Scent Trunk is a monthly subscription box that sends you deluxe samples of unique, indie fragrances based on your selection. I signed up on a whim this month because 1) they do free shipping to Canada being a Canadian company based on Ontario (yes!) 2) you can choose what kind of notes you prefer in your perfumes and they’ll send you perfumes that you like. This is great because it let me research which notes are more prevalent in my favourite fragrances (I only have two so that wasn’t difficult lol) and tweak it to my liking! This subscription box is $18/month…. so $20.16 after PST/GST for me since I live in BC. Yay taxes. Anyway.
My Scent Trunk box came in a white envelope (not the parcel ones) which I found interesting because I guess I’m used to intensely packaged subscription boxes. Or you know, Amazon and their ridiculous sized boxes. Inside that envelope is this beautiful small white box which looks super classy!
When you open the box you’re greeted with this lovely card that talks about Scent Trunk’s history and how it came to be. It also tells you that you can earn points when you review your scents. I’m trying to figure that out but their UX is a bit confusing?
So here are the brands that are included in this month’s box! I was a bit confused when I saw someone else have the same contents as I did, but further Googling showed that maybe that person and I just have similar notes and scents selected. I’ve never heard of any of these brands, so I’m really excited to sniff them. Here we go! I settled for a weird hybrid of liveblogging because I’m balls at describing scents, so here’s a stream of consciousness review:
Top: Bergamot, Tangerine
Middle: Linden, Peach
Bass: Sheer Musk, White Woods
The one thing I noticed about this was that the sample bottle didn’t have a cover? BUT! Pink Peony smells so lovely from the bottle (?). It smells clean and sweet and something really appropriate for my age (mid 20’s). The peach note really shines through! It smells very perfect for a summer day and even night. Subtle fragrances are my favourites so I think I’ll really like this. We’ll see how it stands up to public transit and heat!
Top: Gardenia, Cyclamen
Middle: Peach, Waterlily
Bass: Amber, Musk
My first impression upon sniffing this was that this perfume smells expensive. And oh my god CAD 337.17 for a bottle. It smells sophisticated and has this powdery smell that a lot of people equate to old ladies, I guess? It’s nice because while it does have that powdery smell, it smells fresh and grown-up. I think this is a scent I’ll wear evenings or when it gets closer to Fall.
Update: After a few minutes, I really love this one. Why are you so expensive tho? 🙁
Top: Bergamot, Aldehyde
Middle: Rose, Ylang-Ylang
Bass: Labdanum, Musk
So the liquid is yellow brown. I admit I was a bit scared to even try to sniff this because that colour is a bit off-putting. At first spray, it’s a scent that just turns me off immediately. It’s way too strong and way too musky (still very feminine though). After a couple of minutes, it does settle down. I’m still not the biggest fan because there’s a scent in here that’s really prevalent that I don’t quite like.
My favourite scents are definitely Pink Peony and Ciel Woman. I’ll be wearing them this weekend on my way to work and see how they stand up. Ballet Rouges, I probably will try to give to a relative or something, but I won’t be wearing it.
As a subscription box, I thought this was pretty decent. It’s not cheaper than buying a rollerball/travel-sized at Sephora, in fact it’d be the same prize if they were the same size. What’s really cool about this is that you get to try different perfume brands/houses that you don’t normally see at places like Sephora/The Bay/whatever department store you have locally.
I’m definitely excited to see what I get next month. Now to figure out how to review the perfumes I got.