Scent Box July 2019 Review

July 2019

This is one of my favorite subscriptions.  First of all it is $14.95/ month for one month long sample of perfume (0.27 oz) and each comes in a travel case. My sample usually lasts a bit longer than a month. The subscription bills on the 30th and is shipped by the 7th of the month.  This month it shipped early and I received my subscription on the 6th.  While they do have a recommended scent of the month, you can also chose the scent you want based on your preferences.

I’d like to say I have a system, but to be honest, I tend to load my queue with things I might have smelled once in a magazine or sound interesting from the description. Some months my randomness pays off and I get a good sample I really like other months I end up with a complete dud.

While this is sort of a hit or miss process, it has saved me a boatload of money. Having a month’s supply of a scent really lets me know if I am going to like it for more than a few days or if it was just nice for the moment and not worth investing in the purchase of a bottle. As we all know, perfume isn’t cheap.

In addition, if there is something really wrong with the scent you can return it if there as long as you haven’t used a lot of the sample. Last month I had to do this and the return was easy peasy with no hiccups, earning Scent Box bonus points in my book. (If you want details of the exchange I walked through it in my June 2019 ScentBox review).

One more nice detail. Each month your subscription earns you scent bucks which you can put towards the purchase of an actual bottle of perfume on the site. So even if you don’t like the current month’s selection enough to purchase it, you have accrued points and can save them up, making a bottle you really like, a little less expensive in the future.

This month my selection was Armani Code Pour Femme. The description on the site it as follows:

Armani Code Pour Femme perfume by Giorgio Armani is a seductive new fragrance for women, Armani Code Pour Femme is a fresh, sexy, feminine blend of zesty blood orange, ginger, and pear sorbet softened with hints of sambac jasmine, orange blossom, and lavender honey, warmed with precious woods and vanilla. A woman’s mysterious code of seduction revealed.

Categories: Gourmand, sexy, winter, evening

Characteristics: Honey, Jasmine, Orange, orange blossom and Vanilla

For purchase a one time buy of 0.27 oz (the same size as the subscription box): $16.95, for a 1.7 oz bottle t: $70 and for a full 2.3 oz bottle:$85.

While the scent is nice, I alas will not be purchasing it. I might wear it for the month, but a bottle will not be earning space on my dressing table. In fact, I might pass it on to my mother. I think she might appreciate it more.

The scent is a little on the strong side, with the jasmine a little over powering. It pretty much obliterates the ginger and orange I was hoping for.  I’m guessing the sweetness is down to the honey, but it really just smells like flowers in the hot sun. It also smells more mature than sexy.  And to be honest it reminds me of an older woman who used to sit near us in church when I was a kid. She used to glare at me when I fidgeted. I know that’s really not the perfume’s fault, but still.

Not really an association I want in my perfume. 

So my points will accrue, saved for the purchase of a bottle of something else down the line.  And one more of my might be nice samples is checked off the list.

If you are interested in this subscription box, I’ve pasted my referral code down below.  Using it gets both you and me a free scent sample. If you don’t want to use it, no problems just go to the regular ScentBox site.

Referral Code: http://www.scentbox.com/ref/90433/a

Scent Box June 2019

Mad Madame by Juliette has a Gun as it arrived from Scent Box

I am a very scent oriented person. I sniff lip balm before I put it on (even if I’ve had the tube for a while and know exactly what it smells like) and I sniff the milk carton every time I open it before I pour it into anything even If it is a brand new bottle. I even sniff things I know are going to stink, like the fermented bean curd I picked up to try in a recipe. I’m sure there is a medical term for it.

This personal predilection has led me to a lifelong affair with perfume. Sometimes it is a wonderful love affair where I bask in the glory of heady, delicious and sultry captured scents.  Other times it is abusive relationship where I am left with a headache, watery eyes and a significantly lower bank account than I prefer. A perfume addiction is not a cheap habit to support. And the tiny samples that get chucked into Sephora orders or given out at makeup counters are not always the best gauge of how a perfume is going to wear on you day in and day out.

In addition, I am fickle.  I admit it. Today’s favorite can easily be pushed aside for something new.  Admittedly sometimes older favorites come out of the drawer because they suit the day perfectly and I fall in love all over again.

