The best perfume subscription box to try now

Our pick of the best perfume subscription boxes will open the world of under-the-radar gems and, quite possibly, your new signature scent

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Whether you like to regularly switch up your fragrance or you’re still tracking down the best perfume for women for your signature scent, trying out one of the best perfume subscription boxes could be the answer. 

Our fragrance habits tend to fall into three camps: we either stick to the same scent we’ve worn since our teens for fear of breaking out of our comfort zone, leaving us to ponder the age-old question of 'do perfumes expire?'. Or we buy under pressure, having been accosted by a spritz-happy, perfume-wielding sales assistant in a department store. As a last resort, we may even scan reviews and blindly buy online, the end result more likely to be ‘miss’ than ‘hit’. A perfume subscription box reimagines all of these scenarios as a fun, stress-free and immersive fragrance experience. It allows you to spritz the best perfumes for women at home and sit with them for a while so you can see how they develop and whether you still like them at the end of the day. 

Tara Derakshan, co-founder of Sniph scent subscription service, says: “It’s like wine tasting—but for perfume. It allows you to take your time getting used to a new scent.” Indeed, each month, these services will send you perfume samples to experiment with. Whether it’s a cult designer scent or under-the-radar indie find that broadens your scent horizons, you can spritz to your heart’s content without committing to a pricey full-size bottle. The best bit? They’re delivered straight to your door.

Meet the expert on perfume subscription boxes

  • Tara Derakshan (opens in new tab) is the co-founder of the Sniph scent subscription service. 

What is a perfume subscription box?

A perfume subscription box allows you to sample several iconic, trending or niche fragrances for a fraction of what you’d pay for a full-size bottle.

After your subscription is activated and your desired scent chosen for that month, it’s shipped directly to your doorstep.

How are my suggested perfumes chosen?

In most cases you’ll complete a virtual quiz to create a ‘scent profile’, like what you'd be if you were one of the best Yankee candle scents.

Based on your answers, a personalized selection of scents will be suggested and you can pick the fragrances you’d like to try.

How many perfumes will I receive?

The number of fragrances varies from company to company but, generally-speaking, you’ll receive one perfume per month to experiment with.

Depending on the box you’ve chosen, you’ll either be treated to sample-sized atomizers (perfect if you're a fan of the reusable perfume atomizer option), vials or rollerballs.

5 of the best perfume subscription boxes

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1. Scentbird

Specifications

RRP: $15.95 per month (US only)
What you recieve: An 8ml vial every month

Reasons to buy

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A quiz helps you to find your personal perfume notes 
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Over 500 designer and niche fragrances to choose from

Probably the most popular perfume subscription box comes courtesy of Scentbird. First you take a quiz to discover which perfume notes fit your personal style and, once your subscription is activated, you can select from a catalogue of over 500 designer and niche fragrances ranging from Prada, Gucci and Tom Ford to Fresh and Tocca.

A purse-friendly 8ml sample bottle of your chosen perfume, holding roughly 140 sprays each, is then delivered to your doorstop. Each vial fits into a chic silver fragrance case, which is included in your first order. You’ll also be sent monthly suggestions based on your preferences, making it even easier to choose a new perfume every month.

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2. Sniph

Specifications

RRP: £14 per month (UK only)
What you recieve: An 8ml vial every month

Reasons to buy

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Complementary case for your perfume vial
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A quiz to help you identify the right scent collection for you

Reasons to avoid

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You have to choose one of six collections when subscribing 

Sniph delivers cool niche fragrances from independent ateliers such as New York perfume house Gamine, directly to your door. Every scent on the site is grouped into six different ‘collections’, which you choose when subscribing. 

If you can’t decide on if you want floral tones, fruity notes or the best vanilla perfumes, a quiz helps you to identify if your perfect match is ‘Avant-garde’ (a hugely popular theme) or ‘Clean’, or whether to opt for ‘Trending now’, for example. Each month you’ll be sent an 8ml vial, which slips into a complementary case, that you can then also purchase full size should you hit upon your signature scent.

