Hanniballec

New member
Apr 19, 2016
Also got a parcel from Lalique. I requested samples from their men's section and their exclusive section and was not disappointed. Just email their contact us link from their website. IMG_20171102_135914.jpg
 

daioc

Basenotes Junkie
Aug 20, 2014
Re: Geo F. Trumper---Free samples, *class act.

Just had a notification from Geo F. Trumper that they're sending me a sample of the new EdP Eucris. As is often the case, a polite request for a local supplier combined with a plaintive lament that i suspected their nearest stockist was actually 300 miles away (true) proved effective.
 

Hazel5

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Basenotes Plus
Jul 25, 2016
I contacted Aesop and they were very gracious in their response, AND they are sending me three fragrance samples gratis.
 

whatupbigworm

Basenotes Member
Oct 12, 2015
Re: Geo F. Trumper---Free samples, *class act.

I know this is kind of an old thread, but here goes... I suffer from SEVERE MIGRAINE HEADACHES. Just a small whiff of certain colognes/perfumes will IMMEDIATELY send me into a tailspin & put me in bed the rest of the day hugging a small trash can.

Oddly enough this isn't enough to put me off the hobby of frangrace collecting entirely. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment [emoji19]. Anyways, I haven't had a lot of luck going to places like Sephora, or major Department stores to get samples of quality colognes.

I need to be able to dilute a very small spritz of it in a large bowl of warm water initially, to see if it affects me negatively. It's generally the "flowery smelling" & "sweet smelling" colognes that are the worst offenders. I have no idea what components of these fragrances make me so deathly ill, but I just know they do.

Any idea where I can get very small samples from good design houses, just so I can see what I can & can't wear? FYI: I don't need Tom Ford or Creed b/c I can't afford those anyway.



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Jun 13, 2021
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 - contact@parfums-frapin.com (Now chargeing $10 shipping for full set)
Cereus - service@cereusfragrance.com (fragrance wipes)
Odin - support@odinnewyork.com (US Brahs only)
Penhaligon - byrequestUSA@penhaligons.com
Floris - http://www.florislondon.com/gbp/contact (Some were told a $8 shipping charge)
Byredo - info@byredo.com
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 - enquiries@trumpers.com
Calvin Klein - http://www.calvinkleinfragrances.com/us/contact/
Atelier Cologne - info@ateliercologne.com
L'Artisan Parfumeur - info@artisan-parfumeur.com
Jo Loves - customerservice@joloves.com
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



No success:
Diptyque (Can request samples at Holt Renfrew I was told)
Chanel
Parfumerie Generale
Tom Ford
Narciso Rodriguez
Truefitt & Hill
M. Micallef
Frederic Malle (they will send 3 samples for a "shipping" cost of roughly $40)
Guerlain
A Lab On Fire (They state right on the website that they do not)
Bond No. 9
Montale
Jo Malone
Thierry Mugler (some got samples, some got denied) tmpconsumerrelations@usa.mugler.net
Miller Harris (Only UK brahs)
Kenzo
Van Cleef & Arpels


No Response:
Creed
Ramon Monegal
Mona di Orio
Acqua Di Parma
Xerjoff
Lubin
Divine
Santa Maria
Robert Piguet
Annick Goutal
Mark Birley

that list its not mine, i copied it from a fellow poster on another forum

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


So far:

Yes:
Lalique - Extremely nice representatives and they are shipping out samples. Impressive customer service and kind reps.
Aesop - Yes and very pleasant to speak too however they have "discontinued most fragrance samples" and are hesitant to give any out.
Maison Goutal - Extremely nice people to speak too

Yes but at a cost:
Trumpers - Very quick response but laughable. They only sell the sets now and it's 71 dollars US after shipping.
Czeche&Speake - 1ml samples for 3 dollars a piece, free US shipping
Escentric Molecules - 25 pounds or 35 dollars plus international shipping
Atelier - $35/30€ plus shipping
Parfums De Marly


No:
Xerjoff - Extremely rude representatives, I was shocked at they way they spoke to me.
Paco Rabanne
Bulgari - No, and extremely rude chat reps
Lacoste
Viktor&Rolf
Hugo Boss
Byredo - They play the we don't have samples, unless you buy something game.
Creed - They are conveniently out of samples and scents. I find this hard to believe.
Dolce & Gabbana
John Varvatos
Burberry
Serge Lutens - Very rude customer service reps. Very pretentious.
Acqua di Parma
Carolina Herrera
Moschino - Very rude reps as well.


