Perfume Review: Beautiful Magnolia

I know lately this has been where the snacktime posts would go while the perfume review is on Wednesday, but two things happened to bump this up. The first is that we are still trying to finish out left overs from having company this week (Snacktime will be posted tomorrow) and the second thing that occurred is that i couldn’t take this perfume for another day.

I suppose I should have said spoiler alert. But this was not my favorite scent. Let’s look at what Este Lauder has to say about it before we get into it.

Picture of bottle taken from the website, personally I love the look of the bottle

Dare to love. A hypnotic blend with signature notes of lush Magnolia, solar Gardenia, warm Woods and luminous Musk. Romantic, feminine and radiant.
Each note draws you deeper into a love story, from beginning to end.

Dare to Dream: Magnolia Petals, Maté, Water Lotus The lightning bolt moment you saw each other for the first time. A sensation like no other. The emotional rush of the magnolia, a symbol of loyalty in love, is balanced with crisp herbaceous Maté and the lush transparency of Water Lotus, as fresh as new love itself.

Dare to Desire: Magnolia Oil, Solar Gardenia, Turkish Rose, The swirl of contradictory feelings, an explosion of passion, are reflected in the hypnotic nectar-like scent of Magnolia Oil, sensuous and feminine, irresistibly swept away by dazzling notes of Solar Gardenia and deep Turkish Rose.

Dare to Believe: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Illumina Musk Smooth, rich Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Illumina Musk add their warmth, power and sensuality to the breathless instant when, fearlessly, finally and forever, you know they’re the one you dare to love.

Este Lauder website

That is such a fantastic perfume description I really hate to destroy the image. The bottle is lovely looking and I wish that I could add it to my collection because it is lovely. But this scent is not for me. This is a sweet floral explosion. There is no underlying musk, no sandlewood depth, no cedarwood backing. This is unrelieved, unabashedly a sweet floral punch to the nose.

I will say it is an adult sweet floral rather than a little girl sweet floral so if that is your sort of thing then this might be for you. I applied it and wore it, but the thing is that all last week the scent kept reminding me of something. i finally figured out what it was.

This is the scent of the department store perfume and makeup section circa 1985. This is exactly what this perfume smells like. It isn’t a bad scent, but it is a distinctive one and not one I am particularly fond of. While I like florals I need something to ground them a little bit more and add a spicier or earthier note. This really doesn’t have that.

It stays close to the skin, so it isn’t a perfume that will travel out and annoy your companions. It comes on a bit strong when you first spray it, but after a minute or two it hugs the skin to become more of a personal scent. It is very long lasting too. I applied it in the morning (post workout) and it was still detectable on my wrist when I started getting ready for bed. One spritz on the wrist lasted all day.

It was a really well performing perfume. It has all of the features I like (personal rather than traveling scent, longevity…) I simply can’t wear something so sweetly floral without a deeper back note. Which is a shame. I have a friend who favors sweet florals so I will be passing the rest of the sample on to her and hopefully she will make a better match with it.

This was a strange review for me to write. After all perfumes are mostly about scent and for me, in the end, that was the only part of this perfume i didn’t care for.

Unboxing the February 2022 Scentbox

Normally I combine my unboxing with my trial of the scent in the subscription and simply talk about Scentbox with the perfume I am reviewing. However this week, I didn’t really wear a scent and since I was on a break with scent box for a while, this time the subscription was sent to me as though I was a new subscriber, so I thought I would review it individually.

Scentbox is a perfume subscription. For $15.95 per month you can get one 0.27 ounce tube of perfume sent to you. The scent comes in a glass spray bottle that fits inside a metal travel case. To use you twist and the atomizer portion pops up, then you twist it back down again after use. I don’t know why that amuses me so much but it always does.

Sometimes it is just the little things, you know?

The first time you get the subscription it comes in a reusable padded box. After that it will just come in a padded mailer. while I will use the box as it is a nice size (and with the foam insert removed really nice for holding jewelry). I am perfectly fine only getting the box once. It saves on waste. with the subscription comes a card with the scent of the month on it. The scent this month was Eternity Flame by Calvin Klein. I didn’t get this scent, the scent I am trying out is Cinema from YSL. But I do like the cards as I often fid out about scents I hadn’t heard of and will later add to my line up.

