Olfactif for Men is a monthly fragrance discovery subscription box featuring more distinctly masculine scents than their unisex flagship subscription. You’ll get 3 samples in your box, each containing 15-20 “wears” of an independently designed cologne or eau de perfume. With every box, your account will be credited with an $18 voucher to use on fragrances from the store. Olfactif for Men prides itself in selecting niche offerings incorporating higher quality and hard-to-find ingredients.
The regular Olfactif box is unisex and meant to be worn by women and men who enjoy niche fragrances. Because it features fragrances intended to be wearable by both sexes, it only occasionally indulges in the heartier scents typically associated with Men’s fragrance. The Men’s box is centered around traditionally masculine fragrances, all from the niche world. You will still see the same creative spirit and defiance of convention, but the focus will be on the yang.
The flap top box bears the intricate Olfactif logo in shiny relief. Olfactif Men’s comes in the same cool packaging as their flagship subscription. The instructions, theme, and individual fragrance information cards are tucked inside.
The theme for this ensemble of men’s fragrances is “Around The World In Eighty Days.”
The cards have been updated with a more elegant image. They identify the fragrance and maker, list the primary scent notes, and provide a glimpse into the inspiration and essential qualities of the fragrance.
The three fragrances come tucked neatly within the very cool case. The bottles are testers, but with up to 20 wears each, they are perfect for keeping around for a change of pace well into the future (but make sure to take advantage of the subscription credit towards purchase and pick up a full size of your favorites!). The box now comes with a trio of test strips so you can get a sense of the fragrances before choosing one to wear first. I go ahead and spray them on my skin – I think that’s the best way to see how it wears.
The strips have the Olfactif logo, a fancy touch.
April 2017 Olfactif Men: Three scents evoking the sense of learned progress and exploration found in the Jules Verne classic.
The Mauve by The Sum: Gentle and pleasant, this fragrance opens up with the comforting boldness of tea leaves, with the dryness of the oak creeping in during the dry-down. The lavender adds a calming air, and it is gentle enough that it maintains a pleasant, fresh tone without reminding you of anyone’s grandma. The tea really restrains the floral aspect of the lavender, keeping it lush but tamed.
Montale Wood & Spices: Warm, sweet, and spicy, this fragrance brims with cardamom. Sweetness and smoke play beneath the surface, but it is the almost menthol character of the cardamom that dominates. The sandalwood hangs around, too, joined by the baked-goods-sweetness of the vetiver. Bold and enticing, this scent teases the nose with both warmth and cooling before settling into a more powdery sweetness. Despite all the bold tones, this fragrance actually develops a sweet, grape bubblegum tone.
Histoires de Parfums 1828: Citrus, cedar, pine, and pepper stand out the most, with some eucalyptus and spice adding texture. Warm and slightly musky, this fragrance speaks of both sophistication and adventure. The cedar lasts awhile, and when the incense emerges, they smell like a cathedral. Warm and dry, this scent feels like a man impervious to circumstance or the elements.
To celebrate their anniversary, Olfactif is offering 20% off every bottle in their store!
I found this collection to be complex, wearable, and dynamic, showcasing three takes on sophistication.
Have you tried niche fragrances yet? What did you think of this month’s Olfactif Men’s collection?