If any of you are interested in trying out some perfume, the sample site Surrender to Chance is having a sale where everything is 20% off for today only (April 3rd), then 15% off on April 4th, and finally 10% off for April 5th through April 7th. You have to use the applicable codes which I will list below and the rates/codes change as of Midnight EST (Eastern Standard Time).
The information I received in the email provides the codes and states:
We have loved serving you this past year, you make Surrender to Chance a joy for us every single day.As a thank you, our Anniversary Sale starts NOW with the following codes!20% discount April 3 until midnight EST with code ONEYEAR15% discount April 4 until midnight EST with code CELEBRATE10% discount April 5 through midnight EST April 7 with code ANNIVERSARYFrom our deeply grateful, appreciative and sometimes skunky perfume scented homes to yours,Patty, Lisa, Shirley, Diney, Kristin, Abby, Mike, Kelsey, Harry & Alex.
Website: Surrender to Chance.
The site has everything imaginable and the best shipping rates, in my opinion: $2.95 within the US (no matter how big or small your order). However, with the recent and giant rate increases by the US Postal Service for international shipping, Surrender to Chance has had to raise its international shipping charges to $12.95 for any orders under $150, and just a little bit higher for orders over $150.
This would be a great time to try out some niche perfumes, especially in sampler sets for things like Serge Lutens, Ormonde Jayne, Mona di Orio, Guerlain’s prestige lines, Chanel’s Exclusifs and more.
SAMPLE SETS YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER:
Below are links to various sample sets, sorted either by brand or by note, along with some good sets for beginners who are just starting to enter the world of perfumery. I will continue to update this list for a little while longer with additional sets and perfumes you may want to consider:
Luca Turin/Tania Sanchez’s Perfume Guide’s 4 & 5 star perfumes: Out of 200 perfumes, broken down into category, choose any 3 for $9.99 (or 2 orders of 3 for $18.98, 3 orders of 3 for….)
Same thing for just the top 5 star rated perfumes, divided by category or list.
Muscs Koublai Khan,
Cuir Mauresque (which I love), and
Ambre Sultan for $11.99. I have this set and I think it’s a good one, though the vials are the usual 1/2 ml for Lutens.
Serge Lutens 5 Fleurs Nobles Sampler Set for $19.99, from Tubereuse Criminelle to Rose de Nuit, Un Lys and more. Or, you can go for 8 Lutens Non-Export Floral fragrances (most of which are available here in the US, so don’t let the title put you off) for $26.99 and that includes the beautifully purple De Profundis carnation scent, among others.
Serge Lutens Non-Export Set of 3 for $11.50 with Borneo 1834, Chergui, and Fumerie Turque.
Serge Lutens Non-Export Pick Any Five Samples for $18.99.
Serge Lutens Les Eaux Boisees Series of 7 perfumes for $27.99, including Chene, Bois Oriental, Bois de Violette, Bois et Fruits, and more.
Serge Lutens Export Gateway Sampler Pack (4) for $15.00 including Ambre Sultan. Note, however, that they say 4 but only 3 perfumes are listed. I don’t know why.
All Serge Lutens with several pages to go through if you want to pick individually.
Chanel Pick 6 (with a large number of Les Exclusifs on the list) for $16.99.
Chanel’s Les Exclusifs set (minus the new 1932 which few people seemed to like much, including myself) for $36.99.
Tom Ford Private Blend Sample Set (any 5 out of the 23 with 1/2 ml vials) for $13.99: (this is a great price, I think, especially as it is discounted from $14.99, so you save a little more. But the vials are small.)
Tom Ford Private Blend Sample Set (19 of them in 1/2 ml vials) for $49.99.
Vanilla Niche Perfume Set of 20 for $52.99.
Amber – Comprehensive set of 20 niche classics – for $42.99.
Sex & Perfume – Pick 2 of any animalic scent from various houses like Amouage to Mona Di Orio, Nasomatto and more for $8.99. (Scroll to the bottom of their page for links to more perfumes that are meant to evoke your inner vamp or sexy side.)
Pick 10 out of 100 fragrances that “every perfumista must try” (their words, not mine) for $29.95.
The page with lists of various Oriental or Woody Oriental sets that they have.
Floral – Pick Your Flower – Spicy, Aldehydic, Woody & More – Pick 3 for $9.99.
