Quite often, I will be shopping and smell the same perfume on fellow customers over and over. Thierry Mugler’s Angel is an incredibly distinctive fragrance that an overwhelming amount of women wear, as is Viva La Juicy. Where do you go when you want to find a truly original scent? One that is tailored to your preferences, and might just become your signature? Scent Trunk, a service that custom selects fragrances for you based upon a Scent Profile, then aims to find a niche scent that complements your personality and style.
Scent Trunk started out offering solely men’s fragrances, and they officially launched their women’s perfume subscription box today, May 1st. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to test drive their process before it is available to the public and show you what they are all about!
The “Scent Profile” questions weren’t what I expected. Instead of a long list of specific scent preferences, they asked more questions revolving around personality instead.They also asked preferences that revolved around fragrance such as favorite place to visit (below). They even asked what my favorite cocktail was (this question was probably the toughest of all….I mean, what is the season? What am I eating? I could go on and on). After you complete your profile, you can then sign up to have three different custom sample scents sent to you. You then review the scents you received, and Scent Trunk uses that information to make additional recommendations. The sample scents are available for purchase in full size format on their site, with products ranging from low $30 range up to almost $200.
I received three small sample bottles, each with an accompanying description card. The descriptions told a little background story about the fragrances, appropriate seasons and time of day to wear, as well as longevity and Sillage (how long a fragrance’s scent lingers in the air). I do wish, however, that they listed the perfume notes in each as I like to be able to identify familiar scents.
This was described as a “fresh green fragrance that combines the delightful scents of bamboo and zisu leaves.” When I first put the scent on, it was a bit too sharp and green for my tastes. As the day wore on and the fragrance adjusted it became pleasant and light.
Darcy by PARFUMS de Marly
Neither my husband nor I were fans of this, it was way too floral and “mature” for my liking. I think I sensed a hint of patchouli or musk, which are two scents that don’t work well on me.
Elisa by RANCE 1795
This reminded me of a perfume that I wore when I was in high school! It was a combination of rose and vanilla I think. It was a little on the young side for me, but very wearable and light. It is a “good mood perfume” if that makes sense!
I do like the fact that you can find rare, unique fragrances that fit your personality. I think it is a novel concept that could be tweaked to accurately represent and mix with the person it is meant for. One thing, however, I would change is to focus more on what particular notes customers like and don’t like. For example, musk, patchouli and rose are three scents that I am not a fan of. I definitely love vanilla, coconut, lemon and verbena. If Scent Trunk could combine personality and scent preferences in their Scent Profile, I think this would be a hit! As with all perfume, the ability to try at home before you buy a full size bottle is key.
Scent Trunk costs $18 per month and for that you will receive 3 personalized fragrance samples. The box ships for free to the United States and Canada.
Scent Trunk Coupon: If you want to try this service for less, enter Scent Trunk coupon “mothersdsay” at checkout to take 25% off your first box. The coupon is valid through May 15, 2015.
Disclosure: I was provided with samples of three scents for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.
Cheryl Leahy is the author of the blog all dressed up with nothing to drink…, and her motto is“Don’t Give Up! Figuring out how to adapt to motherhood while keeping a sense of self is an art form.” She is also the Style Editor and Marketing Manager for The Little Style File and is a Featured Contributor for 30Second Mom.