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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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 Beauty4ashes, I completely agree with your statements! Nordstrom is tops with their customer service.

This is very poor customer service in your geographical area that needs to be dealt with from headquarters.

 

 In my area and in all of the Sephora stores I have been to, they have always given me fragrance samples in plastic spray vials.

 

I'm sorry to hear about your experiences. You should definitely call corporate headquarters..better yet, hopefully a Sephora employee will see this forum complaint and personally respond to you!

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well, in my Raleigh area Sephora, they certainly don't give out perfume samples...in fact the few times I shopped in store by myself, I got not-very-nice looks for trying on more than a few perfumes (using the tester and spritzing onto the provided paper slips). Only when I go in the store with my husband do they seem to ever take me more seriously... *sigh*

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Sounds like Crabtree.

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'Tis the Crabtree Mall Sephora indeed. It's not a big store...I've been the huge Paris Champ Elysee Sephora before and gotten 5 star treatment there, but every time I go to the *prestigious* Crabtree mall, somehow it just feels that I'm not 'good enough' to be there. Having low self confidence to start out with, I just try to avoid shopping in store and do most of my Sephora shopping online. Smiley Happy 

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Boo! I know what you mean, I usually don't dress the part when I do my shopping. That usually means I don't get the same service as more nicely dressed people despite having the funds. :/

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Oh dear, that's not nice. The only downside to multiple tries at once is that the top notes would all mix in your nose at once instead of being individually distinguishable. Still, the associates should have tried to help you instead of giving that impression. Sad!

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Yeah, the scents do mix together if I try them consecutively. But I try to wait at least a minute between each scent and also I take a sniff of the coffee beans provided to clear my sense of smell. I live far away from the mall/beauty stores so whenever I do get to go to a Sephora for example, I have to concentrate my swatching or perfume testing during those times b/c it's not possible for me to return on separate days to try out products given the drive. 

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I just saw someone with a brilliant sample strategy, I'm in awe! http://community.sephora.com/t5/Fragrance/Buying-a-new-fragnance/m-p/1472490#U1472490

 

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Hey thanks! Smiley Happy Keep in mind tho, those aren't proper samples, just "sniffs" to give me an idea of which ones I want samples of.

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Fragrances oftentimes change once applied to skin. That's a picture of me.

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Agreed, I've been educating myself on Basenotes to learn about how PH and the phases a scent goes through from the first sniff to hours later. It is amazingly complex, and now I know why that paper slip won't give me a clue about what I would actually smell like in two hours.

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