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Sephora Favorites: Mini Perfume Sampler Set Review

Jessica Hapak
ByJessica HapakDec 9, 2022 | 2 comments

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Everyone knows Sephora is a beauty store where you can find almost anything and everything related to makeup, skincare, body care, hair care, and self-care, but did you know they also frequently release curated limited edition sets? They recently released a curated perfume set that comes with five perfume samples and a voucher to redeem for a travel-size bottle in your favorite scent- once you're able to decide between all of the great options.

FYI – this kit is now sold out, however now through December 11th you can get 20% off your Sephora purchase if you use code GETGIFTING. This is a one-time-use only code!

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First Impressions


This set comes packaged in a light purple box, and tucked inside are five different perfume samples along with the scent voucher you use (both online or in-person) to redeem for your travel-size bottle. If you want to learn more about each perfume, there are additional details on the back of the box.

Don't forget that every Sephora purchase comes with two free samples you get to select (though whoever packed my order only gave me one...), and since this set cost more than $25, I was able to use a coupon code for a free sample of a Valentino mascara!

The Breakdown – What’s Inside This Limited Edition Box From Sephora

Clean Reserve – Radiant Nectar Eau de Parfum, 1.5 mL - Estimated Value $4.20

Certificate redeems for the 10 mL Eau de Parfum Spray that retails for $28

This is a pretty perfume. I wouldn't call it a super exciting or adventurous one, but the notes of pear nectar, ambrette, and musk creates a light and airy perfume that evokes breezy summer days. The staying power isn't great but it isn't terrible- after a little while it fades to become more of a "your skin but better" scent with pear tinge.

Caroline Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum, 1.5 mL - Estimated Value $4.50

Certificate redeems for the 10 mL Eau de Parfum Spray that retails for $30.

This perfume has a lot going on and is definitely on the opposite end of the spectrum from Clean Reserve Radiant Nectar. She's a little aggressive and she makes her presence known, but honestly she smells good. Key notes include tuberose, jasmine, and tonka bean, and this also has notes of coffee, almond, and cocoa. Honestly, with that coffee note, this is what I hoped YSL Black Opium would smell liked when it left me disappointed- I much prefer the Good Girl formulation. She had good staying power on my skin, too- the biggest thing keeping me from choosing this as the perfume I redeem my voucher for is the fact that, even though the website lists an eau de perfume spray, the online picture shows a rollerball and I really don't like rollerball perfumes.

Maison Louis Marie No. 4 Bois De Balincour Eau de Parfum, 1.5 mL - Estimated Value $4.35

Certificate redeems for the 10 mL Eau de Parfum Travel Spray that retails for $29

This perfume brand just seems like it's too classy and feminine for me- I want to like their candles but I feel like I am left wanting a little more punch to the scent throw and they are much more dainty. Bois de Balincour is a warm woods fragrance with notes of sandalwood, cedar wood, vetiver, a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and amber wood. It's not as spicy as one would think though with the cinnamon and nutmeg, though- it smells much more mellow on me. It's pretty, but it doesn't scream "signature perfume" to me. The best way I can think of to describe this is that I like it enough that if someone gave me a bottle of it I would keep it instead of returning it, but I wouldn't seek out a bottle of this and buy it on my own with my own money.

Nest New York Indigo Eau de Parfum, 1.5 mL - Estimated Value $5.25

Certificate redeems for the 8 mL Eau de Parfum Travel Spray that retails for $28

The first "adult" perfume I bought myself with earnings from a job I had as a law clerk in law school was Black Tulip from Nest, so I am always a little partial when I see the familiar branding. Indigo is a more popular scent from them, but I personally don't love it as much. It has notes of Italian lemon, orange bergamot, Moroccan tea, Kashmir wood, and wild figs, and the inspiration for this was Moroccan tea. I find it to be herbal and a little spicy, and while it's pretty it's just not really a fragrance I would reach for.

Valentino Voce Viva, 1.2 mL - Estimated Value $3.84


Certificate redeems for the 10 mL Eau de Parfum Spray that retails for $32.

