When it comes to fragrance, I enjoy mixing and matching the scents I wear, as it’s important to choose the right aroma to match the mood of an occasion or season. That’s why I am a big fan of the Secret Scent Box, as once a month you recieve a mystery box of trial size fragrances, featuring the latest launches and well known brand names in the comfort of your own home.
It’s a brilliant way to try new fragrances and experience scents which you may never have chosen as you didn’t want to risk wasting money on the larger sizes. You can sign up for as little as £15 per month, which includes postage, there are no contracts, so the subscription can be cancelled at anytime, should you wish too.
Each box comes with 3 sample sized fragrances (3ml each) which are intended to be enough for 30 days of daily use, so you should run out just before your next box is delivered. The only choice you need to make is would you like male or female fragrances. It’s great to see that men have been included in this as so often I see subscription boxes which are more female orientated.
The fragrances I received in the April Edition are:
- Joop (WOW) – I have wanted to try this fragrance since it was launched earlier in the year, as I was drawn to the distinctive clean whiskey-like design of the bottle, which is totally different from the geometric design of previous Joop fragrances releases. The nose behind this fragrance is Christophe Reynaud, who has created some exquisite fragrances such as One Million & L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme to name a couple. From the first spritz this fragrance feels very masculine with the warm woody note of Cardamon mixed with fresh & floral tones of Bergamot & Violet which blend into such a unique combination. There is a vibrant freshness as we move into the middle notes of Geranium, Fir Balsam and Vetiver, finishing with some of my most favourite tones of Tonka Bean, Cashmere and Vanilla, which add a sense of cosiness. There is something quietly confident about this fragrance, to me it’s for the man who is self assured and doesn’t need or feel he has to try to hard. It’s definitely one for someone who likes a splash of aroma around them, rather than an overpowering scent.
- Diesel (Only The Brave Tattoo) – I am a fan of the original edition of this fragrance so I was intrigued about the differences in this tattoo edition. I could tell from the first spritz that this is a bolder, richer version than the original, as the Mandarin Orange top note has been combined with Red Apple tones instead of the zingy Amalfi Lemon, which adds a deeper crisp element. As the fragrance develops there is much more of a spicy / woody overtones that come to life, with elements of Sage, Bourbon Pepper, Tobacco and Patchouli all blending so wonderfully together. There is something quite classic about this composition and could imagine this would be perfect to update an older gentleman’s fragrance collection, as it has elements of classical aromas brought into the now.
- Versace (Dreamer) – Out of the three fragrances this is the one with most heritage, I’m sure you will of heard of this before or know someone who has tried it. I think Versace create some of the most phenomenal fragrances, so i was eager to give this one a spritz. I noticed that for a male fragrance there are a number of floral tones blended into this composition, such as Carnation, Rose, Geranium and Lavender which is a refreshing change. These notes are balanced well with richer woody notes of Tonka Bean, Cedar and Vetiver to give you that blend of hard and soft in one fragrance. This fragrance is definitely for a man that wants to stand out from the crowd, there is nothing typical about this aroma and I can see this being suited to artistic types and those who are searching for something that little bit different.
Each of these fragrances are new to me, I have tried the original The Brave quite a long time ago but this version is completely different in it’s composition, so I was excited to experience these aromas for the first time, which is what I love most about the Secret Scent box idea.
I am a big fan of this fragrance concept as it’s not often I get the chance to go to a department store to sample a new fragrance and then you only get to wear it for that day, so it doesn’t give me the chance to see how I really feel about the fragrance, where as these samples are large enough to try out for different occasions and clothing choices.
If you would like to sign up for a Secret Scent Box then head to this link and as a reader of my blog I am able to offer you an exclusive discount code which will give you 15% off your first box by entering DESERT15 when you sing up.
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