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What Do You Do With Magazine Perfume Samples?

You know those perfume sampler sheets that are tucked under flaps in the pages of magazines? I used to find them a bit overpowering and annoying, but now it's quite the opposite. For a Bella like me, they've actually become a convenient way to window-shop in my pj's, all while testing out the latest fragrances in one place.

So, after making a hilarious discovery in my mom's bathroom — she had a secret stash of samplers piled in the drawer for "fancy events" — this got me to thinking. Whether you hoard these testers or just ignore them, what's your take on these fragrant sheets?

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Ty981982 Ty981982 3 years
I rub it on myself. Makes me smell good! That's what some crazy people like me do, and I know a lot of them who do the same :D
Leigh1 Leigh1 8 years
I save them for when I pack my suitcase to go on trips and then I'll put one or two in to keep the clothes smelling good. I also like to take a few on the trip just because they are lighweight and you can change your perfume up everynight that way. I also do like some other said and use them to put in drawers.
dazzleme dazzleme 8 years
I really appreciate those perfume samples in magazines! In fact, I wish they would dedicate a whole magazine to fragrance samples of all the new perfumes, or at least a supplement booklet inside the mag to fragrance samples. I am a self-professed fragrance nut, so I'm constantly looking for new fragrances to add to my collection. Obviously they're not all going to be good, but at least you can weed the bad ones out immediately.
fabulouslady87 fabulouslady87 8 years
I put them everywhere-- dresser drawers, shoes, purse, car, coat pockets. Never tried pillows though, that's a good idea.
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
I sniff the hell out of them :D Or dab. I'm a cheapskate heehee.
chameleon7 chameleon7 8 years
I tend to rip them out and throw them away, I usually to get headaches from the perfume. Every once in a while I may smell it before I throw it away, but it is rare when I do.
CoronaLove CoronaLove 8 years
7 pillows of heaven :)
CoronaLove CoronaLove 8 years
I put them in my pillow cases. I only put the light in the pillow cases so they end up blending nicely. My pillows always smell great :)
oxykisses oxykisses 8 years
i stick them in my undies drawers...smells great
sham28 sham28 8 years
I slip one into the center pocket of my purse so I get a little scent when I think I've lost my keys/ call phone/ credit card. It's very soothing.
celebskin22 celebskin22 8 years
i rip it out and use them as bookmarks!
inksee inksee 8 years
I save them and stick them in gift bags when I wrap presents =)
Gluey Gluey 8 years
My best friend and I have this bizarre little ritual. We save up all of our perfume samples until we have a pretty good amount of them. Then for each sample we read all of the copy to see what "notes" we are supposed to look for pay special attention to the words by the flap-- sometimes a scent is a "discovery," other times it is an "experience," sometimes it's just a "lift here". Then we smell it, rate it, and put it into the "like" or "don't like" piles. When we're done smelling all of them we re-smell the ones that we like. It's weird, I know, but it's fun too.
kimsy kimsy 8 years
I'm pregnant and the smell of most perfumes really gets to me, so I make my husband rip them out of my magazines and dispose of them before I even open them. He does it automatically now. God love him :).
emalove emalove 8 years
Nothing...sometimes I open them, sometimes I don't. I never tear them out or anything though.
1955nurse 1955nurse 8 years
I save them and put into my closet, drawers and/or clothes storage - the ones I like, that is!!!
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I rip them out and put them in various drawers of cloths and the closet.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
Oh, I'm SO OCD about my magazine's that I never ever open or rip out anything!
Haethre Haethre 8 years
I travel with them in my carry-on luggage!! That way I can smell good without having to check any baggage because of perfume bottles!
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i've never thought to use them in my car or drawers but it's a good idea if i feel like it, i sniff them in the mag, but i can't say as i've ever rubbed one on myself or ever ripped one out for any reason
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
I rip them out and toss them because I'm so allergic to them!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I usually just sniff them from the magazine. I agree that if there are too many you can't get a real idea of the scent and then the whole magazine is stinky.
omilawd omilawd 8 years
I hate when magazines put more than one scent sample inside. The scents all mix together and smell kind of gross, so I usually rip out the ads and throw them away (along with the subscription cards!).
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I sniff them and then if I like I'll use them on myself or to freshen things up and if I don't I throw them away.
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