Perfume doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive hobby. These days, a lot of brands, especially in the niche sector, offer perfume samples at affordable prices in the hope that you’ll fall in love with one or two enough to splurge on the full size bottle. For perfume lovers, it’s a way to try lots of different scents that appeal to them without breaking the bank, and with no rush. This way, you can take your time to figure out how a scent works on you and whether getting a bottle is really worth it.
However, buying samples from lots of different sites can be confusing. You’d need an username and a password for each of them (using the same one is a big no-no) and who can remember them all? That’s why I’m always glad when I find a website, such as Etat Libre D’Orange, that allows you to check out as a guest. That means that you can purchase whatever you want without having to create an account. Simply add your favourite items to the cart, click on “check out as guest” and then you’ll be asked to fill in a form with your shipping and billing information. Then, pay and you’re done.
The information isn’t stored and there’s nothing you need to remember. Of course, if you buy from a website regularly, creating an account would save you a lot of trouble. All your info will already be there. But for the casual shopper, checking out as a guest is very convenient. As is paying with paypal. I really hate it when online stores don’t give you that option and force you to use a credit card instead. I find it so much easier, and less worrisome, to do all my online shopping with paypal.
Single perfume samples are only €3,00 each, while, for those interested in trying the whole line, there’s the Coffret Discovery. It contains 27 samples and costs €49.00! P&P instead, is €5,50, which is not that cheap, but not too expensive either. The brand claims to ship orders within 24 hours but, shortly after making my order, I received an email saying that one of the samples was out of stock, so they would be able to send it only the following week. I didn’t mind this at all and thought it was very nice of them to let me know. So many brands just take their time without telling you anything about the state of your order!
The samples duly arrived, carefully packaged, in an envelop through the mail about five days after shipping. However, when I took the four vials out of the envelope, I realised there was a mistake. I was sent two samples of the same scent! So, I emailed Etat Libre D’Orange and they said they would send me the missing sample straight away, without any extra charge. They didn’t even want the extra sample they sent me by mistake back. A few days later, a sample of Rien was in my hands, and I fell in love with it.
Overall, I’m really pleased with my experience with Etat Libre D’Orange online store. Making a purchase is very easy and, although not everything went smoothly, customer service is very quick at replying to emails and fixing any problems that you may have. I still have a problem, though. What scents am I gonna order next time? With 27 available, choosing only a bunch of them is so hard!
Making a purchase from the Etat Libre D’Orange online store is very easy. You’re not required to create an account (unless you want to) and can pay with paypal, items are delivered quickly and, should there be any problems, their customer service will quickly help you to solve them.