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    I've collected a bunch of samples and was wondering what others do with theirs. Do you discard or keep them? On the one hand, I tend to know what I love or dislike immediately, but there's a growing grey area of scents I may want to retry. What do you say? Is there a reason to hold onto samples, once acquired -- even those you initially pretty much despise?

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    If I don't like the samples, I generally post them up on a Facebook group I belong to and send them off to someone who is interested. Other times, I will save the scent on the off-chance it comes up a lot and I want a reference/or to rediscover it.

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    give away or sell.
    or
    my more than a yr old plan in the making - make a giant decant of all samples...still waiting to find time to do this...

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    I save them unless I am certain as I've found that my tastes are changing quickly. I give away those I end up buying FB's of!

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    The ones I love I buy FBs and give away the samples. The ones I hate I save in case my tastes mature or change so I can sniff them again in the future. The "meh" ones hang around and sometimes I wear them. Most of them are nice but have some drawback (usually longevity with me) that doesn't make them FBW. I also take them on trips for variety.

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    Any samples I receive with bottle purchases I make, are usually given away.

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    I keep one of each-even if I completely dislike the perfume, almost as a sort of reference library. Sometimes you want to go back and smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    I keep one of each-even if I completely dislike the perfume, almost as a sort of reference library. Sometimes you want to go back and smell.

    cacio
    This.

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    ScentFan, your original post makes 499 posts for you.

    One more post and you will meet requirements to start a thread on the BN Marketplace to swap your samples-- or if they are official manufacturer samples, they can be listed for sale there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    I keep one of each-even if I completely dislike the perfume, almost as a sort of reference library. Sometimes you want to go back and smell.

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    Exactly right. They sit in a wooden box In the corner of my closet out of the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    I keep one of each-even if I completely dislike the perfume, almost as a sort of reference library. Sometimes you want to go back and smell.

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    Same! I do often return to a scent for reference purposes, so they're good to have around.

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    Even if it's something terrible - I try to save up at least 5 and sell em as a lot on Ebay..
    1 man's trash is another man's treasure

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    I think i'd regret it if i ever wanted to reference back to it. I'd end up having to get another sample

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    I either give them away or keep them for reference.
    Plus, occasionally, returning to a 'reject' can be interesting.

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    I give mine away as gifts or swap them for others that I may be more interested in. If I really like something and end up getting a full bottle, I may even keep the sample too just so that I have more fragrance!!
    Currently wearing: No. 88 by Czech & Speake

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    I use them, or give them away.
    Currently wearing: Norne by Slumberhouse

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    I usually give then to people in my circle that appreciate perfumes or when I do a swap or sale include then as a bonus...as I definitely see no reason to keep them if I'm not into them , might as well give another person a chance to sniff and take it for a ride...
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    I keep one of each-even if I completely dislike the perfume, almost as a sort of reference library. Sometimes you want to go back and smell.

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    +1. I still have a lot of samples of things that I don't like - and am pretty sure I never will. But I still give them a sniff from time to time just to remind myself.

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    I keep the ones I don't like or understand and give away the ones I like that have prompted a purchase, or a near miss.

    Serge Noir was one I loathed with a passion until Diamondflame kept rabbitting on about it incessantly and over the course of a year or so a combination of his blathering and the occasional tentative re-sniff led me to the conclusion that I think it's hilarious, sheer genius and absolutely worth buying.

    Of course you can just empty them all into a bottle and make a potpourri and use that as a room freshener, or if it's really good stick it in with some unscented shower gel or shampoo or whatever . . . that's fun. But then of course, when it runs out you'll hit a little depression patch because you forgot to write down the formula
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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    I keep one of each-even if I completely dislike the perfume, almost as a sort of reference library. Sometimes you want to go back and smell.

    cacio
    + 3. I keep them for later on. If I have learned anything (and I swear I have) it is that my preferences continually change. Who knows, one day in the future I may think that aquatics aren't liquid garbage.

