Everyone knows Sephora is a beauty store where you can find almost anything and everything related to makeup, skincare, body care, hair care, and self-care, but did you know they also frequently release curated limited edition sets? They recently released a curated perfume set that comes with seven perfume samples and a voucher to redeem for a travel-size bottle in your favorite scent- once you're able to decide between all of the great options.
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This set comes packaged in a light purple box, and tucked inside are five different perfume samples along with the scent voucher you use (both online or in-person) to redeem for your travel-size bottle. If you want to learn more about each perfume, there are additional details on the back of the box.
Don't forget that every Sephora purchase comes with two free samples you get to select (though whoever packed my order only gave me one...), and since this set cost more than $25, I was able to use a coupon code for a free sample of the new Glow Recipe cleanser!
The Breakdown – What’s Inside This Limited Edition Box From Sephora
By Rosie Jane Rosie Perfume Oil, 1.2 mL – Estimated Value $7.71
Certificate redeems for the 7 mL Perfume Oil that retails for $45
This perfume oil is really lovely – I actually received the full-size in the December 2022 Allure Beauty Box. This has scent notes of musk and sweet rose, and it definitely is a skin perfume that is enhanced with florals- think your skin but better with a hint of rose. I chose to wear this on Valentines Day and loved how it’s a pretty and soft perfume with staying power. It’s not going to leave a scent trail behind you when you leave a room (I believe the proper perfume term for that is “sillage”), but I like that I get to know that I smell good if someone is getting close enough to me.
CLEAN RESERVE Reserve Skin, 1.5 mL – Estimated Value $4.35
Certificate redeems for the 10 mL Eau de Parfum Spray that retails for $29
Oh, I adore this perfume. I own the full-size thanks to a previous Sephora Favorites set, and I love to both wear it on its own but also layer it with more complex fragrances. It has scent notes of Madagascar vanilla, musk, copaiba oil, and just hint of salted praline for an overall effect that is warm and slightly sweet. This is another “your skin but better” scent- it’s very aptly named.
Commodity Milk Expressive, 2 mL – Estimated Value $5
Certificate redeems for the 10 mL Eau de Parfum Spray that retails for $25
This is a not a perfume that meshes well with me- I’m not sure if it’s my body chemistry or what. Milk Expressive is a warm and spicy scent with notes of cold milk, mahogany wood, and tonka bean, and the spice is what my nose picks up the most in a way I do not love. I would think the milk and tonka bean would add a sweet element, but if it's there I can't pick it up and that makes the overall fragrance unbalanced and a bit unpleasant to me personally.
Floral Street Arizona Bloom Eau de Parfum, 1.5 mL – Estimated Value $5.10
Certificate redeems for the 10 mL Eau de Parfum Spray that retails for $34
The full-size bottles of Floral Street perfumes are just the prettiest- they really embrace flowers with their branding and I am a fan (and I love that even the travel-sized bottles have the same flower packaging, even if you can’t see the full bloom). Also, as someone who was born and raised in southern Arizona I was really eager give this a smell. It’s described as a fresh fragrance with key notes of coconut, jasmine, and salted musk with elements of amber and white florals. I’ll be honest and say none of those really give me Arizona vibes, but this is still a pretty fragrance that had great staying power (according to the brand the formula has as 20% oil concentration, so that makes sense).
Juliette Has a Gun Not A Perfume, 1.7 mL – Estimated Value $6.35
Certificate redeems for the 7.5 mL Eau de Parfum Spray that retails for $28
The only scent note on this perfume is Cetalox. Cetalox is the synthetic version of ambergris, which is the intestinal fluid of a sperm whale. Apparently, the digestive tracts of sperm whales create delicious scents, as ambergris is a big ingredient in the fragrance industry! Luckily, no sperm whales were harmed in the making of this perfume. This is another perfume that leaves me wondering what is up with my body chemistry and some of these perfumes. It’s described as a “fresh” and “clean” fragrance on the Sephora website but to my nose it is a very strong, spicy fragrance. I am personally not a fan, but I know a lot of people quite like it.
