Buying a new perfume is one of those rare treats that don't come around too often, so for me free perfume samples are the next best thing. In this blog post, I'll tell you how to get free fragrance samples and how to make the most of them.
[05/09/2017] Editor's Note: Ths post was originally posted in April 2013 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
What are free perfume samples?
Free perfume samples allow you to try a fragrance before you buy! They can come in all shapes and sizes from impressive 5ml roller-balls and miniature bottles to one-use postcard samples. Seasoned Magic Freebies freebie hunters will know that the postcard samples are more freely available. Now they may not be as impressive as the bottles, but I've come to really love them! I'll tell you why later on.
You might be wondering why free perfume samples exist. Well, perfumes are a luxury item and can cost upwards of £50 for 30ml so for many people it's a real treat and one that doesn't come too often. Fragrance brands recognise this and offer free samples as a way to introduce their product to you in the hope you'll fall in love with the scent and purchase their product!
Free samples are a great way to try a scent and decide whether it's for you if you're anything like me you fall in and out of love with different smells and like certain scents depending on the season and occasion.
How to find free perfume samples...
Now the first question that springs to mind is, where can you get free perfume samples? That was certainly mine when I started freebie hunting. You can get free samples from lots of places including high street stores, magazines and websites! Free spritzing samples are readily available in department stores and fragrance shops, but these are often 'sptitz on a card' type samples which are great for testing the scent out there and then but not so handy if you'd like to try it out at home as the scent often goes stale on the card.
Now these stores may have a few mini bottles for behind the counter so make sure you always ask if they have and large samples you can take home. It's worth showing them that you are interested in the fragrance, and would like a sample to try at home to make sure!
For the past few decades, magazines have been a great way to collect fragrance samples. Traditionally you can find one-time samples in the pages of fashion magazines, but of course, you need to pay for the magazine first! You may find some samples in free magazines so it's always worth a check.
How to get free perfume samples online
In recent years with the growth of online marketing, there has been a natural increase in the number of free perfume samples available online and you can now order them straight to your door! Many brands offer them through their email mailing list, Facebook & Twitter accounts or through larger beauty sites such as Boots and Look Fantastic. It's a successful form of marketing for them, and they will even come find you! Whether that’s through your favourite websites such as Stylist or Marie Claire, and even through carefully placed Facebook adverts.
Of course, there are freebie sites and thrifty beauty bloggers that will find all the latest free perfume samples and list them on site so you don't have to do any hard work. Since starting work here, I have religiously applied for all the free perfume samples on the MagicFreebiesUK site, which then progressed to obsessively cutting them out of magazines and asking at fragrance counters.
How to make the most of your free perfume samples
I've been collecting fragrance samples for a good few years now and have amassed an impressive collection that I store in an old jewellery box (organised alphabetically and by type of fragrance) and to which I lovingly refer to as my 'Fragrance Library'.
Don't get me wrong, I love investing in a new perfume - especially around Christmas time when the limited editions are out - but the fantastic thing about having so samples to hand is that I can now wear a different EDP or EDT every day depending on my mood, plans and weather (fresh for sun, deep and woody for rain). Luckily, I'm not one of those people who stay loyal to one perfume their whole life and prefer to mix it up.
I generally use one free sample a day, but I've got plenty of doubles which are really handy to keep in my work tote or office desk for post-work plans. I've also put them in my bag on evenings out for those handy top-ups!
Free perfume samples are perfect for travelling
If you've ever flown with a budget airline and found yourself decanting all your favourite beauty products into small 100ml bottles and jars then you'll also know it's pretty impossible to decant your perfume as the bottle head spray mechanism is quite fiddly. This is where free perfume samples really come into their own, because of instead of paying extra just to take your perfume on board or risking your favourite perfume bottle breaking in transit, on the plane or on holiday, you can simply take a selection of lightweight free samples.
Personally, I don't ever like taking bottles of perfume abroad in case they go off due to high plane altitude and 30-degree heat or (worse) they smash in the suitcase! So, before you dismiss postcard samples on your freebie travels, why not consider the advantages of collecting these fab little samples and start your own fragrance library?
I take different free samples for every day of my holiday or break away from home, and they're so lightweight and easy to use. Just apply, chuck and go! No lugging about heavy perfume bottles and worrying about damage. You can even collect all the Summer EDTs especially for your holidays, and likewise all the heady deeper scents for those Christmas parties and winter occasions!
I hope you've enjoyed my blog post, now here's the fun bit...
Latest free perfume samples
Want to start building your freebie perfume collection? Get applying for these free perfume samples!
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To claim a freebie from the list below, click on the link and you will be redirected to the brand or company that is offering the sample. Simply follow their instructions on how to claim one - it could be an easy to complete form or it could be part of a Facebook giveaway. Any questions on how to get free fragrance samples, please!
This fab new perfume from Versace is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea - expect floral, fruity and musky notes for a truly gorgeous smelling perfume. Make sure you remove any ad-block software before applying for this one.
Free Pick 'N' Mix Perfume Samples from Feel Unique
I love Feel Unique's Pick 'N' Mix scheme - it allows you to try out lots of lovely new beauty products. You pay £3.95 for the samples, but you get this back in the form of a voucher to use on a full-price product. There's always lots of lovely perfume samples available, let me know your faves!
Enjoy your free perfume and for even more free beauty samples check out the Health & Beauty section of the site.