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22 Freaking Clever Ways to Use Free Perfume Samples

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We all have these somewhere—stuck away in magazines, in a bag under the bathroom vanity, or in a basket on a shelf in the closet. It’s that collection of paper magazine and liquid perfume samples. What you may not know is that you can be super creative with what’s left—just use the tips below!

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1. Make lotion luxurious with a few drops of a perfume and unscented body cream.

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2. Bling the bathroom by applying perfume to the toilet paper tube.

perfume sample toilet paper

Place or rub the open magazine sample inside the cardboard tube, or spray the inner tube with a few drops of perfume.


3. Freshen the car with a magazine sample under the seat.

Perfume Samples Car


4. Refresh stinky armpits with a magazine sample.

The paper acts as a blotter while the alcohol tackles wetness and adds a pretty scent.


5. Cloak clothing smells by wiping wooden or fabric hangers with perfumed cotton balls.

perfume samples wooden hangers


6. Make a simple dry shampoo by combining perfume with cornstarch.

perfume samples hair sun

In a rush? Cornstarch absorbs scalp oils while the perfume helps freshen. Just sprinkle a little on your scalp, rub in, brush out, and go!



7. Scent bedroom drawers with paper samples as sachets.

perfume sample dresser

8. De-stink shoes with men’s cologne samples by putting half a paper sample in each shoe.

perfume samples shoes


9. Help hair by soaking ponytail holders in perfume.

Perfume samples hair bun


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10. Refresh rugs by adding a few drops of perfume to baking soda.

perfume sample carpet

Sprinkle the mixture on your carpets, let stand for 15 minutes, and then vacuum.



11. Make the vacuum bag smell like a boutique with a few drops of perfume.

perfume samples carpet freshener


12. Mix perfume with water to spritz silk plants.

perfume samples silk plants


13. Make scented dryer sheets.

perfume samples clean clothes dryer

Add a few drops of perfume to a cotton hanky and toss it into the dryer with your clothes to dry as usual.


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14. Combine with vaseline for quick, lasting perfume touchups on the go.

perfume samples vaseline


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15. Freshen up a bathroom garbage can with an opened magazine sample.

perfume samples bathroom


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16. Create a calming scent by spraying pillows (or place a paper sample underneath).

Perfume samples bedding bed pillow


17. Add a few drops to a lightbulb to scent the space.

Perfume samples lamps


18. Make an anywhere air freshener by adding a few drops to felted wool.

perfume samples felt heart

Or hang an open magazine sample from your rearview mirror or in your closet.



19. Freshen up mattresses on laundry day with a few quick spritzes.



20. Deodorize a locker or gym bag with an opened magazine sample.

Perfume samples lockers


21. Make an impromptu hairspray by spritzing perfume on hair.

Perfume samples hair


22. Make a shaving cream with a few drops of perfume in coconut oil.

Perfume samples razor


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