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Scent Box Perfume Review + Coupon – September 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 U.S. for free

Scent Box September 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.

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

On to the fragrance:

RiRi by Rihanna – Estimated Value $4.80 (buy 100 mL for $60, found here for $24.95)

I will be completely honest, I often do like celebrity fragrances, even for celebrities I don’t really follow, and that is the case here, as well.

Top notes include mandarin, cassis, rum, and passionfruit. I think the rum is probably what I like here; the passionfruit is not super strong but that’s OK because strong passionfruit scent can be a little too much for me. Mid notes include pink freesia, jasmine, orange blossom, and honeysuckle. None of these are particularly strong or overpowering and none really stand out. That’s not a problem for me as I’m not so into florals. I think the blend kind of works with the other notes, really, especially the rum. Base notes include sandalwood, musk, Siam benzoin, and vanilla, which are all solid notes in my book. I particularly like the combination of sandalwood and vanilla in pretty much any fragrance and it works here as well.

Note: your body chemistry may be different, I read a lot of reviews that described this as fruity and floral and that is just not what it smells like on me at all. This is definitely a sweet fragrance and I do like those; although there aren’t specific sugary notes, I think some of that stems from the vanilla and some from the rum.

The sillage here is on the softer side, and this isn’t super long-lived, but I find that to be true for a lot of celebrity scents, especially at this price point.

This fragrance was introduced in 2015 and has been discontinued but some is still available at deep discounts from online retailers.

Verdict: The estimated value of my fragrance this month is $4.80. Although I do like the fragrance, that is not a good value, even considering the free atomizer and free returns. The past couple of scents of the month have been pretty low in value. That’s not to say I wouldn’t recommend the subscription, but I’d suggest choosing your own fragrances instead of letting them pick for you. You can investigate notes beforehand, and read reviews (like at Fragrantica) to see if you think you would like them, and you can also calculate values in advance. The risk is pretty low, overall, because of the free returns.

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 $4.80 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. Thanks to Ragan’s reviews I ended up subscribing to LuxSB and have been really pleased. In fact I just upgraded to the Duo so am getting 2 per month so I can give one to my son or granddaughter.

  2. I’m glad that you mentioned the palty value of this subscription, as this sub doesn’t seem worth it at all…and this is from someone who lives in small-town America, and has only just gotten a small Ulta within reasonable driving distance. This sub is a total “no” for me,

  3. My advice for both scentbird and scentbox is to use them specifically to discover and try high end scents by choosing them and adding them to your own queue manually.

    I think realistically the way these services turn a profit is by recommending cheaper scents that they can get at heavy discounts, the types you get at TJ Maxx etc, such that the profit from selling those can offset what they lose by selling big 8ml samples of expensive niche scents like Parfums De Marly, Clive Christian, Amouage, Tom Ford etc. This being the case I’ve found with a little research into my queue beforehand I can get some really great 8ml samples of fragances that would otherwise be very expensive to try in that way. Hope that helps!

    Also generally I find there are more high end fragrances for sample on scentbox than scentbird too, but yeah picking them yourself is key to getting value 🙂

    • This is exactly how I am using it. I wear expensive perfume but I am poor, so i definitely know what I can get at TJ Maxx haha

    • ☝️ This. I completely agree 100% with Sam. I’ve been with Scentbox since January and highly recommend them if you want to figure out what perfumes you like. The ability to pick your own and try it for an entire month versus one sniff among countless others at a counter makes the monthly cost worth it. Once I found one I really liked I was able to use their smart finder to find others with similar scents .They make finding your signature scent fun and now my husband is in on the fun ☺️

    • I get good values from LuxSB’s scent of the month but with ScentBox I agree, definitely recommend doing some research and choosing your own fragrances.

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