I love fragrance samples. Perfume can be a pretty expensive hobby, and there’s no way I would be able to try so many new scents every year without them. But lately, my collection has been getting out of control. I have a box chockfull of little perfume vials and, every now and then, I keep finding the odd forgotten one in a corner of the room, under a cushion, in my bag…
It’s like they have a life of their own and they’re hunting me, begging me to use them. But, unless I start to spritz different scents on different body parts and give a headache to everyone I meet, it’s impossible for me to wear them all to the last drop before they turn bad. So, I got creative and found other uses for them:
1. Fragrant bath
After a long day on my feet, I love to relax by taking a long, warm bath. For even a more pampering experience, I pour some perfume into the warm water. If it’s a cologne, or a scent I like but not love, I use the whole vial. But if the perfume is strong and powerful, or I love it so much I want to make it lasts as long as possible, only a few drops will do. The warmth of the water helps to diffuse the scent, making this pampering ritual even more relaxing and enjoyable. If you have time to bathe in the morning, you won’t even have to spritz perfume on afterwards. This bath will make you smell gorgeous for the whole day.
2. DIY room diffuser
If you have some reed diffuser sticks and carrier oils (safflower oil is the best one for this) at home, you can make your own room diffuser. You’ll need a glass, and your perfume samples too, of course! Pour all the contents of your sample vial, as well 1/4 cup of safflower oil, into the glass. Stir the mixture up with the reeds. Don’t worry if they don’t blend perfectly. Oil and water repel each other, but this trick will work anyway. Now you’ll just have to wait a few hours for the scent to travel up the reeds and diffuse a pleasant smell throughout your room.
3. Scented lingerie
This is a tip I picked up from Angela @ Now Smell This, so I’ll let her do the talking: “I like to add a vial of perfume to the water I use to rinse my lingerie when I’m washing it by hand. First I wash the lingerie in soap and water, and after it has soaked, I rinse it once then return it to the sink with the contents of a sample vial.” I do this on special occasions, and it makes me feel so sexy! But, if you have sensitive skin, be careful, as there’s a chance it could irritate your delicate areas.
4. Stocking stuffers
Whenever I buy someone a present for their birthday, Christmas, or any other special occasions, I add a couple of perfume samples, tied up with ribbons. It’s a lovely gesture that most people appreciate, although it works best if you know what kind of scents your friends like. A lot of my friends are into floral scents, which is fortunate, cos I usually don’t care much for them. Aha!
What do you do with perfume samples you don’t use?