Scentbird is a monthly perfume and fragrance decanting subscription. With Scentbird, you get a thirty-day supply of perfume every month – Scentbird takes authentic perfumes and decants them into travel sprayers. There are over 450 fragrances to choose from and Scentbird adds new ones every month! You can save when you purchase a multi-month subscription, or even arrange to receive perfume every other month.
When you join you fill out a profile – including three of your favorite designer perfumes – then you make a wish list of perfumes you’d like to try. You’ll get a new sprayer every month, plus your first month includes a case to hold whatever perfume you’re currently using! You can add extra cases to an existing subscription for $12.95. Members receive a $15 credit each month against the purchase of a full-size bottle (note that this credit expires each month).
I picked the types of scents that I like along with a couple of specific fragrances and Scentbird gave me 12 suggestions, although I usually just choose on my own since my fragrance “likes” change with the season.
Scentbird has made a few changes. You can try up to 3 fragrances a month, in case you really need to build up your supply, or maybe you prefer one for day, another for evening, and another for your significant other. They also offer other options, such as a perfume, hand cream, and shower gel combo. Yep, Scentbird now offers an in-house line of body care items!
Usually my scent is protected in a white cardboard tube but I received a new racy red holder this month!
Each note in Glossier You was chosen and balanced to allow the scent to be both long-lasting and true to how it smells at the beginning, without changing as it dries down. With warm ambrette, salty ambrox, and musk that melt into skin. It smells like you—warm, comforting, and very human.
You can see all the previous Perfumes of the Month at the bottom of the Scent of the Month page. Note that if your wish list is empty you’ll get the scent of the month. You can now get on demand scents, but if you’re a subscriber it’s less expensive to get a new one each month and there’s something to be said about giving yourself time to enjoy your new fragrance for a while.
Your first month will include a little perfume vial case and velvet holder. Scentbird decants the perfume from the manufacturer’s bottle to a little glass vial that fits in the sprayer. The perfumes are 100% authentic and you’ll receive a .27 oz sprayer. A card comes with the vial demonstrating its use. You just twist it to spray!
New subscribers receive a sleek, reusable case (black for men, white for women) but other colors are available for an additional cost.
I received a card saying “Your fragrance of the month is” and then it had my chosen fragrance. I don’t know if this is a new thing or just because I went with the scent of the month; I’ve never received a card with the info of my current month’s choice. I guess I will find out next month if this is a new thing!
This month I chose Cannabis by Malin + Goetz. I was drawn in by the fragrance notes and wanted to see what the hype was about. This scent is an aromatic fougere which is typically a type of fragrance for men, although this one is considered unisex. It’s supposed to smell like citrus and woods and of course despite its name it really has nothing to do with cannabis at all. I can only guess that maybe the designer wanted to invoke a relaxed, neo-hippy vibe. Upon first spraying I was disappointed, because it smelled very manly. I thought I had smelled something like it before – it reminded me of Irish Spring soap! Luckily, that initial blast faded and something warm and enveloping developed, and I ended up liking it.
According to Scentbird Cannabis has notes of bergamot, magnolia, patchouli, peppercorn, and sandalwood. I am a big fan of patchouli and bergamot, but I don’t think this is a citrusy scent, and honestly I feel like every time I apply it, it smells radically different, yet I love it each time. It kind of makes it hard to pin down the exact scents though!
Scentbird recently made changes to its fragrance guide. I love the quick access to similar scents – I can click and get a list of fragrances with a woody scent, or that smell like pepper. You can get even more details on the different vectors of the scent by mousing over each of the main areas. According to this chart this is a woody scent, and you can see that spicy comes out ahead of citrus. According to Scentbird users, this fragrance is mysterious, perfect for date night, suitable for fall, strong, and intense. The value this month was around $13.10. Not bad, and pretty close to the price paid for the subscription.
Overall, I really enjoyed my fragrance. I think the name Cannabis is supposed to be provocative, but maybe the scent is more evocative of lazy afternoons just hanging or whatever. If you like to try a different scent every month (or in my case, every day) then head on over to Scentbird and start filling up that queue!
What’s in your Scentbird queue? Do you change your scent according to the season? Let me know what you’re wearing this winter in the comments!