i think tom ford stopped giving samples
Will provide free samples:
Hermes - USA http://usa.hermes.com/customer-service/contact-us/usa
Hermes - Canada http://canada-en.hermes.com/customer...ntact-us/ca-en
Frapin - email@example.com (Now chargeing $10 shipping for full set)
Cereus - firstname.lastname@example.org (fragrance wipes)
Odin - email@example.com (US Brahs only)
Penhaligon - byrequestUSA@penhaligons.com
Floris - http://www.florislondon.com/gbp/contact (Some were told a $8 shipping charge)
Byredo - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lacoste - http://www.fragrances.lacoste.com/US...perfume-sample (might be US only)
Hugo Boss - http://fragrances.hugoboss.com/uk/hu...en-free-sample
Geo F Trumper - email@example.com
Calvin Klein - http://www.calvinkleinfragrances.com/us/contact/
Atelier Cologne - firstname.lastname@example.org
L'Artisan Parfumeur - email@example.com
Jo Loves - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nejma - http://nejma-parfums.net/contact.html (I personally never received a response, might work for some)
Lalique - http://www.lalique.com/en_US/all-collections/perfumes
Comme des Garçons - Will send sprayed cards
Serge Lutens - Some report getting wax scented samples
No Free samples, you can purchase samples from:
Le Labo - (Sells 1.5ml spray samples for $6 each) http://store.lelabofragrances.com/en/C97/samples.html
Histoires de Parfums - (Set of 6, 2ml non spray samples : 10€ (About $13) Refundable after towards a full bottle purchase) http://www.histoiresdeparfums.com/us...ue-samples.php
MDCI (can buy sample pack though for 90 Euro, 5x12ml sample. Refunded toward future purchase of full bottle http://parfumsmdci.free.fr/)
Divine - (can buy all 12x1.7ml samples for 12 Euro) http://www.divine.fr/
Ormonde Jayne - (Discovery set 12x2ml sprays, roughly $75) http://www.ormondejayne.com/shop/other/discovery_set/
Heeley - (2ml spray samples, 3 Euro each) http://www.jamesheeley.com
Amouage - (Sampler Box for Men, all 12 for 72 Euros) http://www.amouage.com/boutique/products/?ID=578
By Kilian - http://www.bykilian.com/fr/
Maison Francis Kurkdjian - http://www.franciskurkdjian.com/frag...ns.html?lang=2
Carner Barcelona - (2.5ml samples approx $6.50. Free shipping) http://www.carnerbarcelona.com/eshop
Yosh (looks like they sell a sample pack though at luckyscent http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/secti...eet_Suite.html)
Krigler - http://www.krigler.com/
Tauer - https://www.tauerperfumes.com/samples.html
Diptyque (Can request samples at Holt Renfrew I was told)
Truefitt & Hill
Frederic Malle (they will send 3 samples for a "shipping" cost of roughly $40)
A Lab On Fire (They state right on the website that they do not)
Bond No. 9
Thierry Mugler (some got samples, some got denied) email@example.com
Miller Harris (Only UK brahs)
Van Cleef & Arpels
Mona di Orio
Acqua Di Parma
that list its not mine, i copied it from a fellow poster on another forum
That's wonderful customer service!Thank you to Lalique. I tried their newest release, Lalique White in Black, and yes, they sent me a 3ml sample for free. I emailed them a nice email and received a nice response and sample.
But remember, it's Lalique; still wonderful and still making long lasting and projective scents at reasonable prices.
Thank you Lalique.
I find it way easier in person than by email, i went to a MFK store where they said they "didn't do samples" but after chatting a bit a testing out a few scents and generally making nice they offered me two samplesIsn't it weird how that works. "No we don't do samples". Ohh you just spent 500 dollars, here have some samples!
Yes..I remember some years back I tried contacting some companies directly ( by email) to see if I could receive fragrance samples..and mostly I got denied. So..after a while I pretty much gave up. I don't even try asking about samples anymore. :/
I fully believe that many of them will probably send samples only if you buy something from them..and even then you probably have to spend over a certain amount.
Honestly..I suspect a lot of the online private vendors (who do decants) get annoyed if you only want samples and don't actually buy anything else from them too. :/
Also..sometimes they don't have samples because the samples are being sold on ebay.
Yes, the sample debates come up a fair amount.Just a little update.
I have emailed almost every company on this list and will update it as I get responses. It seems like a lot of companies are only pushing "buy and return" tactics and mention "a free sample if you buy something". A lot of these companies seem very frugal and almost offended I am even asking through a very well written email.
My take away from this so far have been:
Buy it or don't, we don't care.
We are out of samples, but if you buy something we can magically conjure some up.
