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    Default Re: Any places give away free samples?

    i didnt know bond did that too nice there were so many of those i wanted to try.....i wish i tried chez bond before buying it blind.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbBD View Post
    L'Artisan allows you to order 5 free samples (you pay shipping) via their website, and Bond No.9 has a similar deal (6 samples, you pay shipping). Plenty of places offer free samples with purchase. If you want free samples without purchase, you have to go to Norstroms or Sephora.
    well i just tried to get samples from bond......you have to buy a $60 t shirt or a $800 candle first before they let you get 6 samples for $15.......i think the cheapest thing on the site besides the samples is a piece of soap for $35.....

    theres a guy on ebay who has most of the bonds but you have to buy 5 for $15. cheaper then buying a $60 t shirt.

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    I think with fragrancenet.com you can get cheap samples, 50 cents each or less, when they have free shipping in effect. I think you have to search for the word vial and you'll see the frags with samples, then you have to look at the ones you want for the price. Otherwise, just call the company and ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrshackleford View Post
    I'm kind of cheap. I'd be willing to pay shipping I guess.
    Try your local Nordstrom and Sephora (if you have one). Unfortunately they don't always have a lot of "interesting" fragrances, mostly popular mainstream stuff. But the samples are free and the service is good, so can't complain.

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    You want to hear something funny? When I first went into Barneys to look around I asked the SA if they had any samples of Serge Lutens perfumes and the woman said no, that they rarely get them. Well, I went back a week later and dished out money to buy a bottle and what do you know, the SA loads my bag with samples of Serge Lutens. Ambre Sultan, Un bois vanilla,Datura Noir, Cedre, Gris Clair, Rousse, and Sa Majeste La Rose!
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  6. #366

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    One of our national fragrance (net)shop has began carrying Clive Christian, Miller Harris, Nasomatto, Sahlini, L'Artisan, etc. I found no mentioning samples, so I called them. They said officially they don't sell samples, but if I send a list of max. three of their scents they'll send it free, just postage should be paid - about 5 USD. Though, I wasn't brave enough to ask for Clive Christian samples. I'll go to them personally for these high-price-end ones.
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    I received free samples from both Czech & Speake and Ormonde Jayne ( just the men's frags) by e-mailing them and asking for them.
    I think contacting any if the houses via e-mail can't possibly hurt and might give you a pleasant surprise.
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    hi
    check out perfumeworldwide.com - you can get samples for 2.99 which includes shipping. I also second Sephora - if its not busy, they can usually make you some small spray samples.

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    Default Re: Any places give away free samples?

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville Metro Man View Post
    I received free samples from both Czech & Speake and Ormonde Jayne ( just the men's frags) by e-mailing them and asking for them.
    I think contacting any if the houses via e-mail can't possibly hurt and might give you a pleasant surprise.
    Reallyyyy! Thats really good to know, because I just emailed them in regards to a sample of Ormonde Man, because that is the only one I'm really interested in and either way I don't have the funds to buy their whole sample pack. Hopefully they are as generous with me as they were with you.

  10. #370

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    Quote Originally Posted by Game View Post
    You want to hear something funny? When I first went into Barneys to look around I asked the SA if they had any samples of Serge Lutens perfumes and the woman said no, that they rarely get them. Well, I went back a week later and dished out money to buy a bottle and what do you know, the SA loads my bag with samples of Serge Lutens. Ambre Sultan, Un bois vanilla,Datura Noir, Cedre, Gris Clair, Rousse, and Sa Majeste La Rose!
    I have found this to be the case in general. SA's are sort of used to people coming around looking for free samples, and they don't want to hand out freebies unless they feel like it's going to create a sale. I plunked down cash immediately at Neimans, and the Creed rep. was almost asking me to take samples. You've gotta grease the wheels.

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    edelwicker is right - if you're either buying or obviously going to buy you can get samples (I usually use the 'I have a large collection and need to wear something before I buy it' line, which works.... or flirt with the SAs.

    I'm very surprised about the Bond 9 mention - I've received many, many free samples from them over the last year. I haven't bought any in a couple months, so perhaps they changed their policy.

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    I agree with the above posts in regard to getting samples when you make purchases. I would like to add something else as well. You need to build a rapport with your SAs. When I first went to Saks, I didn't purchase anything that day but I talked quite a bit with the SA, and showed clear intent to purchase and was given numerous samples that day. I went back in a few weeks later and made a purchase so I followed through on my end. I ended up signing up for their mailing list, and now when I would like to try something (Saks is too far away for me to go regularly), they will ship me whatever I want to try for FREE! So I think becoming friendly with the SAs can be beneficial as well.

