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
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
- 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
- Rose & Geranium leaf
- Patchouli & Tonka Bean
Day Four = Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream
- Blackberry, Grapefruit, Pear
- Jasmine, Lychee, Blue Wisteria
- White Woods, Musks, Coconut Water
Day Five = Tom Ford Femme Noir
- Mandarin Oil, Bitter Orange Oil, Ginger Extract
- Rose Absolute, Jasmine Accord, Orange Flower
- Vanilla Madagascar, Amber, Australian Sandal Wood, Lentisque Resinoid
Day Six = Viktor and Rolf Flower Bomb
- Bergamot, Green Tea
- Sambac jasmine, Centifolia rose, freesia and Cattleya orchid
- Musk and Patchouli
Day Seven = Prada Candy
Day Eight = Paco Rabanne Olympea
- Green Mandarin, Ginger Lily, Hydroponic Jasmine
- Salted Vanilla
- Sandalwood, Ambergris
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