Monday, 11 August 2014


Gosh I love "try before you buy" opportunities, and there's a great website where you can purchase top brand perfume samples for a very small outlay - MyPerfumeSamples. My darling friend IndieAna put me onto this US company - they decant genuine fragrances into sterile glass vials and small atomisers so that customers can actually wear a perfume to see how it performs on their skin before deciding whether to fork out the big buckaroos for a retail store bottle. I think it's a fabulous idea, and one I'll be taking advantage of on a regular basis...

They also sell retail samples in the original manufacturers packaging - like the ones they hand out at perfume counters or included in GWP's, but I haven't explored those yet. Oh and gift vouchers are available, from $25-$100 - this is going to well and truly eliminate some of my Christmas shopping headaches!

I recently placed my first order, and the parcel arrived safe and sound 10 days later. Apart from a whole range of individual scents, they do gift sets as well - collections of fragrances by perfume houses, seasonal mixes or categories (e.g. "White Florals", "Noir", "Top 5 Fragrances of 2013") that would make terrific pressies, and they all come prettily packaged. Not every fragrance manufacturer is listed, nor is every perfume available in each range (currently 423 in the women's section), but most of the big brands are there, along with some lesser known ones. They have weekly specials, and there's also a rewards program where you score points for every purchase you make - even more if you review the fragrance, or refer a friend. You can then redeem the points to reduce the cost of future purchases...

Prices vary depending on the brand, but the majority start from US $2-3. Sizes range from 1ml to 3ml vials, or 3ml and 5ml mini-atomisers, and they have men's colognes too. The glass vials arrive attached to cards with an identifying sticker, and are sealed inside cellophane bags - the atomisers have the label inked onto the glass, are also bagged in cellophane, and they're boxed and be-ribboned like the one above. Sweet!

So what did I order? 

Be Delicious Skin by DKNY 2ml vial
Oriens by Van Cleef & Arpels 2ml vial
Incanto Dream Golden Edition by Salvatore Ferragamo 1ml vial
Crystal Noir EdT by Versace 3ml atomiser
Velvet Orchid by Tom Ford 1ml vial
Violet Blonde by Tom Ford 1ml vial

All up I received six fragrances totalling 10ml for $33, including postage. Holey guacemole I'm thrilled to bits, and floating around in fragrance heaven! I've already made up a wishlist for my next order that includes Jo Malone Amber & Ginger Lily Intense and the new Versace Bright Crystal Absolu - expect to see a whole bunch of perfume review posts from me in the months ahead...

And if you're as heavily into anything to do with perfumes as I am, check out Gemma Sapphire's Fragrance Appreciation Week - I reckon it's going to be fabulous 

Take care of you,
kats xxx


  1. Oh Kats :) you are such a hunny bunny. Thanks for sharing my blog beautiful.
    What a lovely happy experience you've had with My Perfume Samples. You've got me grinning from ear to ear, your happiness is contagious!
    I love being able to try before buying especially with such costly purchases. I'm gunna have to start a wish list've got me lusting big time! :D
    Sounds like you're going to have a ball playing with your new scents and I can't wait to read all about them xxx

    1. You're so welcome pumpkin ♥ I'm almost as excited about fragrances as I am about colour and eye makeup - problem is it's HEAPS more expensive, so I have to reign in my passion, however this website just might be the solution. I was really thrilled with the whole experience xxx

  2. What a great write up on "My Perfume Samples", Kat. This makes me want to purchase right now! LOL. I can't wait to read about what you think of these scented goodies xx

    1. Hey Indie, can't thank you enough for mentioning this site on your blog - I think you've started something MAJOR in my life lol ♥

  3. I bookmarked this site ages ago to look into and promptly forgot about it! Thanks for the reminder, I'm going to have a looksie over the weekend :)

    1. I'm so glad to have jigged your memory maydayismyday - if you decide to place an order, I'd love to know what you choose hon xxx

  4. What an awesome way to try new perfumes! Thank you for sharing. :) I'm doing a perfume post very soon too, it'll probably be up tomorrow, hopefully if I can pull it all together in time! :) xx

    1. Gosh there's something going on with fragrances at the moment hey Candy - posts popping up everywhere! I think it's because Spring isn't far away :-) Very much looking forward to yours hon. I'm quite excited about this perfume site, and Gemma's reviewed another one over at Lady Sapphire Blogs - we're all going to smell like angels lol...