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    Quote Originally Posted by bleedredandblue View Post
    Jack - I went through the "Contact Us" form on the Hermes USA store website (http://usa.hermes.com/customer-service/contact-us/usa). (I know that's the US version - perhaps there's also one for the UK or EU?) Anyway, specified the frags I was interested in. That got me an email a day later saying they'd be sending a package. A couple from the Jardin series and Vetiver Tonka on the way!
    I wish I lived in the States as I did the same thing you did but on the UK website just asking for Bel Ami & Equipage samples and that was the response I got. I guess you cannot be lucky all the time. Enjoy your samples though and post your thoughts on them when you receive them.
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  2. #662

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    I emailed Hermes about acquiring some samples and was told they only give them out for professional purposes and that I would have to travel to one of their stores.
    Jack you're not alone. Hermes replied with exactly that answer but suggested I travel to Manchester Selfridges where there may be testers at the counter for the later additions to the Hermessence range.

    So to test once would cost me approximately 40? I think not. After that treatment I won't be buying Hermes anytime soon

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    Update - received the first package from Penhaligon's/L'Artisan. Apparently they're either owned by the same parent company or distributed by the same vendor here in the USA. Six samples, just as asked for. One was obviously a commercial sample, while five others were decants. Only bothered to smell the Bois Farine from L'Artisan last night (got them late and had to be at a big meeting today - not a time to experiment), but quite liked it in a fun, whimsical sort of way. It's obviously a bit novelty with the doughy/nutty note (kind of like a good, seedy/nutty bread), but, again, it feels like a fun, casual fragrance. Looking forward to trying out the rest, plus the forthcoming stuff from Hermes, Annick Goutal, and Trumper!

    Keep fighting the good fight with the sample requests everyone!

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    Default Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    Got a nice double-spray carded sample today in the mail from Killian for their new "Asian Tales" line. It had "Bamboo Harmony" and "Water Calligraphy" in it, in a very nice stylish presentation . All the way from France, and with real postage stamps on it to boot.

    Granted I'm not Mr. Jose Berlato Junior ( I'm actually Bob Johnson ) but at least they got my address right.

    Being on their mailing list has been a good thing, as I'm not sure how else I'd get to sample these offerings.


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    All the goods have arrived from Hermes, Goutal, Trumper! Callooh callay! The Goutal and Trumper packages straight from the streets of Paris and London, respectively. Still have one on the way from Floris. Did get rejected by Amouage and Diptyque, no reply from Miller Harris and Heeley.

    Tremendous way to get introduced to some of the niche houses. Loving Penhaligon's Endymion, and Hermes Vetiver Tonka is really, really good. Some others I've not been as into, but in most cases you can still appreciate the attention put into these fragrances and the quality of the materials.

    Many thx to the other contributors in this thread for all the great info.

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    Default Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdboy48 View Post
    Got a nice double-spray carded sample today in the mail from Killian for their new "Asian Tales" line. It had "Bamboo Harmony" and "Water Calligraphy" in it, in a very nice stylish presentation . All the way from France, and with real postage stamps on it to boot.

    Granted I'm not Mr. Jose Berlato Junior ( I'm actually Bob Johnson ) but at least they got my address right.

    Being on their mailing list has been a good thing, as I'm not sure how else I'd get to sample these offerings.


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    I emailed them requesting samples and received a response recommending I contact a point of sale. Time to join the mailing list!

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    Default Hey you! yeah you..would you like some free samples? Continue reading this.

    Hello Basenotes,


    Detterence_of_Frags once again, but this time I bring you great news! I have recently tried to obtain free samples from co.labors which would provide me with some. I am happy to being you all the great news that some companies are still willing to send you free samples. Yes, that's right! Absolutely free! No shipping charges. Every heard of Trumper & Hermes? I had inquired in regards for samples, and *poof* I recieved replies. I inquired for samples to Fredrick Malle, Trumper, Hermes. I recieved a reply from all of them, but the ones that are absolutely free are Trumpet & Hermes.

    Trumper really gives you such an assortment of samples to try out. I literally recieved 12 things in a nice bag from them. Hermes hasn't sent anything yet, but I was able to receive a message from them which requested my address so they could send me samples (so I'm currently waiting on Hermes). Malle did reply, but they charged 20 dollars for shipping on 3x 2ml samples.

