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Mini Fragrance Sample Containers

Sephora needs to carry the mini fragrance sample containers like the ones at Nordstrom.


I buy my fragrances only if I have a sample to test at home.

What smells lovely in the tester may change on me & doesn't work for me. 


Example: I love Paloma Picasso perfume. The way it smells in the tester & on others. However, when i wear it, after about an hour, the fragrance changes on me & it isn't for me. I've sniffed my wrists, sniffed the bottle, two different scents.

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I usually ask a Sephora SA for a sample, so that I can wear the fragrance for awhile before I purchase it. The sample is a decant into a mini plastic spray bottle (vial). I usually can get a few uses out of it.

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This is exactly why all Sephora stores should be provided with plastic vials. 

Not 'this or that' Sephora location.

I've asked SA's who look at me clueless & try to hand me some brand in a foil I have no interest.

Then, I seek out the on duty manager. Why do some Sephora stores not have a clue what a fragrance sample take home vial is & tell me "Nordstrom has those!" What? Should they be telling me about a competitor?



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No kidding, you're turning me on to Nordstrom that's for sure. Smiley Happy Hopefully this is something that gets fixed for you, it sounds frustrating!


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That's crazy! I thought Sephora sample vials were available at ALL Sephoras. Wow!

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They've got these at my two closet Sephora locations. 

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Again, I address the blatant discrepancies of Sephora stores in general.

ALL the Sephora stores should maintain one policy.


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A lot of Sephora's have them, they just don't leave them out because people will take multiples rather than buying the product unfortunately. BAs are usually happy to give out samples though. Just ask. 

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Of course I asked. That's why I posted this suggestion. No luck or samples in the little mini containers. There are FOUR/4 Sephora stores within a 20 mile range where I live. 


Where are all these "Happy BA's" with samples you're talking about? Please understand that I'm not directing my discontent at you. There are widespread discrepancies regarding samples BA's/SA's even within the same Sephora store.


That's why the Nordstrom mini fragrance containers would be perfect. I purchase ALL my fragrances from Nordstrom because of how they provide fragrance samples. The samples in the sealed little foil packets never interact with skin like the actual product.


Please tell me what fragrance samples you've received in those little clear containers that range from 1.0 mL/1.5 mL

Also, you can get samples that are in Spray Form in those Nordstrom mini fragrance take home testers. I've had many sales associates at Nordstrom spritz straight from spray bottle cologne into the plastic mini take home samples.  

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I completely understand your discontent. I have had BAs lie to me about samples and it makes me so mad that Sephora doesn't have everything at every store. Nordstroms is wonderful . I prefer buying stuff there at the mall compared to Sephora because of their amazing return policy and the ease of it. I have been to Sephoras and had no problem returning items and then came in different times and was basically interrogated as to why I was returning the product. I have never had that issue at Nordstroms. 

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