The legendary Roja Dove’s recommendations of 10 scents from the past 100 years that he believes to be the true classics of their decade. Roja Dove’s recommendations of 10 in 1 ml vials each for $29.99.
More Roja Dove choices of “Classics through the Centuries” with Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 of fragrances (with a gift box) that he thinks are legends. The sets have 13, 18 and 16 perfumes each, respectively, and are in the $24-$29 range.
3 of Roja Dove’s own perfumes — Scandal, Unspoken & Enslaved — for $11.49. (I’m sooooo getting this one!)
Puredistance perfumes starting at $3.99 each.
One of my absolute favorite boozy amber perfumes and which I just bought a full bottle of: Teo Cabanel’s Alahine starting at $3.99 for a vial.
Dior’s Privée line or, as they call it, Le Collection Couturier fragrances. The full Sampler set of 13 is $35.99 but you can also buy them individually starting at $3. Mitzah, Grand Bal, Patchouli Imperiale, Bois d’Argent, Rose Isphanan are all very popular.
Le Labo City Exclusives Sampler — a set of 6 (I think) for $19.99 but they are only 1/4 ml vials.
Sonoma Scent Studio — all perfumes listed along with various sample sets.
Amouage Library Collection Sampler of 6 for $19.99 (I was actually preparing a review of one of the Library collection and I think there may be a better sampler set for the size of the vials elsewhere for $30 but with this sale, you may want to opt for Surrender to Chance instead).
Amouage Women’s Sampler Set of 8 for $29.99.
Amouage Men’s Sampler for $22.99.
Ormonde Jayne Pick 3 Sample set for $10.99.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Sample Set of 8 for $19.99.
Guerlain niche L’Art et La Matiere Collection sampler set of 8 for $37.99
Guerlain’s niche Elixir Charnel Collection – sample set of all 4 predominantly gourmand fragrances in the line for $17.99. (This is a pretty good deal if you like gourmand fragrances.)
Guerlain’s niche Desert d’Orient Collection — all 3 fragrances in the line for $12.99.
Histoires de Parfums Sample Set of 5 for $22.99.
Arquiste Sampler Set – the full 7 perfumes in a set for $33.99.
Link to all of the perfumes by Andy Tauer of Tauer Perfumes but, alas, no sample sets.
Vera Profumo sample set of 3 for $12.99.
Orange Blossoms – Comprehensive Set of Luxury/High-End perfumes — 14 for $39.99.
M. Micallef Sample Set of 3 for $14.99.
Etat Libre d’Orange Sample Set of 5 for $18.99.
Robert Piguet La Nouvelle Collection Sample Set of 5 for $22.99.
CaFleureBon Scents of Seduction Editorial Sampler — 12 curated scents chosen by the editors of CFB for $29.99.
Oriental Fougère Set for Men — High End Luxury Sampler which includes a Clive Christian — 10 for $23.99 but they are 1/4 ml vials.
Parfums de Nicolaii (the Guerlain grand-daughter/niece) with any 3 of her perfumes for $9.99 but, be careful as not all of these are currently sold on her website since she seems to have opted for more “Intense” versions of some of them. However, things like the Fig, Vanilla Tonka, or New York fragrances are still there are quite popular.
Patchouli Set of 11 Niche/High End and rich fragrances for $41.99, along with a small, somewhat boring Beginner’s set of 3 for $9.99 (though I do think the Serge Lutens is a good one). Intermediary Patchouli set of 9 niche fragrances for $28.99.
24 Best Perfume Masterpieces selected by the late, great Guy Roberts for $33.99. They’re not the vintage formulation but they’re a fantastic way to start on some legendary classics.
10 Best Niche Perfumes for a Beginner in 1/2 ml vials for $21.99. (It’s their list of what they think would be 10 good ones to start with.)
Chypres: A Beginner’s Guide to Oakmoss: 9 samples of the most famous Classics for $27.99.
Four whole pages of different sets for Beginners categorized by perfume note, from Amber to Saffron, peony to geranium.
– I’m not completely convinced on this next one but Perfume Posse selected 22 Classic and Niche Beginner Scents by type which are sold in a gift box for $44.99. I don’t think some of those would be on my Beginner Intro list, but I believe in giving people options.
Page with the overall categories of sample sets.