Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Episode 22: Just a Small Sample (or, Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler, Spring 2015)

Ohhh myyyy goodddd two more weeks until Valentine's Day, what was I thinking. I did promise to talk about gifts though, so here is a bomb-ass gift set that is sure to please you or your loved one. I was actually hesitant to pick it up at first because I have so much perfume to try, but when I saw the value I couldn't resist. So that is what I want to talk about today, let's do this thing.

Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler (Spring '15)

This set comes with eleven sample vials that range in size from .03 fl oz to .06 fl oz. The total fluid weight of the set is .52 fl oz or 16.1 mL. As the smallest sizes in perfume bottles is usually 30mL or 1.0 fl oz, you're getting about half a bottle before you even redeem the scent certificate. The scents include in the set are as follows:
Bulgari Omnia Crystalline: Italian mandarin, lotus flower, white sandalwood and benzoin. Redeems for a 2.2 fl oz EDP retail $95 USD.
Clean Skin: Honeydew, lotus blossom, fresh air accord, blue rose, white musk, amber woods and vanilla. Redeems for a 2.14 fl oz EDP retail $69 USD.
Giorgio Armani Sì: Blackcurrant nectar, delicate airy florals and musky blonde wood. Redeems for a 1.0 fl oz EDP retail $70 USD.
Flora by Gucci Glorious Mandarin: Mandarin, piña colada and jasmine. Redeems for a 1.6 fl oz EDT retail $72 USD.
Juicy Couture Juicy Couture: Mandarin, absolute tuberose, princess lily and precious woods. Redeems for a 11.0 fl oz EDP retail $72 USD.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream: Fruits, florals, refreshing lychee, white woods, musk and coconut water. Redeems for a 1.0 fl oz EDT retail $52 USD.
Narciso Rodriguez for her: Floral, amber and woody notes. Redeems for a 1.0 fl oz EDT retail $54 USD.
Prada Candy Florale: Cedrat, cosmos, musk, benzoin and caramel. Redeems for a 1.0 fl oz EDT retail $54 USD.
Stella by Stella McCartney: Soft rose, peony, mandarin and amber. Redeems for a 1.0 fl oz EDP retail $50 USD.
Tocca Simone: Frangipani, salt sea air, watermelon, ylang ylang and blonde woods. Redeems for a 1.7 fl oz EDP retail $68 USD.
Tory Burch: peony, tuberose, grapefruit, neroli and earthy vetiver. Redeems for a 1.0 fl oz EDP retail $65 USD.
Immediately looking, one can see the selection of scents is very well rounded. There are a couple that seem to pop up in every box (Narciso Rodriguez, Bulgari and Marc Jacobs usually have a presence) but in this set several new releases are offered, such as Daisy Dream and . The opportunity to try scents outside my comfort zone, but still have something I like to fall back on is one of the things that makes these sets so appealing to me.
 Of course, there is also the inherent value in a set like this. The latest release is superb, especially compared to some from the past, when it comes to value for the dollar. The set rings in at $55 dollars and the average cost of the perfumes offered is $65.50. So not only are you saving, on average, $10 on your perfume choice you get the entire value of the sample set as well. The value tops out at $95 due to Omnia Crystalline (which I don't fancy at all, sadly) but even if you chose Stella at only $50, when you factor in the value of the samples in the set (remember, over half a fluid ounce is in those vials in total) you are still getting approximately $75 worth of product - $20 more than the sticker price. This particular set has to be one of the best, deal-wise, I've seen in a long time. Only four out of eleven scents even retail below sticker price.

Promo image from Sephora.com
 Overall, I think this set is an excellent way to try new fragrances, and to get a great deal on a perfume of your choosing. I purchased this set myself, and am getting no compensation for promoting this, but I had to let you know - starting February 5th, 2015 there will be 3x points on all fragrance purchases for Sephora Beauty Insiders. Because the set is limited edition, I think it will sell out fast. The promo ends February 15th, 2015.
Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ - Sephora's sample kits continue to get better (the women's, at least) and this is the best so far. Definitely a must-have for anyone looking to add a new fragrance to their collection. Buy it here
Wow, so yeah. I want to pick up a second set, but I don't know whether or not to wait until the points promo. Urgh, what a dilemma. I probably wait. I'm debating between Armani, Gucci and Tocca, what about you? Until next time, pleasant journeys~

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