NEST New York Madagascar Vanilla Perfume Oil, 1.5 mL – Estimated Value $8.75
Certificate redeems for the 6 mL Perfume Oil Rollerball that retails for $35
I quite like the perfume oils from Nest- they have great staying power since they’re an oil instead of a liquid, and they allow you to add your own unique element and layers to other perfumes that you already own. If you love the smell of vanilla, this would be a great way to really play up the existing vanilla notes in a fragrance or add it where it would be complimentary if you applied it to your pulse points before spraying a perfume on. This is a mix of Madagascar vanilla bean, vanilla orchid, and coconut, but I don’t really pick up any coconut at all. It’s a true vanilla fragrance that smells more elegant than artificial, and many perfume struggle with that.
PHLUR Missing Person Eau de Parfum, 2 mL – Estimated Value $5.47
Certificate redeems for the 9.5 mL Eau de Parfum Spray that retails for $26
I’ve been wanting to try fragrances from PHLUR- they’re a relatively new brand (unless they’ve always been around and just recently made the jump from obscurity to main stream) and I have been seeing them on Instagram quite a bit. I always like when these Sephora sets include brands that are trending- it adds a personal value that isn’t necessarily quantifiable but still much appreciated. Okay, onto the perfume. Missing Person is described as a warm and spicy fragrance with key notes of musk, blonde wood, and bergamot nectar and enhanced with notes of jasmine and orange blossom. It’s quite a delicate fragrance for one that’s been classified into the warm and spicy fragrance family (it’s definitely more warm than spicy), and it is another one of those scents that wears close to the skin. I think I personally would have preferred a bit of a stronger orange blossom note, but this still is a nice perfume (and a must-smell if you’re a lover of musk perfumes).
Value – Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $28
Cost Breakdown: This kit costs $28, and I received $42.72 worth of perfume samples and a voucher to redeem for a bottle of travel-size perfume (or perfume oil) of my choice that ranges in price from $25-45. You're already technically getting more than what you spend just in the values of the perfumes (though it probably doesn't feel like it), but when you add on a minimum of $25 this set definitely meets the promised value of $52
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You know, as someone who really loves spas I wasn't expecting there to be fragrances here that I was as strongly averse to as I am the Commodity Milk and JHAG scents. I don't think that's a bad thing- there are seven scents in this set total, and if I loved all of them that would probably mean this set was boring to people who weren't exactly like me. This way, there's more of a mass appeal and a better assurance that there is a scent for everyone (but if you like the Milk fragrance, please tell me what it smells like to you because I am truly missing something). It's no secret that I am a fan of Sephora Favorite Sets, but that doesn't mean I give Sephora a free pass to slap their name on a box of random perfumes and call it a successful curation. I love that this set included two perfume oils, and overall I am really pleased with what I recieved. I'll be using my voucher to redeem for the Floral Street Arizona Bloom perfume, but it would have been a much more difficult choice if I didn't already own the full-size of the By Rosie Jane perfume oil and the Clean Reserve skin perfume.
Other Things You Should Know
Can you still get this box if you order today? Yes, this set is still available.
Can the voucher be redeemed online? Yes! Sephora recently changed its voucher program to allow for in-store or online redemption. You can't redeem this at a Sephora inside JCPenney store, Kohl’s store, or Sephora Canada store, so the ability to redeem online is a great option for people who don't have a local Sephora but still want to take advantage of it (and when you do you get to add your two free samples to your order, even if you're not buying anything else).
Is it hard to redeem the voucher? No, but sometimes you have to enter the code a few times when there are letters that could be mistaken for numbers and vice versa.
Is shipping free? Shipping is free on all orders over $50 and costs $6.50 for orders under $50 (though you can usually find a free shipping coupon for smaller orders that will stack with other coupon codes)
What do you think of the Sephora Favorites: Mini Perfume Sampler Set? Based off description alone, which one do you most want to try?
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