When I make samples, I attach machine-printed labels that give the name and date for the sample. I had only been dating the scents that had gone through a reformulation, but I’m now starting to add a date to all samples corresponding to the month in which the sample was made because this will help people who acquire older samples in swaps. On the website, I list the dates for release of each scent and dates for any reformulations; that info is given under the “scent notes” paragraph on the individual page for each scent. You can check the date of release info for the scent of interest and compare to the date on your sample to see if you have the latest version.
If you get a decanted sample in a swap or from TPC or Posh Peasant, you won’t know the version but you can ask me and I may know. They currently have the original versions with the original oakmoss for Ambre Noir, Winter Woods, Fireside Intense, and Encens Tranquille.
When I send out tester samples, they just have hand-written labels with an ID number and a date. The ID number tells me which trial formula is in the vial. I request that test sniffers not share these samples since they are not done, but they do sometimes get into circulation. If you get one, just remember the final version might be very different and try to resist sending it on to someone else.
Hope that explains my mysterious sample coding system, lol. I’m happy to answer questions if you have something that is puzzling. 🙂 And to test sniffers I apologize that my scrawl can be hard to read!