Perfume is such a personal thing but finding your signature scent can be an elusive task – my perfume journey has been going on for over 30 years! So when Secret Scent Box * offered to send me one of their monthly subscription boxes of designer perfumes to try, of course I said yes, please!
Secret Scent Box
…is a monthly UK fragrance subscription box that sends you three new designer and branded perfumes or colognes through your letterbox every month. Each 3ml fragrance has an accompanying fragrance note card and, assuming 3-4 sprays a day, there’s enough to last around 30 days. The subscription boxes are available for women, for men, or, if you’re feeling kind (!) as a gift. Free UK & Europe delivery is included in the price, which costs as little as £13 for an ongoing subscription. Past boxes have included many high end fragrances such as Gucci, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Givenchy, Chanel, and Marc Jacobs.
My perfume journey
…started before I was 13, with Lentheric‘s Rebel and its distinctive red cap. Then I progressed through Charlie, LouLou, Opium (every teenage Goth’s favourite), onto the Body Shop’s White Musk, then to Armani, Gio, and Giorgio Beverley Hills when I went to Italy. College saw me faithful to Chanel via No. 5, Cristalle, No. 16, and Coco. Then I went off piste to Antonia’s Flowers before returning to Clinique’s Happy for a while. Enter Origins, (if you follow me on here you’ll know of my love for this brand’s skincare) and a quick flirtation with the now (sadly) discontinued Frolic, and Spring Fever, before settling down with their Ginger Essence, to which I’ve stayed fairly loyal for some years now.
This isn’t to say that I’ve not been tempted by other fragrances though. Stella McCartney‘s signature scent with its central rose notes, for example, and Lancome’s O de Lancome with its honeysuckle and bergamot. And I’ve been known to pinch a few sprays of my husband’s L’Occitane Verbena Eau de Toilette once in a while too. I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m always up for trying a new scent, so let’s see what I thought of the three fragrances I received.
Top notes: Green Almond, Lemon Grass, Pear, Lime.
Middle notes: Sugar, Peony, Almond.
Base notes: Amber, Vanilla, Mahogany.
As I’ve gone for citrusy scents in the past I was sure I’d like Brit. At first I thought it was too sweet but over time the almond and “green” fragrances came through much more strongly. This really is a light, fresh and easy to wear scent, and one that I enjoyed sniffing on myself through the day (ignoring all the strange looks from passers-by). A keeper.
Stella McCartney Peony
Top notes: Mandarin Orange, Freesia, Lotus.
Middle notes: Geranium, Pink Peony, Pepper.
Base notes: Amber, Cedar, Patchouli.
I had high hopes for Peony, as I’d really liked Stella’s previous scent. First impressions were very floral but I love (and grow) freesias and geraniums so that was fine. Over time though, the cedar and patchouli became much more evident and reminded me of a 1970’s or early 1980’s vibe. Not really for me then but I know a friend who would probably love it so I’ll be regifting this one.
DKNY Delicious Night
Top notes: Pomelo, Blackberry. Ginger.
Middle notes: Orchid, Jasmine, Iris.
Base notes: Amber, Patchouli, Vetiver.
I didn’t know what to expect from Delicious Night but I was curious because pomelo (grapefruit) and ginger are in my Origins’ Ginger Essence too. In fact, the first spray and sniff made my husband sneeze! Things settled down after a while but, oddly, this scent reminded me very much of a teenage favourite, the Body Shop’s White Musk. Which is strange as musk isn’t listed as one of the notes. Perhaps it’s the patchouli at work again – like Stella McCartney’s Peony? Another one that’s not really for me but was still fun to try.
There are lots of make up and skin care subscription boxes out there but this is the first perfume box I’ve come across. Whether you’re still looking for your signature scent, or just want to ring the changes, I think Secret Scent Box’s monthly subscription boxes are a fun and inexpensive way of trying some new high-end fragrances. Although you don’t get to choose your samples (it’s a surprise!) they’re generous enough to last a good while and they’re ideally sized to keep in your handbag too.
When you spray a tester in a department store you don’t always get the full fragrance effect, which might smell very different, say, first thing in morning after a shower. Or, horrors, might react badly on your skin after a few sprays. Plus you don’t know how long the tester bottles have been in use – and perfume does deteriorate after a while.
If you’re looking to try some new fragrances, or even gift your OH, Secret Scent Box have kindly given me a discount code for you: enter LISASNOTEBOOK15 on checkout and you’ll get 15% off your first month’s box. As I said, I think this is such a good way of properly trying and enjoying some designer and branded perfumes and colognes, rather than a series of sprays on every available inch of bare arm while out shopping. BIg thank you again to Secret Scent Box for sending me this lovely box to try, and, for me, proving the adage that good things sometimes really do come in small packages!
Do you have a favourite fragrance? Are you tempted to try some new scents?
* I was gifted this subscription box in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own and this is an honest, unbiased review.