LUXSB is a fragrance subscription box for men and women (formerly known as Luxury Scent Box). Each month you will receive 9 mL (about 0.3 fl oz) of a designer fragrance. You can accept the fragrance of the month, you can choose scents based on a short profile survey, or you can just build a calendar of scents on your own.
There are two subscription options:
- The Standard Plan for $15 a month and includes one 9 mL travel spray
- The Premium Plan for $18 a month and includes one 9 mL travel spray and access to premium items
LUXSB also gives active members the option to upgrade their subscription to the Duo plan, which includes one case and two premium or non-premium perfumes per month.
This is a review of the standard plan for $15/month + free 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.)
The Subscription Box: LUXSB Standard Membership
The Cost: $15 a month + free shipping
The Product: 9 mL of a designer fragrance
Ships to: The US
LUXSB November 2020 Review
There were some instructions for using the holder.
There was also a card with more information about the fragrance and the perfumer.
The fragrances come with a little velour bag if you want to protect the vials in your purse.
On to the fragrance:
Ristretto Intense Cafe by Montale - Estimated Value $15.30 (buy 100 mL for $170.00)
(Sorry about the purple fingers and nails. I haven't been to the salon since March and I took these photos right after an at-home gray-covering session.)
I was a little worried when I read the description of this one because one note, in particular, stood out in the description: COFFEE. I do not like the smell of coffee. I will spare you the details but it is an unpleasant scent for me due to some past experiences and scent associations. But, I do normally love the scent of the month options from LuxSB (of all the perfume subscriptions this is the one that works for me the most often) so I gave it a try, hoping for the best from the overall blend.
So. There *is* a coffee note in this, but it is not strong on me. (Your mileage may vary. On Fragrantica, it is listed as one of the main accords. A lot of the reviews mention it. So it may just be my body chemistry. As far as I know, there is nothing wrong with my sense of smell; favorite fragrances from my collection smell the same as always. I can even sense my dog's mood based on how it smells around her crate!)
This one also has the scent of rose. Although I am not normally a fan of florals, I do like a good rose scent that is not overwhelmingly floral and I feel like you get that here. Anyway, the rest of this fragrance was designed like it was just to please me: woodsy notes, vanilla, caramel, white musk, and amber, all of which I love. I think what makes the slight coffee scent work for me are the vanilla and caramel. If I ever eat a snack from, say, a food subscription box, with coffee flavoring, what makes me find it OK or vile is basically what else is in there, and if it is very sweet or full of dairy I may find it all right. And of course, smell and taste are linked, so I suspect what is working for me with this fragrance is that the vanilla and caramel are covering up some of the coffee.
Anyway, both the coffee and rose are top/mid notes and after this dries down, it is really the vanilla/caramel/amber/musk base that I smell, which of course is a combination I love, so I tended to like this more after 30 minutes than I did right at the beginning. This was fairly long-lived and the sillage was pretty good. This is an interesting one for me, and something I will reach for on occasion, although I'm unlikely to buy it in full size.
Verdict: The estimated value of my fragrance this month is $15.30. Although not the most expensive fragrance I've ever received from this subscription, it did technically exceed the month-to-month cost of the subscription and was new to me. It also got me to try something a little outside my comfort zone, and I like receiving fragrances from brands like Montale that you don't always see at Ulta (where I take a lot of chances buying full-size bottles with points). I should also point out that LuxSB's scent of the month normally does exceed the price of the subscription by a fair amount so you are definitely coming out ahead, averaged out over time.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, all you have to do is choose this fragrance.
Value Breakdown: This subscription is $15/monthly and this month, I received $15.30 worth of fragrance (but again, this is highly variable based on what scent you choose).
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