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    Default What's the best way to wear samples from a dab vial?

    I've just ordered a handful of samples from LuckyScent.com and afterwards see a lot of disdain for the dab vials they're sent in. I'm sure an atomizer is a better way of doing things, but is it really worth the effort to buy empty ones and transfer them to it for just a couple of wearings? (with 2 vials + $5 an atomizer + shipping, you're looking at $15-20 for two or three wearings) I'm not likely going to do that this time around, and with that in mind what's the best way to test out these samples from the dab vial?

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    I dont like to dab normal scents but very srong scents like black aoud are ok dabbed. I will pour a drop on and gently rub it on my two wrists or neck. Spraying is indeed best though for me.
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    Just drop an atomizer right into the vial and spray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Just drop an atomizer right into the vial and spray.
    That seems easy.

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    Default Re: What's the best way to wear samples from a dab vial?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeMikeMike View Post
    I've just ordered a handful of samples from LuckyScent.com and afterwards see a lot of disdain for the dab vials they're sent in. I'm sure an atomizer is a better way of doing things, but is it really worth the effort to buy empty ones and transfer them to it for just a couple of wearings? (with 2 vials + $5 an atomizer + shipping, you're looking at $15-20 for two or three wearings) I'm not likely going to do that this time around, and with that in mind what's the best way to test out these samples from the dab vial?
    I dab first, and if I think I might possibly like them, I then dump the samples into inexpensive 2.5 ml plastic atomizers that cost me no more than 50 including shipping from the west coast. I buy these from Accessories for Fragrances in bags of 100 at a time.

    These little atomizers are also great for sharing samples with others, and I always have some in my purse-- so that if I'm at a perfume counter that doesn't have manufacturer samples, I may ask to be allowed to decant a sample myself.

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    Those crappy luckyscent vials are hardly worth the effort to decant into a atomoiser unless you have more than one of the same sample. You would get a miserable couple of sprays and thats your lot. When I have had luckyscent samples in the past I have dabbed both wrists and my lower neck area and sometimes behind both ears.

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    Default Re: What's the best way to wear samples from a dab vial?

    You are right, Jack...I tend to buy the Luckyscent samples 2 at a time per scent.

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    Dab in one spot multiple times as quickly as you can!!! If you look you should be able to see where you are dabbing, just keep dabbing in that one spot. I usually dab about 10 times to get a good idea. Those luckyscent dab samples suck, but if you do it right it will give you a fairly good assessment on fragrance longevity/projection and overall scent.

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    Place the vial on the spot, tilt. Lift and spread it using the cap. Do that 2-3 times on the same spot.

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    I'd buy a bunch of atomizers in bulk. I started out dabbing, dropping, all that stuff, and really in the end, nothing compares to spraying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Those crappy luckyscent vials are hardly worth the effort to decant into a atomoiser unless you have more than one of the same sample. You would get a miserable couple of sprays and thats your lot. When I have had luckyscent samples in the past I have dabbed both wrists and my lower neck area and sometimes behind both ears.
    Agree with this.

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    Not sure if its the best way but what I do is the first time I put on a sample I dab some on my chin and that pretty much lets me smell it good enough to wear I can probably tell if I like it or not. Of course I dab the frag a few times before I decide. I use to put in right below my nose but later thought that that was to close. If I still have some left after I'v decided to keep it or not I usually will put some a few drops on my wrist and rub. But there is nothing like a good spray.

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    I prefer the spray but if I have a dab vial I just apply it like after-shave. If its strong juice I just put my wrist on vial, a quick upside-down turn and done.

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    I also buy atomizers in bulk from accessoriesforfragrances. Yeah, it adds to an already high cost per ml, but it gives you a better approximation on performance, since if you buy the bottle, you certainly will atomize the scent later.

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    A 1.4ml vial is enough for only two real wearings for me. I open it and pour a quarter down one side of my body, and the other quarter down the other half. Result is the same as as three or four sprays on each side of body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    That seems easy.
    Lol I've never thought of that..good idea lol.
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    Default Re: What's the best way to wear samples from a dab vial?

    The problem with daubers, is that you think you are putting alot on, but really not. I turn the vial sideways so the stick gets completely wet. Then I rub it sideways on my neck, arm, chest, and I apply 1/3 to 1/2 of the juice in the vial (depending how strong it is). The mistake people make is putting a few small dots of wetness on and complaining that the fragrance had no projection. Make sure your application is spread out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    You are right, Jack...I tend to buy the Luckyscent samples 2 at a time per scent.
    I do this too - it's the only way to get more than the slightest test wear out of something I'm really curious about.

    With the first vial, I cautiously test on the back of my lower arm - not my wrist, because if I dislike something, I don't want it where there's an arterial throb ampliying it, after all. If all systems are go, then I take the rest of the vial and spread over my upper chest and then dab my wrists, neck, etc. The second wear with the second vial is usually the deal-breaker before the full bottle (or not).

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    Default Re: What's the best way to wear samples from a dab vial?

    The companies The Perfumed Court and Surrender to Chance both sell their samples in spritzers...well worth the added few cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Just drop an atomizer right into the vial and spray.
    What Id like to do. I usually get 2 or 3 samples of the same perfume and pour it into an atomizer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    What Id like to do. I usually get 2 or 3 samples of the same perfume and pour it into an atomizer.
    That's a good idea. However, I tried to do this with some Creed samples and I made a mess of things. The parfum was so thick it would hardly pour out of the glass vial. My hands smelt really good though.

    I wore a Hugo by Hugo Boss sample yesterday and it had that dabber stick, but I couldn't really make a good evaluation. I wish these companies would realize that sample sprayers are the way to go.

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    Great idea - worked very well! Thanks!

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    i just pour it on me
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeJ View Post
    Place the vial on the spot, tilt. Lift and spread it using the cap. Do that 2-3 times on the same spot.
    Great idea - worked very well! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by calilove View Post
    i just pour it on me
    So do I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    You are right, Jack...I tend to buy the Luckyscent samples 2 at a time per scent.
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    Default Re: What's the best way to wear samples from a dab vial?

    This is easy...


    I use small roll on vials, they come in 1 dram (3.7ml) and half-dram(1.85ml) size. You can see from the picture, those shown are 1 dram and are about the size of a chap-stick tube.

    I find that most samples fill a half-dram roll-on pretty well, and 2 often wont all fit! This application type will make the juice go WAY farther. I often get 4-5 wearings from a sample when applied this way, where as I am LUCKY to get 2 when "dabbing".

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