my stuff from zahras has been stuck in customs for like 2 weeks....this is my 3rd package from her and this never happend before.
I didnt even know she sold samples...although she gives me a ton of them everytime i get something.
I would try the other person you mentioned for samples al-munawwara...not only do they sell 3ml 1/4 tolas they also sell samples on ebay. I would also recommend the ASAQ over the al haramain....even the $200 per 3ml best al haramain makes isnt that good to me. smells like chemicals.... some of the ASAQs are ok.....i think al-munawwara also sells some arabian oud stuff.
I never ordered from al-munawwara but he has 100% positive and the only one I know of t hat sells samples of the cheaper loose perfumes.
its good you are starting with the cheaper stuff....i started with $500 a bottle single oriigin oud and amouage attars and king fahad blend....everything to me other then the best smells like crap now! so my advice to you is not to smell king fahad blend. lol