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I Smell. . . Evolution

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Thanks to the generosity of other fragrance fanatics, the number of samples I have awaiting my sampling has grown. A lot. This post is just to kind of chronicle how my sample racks have changed. I have no doubt that other ideas could supercede even my current ones, but for now, this is my sample rack history.

My very first sample rack was a little jewelry box. I don't have a picture of it. It got full. Some samples didn't fit in it well. And they didn't stand upright, which meant, before I opened them, I had to shake stuff down to keep it from oozing out when I opened the vials.

The second kind of sample racks I used were made from an empty Puffs tissue box. I cut out the ends and punched holes in them with pencils. For larger sample vials, I used a Sharpie marker to enlarge the holes. That tissue box gave me two nice-sized sample racks. I still use the one with bigger holes, but the one shown below is no longer in use (as of today).


A Puffs tissue box
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My next sample rack came from an idea I had after I passed my test for my CCW license. 50 rounds of ammo gave me this nice sample rack. It was perfect for thin, skinny sample vials.


A .380 ammo rack
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But not so good for larger diameter vials. Shortly after starting to use that ammo rack, my husband and I ripped out a window that needed replacing, and I had some leftover exterior window trim. Rather than throwing it into the dumpster, I used a 1/2-inch bit I had bought to install a trailer hitch, and drilled a few holes into it. It held larger sample vials well, but. . . I dunno. Aesthetically, it could use some work.


Exterior window trim
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Then, 30_Roses posted a thread about making sample racks with polypropylene pellets! Wow! What an idea! Unfortunately, the nearest store that sells poly-pellets is about 30 minutes drive away. So, it wasn't until yesterday that we were able to go to town and purchase some. We found them at a hobby store, where they had them stocked in the "Doll-Making" section and labeled as "bean bag filler."


Bean bag filler
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A 5x8 index card box
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The nice thing about the poly-pellet "rack" is that it fits all sorts of sizes of samples -- evenly oddly-shaped ones, like this Man.Aubusson sample. (It's actually a normal 1 ml glass vial, inside of a plastic holder, but I can't seem to get the vial out of the holder!)


Man.Aubusson
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I'm curious to know what other people have done to store their samples.
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  1. Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
    I've been following this evolution on the boards, but I wasn't really satisfied until I saw the poly-pellets. I'm not using anything special now (just some sample trays, packed tightly with the vials standing up), but I plan to do something with the pellets soon. It looks really good, and everybody is reporting good results. Can't beat that!
  2. Aiona's Avatar
    Yeah, I still have my poly-pellet fragrance chest. It was the final solution, although I also have the sounding board of my piano in my office, that I saved because I thought I could make it into a sample vial shelf. OH MY GOD, I'm such a hoarder.

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