The Fragrance Box review | Perfume sample subscription

IMG_0446 copyThe Fragrance Box really is an ingenious creation. There’s nothing I love more than discovering new perfumes, without being hassled by pushy sales assistants. With six niche perfumes delivered straight to your door, The Fragrance Box aims to introduce you to a wondrous world of specially blended scents.

I was kindly sent a box to review and I really struggled to pick a favourite! Here’s my thoughts on each perfume from the December box.

Update 8/10/16

I keep receiving comments from people having customer service issues from this company.
it sounds as if they have gone out of business.
I can no longer recommend this company.

This little sample came in a bright pink bottle, so it definitely caught my attention first. Once settled on the skin, this perfume has a gorgeous feminine fragrance. It starts with a sharp citrus, grapefruit comes through for me, then it evens out to reveal woody undertones.

Ombre Rose
This little vial packed a punch! Just one spritz of this went across my neck and wrists to create an intense floral aura. Less is most certainly more in this case. A sophisticated perfume that has a distinct musky scent, Ombre Rose wasn’t what the name may suggest. In fact, it’s an interesting combination of sweet honey and sultry musk. A really memorable fragrance that lingers on the skin for hours.

Odd Rush
This fragrance is exactly what the name suggests. It’s fresh but hard to put your finger on the individual notes. It’s definitely odd! For me it’s the geranium and jasmine that surface most notably on my skin. There was quite an overpowering sense of patchouli when I first applied it, but it soon evened out. If you’re a fan of the Lush Cosmetics ‘Karma’ scent, this perfume might be your cup of tea.

What struck me about this perfume was the way it felt on my skin. You can tell it’s made of essential oils when it glides across your skin. It doesn’t just evaporate into thin air like many EDTs!

Chypre 1942
A light floral fragrance that can be worn day and night, Chypre is much more subtle than the other perfumes in the box. Featuring orange blossom and vanilla, this sweet perfume reminded me of baby powder in some strange way! It just reminds me of that tell-tale clean feeling.

La Danza delle Libellule
This was definitely my favourite from the whole box! You’re instantly hit with a warm caramel burst. It’s similar to Prada Candy, but much lighter. Vanilla takes over most of this scent, with cinnamon bringing a hint of rich spice. I’m not usually a fan of such scents, but this has the perfect blend for a mellow finish.

This one was quite hard to apply. It came in a small vial without a stick or spitzer. Another strong floral, Alahine melts into sandalwood as it settles on the skin.

Where to apply your perfume samples

How to tell if a perfume is right for you
Tried a fragrance on a test paper and don’t think it’s right for you? Think again!

Perfume smells extremely different once it’s applied to your skin. In fact, it will smell different on anyone’s skin. That’s because the oils react differently with our unique chemical make up. To tell if a perfume is right for you, you need to test it directly on your skin. Trying it on anything else won’t give you an accurate indication.

Spray some on your wrist and come back to it about 15 minutes later. Can you still smell it? Has it changed? You’ll know if this perfume is worth an investment by letting it settle. If you can no longer tell it’s on your skin, it may be the case that your perfume isn’t a high quality blend. Synthetic ETDs often rub of and wash away with ease.

How to make the most of your perfume samples
The best thing about niche perfumes is that they are generally made up of essential oils, which linger on the skin for a lot longer. To make the most of your perfume samples, make sure to apply them to parts of the body that heat up. This change in temperature will bring out different notes from your chosen fragrance, meaning you’ll notice them more throughout the day.

The inside of your forearm, on the crease of your elbow, may not be a place you’ve thought to apply your perfume before. This spot is great for perfume because it will release the scent as you move. It’s the same reason women used to apply perfume behind their knees!

Final verdict
Starting at £10 per month, these subscription boxes are definitely worth it for any perfume fan. If you get bored of scents quickly (which I know I do!) you’ll love discovering a new blend every month. There’s plenty of different introductory offers on The Fragrance Box website, and I’d say it was definitely worth checking them out as a new year treat!

*Item sent for review but all opinions are my own

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  1. December 28, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    What a fantastic idea of a subscription box, you write so well. Seems like you received many good samples, I will have a look at their boxes now 🙂

    Happy Christmas

  2. December 28, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    Ooh what a fab idea! I love fragrance but it is so much better to be able to trial a few different scents before committing to one, isn’t it?

  3. December 29, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    Oh what a great idea! I love to take the small spray minis with me when I’m away for a night or a couple of days to save taking a whole bottle which could well get left or broken! These are great to keep in your handbag too I bet. K x

    The Quick Red Fox – Manchester Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  4. December 30, 2015 / 8:42 am

    This is such a great way to try new scents! great post lovely xxx

  5. January 2, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    This is such a great idea! I run out of perfume waaayy too quickly so something like this would be great for me!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

  6. The Fragrance Box
    January 4, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    Lovely review! We’re currently doing a deal where you get your first box free so head over to the website and check that out now!

