No Spend June: A Sample a Day..

For the most part you don't even have to step into a shop to get a free sample. People are sent out into the streets to try and entice you in with a miniature product. Some brands will only give them out when you buy products but eventually you always end up with a stock pile for 'travelling;' when you know full well when it comes to your holiday you will completely forget about your sample stock pile and take a full size bottle.

My sample bag has ended up becoming a sample box so i decided it was time to try out some of the fragrance samples i have been given over the years. I am a firm believer that you should change your fragrance regularly as this way you can always smell it instead of becoming used to it. A sample is the perfect size for a day's use to really test it out. I picked out 8 fragrances that i wanted to try and i committed to wearing a different one each day for the past week. This is also part of my No Spend June series which has seen me clear out a lot of make up and beauty products and has convinced me use up products that would otherwise sit in my draw. Here is a link to the first in the No Spend June series if you want to find out more (No Spend June)

Day One = Jo Malone London Tuberose Angelica
  • Notes:
    • Tuberose
    • Angelica
    • Amberwood
All of the notes create a super floral fragrance which is rather heady. Tuberose is an old fashioned ingredient which was very popular in fragrance in the 1920s but it is now quite rare as it has become more expensive. I have tried this fragrance before in store and i can't decide if i love it or hate it but i do really like it combined with Pomegranate Noir which adds a spicy richness that Tuberose Angelia is missing on its own. I wanted to test this out as this was recently launched as part of the Poptastic range fronted by Poppy Delevingne who is a Jo Malone London Ambassador. Together they launched two limited edition bottles of Orange Blossom and Tuberose Angelica, Poppy's favourite combination. The bottles were stunning and i would have loved to have got my hands on one but i missed out. However i know i don't like Orange Blossom but i wanted to test out Tuberose Angelica to see if i would have spent £76 on one of the limited edition bottles. I like it enough that i would have spent £76 but i wouldn't spend £112 on a 100ml bottle that they sell all year round. 

Day Two = Dior Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet
  • Notes
    • Bergamot
    • Damascena Rose & Peony
    • White Musk
I've had my eye on this fragrance for a few years now but i have never got round to buying it. I always try it on when i am walking through Boots or when i am in an airport but i have never committed myself to it. It is a beautiful scent which reminds me of my favourite scent which is Jo Malone London's Peony and Blush Suede but that's no surprise as they both have Peony in them. However my problem with this one is that it never seems to last very long on me. I was always told when you can't smell a fragrance on yourself then it suits you but there is always the seed of doubt as to whether anyone else can smell it if you can't. It is definitely a lighter fragrance, which could be down to its inspiration. It was inspired by Spring and it is very sweet and floral with a feminine delicacy. I loved this all day when i wore it but i did need to keep topping it up. 

Day three = Chanel Coco Noir
  • Notes
    • Bergamot
    • Rose & Geranium leaf
    • Patchouli & Tonka Bean
When i wore it, i felt it was more appropriate for an evening as it is very distinctive with an air of mystery. It does have many different notes within it making it one of the strongest fragrances i am likely to try this week. The top note is very citrusy, Jasmine and Rose make up the heart note but the base is what gives the fragrance its power. The base notes are full of very warm, spicy smells like Tonka bean, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Patchouli and white musk. When you first spray it, it is very strong but it does mellow over time. It made me feel very sophisticated when i wore it but also for some reason it seemed a little bit too old for me. I did like this one but Tom Ford has me covered for evening fragrance and this didn't quite take its spot.

Day Four = Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream
  • Notes
    • Blackberry, Grapefruit, Pear
    • Jasmine, Lychee, Blue Wisteria
    • White Woods, Musks, Coconut Water
In my mind Marc Jacobs fragrances are the sort of scents you have as your first fragrance as they are all very light, very sweet, super fruity and not overly expensive. I'm pretty sure a lot of the girls from my school used to wear the original Daisy so maybe that is why i was reluctant to give this one a go. It is a lot lighter than some of the other scents i tried as it has notes like; pear, wisteria, jasmine and blackberries. All of which are very light and summery. I must admit i didn't have high expectations of this fragrance but i did enjoy wearing it. It is very light so you do need to top it up regularly throughout the day but it is pleasant to wear. It would be something that i would wear more during the spring/summer months just because it is that little bit lighter.

