These monthly services will change the way you shop for luxury scents.
Shopping for a new fragrance is nothing like picking up a new shade of lipstick or adding a fresh bottle of nail polish to your beauty collection. Investing in a new perfume requires spending a substantial amount of time spritzing samples in the aisles of your local beauty retailer. You know the deal: You commit to spraying different parts of your arm in pursuit of a new scent until every single eau de parfum starts to smell the same.
The solution to this struggle? Fragrance subscriptions that offer trial-size samples to help you uncover your perfect scent. Over the past decade, a growing number of subscription services have popped up in the beauty industry. Not only are they intent on helping consumers save money and space, but they also foster a newfound appreciation for the global perfume and cologne market. No matter what you’re looking for—be it to try an array of expensive luxury scents at a fraction of the cost or experiment with different fragrance families—there’s undoubtedly a service or two that aligns with your wants and needs.
Ahead, we’ve compiled a list of eight leading fragrance subscriptions to have on your radar, with details about how each one stands out from the pack.
The Best Perfume Subscription Boxes to Try Now
You’ve probably heard of Scentbird‘s buzzy fragrance subscription already. It was founded in 2013 and is the leader in the fragrance subscription space, born to help prevent—as the founders put it—accumulating a “perfume graveyard.” Getting started is easy; the first step is to take a short quiz asking what types of scents you’re attracted to and what sort of mood you want your fragrance to evoke. Based on your responses, the system presents you with options tailored just for you, from brands like Prada, Versace, and Cartier, among more than 500 others. For just $15.95 a month, you get to choose a new fragrance that comes housed inside an 8 mL vial, which should last until your next shipment.
The concept for Luxury Scent Box (LUXSB) was born in 2010 in a brick-and-mortar store based in Orange County, California. In 2016, its founders decided to go national with the launch of its box of scents specially tailored to clients. The company’s mission is just as its name suggests; to bring perfume enthusiasts high-end fragrances without the intimidating price tag. For $16 a month, subscribers can try niche perfume brands from across the globe, like Amouroud, Etat Libre, Mancera, and more. While some brands require you to take a quiz to narrow down your search, this one doesn’t. LUXSB has a survey you can use if you’d like a curated selection, but if not, you can search the company’s 700 plus fragrances to find specific brands, fragrance families, and more.
Despite their similar-sounding names, Scent Box and Scentbird are entirely unrelated. Scent Box’s process is similar, of course, but with a few key differences. For starters, customers can choose to opt for one or two 8 ml vials per month, as well as a standard or premium membership (prices vary depending on which of the four options you choose). The standard option gives subscribers access to 575 designer fragrances, while the premium one has more than 850 fragrances, including 275 luxury ones like Balenciaga, Tom Ford, and Giorgio Armani. If you want tons of options to pick from, this fragrance subscription service might be the right one for you.
The Fragrance Club thoughtfully offers monthly ($15), yearly ($150), and bi-monthly ($18) packages to fit your lifestyle. There’s no quiz involved in the process of finding your samples. Instead, you choose three fragrances to start, and you’ll receive them one by one unless you decide to swap one out before it ships. The packaging of this service is different from the rest, too. They send a refillable casing with your first purchase, in addition to your select fragrance. Then, each month, they replace the fragrance cartridge with your new perfume of choice to prevent creating unnecessary waste.
Price: From $15/month
This service, priced at $20 per month, is perfect for those searching for fragrances comprising clean ingredients. You won’t find any designer offerings at Skylar Scent Club; instead, the brand creates its own scents, formulated with strict standards that exclude thousands of potentially harmful ingredients. Each month, subscribers will receive the brand’s limited-edition rollerball; or another one of their offerings, customized ahead of time to fit the customer’s scent preferences, if you so choose. A special bonus about this fragrance subscription is that each month, they donate a portion of Scent Club proceeds to organizations dedicated to making our world a better place.
While most fragrance subscription services offer one sample size per month, Debonair Scent delivers three 3 mL bottles curated for you based on a scent profile quiz. The company markets itself on being a monthly cologne subscription, but it also offers the perfume equivalent of the service. Both cost $15 per month with the option to prepay for a three, six, or 12-month subscription at a lower rate. Our favorite thing about Debonair is that each box contains a $15 voucher that you can use to purchase a full-size bottle of your favorite scent. Therefore, if you choose the monthly subscription, your box is practically free.
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Perfume Surprise Box
As implied by the name, this $25-per-month service is a treat for those who love a surprise. Each box contains five 2.5ml spray bottles, making this a great option if you’re looking to test a large number of fragrances. How it works is that the brand chooses a new theme every month and curates scents that align with it from luxury brands like Jimmy Choo, Gucci, and Jo Malone. As a fun bonus, every box comes with a piece of jewelry that also aligns with the theme. This experience came to be when the Perfume Surprise Box founders realized there wasn’t a “box out there that offers perfume and jewelry together.” Needless to say, this service also doubles as a fantastic gift idea.
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Perfume.com Fragrance of the Month
For just under $10 a month, Perfume.com will send a top-selling fragrance to your doorstep. The company has access to more than 500 brands, including Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Coach, and the list goes on. Your new perfume will arrive in a 0.27-ounce travel atomizer containing about 120 sprays. Compared to other subscriptions, there’s no fuss involved in choosing a fragrance. Users sign up and then select the top-selling scents they’re interested in trying. This one’s best for someone who’s not exactly picky about what they’re going to get and mainly wants the experience of trying and testing new scents.