Get a 30-day supply of designer fragrance for $14.95/mo. Get 35% Off First Month, ScentBox.com

In addition to the box and the scent there is one of my favorite things about this subscription (besides the scent) that comes in the mailer. It is a return shipping label. That’s right. If there is any problem with the scent or you just plain don’t like it, you can send it back free of charge and they will send out the next perfume listed in your queue. I received a perfume that I not only didn’t like but that made me sneeze continuously. I chose it, so there really is no one else to blame but myself. Still I sent it back thinking if nothing else I would at least get it out of the house. there were no issues and they sent the next scent in my line up out right away. It was quite fantastic.

I love that I can choose what scent I want to try out from a wide variety. If I like a scent but am not sure I want to purchase a full sized bottle, I can also repurchase a second tube and have it sent with my monthly selection if i want. Also they offer full sized bottles of most of the scents offered in their subscription for sale on the website. So if I try it and like it, I can purchase it from them. What makes this extra fabulous is that each month you are subscribed you receive scent bucks that you can save up and put towards an item from their website store. I currently have $21 or somewhere thereabouts. It accumulates monthly and when I decide that I want to add a perfume to my collection, I can put my scent bucks towards it.

they also have other items on the site, like candles and skincare but in general I stick to the perfumes. They have options in subscriptions. You can get two scents sent to you each month or opt into the premium category for a wider range of scents. Personally I have never had a problem with the array offered in the regular category and for me one scent per month is enough.

This is one of those subscriptions that I will keep for a while and then pause if I notice that I am starting to stockpile perfumes. Mostly that is due to samples sent in subscription boxes. I tend to add them to a box and when the box is full, I’ll pause my scent box subscription until I have cleared out the samples box. Then I start the subscription up again and the process repeats. I’ve played around with pausing and unpausing the subscription and have had no issues with either.

If you are interested in trying out this subscription and seeing if it is for you, you can get your first box for just $9.72. If you like it and keep the subscription, it will then go back to the regular price. Since perfumes can be expensive and sometimes a scent doesn’t match it’s description or simply doesn’t work for me, I find Scentbox a great way to try out different perfumes and find out if they are for me without spending a lot of money. I am often drawn in by descriptions of perfumes and sometimes the reality doesn’t live up. I also find that since it is only a small bottle, I am a bit more adventurous in my trials. Some of the scents that I might have given a pass if I just read their description on the box or on line, I am willing to try with the subscription size. Sometimes it is a failure, and sometimes I find an unexpected treasure of a scent.

Either way, this Scentbox subscription is a winner in my book.

Perfume Review: Olympea Legend by Paco Rabanne

That’s right my darlings, Scent Box is back. I have managed to work my way through enough of my sample fragrances that I felt comfortable restarting my subscription. This was technically January’s subscription. It came in , got side tracked while I finished a few more samples and then I realized I hadn’t talked about it.

I love Scent Box. It is one of those subscriptions that I sign up for and then put on hold depending, but I always come back to. with this subscription you get a 0.27 ounce bottle of scent each month. You can go with their monthly suggestion or you can pick your own. You can actually line up a years worth of samples so you can look through their many fragrances and decide, hey that one sounds like it would be great in the spring or wow that looks like a winter scent. And then put the scent on the appropriate month.

Each month’s subscription comes with it’s own case and they vary in color each month. This moth for me was half rose gold half black. I’m not too fond of the two tones. I think I would like the case in either color, but somehow I don’t like the two tones. But that’s okay, next month I may love the case. Some perfumes I love, others not so much. I tend to pass on the ones I don’t like in the cases that I don’t care for, so I only end up keeping the cases I like. The subscription is $14.95 per month although you can get a discount on your first month.

Get a 30-day supply of designer fragrance for $14.95/mo. Get 35% Off First Month, ScentBox.com

And as an added bonus, each month earns you Scent Bucks that you can save and then use towards something from the website. Generally you receive about $2 each month. I am saving mine up to put towards a full sized perfume. I currently have about $20. I haven’t decided what perfume I want to purchase yet so I just keep letting it accumulate until I do.

So what was January’s selection? It was Paco Rabanne Olympea Legend. I think I may have let Scent Box Choose this one for me as I don’t recall adding it to my list. According to Scentbox…

Olympea Legend by Paco Rabanne is a Oriental Floral fragrance for women. Olympea Legend was launched in 2019. The nose behind this fragrance is Loc Dong. Top notes are sea salt, plum and apricot. Middle notes are ginger flower and floral notes. Base notes are vanilla, amber, sand and tonka bean.

