Well, this was meant to be posted Friday but then I had my birthday and you know how that goes. Anyway, last week I tried three of my free scent samples I was recommended by Pinrose. Based on an online quiz that accounts for preferences from pictures to tunes to previously worn scents I was sent Ballroom Philosopher, Moonlight Gypsy and Campfire Rebel (I traded in the recommended powdery one the quiz gave me for this one).
If you were following along each day you may have already seen my partial reviews on Instagram.
1. Campfire Rebel: First impressions were not good, the packet had a different list of scents than what was listed on the website and when I ripped it open it smelled too masculine, like actual burning wood and nothing like perfume. After wiping it on my wrists and neck I headed out the door prepared to field a lot of questions about why I smelled like a boozy campfire. Thankfully it should have been obvious to me that this would pass. It mellowed out after a few minutes to a surprisingly bright, woodsy smell. It ended up being my favorite of the three.
2.Ballroom Philosopher: Again, I didn't get a great first impression and now I was beginning to think that the initial whiff you get of the perfume is hyper concentrated and needs to air out a bit the way it would be if spritzed on from a bottle. It was delightfully sweet and feminine on top with sexy amber notes just below that would catch my attention for a moment as I went about my day. This was the scent that best aligned with the perfumes I currently own (Chanel Chance Eau Tendre and Nest White Sandalwood) and certainly spoke to the accuracy of the quiz.
3.Moonlight Gypsy: Starting out first thing in the morning I was in love with Moonlight Gypsy, but about midway through the day it stopped cooperating with my body chemistry and I felt like it smelled cloyingly sweet and gave me a bit of a headache. Though I set out loving the soft florals with a hint of exotic spice, it just wasn't a good fit for me after the 6 hour mark.
Overall, I think the concept of choosing a scent online in this way worked well and was just as fun if not more than perfume shopping in the store. All three scents were ones that I would have been drawn to in person. The little scent samples packed a serious punch, as soon as I opened them I was struck by how potent those little wipes were. I've always thought perfume samples were genius in any form, because why would I want to buy something if halfway through the day its given me a raging headache and made a weird scent combo with my deodorant? The wipes are genius because you can just rip it open, swipe it on and go unlike ye olde tiny glass vials that are apt to spill on everything near them.
In terms of the perfumes themselves, I felt that all three were a bit young for me. Each day as I would put one on and leave the house I had the same reaction "This would be much better for a weekend." None made me want to bounce out the door, but rather made me want to do anything else besides catch that train for the office. Campfire Rebel was my favorite, and its made for a quick spritz on the weekend. The scents were a little too close to what I already wear and I'd like something different to round out my perfume collection. I plan to use a voucher I received to try a few more free samples, particularly Surf Siren.
Read pt. 1 of my Pinrose review here
Just a note: This wasn't a sponsored post, I just loved this idea and wanted to share it with you!