When you join you fill out a profile – including three of your favorite designer fragrances – then you make a wishlist of colognes you’d like to try. Your first month includes a case to hold your current cologne sprayer. You can add extra cases to an existing subscription for $12.95.
The cologne comes with a case to hold it and a velvet pouch to put the case in. Stylish and practical!
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Scentbird decants the cologne from the manufacturer’s bottle to a little glass vial with a 8 ml sprayer. The sleek case protects the vial, preventing breakage and accidental gym bag saturation. You just twist it to spray. The colognes are 100% authentic, and you save a lot of money because of the repackaging and single-month portioning. Simply put, this is cheaper than a full-size bottle, and a good way to try out cologne and find out what suits your taste.
There is a teaser card included to give you a peek at next month’s featured cologne!
The back gives you more info about the featured scent next month. It describes the main notes of the fragrance – if you see your favorite component notes listed, it can be a great way to get ideas for your queue. It is just a suggestion – what you receive the next month is determined by your queue. This is so simple and straight forward. I love their system.
There’s also a card that shows you how to work the sprayer and how to change out your cologne vials. I was clueless about what to do my first time, so this was a big help.
Once slipped into the case, the cologne (or eau de toilette, in this instance) is ready for travel in your Dopp kit, gym bag, briefcase, or overnight bag.
My July selection was Tommy Bahama Maritime For Him. Though branded as a maritime fragrance, this eau de cologne is much more floral and botanical than one would expect. It is not ozonic or overly aquatic – the ambergris is very restrained, and the pairing of it with a warm, woody undertone prevents it from having that stinky beach scent it can produce. Slightly powdery from geranium, this fragrance is more about balancing pleasant floral notes, like water lily, jasmine, and lavender, with bergamot and gently musky background notes – plus a hint of pink pepper.
This selection was very wearable, with a floral-based scent that was not “flowery,” and a balanced character that evokes the open air of the sea. It strikes me as primarily a warm weather scent, best worn with a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses.
Scentbird is one of my favorite subscriptions. There are so many colognes and eau de toilettes out there to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one for a big bottle purchase. Picking out a cologne in an actual store is hard – it’s too difficult to isolate the cologne you are trying from all the other scents and no time to experience the dry down of the fragrance (i.e. the actual scent you will experience all day). I love being able to choose any of their scents – all high-end colognes – at a very reasonable price and try them out at my own pace in real world conditions. I can figure out if I love a scent enough to purchase a big bottle, and even if I don’t want to commit, I get to build a nice collection of scents!
FYI – there is no gender divide with this subscription – ladies can add men’s fragrances and vice versa, and you can share if you’d like, or get a second subscription if you find it impossible.