Scent Box

In general I like plum and apricot scents so perhaps I did choose it and don’t recall. Either way, I sprayed, I sniffed and I wore this scent for a week. And I am not a fan. despite the description, this perfume smells like baby powder and coconut. I’m not entirely sure how that was accomplished with the listed scent notes, but that is the end result.

I will say I received several complements on the scent this past week, however I personally didn’t care for it. So with the bottle mostly full, I will be passing it on to a friend who adores the scent of coconut. If I decided that I didn’t like it immediately I could have sent it back and exchanged it. Scent Box has a really good exchange policy. As long as it isn’t really used, if you decide you absolutely can’t stand the scent, you can send it back and they will just send you the next scent in the line of products you chose. No questions asked. I had to do that once when I picked a perfume I absolutely couldn’t stand. It was super easy. And it makes taking a risk on a scent a little easier. This one I thought I would like more as the week went on, so I used it enough that it will be passed on and not sent back. Luckily I know someone who will really like it. This scent just simply isn’t for me.

Perfume Review: Libre from Yves Saint Laurent

This sample of Libre from Yves Saint Laurent came to me in a Macy’s Beauty Box. I know that is not surprising. Macy’s always includes, one, if not two perfume samples in each month’s box. This was part of a brand take over box in which every item, including the bag was from YSL.

It was a fantastic bag. And I got to try several items I hadn’t ever heard of let alone tried out. There were several perfumes in the collection of items and the Deluxe size of the Mon Paris from YSL has become one of the perfumes I will definitely be purchasing in the full size once i have worked my way through the deluxe sample.

Libre, was only in a small sample size however it was one of the scents I was most eager to try out. I think because I have heard so much buzz about it. This seems to be the YSL fragrance everyone talks about, at least on the sites I’ve looked at. Plus the bottle looks stunning.

According to the brand…

Libre Eau de Parfum is a bold and floral women’s fragrance. A statement feminine scent for those who live by their own rules. Lavender essence from France combines with the sensuality of Moroccan orange blossom and a daring note of vanilla extract for a unique long-lasting scent.

A celebration of freedom, this daring, yet distinctly floral and feminine perfume is for those who do what they want and dare to be exactly who they are. Breaking boundaries and paving their own way, this women’s perfume is inspired by the bold and the free.

YSL on Libre Perfume

Doesn’t that description sound fabulous? It has all of the good feels, breaking boundaries, freedom, inspired by the bold. I had high hopes for this one.

Alas they were not realized. While I thought Mon Paris was going to be floral and overly sweet it ended up with more depth and complexity than anticipated. This Libre perfume promises depth and complexity, based on it’s references. What it is tends to be a mix of lavender and orange blossom. To be honest, it reminds me of the sachets my grandmother put in her underwear drawer.

It is very lavender with a hint of orange blossom. Anything else is hidden under those powerhouses of scent. It is simple, overly floral, overly sweet and when sprayed the scent profile makes me think of little old ladies. It is a scent i would not expect to find worn by someone under the age of eighty. I was not a fan.

It lacks depth and complexity and isn’t something I will ever purchase. It is also not a sample tube I will finish. I struggled to wear it for week, using less and less each day and I still have half a tube. It will be passed on. Perhaps someone else will not find the scent as old lady as I did, or perhaps they will pass it on to their granny. Regardless, Libre by YSL will not be entering my collection and I am happy to let it go.

Perfume Review: Inkling Scent’s Sultry

I remember this roll on scent, Sultry from Inkling Scents, coming in a Birchbox a while ago. I remember sniffing it, thinking it smelled nice and that I liked rollerballs and then putting it in the box of sample scents to try.

And then forgetting completely about it.

When I went into the box to choose my next scent I heard something rolling around in the bottom of the box. I was concerned that rolling could equal breakage and ended up fishing this scent out to try simply because I didn’t want it rolling around. I am actually rather glad I did. The more I used this scent, the more I started to like it. According to the Inkling Scents website…

Wearing this smooth fragrance is an exercise in seduction. The base is creamy sandalwood and white amber, the heart is lotus flower, orchid and Bulgarian rose, while the top is silky vanilla. The blend is provocative, but clean – like naked skin. This mix is deep and rich enough to leave you purring with pleasure. This is our best selling women’s scent. 60,000 bottles went out in the FabFitFun luxury box!

