I am a very scent oriented person. I sniff lip balm before I put it on (even if I’ve had the tube for a while and know exactly what it smells like) and I sniff the milk carton every time I open it before I pour it into anything even If it is a brand new bottle. I even sniff things I know are going to stink, like the fermented bean curd I picked up to try in a recipe. I’m sure there is a medical term for it.
This personal predilection has led me to a lifelong affair with perfume. Sometimes it is a wonderful love affair where I bask in the glory of heady, delicious and sultry captured scents. Other times it is abusive relationship where I am left with a headache, watery eyes and a significantly lower bank account than I prefer. A perfume addiction is not a cheap habit to support. And the tiny samples that get chucked into Sephora orders or given out at makeup counters are not always the best gauge of how a perfume is going to wear on you day in and day out.
In addition, I am fickle. I admit it. Today’s favorite can easily be pushed aside for something new. Admittedly sometimes older favorites come out of the drawer because they suit the day perfectly and I fall in love all over again.
So when I came across this monthly subscription box I was thrilled. It is $14.95 a month and while they offer a scent of the month you can choose a different scent you might want to try from their large selection. Each little vial of scent lasts about a month if used every day, so you can get an accurate take on how well the scent works for you and if you are likely to tire of it quickly, making a full bottle purchase a waste of your money. They do sell full bottles as well if you find something you like.
I actually got this subscription for myself as a reward for my first ten lbs lost and have not regretted it. Although I have to say after this month I am even more in love with this subscription. And here’s why.
Now we all know a new perfume is a gamble. It could be love at first sniff or instant regret. It could also be anything in between. When I opened this June’s scent, it was sadly the latter. My choice was Mad Madame by Juliet Has a Gun. It was not a recommended scent, so I have only myself to blame. I spritzed once on the wrist and once on the neck and very shortly realized that the Madame and I did not get on. I very much regretted the neck as my eyes soon began to water.
Luckily Scent Box now has an exchange policy. According to their site and various informative e-mails, as long as there isn’t too much scent missing from the bottle, you can send it back and exchange it for something else. They even have a postal slip you can print out so you don’t have to pay postage. I was skeptical but figured why not give it a shot. So I printed out the label, taped the package up, sent it back and hoped for the best.
I have to say, this was by far the best exchange experience I have ever had in my life.
First, there is the time line. All monthly subscriptions are mailed out on the seventh of the month. Mine was no exception. On June 7th I received an e-mail that Mad Madame was on her way. June 8th the package arrived and I wasted no time in opening, trying on and ultimately hating the scent. Monday morning I decided to try out their returns policy (6/10). I went to the site and followed the exchanges directions. I worried I would have to explain that I made a bad choice and that my exchange would be rejected because I chose it and didn’t go with their recommendation for the month. To my delight, no explanation was needed. I just had to tell them what scent I wanted sent in exchange and send Mad Madame back to them. As long as it was a mostly full bottle they were fine.
I still had my suspicions, but I followed the instructions.
That afternoon, the scent was making the return trip back to their mail room. According to the tracking number, it reached them late in the day on June 12th. The morning of June 13th I got an e-mail from Scent Box letting me know my return was received and that it would be processed within 1-3 days and my exchange sent out. Later that afternoon I received an e-mail notifying me that the package holding my chosen replacement had shipped. It arrived in my mailbox Saturday June 15th.
No drama. No explanations or justifications. Just an easy and efficient exchange.
Scent Box, you won my heart.
Sadly, the same cannot be said about the replacement perfume I chose. The selection I chose was Donna Karan’s Be Delicious Fresh Blossom. Its description is as follows:
‘ A blend of sparkling grapefruit, cassis, and sunkissed apricot meets a blooming floral heart of sheer muguet and petally rose wrapped in luminous jasmine. A base of juicy apple, mingled with lingering blond woods and smooth skin accord, completes the irresistibly sensual experience of the essence.’
I’ll admit, I had to look up muguet. It’s another term for lily of the valley in case you are wondering.
It is not a bad scent and I will be wearing it all month, but I will not be buying a bottle. This is a shame as they are adorably packaged and I was really hoping I liked it enough to justify a purchase. They have other scents in this line though and even though this one is too sweet, I am hopeful one of the other blends will strike my fancy and earn a place on my dressing table. While I smelled the apple, the overall scent was slightly floral and a little too sweet for me. It reminds me of the perfumes I would wear in middle school. It is something I might pick up for my twelve year old niece, but not something I would choose for a daily scent. I have to say though, I am enjoying the slight nostalgia it evokes and don’t mind wearing it for the month.
So I learned that, while generally pleasant, this does not make my ‘to buy’ list, which is a valuable thing to know.
I am also more comfortable making bolder experimentations now that I know that if my eyes water and the sneezing starts, I have an option other than chucking the scent in the bin, which incidentally makes me more likely to try the other blends in this line then I normally would be.
More importantly, my trust and respect for Scent Box grew.
If you are interested in a monthly perfume subscription, I highly recommend checking them out at Scentbox.com.