I've bought from many perfume sample stores, including Luckyscent, Scentsplit, The Perfumed Court, etc. But, Surrender to Chance has always been my favorite. Customer service is great, shipping is fast, and the juice is always fresh. I ended up purchasing quite a few full sized bottles after trying their samples and the smells of the samples have always been the same as those of the originals. Unfortunately, that changed recently.
In my last order I purchased Tom Ford Lost Cherry. I was so excited about this perfume, so even before receiving the sample I went ahead and ordered a travel size bottle from the official Tom Ford website. When the sample finally came in I decided to compare it with the original. The sample did smell like Lost Cherry, but a lot weaker. While the original has moderate projection for the first hour and lasts on my skin for about 3-5 hours, the sample had no projection whatsoever, and half an hour after the application I could not smell anything. The worst part though, was the oily and sticky texture of the sample. It would not absorb at all (see the picture of my shiny arm and an oily spot on paper).
This is very disappointing as STC has been my go-to place to get samples, and I really hope this is just an accident.