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    I've always meant to ask, do the L'Artisan samples come in atomizers or vials? I'm guessing vials.
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    The folks at Robert Piguet Parfums are quite pleasant and willing to send samples of their line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcuccio88 View Post
    hi
    I also second Sephora - if its not busy, they can usually make you some small spray samples.
    Agreed! They are really friendly and last time I was there they literally said I could come back anytime and get as many samples as I want. Don't expect to find any Creed, Lutens, CDG, etc. though

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    Penhaligons, Diptyque, and Miller Harris have been very nice to me. Though I did write a long ass e-mail.

    Oh yea, a year back, the following companies gave me free samples, but not sure if it will work these days:
    Acqua di Parma
    Montale
    Ormonde Jayne
    Frederic Malle
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    Quote Originally Posted by HughLloyd View Post
    I've always meant to ask, do the L'Artisan samples come in atomizers or vials? I'm guessing vials.
    Vials

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    I agree with the above posts in regard to getting samples when you make purchases. I would like to add something else as well. You need to build a rapport with your SAs. When I first went to Saks, I didn't purchase anything that day but I talked quite a bit with the SA, and showed clear intent to purchase and was given numerous samples that day. I went back in a few weeks later and made a purchase so I followed through on my end. I ended up signing up for their mailing list, and now when I would like to try something (Saks is too far away for me to go regularly), they will ship me whatever I want to try for FREE! So I think becoming friendly with the SAs can be beneficial as well.
    That's great. I am still holding a grudge that after spending $$ on a by Killian at Saks, I did not get any samples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arwen_elf View Post
    That's great. I am still holding a grudge that after spending $$ on a by Killian at Saks, I did not get any samples.
    That really sucks! It's odd because in all my experience Saks has been by far the most generous with samples, moreso that Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and even Sephora. Plus I think they employ the most knowledgable and friendly staff(no I don't work for Saks).
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    Default Re: Any places give away free samples?

    Go to Sephora, tell them your birthday is coming up and your SO wants to get you a special bottle of cologne. Tell the SA that you would like to try samples of a few (5-6) of the scents they have to see if you AND your SO like one. Or try this at any real fragrance counter...its a story that always works, I guarantee it!
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    Default Re: Any places give away free samples?

    Quote Originally Posted by danho View Post
    Go to Sephora, tell them your birthday is coming up and your SO wants to get you a special bottle of cologne. Tell the SA that you would like to try samples of a few (5-6) of the scents they have to see if you AND your SO like one. Or try this at any real fragrance counter...its a story that always works, I guarantee it!
    Now that is clever! I'm going to have to try that one out.

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    Would this work at places like Lord & Taylor, Macys, Saks, etc.?

    Quote Originally Posted by danho View Post
    Go to Sephora, tell them your birthday is coming up and your SO wants to get you a special bottle of cologne. Tell the SA that you would like to try samples of a few (5-6) of the scents they have to see if you AND your SO like one. Or try this at any real fragrance counter...its a story that always works, I guarantee it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danho View Post
    Go to Sephora, tell them your birthday is coming up and your SO wants to get you a special bottle of cologne. Tell the SA that you would like to try samples of a few (5-6) of the scents they have to see if you AND your SO like one. Or try this at any real fragrance counter...its a story that always works, I guarantee it!
    But why go through the trouble when a simple "I'd like to try a few samples" gets you the same thing?

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    Default Re: Any places give away free samples?

    I find that the "I'm a collector but need to test on my skin first" works 9.5 out of 10 times. It also helps to flirt with the lady SAs or try to buddy the male SAs. It's pretty rare that I get rejected for samples or have to make anything up. I guess if you're not comfortable just being direct, the faux birthday story works.

    At Sephora and Norstroms, they'll make you samples just by asking.

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    Red face Where to get free samples

    Hello, I am new here and have little perfumes. I live not near to many fragrance stores but would like to sample new ones. Are there any websites that offer free samples so I can try new ones? thank you.
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    Welcome to BN!

    There are many sites that offer samples, though I don't know about free. You'll at least have to expect to pay for shipping if you're not buying a bottle.

    Here's some good info: http://community.basenotes.net/showt...ghlight=sample

    Also, here's a thread on a different board, if you scroll down a little you'll see one of my posts where I detail where to get samples: http://community.basenotes.net/showt...ghlight=sample And then further down people add to the info.

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    I wrote a topic few days ago. http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=224031 maybe there's something you'd like
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    Thanks guys, I'll check out the links
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    If you go to the websites of the designer houses you can email them for samples; however, these samples will most likely be in a blister pack and are good for one use only.

    Czech and Speake offer free samples for signing up to receive their newletter.
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    don't know if everyone's serge lutens questions got answered, but I called their Us distributor at 800-848-6835 yesterday and they will send samples from the export line.

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