I signed up for the Fragrance Shop Discovery Club back in April for the Spring edition and to be honest, I then forgot all about it. So it was a very pleasant surprise when the Summer edition landed on my doorstep last week. Firstly, I love the packaging – the yellow and blue feels very beachy and I always appreciate a letterbox friendly parcel! It was also stuffed with 8 perfume samples – five for me and three for the man. Here’s what was included:
- Hugo Boss Boss Ma Vie – green freshness from cactus blossom with floral at it’s heart and cedarwood to warm. I love this one!
- Paco Rabanne 1 Million Cologne – a citrus explosion with masculine leather and spicy tonka been that will transport you to memories of heady summer nights.
- Givenchy Dahlia Divin – soft, almost powdery peach with jasmine and vanilla musk. A very feminine scent.
- 007 For Women – black pepper lends a spicy hit to blackberry and jasmine with a rich base of vanilla, musk and cedarwood. More unique and classy than you might expect for a ‘novelty’ choice.
- Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Sunset in Salina – Similar to the Paco Rabanne but fresher and lighter with vine leaves, freesia and orange flower with an amber base.
- Prada Luna Rossa Sport (for men) – an energetic blend of ginger, juniper berries and lavender.
- Dolce and Gabbana – Intenso (for men) – again featuring lavender, this one is woodier and deeper with basil the companion.
- Loewe Solo Loewe Cedro – a woody fragrance with cedarwood, amber and gayac wood, this one is freshened with citrus and spicy pink pepper.
I’m very happy with this box, I like all of the women’s fragrances and I know that David also likes his. I love getting these little perfume samples – perfume tends to last me a really long time so it’s nice to mix it up without breaking the bank (or overloading my dresser). The club costs £5 per quarter but you can also get a one off box whenever you like. You will also receive money off vouchers for all of the featured fragrances. Good deal in my book.
The last time I smelt like a G&T was when one got upended into my lap on a recent night out. Luckily, The Library of Fragrance has created a way for you to smell like you favourite libation without wasting your gin. Well, almost.
The Library of Fragrance hit UK shelves last year with a unique selection of singular scents based on iconic and evocative fragrances. The range is certainly unusual when you read the labels (Dirt, Paperback, or Baby Powder for example) but are designed to tap into your olfactory memory. For example, Playdoh will instantly take you back to your toddler days.
The Gin and Tonic* fragrance is, as you can imagine, a zesty, crisp scent with a hit of juniper. To me, it’s a very refreshing scent which is lovely for both men and women and actually reminds me a bit of CK One or something similar. As it’s a cologne it’s quite light and you can layer a few fragrances to create your own bespoke scent. If you wanted to make G&T a bit more feminine, a floral such as Orange Blossom would be a fantastic pair for it. The bottle is a very sleek and simple design – perfect for your handbag.
The Library of Fragrance Gin & Tonic Cologne is £15 for 30ml and is available in Boots.
P.S. the background in the photo is the Discover Gin magazine – I seem to have had gin on the mind recently, can’t think why!!
The Discovery Box from The Fragrance Shop is a quarterly subscription box which guarantees your best smelling mail packed with perfume samples. It’s four boxes per year for just £5 each. The number of samples varies but this one included 6 scents for women and 1 for the guys. The best thing is that the fragrances are all current season and includes a £5 or £10 off voucher for each one.
The Spring box is still available to order so this is what you can expect:
- Hugo Boss Hugo Woman – fruity and floral with boysenberry and jasmine yet reminiscent of their classic masculine scent with sandalwood and cedar.
- Givenchy Very Irresitible – very rosy and feminine with a hit of star anise.
- Guerlain Le Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraiche – light and fruity with lemon, bergamot and rose but with a bit of a nutty bite via pistachio and almond.
- Versace Eros Pour Femme – a strong fragrance with a sharp citrus hit. It has lemon and bergamot like the Guerlain but is a more rich scent with sandalwood and musk base notes.
- Dolce and Gabbana Floral Drops – as you can guess, it’s very floral with lily, daffodil and neroli leaf with musk to deepen it down.
- Stella McCartney Stella – a bright fruity scent with lemon and mandarin plus floral notes supplied by rose, peony and violet.
- Versace Eros (for him) – a masculine scent with apple and mint for freshness and vanilla and cedar wood for depth.
I feel like it has something for everyone. I don’t love the Versace or the Guerlain but I do love the Stella and the Hugo Boss. Looking forward to seeing the summer selection which I believe will be available in May.
Welcome to another installment of Adventures in Subscription Boxes! On Saturday I received two boxes so I’m sharing these today and tomorrow. Today is the turn of The Fragrance Shop’s Discovery Club. This costs £5 (including delivery) and comes out every three months with samples of new perfumes. Normally you get 5 samples, but for the spring box you were treated to an extra 2 – yey!
The booklet gives a good, detailed description of each perfume including a breakdown of the top, heart and base notes. You also get £5 off vouchers for all of the full size perfumes, expect the Loewe aftershave – you get £10 off this one. These last until 30th June so you have a good amount of time to purchase if you wish.
Two aftershaves were included. This is a nice touch and have gone into the BF’s toilet bag so he’s happy. First Loewe Solo Sport, smells really good and fresh, and secondly, Valentine Uomo, a woody, leathery classic masculine scent (and the one we both prefer).
I was really happy to see Guerlain’s La Patite Robe Noire Couture as this is one that I’ve had my eye on. The bottle is beautiful, Parisian chic and I get sucked in by packaging so this will be a good chance to try it out properly before buying. I’m not a huge fan of Alien, and Thierry Mugler’s new version, Alien Eau Extraordinaire, still isn’t for me but it is a very interesting, fruity yet complex scent.
I’m not one for rose scents so I’ll probably pass on the Givenchy Very Irresistible L’Eau en Rose. The Ellie Saab L’Eau Couture on the other hand, is more me with intermingling citrus and vanilla notes. Plus the full size bottle has a gorgeous mint liquid and is only £29.99 – this might be the one for me. The Lacoste Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle is an evening fragrance that manages to balance sweetness and muskiness so I also really love this one. It’s the only sample that comes with a stopper instead of a spray so that’s a bit annoying although it’ll probably last longer.
Overall I’m pretty happy with this little box. I know that not everyone loves perfume samples but I think they can be pretty handy and for getting 7 new fragrances for £5 it’s pretty good and you know what you’re getting with this. I am going to cancel the rolling subscription but I will be revisiting the website in June to see what summer fragrances are on offer in the box.
tomorrow I’ll be reviewing the April Goodie Goodness Box so make sure you check that out. Also, please recommend other subscription services for me to try. I had Birchbox last month and think I’ll sign up for Glossybox next month, but I want moooorrrreeee!!