Inkling Scents
plastic rather than metal roller ball

The scent is a light sandalwood blended with a hint of musk and orchid. Underneath I smell a bare whiff of vanilla. To me it is the right balance of earthy and sweet. I wouldn’t say that it is sultry or seductive. Generally when I use those sorts of terms I am thinking of a perfume I would put on for date night or an evening snuggled in with my babydoll.

This, isn’t that.

It isn’t a scent designed solely for quiet times with that special someone or even night time, which is also when I think of sultry scents. This is a scent that you could easily wear any time. It is subtle enough that you could wear it in an office environment without causing your coworker in the next cubicle over to wonder what you have planned after work ends. It isn’t a travelling scent, but one that generally stays in your personal space. It also had a sort of fresh, almost green scent to it that lightens the musky notes up so that it seems appropriate for day time use.

the mini roller ball is about the size of a bullet lipstick

I did notice that the longer I wore the scent, the more the musk became prominent. hen first applied the scent did seem more orchid and vanilla based with the sandalwood and musk as base notes underpinning them.

As my body heat worked with it, the scents flipped and the orchid and vanilla became the under pinning notes lifting the sandalwood and musk into a lighter fresher space. I enjoyed both versions of the scent, actually. I don’t think it would work as well for me in the warmer months though as it seems like a scent more suitable to the fall and winter. I suspect it might feel a bit heavier once the weather warms.

It is also not a terribly long lasting scent. If applied in the morning then I was catching whiffs of scent until about two in the afternoon. Around two-ish if I pressed my nose to my wrist there was a vague hint as though I just finished using a heavily scented hand soap. Half an hour later, there was nothing. I am using the smaller roller ball for application so i don’t know if that is part of the fading process. I personally really like roller balls and I like the fact that this is easy to tuck into a purse and rea apply. The good thing about this scent is that with the roller ball and the light, easily faded scent, it is incredibly difficult to apply too much of this scent. There is no over application. So you can’t over do it. Or if you do, then you are just wasting product not causing a scent riot in the office elevator.

Personally I find this scent appealing. This is my first scent from Inkling’s scents and it does make me want to try out several more. I like what I’ve read of the company on their website and will no doubt be trying a few more of their scents in the future. As for Sultry, the roller ball I have is the mini roll on (retail $15) and it will last quite a while. I suspect that when it runs out, I will be replacing it. I’m not sure if I’d go with the full size or stick with the mini roller ball though. All I know is that I am glad to add this Sultry scent from Inkling Scents to my collection.


Perfume Review: Paper by Commodity

I know, some of you are looking at the name of the perfume and thinking, that seems like an odd name for a perfume. I agree, I thought so myself when this scent arrived in a subscription box. Yet Paper it is.

It is a name that is consistent with the brand. When going on Commodity Fragrances’ Website I found other similarly named scents. Gold, Velvet, Book, Milk and Moss were all listed as fragrance names. While interesting, I also found that all of their scents were listed as personal, expressive or bold. And that each scent had a personal, expressive and bold bottle. (there is one scent listed as Paper – expressive and one that is listed as Paper – personal, and the same holds true for all of their scents).

As these were not terms I came across before I looked into what they meant. According to the site, Expressive is…

The Expressive collection is considered by many to be the perfect balance of longevity and projection. These fragrances will make a statement without overpowering any space – to be noticed by you and the many around you.

While personal is…

The Personal Collection is for those who prefer a subtle, intimate fragrance – to be noticed only by you and the few you allow close. Soft, ethereal and luxurious, these molecular compositions have a trace of their ‘Expressive’ counterpart and embody the concept of less is more.

And bold is…

There is no modesty when it comes to the Bold collection. Infused with exotic notes, these are amplified renditions of their ‘Expressive’ counterpart. Designed for those intent on making their presence known, they are for you and everyone else.

According to the rest of the information on the page the three categories are the company’s way of cutting through the traditional distinctions (eau de toilette verses parfum, etc) to something simple that states how many people your scent telegraphs to. It is a nice and simple explanation and an easy to understand system.

The Paper scent that I received is listed as personal. So in theory it should only be noticeable to me and those who I allow into my personal space. The scent descriptor for paper is…

Inspired by the cult-favorite Paper, this woody Iso E Super blend combines with touches of sweet Amber for a scent that comes alive on skin. The molecular wood transcends skin with a lightweight and effortless glow.

We began with Paper Expressive: a sheer and crisp woody blend of Sandalwood and Iso E Super. 

We then made this crisp composition sweeter and softer with a molecular Amber opening for a Personal rendition. 