Day Five = Tom Ford Femme Noir
  • Notes
    • Mandarin Oil, Bitter Orange Oil, Ginger Extract
    • Rose Absolute, Jasmine Accord, Orange Flower
    • Vanilla Madagascar, Amber, Australian Sandal Wood, Lentisque Resinoid
This fragrance was launched just over a year ago due to the popularity of the male version of this fragrance. This one is definitely not as soft as the fragrances i usually go for and has more of a spicy, oriental tone. When i first spritzed it, it smelt very smokey and rich but as it gradually wore in, it soften into something slightly more chocolately. However there is a incense that lingers and really gives the fragrance a longevity which out lasted all of the other fragrances i have tried. I like it but this is definitely not one for me, i wish i was the sort of lady who could wear this fragrance but i am too girly for this. For me a real lady would wear this fragrance who is a bit sexy and who probably owns their own business, more of a power woman. I bet Beyonce would wear something like this and unfortunately as much as i wish i was Beyonce, i am nothing like her.

Day Six = Viktor and Rolf Flower Bomb
  • Notes
    • Bergamot, Green Tea
    • Sambac jasmine, Centifolia rose, freesia and Cattleya orchid
    • Musk and Patchouli 
I know this is a very popular fragrance but it is one that had never appealed to me. Everytime i have smelt it in a store it always seems too strong and too sweet. As the name would suggest a lot of the notes in the fragrance are florals. The top note is dominated by citrus, bergamot and green tea which softens the florals in the heart note and add a fresh clarity to the fragrance. The heart note has florals like fressia, rose, orchid and jasmine which are all very strong florals. The key base note is patchouli which does give the fragrance a little bit of warmth and depth. I have to say I was quite surprised by this fragrance, it is quite light on me and i had to use quite a few spritz to get any scent. It starts off quite sweet smelling, almost like food but it then softens. It really wasn't as floral as i was expecting. I liked the fragrance more than i thought i would but its longevity puts me off.

Day Seven = Prada Candy

  • Notes
    • Musk
    • Benzoin
    • Caramel
Once again this fragrance reminds me of being young but that's probably to do with the packaging. This is a very sweet fragrance but it is richer than the Marc Jacobs fragrance. It has notes of vanilla, caramel and musk creating depth. I must admit i am not a massive fan of fragrances that smell like food and this smells like a dessert. The first time i sprayed it i thought it was very sweet and reminded me a lot of Flower Bomb. If you are a fan of Flower Bomb and are looking for a new fragrance you would probably like this one. However the second time i sprayed it and wore it i got more of the richer notes like the vanilla and the caramel giving it more of a darker scent. It smelt more grown up than i originally thought it would but i've got to say i don't think i will be going back to this scent.

Day Eight = Paco Rabanne Olympea
  • Notes
    • Green Mandarin, Ginger Lily, Hydroponic Jasmine
    • Salted Vanilla
    • Sandalwood, Ambergris
On the final day i used this scent, i found it hidden away at the bottom of my sample bag. I have smelt this fragrance before and i have to say i didn't like it. After wearing it for a day i can still say i don't like it! It is very sweet and unfortunately i think it smells quite cheap. I know a few people who wear this and it is lovely on them but for me it isn't something i would ever buy myself.

The Roundup

Overall my favourite from the week was Dior Blooming Bouquet. I already knew i loved it and having worn it for a whole day i know i like it even more. Therefore it is also the one i would be most likely to buy. Unless Jo Malone London relaunch the Poptastic collection, i would happily buy one just because i love the bottle.

My least favourite was hands down the Paco Rabanne Olympea. I did not like this fragrance at all and it was everything i expected from this scent. Even the Tom Ford sample which isn't something i would usually use was something i found refreshingly different and enjoyed testing.

The biggest surprise was Viktor and Rolf's Flower Bomb, i had a very negative opinion on this prior to wearing it for a day. I had only ever smelt this from the top of a bottle but it doesn't do it justice. It really is a lovely scent, not too strong and not too sweet. Also it smells a lot more grown up than i thought it would. I would be willing to give this fragrance a go after testing it out whereas before i couldn't understand why it was such a popular fragrance.

This was actually quite a fun experience to use up a large stack of samples i had been hoarding "just in case." If you too have a pile of sample why not try a different one each day for a week and see if you end up really liking any of them. Samples are a great way of testing out perfumes and you never know one could surprise you. I just want to say that these are my experiences with the fragrances, if i have slated one you love then that's fine if you like it. Fragrance is such a personal thing and there are over 10 different reasons your body can change a scent and make it smell different on you to other people. Just because a fragrance doesn't suit me doesn't mean it doesn't smell incredible on you. 

PS. Sorry the pictures are so random but i don't have any relevant pictures of the perfumes i've tried. Hope you enjoyed this fragrance sampling experience. Let me know your favourite perfumes on twitter @SophaaRambles

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