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    Default Where to find LEGIT sample bottles?

    I remember looking in my dad's bathroom when I was younger and seeing dozens of little sample bottles in a bowl next to his regular stuff that were handed out at department stores like candy. I don't think I've seen them at a department store in years though. I'm sure there are good reasons for this, I could see how people could exploit the generosity.

    That being said, is there anywhere to obtain legit samples of 1ml or so? Most of the websites I've seen seem to have pretty bad reviews and seem to sell a lot of knock offs. I wouldn't mind paying a few dollars each just to be able to wear them for a day or two to see how I feel about them before making a purchase, I just cant seem to find any trustworthy sources. Specifically I'm looking for a place that has a fair selection of samples available, I wouldn't want to have to make 10 different orders to get the samples I'd be looking for. I've seen a lot of them on Amazon.com for instance, but most of the samples seem to be sold by the same sketchy third party vendors.

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    WELCOME!!
    i dont know where you live but Malls are a great place to go...the higher end dept. stores give samples out like candy as you put it.
    they will also take the time to talk to you and answer any questions you might have. They are trying to get you to buy....get the samples....say thank you....walk away
    BN is also a good place to get samples for good prices....trustworthy people here.

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    Luckyscent

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    I don't go to malls very often, but the nearest one to me is the Galleria in Houston. Next time I'm over in that area I'll have to ask around for some of the samples.

    Other than that, BN?

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    For small decants:
    Perfumed Court
    Lucky Scent

    direct samples:
    Bond No. 9 website has 6 samples / $15
    Creed Boutique also has samples - can't remember off hand if you need to make a purchase to get samples or not. They seem to be out of a lot of samples often though.
    Many other manufacturers have samples for sale also.

    Usually, if you go to a store and buy something, they will be more than happy to throw in a bunch of samples of some other stuff...
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Pure White Cologne
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    4.
    by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    5. Clive Christian - 1872
    6. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    7. Xerjoff - Nio
    8. Neela Vermeire - Bombay Bling
    9. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    10. Chanel - Allure Homme Edition Blanche

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    Default Re: Where to find LEGIT sample bottles?

    Keep in mind that many times when you buy a sample online, it's not going to necessarily be coming from and labeled with the original manufacturer, but instead might get a vial branded for the site you bought it for. That doesn't make them knock-offs, as they're likely decanted from actual tester bottles or actual original product.

    Feel free to hit up any manufacturers directly for samples. Sometimes they may pitch them free, other times charge a bit. This happens no matter how big or small they are. Smaller may benefit from exposure, but usually takes effort/time to decant their own samples. It's usually not high enough margin to spend much time on one-off customers.

    I've been hitting up these as a satisfied customer:
    theperfumedcourt.com
    surrendertochance.com
    theposhpeasant.com
    indiescents.com
    luckyscent.com (ok, but they're 1ml vials and I prefer 2-3ml sprays)

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    Default Re: Where to find LEGIT sample bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeMikeMike View Post
    I don't go to malls very often, but the nearest one to me is the Galleria in Houston. Next time I'm over in that area I'll have to ask around for some of the samples.

    Other than that, BN?
    BN is here...BaseNotes

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    Default Re: Where to find LEGIT sample bottles?

    It largely depends on what you are looking for. Niche frag samples can be from decants on sites like The Perfumed Court or Surrender to Chance (basically the same site), or bought direct like from Bond No.9. Creed samples can be gotten from LuckyScent or FragranceNet (or even BeautyEncounter), and Amouage samples can be purchased from PerfumesRaffy.

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    I've done well with ebay. Especially with 5ml decants of niche scents.

    Sephora offers samples. They will give you several samples if you ask.

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    Lucky Scent
    1. Dior Homme Original
    2. Musc Ravaguer
    3. Portrait of a Lady
    4. Noir de Noir
    5. L Instant Guerlain pour Homme Extreme
    6. New Haarlem
    7. Pure Coffee
    8. Blu Mediterraneo Sicilian Almond
    9. Rose 31
    10. Spiritueuse Double Vanille

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