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    Default Buying decants and samples (UK)

    I did a search and nothing came up but sorry if there was already a thread on this. I've been interested in all the niche scents everyone on BN loves and really want to smell them for myself but I've only seen American sites for decants. I was wondering if anyone knows sites that do decants that deliver to the UK.
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    There's lessenteurs.com. They only do 1.5ml samples as I recall, but it's enough for you to decide whether you like something or not. I got a load of Serge Lutens samples from there.

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    Default Re: Buying decants (UK)

    Have you checked the sales forums here on Basenotes or over at Crystal Flacon?

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    Nice to meet a fellow Scotsman lol. Though, I admit, I have lost some amount of patriotism recently.
    Anyway, I will look into that site for frags I'm not sure about. Definitely.
    And what is your verdict of the Serge Lutens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thgolfer View Post
    Have you checked the sales forums here on Basenotes or over at Crystal Flacon?
    I will check them out. Thank you .
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    I have to agree with Les Senteurs , they are the only place within the UK that I know of . I would be very cautious buying samples from overseas as the glass vials often get smashed up in transit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pour_Monsieur View Post
    I have to agree with Les Senteurs , they are the only place within the UK that I know of . I would be very cautious buying samples from overseas as the glass vials often get smashed up in transit
    Note taken. If I do order from overseas I'll have to make sure they're well wrapped.
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    Les Senteurs already mentioned are great.
    Overseas I use First in Fragrance http://www.ausliebezumduft.de/index....y=GBP&cPath=23 Essenza Nobile http://shop.essenza-nobile.de/fragra...BP&language=en and Luckyscent http://luckyscent.com/ I've never had a problem other than once with First in Fragrance. A couple had got smashed in transit, so I sent an e-mail and included the picture and they were more than generous with the replacement, which included the two replacement samples and a few more as a good gesture. Obviously not their fault they were smashed, but it goes to show you that they look after their customers very well, which cannot be said for some other companies these days.

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    look for links in people's signature to (for example) "off basenotes sales" (look below). We are not allowed to advertise decant sales on this board so we have to do it discretely......
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThisIsFate View Post
    Note taken. If I do order from overseas I'll have to make sure they're well wrapped.
    If you order with a reputable store that should be no problem, I've never had breakage so far. (I've had some leaking -damn air pressure variations- but always promptly received compensation, monetary or in goods)
    Some have a;lready been mentioned, but whatevs:
    For samples: Lessenteurs (UK), Aus Liebe Zum Duft (DE), Luckyscent (US), The Perfumed Court (US)
    For decants: The Perfumed Court (US), The Posh Peasant (CA), Crystal Flacon (INT), and various off-Basenotes sales pages and social groups.


    Also consider sample programs from individual perfume houses. Ormonde Jayne, for example, offer a sample set of their entire line on their website. Andy Tauer sells samples on his own website. Vero Kern does, too.
    Oftentimes these options are cheaper than buying from specialised decanters, although their selection is obviously much wider. Your preference would depend on what you're looking to sample, really.
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    I can recommend Essenza Nobile. They're based in Germany and deliver worldwide. The samples they sell are 2.5ml sprays, which is plenty to wear a fragrance for a number of days and decide if you like it.
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    anybody know a good place to get samples or decants in the uk
    i really want to try musc ravegeur and tobacco vanille but dont want to blind buy with these two being so pricy ?

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    You could get Musc Ravageur from Les Senteurs:

    www.lesssenteurs.com

    It's free if you go there in person, or you can get it posted for something like £3. Tobacco Vanille I don't know a UK source for, but you can always use the perfumed court:

    www.theperfumedcourt.com

    They're based in the US, but ship to the UK.

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    thanks willc i just ordered the smple of musc ravageur along with ambre sultan and daim blond samples of serge lutens
    from the lessenteurs link u gave me top man any one know of any other sites like these i dont trust ebay etc

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    Hey,
    There are posters here who offer samples of just about anything. Some are located right near you...
    http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewforum.php?f=2

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    Question UK Based Sample Service?

    Does anyone have information on a UK based sample service? I'm looking for something akin to theposhpeasant.com or theperfumedcourt.com sample kits and decants but without having to pay for massive international shipping fees.

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: UK Based Sample Service?

