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Olfactif Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2017

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Olfactif is a monthly perfume sampling subscription. Every month, you’ll receive a curated collection of three niche fragrances (2.25 mL for most, occasionally 1.75 mL) by perfume artists from around the world.  You will also receive an $18 credit towards a full-sized purchase of one of the month’s featured fragrances. Olfactif offers a unisex collection and recently began offering a men’s collection as well.

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My Subscription Addiction paid for this subscription box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is of the Unisex Collection, $18 a month, box. 

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The Subscription Box: Olfactif

The Cost: $18 a month

COUPON: Receive 15% off your first collection by joining their mailing list (it was a pop-up when I went to the site).

The Products: Three 2.25 mL sample spray bottles from three fragrance artists from around the world.

Ships to: U.S.

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This month’s theme was “Love.” Each Olfactif collection comes with a card detailing the month’s theme. This time, there was a little envelope with individual cards about the fragrances. This time, there were also little test strips for you to spray the fragrances on. This is useful (and way better than the ripped-up Post-It notes I was using before). And no, Angus did not lick anything. I just caught him with his tongue out.

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It’s important to note that fragrances may smell different when you wear them than when you spray them on a card or piece of paper. They may also smell different on different people due to individual body chemistries.

Also, the fragrances develop and change over time, with different notes becoming prominent. “Top” notes form your initial impression but evaporate within a few minutes, so you may still love a fragrance even if you are not fond of the top notes. “Middle” or “heart” notes emerge after you’ve been wearing the fragrance for a few minutes up to an hour. “Base” notes are large, heavy molecules that persist for a long time. They are often richer than the top or middle notes, although they may contribute to how you perceive the top and middle notes due to their interactions with the other fragrance components.

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Earth Mother by Dame Perfumery

This was, by far, my favorite this month. My husband said it was floral. But he is not really into perfume, either. I think it is more complex than that. Olfactif lists the notes as galbanum, lemon, caramel, jasmine, lily of the valley, sage, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, musk, and amber. Sandalwood, vanilla, musk, and amber, especially in combination with other non-floral notes, pretty much guarantee I will love a scent. Here, I find the florals blend in nicely but aren’t overpowering. This one is also affordable, by Olfactif standards (a 100 mL bottle is $85).

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Pillow Talk by 4160 Tuesdays

This is one of those weird cases where I like the top notes but something goes wrong over time. This has yuzu, orange blossom, jasmine, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, vanilla, musk, and black pepper. Based on the base notes, you’d think I would love this. I think maybe it is the ylang-ylang that isn’t working for me, since I seem not to be a fan of ylang-ylang in other fragrances, either. This is very sweet and has an almost bubble-gum like scent to it (I was really surprised not to see clove in the list of notes, honestly).

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Emotional Rescue by Mark Buxton

Wow, I really did not like this one at all. (Funny, it is the most expensive one this month. Usually $$$ = my favorite.) This has neroli, violet leaves, gooseberry, orris, rose, cassis, vetiver, sandalwood, and fir balsam. Normally sandalwood and fir balsam are notes I love. But there was something overpowering and green/herbal here.

Verdict: This was an interesting month from Olfactif. Not everything was a hit but I do enjoy learning about new perfumeries and experiencing different scents that I’d otherwise never encounter. (There has been a little bit of overlap between samples Birchbox sends out and Olfactif in the past, but not a lot. Plus I don’t subscribe to Birchbox anymore.) Even finding one fragrance I love enough to buy again is a good deal for me (don’t forget you get a credit each month equal to the subscription cost to use on a full-size bottle), and I am learning more about what notes in fragrances I should take a chance on and which ones to avoid.

What do you think of the March 2017 Olfactif collection? What was your favorite fragrance this month?

Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

2 Comments

  1. I’m thinking Emotional Rescue might smell amazing on my husband.
    We have similar scent preferences Ragan, Olfactif has always been right up my alley and their customer service is the best of any sub I have experienced.

  2. I usually enjoy wearing the perfumes for the one or two days that the samples last, but I have lots of perfumes and rarely end up buying the full-size versions. This month I like the Pillow Talk enough to buy the full-size version, and since my birthday’s in March I got a 20% off coupon, so I’ll use that 🙂 I did like the Earth Mother, but not quite enough to buy it. And I totally agree with you about the Emotional Rescue – and I, too, usually like the most expensive ones the best.

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