The studded bottle of the travel-sized spray is definitely the prettiest of the bunch, in my opinion. The perfume inside of it has notes of Italian bergamot, orange blossom, mandarin, gardenia, crystal moss, and vanilla. It's a warm floral scent with more citrus to it than the Nest Indigo perfume (though this isn't a true citrus perfume), and I find it to be a very pretty, interesting fragrance. The staying power on this wasn't super long, but it was decent and that was good enough for me.

Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Ruby Orchid, 1.2 mL - Estimated Value $3.96

Certificate redeems for the 10 mL Eau de Parfum Travel Spray that retails for $33

Ruby Orchid is the newest addition to the Flowerbomb line and it was released late last year. I spritzed this on my wrist when I was at a Sephora in December, and it instantly captivated me- I couldn't stop smelling it, and I couldn't stop thinking about how amazing it smelled. I would have purchased it for myself if my sister hadn't asked me what I wanted for Christmas and generously gifted me this bottle (and she then went on to buy a bottle for herself, too). Why does she smell so good? At her heart she has a mix of two accords: the ruby orchid and red vanilla bean, which is complimented by sweetness of a juicy peach and the earthiness of vine. She's a warm floral with a touch of sweetness, and she really is just lovely. You'll find plenty of reviews on MSA where I am not very complimentary to the classic Flowerbomb, but I lovingly wear Flowerbomb Ruby Orchid year-round and will defend her honor in the comments if needed.

Value – Was This Box Worth It?

The Cost: $25

Cost Breakdown: This kit costs $25, and I received $26.10 worth of perfume samples and a voucher to redeem for a bottle of travel-size perfume of my choice that ranges in price from $28-$33. No matter what, you save at least $3 off the perfume you choose, and that doesn't include the value of the mini perfume samples this set comes with.

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Key Takeaways

It's no secret that I am a fan of Sephora Favorite Sets, but that doesn't mean I give Sephora a free pass to slap their name on a box of random perfumes and call it a successful curation. There have been perfume sampler sets in the past I did not love, but I thought this one was a good overall set. While not every perfume was a favorite of mine, I think there was a good mix of scents that would appeal to a broad variety of people. Also, I need more people to discover Flowerbomb Ruby Orchid just because it is seriously one of my all-time favorite perfumes now. Since I already own the full-size and travel-size of Ruby Orchid, I'll be using my voucher to get a travel-sized spray of Voce Viva, and I would love to know which perfume you would choose if you had this set.

Other Things You Should Know

Can you still get this box if you order today? No, this set is now sold out. If you were hoping to get a set like this, don't fret- Sephora releases them frequently. And don't forget that now through December 11th you can get 20% off your Sephora purchase if you use code GETGIFTING. This is a one-time-use only code!

Can the voucher be redeemed online? Yes! Sephora recently changed its voucher program to allow for in-store or online redemption. You can't redeem this at a Sephora inside JCPenney store, Kohl’s store, or Sephora Canada store, so the ability to redeem online is a great option for people who don't have a local Sephora but still want to take advantage of it (and when you do you get to add your two free samples to your order, even if you're not buying anything else).

Is it hard to redeem the voucher? No, but sometimes you have to enter the code a few times when there are letters that could be mistaken for numbers and vice versa. Your voucher has two barcodes at the bottom- you want to use the "certificate promo barcode" number and enter it in the space to enter coupons. Also, if you're not sure if a character is an uppercase 'i"  or lowercase "L" or the number 1, in my experience it's usually the number 1.

Is shipping free? Shipping is free on all orders over $50 and costs $6.50 for orders under $50 (though since the pandemic started you can usually find a free shipping coupon for smaller orders that will stack with other coupon codes)

What do you think of the Sephora Favorites: Mini Perfume Sampler Set? Based off description alone, which one do you most want to try?

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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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I also don’t care for Flowerbomb at all, and it had so much hype. The hype actually turned me off of the brand until I received a sample of Good Fortune (which isn’t my favorite, but it smells tons better than Flowerbomb). Interested in trying the Ruby version now.

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cheryl zaccone

I worked with someone who wore Flowerbomb and it is so powdery it literally made me sick as I get migraines from strong scents.

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