We also made an earthy, Bold rendition where Vetiver and wet woods cling to the skin.

Commodity Fragrances

For those or you wondering what Iso E Super is, it is described as – dry, woody and cedarlike, with aspects of ambergris, vetiver and patchouli.

It is a strange description. Usually perfume descriptions sound like they are selling you a fantasy. whether it is a romantic fantasy, an exotic vacation to a world that doesn’t exist or a more exciting you, it is still a vision of a fantasy. This seems more workman like in it’s description, which might be because of the brand’s commodity ethos. It is enlightening, but I feel there is something missing. Still it is more about the scent than the descriptors.

So how did this perform?

well first off, the term personal is a bit of a misnomer when it comes to this scent. One spritz and for the next two hours the scent announces your arrival a few steps before you enter the room. After a few hours it does fade back, but in those first two hours it is a bold and assertive scent.

And to be honest, it is not my favorite scent. It took me a while to work out what I was smelling but it basically boils down to smelling like an acidic version of patchouli. There are other more subtle back notes, but they can’t really work their way past that top note to make much of a difference.

I love the thought behind the scent. I love the sleek design of the bottles and in a way, I like the straightforward names. I just didn’t like the scent. If you are a fan of patchouli infused scents, then you may have better luck with this, but for me it simply did not work. Even if you di like the scent though, I would caution you about relying too heavily on the scent space degerminator. While this scent did eventually fade back into something that was more personal in scent space domination, it took a while for it to fade back to that scent. Once it did, it stayed in the personal space for the rest of the day. But it takes a while to fade back. If you are looking to wear a personal scent, apply this one early and give yourself plenty of time before mingling.

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Perfume Review: Coach Dreams Sunset

This past week I reached into my box of perfume samples and was quite honestly surprised at how many had accumulated. With two samples coming in every Macy’s Beauty Box and me skipping out on the Summer time perfume samplings they sort of piled up.

Also I was testing a Zent’s Sample collection of their Eau De Toilettes for a while as well as the Kierin Sample set. (I am still really loving their Rose scent by the way.) So that sort of pushed the individual samples to the side for a bit. But now it is time to work through them. I have two reasons for turning to the samples kits actually. The first is that the box I keep the samples in is somewhat overflowing at the moment. The second is that I like to pick up a scent for my collection each year.

Once the holiday shopping is done, that is one of the treats I like to get for myself. Usually I purchase it after Christmas. I really like including the new scent as part of my getting ready for the New Year ritual. Last year I went with the Cartier Eau de Cartier. It was one of the scents I found through my subscription to Scent Box actually. Tried the sample for a month and used up the atomizer Scent Box scent and was very disappointed it was gone.

That is usually a good sign for a perfume for me. It is a bit more of an evening scent though. But that is another story.

Today is the tale of Coach Dreams Sunset as it was the one that my hand closed over first when reaching into the box of samples. It is a scent from Coach and according to the description it is…

Coach Dreams Sunset is a fresh floral-and-woody, free-spirited fragrance inspired by the golden hours of dusk when possibilities are always on the horizon. It opens with fruity notes of pear and bergamot, revealing a heart of jasmine flowers before drying down to warm Tonka bean and vanilla base note.

The bottle featured on the site is lovely. It has a somewhat Hombre look to it that I really find appealing. The scent however I found a little less appealing. The jasmine and the vanilla come through and at the back I do get bergamot and maybe a hint of pear.

Oddly when I sniff it the first thing my nose says is soap. It smells vaguely like the foaming hand soap you might find in the lobby bathroom of a high end hotel. It is classy and expensive soap, but it still smells vaguely soapy just the same.

The scent does come on strong. When I sprayed my wrist it was strong enough in the first few minutes to make my eyes water (sometimes me and bergamot really don’t get along).After a minute it did fade back a bit to something more wearable. It is however not a scent that you can forget you are wearing. It sort of fills the space around you with scent. Which isn’t a bad thing actually.

It doesn’t travel far though. If you wear it in an office space (as long as you aren’t spraying it in an office space) it isn’t the sort of scent that will annoy your co-workers. It may create a sort of cloud of scent around you, but it is a cloud that hovers close. You will smell it all day but unless someone else invades your personal space, they will only get small teasers of scent as you move past.

