Unfortunately, the 2 free samples that have in the past been included with each big bottle, are now discontinued.
Why though, you may ask?
The short answer, nearly all costs associated with making bottled perfume samples have sky rocketed, making our business unprofitable.
(Scroll down to "The Solution" to skip the long answer)
So which costs have skyrocketed? Great question!
The long answer is, nearly everything! 😲 See below 👇
Glass & Plastic Bottles - We previously offered 2 FREE 5ml samples that came in a frosted glass bottle with our logo imprinted in shiny gold on them. It was gorgeous! Unfortunately, the cost to manufacture these beauties have doubled in cost over the last year. Our sample bottles were made in Asia.
Labels - Believe or not, labels are one of the most expensive costs associated with samples! Crazy, right? These small labels are custom made on a roll, and although small, the costs add up very quickly. Our labels were custom made by a wonderful local business in Sacramento, California. We could have had these made overseas as well, but when you consider shipping the labels by air, all the savings of making them overseas are diminished.
Raw Materials - Our incredibly high quality ingredients are sourced from Paris, France and Barcelona, Spain and these costs have too increased. And we certainly don't want to skimp out on quality. Perfume quality is the most important aspect of our business, and this will never change. ✨
Time To Make - Everything here is hand made. The blending, labeling, pouring, capping- every aspect is done in house by hand, by our wonderful team. When we first began, it was very easy to make samples for 10 fragrances, but as our collection of fragrances have expanded, financially it hasn't been possible to have all fragrance samples available at once. This is why many of you have been experiencing an order processing delay. We have received many many concerns about our order processing being too long, sometimes taking 7 days to process an order. Very long and frustrating right? Who wants to receive their order 2 or 3 weeks later? We don't want you to either. Samples take 5x more time to produce than big bottles. Over the last several months, as much as we've tried to have all samples available and all 50ml bottles available, we were never able to accomplish this financially nor physically.
One may say, why not order a machine to do the labeling, pouring, capping? Great question! We have considered this for months and unfortunately the costs associated with purchasing machinery would take away from being able to purchase perfume ingredients and develop new perfume.
Shipping - Shipping unfortunately has also at minimum increased by 1.5x and in some areas 2x'd.
Leaking & Breaking Samples in Transit - Last but not least, no matter how perfect the bottles are, some glass samples will inevitably break in transit and plastic samples sometimes leak. To resolve the issue of broken samples, we would have had to add more packaging which would have resulted in a double-ended cost increase. One is the added cost of packaging and two is the added weight which increases the cost of shipping.
Wow! That's a lot right!?
Quite complicated operationally when you get down to the nitty gritty.
The Solution We are going to be creating a scented catalog and offering samples for sale!
Within the catalog, there will be samples that you can smell and sample on your skin.
When will the catalog and brochures be available? A catalog will be ready for release likely in 2023! Although not ready today, these will be available for distribution in a few short months.
The exciting news is that this adjustment to how we offer samples will simplify the entire process. And now, 1) Nearly ALL of our fragrances will be available at the same time, 2) You will now receive same-day shipping and 3) You will be able to sample any and all fragrances!
We sincerely appreciate each and every one of you and we will always be transparent, even during times of seemingly unfortunate news. Without you, there would be no Julianna's Perfume. One thing that always stands, is we will continue to bring you the best quality of perfume, that YOU request. We hope you continue supporting us during these changes. 💖 Thank you so much again for taking the time to read this post.
Please feel free to comment your thoughts on this change and any questions you may have!
The Julianna's Perfume Team