No response:
Hermes
Van Cleef & Arpels
Tom Ford
Diptyque
Chanel
Zara
Guerlain
Gucci
 
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Dantheman123

Basenotes Member
Dec 3, 2018
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.
 

hednic

Basenotes Institution
Oct 25, 2007
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.
That's wonderful customer service!
 

LadyDragonFire

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Basenotes Plus
Jul 21, 2011
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.
 
Jun 13, 2021
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.

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. Decants have gotten ridiculously expensive as well. And I find it obnoxious that some of the larger perfumers whole heartedly agree that testing samples is important, and claim they do not have small samples and then then push their extremely expensive "trial or travel sets" only for me to talk to one of their reps in person who just so happened to have samples. Some houses are even charging 2-300 bucks for these sample kits, it's insane.

But you are right. In most cases the samples magically appear out of nowhere when you spend money.
 

StylinLA

Basenotes Dependent
Aug 9, 2009
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
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.
 

Andy the frenchy

Basenotes Dependent
Sep 16, 2018
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. [...]
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.
[...] 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. [...]
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.
 

StylinLA

Basenotes Dependent
Aug 9, 2009
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.
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."
 

Andy the frenchy

Basenotes Dependent
Sep 16, 2018
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."
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).
Because nowadays the brands, do not expect an ROI on a later full bottle sale, but the samples per se are a product that generates income.

As for GIT, I agree. Whoever loves it usually already owns a bottle. Hard to dislike anything when one shells out $400. 'Solid' is far from being enough to justify such prices. At that level, it is a masterpiece that is expected. Not a freshie green acquatic often compared to another $15 fragrance. Hence why I'm pretty sure that anyone who is new to this scent and test it in store (or via a sample) will pass on that one. Rightfully, imo.
 

PStoller

I’m not old, I’m vintage.
Basenotes Plus
Aug 1, 2019
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.
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.

The whole point of samples is to entice someone to buy, not to profit off the sample itself. I don't think companies have stopped providing samples because they care about resales: I think they've lost faith in their own products. They want customers to blind-buy or interact with SAs, rather than assess products at their leisure, free from the pressures of outside influences.
 

LadyDragonFire

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Jul 21, 2011
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.
StylinLA: I understand what you're saying about people who receive free samples and then sell them on ebay for a profit.
Thing is though...the people who do that often buy large amounts of things to sell or re-sell..which is why physical stores (and online stores) often enforce a policy that any one customer can only purchase a certain maximum amount of any one product! Like..for example..there are some grocery stores here where I live that will only let a customer buy a maximum of six tubes of a toothpaste. (At one time, during one shopping trip.)
So..I don't see why they can't do that for samples too. Like..just say one sample of something per customer only! I mean..you could amass stuff to sell..but it would be more tedious.
I think they just realized they could make more money when they realized there are people who will actually pay good money for samples!

