My Perfume Samples Haulage

So my obsession with Perfumes was at its peak. However, I didn’t want to purchase them locally because they’d be more expensive and I wouldn’t receive anything else with them (as a gift with purchase or loyalty points or whatever else) no matter how extortionate the price was, and and I wouldn’t know if I was getting an older batch (potentially expired) and worst of all, I wouldn’t know if they were fake or not, but mostly I was anxious about purchasing locally because of this (Perfume Fail). If I bought them online, they’d be new, less expensive and more often than not, I’d receive a gift with purchase or samples or something. However, I wouldn’t be able to give them a sniff beforehand, and based on previous experience, I’m not really the luckiest when it comes to blind-buys.

Even though I’d love to, I couldn’t sign up for those monthly subscription boxes (such as Scentbird and the like) because the cost of shipping to Kuwait via Aramex, would add up to something ridiculous. In comes MyPerfumeSamples.com which was exactly what it sounded like! You pick out the scents that you wanted and the sizes that you preferred (with the pricing varying from scent to scent) and they’d ship them over. Up on the website, each scent had the fragrance notes and the year it was released and so on, listed next to it. I purchased a handful, in varied sizes.

Sample Vials: smallest size and cheapest, comes with a dip-stick applicator (I only got 1)
Pocket Sprays: bit bigger, comes with a spray mechanism and a cap (I got 5)
Travel Sprays: substantially larger, comes with a spray mechanism and a cap, wider spread (I purchased 6 but only 5 arrived)

Each sample came in a plastic sachet of it’s own, with the name of the scent printed on the actual sample (so handy!) and they were all packed together in a bubble-wrapped package within a package. Since looking at plain samples can get boring, I decided to add photos of the actual perfume bottles as well. Now on to the Perfumes (samples) that I’d ordered…

Versace, Versace, Versace

Versace Red Jeans Eau de Toilette (Travel Spray) retails for $7.95
Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme Eau de Parfum (Pocket Spray) retails for $9.95
Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Parfum (Pocket Spray) retails for $5.95
Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Toilette (Pocket Spray) retails for $4.95

Note the discrepancies in the pricing. I actually wanted to buy Versace Eros Pour Homme (it looked cooler and Jeremy Fragrance won’t shut up about it), but I figured I should give the women’s version a chance first since you know, I’m a woman and all, which is why I picked up Versace Eros Pour Femme. Not gonna’ lie, it was mostly the name and the fragrance notes that attracted me to Dylan Blue Pour Femme. Doesn’t Dylan Blue sound so… American? As for Versace Red Jeans, I had to get it in the larger Travel Spray size because this was my first “big girl” fragrance when I was a kid!

Versace Red Jeans Eau de Toilette (Travel Spray) retails for $7.95

Top Notes: Apricot, Freesia, Peach, Blackcurrant
Heart Notes: Lily-of-the-valley, Rose, Violet, Waterlily
Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla

I got this purely for sentimental reasons. I didn’t purchase it in the tiny Sample Vial size, because there was no way I was going to put this thing anywhere near my skin… I mean, the scent was released in 1994 and no offense to MyPerfumeSamples.com but their website doesn’t instill much confidence (their Perfumes could potentially be… well… ancient). I didn’t go for the Pocket Spray size either, because I figured it would have a more concentrated “spread”. My best bet was to go with the Travel Spray size which I guessed would probably have a wider “spread”, making it ideal for spraying on my clothes rather than directly on to my skin. I was not wrong.

As soon as I took this baby out of the plastic sachet, I could smell my childhood! I took off the cap and spritzed some of this stuff on a tissue and was disappointed by the alcohol-y smell (called it!) but after some time (a minute or two) was relieved to find that it started smelling like my childhood, again! Man, I even remember the tin packaging lol I believe I might’ve referenced this baby once or twice before, on my blog. That said, it’s not the most amazing scent in the world. It just means something to me because it reminds me of happy days, is all.

Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme Eau de Parfum (Pocket Spray) retails for $9.95

Top Notes: Blackcurrant Sorbet, Granny Smith Apple, Clover, Forget-me-not, Shisolia
Heart Notes: Petalia, Rosyfolia, Eglantine Rose, Peach, Jasmine Sambac
Base Notes: Patchouli, Blond Woods, Musk, Styrax

I don’t quite know what I was expecting from Dylan Blue, but it was not this. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not actually a bad scent. It’s kinda’ nice, but it’s just not really my thing. You can actually smell the Granny Smith Apple in this, at first, before it turns all floral and I just don’t do florals. Personally, I’d describe the scent as a fruity floral. I feel like I could definitely find something similar at Victoria’s Secret or even Bath and Body Works. In fact, Dylan Blue kinda’ reminds me of A Beautiful Day from Bath & Body Works. In my eyes, the bottle does not reflect the scent, like, at all. Not that I like the bottle all that much, but I feel like they were going for a more sophisticated vibe with the bottle, but the scent belies that. Also, there’s something in there that really bugs me. I’m gonna’ go out and limb here and say it’s the Peach (I can’t stand the scent of peaches). See? Now I know not to purchase this in the full size. Perfume Samples… saving you money, one sniff at a time! Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme Eau de Parfum was released in 2017.

Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Parfum (Pocket Spray) retails for $5.95
Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Toilette (Pocket Spray) retails for $4.95

I didn’t know which one to go for, so I got both. The notes in both sounded right up my alley and honestly, sometimes the Eau de Toilette does end up smelling nicer than the Eau de Parfum and I didn’t want to miss out. Also, I thought it would be fun to compare them to each other! Hopefully, you can tell from the packaging but the EDP (on the left) is full-on Gold (lol typical Versace) whereas the EDT (on the right) is also Gold but with a less reflective bottle since the middle is partially transparent. In addition to the face of the bottles, even the caps have a depiction of Medusa embossed on them lol

Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Parfum (Pocket Spray) retails for $5.95

Top Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Calabrian Bergamot, Pomegranate
Heart Notes: Lemon Flower, Jasmine Sambac, Jasmine Infusion, Peony
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Ambrox, Musk

As you can see by the smeared print, this thing must’ve spilled during transit. It got all over my hands when I took the sample out of the packet. Also, it legit smelled like Bug Spray… with some sugar and lemon thrown into the mix. It’s definitely a floral, blech! I don’t understand how the Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette can smell so different on Versace Eros Pour Femme… Anyways, I really don’t like this scent. Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Parfum was released in 2014.

Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Toilette (Pocket Spray) retails for $4.95

Top Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Mandarin, Raspberry Sorbet, White Currant, Calone
Heart Notes: Freesia, Magnolia, Jasmine Petals, Orange Blossom
Base Notes: Sensual Woods, White Patchouli, Musk

Good God, this thing smells so good! It’s syrupy sweet (I could swear I smell Black Currant but it’s not listed so I guess it’s the White Currant?) mixed in with a whisper of uplifting lemon tempered with a delightfully powder-y musky quality! Just… WOW! It actually reminds me of Philosophy Unconditional Love Eau de Toilette (review here). Yeah, I’m totally flirting with the idea of purchasing the full size of this baby (and by full size, I don’t mean a bigger sample, I mean the actual perfume) at some point! This scent is absolutely deelish! Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Toilette was released in 2016.

Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau So Decadent Eau de Toilette (Pocket Spray) retails for $7.95
Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau de Parfum (Pocket Spray) retails for $5.95

Again, couldn’t decide between these two, so I just went ahead and got both. I’m pretty sure I spotted one of these at our local Sephora, but didn’t bother giving it a sniff (such a shame), because I wasn’t as obsessed with Perfumes at the time and also, thought the bottle was gaudy (minus the snake print of course, which I will alway stan… hard). The bottles are supposed to resemble handbags or purses or whatever. The darker one is the Eau de Parfum (left) whereas the lighter and brighter one is the Eau de Toilette (right).

Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau So Decadent Eau de Toilette (Pocket Spray) retails for $7.95

Top Notes: Blackcurrant, Green Ivy, Nashi Pear
Heart Notes: Lily of the Valley, Jasmine, Magnolia
Base Notes: Raspberry, White Amber, Cashmere Woods

At first I was like Oh, eww, eww, eww! More Bug Spray? Then, it started morphing into something that smelled surprisingly delightful! It just smelled so… fresh! Not citrus-y fresh, nor aquatic fresh or even soap-y fresh. I’d describe it as a green scent, sorta’ like taking a walk in a garden! It’s totally not my thing and yet, I can’t stop sniffing this scent! I don’t believe I’ve ever smelled any fragrance quite like this one before! This is why I love Perfumes (I say that, as if this newfound obsession wasn’t… newfound lol), because they just elicit all kinds of feelings and trigger all sorts of memories and they’re just sooo… magical! With that being said, as much as I adore this scent, I’m still a wee bit anxious about splurging on a Fragrance that’s not my “typical” style. On the other hand, this baby would be absolutely perfect for hot summers in Kuwait! Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau So Decadent Eau de Toilette was released in 2017.

Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau de Parfum (Pocket Spray) retails for $5.95

Top Notes: Italian Plum, Iris Flower, Saffron
Heart Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac, Orris
Base Notes: Vetiver, Papyrus Woods, Liquid Amber

Honestly? Had it not been for all those YouTubers gushing about this scent, I probably wouldn’t have purchased it. In fact, in all the time that it had been out on display at Sephora, I never even bothered to give it a sniff! Now that it’s no longer available (I checked), I’m kicking myself for judging it purely based on the packaging. I mean, if you got rid of the tassel, it wasn’t that bad, or at least, not as bad as the packaging on the EDT version. From the second I spritzed this baby on, I was completely smitten! It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, a little powdery, a little floral-y and a little woodsy… and yet somehow it just works! Again, I’ve never smelled anything quite like this before! Great job, Marc Jacobs (and team)! While the EDT would be classified as a Spring/Summer scent, the EDP is definitely an Autumn/Winter scent. In fact, the EDP makes me think of a leather couch and a roaring fireplace and lots and lots of glorious hardcover books! Between this EDP and the EDT, I don’t know which one is more addictive! Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau de Parfum was released in 2015.

Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme Eau de Parfum (Sample Vial) retails for $3.99

The Sample Vial came firmly attached to the card (via the tab sticking out in the back somehow wedged into the hole in the card) to stop it from wriggling around. It took some effort to get the cap off and once I did, I accidentally spilled some of this stuff all over the place. If you happen to be interested in ordering any of the Sample Vials, now you’ll know what to expect and hopefully be more careful than I was lol

I’ve just recently purchased Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme Eau de Parfum (haulage here) but I ordered the Sample Vial to test it out versus the real thing, so I could see if these Samples were authentic or not (verdict: they’re authentic).

Smart or paranoid, you decide!

Estee Lauder Youth Dew Eau de Parfum (Travel Spray) retails for $9.95

Top Notes: Aldehyde, Spicy Notes, Orange, Peach, Bergamot
Heart Notes: Clove, Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon, Rose, Orchid, Cassie, Carnation, Jasmine
Base Notes: Amber, Frankincense, Peru Balsam, Tolu, Benzoin, Vanilla, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Musk, Vetiver

During my delve into the world of Fragrances, I kept noticing a certain term that kept popping up, Aldehyde. I had no clue what it meant, but heck if I wasn’t intrigued! Once I googled it, Estee Lauder Youth Dew Eau de Parfum was the first hit. That put Youth Dew on my radar. Apparently, it was a “classic” and everyone’s grandma wears and swears by Youth Dew! Between the fact that it was launched in 1953 and the back story and the retro look of the bottle, I kinda’ got caught up in the romance in the idea of wearing Youth Dew myself, to the extent that when I spotted it on Nordstrom.com I was this close to ordering it!

Thankfully, I spotted Youth Dew on MyPerfumeSamples.com and ordered a Travel Spray to play around with (no way was I spraying this on my skin). I didn’t know what to expect, but I was thinking it would be something overly floral. I could not be more wrong. Basically, Youth Dew smells like Dettol Antiseptic Liquid (eye-watering) + Nivea Creme (lotion-y) + Johnson’s Baby Powder (powdery) + Tiger Balm (medicinal) + Baby Diapers (sometimes Jasmine registers as sewage to my nose). It. Was. Awful. If that wasn’t bad enough, the performance was “beast mode”! Youth Dew pretty much scented everything in the vicinity and lasted and last and lasted…. Basically, Youth Dew was the single worst smelling “Perfume” I’ve ever (ever!) smelled in my entire life!

With that being said, a full 24 hours later, it morphed into a lotion-y type of smell. Not suntan lotion. Not floral-y lotion. Just plain ol’ lotion kinda’ like Nivea Creme, all powdery and well… lotion-y. I could see why it was well loved by all the grandmothers, but it just wasn’t my thing, especially since it was practically toxic at first, and took sooo long to quiet down and even then, it was still a bit too strong (but no longer as offensive as when I first spritzed it on).

Estee Lauder Cinnabar Eau de Parfum (Travel Spray) retails for $13.95

Top Notes: Aldehyde, Spicy Notes, Peach, Bergamot
Heart Notes: Clove, Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon, Orris, Jasmine
Base Notes: Amber, Patchouli, Vanilla, Vetiver

I got Cinnabar for the same reason I got Youth Dew. I wanted to know what Aldehyde smelled like and this baby was also touted as a “classic” and what with the retro bottle and the enticing name (Cinnabar was definitely gonna’ have some form of Cinnamon in it) and everything, I kinda’ got caught up in the romance of it all. It was also available on Nordstrom.com as well, but thankfully I held off on purchasing it. I got it in the Travel Spray because there was nay chance I was going to spray this directly on to my skin.