    I honestly am impressed by Trumper since I've grown much interest in the Almond shaving cream I have. I will definitely be buying some. The fragrances, however, are not appealing to me. If you want some free samples then just email Trumper & Hermesand they'll most likely be able to accomodate your needs, but people..please don't forget to be corteous, nice and thankful. I can post up examples of my email to show you how an appropriate way of asking for samples, upon request that is.

    That's all for today ladies & gentlemen. I hope this was of some help to a people. If anyone else knows other companies that give free products then please feel free to reply and add so we can all help each other out. For those interested in samples and.don't mind a cost then I reccomend looking at aedes* for their 7 fragrances for 15 dollars. This is a very good deal, and I got a sample shipment from them too. No problems whatsoever.

    Enjoy!

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    Recently tried to get free samples from Frederic Malle. I guess their definition of "free" differs from mine, this is what they emailed back:

    Thank you for your interest in our Editions de Parfums.

    We would be happy to send you some samples.

    We offer a sample service. Due to its specific packing, a shipping cost of $20.00 is charged for a set of three samples.

    If you would like to select some fragrances to try, you could email your credit card details we only require the numbers on the front and the expiry date - which we will then delete immediately upon processing your order. Or if you would rather, you could telephone us at the boutique.

    Kind regards

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    A few weeks back, I visited the Creed counter at a David Jone's here in Sydney (probably the equivalent of Sak's or Neiman Marcus in the states) with the intention of smelling a bottle or two I hadn't tried yet. Talked to the sales representative for about 5 minutes about my favourites from the house, which ones I owned and what I was interested in. Left with 3 x 2.5ml sample vials even though I never asked nor intended to get samples.

    Sometimes, establishing rapport as well as being polite and courteous is the simplest way.

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    Hi guys! I glanced at this thread and saw that it was made in 2005, and I thought it was dead and tried to start a new thread, but I was informed that this one is still active! Yay I'll just copy-paste some of what I said previously:

    "Hello! I'm new to Basenotes, as you all can probably tell. Anyways, as I am a student with a small budget, I prefer to order samples before I buy a perfume, as well as to test how the fragrance works on my skin. I also wish to widen and experiment with my sense of smell. I'm rather new at identifying scents, but I'm getting much better at singling out certain notes. I've looked at older threads, but some of them are quite old and I thought it would be nice to make a new one, as companies often change policies and such.

    I've had good luck thus far with acquiring samples (still waiting for them to come though), but does anyone know of any companies that are rather generous with samples? I'm a bit far from any boutiques/malls with nice perfume counters to ask for them (I live in the middle-of-nowhere Northern Virginia).

    If anyone is interested, here are companies I've had good luck with:

    Mor (small samples of lotions)
    Omnia Profumi
    Hermes (Recieved! 3 small boxes, each containing two 2ml spray samples)
    Agent Provocateur (Recieved! A box of three different spray samples, a miniature(!!!) of one of them, and two lotion samples. Shipped from London, too.)
    Floris (Recieved! Five 2ml card vials.)
    Penhaligon's (Recieved! Three 1ml samples)
    Annick Goutal (Recieved! A lovely package from Paris with a handwritten note, a pretty bag, and 5 card samples!)
    Byredo (Recieved! Three small spray vials)
    Lutens"

    No reply from:
    Montale
    L'Artisan Parfumeur
    Lolita Lempicka
    a few others

    No from:
    Bond
    Robert Piguet
    Narciso Rodriguez
    Heeley
    Killian
    Monyette
    Narciso Rodriguez
    Parfumerie Generale
    Jo Malone
    Alexa Lixfeld
    Last edited by sweetoleander; 18th August 2012 at 03:40 PM.

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    It's probably posted somewhere in this thread, but I had great success with getting free samples from Jo Loves. As you all know, they don't offer samples online and don't have a store, so you can't try before you buy, unless you find offerings on ebay, etc. I simply emailed them, politely asking if they might send me samples as I am very keen to try the new fragrances and that I would be happy to pay for them. I got an instant reply with an offer of samples free of charge! I suppose it helps that I live in London. Not sure if they'd ship internationally.

