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Beginner Perfume 101 Niche and Classic Sample Set

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Even if you’ve been wearing perfume for decades, you get to the point where you know you have either gotten into a rut – wearing the same thing all the time or the same “type” -- or you have been shopping what is popular and feel you've missed out on the classics of perfume. 

Beginner Niche Perfume and Classic Perfume 101 is taken from a post we wrote 15 or 16 years ago on Perfume Posse, and it is our recommendation of where we think you should start in your journey through niche perfume as well as classic fragrances. We think these are great perfumes that are examples of their type. With a couple of noted exceptions, we find these fragrances worthwhile without being scarily challenging to the nosebuds. Is this a biased list, weighted toward niche product and reflecting scents we like and neglecting things we don’t? Well, sure. So what?

Later, when you ready to turn Pro, check out the Intermediate Niche and Classic Sample Set.

You will get a sample of each perfume in the list below (starts with a ½ ml – 1 ml sample vial filled half full - and you can get a larger sample vial set by selecting that option) 

  1. Leather that’s not too scary – Byredo Biblotheque
  2. Incense - Unum Lavs, a gorgeous incense
  3. Musk – Narciso Rodriguez for Her
  4. Tea – Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan
  5. Amber – Dior Dune (Luca Turin’s description as “bleakest Beauty in all of perfumery” and “unsmiling from top to bottom… drained of life, flesh-toned in the creepy way of artificial limbs, not real ones. Marvelous,”) Honest, that sounds awful, but Dune is great! Also not an big amber that’s too heavy on the oriental. 
  6. Ambergris with a dusting of chocolate – Hermes Elixir des Merveilles
  7. Iris – Hermes Hiris, just beautiful iris.
  8. Rose and violet – Yves Saint Laurent Paris, a classic rose/violet blend that is always perfect.
  9. Chypre – Guerlain Mitsouko, a classic that anyone with an ounce of seriousness about perfume must smell.
  10. White floral that isn't super scary big – Frederic Malle Lys Mediterranee
  11. Beginning skank (explanation!) - Rochas Femme. Look, this probably is in no way a beginning skank fragrance, but you got to just dive in this part and sniff and see what you think.
  12. Tea - L'Artisan Pour Une Ete is a great tea to start with
  13. Virtual Reality – CB I Hate Perfume Black March is dirt and earth and all the heartbreaking hope and longing for life.
  14. Oriental Spicy  – Dior Oud Ispahan is oud, rose, and spices, a modern oriental spicy fragrance.
  15. Vanilla – Diptyque Eau Duelle is a really well behaved vanilla, and it has a little tea in there too! It won’t make your teeth ache if you hate vanilla, and you may decide you really don’t hate vanilla perfumes after all.
  16. Classic and Gorgeous - Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman
  17. Honey, just because you have to know if you hate it or love it, and this is one that isn't scary and is filled with rum and vanilla - Brooklyn Ellis Bee.

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  • Joyce Fassbender - 29th Jul 2021

    5
    Great Intro Set

    This set is a great introduction to perfumes. It has a fairly wide variety of scents including some hidden gems and some weird ones that I could help but admire. I loved exploring the samples and am looking forward to trying some of the other samplers STC offers.

  • Alison - 8th Jun 2021

    5
    Great introduction to perfumes!

    I have now tried most of these. While I am not sure that I'm in love with any of them, I do really like quite a few and will test them again; my nose might yet find love. The set has given me guidance on which houses and notes I'd like to try more of. I am definitely trying more Hermes and Guerlain, and I am not so sure about Dior. I look forward to trying more of the sampler packs; this one was so diverse and well-put together! It is a great beginning exploration into the world of perfume.

6 Reviews

  • Joyce Fassbender - 29th Jul 2021

    5
    Great Intro Set

    This set is a great introduction to perfumes. It has a fairly wide variety of scents including some hidden gems and some weird ones that I could help but admire. I loved exploring the samples and am looking forward to trying some of the other samplers STC offers.

  • Alison - 8th Jun 2021

    5
    Great introduction to perfumes!

    I have now tried most of these. While I am not sure that I'm in love with any of them, I do really like quite a few and will test them again; my nose might yet find love. The set has given me guidance on which houses and notes I'd like to try more of. I am definitely trying more Hermes and Guerlain, and I am not so sure about Dior. I look forward to trying more of the sampler packs; this one was so diverse and well-put together! It is a great beginning exploration into the world of perfume.

  • Anna - 5th Apr 2021

    5
    Learning blocks

    This set is an introduction to the letters of perfume- you will encounter references to these scents across multiple spheres. Highly recommend.

  • Anthony Heim - 17th Feb 2021

    5
    Perfume 101 samples

    COVID-19 put a damper on going out to a department store to sample perfumes so I was able to bring the store home. Shipped quickly and exactly as described. Thanks Surrender to Chance!

  • Anthony Heim - 17th Feb 2021

    5
    Perfume 101 samples

    COVID-19 put a damper on going out to a department store to sample perfumes so I was able to bring the store home. Shipped quickly and exactly as described. Thanks Surrender to Chance!

  • Tasha Kepler - 3rd Nov 2020

    4
    Great way to explore & learn

    This STC sample set was perfect as I became obsessed with perfume but knew nothing about perfume basics. I'm only giving it 4 starts as I wish they had a larger set for the same concept. Love how their microcosm descriptions are pretty dead on.

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