The 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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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!
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