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After trying out their service for the last 6 months, I decided it would be a good idea to give an in-depth Scentbird review. If you have never heard of it before, Scentbird is an online perfume subscription service where for a monthly subscription-based fee, the customer receives a bottle from a selection of designer fragrances.
The reason the service appeals is simple. People change their minds about things, a lot. It is a girl’s prerogative to change her mind, we do it all the time. I am well known for changing my mind on matters like the weather.
For instance, I used to love the drink Pernod. Mixed with blackcurrant it was my favorite tipple for years. I loved it so much on one occasion I drank a little too much though, and was extremely ill as a result. Ever since then, I can’t even stand the smell of it.
I have the same problem with perfumes.
I’ve lost count of the amount of near-full bottles of fragrance on my dresser. So many times I’ve settled on a scent at the store, wore it a few times then never used it again. This pattern of behavior is common in a lot of women. And for me at least, it all adds up to a small fortune wasted – as my husband is constantly reminding me!
If you love designer perfumes like I do, you’ll understand just how expensive they are. With the price of a high-end perfume starting at around $80, changing your mind about which fragrance you like can be costly.
Once creating a free account on the Scentbird website, you get to pick your first perfume. The range they have to choose from is extremely wide. You should have no problem at all finding a scent you like the look of or have always wanted to try. Here’s a sample of the range you can choose from, there are over 500 scents to choose from in total:
As you can see from the sample above, these are not low-end perfumes that you will be receiving. They are top of the range, household-name brands. Everything from Prada to Ralph Lauren is available, and a lot more in between.
Scentbird Review: How does it work?
Full bottles of most of Scentbird’s range would cost well over $80. However, with the Scentbird perfume subscription service the cost is just $14.95 a month. Each month you’ll receive a 8ml bottle of a designer fragrance to try out.
There are two options to choose from with your subscription. You can choose your own selection each month, keeping total control over which fragrance you would like to try out. Or, you can opt for a mystery bottle based upon which type of fragrance you like best.
With the latter option, Scentbird send you a sample of a fragrance that they select on your behalf. Before you purchase your first month’s choice they ask you a series of questions which will determine which type of fragrance you enjoy most. Floral may be your favorite, and they’ll send you a sample that suits, or maybe citrus if that’s your preference.
This is a great option for a gift, we’ll get to that later though.
What will I receive?
The 0.27cl bottle you receive each month comes accompanied with a sleek-looking atomizer/case. The case is roughly twice the size of a lipstick, which fits easily into a small handbag, clutch or purse. It’s absolutely perfect to carry with you on a night out and they have a range of colors to choose from.
Bare in mind though, you only get an atomizer when you sign up – you won’t receive one every month with your perfume. There are replacements available for a small cost ($12.95) though should it get damaged.
The 0.27oz / 8ml bottle may look small, but it goes a long way. I used my first bottle almost every day for a month and still had a third left over by the time my next arrived a few weeks later. Each bottle is enough for well over 100 sprays. In fact, I still have some of it 6 months after starting my subscription!
The package it all comes in is extremely smart. It’s a kind of sleek, shiny black bag which is a shame to tear open.
Scentbird Review: Extra Options
Scentbird always have a wide range of offers available. Their gift sets are a great choice, exquisitely packaged and perfect as a present for a loved one. A set of 3 bottles with an atomizer costs $49.95, and there are 8 sets available in total to choose from with different themes to each.
You can also purchase extra perfume halfway through a month over and above a subscription package if you wish. The cost is slightly more for these and varies from brand to brand, but still a bargain.
Also, if you refer a friend to their service, both you AND they will get a free refill when they subscribe, which is a brilliant idea!
Scentbird Review: Pros
- Great way to stop wasting money on fragrances you may get bored of or stop liking
- Perfect for those who like to change their fragrance often without breaking the bank
- Wide range of top name brands to choose from. Over 500 at the last count and rising
- 100% Authentic scents
- Reputable business which has been showcased in Forbes, Refinery29, Bazaar, Instyle and many others
- Additional options on top of a monthly subscription, such as additional single refills or even a box-set of 12 for the price of one full bottle!
- Scentbird also have a male fragrance subscription option
- First class customer service
- The website is full of customer reviews from real subscribers which help massively with making your choice
- Discounts available for 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions
- Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time
Scentbird Review: Cons
- Only one case at the beginning of a subscription. However, further cases can be purchased and don’t cost the earth, and are available in a wide range of colors for accessorizing
- You won’t have a choice of every perfume on the market, only the brands Scentbird have available. This really is nit-picking though as they do have a huge range to choose from
- Bottles cannot be returned or exchanged if you don’t like the scent
Scentbird Review: Final Thoughts
If you love perfumes but don’t want to break the bank every time you want to try out a new fragrance, then the Scentbird perfume subscription service is the answer to your prayers.
If you only wear perfume occasionally, Scentbird is perfect. Within a few months you’ll have a large amount of choices for an evening out, all without spending as much on just one full bottle at the store.
Should you, on the other hand, be a perfume-junkie, then Scentbird have you covered as well. Each month they have special offers which can be taken advantage of, such as selections for gifts or 12 bottles for the price of one full bottle at a high street store.
The packages are also available for men. These again are all high-end brands that we all know and love, and come with all the benefits of the women’s package.
Quite simply, if I could give Scentbird a higher rating I would, but it’ll have to settle for just 10 out of 10!