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    I don't know anyone in my personal circle thats into frags like I am, so if its something I don't want to revisit later, I toss them. On rare occasion I've regretted it, but I'm usually right.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Keep them for reference.

    In a year, two years, you might feel like revisiting them. Perhaps you'll want to remind yourself why on earth you didn't like X when everyone said how wonderful if was, and either you'll feel happy to be confirmed in your initial impression or you'll begin to change your mind!

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    gave away tons of them!

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    Keeping most of them- mainly because of two reasons.
    1- Before making a purchase, trying to test the fragrance through (at least) 2-3 separate applications over time and see whether it is or becomes (full size) bottle-worthy.
    2- Some samples simply contain downright amazing fragrances in the first place. Thus being a good and reliable solution for a fast reapplication while away from my scent collection and/or when a full bottle is not available.
    Currently wearing: Héritage by Guerlain

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    Quote Originally Posted by saminlondon View Post
    Keep them for reference.

    In a year, two years, you might feel like revisiting them. Perhaps you'll want to remind yourself why on earth you didn't like X when everyone said how wonderful if was, and either you'll feel happy to be confirmed in your initial impression or you'll begin to change your mind!
    I feel similarly, although ones that I absolutely do not like I'll either dump or give away. These are ones that I know myself too well about--I'll never warm up to them (like Versace Eros). The ones that are lukewarm to me, or I don't like but are controversially interesting, I'll keep. One does never know if a mind will change over time. But generally if I get the full bottle I'll give away the sample to someone else.

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    I only keep the ones I that I didn't like but are popular with fellow esteemed perfumistas with who I can relate. Also keep controversial samples.
    Basically they're kept for reference.

    The rest I give to fellow perfumistas.
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    I usually give them away.
    Currently wearing: Invictus by Paco Rabanne

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    I only keep the ones I that I didn't like but are popular with fellow esteemed perfumistas with who I can relate. Also keep controversial samples.
    Basically they're kept for reference.

    The rest I give to fellow perfumistas.
    Yes, I like to refresh my memory. Even though I may not respond to something right away, sometimes I warm up to it later. Plus it's useful for these discussions. And I need to keep track of what I've already tried and what kind of stuff I don't like so I don't make the same mistakes over again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Yes, I like to refresh my memory. Even though I may not respond to something right away, sometimes I warm up to it later. Plus it's useful for these discussions. And I need to keep track of what I've already tried and what kind of stuff I don't like so I don't make the same mistakes over again.
    I should add that I also keep the ones I haven't completely understood yet.

    I also keep reformulated or original-formula perfume samples.

    For example I have a FB of vintage Santal Noble and retail samples of the current. Same with Czeck & Speake no.88.
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    Really appreciate the replies, several with considerations I hadn't thought of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Yes, I like to refresh my memory. Even though I may not respond to something right away, sometimes I warm up to it later. Plus it's useful for these discussions. And I need to keep track of what I've already tried and what kind of stuff I don't like so I don't make the same mistakes over again.
    This is what I do. Sometimes I go back to remind myself why I didn't purchase a bottle, or to see what is familiar about a new scent

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    I usually keep ones for reference. Having said that, I give away the ones I'm so sure I'm not (and won't be) interested in.
    I also keep reformulated or original-formula perfume samples.
    That's a good idea... I haven't thought about that.

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    I always keep them and take them on holiday

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    I keep one of each-even if I completely dislike the perfume, almost as a sort of reference library. Sometimes you want to go back and smell.

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    Me too! Even the ones that I don't like, or have already tried - I am currently keeping because I will take them out as a reference when I read a review that mentions them, or I want to remember what a perfume house has in its' line-up. May decide differently in future, but for now it is kind of like a library of scents for me.

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    I always keep my samples even if I strongly dislike them. It's always fun to rediscover them when I'm rummaging through my fragrance collection!

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    Whenever I receive a sample along with a purchase I try it and decide whether or not I want to re-visit it at a later time or not.

    If not I give them to my father who hates spending money on fragrances. He's been living off my samples for last two years and still probably owns +/- 75ml of samples.

    I'd really hate to throw them away.

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