In all the time that I blogged about perfume, I received échantillons gratuits from only five companies: Puredistance, Lili Bermuda, Essence of Vali, Liz Zorn/Soivohle, and Attar Bazaar. The first three sent me samples for review after a personal connection was made. The latter two gave away free samples with purchase (and still do). I was free to critique their products, but there was no requirement that I do so, and no compensation if I did. All opinions expressed were my own; no one told me what to say or how to say it. (Otherwise, I wouldn't have been so bitchy and negative, would I?) Likewise, if I linked to a website, it was for informational rather than promotional purposes. And sometimes it was purely for laughs.