So when I came across this monthly subscription box I was thrilled.  It is $14.95 a month and while they offer a scent of the month you can choose a different scent you might want to try from their large selection. Each little vial of scent lasts about a month if used every day, so you can get an accurate take on how well the scent works for you and if you are likely to tire of it quickly, making a full bottle purchase a waste of your money.  They do sell full bottles as well if you find something you like.

replacement DKNY showing vial and case

I actually got this subscription for myself as a reward for my first ten lbs lost and have not regretted it.  Although I have to say after this month I am even more in love with this subscription. And here’s why.

Now we all know a new perfume is a gamble. It could be love at first sniff or instant regret. It could also be anything in between. When I opened this June’s scent, it was sadly the latter. My choice was Mad Madame by Juliet Has a Gun. It was not a recommended scent, so I have only myself to blame.  I spritzed once on the wrist and once on the neck and very shortly realized that the Madame and I did not get on. I very much regretted the neck as my eyes soon began to water.

Luckily Scent Box now has an exchange policy. According to their site and various informative e-mails, as long as there isn’t too much scent missing from the bottle, you can send it back and exchange it for something else.  They even have a postal slip you can print out so you don’t have to pay postage. I was skeptical but figured why not give it a shot. So I printed out the label, taped the package up, sent it back and hoped for the best.

I have to say, this was by far the best exchange experience I have ever had in my life.

First, there is the time line. All monthly subscriptions are mailed out on the seventh of the month.  Mine was no exception.  On June 7th I received an e-mail that Mad Madame was on her way.  June 8th the package arrived and I wasted no time in opening, trying on and ultimately hating the scent. Monday morning I decided to try out their returns policy (6/10).  I went to the site and followed the exchanges directions. I worried I would have to explain that I made a bad choice and that my exchange would be rejected because I chose it and didn’t go with their recommendation for the month. To my delight, no explanation was needed.  I just had to tell them what scent I wanted sent in exchange and send Mad Madame back to them.  As long as it was a mostly full bottle they were fine.

I still had my suspicions, but I followed the instructions.

That afternoon, the scent was making the return trip back to their mail room.  According to the tracking number, it reached them late in the day on June 12th. The morning of June 13th I got an e-mail from Scent Box letting me know my return was received and that it would be processed within 1-3 days and my exchange sent out.  Later that afternoon I received an e-mail notifying me that the package holding my chosen replacement had shipped. It arrived in my mailbox Saturday June 15th.

No drama.  No explanations or justifications.  Just an easy and efficient exchange.

Scent Box, you won my heart.

Sadly, the same cannot be said about the replacement perfume I chose. The selection I chose was Donna Karan’s Be Delicious Fresh Blossom. Its description is as follows:

‘ A blend of sparkling grapefruit, cassis, and sunkissed apricot meets a blooming floral heart of sheer muguet and petally rose wrapped in luminous jasmine. A base of juicy apple, mingled with lingering blond woods and smooth skin accord, completes the irresistibly sensual experience of the essence.’

Lovely, no?

I’ll admit, I had to look up muguet. It’s another term for lily of the valley in case you are wondering.

It is not a bad scent and I will be wearing it all month, but I will not be buying a bottle.  This is a shame as they are adorably packaged and I was really hoping I liked it enough to justify a purchase.  They have other scents in this line though and even though this one is too sweet, I am hopeful one of the other blends will strike my fancy and earn a place on my dressing table.  While I smelled the apple, the overall scent was slightly floral and a little too sweet for me.  It reminds me of the perfumes I would wear in middle school. It is something I might pick up for my twelve year old niece, but not something I would choose for a daily scent.  I have to say though, I am enjoying the slight nostalgia it evokes and don’t mind wearing it for the month.

So I learned that, while generally pleasant, this does not make my ‘to buy’ list, which is a valuable thing to know.

I am also more comfortable making bolder experimentations now that I know that if my eyes water and the sneezing starts, I have an option other than chucking the scent in the bin, which incidentally makes me more likely to try the other blends in this line then I normally would be.

More importantly, my trust and respect for Scent Box grew.

If you are interested in a monthly perfume subscription, I highly recommend checking them out at Scentbox.com.