after I emailed them. Great service. Need to pick up a bottle of Castile & Opus 1870 soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMâle View Post
    Actually its $6 with how horrible the exchange rate is, I think. I am pretty sure it was in pounds.
    re: Geo Trumper.. It's even a bit higher with the exchange, but the amount they send you in really impressive. I did that and have like 6 cologne samples, 3 shaving cream samples, some body wash, two skin food samples and a couple other things. A HUGE well put together bound book on their products too.. i'm pretty happy about it! Really polite customer service folks.
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    My positive responses:

    Penhaligons, Ormonde Jayne, Thierry Mugler, Truefitt & Hill, Cereus, Ermenegildo Zegna, Frederic Malle, Ineke, Diptyque, Hermes, Space NK, Colonel Conk, The Art of Shaving, Angela Flanders, Floris, Robert Piguet, Serge Lutens, Lubin.

    These said they'd send stuff but it's yet to arrive:

    Ulric de Varens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RomanceSilver View Post
    Hermes dissapoints me, some people have gotten 4 mL vials while they turn me down and just say to go to my local perfumer. JPG also dissapointed me, I asked for a sample of Le Male, not only did it take them weeks to reply but it was a very short response that just said "To experience the beauty of Le Male please go to your local perfume stockist." Wonderful
    Hermes did the same to me. The kicker is that I live on the east coast and told them that the closest place I know of to me is around a 20hr drive away. What do they reply o me with: "visit this store...".

    I've heard great things about terre d'hermes but it isnt one I'm going to buy blind anytime soon or driving for a day to smell it for that matter.

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    Call the boutiques with Hermes, the SAs are the nicest and yet still most intimidating people ever, but they always accommodate requests when possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by HughLloyd View Post
    Just sent out e-mails to Ormonde Jayne and Geo F. Trumper's, would have sent one to Cereus if I could find any resemblance of contact information whatsoever.

    Decided to send an e-mail to Hermes as well, we'll see how that goes! :P
    Careful people! Every time this thread is bumped to the top (er, like it is now), enthusiastic Basenoters begin blanket-emailing the very same perfume houses!

    Surely they tire of mass email bombing like this? I think its a sure fire way of getting a negative response...

    Just an observation.

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