    Another perfume brand that is generous with samples is Annick Goutal. My local store would give any amount of samples if they have it in store. The man who works there is very nice and I am never made to feel that I have to buy.
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    Default Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    Quote Originally Posted by ladymurasaki View Post
    It's probably posted somewhere in this thread, but I had great success with getting free samples from Jo Loves. As you all know, they don't offer samples online and don't have a store, so you can't try before you buy, unless you find offerings on ebay, etc. I simply emailed them, politely asking if they might send me samples as I am very keen to try the new fragrances and that I would be happy to pay for them. I got an instant reply with an offer of samples free of charge! I suppose it helps that I live in London. Not sure if they'd ship internationally..

    I asked months ago and they said they do not ship internationally.

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    Does Lutens ship internationally? I sent them an email regarding samples and received no reply.

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    Default Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    Lutens sent us a set of wax samples from France. These can be smoothed onto the skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetoleander View Post
    Does Lutens ship internationally? I sent them an email regarding samples and received no reply.
    Only wax samples which, in my opinion, are next to useless.

    Perfumes are only mailed within the EU.
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    I suppose they don't do that anymore, or they didn't get my request. Pity.

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    Default Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetoleander View Post
    I suppose they don't do that anymore, or they didn't get my request. Pity.
    Ask again! Ask specifically for wax samples and name the ones you want to try. I agree that they are not as useful as edt or edp samples would be, but even so, you can get a pretty good idea of the scent.

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    I might have to ask for those waxies..though..why wax? Oh well, better than nothin!
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    Default Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    Wax doesn't contain alcohol so no special permits are required to ship them, perhaps....think of them a a solid perfume.

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    Good points 30R.
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    I'll try again. I can't seem to find the email address for Lutens though, I cleared out my 'Sent' box and it is not on the website. Does anyone have it?

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    Have it!
    Last edited by sweetoleander; 8th August 2012 at 09:37 PM.

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    Mmm, Lutens contacted me, said they were out of stock? Weird, ugh. They specifically said, their 'little book of perfumes was out of stock' whatever that meant. I guess that meant the waxes. Disappointed.
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    Default Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    I asked Lutens for samples and they replied they'd be happy to send me samples they just needed my address and other info. As soon as I sent it they replied that they will ask the Paris boutique if they can grant my wish, been over 3 weeks so I doubt I'll be getting anything from them.

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    Default Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    Quote Originally Posted by canuck21 View Post
    ... been over 3 weeks so I doubt I'll be getting anything from them.
    No, they do take rather a long time to arrive. Hang in there.
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    My wax set sample was approved and arrived a month or so ago, absolutely beautiful presentation. I imagine they get tons of emails from folks wanting samples so it may help if you include a little info about your love for the house, your fav scents, etc. I mentioned how I use Suzan (shop france) for my bell jars and how much I love the house of SL. So, not to sound rude, but put a little effort and consideration into your request to stand out from the bunch. I'd imagine most letters they receive come off as kinda opportunistic, especially seeing as how these wax sets go for 30-40 USD on ebay. I imagine if you write "Hey I love SL can I get some samples?" it'd be ignored or request denied.

    I actually really enjoy the wax samples. To be honest, wax is misleading. If you've ever used something like Carmex lip balm you may have an idea the consistency, more of a very firm gel. I got excellent longevity from them and found them to be very accurate representations of their EdP counterparts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    No, they do take rather a long time to arrive. Hang in there.
    Alright thanks for the glimmer of hope

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    I got my Lutens samples yesterday! :0

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    There is a perfume and soap company named Mistral who offers free samples of their perfumes if you request them.

    http://www.mistralsoap.com/CTUS.html

    I think you can email them at the info email addy.

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    I've received warm responses from the following:

    Divine
    Hermes
    Trumper
    Floris
    Byredo
    Malle
    Penhaligon's

    What e-mail have you used for Lutens? There seems to be something wrong with the one they have listed on their website. My e-mails keep getting returned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefWiggum View Post
    What e-mail have you used for Lutens? There seems to be something wrong with the one they have listed on their website. My e-mails keep getting returned.
    I've not had any problem with the email address listed on their website. They'll send you "the small book" with solid perfume samples. If you subscribe to the newsletter, they will sometimes send you an email with an offer of a free sample in a glass atomiser when a new fragrance is released.
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