It's no secret that I love trying out different perfumes. I've tried a couple of curated fragrance sampling subscriptions, and while I feel like they're a good idea in theory, they often end up sending me stuff that I end up not liking. Bummer, bro. Luckily, there's a new-ish scent sampling game in town: Scentbird! They allow you to sample specific fragrances of your choice or choose from recommendations based on other scents you've liked in the past, making it an awesome discovery service for picky perfume connoisseurs.
Here's how it works: Each month, Scentbird subscribers get an 8ml spray bottle of the perfume of their choice from Scentbird's collection of 350+ women's designer fragrances, which is supposed to be enough for 30 days of daily applications. For comparison, the little perfume samples you usually get in beauty boxes and whatnot are usually around 1-2ml, so Scentbird provides quite a bit more. Pricing is as follows:
- Month-to-month: $14.95
- 3 months: $43.50 ($14.50 per month)
- 6 months: $84.00 ($14.00 per month)
- 12 months: $162.00 ($13.50)
Those rates include shipping within the United States, and new subscribers also get a metal case on their first month. I'll get into Scentbird's logistics a bit more at the end of this post, but first let's see what came in my shipment!
Nice quote. Not sure what that lady's looking at though. Here's what was printed on the back of the card:
The purse spray bottle is pretty self-explanatory (twist up to use), but it's nice to have a diagram just in case you're feeling spatially challenged. I would say the spray tube is a bit fatter and longer than a tube of lipstick in its untwisted state. Spray nozzle twisted up:
...and twisted down. Since this was my first shipment my perfume was sent inside the case, though in future months you would need to remove and replace the inner vial.
There's also a little drawstring pouch, which I think you only get this during your first month. It's worth hanging onto, because it will keep your spray bottle from accidentally untwisting and leaking inside your purse.
For my first month of Scentbird, I knew exactly which fragrance I wanted: Dior Poison. This is a scent I used to wear every single day, but was scared to try again after they reformulated it a few years ago—what if the new formulation didn't work with my body chemistry? What if it didn't smell as good as I remembered? I wouldn't want to waste a bunch of money on a perfume that ends up smelling like ass on me, so Scentbird is great for giving new scents (or old favorites) a substantial try. Their spray bottle is a lot less annoying to use than sample vials too.
Anyway, my point in mentioning this is to highlight that you can search for specific scents you want to try on Scentbird quite easily... but what if you're not sure what you want? They actually have a nice system for recommending new scents to try. Here's how it works:
- Visit their website, answer a couple of questions about your preferences, then choose one of the recommended fragrances or search for one you want to try!
- Sign up for an account. You can create a monthly queue of the scents you want to try (up to 12) and drag and drop to rearrange as you see fit.
- Still have no clue what you want? You can choose Scentbird's Perfume of the Month and let them decide!
That's all there is to it, really! Orders are processed on the 5th of the month and shipped around the 15th, so make sure you're all signed up and queued up by the 5th to ensure that you get a perfume in the next shipment. You also send Scentbird as a gift, if you're so inclined.
I think Scentbird is a really novel idea for perfume dabblers, and priced fairly for what you get. My only minor criticism is that I wish you could purchase more than one of the cases, but that's not a dealbreaker! Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, I still like Poison. It smells mellower than I remember (probably because of the reformulation), but didn't make me smell like ass. Hooray!
If you want to try Scentbird for yourself, visit this page and click the Get Started button. Coupon code BIRD50 seems to work for 50% off your first month (not sure when it expires though).
What do you think of Scentbird? Which fragrance would you add to your scent queue first?
Disclosure: The Scentbird shipment featured in this post was provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.