Perfume box c/o The Perfume Society
The beauty market is flooded with beauty subscription boxes and sometimes it can be difficult to gauge whether they will work for you. Often you have no say in what you get, and this can be a problem, especially if you end up with lots of products you don't use; I ended up cancelling my Glossybox for this very reason.
The Perfume Society isn't really a subscription service, more a tailored offering to the wants and needs of perfume addicts everywhere. A true society where anyone who is fanatical about fragrance can learn more about the science behind smell, attend workshops, and enjoy VIP (Very Important Perfumista) treats!
To join the Society, you pay a yearly fee of £25. In return, you are sent a 'discovery box' of fragrance samples, and you can enjoy access to ticketed events, download the Society's monthly e-magazine, and even attend a complimentary workshop on 'how to improve your sense of smell.' (I will be attending this workshop next month and I'm really intrigued to see what I'll learn about improving this sense!) You are also given first access to other special fragrance boxes that you can purchase, should you choose to, at special rates.
I was sent a beautifully packaged 'Fragrance Education' box and it was crammed full of wonderful things. There was a book of blotters, to spray different scents on to, and a beautiful notebook to keep track of my favourites. Each perfume included in the box came with a printed card, outlining the fragrance 'family' from which it came, and the different top, heart, and base notes in the scent. Technical, yes, but easy to understand and helpful in deciphering the scents that I really liked-were they from similar groups, and did they have similar ingredients? The cards also contained posed questions about the scents such as 'if this fragrance was a precious stone, what would it be?' and 'sum up this fragrance in three words' which takes the perfume out of context and makes you think more deeply about what it is, and why we choose to use these scents which really can be very personal to us.
I think I have a signature scent sewn up and I definitely feel as if I know what I like when it comes to fragrance, so it will be interesting to see whether my opinions change after trying out all the different fragrances I've been sent! Also included was a Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream, but this was no ordinary product, either; veiled with a deep fragrance of lilies, it has a lovely scent all of it's own and proves that fragrance doesn't need to be limited to a bottle of perfume.
If you are interested in The Perfume Society and would like to join, (or buy a membership as a gift) you can find out more about the Society and their involvement with fragrance here.
This post is in collaboration with The Perfume Society