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    Default Are these good fragrances to sample?

    I will be trying 1 mL samples of the following:

    1. Narciso Rodriguez For Him
    2. Burberry London
    3. Hermes Terre D'Hermes
    4. YSL Body Kouros
    5. Thierry Mugler Cologne
    6. Lancome Hypnose Pour Homme
    7. YSL La Nuit de L'Homme
    8. John Varvatos for Men
    9. Prada Amber Pour Homme
    10. Guerlain Homme
    11. Kenzo Power
    12. Paco Rabanne Black XS
    13. Gucci Envy
    14. Gucci Pour Homme II
    15. Cartier Roadster
    16. YSL M7
    17. Bvlgari Black
    18. Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme
    19. Hermes Un Jardin Sur le Nil
    20. Le Labo Rose 31
    21. Dior Homme
    22. YSL Kouros
    23. Acqua Di Parma Colonia
    24. Chanel Egoiste
    25. Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    26. Montale Black Aoud
    27. Bleu de Chanel
    28. Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    29. One Million
    30. Serge Lutens Chergui
    31. Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille
    32. Lalique Encre Noir
    33. Caron Pour un Homme
    34. Cartier Declaration
    35. Aqua Fahrenheit
    36. John Varvatos Vintage
    37. Prada Infusion d'Homme
    38. Creed Aventus
    39. Guerlain Vetiver


    Is that a good list? A 1 mL sample of all 39 of those, including shipping, would cost me about $136. Would I be better off buying a few big bottles or is it a good idea to sample all of these? I already tried Fahrenheit, Musc Ravageur, Le Male, most Versace fragrances, etc. Any opinions are welcome.

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    Default Re: Are these good fragrances to sample?

    Those are excellent choices. Remember that your taste will change over time, so dont be afraid to go back to them even if you dont like one at first. Enjoy!

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    Great list, very diversified too, testing them will almost certainly be a great experience

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    Nice list. Personally I'd skip ordering samples of some easy to sample in retail fragrances from brands like Lancome, Chanel, Burberry, Dior, Gucci, Paco Rabanne but it is certainly better to order samples rather than blind buy full bottle. You have nice selection there and once you go through multiple wearing of each, you should have good idea what kind of fragrances you like. Also, do not forget that your taste will change over time and each fragrance wears different in different weather.
    TOP 5 hot weather:

    1. Gucci Pour Homme II
    2. Lalique Encre Noire
    3. Creed Aventus
    4. Creed Millesime Imperial
    5. Azzaro Chrome Sport

    TOP 5 cold weather:

    1. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
    2. Chanel Coromandel
    3. Dior Homme Intense
    4. Dior Homme
    5. Byredo 1996

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    I agree that that is a very good list, however I would be inclined to sample some in store where possible in order to reduce the cost by half, this shoud leave you with more money to perhaps buy one from the designer range in full, or at least a couple of decants.

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    Cancel the order! CANCEL!!!










    Remove 1 Million then proceed

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    Good list. I agree with Dreamer81, you could save yourself a few bucks by sampling most of the designer fragrances at any mall.

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    Out of the ones I've tried, there's a handful in there I didn't think earned their reputation(Terre D'Hermes, Chergui, Encre Noir, Envy), but you might like them so go for it.

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    I reduced the list of 39 fragrances to 16. I remember seeing a lot of them at Sephora, and I know they have test bottles for almost every fragrance they sell. Here's what I will be buying samples of:

    1. Body Kourous
    2. Hypnose
    3. Black XS
    4. M7
    5. Hermes Un Jardin Sur le Nil
    6. Rose 31
    7. Kourous
    8. Acqua Di Parma Colonia
    9. Egoiste
    10. Black Aoud
    11. Chergui
    12. Un Bois Vanille
    13. Encre Noir
    14. Caron Pour un Homme
    15. Creed Aventus


    I chose to purchase samples of those because Sephora doesn't carry them and I don't want to travel store to store to find some of those niche fragrances. I will try the other 24 fragrances at Sephora. I hope they have coffee beans, they will be needed!

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    Default Re: Are these good fragrances to sample?