Buy our sampler sets for a staggering price plus shipping
True, but if they were giving a lot of samples for free, that would kill the 'ebay' market. And now, regualr stores (like LuckyScent) ar eselling samples in an official manner.... so the ebay theory doesn't hold, imo. I just think that companies want a part of the money generated by those samples, because samples are not anymore only a way to make a profit by later generating the sale of a large bottle, but it has a become a business in itself.Samples being sold on Ebay are the main reasons the retailers at the Malls and the manufacturers themselves stopped giving them out. Honestly it's ridiculous to pay 3-6 dollars plus shipping for a tiny 0.7ml-1ml sample. [...]
As I said before, I don;t think that brands have a problem with samples being distributed for free or being resold on ebay (because anyways, the ebay buyer might buy a full bottle later). I think the brands have a problem not generating a profit from those samples sales, that has become a real business. It is enough to loook at how often the perfume houses are out-of-stock of sampler set to understand that. The sample business has reached out to a new customer segment: who wants to try for the art (real perfume nerds like us) without never having the intent to buy a full bottle.[...] Sadly, there are many out there who resell samples they got for free, and officially labeled and supplied company samples bring a premium. Unfortunately, your well intended request comes in along with many others who are simply looking for something to resell. [...]
No doubt true that samples wherever obtained do often end up in full bottle sales.As I said before, I don;t think that brands have a problem with samples being distributed for free or being resold on ebay (because anyways, the ebay buyer might buy a full bottle later). I think the brands have a problem not generating a profit from those samples sales, that has become a real business. It is enough to loook at how often the perfume houses are out-of-stock of sampler set to understand that. The sample business has reached out to a new customer segment: who wants to try for the art (real perfume nerds like us) without never having the intent to buy a full bottle.
Before that, a perfume nerd could not exist outside of metropolis.
Only in luxury dept stores they still might provide samples because however hangs out there usually buys at full retails, so it's the 'little add-on' one gets to justify the rip-off. (you know... the so-called 'in-store' experience). In my experiencce, even in those stores, as soon as they sniff that one is not going to buy, there's nothing free anymore. And in most of small perfumeries (LuckyScent or the Smallflowers group) they bill for samples, or just decline to provide samples (Le Labo).No doubt true that samples wherever obtained do often end up in full bottle sales.
The perfumers are in a tricky "box" here with samples. I'd love to be a fly on the wall for some of the discussions they must have about providing them.
The concept of spending money on sample vials and fragrance with no guarantee of return must make bean counter types buggy.
But on another level they must know it's very unreasonable to expect someone to cough up money for something they may night like long term.
Especially pricey niche brands like Creed.
I wonder if there is a known ROI for samples for any of these companies?
Fragrance is an odd product. Something like GIT is well made, generally regarded as a very solid scent. But would guess a high perecntage of people who get a sample just go "nah."
I take minor offense at sample sales or resales for profit, although I have purchased large sample lots here on BN that offered good value at reasonable prices from respected fellow members who clearly spent money and effort to amass them. That's fair. And now, I'll keep those I like and give away those I don't.Sadly, there are many out there who resell samples they got for free, and officially labeled and supplied company samples bring a premium. Unfortunately, your well intended request comes in along with many others who are simply looking for something to resell.
StylinLA: I understand what you're saying about people who receive free samples and then sell them on ebay for a profit.Yes, the sample debates come up a fair amount.
I'm quite sure your interest is strictly in order to sample scents prior to making a pricey purchase. It is not an unreasonable desire at all. Blind buying is not wise.
Sadly, there are many out there who resell samples they got for free, and officially labeled and supplied company samples bring a premium. Unfortunately, your well intended request comes in along with many others who are simply looking for something to resell.
Further, I don't know what the conversion rate is for companies that do send out free samples, but guessing many companies have found it's not worth the cost.
I am very blessed to be living in a metropolis with nearly every scent available at retail level. I've had tremendous success getting samples at retail stores because they mostly know me and know I make purchases.
Thanks! There are 4 Aesop stores here in Chicago, I'm just a lazy guy hahaI had some samples from Aesop but I received them when I bought a few products at a store. (One of their physical store locations at a mall.) They didn't technically charge money for the samples, they were just thrown in as an add-on. But..I received them when I spent a certain amount of money.
By the way..on a slightly different subject...I actually love Aesop and I do highly recommend trying their products at least once in your life! lol I'm not getting paid to say that..I actually do just like them lol!
I didn't buy their fragrance per se though...I like some of their facial skin care line! I think a lot of their products smell so good they are almost all like aromatherapy though!
Also..I was honestly impressed with the quality of customer service I received at an Aesop store!
At least..at the location I went to one of the customer service reps even brought me a nice cup of herbal tea! And..I was able to test a few products at their sink before buying!
So yes..I agree..Aesop are very good! (That's if you go to a stand alone store though which they don't have everywhere.)
Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom carry a lot of the Aesop line too (and Holt Renfrew as well here in Canada.)
I'm not sure how they are with the samples or testing of products.