As the day wears on this scent becomes more generically floral and the soapy kind of scent tends to fade a bit. I’m not entirely certain why the word soap keeps floating through my mind. I’m sure there was at some point in my life a soap with a similar scent or something of that nature. The scent is too sweetly floral for me, however it isn’t an overly sweet scent. It doesn’t have that sweet cloying scent that sweeter perfumes can have. It is a bit heavy feeling for me though. It is not a light weight floral that dances through the air. It is a very heavy footed floral. While I know several people who might enjoy this scent, they are also all much older than I am. This is a very mature scent. And honestly, not one that I will be purchasing. So the search continues for the New Year’s Scent.


Unboxing the June Scentbox

As most of you probably realize by now, I am a very scent oriented person. I also am not a one scent sort of person. I like having a library of scents so that I can adjust the scent i wear to suit my mood, an event I am attending, the season and even the time of day. I like knowing that I have warm and cosy scents to reach for in the winter and slight and airy scents to reach for in the summer. I enjoy scents that I can wear to an office and having those I reserve for a special night out.

As anyone who likes perfumes can attest, perfumes can be somewhat expensive. And just because you liked the perfume you sprayed and sniffed once in the store or smelled on another person, doesn’t mean it will work out for you.

For me, I find sampling perfumes essential to finding ones I am willing to purchase and add to my collection. While I pick up perfume samples in a lot of places, I also like being able to choose my own samples. I like reading the descriptions and imagining the scents and then choosing what is sent to me. For a while I had a Scentbox subscription and then Ilet it lapse for a while as I had a stockpile of perfume samples to try out and I wanted to clear out older scents. I Have managed to clear out a few scents and I decided June was the perfect month for once again enrolling in Scentbox.

For those that don’t know, Scentbox is a perfume sampling subscription. Each month for $13. 95 you recieve one 0.27 ounce sample of the perfume you put in that month’s line up. While they do offer a monthly selection if you don’t have something in mind that you want to try, you fill out the queue by picking out scents that appeal to you. Sometimes I go with their recommendation and bump my choice down the line a month or two, other times I choose a perfume that appeals to me.

There is a discount for those wanting to try the subscription for the first time. $9.72 for your first box. I’ll post the current deal below if you’d like to try it out.

There are several things I like about this subscription. The first is that each month’s sample comes in a reusable metal traveling case. You twist the tube and the spray nozzle emerges from the tube. They are really handy for traveling. The first month the metal tube comes in a nice box like the one pictured here. I believe that while you still get a new case every month, the subsequent months the box it comes in is smaller and more compact.

In addition, each month you are a subscriber, you earn Scentbucks for your subscription. These add up and can be put towards another purchase form their site. Not only can you purchase full sized bottles of the perfumes, but you can also purchase various bath and body care items, candles and wellness/cbd items as well from the site. These items can also be added to the list so if you decide one month you would prefer a body scrub to a perfume, you can choose that instead. If you are going out of town you can skip a month easily and one of my favorite things about this subscription is that each perfume is mailed with a return label so if you get the sample, spritz, sniff and decide that it isn’t for you, the sample can easily be returned for a different one with no issues.

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I had to take a break so that I could work through my stockpile of samples, bt I am so glad I can once again receive a monthly sample to try out. This month I didn’t go for the suggested sample and instead went for Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream. I know it has been around for a while, but I have somehow missed a large number of Marc Jacobs Perfumes. And I have to say the bottle has always appealed to me. In case you happen to like this perfume Sobelia has it on sale currently for 42% off.

The Subscription charges on the 30th of the month for the following month and all shipments are mailed out on the 7th of the month. My sample arrived safe and sound. However as I am completing a Zents Eau de Toilette trial, I will hold of testing this out for a little while. But that of course would be the perfume review rather than the subscription review. My selection arrived safely in a rose gold travel tube. I think each month is a different colored tube so they can be told apart at a glance. The glass tube of product is filled to the brim with scent. And I am very much looking forward to giving the scent a trial run. I am also looking forward to saving up my scent bucks to put towards a full sized bottle of perfume from the site. It adds up slowly, but with each purchase the amount grows and as it does, I get to test out many fantastic scents to find ones that I really enjoy wearing.

For me this is an excellent, cost effective way to try out perfumes, finding out if the scent is right for me and if it is one i want to live with long term. It helps me not waste either money or product and while I will occasionally take a break, Scentbox is a subscription to which I will always return.