    Unfortunately there isn't an equivalent here. You can buy samples from Les Senteurs and from scent-and-sensibility but that's about it. The other option is on Crystal Flacon and on Scent Splits where there are all sorts available from different individual sources some from UK, some Europe and most USA.

    Quote Originally Posted by PremierT View Post
    Does anyone have information on a UK based sample service? I'm looking for something akin to theposhpeasant.com or theperfumedcourt.com sample kits and decants but without having to pay for massive international shipping fees.

    Thanks!

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    I checked out Les Scenteurs - and I think I'll go with that one or try Scent Splits for some more common designer frags. Thanks
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    I emailed Les Senteurs about their sample service and recommendations and still awaiting a reply. How did you get one?

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    Most of their samples can be ordered from their online shop, if you click on the individual fragrances. There are exceptions to this, for example the Creeds, which they ask you to request by telephone. l think you can still only buy 6 samples at a time, but their service is usually excellent. l think perhaps they are just a little old-fashioned & don't really "do" emails!
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    Sorry, that was meant to say 'get on' not 'get one'. Made it sound a little demanding..

    I'll give them a ring a speak to them. Wondering why the exception with Creed though. I know they (Creed) are a little prissy about having prices printed too which must be putting people off when most of their competitors dont have such rules.

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    I emailed les s, several times and been ignored. With such a approach to a new client? I guess they lost not just me but others too. I guess economic crisis is a myth.

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    I've had only good experiences with les senteurs.
    Also, you may want to try www.ausliebezumduft.com
    their service is impeccable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarıpatates View Post
    I've had only good experiences with les senteurs.
    Also, you may want to try www.ausliebezumduft.com
    their service is impeccable.
    I've also been VERY impressed with ausliebezumduft (aka First in Fragrance). Excellent choice; excellent & speedy service. Bought about 20 samples from them - still working through them!
    Currently wearing: Aventus by Creed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papi View Post
    I emailed les s, several times and been ignored. With such a approach to a new client? I guess they lost not just me but others too. I guess economic crisis is a myth.
    Papi, it is true that Les Senteurs aren't brilliant when it comes to email. However, James and co. who work there are super friendly and helpful. Why not just give them a call? I really can't imagine that the shop is 'ignoring' your emails. It is just that they seem to operate with a slightly older style business model. There are pros and cons to this. Myself, I like the personal touch it affords.
    Anyway, just my 2 pence.

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    Les Senteurs never answered my e-mail last year, but I decided to ring them and was glad I did. They were more than helpful and generous and asked what I was looking for. When I explained I was into citrus fragrances, although they had many that I had already tried or purchased, there were some new ones to try and they sent me 7 fragrances free of charge - great service and I've gone back and bought from them.
    I also use First in Fragrance for samples as mentioned above and also Essenza Nobile in Germany who are also very good http://shop.essenza-nobile.de/

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post
    Papi, it is true that Les Senteurs aren't brilliant when it comes to email. However, James and co. who work there are super friendly and helpful. Why not just give them a call? I really can't imagine that the shop is 'ignoring' your emails. It is just that they seem to operate with a slightly older style business model. There are pros and cons to this. Myself, I like the personal touch it affords.
    Anyway, just my 2 pence.
    I agree. They are also very generous with samples when making a full bottle purchase and they have a very personal touch.

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    Shipping from TPC only $7.95 though for samples? That's like - a fiver!
    (International (orders under $75.00) by air parcel post $7.95)

    Les Senteurs have a lovely range - I just heard about them today actually from a PR person - but I wanted Tom Ford and Chanel samples at the same time so going to go for TPC as they have everything I want - including a discontinued Creed (Irisia)

    But will defo go back to them for future samples...

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    I've just bought from Luckyscent.com. I'm sure they have drastically lowered their international shipping prices? It's $6 for UK shipping and the samples are cheaper than TPC and First in Fragrance (Aus Liebe zum Duft).

    If everything goes well with this order (I have no doubt it will) I will be making this my number one sample service.

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    Default Sample vials in the UK

    Hi folks,

    From what I have seen it appears the US market is very well blessed when it comes to online retailers offering sample vials, decants etc.

    Does anyone here from the UK use sample vials as a means of testing a frag? Are there any good online retailers for this?

    I would rely on visiting stores to test, but the stores here (Belfast) have such a poor selection!

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