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So many people have a “signature scent”, a perfume that they consider their number one favourite and wear on a regular basis. I’m not one of those people, I always find it so hard to settle on a number one favourite with anything. So, when I came across a subscription box called Secret Scent that sends you different samples of perfumes to try out each month, I was completely sold on the idea.
Secret Scent is a subscription service that sends out monthly boxes containing three different 9ml sizes of perfumes. These boxes cost £15 per month on a recurring charge basis which I think is a very fair price considering you’re getting around 30 days worth of perfume. You can choose between male or female scents, whichever is your preference. They also guarantee that every single scent they send is a designer brand; some popular ones that they have previously sent are from the likes of Prada, Jimmy Choo and Marc Jacobs. The boxes that they send the fragrances in are also letterbox-friendly so you don’t need to be at home to receive the parcel and delivery is completely free.
I love the idea that you can really get a feel for which perfumes you really enjoy without having to commit to buying the full-sized bottles. I know that you can sample perfumes in-store but it’s just not the same. I’ve sampled fragrances in department stores and thought I loved them, purchased the full-sized bottle and then found that I actually don’t love it as much as I did initially. Then I’ve wasted a ridiculous amount of money on a bottle that will sit in my drawer for years. I feel like with these little 9ml bottles, you can try each fragrance a few times to really decide if you like the scent and get more of an idea of its longevity. It’s also perfect if you’re indecisive like me and want to keep wearing different scents rather than sticking to one.
Police Passion Woman
Description: “For the passionate woman urban styled and full of vitality. This exciting floral fragrance delights with its fruity and edible accords.”
Top notes: bergamot, orange, cassis, apple
Middle notes: lotus, hawthorn, freesia, sunflower
Base notes: sandalwood, musk, cedar, tonka bean
Upon spraying all three scents on different parts of my arm, this is the one that I initially warmed to the most. Fruity scents are what I always tend to lean towards and this became very clear when I made a list of my fragrance favourites. Although apple and orange are the definitely the most dominant scents that hit your nose first, there’s also an underlying floral hint to it that lingers around all day. I do find that the fruitiness doesn’t seem to stick around for very long on my skin, but there’s definitely still a pleasant smell there that lasts all day long. This is a great everyday perfume however I probably wouldn’t wear it to special events, it’s more of a fun and fresh fragrance that is a great pick-me-up for the working week.
Hugo Boss The Scent Private Accord
Description: “This new scent by Hugo Boss was created by perfumer Louise Turner. It’s an irresistible Eau de Parfum that seduces the senses.”
Top notes: mandarin
Middle notes: osmanthus
Base notes: dark cocoa, roasted tonka
Unlike the Police scent, the complete opposite happened when I first sprayed this perfume. I actually really didn’t like it at first, I found it way too musky and overpowering even though I’d only sprayed it once. However, as the day went on I had to completely eat my words because it ended up becoming my favourite of the three. This is a perfect example of why Secret Scent is such a good idea; if I’d have smelt this initially in-store, I’d have put it straight back down but being able to test it on myself all day has made it a perfume I’d definitely purchase the full size of.
I’ve described perfumes as ‘sexy’ in the past and I feel weird every time I say it but it’s true, this is the kind of perfume you’d wear to a classy event or a romantic date. Referring to all of the notes in this fragrance, you can smell every single one and it’s such a perfect mix. There’s definitely a rich dark chocolate orange scent as the immediate smell but there’s some floral undertones as well. This is one of those scents where I can’t help but keep smelling my wrist (even though I probably look a bit odd doing so) just to get another whiff of it again. It also definitely has the best lasting power of the three, I’ve applied some in the morning and have still been able to smell it on myself the next day before my morning shower.
Tommy Hilfiger Eau de Prep Tommy Girl
Description: “Eau de Prep Tommy Girl is a girl’s perfect companion, regardless of whether she is on the tennis court or in a ballroom.”
Top notes: pink peppercorn, green apple, violet leaves
Middle notes: white rose
Base notes: sandalwood, hawthorn, musk
I was a bit sceptical to try this as some of the Tommy Girl perfumes I’ve smelt previously haven’t really been my cup of tea at all. Again, I had to eat my words as I actually really love this scent. It definitely has similarities to the Police fragrance in that it’s a very fruity smell which is great as an everyday scent. I do think the other notes such as the peppercorn and musk make it a lot more versatile as I’d definitely top this up for nighttime events. The only thing I wish is that the other notes lasted longer on my skin; as the day goes on, they seem to fade away and all you can really smell is the apple, meaning I would want to keep topping it up a few times throughout the day.
Overall, I’m a huge fan of the Secret Scent subscription and I strongly recommend it to any perfume lovers out there. Although this was a one-off box, I’m very tempted to susbcribe as I’m intrigued to know what scents will be in next month’s box.
What is your all-time favourite perfume?