    Also, join us on Twitter @TheFragranceBox

  7. January 25, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Little sample sizes like this are great for throwing in your handbag. And also for trying a perfume before you buy a full size product. Getting the wrong perfume can be costly. This box looks great value

    • The Fragrance Box
      January 26, 2016 / 9:22 pm

      Use code “FIRSTBOXFREE” and receive your first box with us for free!

  8. January 25, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    I think this is an excellent way of trying different perfumes. I am not a perfume girl but I would buy this for a gift.

  9. January 31, 2016 / 11:37 am

    I love the idea of a fragrance box, because as you said sometimes sales assistants can be a pushy (I know it’s their job to be pushy though. I’ve been there before!) and before you know it you’ve spent £50 on a scent you’re not that keen on.

    Also, thanks for sharing those tips. I had no idea that a scent would smell different on paper compared to skin. It makes total sense, but I had never considered it before!

    • Admin
      January 31, 2016 / 11:43 am

      Ahhh Leigh I know what you mean! The sales assistants can be so frustrating. I know they need the commission but there’s just no need for it on some occasions. That’s what really puts me off going in to treat myself!

  10. January 31, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    I absolutely love this review. I thought I was the only one to get bored of scents quickly.
    Honest, every month, I seem to purchase more and more and more so much so that my shelf can’t handle it anymore 😀
    I may look into the Fragrance Box actually, thank you so much for sharing this <3

  11. Hannah Latoya
    February 6, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    I like the idea of a fragrance box, its a great way of trying out different ones and seeing if you like them x

  12. February 6, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    Ooh this sounds like such an amazing idea! Perfumes are my weakness – and this might help save space on my vanity table!!

    Erin xxx

  13. April 11, 2016 / 2:35 pm

    I love the whole idea of getting to try lots of different samples that you possibly wouldn’t have tried. From your descriptions I think Chypre 1942 would be for me.

  14. April 11, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    What a well informed blog post! I get The Perfume Society Boxes and I love them. They are a fantastic mix of high street and niche scents. Worth a look if you love fragrance x

  15. April 19, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    I like the idea of this as a way to try a fragrance without buying a whole bottle that may not actually suit.

  16. May 17, 2016 / 9:44 am

    This is a brilliant idea and £10 a month isn’t a ridiculous price either. I’m bit that into perfume so nit for me but would suit so many others x

  17. May 17, 2016 / 10:00 am

    This is fun and I would have loved to do this when I used to wear perfume. I loved the unusual and obscure specialist perfumes that no one else had heard of! Unfortunately during and after pregnancy I became really sensitive to artificial fragrances and now I just wear natural essential oil blends. Its so weird, I can’t even stand the smell of the perfumes I used to love. Tiempe Passate by Antonia’s Flowers was a big favourite of mine – try it out if you haven’t already.

    • Admin
      May 17, 2016 / 10:45 am

      Hey Kelly! Most of these are EDP, in fact I don’t think there are any synthetic ETDs. It’s so peculiar what pregnancy can do to your senses. When I used to work at Lush it was something I always had to keep in mind. Especially with the bath bombs, some scents can be so strong and you don’t want to accidentally induce someone! I don’t think I’ve ever heard about that perfume before. I’ll have to hunt it down :)!

  18. Kenna
    August 5, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Hello, I want to warn about this company. I signed up with them for a free box, it came late and they still charged it. The next one, July, was charged and never arrived. I wrote multiple times cancelling my subscription and trying to get in contact with them but to no avail. Now, they have charged my credit card once again. I checked their Twitter (@TheFragranceBox) and it seems I’m not the only one with the same problem. Can someone help with more infos on them? Thank you!

    • Admin
      August 14, 2016 / 4:43 pm

      Hi Kenna,

      Which email have you you used? Try and let me know how it goes.
      I wouldn’t want to direct people if you’re still having issues.

  19. Kenna
    August 15, 2016 / 8:26 am

    Thanks for your reply. Yes, I wrote multiple times to that email and the one as well. I reported my experience with, where they were listed, and got a reply saying they could confirm my boxes hadn’t been shipped. I found on Twitter that other subscribers were having my same issues. I tweeted to them directly and announced I would be reporting this to the authorities. Since then they have taken their website down. I’ve blocked my credit card to be on the safe side. Do you have a contact from them?

    Many thanks!

    • Admin
      August 16, 2016 / 11:05 am

      Hi Kenna,

      My only contact would be
      I think I might add a section in the post just to inform people, this is not good.
      I’m really sorry you’ve had this experience with them, they seemed pleasant enough with me.

  20. Kay Sanderson
    August 18, 2016 / 10:47 am

    Hi I am also having the same problem I signed up for a 6 month subscription for my mums birthday. I signed up on the 15 June they charged my credit card but no boxes have arrived. I have emailed them but had no reply and now their website is down.
    Have the company closed? I can’t find any other information online.