Perfume Review: Santal Sky by Kierin NYC Perfumes

The Discovery Kit

As many of you may be aware, I have been working through the Discovery Kit from Keirin NYC. They very graciously set the kit over for me to try and review. The kit itself costs $20 if you buy it from the Kierin NYC site. However, with that $20 purchase you get a code that gives you $20 off your purchase of a full sized perfume.

How cool is that? You get to try four separate perfumes and then the cost of the Discovery Kit just rolls right into the purchase of the perfume you like the most. The hardest part is actually picking which perfume you like the most. Plus with each purchase you get a free 10 mL container of their latest perfume release to try (while supplies last). The current perfume is Rose Ink and I will be trying that out once I have finished with the Discovery kit.

the 10 ml size in Rose Ink

Which will be soon as I have reached the fourth, and final sample in the discovery kit. This perfume is Santal Sky and I deliberately left it for last because it sounded like the one I would like the most. So what does the site have to tell us about the perfume?

Santal Sky is an amazing, thoughtful scent with a touch of irreverence. Woody, intimate and serene fragrance and bound with earthy vibrancy, it refreshes the soul and embodies a calm heart in the fast beat of city streets. 

Eau de Parfum:  Premium quality with 20% Fragrance concentration. Comes as a Natural Spray.

Clean & Conscious: This product is cruelty-free, vegan, eco-friendly, sustainably sourced, recyclable and free of toxins, parabens, phthalates, unnecessary dyes and stabilizers. Made with natural sugar cane alcohol.

KIERIN CARES: Proud to be one of the very few perfume brands certified 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free by PETA. Fragrance made in the USA.

Vibe:  Intimate – Serene 

Olfactive Harmony:  Woody – Spicy

Key Ingredients:  Cardamon – Saffron – Sandalwood – Vetiver

Full sized bottle in Rose Ink

Perfumer: Mathieu Nardin, known for combining artisanal techniques with modern materials and new innovations.

This premium niche eau de parfum is an “artfully crafted scent collage with signature vibes.” 

I am very much a fan of spicier perfumes. Not that I don’t have my friends in the florals, but I do tend to like the spice. As with every other Kierin NYC Perfume, the scent description for Santal Sky is spot on. It is a woody- spicy blend. I would say it is very sandalwood forward with an earthy saffron kick to it. The Vetiver and the Cardamon are very much back notes.

I would also say that they are very accurate in describing the scent as intimate. It is intimate in several senses of the word. The perfume itself is intimate as it may come on strong when first sprayed but after a few moments it fades back to a very personal scent.

To smell it, another person would have to pretty much be in your personal space. It is not a scent that travels to say hello to the neighbors. You can smell it when wearing it, and after that initial fade it will last pretty much all day close to your skin. This is a scent just for you and those you let in close.

It is also somewhat intimate in the sense that it is a very sensual scent. This is not a scent I would wear to the office. It is not a scent I would wear to happy hour.

Santal Sky is a date night scent.

What is kind of interesting to me is how well thought out the Discovery Kit, and in fact Kierin NYC Perfumes are. There are four perfumes in this kit: 10 a.m. Flirt, Nitro Noir, Sunday Brunch and Santal Sky. 10 a.m. Flirt is a scent that I would call office appropriate, Nitro Noir is a happy hour out at night with friends kind of scent, Sunday Brunch is a day time out with friends scent and Santal Sky is very much a date night with that special someone perfume.

I really like that it is almost a library of scents, each perfume in it’s own category. Each scent with it’s own time to shine. I find that very well thought out and as I tend to associate scents with specific times and activities I really appreciate the thought that seems to have gone into not only each scent but in the collection as a whole. I was very pleased with this discovery kit as well as each of the perfumes in it.

Santal Sky, is the last perfume in the kit and I am happy that I did leave it for last. I enjoyed the warm spicy notes and while i did wear it each day for a week straight to test it out, the remaining portion I am going to save for afterhours wear as I think that is the time of day where this particular blend will really shine. Now of course comes the hard part, figuring out which scent I want to order in a full sized bottle.

At least I know that all of their perfumes come in recycled glass bottles that have been coated in white and given beautiful graphic designs on them, so no matter what I pick I’ll feel good about the bottle and know that it will look good in my perfume collection.


Perfume Review: Sunday Brunch by Kierin NYC Perfumes

Recently I have been trying out the samples from the Kierin NYC Discovery Kit. As you know, and I’m sure everyone knows at this point, i am a huge fan of trying perfumes before I purchase them While the collector of glass in my sees the bottles and just wants them, not all perfumes are scent’s I want to have around, regardless of the beauty of the bottles.

