Sunday, September 11, 2016

Secret Scent Box

I have a slight obsession with fragrances, I search out bottles when I get even a hint that I might like them or simply buy bottles without smelling them entirely on impulse. Sometimes I pick up lemons (as in really bad aftershaves) and sometimes I pick up some little gems (Eros by Versace springs to mind). It’s like a Stephen style touch of aftershave roulette, except unlike real roulette I win more often than I lose. When I was asked if I would like to sample a subscription aftershave box I naturally was intrigued and after taking a peek at their website I couldn’t help but say yes to the Secret Scent Box

‘Secret Scent Box is a monthly UK fragrance box subscription that lets you discover new designer & branded perfumes or colognes. Get a 30 day supply of three fragrances delivered through your letterbox every month for just £15.’
Secret Scent Box
Secret Scent Box
Secret Scent Box
So, for £15 you get a box that contains three different fragrances - aftershave and cologne if you choose the male box and perfumes if you choose the female box. You don’t just get three little testers to try, you get the notes to the fragrance as well which for me lets me sit back and imagine how I think they will smell not just on first application, but also as it evolves through the heart and dry down notes. I can see myself becoming very addicted to this service! 

In my first box I received three aftershaves that I hadn’t smelt before:

Davidoff Champion
Secret Scent Box
Head: Bergamot, Lemon
Heart: Galbanum, Clary Sage
Dry-down: Cedarwood, Oakmoss

Boss Selection by Hugo Boss
Secret Scent Box
Head: Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Pepper
Heart: Geranium, Star anise, Cedar leaves
Dry-down: Cedarwood, Patchouli, Vetiver, Musk

Jimmy Choo Man Intense
Secret Scent Box
Head: Lavender, Honeydew Melon, Orange
Heart: Davana, Geranium, Pepper
Dry-down: Patchouli, Cistus Labdanum, Tonka Bean

After reading the notes, making a prediction of what they would smell like on me and actually trying them I have been impressed. If I asked my friends to pick out three aftershaves for me to try I would expect to dislike at least one, but not here, I love them all. Davidoff Champion stands out from the box as one where I will have to go out and buy a bigger bottle.

I received my male fragrance box a few days ago through the post (the box fits through the letterbox so no red cards from the Post Office and a trip to the local sorting office to collect) as you would expect and I have to say it wasn’t what I had expected. I’d had the thought myself of a creating a fragrance box when I first started this blog and considered just sending out one 30ml bottle of aftershave a month. Secret Scent Box have taken that idea and added in variety. For £15 you receive 27ml of fragrance, three 9ml testers with atomisers that should, with frugal use keep you going for a whole month. 

For me personally I really like this concept - I’ll get to sample a number of new fragrances every month, get given the low-down on the notes to each and I know this is sad, but just opening the box to see a card say “hello handsome” first thing in the morning brings a wry smile to my face. 

Cracking concept, I love the contents and the price won’t leave your bank account less than fragrant. For just £15 you can sample some really cool new fragrances before you go and shell out for a larger bottle. Bravo people, bravo.

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28 comments:

  1. Such a great idea! Plus these are perfect for travelling too!!!

    - Elodie x

    www.elle-yeah.com

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  2. I think there are probably lots of guys out there would would enjoy this kind of thing. So glad you're having fun with it!

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  3. I don't really wear perfumes but this is such a good idea!

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  4. This is such a great idea, subscription boxes are always so innovative these days x

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  5. I love these boxes and do think it is a good way to try out a new scent at home before deciding whether or not it is for you. Aftershave choices are so personal anyway x

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  6. Ah love this idea. Perfumes can be so hit and miss and personal. At least this way you can try a lot of them to find some gems. Great idea for travelling too!

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  7. What a brilliant idea! I have to show it to my friends, he's on the lookout for perfect perfumes for himself :)

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  8. This sounds like a really interesting way to try different scents - I have to admit I do like trying before I buy when it comes to fragrances. x

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  9. what a great idea - sometimes full size bottles are too much and i get bored of scents easily. will check this out! x

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  10. OOh i really like the sound of this! There is not enough subscription boxes out there for men!

    www.sparklesatmidnight.com

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  11. This is such a good idea, I may have to try something like this for my boyfriend!

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  12. This must have been designed with you in mind! I am thinking that the Davidoff Champion must smell a bit like Earl Grey tea!

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  13. These boxes sound really wonderful. Great gift ideas.

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  14. I'm a little bit obsessed with fragrances - I've just bought the new CK, Dior and Viktor & Rolf this week eeek. This sounds like a great service x

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  15. I Love the idea of this! I'm always wearing different fragrances, rather than just sticking to one, and I love the idea of being able to try three different scents for such a low price. Great post!

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  16. Loving the box hue. The Boss Selection by Hugo Boss looks and sounds a great choice.

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  17. I like the idea of getting to try different samples each month, packaging is lovely too! Nice treat to get each month x

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  18. I am a huge perfume lover, I own about 20 bottles. I would like to have such a subscription so that I know what to buy full size when I go duty free perfume shopping.

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  19. I would love to receive this - my boys are always running off with my perfume [Coco Chanel] and using it as AIR FRESHENER. Imagine my delight! I had no idea there were Jimmy Choo fragrances before I read this!

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  20. These fragrances sound nice. I bet the hubby would love them.

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  21. This is such a good idea as you can try out a scent before working out if you want to invest in a full size x

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  22. Love this idea! I don't like wearing the same fragrance too often.

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  23. I love this idea - the perfume box could be ideal for my teen x

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  24. I am always on the hunt for aftershaves for hubby - this looks fab

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  25. What a cool service! I hadn't heard of this one before

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  26. This is such a good idea. I have little stash of perfume samples that I like to take with me when travel so I don't have to take full sized bottles. This box would be great for this too!

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  27. Seems pretty good for £15. I like how it fits through the letter box, that's so convenient!

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