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New Birchbox Scent Sampler: Elegant Essentials

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Birchbox has released a Scent Sampler kit – you get to sample 7 fragrances, and then use the $30 discount code included on the purchase of full-size perfume.

The Box: Birchbox Scent Sampler: Elegant Essentials

The Cost: $25

  • The Products: Sampler includes:
    CLEAN Warm Cotton
    Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot
    Joie Folle de Joie
    Juliette Has a Gun Anyway
    L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons
    Raw Spirit Fragrances Desert Blush
    TOCCA Isabel
    $30 promo card toward the purchase of a full-size fragrance from the Elegant Essentials category

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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  1. I was excited to see this option since I love sample vials and the coupon/certificate to get the larger one from Sephora. I’m not really familiar with any of these scents, I feel it’s a limited choice too-only 8- and doesn’t get you a full size since its only a $30 coupon. But a pro is using your Birchbox points 🙂

  2. my whole family is scent-obsessed, so between getting full-sized bottles every christmas and birthday, and all the samples that come through subby boxes, it’s just boggling to me to pay $$ for more 1.5mL samples.

  3. Call me crazy, I love perfume samples, but I hate trying on scents in department stores and Sephora….there’s just too many smells going on for me to commit. I like trying them out at home. Is Sephora samples a better deal, probably. But for someone who enjoys perfume samples in general, I don’t think this Birchbox deal is God-awful.

  4. There’s no way I would do this. All your really getting is an extra $5 toward a perfume that you have to select from the list. Maybe if you wasn’t going to buy it anyway? I know Sephora was just offering 8 different perfume samples in a cute little zip bag for free with a $25 purchase. They had two different bags and I got them both so I got 16 free perfume samples, that’s not even counting the other 3 samples you always get too!

  5. After reading the comments I checked out what Sephora was offering. Their deals are similar but better, in the sense you don’t have to pay anymore for the full bottle

    – 6 samples (all spray bottles) and a rollerball for $24
    – 11 or 14 samples (they have 2 boxes) and a full size perfume for $55 or $60
    – 7 minis and full size for $58

    So basically, you are getting all the minis for free if you purchase one of the perfumes in each offer. Sounds good to me.

    The only advantage of the Birchbox offer is that you can buy it with points. Personally I’m using all my Birchbox points for more Birchbox subscriptions, though, but I may treat myself to one of the Sephora deals.

    • I did the last one, 7 minis and a full size for $58. But I know that I love one of the minis (knew it before the purchase) so it was a good deal for me.

    • Maybe….But I like the scent selection from Birchbox better than any of Sephora’s offerings. I might go for this.

      • I’m exactly the opposite. I have never really been a fan of any of the scents Birchbox has sent me. Some I downright hate, and some I’m just “meh” about.

        But, perfume is a really individual thing. As is body chemistry.

  6. I love anything by TOCCA – perfumes, lotions, candles, what have you. And normally, I would take advantage of this deal asap because of TOCCA Isabel, BUT I just used 600 Birchbox points a few months ago to purchase a set of 3 15mL TOCCA perfumes (Cleopatra is the BEST scent in the world!) that will take me a year or two to get through, so I have no need for any more perfume….

    • Correction: I actually only spent 500 Birchbox points

  7. I love this concept and have bought two fragrance samplers from Sephora that turned me on to a few of my now-favorite perfumes. And, being an almost exclusive online shopper, it’s convenient that the Birchbox coupon can be redeemed online, unlike Sephora (they force you do go inside to redeem probably hoping you will buy a lot of other stuff while there — not gonna work, Sephora! lol). I’m not interested in this particular Birchbox set, however, because I don’t care for most of the fragrances included. I hope they continue to offer more of these sets, though!

  8. I actually love this idea…but the minis are a disappointment as well as the 30 dollar coupon. Most of those fragrances cost double that, if not more {especially Juliette has a gun…}. If most ppl wait long enough they will get the minis in their boxes…nice try birchbox, nice try.

  9. I feel like this is just a $5 coupon. Because, I would never pay $25 for 7 tiny little vials that I get for free in department stores. Yes you do get $30 coupon towards a fragrance that you like but if you don’t like any of those fragrances or you do not purchase a full size I feel like that is a rip off. I would think this would be best for someone who already knew they wanted one of those fragrances. You can purchase the kit and then use your $30 coupon and end up saving $5 total off of your purchases.

    • You’re so right. I was trying to figure out how this could be a good deal and you put it so well!

      • I paid about $60 for something similar through Sephora, but it came with a bunch of minis and a voucher for a full-sized perfume in store (not in the JCP locations, though, but there is a Sephora in the mall near me). But I would totally pay for minis and would not pay for sample vials.

        Also, thanks to Birchbox and other subs, I’ve already tried a few of those. I hate Folle de Joie. Almost as much as I hate Harvey Prince Sincerely. (But the Sephora one was a no brainer for me because one of the options for FS is Gucci Guilty, which I really like.)

        • I agree. I think Sephora’s option is great, especially for a gift. If you don’t know if you or someone else will like a fragrance I think it’s a great idea to get a package full of minis with a voucher for a full size inside. I even think Birchbox could have pulled this off if they used vials but included a voucher for a full size fragrance (of course they would also have to include more than $7) I think Birchbox tried but for me this is a fail. Like I said, unless you know you want one of those perfumes ahead of time I don’t see the point.

        • Ha! I actually really like Folle de Joie and Harvey Prince Sincerely and I usually don’t like many perfumes. Too funny.

          • Oh, I totally forgot I started Olfactif. Now there is one where I will pay for vials. Actually I need to check this month’s shipment out, it’s been buried on my table for days and I forgot about it (a sign of too many subs?).

            I’m glad someone likes those two perfumes. I have gotten SO MANY of both of them through mystery sample packs and Birchbox subs. (Watch me get one of each in my order that’s coming today after complaining about them here.)

          • I need to stick to using one name in the comment threads…old habits die hard. =)

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