Sephora recently launched a new favorites kit full of perfumes that all have fruity scent notes- and it comes with a voucher to let you pick out a full-size travel spray of your choice!
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About this Fragrance Collection
The Cost: $25.00 (a $49.00 value)
The Products: 5 fruity perfume samples, a scent certificate to receive a travel-size in your favorite scent, and an eye mask
Shipping: $5.95 if your purchase is under $50, free if you are VIB Rouge. This is also available in stores.
Good to Know: The scent certificate can now be redeemed online, along with in-store.
Sephora Favorites Fresh Picks Perfume Sampler Review
Here is the info sheet for the perfumes included. On the other side is the information you need to redeem for your rollerball or travel spray, so make sure to keep this safe. If you're curious about the new online redemption process, I go into more detail about that below.
Sephora Collection Clean Eye Mask in Pomegranate - Retail Value $3.50
Along with the perfumes and the scent certificate, this set also came with a single-use eye mask. I consider myself a bit of an eye mask connoisseur, and I wasn't crazy about this one- the biocellulose material was too thin, meaning it dried out on my skin way before I would have liked. That being said, I appreciate that it was included in the set and if you prefer quicker masks to use then this may be for you.
This fragrance has notes of tangerine essence, rose absolute, and black currant. On my skin it started off really fruity, and as the top notes faded the rose was more noticeable. Sometimes rose fragrances can lean a bit powdery, but this was more freshly picked rose than it was rose soap in your grandmother's guest bathroom. All around this was a nice fragrance, but it didn't stand out to me the way some of the other perfumes did.
This was another serious contender for which perfume I wanted to redeem my scent certificate – it is sweetly floral in an incredibly pleasing way. I am not quite sure what peony smells like the way I am with rose, but if it's like this then I will happily take an all-peony bouquet. While I enjoyed the scent, I also enjoyed that it wasn't overpowering- it doesn't punch you in the face the way some other perfumes can. The official notes are black currant, pink pepper, and candy floss- when I sprayed it on my boyfriend, to him it actually smelled a little like fruity bubblegum.
This fragrance was a little hard to pin down- to my nose there were some citrus notes and the finish was a little soapy, but Armani says the notes are rose and woody vanilla. I wasn't crazy about this but did appreciate that it was a long-wearing scent on my skin.
I love citrus- both to smell and to cook with. The perfume oils from Nest are actually a new product launch, and while I don't love rollerballs I almost chose this one to redeem my scent certificate for until my boyfriend sniffed it. This is a true citrusy scent with notes of orange zest, pink grapefruit, and neroli blossom. All of those scent notes are easy to detect, and this is how I learned that my boyfriend doesn't actually like grapefruit. I'm around him often enough that his opinions on my perfume matter a tad so that ultimately dissuaded me from choosing this fragrance- but I love that this $25 kit allows you the option to redeem for a $35 fragrance.
This fragrance isn't what I am usually drawn to, but it ended up being my favorite in the set. It has notes of red berries, patchouli, and datura flower, and it reminded my boyfriend of honeysuckle. The patchouli gives this fragrance a bit of musk to the fruity, floral notes, but then as the fragrance wears on you the musk notes soften up.
So, which perfume did I choose to redeem? Let's talk about the redemption process- I was really curious to see how the process worked since online redemption is a new feature to this Sephora Favorites kit (and one readers have been wanting for a long time!).
The Verdict: Sephora has really been nailing it with their favorites kits, and this one continues their winning streak. I love that they finally offer online redemption as an option- I have been reviewing these types of sets for over three years, and a common theme among readers is they wanted the option to redeem this online. If you like fruity scents, I definitely think you would be able to find at least one winner among these five options. If you already know you don't like fruity scents, might I suggest their Self-Care Sunday sampler instead? There were multiple perfumes I could have happily redeemed my voucher for, but ultimately I'm happy with the YSL one I chose (the bow on it is too cute). Honestly, though, I'm tempted to pick up another one to redeem for that Nest perfume oil. This is one of those sets that would make a great gift, because even if you don't know which specific fragrance the gift-receiver likes, they should be able to find one that fits them inside the box.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: This kit costs $25 + free shipping, and I received $29.13 worth of perfume samples and the eye mask, plus a voucher to redeem for my choice of travel perfume that ranges in price from $29-$35.
What do you think of the Fresh Picks Perfume Sampler by Sephora? Do you prefer fruity fragrances over other scents?