BTW: I am also fortunate that I live somewhere where there are actually lots of (popular) fragrances that I can try from tester bottles in physical stores! (There are lots of things that are carried in the US or in other countries overseas that aren't available in Canada, but oh well! TBH we have lots of nice fragrance here too, which are usually the ones that people buy and wear the most anyway.)
So..I can't really complain too much. Sometimes I feel there is more of an advantage to trying fragrances from take-home samples, and opposed to from the bottle at the store, because you can possibly try the sample more than once, and smell it "properly" in your own home! Sometimes when I try perfume at the store just spritzed on from the bottle I forget later what it was even like! Or..sometimes if I buy it I realize later at home that it wasn't really like what I even thought!
That said..I have also blind-bought some things and realized that I love them! So..that can go either way!
Also..I've paid a lot of money for sample kits and realized that I dislike all of most of what's in them! Or..I'm just not so fussed about the scents! And then I feel like all of the samples I have sitting around in my room are a total waste! Because..I don't even really want to wear the tiny amount of perfume that's in them!
So...I don't really know what the best approach to testing perfume is! XD Maybe this just means I should stick to what I know and love? XD
 

LadyDragonFire

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Basenotes Plus
Jul 21, 2011
I 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! :D
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.
 

Andy the frenchy

Basenotes Dependent
Sep 16, 2018
I 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! :D
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.
Thanks! There are 4 Aesop stores here in Chicago, I'm just a lazy guy haha
I already tried their first 4 fragrances, but now would like to try the last 3... but when trying and asking for samples they state that they have none... as usual. I might go with empty vials (that's what often store say 'I would have made you a sample but we're out of vials'), so they don;t have any excuse :devilish:
 

fordc

Basenotes Member
Oct 19, 2021
I have been trying here in the U.S. to get samples from Aesop forever but when I call or email them they are always out. Also, I have been trying forever to get a few samples from Loewe with no luck and Creed, Le Labo and Fredric Malle with no luck.
Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I am very new to Basenotes and am really digging it
 
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PStoller

I’m not old, I’m vintage.
Basenotes Plus
Aug 1, 2019
I have been trying here in the U.S. to get samples from Aesop forever but when I call or email them they are always out. Also, I have been trying forever to get a few samples from Loewe with no luck and Creed, Le Labo and Fredric Malle with no luck. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I am very new to Basenotes and am really digging it
You may have better luck with retailers.
 

fordc

Basenotes Member
Oct 19, 2021
I have tried a few of the retailers in my area but it is always the same reply "we do not give or have samples". I will have to give Creed a try.
I am just getting started and it seem next to impossible to get the better samples let alone the mainstream stuff.
 
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naylor

Basenotes Institution
Oct 24, 2011
I'm sort of relieved to hear that I'm not the only one who has difficulty getting any free samples! XD
Free samples are definitely not as much of a thing now, as they were years ago. Brands would rather send free bottles to "influencers" nowadays, rather than send free samples to potential customers 🤷‍♂️
 

fordc

Basenotes Member
Oct 19, 2021
Hello Basenoters, I sent an email to the provided Creed email and I received a reply stating..."At this time, we are offering
samples of our fragrances for purchase based on availability. Our Sampler Set ranges from $39 - $78. Each vial is 2ml
and can be purchased here. With your purchase, you will now receive a digital voucher worth towards your next full-size
fragrance or atomizer purchase."

Looks like Creed is not doing free samples. Any other suggestions/ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

ultravisitor

Basenotes Dependent
Nov 4, 2014
I have been trying here in the U.S. to get samples from Aesop forever but when I call or email them they are always out. Also, I have been trying forever to get a few samples from Loewe with no luck and Creed, Le Labo and Fredric Malle with no luck.
Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I am very new to Basenotes and am really digging it
Just go to the Le Labo website. They sell the samples there. The Frederic Malle SA at Neiman Marcus was always very generous to me with samples, but he's gone now. :(
 

fordc

Basenotes Member
Oct 19, 2021
I guess I got into the fragrance game a little to late. Trying to get a few of the better name samples will cost $$$.
It seems like getting free samples is the thing of the past, which is a total bummer.
 

aioosha

Super Member
Mar 30, 2020
I guess I got into the fragrance game a little to late. Trying to get a few of the better name samples will cost $$$.
It seems like getting free samples is the thing of the past, which is a total bummer.
That is so sad, especially since these companies will literally send whole ass bottles to influensters for free just for a dang good phoney review.
 

mi-hooked?