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3. Scentbox

Specifications

RRP: $14.95 a month for a Standard subscription/$19.95 a month for Premium (US only)
What you recieve: An 8ml refillable travel spray

Reasons to buy

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You have the option to exchange if you don't like that month's scent
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Also the option to buy a full-sized bottle and cancel your membership if you find your signature scent 

Reasons to avoid

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A bit more work each month than others, as you have to choose your scent of choice from a list of recommendations

With a possible 850 designer fragrances at your fingertips, Scentbox rivals any department store on options. First, sign up for either the standard or premium subscription. Standard will give you one designer fragrance a month from a choice of over 575 of the best perfumes for women; premium includes one designer fragrance plus access to roughly 850 designer fragrances, including 275 premium brands like Bvlgari and Cartier. 

Then, take the quiz to establish your scent profile and have recommendations curated just for you. Once a month you choose from these recommendations and an 8ml refillable travel spray will be sent to you. Don’t worry if you don’t like your chosen perfume - there’s the option to exchange. Alternatively, if you find your new favorite, you can upgrade to a full-size bottle and cancel your membership.

Skylar Scent Box perfume subscription box with a vial of perfume

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4. Skylar Scent Club

Specifications

RRP: $20 a month (US only)
What you recieve: A 10ml recyclable rollerball

Reasons to buy

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Perfumes are botanical, vegan and only use safe synthetic ingredients
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If you find your signature scent, you also get 20% your full-sized bottle

Reasons to avoid

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The perfumes on offer are only from the Skylar Scent Club range 

If you’re a fan of ‘clean’ fragrances to mimic the best floral perfumes and are botanical, vegan and only use safe synthetic ingredients, then the Skylar Scent Club is the one for you. After taking an initial quiz, you’re recommended a fragrance from the brand’s collection.

It arrives in a 10ml recyclable rollerball in line with its eco friendly philosophy. Each month you’ll receive an email with information on your new rollerball. You can choose another if it doesn’t seem like the right scent match for you but, should you find your new favourite scent, the subscription comes with 20% off other Skylar purchases so you can nab a full-size bottle at a discounted price.

If you’re a fan of ‘clean’ fragrances that are botanical, vegan and only use safe synthetic ingredients, then the Skylar Scent Club is the one for you. After taking an initial quiz, you’re recommended a fragrance from the brand’s collection. It arrives in a 10ml recyclable rollerball in line with its eco friendly philosophy. Each month you’ll receive an email with information on your new rollerball. You can choose another if it doesn’t seem like the right scent match for you but, should you find your new favourite scent, the subscription comes with 20% off other Skylar purchases so you can nab a full-size bottle at a discounted price.

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5. The Fragrance Club

Specifications

RRP: from $14.99 per month (US only)
What you recieve: An atomiser with your welcome pack and then vials of each perfume

Reasons to buy

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The option of monthly or bi-monthly deliveries 
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Comes with a sleek, gold-trim atomizer 

Reasons to avoid

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You select your perfume wish list, rather than each delivery being curated for you

If the thought of trying a brand new perfume every month feels overwhelming, or you want to use it alongside an old favorite, The Fragrance Club has the option of switching to bi-monthly deliveries. 

Your welcome box comes complete with an expensive-looking atomiser—available in black or white, with gold trim—and a vial of your selected fragrance from brands like Gucci and Coach to slot into it. Initially, you’ll create a fragrance wishlist including three preselected offerings with the option to swap along the way, so you can figure out which perfume lasts the longest.

Fiona Embleton is a multi-award-winning beauty editor who has tested over 10,000 products in her 10 years +  of writing and shooting beauty stories. For the past four years, she was the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, having previously worked in the role of Beauty Editor at both Stylist and Cosmopolitan. She has recently gone freelance and alongside My Imperfect Life, she has written for titles including ELLE UK, ELLE Canada, Buro 247, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Vogue Scandinavia, and ES Magazine. Beauty journalism allowed her to marry up her first-class degree in English Literature and Language (she’s a stickler for grammar and a self-confessed ingredients geek) with a passion for make-up and skincare, photography, and catwalk trends. She loves jumping on the latest internet-breaking beauty news, dissecting the best red carpet looks, and having the crème de la crème of dermatologists, make-up artists, and hairstylists on speed dial so she can tap them for the best advice. She’s a discerning beauty shopper and knows it can be confusing trying to navigate what’s hype and what really works. So if she really likes something, you can trust that she has reached that opinion by vetting it against everything else she’s ever tried. Her career highs? Interviewing Cate Blanchett and winning a Jasmine Award for the deeply personal feature Cancer Stole My Mother’s Scent.