Sorry this post is so late! Life got suddenly became very busy, so I had to put this post on hold longer than I wanted to.
In early June 2017, I ordered new makeup from Sephora. If you ordered from Sephora’s website before, you know that Sephora lets you order three free samples with your order. These do change, so it’s the luck of the draw for what Sephora lets you order as free samples. This month, I felt like I hit the free sample jackpot. Three fragrances were on the free sample list were fragrances I wanted to try: Dior’s Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming, Chloe’s Love Story, and Philosophy’s Amazing Grace.
Even though I’ve heard wonderful things about all three fragrances, I’m very hesitant about purchasing fragrances, expectantly high end designer fragrances such as ones from Dior and Chanel. This is because I’ve had a sensitivity to perfumes, colones, and body sprays smell for most of my life. Since I have sensitive lungs, I don’t normally wear any sort of fragrance and didn’t want to purchase any of these fragrances without sampling smelling it first.
When I got my order in the mail, I was sad to see the Miss Dior sample bottle was missing, but the card smelled like the fragrance so I knew what it would smell like. (I assume it’s because the bottle split the perfume onto the card because there looks like stains from a liquid)
The Philosophy bottle was in place though…
As was the Chloe bottle…
Even though I was excited to get the samples, it took me a few weeks of on and off sniffing the samples to have some final decisions about how I liked the fragrances, what I’d like to buy, and which fragrances I want wear for long periods of time.
The lightest fragrance was Philosophy’s Amazing Grace…
It is a very pretty fragrance and is very lightly scented. As Sephora’s listing for the fragrance says the fragrance is a combination of bergamot, muguet blossoms, and musk.
It is also different than the Chloe and Miss Dior samples because this one is eau de toilette while the others are eau de parfum. After doing some research, I found that eau de parfums’ fragrances are actually more concentrated and stronger than eau de toilette. This actually helped me understand why Amazing Grace didn’t bother my sensitive lungs at all. Even though Philosophy’s Amazing Grace eau de toilette is perfect for my sensitive lungs and smells lovely, it’s not exactly what I was looking for. I love the smell of roses and, unfortunately, Amazing Grace does not have a rose scent in eau de toilette or eau de parfum.
The next lightest fragrance was Chloe’s Love Story…
The funny thing about this fragrance sample is that it didn’t bother my lungs, I love the way it smells, and it is an eau de parfum. Sephora’s listing for Love Story says the scent is a combination of Neroli (Orange Blossom Oil), Stephanotis Jasmine, Physalis, and Cedarwood.
Between Love Story and Miss Dior’s Absolutely Blooming, Love Story is a fragrance I think I could wear the most frequently. The only drawback to Love Story is that it does not have a rose scent to it. Fortunately, Chloe does have a rose scented fragrance, called Roses de Chloe, and is an eau de toilette.
The heaviest of the three fragrance samples is Miss Dior’s Absolutely Blooming…
I had high hopes for Miss Dior’s sample because it is the only sample that has a rose scent. According to Sephora’s listing for Absolutely Blooming, the fragrance has Red Berry Accord, Grasse Rose Absolute, Peony Accord, and White Musk Accord.
Despite my high hopes, Absolutely Blooming didn’t live up to all my expectations. Out of all three samples, it is the heaviest on my lungs. It does have a staying power, but for me and my lungs, a little goes a long way. Fortunately, it’s not so heavy on my lungs that I cannot wear it or enjoy smelling the sample card. If I wanted to wear this particular Miss Dior fragrance, I would need to spritz a little bit and not reapply it for the rest of the day or night. Another downside to Absolutely Blooming is that is it only available in eau de parfum, not eau de toilette, which I think would make me love this fragrance far more.
Overall, I’m not disappointed in any of these samples. Since I don’t normally wear fragrances of any kind, I’m not sure if I’ll buy any fragrance in the next few days. Plus, the sample I really liked and want to own, Chloe’s Love Story, is around $75 for a bottle. ($28 for a roll on version, but I wanted a bottle instead of the roll on version) It’s out of my budget right now, but it is something I’d put on my wish list for my birthday or Christmas! 🙂