I love perfume and finding new scents so when I found out that The Fragrance Shop has a Discovery Club where you receive five scent samples through the post for £5. It’s a mystery selection so a lovely surprise whether you subscribe to a quarterly box or a one-off as a treat.
I’ve never had a perfume sample box like this before so I was a little disappointed that the samples were a small 5ml size and not a little more generous. Especially as with a little effort on my part, I could probably get samples like this from the perfume assistants in the big department stores. However, the thing that changes my mind is that each box contains a leaflet detailing the included perfumes as well as a £5 voucher towards the purchase of any of the perfumes from that Discovery Club box. So the cost of the samples isn’t completely sunk should you be fortunate to find something you like and wish to buy.
Also, the set up of the Discovery Club means that I am more likely to be exposed to brands and perfumes that I wouldn’t otherwise have found. Which I feel makes this perfect if you are, or know someone who is, open-minded when it comes to finding a new perfume.
The five samples that I received included two that I have passed onto the husband. There is nothing that prevents me from wearing these scents myself, but they are aimed at the male market so I thought that he might appreciate them. It depends on what kind of fragrance you personally like to wear as to whether you might try these regardless.
In the box I received, I had a sample of Dolce and Gabbana ‘The One’, which is an old favourite of mine from years ago. There was a stage when this was my signature scent but after a huge television campaign that boosted the popularity of this perfume, I put it away as too many people were also wearing it. It’s been lovely to rediscover this perfume after so many years. It’s tempted me to perhaps pick this up in a full size using the voucher code from the leaflet.
New to me was Jean Paul Gaultier ‘Scandal’ and Misguided ‘Babe Power’. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked both of these scents. The only reservation I have is that these are the kinds of scents that will be very popular and I don’t particularly enjoy finding myself surrounded by people wearing the same perfume as me. I know that this sounds really fussy and it’s highly impractical and financial prohibitive to avoid high street perfume brands. But this is why I rotate perfumes regularly and sometimes layer then with a scented body lotion to create a subtly different fragrance.
This is the first time that I have tried the Discovery Club from The Fragrance Shop and it’s been lovely. My apartment smells so nice at the moment from me spritzing these little vials each day. I think it is great if you love trying out lots of different fragrances and you don’t mind the mystery element.
In my opinion, this works well as a one of gift to help someone find a new perfume as they can work through the samples in the Discovery Club box then use the voucher to put towards the purchase of a full size. For me personally, this has given me the chance to try out some perfume samples that I normally wouldn’t have come across to try as I usually go to my trusty Chanel, Jo Malone or Atkinson’s. So this has been a wonderful way to force me out of that perfume rut!
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