What is a Tester?
A tester is a version of a product that comes without the fancy, retail packaging. Tester fragrances come in the same bottle as the retail version and include the same amount and quality of fragrance. The testers you see on our website are direct from the manufacturer and have never been used. If you’d like to save money on a fragrance for yourself, consider purchasing the tester version of the brand you’re interested in. Please be aware that not all brands have testers available.
What to Expect
In most cases, a tester fragrance will come in a plain white box. However, some designers will reduce manufacturing and shipping costs by selling their tester products unboxed and sometimes without caps. So, there are 4 ways that a tester is packaged and sold:
1. Boxed with a cap
2. Boxed without a cap
3. Unboxed with a cap
4. Unboxed without a cap
If you are interested in finding out how your particular product will arrive, please don’t hesitate to contact our customer service department.
When a designer manufactures a fragrance, they usually ship that fragrance in one of two ways: as a retail good or as a tester. The retail version is the one you’re probably most familiar with – fancy packaging sealed in cellophane. The tester version usually ends up on department store counters, so it doesn’t require any special packaging. However, because there is a far greater demand to buy the product, rather than just test it, the tester versions are distributed throughout various markets for resale to normal consumers. From a business standpoint, it makes sense why the sale of fragrance testers is so prevalant in today’s beauty and fashion marketplace – the reduction in overhead expense related to production and shipping costs make it an attractive option for many fragrance designers looking to maximize revenue through various consumer channels and secondary markets.
Again, our testers are 100% genuine, they’ve never been used and they’re direct from the manufacturer. Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
Are your products genuine?
Yes. Big Discount Fragrances has always been committed to complete customer satisfaction. To this end, our business model will not allow for the resale of knock-off or imitation fragrances…ever. We guarantee that every product we sell is direct from the manufacturer and has never been used. In a sense, it would cost us far more in the loss of customer loyalty by selling imitation or knock-off goods than we would gain by selling these items in the first place.
In addition to the above, Big Discount Fragrances has been in the perfume and cologne wholesale business for more than 20 years. Throughout this time, we’ve established and maintained key relationships with some of the finest beauty and fashion manufacturers and distributors in the world. The quality we expect from the them is the same quality you can expect from us. No matter what type of product you’re interested in, Big Discount Fragrances will guarantee that it’s 100% genuine – no knock-offs or imitations ever.
Do you ship internationally?
No. Big Discount Fragrances does not currently offer international shipping for several reasons. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
What is EDP, EDT and EDC?
The difference between these three types of fragrances can be easily explained as follows:
1. EDP (Eau de Parfum) – besides a true “perfume”, this type of fragrance has the most concentration of fragrance oils. A good quality EDP can last up to 8 full hours or more with a minimal application. The less you have to apply, the better value you get from your purchase.
2. EDT (Eau de Toilette) – this fragrance type has a smaller concentration of fragrance oils and only lasts about 4-6 full hours. Most men’s fragrances are made using this type of fragrance production, although some women’s fragrances will be sold in both an EDT and an EDP version.
3. EDC (Eau de Cologne) – this fragrance type has the least amount of fragrance oils and is usually considered to be the same as an Aftershave. This type of fragrance requires a heavier application to provide desired results.
Remember that regardless of what strength perfume or cologne you purchase, the key to maximizing a scent’s effectiveness is to layer it with as many related products as possible. If you can, purchase a gift set that includes the fragrance, a shower gel and a body lotion. When all three products are used together, the scent lasts much longer than if just used the fragrance by itself. Also, try and keep your fragrances in a cool, dry environment. If you travel, only bring a small portion of the liquid with you as changes in altitude, pressure and temperature can all have adverse effects on a bottle of perfume or cologne.
What are fragrance notes?
Fragrance notes refer to the ingredients that make up a particular scent. Notes can be classified into three main types: top notes, middle notes (or heart notes) and base notes. Top notes refer to the initial scents of a fragrance and are the lightest of all ingredients. These notes last roughly 10-15 minutes after application. The middle or ‘heart’ notes are slightly more robust and usually last anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour. The base notes are the foundation of any fragrance and usually last a few hours. Base notes are usually made up of musks, woods and different earth-toned ingredients.
Remember, to accurately enjoy the palette of any good fragrance, allow the alcohol to finish it’s ‘dry-off’ period – about ten to fifteen seconds on the skin should do. This will allow you to smell the actual fragrance without the alcohol getting in the way. Also, lightly spray the fragrance on pressure points including the wrists, neck, the inner crease of your elbows and even behind the ears. Try not to spray your perfume or cologne on clothing as this will sometimes destroy the make-up of a well-designed fragrance. In addition, a light spritz in your hair can leave a lasting scent for the entire day.
Why are your prices so low?
Big Discount Fragrances has been selling fragrances and related beauty products for well over 20 years. This has afforded us the opportunity to manage an ever-growing network of distributors and manufacturers from around the world. Simply by buying in bulk, we’re able to drastically reduce the prices we pay for our products which, in turn, allows us to pass those savings onto our customers. If you’re comparing our prices to those at major department stores, remember this: large stores carry huge overhead expenses which means that they’ll always try and charge as much as they can for their products. Just because you’re used to over-paying, doesn’t mean you should continue to over-pay. Big Discount Fragrances carries name-brand fragrances at up to 90% off the retail price – we hope you can get used to that instead.
What does 'Alert Me' mean?
Big Discount Fragrances has employed several new features in our recent site-wide upgrade. One of these new features is an automated notification system which instantly notifies the customer when a selected product is in stock. In order to participate in this feature, you must select the “Alert Me” button next to any out-of-stock item. You’ll then be entered into a queue of waiting customers – whenever the stock level gets replenished, the equivalent number of customers waiting will receive a notification to buy the product…it’s that simple.
Is your website secure?
Yes. Big Discount Fragrances clearly and precisely understands the importance of your security. To that end, we’ve implemented several cutting-edge hardware and software devices to ensure that your personal and financial information is always 100% protected at all times. Below are a few of the safe-guards we’ve put in place to protect you and your information.
Comodo SSL Technology – SSL stands for ‘Secure Socket Layer’ and it’s used to encrypt valuable information as it makes its way from your computer to our website. Anytime data is transferred over the internet, that data is transferred over a normal line of communication where it finally meets the website and a desired change or effect is made. In most cases however, that data is unencrypted, which means that a person who has the capability can grab that data while it’s in transmission and use it however they want. Our SSL technology guards against that type of attack. By employing your web browser to interpret our certificate and then encrypt the data you send us, we have the ability to create a highly-secure communication link between your computer and our webserver. Never do business online without knowing that you’re protected by SSL technology.
Comodo HackerGuardian – Our Comodo HackerGuardian technology makes sure that our server (and your private information) is protected against hackers. Our servers are tested daily using both common and unique hacking techniques to ensure that every hole is guarded and safe. By using this technology, you can rest assured that your name, email address and other vital information will never fall into the wrong hands.
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Data Back-up Protection System – This newly-designed system will continually back-up all of your information daily. We want you to have the peace-of-mind in knowing that your order history, membership level and BigPoints total will always be protected from corruption and loss. We’re committed to providing you the best experience possible.
What are your shipping prices?
- UPS Ground Shipping: $5.95 (3-7 Business days) FLAT RATE
- UPS 3-day Shipping: $12.95 (3 Business days) + $1.00 per additional item
- UPS 2-day Shipping: $20.95 (2 Business days) + $2.00 per additional item
- USPS Priority Mail: $8.95 (7-10 Business days) (Only available for select destinations)
Note: Only Florida Residents will be charged tax when purchasing from Big Discount Fragrances.