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Sephora Favorites: Bestselling Perfume Sampler Review – February 2020

Sephora has a few perfume samplers and if you are looking for a new fragrance, these are no-brainers! Curious as to how they work? Read on!

This review is for the Sephora Favorites Bestselling Perfume Sampler Set!

FYI – this is still available for purchase!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About this Fragrance Collection

The Box: Sephora Favorites Bestselling Perfume Sampler Set

The Cost: $65.00 (a $100 value)

The Products: 8 perfume samples and a certificate to redeem a full-size perfume of your choice!

Shipping: Free!

Good to Know: The scent certificate can only be redeemed in-store at Sephora (not a Sephora inside JCPenney)

Sephora Favorites Bestselling Perfume Sampler Set Review

Here is the info sheet for the perfumes included.

And this is the voucher to redeem for a full-size. Make sure you hang onto this!

Versace Eros Flame, 0.03 oz – Estimated Value $3 (Certificate redeems for the 1.7 oz bottle worth $80)

The initial notes on this perfume were what I would consider being traditionally masculine with Italian lemon, vetiver, and pepperwood. After further reading, this is actually designated as a men’s cologne, so my nose was spot on. That being said, I did enjoy this once it settled into my skin- there definitely is something empowering about wearing a scent with the spicy notes of this one.

Clean Reserve Solar Bloom Spray, 0.05 oz – Estimated Value $4.12 (Certificate redeems for the 3.4 oz bottle worth $98)

I have liked the other Clean Reserve perfumes I have tried, and this was a new one for me. Solar Bloom is described as being in the warm floral family with notes of bergamot, orange blossom, and coconut water. I’ve never seen coconut water as a perfume note before and that was the dominating scent to me. I liked it, but it was definitely a unique fragrance experience. When I first sprayed this I could also pick up the citrus notes, but those faded away into the coconut water and flowery solar bloom base. 

Prada Candy Night, 0.05 oz – Estimated Value $4.41 (Certificate redeems for the 1 oz bottle worth $76)

This perfume has key scent notes of iris, chocolate, and musk, and those notes alone didn’t have me thinking that this would be the perfume for me. Once I wore it, though, I appreciated the slight woodiness that balanced the sweet notes from the chocolate and tonka bean and added a bit of depth. This isn’t as sweet as the original Prada Candy, and the more I wore it the more I liked this- while it is sweeter than what I normally reach for, it also is a uniquely sweet fragrance that adds variety to my perfume collection. Plus the packaging of the full-size bottle is absolutely gorgeous!

Giorgio Armani Sì Fiori, 0.04 oz Estimated Value $2.96 (Certificate redeems for the 1 oz bottle worth $74)

I have owned the original Giorgio Armani Sì perfume before, so I was excited to try out Sì Fiori. They both share a note of blackcurrant, but Sì Fiori adds warmth with additional notes of mandarin, orange blossom, and vanilla. I love citrus scents so I was not at all surprised that I enjoyed this, and it really gives off those. “I’m a mysterious, sophisticated lady” vibes.

NEST Wild Poppy, 0.05 oz – Estimated Value $5 (Certificate redeems for the 1.7 oz bottle worth $74)

I love NEST Fragrances, and at first sniff, this actually reminded me of the OG Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume (probably due to the combination of jasmine and fruit notes!). It has notes of rose, Himalayan jasmine, and pear, and this is a scent that is fruity-floral in the best way. In particular, I could really pick up the pear notes which made this scent a lot more interesting to me. 

Atelier Cologne Pacific Lime Cologne Absolue Eau de Parfum Spray, 0.07 oz – Estimated Value $6.17 (Certificate redeems for the 1 oz bottle worth $80)

This perfume was interesting- it has notes of lime, coconut, and eucalyptus, but I didn’t pick up the eucalyptus (one of my favorite scents) at all. This also didn’t have the typical sweet citrus notes but more of the bitterness that comes from a lime rind. I didn’t hate this, but I think it’s a non-traditional take on the tropical scent this is marketed as.

Dolce & Gabbana The Only One, 0.05 oz – Estimated Value. $5.80 (Certificate redeems for the 1.6 oz bottle worth $94)

This was a really feminine perfume that I enjoyed. It has notes of citrus, violet, coffee, and the end result is a sophisticated take on your typical floral fragrance. I think this would be a good default-gift perfume that a wide variety of women would enjoy wearing.

Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Cologne Bleue, 0.04 oz – Estimated Value $1.85 (Certificate redeems for the 1.3 oz bottle worth $60)

This cologne has ~oceanic~ vibes with notes of “marine accord,” bergamot, and cardamon. The initial impression that I got was almost woody, and this reminded me of the after-shave my dad would wear on special occasions. The top notes of this soften and then you can smell the base of cedarwood, and while this is a men’s cologne I could absolutely see myself wearing this when the mood was right.

The Verdict: The perfume samplers from Sephora are always such a good deal- along with getting to try out a variety of perfume samples, you also get a voucher for a full-size perfume that is usually worth more than the cost of the box (other than the YSL cologne, all of the perfumes retail for $74 or above, and the highest valued-one retails for $98). I thought this set did a good job of sending a wide variety of scent families, and I appreciate the addition of two colognes- this would be a great gift if you truly don’t know the scent preferences of the person because there is such a wide variety. For me, personally, I had to use my voucher for the full-size Prada Candy Night- the packaging is too beautiful for me to pass up.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you order today? Yes, as of publication, this set is still available!

Value Breakdown: This kit costs $65 with free shipping. I received $33.31 worth of perfume samples plus a voucher to redeem for my choice of full-size that ranges in price from $60-$98.

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Written by Jessica Hapak

Jessica Hapak

I am a staunch believer that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza and when I’m not working as a family law attorney I enjoy hiking the Louisiana trails (alligator sightings are a favorite!) or relaxing with Duchess, my cat. I’m a sucker for anything labeled a mystery box and I’ve never met a bath bomb I didn’t like.

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