Full sized bottle (different scent)

That is what makes discovery kits, like this one so fantastic. In the discovery kit you et four samples of perfumes to try out. There is enough product in each for about two weeks of daily wear, which is plenty of time to find out if you can lie with a perfume. There have been many perfumes I have tried that I liked initially in the one day wear test but found after three days I was ready to call it quits. As perfumes can get pricey, I find it better to just try a sample for a full week straight and then take some time to think about it.

What I especially like about this kit is that while it costs $20, when you purchase it you also get a $20 voucher that rolls into the purchase of a full sized bottle of perfume from the brand. And currently (while supplies last) you also get a 10 ml bottle of their latest release Rose ink. The 10 ml sized bottle is shone in this post as is the Full sized bottle of the perfume so you can see what they look like. They (along with the discovery kit) were sent to my by Kierin NYC for review). I love that the bottles are made from recycled glass and given a white coat to protect the perfume inside.

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the 10 ml sized bottle

Now, I have been working through this discovery kit (this is the third out of four that I’ve tried)/ I had to take a little break because I was having dry skin issues and I didn’t want to spray anything erven remotely near my hands if I didn’t have to. My baby doll picked up an extra strength hand sanitizer and it dried my hands out more than anything I have ever used. I’ve been moisturizing like crazy (and stopped using that hand sanitizer) and all is well now so I can get back to wearing perfume.

Today’s sample is the Sunday Brunch Scent. The official description is …

In The Mood For Good Times?

Sunday Brunch inspires a celebratory mood and making memories of a life well lived.  A unique blend of scents, this fragrance is citrusy, cheerful and luminous.  

au de Parfum:  Premium quality with 20% Fragrance concentration. Comes as a Natural Spray. Clean & Conscious: This product is cruelty-free, vegan, eco-friendly, sustainably sourced, recyclable and free of toxins, parabens, phthalates, unnecessary dyes and stabilizers. Made with natural sugar cane alcohol. KIERIN CARES: Proud to be one of the very few perfume brands certified 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free by PETA.  Fragrance made in the USA.

Vibe:  Cheerful – Luminous

Olfactive Harmony:  Citrus – Floral

Key Ingredients:  Italian Bergamot – Lemon – Earl Grey Tea – Jasmine

Perfumer: Mathieu Nardin, known for combining artisanal techniques with modern materials and new innovations.

This premium niche eau de parfum is an “artfully crafted scent collage with signature vibes.” 

I’ll admit, I was slightly nervous about this scent. Bergamot and I are not the best of friends and while I love the scent of Earl Gray tea, I don’t like the taste of it. While my grandparents were Builder’s tea all the way, my mom is a huge Earl Gray fan. For drinking I lean towards regular black tea but Earl Gray is a huge scent from my childhood.

As I think about it, this perfume actually captures my favorite part of that which is the scent. I like the scent of Earl Gray, I just can’t take the taste. Sunday Brunch does capture that scent. The lemon is quite forward in the scent mix and blends well with the Earl gray scent. It smells like tea with lemon. There is a slight floral element to the perfume but it is a back note. It is as though you were having tea in the sunroom and the heat was making the scent of the garden rise outside and drift inwards. The florals are a light touch but the Earl Gray and lemon are more present.

The scent, like all of Kierin NYC’s perfumes thus far, come on strong and then fade back to something more wearable. I would say this is more of a day scent than an evening one. I could see wearing it to an office or on a day time shopping excursion, but I wouldn’t choose it for after hours. It is too sunny a scent for that. It is a very bright and sunny smelling perfume and I like it.

I have a hard time separating the nostalgia from the scent though. For me it is very much a scent that brings me back to childhood and having morning tea in the summer with my mother. We always had potted plants and gardens so even the floral seems appropriate. I really enjoy it for that, but I am not certain i could wear it every day. The perfume seems wearable enough for everyday use, but I doubt my memories could take it in a daily dose. While I like the scent and may end up getting a small 10 ml size of it, I can’t see this being a full sized bottle purchase for me.

This would be a once in a while perfume so I am sure the smaller size would last a while. I am however very glad I tried it and will definitely wear it again. I just think that trips down memory lane should probably not be taken daily. If you are looking for a light scent for daytime wear, you might want to actually give this a try though. while the citrus does brighten it, the tea gives it a bit of grounding so it is a very well balanced blend. I can’t wait to see what the final scent in the discovery kit holds for me.