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New Scent Trunk Test Kit Review – Just $4.95 Shipped

Sarah Paul
BySarah PaulFeb 9, 2018 | 6 comments


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Scent Trunk recently updated and relaunched their subscription - As a new member, you start by receiving a  Scent Test Kit of 6 core scents -Woods, Citrus, Aromatic, Chypre, Oriental and Floral. Once Scent Trunk knows which smells you like and which you don't, they use your preferences and some creative inspiration to send you your perfect scent. From Scent Trunk:

Scent Trunk is for anyone who wants to smell unique. They design custom fragrances based on your preferences – and delivers them monthly. Start with a free Scent Test Kit today before their first batch runs out, just cover shipping.


This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is of the Scent Trunk Test Kit. The first month is free + $4.95 shipping.


The Subscription Box: Scent Trunk Test Kit

The Cost: The Scent Test Kit is free + $4.95 for shipping and handling. Each month after, the subscription is $11.99 a month with free shipping.

The Products: The Scent Test Kit includes 6 sample vials ranging from the following scents: Woods, Citrus, Aromatic, Chypre, Oriental and Floral. Each month after, you receive one, 5 ml vial of artisan perfume based on your preferences.

Ships to: US

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The six scents come in tiny rollerballs, packaged in a sleek box. Personally, I prefer rollerball perfume over spray or typical sample vials so I was happy to see this. I also really like the different typeface for the each number. 



The information booklet suggests rolling the scent over a small area of skin and letting it sit for 20 minutes without rubbing. This lists out which scent corresponds to each number and lists the url where you can enter your preferences.

This also gives you some information on scent and explains that Scent Trunk gives 1.5% of their sales to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation!

Once you've registered on the test site, you can immediately start rating the scents! This whole process was really quick and simple.

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Each scent has a short description and you can rate each as love, like, or dislike.


One - Citrus 

Zingy, fresh, and juicy are good descriptives for this straightforward citrus scent. This smelled really fresh but definitely had some depth to it. I didn't love this because plain citrus scents always remind me a little bit of a citrus scented cleaning product. But I do like smaller notes of citrus mixed in with a different base.

Two - Woods

This is described as woodsy and firey. I typically like a natural forest scent but this was a little odd to me. It definitely smells firey but it was a little too smokey for me. I didn't hate it and I think I would find it interesting on someone else but it wasn't really doing it for me.

Three - Aromatic

Aromatic is a scent profile I definitely lean towards in my standard perfume collection. This was an extremely light scent that did have herbal tones to it. I wouldn't describe it as too warm but there was a scent slightly reminiscent of cotton or laundry that I really liked.

Four - Floral

Floral covers a lot of different scents so it's hard to pin this one down. I actually didn't find this scent to be too sweet at all and it mostly smelled like a fresh scent. If this makes sense at all, it reminded me more of green plants than flowers. Similar to a greenhouse or something along those lines. It isn't a scent I would wear on its own but I am curious to see how it could be incorporated with other scents.

Five - Amber

I love Amber! I kind of expected to because there are a few perfumes I keep on rotation and a lot of them are warm and spicy. The scent smelled really strong and nice in the bottle. It was definitely lighter on my skin but the warm scent lingered nicely.

Six - Chypre

This scent seemed really sharp to me when I first put it on but I like how it faded. This was an odd mix that seemed a little musky to me but also had some sharper notes coming through. This scent smelled more "woodsy" to me than the actual woods scent. It was a little strong but it got more interesting the longer I wore it.

Here are my final verdicts:

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Once you complete the survey of scents, you submit it and they start working on your signature scent! This is when you order your first month supply (5ml) for $11.99.


Once you receive your first fragrance you have the option of reordering it or adjusting what you don't like.

Verdict: I can't wait to see what fragrance my test results give me. In the meantime, it's fun to have these mini scents to play around with. I am happy that professionals are creating my fragrance because some of my experimental combinations haven't been great! For $4.95, this test kit was really fun. I loved the packaging and the online portion couldn't have been easier. This kit covered a few scents I really enjoyed and there was only one I disliked. I can't wait to see what fragrance is chosen for me! $11.99 for a monthly signature scent feels like a good deal and I like that you can constantly adjust it until it's perfect.

What do you think of Scent Trunk? Have you tried out a Test Kit?

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Sarah Paul
Sarah Paul
Sarah’s first box was Honest Company and she was excited to learn that there are boxes to cover many of her interests which include coffee, sci-fi, books, pop culture, comics, and makeup. She’s currently loving Stars Hollow Monthly and Vegan Cuts, and can’t wait to find more!

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Subbers beware!
Very disappointed in Scent Trunk. I placed an order for the test
kit around January 15th and I have received nothing. I contacted them numerous times and they keep telling me it’s getting ready to ship out. My last communication was 2/9 and they said it would ship out next week, well it’s two weeks later and nothing. I checked my account and it still says they are mixing my scents (or whatever). Since the 9th I have not heard from them and I have emailed them. I was given a ~$12 credit on my account basically making my next month free, but I can’t even get test kit. Their website is a pain as well.

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Sent Trunk is the most terrible box subscription, they don`t response mails, I made my first purchase and I don`t have a single response about when the scent palette arrived or if it was sent.

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I was wondering if the perfumes come in a spray bottle when we receive the subsequent months after the initial trial. Can we buy a full size?

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I received my second custom scent 2 days ago. It didn’t like that one either. It was a bit better than the first, but I just don’t like either of the first 2 scents. Both fragrances are so heavy with woodsy & chypre scent that I don’t like them. I can’t smell any of the citrus or aromatic scents that I loved. I like bright, fresh scents. There was nothing bright or fresh about either of the first 2 scents, in my opinion.

So, I didn’t like either of the first 2 custom scents and they charged me for both even though I contacted them after receiving the first one saying I didn’t like the first one.

I contacted them again, to cancel the subscription. Then, they said they would credit my account if I let them try again. I might let them try one more time. The first 2 scents were so far off from what I like, I don’t have much hope for a third. If I go for the third, I’ll post how it turns out.

I also posted this as a reply to my original comment in the April 7 post.

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I did the tester kit and got my first fragrance a week or two ago and really like it! If you’re into fragrance, definitely do this! Lots of fun.

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Eric H.

This is awesome! I have a hard time finding colognes to wear. I like the idea of try-it at home and getting a fragrance someone picks out for me. Takes the guess work out! It’s cool they donate to charity too. Definitely going to try it. For $4.95 why not!

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