At first, it smelled like a spice rack, honestly. I could see this as a Candle, but I just didn’t see this working as a Perfume (then again, what do I know? I just started my “Perfume Journey” only recently). After 24 hours, it changed into a blatantly old-school floral. Actually, once it had fully dried down and all the spiciness was gone, it kinda’ reminded of me Cartier La Panthere Eau de Parfum (haulage here) or better yet Pompeia. To sum up the review of this scent in a word… yuck! Estee Lauder Cinnabar Eau de Parfum was launched in 1978.

Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Misteriosa Eau de Parfum (Travel Spray) retails for $9.95

Top Notes: Wild Blackberry, Neroli
Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Tuberose
Base Notes: Black Vanilla Mousse Accord, Patchouli

Mmmm, yum! I never would’ve purchased this if it hadn’t been for people singing this baby praises on YouTube. I was so sure I’d enjoy it, that I got it in the Travel Spray size (because it held more liquid and therefore meant I could play around with this thing for longer and even wear it out and about). With that being said, it smells like an ever-so-slightly more mature version of Dark Kiss from Bath and Body Works, to be honest. I’ve only ever owned one perfume by Salvatore Ferragamo and it was called Incanto Dream and it refused to finish up. In fact, it seemed like it would magically replenish itself overnight. I got so sick of it, to the extent that even just looking at the bottle would annoy me, that I just ended up giving it away. Based on that alone, I don’t think I’ll be going out of my way to purchase Signorina Misteriosa. If I spot it locally, sure, I might buy it. However, Dark Kiss is more readily available (at Bath & Body Works) and costs much cheaper and just smells better! Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Misteriosa Eau de Parfum was launched in 2016.

Paco Rabanne Olympea Eau de Parfum (Travel Spray) retails for $13.95

Top Notes: Aquatic Notes
Heart Notes: Salt, Vanilla, Jasmine
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Ambergris

This was a total “YouTube made me do it” purchase too! People kept referencing the Salt note in this thing which obviously got me intrigued. Smells gorgeous as soon as I opened the pack, but frankly, unpleasant after I spritzed it on. I do smell the Salt in this, but it’s more like sweaty body and less like ocean lol Smells lovely once it dries though (just like when I first opened the pack), if a bit too light. Honestly, I’m not sure if I was only able to detect the Salt because I had prior knowledge of it being included in the notes. Regardless, the overall scent seems more like one of those cheap-y candles you’d pick up at A-Z or Ace Hardware or Sultan Center or the like… and even then, I probably wouldn’t purchase it. It smells… unpleasant. However, when I spritz it on in a certain room and then re-enter that room later on, the lingering scent is just… gorgeous! I guess I’ll just have to play around with this particular scent some more (which was precisely why I got it in the Travel Spray size) before coming to a decision. I actually spotted it at Debenhams earlier, but the Sales Assistants are pretty aggro over there so I usually end up leaving the place as soon as they approach me and never got the chance to test this out. Thankfully, I’ve got this baby now! Paco Rabanne Olympea Eau de Parfum was released in 2015.

Almost forgot to include this photo. This is what it actually says on the card on the back of each one of these samples.

Final Thoughts

My order cost $104.44 (KD 31/760) and with shipping & handling $106.43 (KD 32/360) and it took them forever to ship my stuff! In fact, it took so long that I just assumed that they’d canceled my order. I’m talking at least two months! Also, like I said, one of the Travel Sprays in the scent Viva La Juicy Gold Couture (everyone raves about it, so I wanted to give it a try) never arrived, which was a bummer. They did give me a “Free Shipping” code (not very enticing is it?) on the back of the Card (shown in the very first photo) with my next purchase of $25+ but I believe they do that with every order (send out a free shipping code).

They also had some sort of rewards program. MyPerfumePoints program adds a point to your account for every dollar you spend. Every 50 points earned saves $1.00 off a future purchase. You may redeem as many points as you would like from your point balance each time you order* (example: Redeem 500 points for $10 off any order).

There are several websites that actually provide the exact same service as MyPerfumeSamples.com. Some websites focus only on niche fragrances, whereas others only offer mainstream fragrances, but there are a few that offer a little of both. What convinced me to purchase from MyPerfumeSamples specifically, was the fact they offered several different sizes. However, the selection of Perfumes and Colognes don’t seem to be updated too often. Also, the website as a whole, wasn’t the easiest to navigate. As such, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be ordering from them again. At this point, it’s 50/50. Hope you enjoyed this post!

2 thoughts on “My Perfume Samples Haulage

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