Super Member
Oct 30, 2008
Geo F. Trumper---Free samples, class act.

Got my samples yesterday.

Here's a very brief review:

1. GTF---Pass. You may like it if you're very addicted to citrus frgs, though.

2. West Indian Lime--Pass. Over the top.

3. Milk of Flowers---Decided to pass. The clove note makes it a kind of
Jacomo Lite for Summer. Good drydown but a bit too weird.

4. Eucris.---WOW! I had my feet on the coffee table watching TV late at night and got an uncontrolable urge to wear a tuxedo and head to the Baccarat table at the nearest casino. Walther PPK optional---Get it!. Pure elegance.

5. Curzon---Anyone know what's in this? Splendid eveningwear. Get it.

6. Spanish Leather---Not enough oo's in smooth for this one. It plays around with
leather and musk. Subdued enough for officewear, strong enough for romantic encounters---Get it!

7. Sandalwood---Yes, it's good but I prefer MpG's Santal Noble.


My first purchases will be Eucris and Spanish Leather.

If you've tried these and have also been as impressed as I was, what else would you recommend?

My thanks to the Trumper co.


Mario
I got my samples from trumper probably 15 years ago and I was also impressed. I think I counted right at 20, and they were happy to send them. I really do wonder however, WHY companies print that they are not for sale, retail etc. Just try to get samples from any company any more. Even houses like Penhaligons(sp?) told me no way, yet when I asked, “then, unless you pay up to 15 bucks and more for a sample that’s supposed to be free, why would I buy any of your offerings without trying them first?” Plus, try to get samples from a house like Roja, or Ford, etc etc etc.
Geo F. Trumper is indeed a class act. One more over-the-pond company I had good rapport every time, was Floris, plus their samples are huge, and they’ll send a good number too. I don’t know about Bond anymore as I haven’t purchased from them in a while. I sent in 3 cards from 100ml boxes, and I’ve still never got anything for my “ loyalty” and that’s a deal-breaker, only of course , until I run out of Chinatown? Or Riverside, or Brooklyn. They have a pretty expensive nut there in NYC I’m sure, so it’s really just a mild irritation. Their scents and presentation are second to none. I like several Bonds, and their “refill “ program used to be worth it, probably still is, if you can throw 5-600 at them for the 2 retail bottles one must purchase to ring that bell. I still receive their beautiful postcards, but they weren’t loyal to me, and that’s a deal-brea
Companies like this, obviously know what goes on with their samples, I guess I’d rather wait and snag what I want online once the right seller appears, I too have lots of vintage Malle, Lutens, DC’d stuff, and I still under price because there’s no sample out there worth more than 12-maybe 13.99 or so, and I’ll always throw something in for the kids (extras) on multiple purchases. It’s a complete scam IMO, however if you sit back and wait, a seller will almost always appear and list at something approximating sanity.
I’d definitely try Floris, they have beautiful, deeply beautiful scents, and I think they’d probably hook you up if they don’t get gang-tackled with requests.
Last, it’s always, always helped to mention you’re a member of Basenotes, I think it projects a level of sophistication your avg buyer doesn’t mention.
Always ask for samples, everywhere. All they can do is say uh- uh, nope. I’ve actually spent time on a spreadsheet and called or emailed every house I could think of, and I thought in the end, what I received for my time was worth it. LuckyScent does give samples with purchase, or they used too, but I think any sample under 1.5 ml is ridiculous, and .7ml, yeah, not enough for my retail purchase from them. This is all my personal experience and opinion. I certainly have purchased retail before, any the samples I got from Lucky were Nasomotto or something you can get a good whiff to sample.
Hope you build your library tall and wide. Collecting fragrances has truly been a wonderful journey.
I never, ever, get sick of the hunt.
Peace out ..
-Glenn

Re: Geo F. Trumper---Free samples, class act.

How do you get samples of some of these? I don't see anything on the web page.
I called or emailed them. Should have a contact link.
 

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