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Olfactif Perfume Subscription Box Review – September 2014

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Olfactif Perfume Subscription Box Review - September 2014 Box

Olfactif is a monthly perfume sampling subscription. Every month, you’ll receive a curated collection of three niche fragrances each month (2.25 ml sprays of each) from perfume artists around the world. You will also receive an $18 credit toward the full-bottle purchase of a featured fragrance.

Olfactif sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Olfactif Perfume Subscription Box Review - September 2014 Packaging

The Subscription Box: Olfactif 

The Cost: $18/month

The Products: Three 2.25 ml sample spray bottles of 3 niche fragrances from perfume artists around the world.

Ships to: US

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Olfactif Perfume Subscription Box Review - September 2014 Vials

Olfactif Perfume Subscription Box Review - September 2014 Rose

Every Olfactif box contains an informational card detailing the fragrances and theme for the month. This month’s theme is “That Which We Call a Rose.”

Olfactif Perfume Subscription Box Review - September 2014 Info

The fragrances:

Lady Vengeance from Juliette Has a Gun – this fragrance is designed to be “a sophisticated expression of undeniable femininity, confident and divinely sensual.” I liked this one, even though it’s far from my usual preferred category of perfume. It’s definitely a warm, sophisticated statement fragrance.

Rose Cut from Ann Gerard Parfums – this fragrance also contains notes of rose, patchouli, and vanilla, but also pink pepper, rum, oakwood, peony, and others. This fragrance seems quite front-loaded: initially, there’s quite a strong impact but softens as it settles and wears well. However, this one smells very much like incense to me so if you love incense, you’ll love this, too.

Mohur from Neela Vermeire Creations – Mohur has a really interesting story behind it. It’s meant to embody and be a dedication to “the mix of all the best of Mogul and the British Raj – a complex period in history for Indians which saw the flowering of unique gifts of the arts, music, and education.” It comes across much differently than the first two; it has intricate notes ranging from roses and vanilla to leather and black pepper, so it’s a little spicy in addition to the floral flavors. (This fragrance was also only a 1.75 ml sample, due to the precious nature of the ingredients.)

Verdict: The world of fragrance has always seemed similar to the world of wine to me – both involve the intentional creation of something with multiple layers, notes, and flavors. Both also require practice and attention to determine the many notes and intricacies of each. Fragrance isn’t something I’m highly practiced in, so I like the breakdowns and information Olfactif provides with their boxes (quickly reading the websites for each scent is also a very helpful thing to do).

I like the idea of a perfume sampling box, and I think Olfactif does a great job of it: I adore the packaging and the fact that the cost of the box gets attributed to your account as a credit towards a full-size fragrance. Part of me wishes that there could be some light customization of the fragrances sent to you, but I know that this would extremely limit/complicate their ability to present themes to you every month. Also, like I said before, there’s definitely some value in exposing yourself to more fragrances and learning more about them.

What do you think of the idea of a perfume sampler box? Are you familiar with any of these featured fragrances?

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.

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  1. the mix of all the best of Mogul and the British Raj – a complex period in history for Indians which saw the flowering of unique gifts of the arts, music, and education.

    You might have copied the lines from the website, but it is an insult to say that indians saw the flowering of the arts under a rule, a rule that looted the oldest civilization not just of intellectual property or natural resources, but tweaked the history so bad that generations since 1947 are fighting hard to shed that perception.
    I am not blaming you for your ignorance of world history , but just appalled at the construct at the sentence.

  2. I did Olfactif for a few months and just loved it. Many of the scents weren’t for me, but I found a few keepers, and the samples last a long time. I loved being exposed to scents I wouldn’t normally try – it turns out I enjoy leather notes, which I never would have discovered on my own. The only downside is that some of the scents I fell in absolute love with ended up being quite expensive to purchase, even with the $18 credit.

  3. Very impressive review, great job! For someone who claims to be a scent novice you sure sound like a true pro. I think this is a subscription my mom would enjoy since she’s the fragrance queen. Thanks for the detailed review!

  4. Thanks for sharing – the scents came to life a little bit. I was always curious about Juliette Has a Gun because it’s in birchbox sometimes…

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