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Scent Box Perfume Review + Coupon – January 2020

Scent Box is a perfume subscription where you choose one fragrance per month (or you can elect to receive their fragrance of the month). They offer a variety of authentic designer scents (over 850) and they even offer free exchanges if a fragrance doesn’t work out for you.

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.)

About Scent Box

The Subscription Box: Scent Box

The Cost: $14.95/month

COUPON: Get 35% off your first month! No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Product: One 8 mL vial of a designer fragrance of your choice (or allow Scent Box to pick for you)

Ships to: The US for free

Scent Box January 2020 Review

This month, I received Scent Box’s “Scent of the Month.”

The information card usually has a little information about the men’s scent of the month on one side and the women’s on the other side. Based on the information card, I suspected this one might be too floral for me, but I gave it a try anyway. I do like Versace Crystal Noir a lot and Bright Crystal a little as well.

In case I have not mentioned it in the past, you get a new holder every month and the fragrance is printed on a sticker on the bottom, and the holders tend to be different colors each month, so you can still keep them sorted out.

On to the fragrance:


Versace Signature (Pour Femme) – Estimated Value $11.04 (Buy 50 mL for $69, found here for $30.79)

As best I can tell, this has been discontinued, as I could only find it for sale at discount retailers (it was first introduced in 2007). The base notes looked promising: vetiver, musk, cedar, and cashmere wood. A lot of times, when the base notes predominate, I will like a fragrance even if the top notes are not for me. However, with my body chemistry, this was a flower bomb in which the base notes were undetectable.

Mid notes include orchid, lotus, jasmine, and rhododendron. Mid notes include guava, blackcurrant, lilac, wisteria, and dew drop. This is not fruity at all on me, the floral notes definitely predominate, but it is difficult to pick out any one of them from the overall blend. There are a ton of rave reviews on Fragrantica so I know a lot of people like it, but I think it is just not my personal cup of tea.

Sillage was average for me. Longevity was above average — I could still smell this for quite a long time after I applied it.

Verdict: The estimated value of my fragrance this month is $11.04. This is somewhat below the month-to-month cost of the subscription. Of course you can do the math and fill your queue with fragrances that maximize the return on your subscription price investment. You also do get the free holders every month, and you get free returns/exchanges as well, if something doesn’t work out for you, so there is a bit of added value here that you don’t necessarily get with the other fragrance subscriptions.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, all you have to do is choose this fragrance.

COUPON: Get 35% off your first month! No coupon needed - just use this link.

Value Breakdown: This subscription is $14.95/monthly and this month, I received $11.04 worth of fragrance (but again, this is highly variable based on what scent or product you choose).

Check out my past reviews of Scent Box and see other great fragrance boxes in the Perfume Subscription Box list.

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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).

Posted in Scent Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: scent box | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. Personally I prefer to get larger decants from places like The Perfumed Court or vials from Lucky Scent (there are other places of course). I don’t like getting perfumes I can find in any Ulta or Sephora. If Scentbird offered perfumes like Creed, Ormonde Jayne, ElDO, or perhaps Serge Lutens, I might be interested.

    • I know for a fact they carry Serge Luten. Not sure about the others on your list though.

  2. Unfortunately I still fail to see the value in this sub unless you live really far away from anything and cannot get a sample at a department or specialty store.

    • Some people really dislike going to malls and interacting with salespeople. Some of us work full time jobs and simply don’t have the time to walk into retail stores and ask for samples. If you sign up for a regular subscription and choose your own fragrances according to your taste then you get a multi-use container that’s as big as some travel sprays, which can be a good option if you want more than a sample but not a full bottle. Sometimes you can even come out ahead with the retail value if you choose carefully.

    • These are not small department store samples that you only get one to three uses out of. These are large enough to wear everyday for a month or much longer depending on your personal usage. Plus they come in an easy to carry decanter for those who like to spritz throughout the day or those who travel often. Also, not every department store carries a large varied selection of scents to purchase much less sample. I live in the second largest city in my state and we do not have a “specialty store” for fragrances. I also use the service because I love perfume but prefer to spend my time in other ways besides going to numerous stores and sniffing perfume and begging the sales person for a sample. I also don’t want to talk to the pushy sales person. In addition, I love getting everything I can through the mail. Simplifies my life. I also find value in it because reading about and choosing the scents for my queue is extremely enjoyable to me. Plus I really love the package coming in the mail and finding out how much I love what I chose or was chosen for me that month. Everybody is different and finds value in different things.

    • I live in a small mountain town, which I wouldn’t trade for the world, so we don’t have any specialty stores. I think this is a great way to sample cologne that I otherwise would never get to sample. Plus, my bottles tend to last much longer that a month the more I’ve collected since starting this sub. It’s fun getting to pick which scent I want every day, and having a large higher end collection to pick through.

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