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer81 View Post
    You have nice selection there and once you go through multiple wearing of each, you should have good idea what kind of fragrances you like. Also, do not forget that your taste will change over time and each fragrance wears different in different weather.
    +1 ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amw9490 View Post
    I chose to purchase samples of those because Sephora doesn't carry them and I don't want to travel store to store to find some of those niche fragrances. I will try the other 24 fragrances at Sephora. I hope they have coffee beans, they will be needed!
    all the beans in the world aren't going to help you, once you fatigue it's over. you'll think you're still sampling but you'll be getting only a fraction of the notes, thus altering the actual smell of the fragrance. you will need to make multiple trips or see if you can take some samples home with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amw9490 View Post
    I reduced the list of 39 fragrances to 16. I remember seeing a lot of them at Sephora, and I know they have test bottles for almost every fragrance they sell. Here's what I will be buying samples of:

    1. Body Kourous
    2. Hypnose
    3. Black XS
    4. M7
    5. Hermes Un Jardin Sur le Nil
    6. Rose 31
    7. Kourous
    8. Acqua Di Parma Colonia
    9. Egoiste

    10. Black Aoud
    11. Chergui
    12. Un Bois Vanille
    13. Encre Noir
    14. Caron Pour un Homme
    15. Creed Aventus


    I chose to purchase samples of those because Sephora doesn't carry them and I don't want to travel store to store to find some of those niche fragrances. I will try the other 24 fragrances at Sephora. I hope they have coffee beans, they will be needed!
    I've highlighted the ones worth owning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    I've highlighted the ones worth owning.
    You forgot Aventus

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    A good list of samples and a great way to calibrate your taste's to find out what you like and dislike.

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    I say, sample everything you can get your hands on. I'm lucky if I like 1 out of 100, but I still enjoy experiencing the sampling.

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    Please don't miss out on sampling Narciso Rodriguez for him. I don't think that's available to sample at any Sephoras any longer.
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    Default Re: Are these good fragrances to sample?

    Quote Originally Posted by amw9490 View Post
    I reduced the list of 39 fragrances to 16. I remember seeing a lot of them at Sephora, and I know they have test bottles for almost every fragrance they sell. Here's what I will be buying samples of:

    4. M7
    6. Rose 31
    7. Kourous
    8. Acqua Di Parma Colonia
    9. Egoiste
    10. Black Aoud
    11. Chergui
    12. Un Bois Vanille
    13. Encre Noir
    14. Caron Pour un Homme
    These are worth owning.
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    At our Nordstroms in Ft. Worth they will make up a spray sample for you for any fragrance you wish to try. They are great. Are you near a Nordstroms? (Our Neiman Marcus store is very generous as well.)

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    Default Re: Are these good fragrances to sample?

    A nice variety of samples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amw9490 View Post
    I will be trying 1 mL samples of the following:

    1. Narciso Rodriguez For Him
    2. Burberry London
    3. Hermes Terre D'Hermes
    4. YSL Body Kouros
    5. Thierry Mugler Cologne
    6. Lancome Hypnose Pour Homme
    7. YSL La Nuit de L'Homme
    8. John Varvatos for Men
    9. Prada Amber Pour Homme
    10. Guerlain Homme
    11. Kenzo Power
    12. Paco Rabanne Black XS
    13. Gucci Envy
    14. Gucci Pour Homme II
    15. Cartier Roadster
    16. YSL M7
    17. Bvlgari Black
    18. Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme
    19. Hermes Un Jardin Sur le Nil
    20. Le Labo Rose 31
    21. Dior Homme
    22. YSL Kouros
    23. Acqua Di Parma Colonia
    24. Chanel Egoiste
    25. Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    26. Montale Black Aoud
    27. Bleu de Chanel
    28. Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    29. One Million
    30. Serge Lutens Chergui
    31. Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille
    32. Lalique Encre Noir
    33. Caron Pour un Homme
    34. Cartier Declaration
    35. Aqua Fahrenheit
    36. John Varvatos Vintage
    37. Prada Infusion d'Homme
    38. Creed Aventus
    39. Guerlain Vetiver

    Is that a good list? A 1 mL sample of all 39 of those, including shipping, would cost me about $136. Would I be better off buying a few big bottles or is it a good idea to sample all of these? I already tried Fahrenheit, Musc Ravageur, Le Male, most Versace fragrances, etc. Any opinions are welcome.
    these to me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleMonkey View Post
    Remove 1 Million then proceed
    and Aqua Fahrenheit.
    my current top five (always in transition)

    Dior Eau Noire
    HdP 1725 Casanova
    eau de gloire parfum d'empire
    Dia man Amouage
    comme des garons man 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by amw9490 View Post
    Narciso Rodriguez For Him
    Hermes Terre D'Hermes
    Gucci Envy
    Gucci Pour Homme II
    YSL M7
    Bvlgari Black
    Le Labo Rose 31
    Dior Homme
    YSL Kouros
    Acqua Di Parma Colonia
    Chanel Egoiste
    Lalique Encre Noir
    Caron Pour un Homme
    Cartier Declaration
    Guerlain Vetiver
    these would be some of my choices.
    my current top five (always in transition)

    Dior Eau Noire
    HdP 1725 Casanova
    eau de gloire parfum d'empire
    Dia man Amouage
    comme des garons man 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by amw9490 View Post
    4. M7
    6. Rose 31
    9. Egoiste
    10. Black Aoud
    11. Chergui
    12. Un Bois Vanille
    13. Encre Noir

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