Introducing Scentbird: Fragrance Subscription Review

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It’s time for another beauty subscription review and this time it’s from the fragrance niche. Remember when I posted about finding your signature scent in two easy steps? Scentbird helps you take fragrance shopping to the next level by picking three of your favorite fragrances, and selecting a perfume similar to it. I got the opportunity to check out this new service, check out my thoughts below.

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Fragrance Selection

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First, you enter the name of three scents that you love. I picked DKNY Be Delicious, Clean Fragrance by Clean, and Amazing Grace by Philosophy. I’m a big fan of clean, fresh fragrances with aquatic notes.  Once you enter your favorite three scents, you get a list of fragrances with similar notes. It didn’t take long to decide that I would love to try Acqua Di Gioia eau fraiche by Giorgio Armani. It’s a fresh everyday scent with aquatic notes. You have the choice of selecting up to five fragrances, or trying out just one. I went with just this fragrance.

Now it’s time to checkout. This fragrance costs $58, but no worries, you are not charged just yet. You will enter your credit card and Scentbird will make an authorization charge of $30 per perfume. You will only be charged the full amount (plus tax) if you decide to keep the fragrance.

Acqua di Gioia eau fraiche

So, I’ve checked out and my fragrance is here! Everything is packaged in a pretty black box with two items inside: A decanted vial of Acqua Di Gioia eau fraiche, and the full sized bottle. Spray the perfume on your pulse points, let it dry. Test the fragrance  by taking in 2-3 short, quick inhales. Wear it to work and see if you receive compliments. Ask your significant other or friends what they think. You have 5 days to decide if this fragrance is for you.

If you love it, keep it and your card will be charged. If you are not in love, contact Scentbird for a prepaid shipping label. Return the full sized fragrance (it MUST be sealed in order to return), and keep the vial and pouch.

 

Q&A

After trying out the service myself, I had some questions for the people from Scentbird because while I think this is an amazing service, I had some major reservations about receiving the entire bottle.  I also noticed an overlap of some fragrances, and a very small choice of fragrances (I’ve been facilitating this review since June, and since then more fragrances have been added).

Q: What is the point of sending the bottle and the sample vs just a sample to test?

A: We’ve found that consumer really value the convenience of having the bottle.  If they love it- and they mostly do- it is right there and they don’t need to the hassle and wait to having to go back to the website to order the full product.

Q: Is there any reason some scents overlap in each category, like Carolina Herrera 212?

A: Scents often fit more than one category (e.g, Fruity florals are both “fruity” and “floral”), as well as several occasions- our proprietary algorithm leverages reviews from over 300,000 real women to find the scents that fit your desired description.

Q: Will more scents be added to the lineup?

A: Yes- we are constantly evaluating new scents to find the ones that we feel will be the right fit for our customers.  We are currently expanding beyond designer to select niche fragrances as well.

 

Overall thoughts

I’m in love with Scentbird! Scentbird takes fragrance shopping to a whole new level by allowing you to personally try a fragrance in the comfort of your own home. Fragrance shopping can be very stressful but Scentbird takes that stress element away.

Scentbird prices vary depending on which fragrance you choose. Discover your scent at https://www.scentbird.com/. Browse the site and tell me what fragrance you would try!

About Aprill Coleman

Aprill, also known as The Fairy Glammother is a beauty blogger and lover of all things beauty. She is the blogger behind Glitter.Gloss.Garbage which shares new beauty products and tips!

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  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Sounds like an innovative way to help consumers find scents that they will like! Wish they had some of my fragrances in their database but I tend toward the obscure brands

  • http://www.beautybymissl.com/ beautybymissl

    DKNY Be Delicious is one of my all time favorite :)

  • Norah Salazar

    It is a cool idea.

  • TinaBowling

    Ooooo, I hadn’t heard of Scentbird! Heading over to the website now…

  • http://www.makeuplifelove.com/ jamie @makeuplifelove

    What a awesome idea. I have never seen this but toally will check it out.

  • Ange

    This is such a cool idea for a box!!

  • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/ Cosmetics Aficionado

    Neat idea! Though yes, to me it seems like they could just send the vials.

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    Ok, now this is amazing. Great service that I am sure will be a hit.

  • http://libbyspinkvanity.blogspot.com Kimberly

    This is a great idea. I wonder what they do with the returns, though.

    • GlitteryGlossy

      It goes back into inventory because you cant send it back opened.

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    Scentbird sounds interesting.

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Sounds like a nice personalized box!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    It’d be so nice to try these at home! I usually spray myself in the store and walk around for awhile to make sure I don’t get a headache. This service would make it so much easier!

  • Pammy Blogs Beauty

    This is such a unique twist on the sample subscription box. I do like the idea of trying the scent at home. I must investigate this further!

  • http://www.geniabeme.com/ Eugenia

    I liked you qs! Thats a great idea to send the small sample and the bottle!

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim Porter

    As a fragrance junky, I am DYING to try this. Thanks for introducing me.

  • Justina

    This looks so neat. Although, I bet they send a full sized perfume so it’s a pain to return it so most people just keep it if they like it. It’s so tempting and already right there!

  • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia Doherty

    I’m with Justina as to why they send the whole bottle. If you forget to return it, ah, well, you just bought it! Great marketing, really. I get so many samples from Ulta and Sephora as it is, but I can see someone who is just getting into fragrance, and looking for their ‘signature scent’ liking this.

  • Anastasia

    This sounds like an interesting service to try! You know, I’m a subscription box addict, so I just might get on board with this one :)

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    Really cool service!

  • Betzy Carmona

    I haven’t heard of anything similar but so cool

  • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

    Acqua Di Gio is one of my favorites. I haven’t tried this one.

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    I think it sounds like a pretty cool idea but I honestly have too many fragrances on the go as it is. I don’t think I could cope with another, especially regularly.

  • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

    What a great idea. Cute packaging too.

  • http://www.portraitofmai.com/ Mai

    Ooh I appreciate that they send you the sample and the bottle. I do think I’d rather have them send samples however but I think I’d like the service just to figure out what other perfumes I might like

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