Scentbird Review: Is Scentbird Worth It? Honest Review 8 Years Later!
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UPDATE: It’s been almost EIGHT years since I started paying for Scentbird perfume subscription! I thought it’d be a good thing to refresh this post, so you know if my thoughts about Scentbird have changed.
If you love fragrances, you’ve probably heard about Scentbird and wondered about the benefits of having a perfume or fragrance subscription.
I know, I’ve been there! I love fragrances but hate being tied down to one bottle. Or worse spending hundreds of dollars just to stock up on a few scents at a time.
Can you relate?
You’ve seen the ads. And you’ve probably seen mixed Scentbird reviews. And wondered:
“Is Scentbird worth it?”
I have been a paying subscriber of Scentbird subscription service since June 2015. To be honest:
The reviews I read about other people’s subscriptions to Scentbird beauty box scared me.
I looked at my account and reflected on my experience using this monthly subscription membership site. We all know that reviews can be skewed to the left or the right against or in favor of a company.
I figured now was the time to talk about my Scentbird review.
This review post should help YOU decide if Scentbird is worth your money (or not!).
Tell me more, Louisa! What is Scentbird, and how does Scentbird work?
WHAT IS SCENTBIRD?
Scentbird is a perfume subscription company created as an alternative to spending too much on full bottles of expensive designer perfumes that we end up not using.
This fragrance subscription allows gals and boys to try a wide selection of authentic perfumes before shelling out the money on full bottles of fragrances, including Dolce & Gabbana and DKNY.
What’s the bottom line?
If you’re in the beginning phases of trying out and experimenting with different fragrances and unsure what you (or a friend) might like, Scentbird is a great way to get started on a budget.
HOW DOES SCENTBIRD WORK?
Scentbird works in three easy ways:
- Choose your Subscription – As a new member, you get a month’s supply of an 8ml (0.27 oz) atomizer of a perfume or cologne of your choice. This is an equivalent of a 31-day supply if you use 4 sprays per day. And a free refillable case with your first order perfect for travel. No taxes or shipping fees for just $14.95/month.
- Pick your Scent – Choose your perfume selection from over 450+ designers and niche fragrances. Not sure what you want? Choose from one of the best-sellers or sort by scent type, style or occasion. Alternatively, Scentbird will send you the perfume of the month if you leave your queue empty.
- Receive your Scent – Every month or at your selected delivery frequency, Scentbird will deliver your fragrance to your doorstep with a free refillable case with your first order even if you live in Alaska (true story).
DOES SCENTBIRD CARRY AUTHENTIC FRAGRANCES?
According to the Scentbird’s website, yes. Only 100% authentic fragrances provided by authorized vendors or directly from the brands are used to fill subscription boxes (source).
Based on my 4+ years of using Scentbird, I have not had any issues with my beauty box. They last long and smell great.
As a consumer, I do not believe they sell fake, knock-off, or imitation scents.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR SCENTBIRD?
Signing up for a Scentbird subscription is pretty straightforward. Go to the Scentbird website here and click the “Get Started” button. And that’s it!
The subscription rate is a flat $14.95 per month and savings for paying upfront for 3-, 6-, or 12- months at a time. Here’s the breakdown of each package (source):
- 1-month package ($14.95),
- 3-month package ($43.50, savings of $1.50),
- 6-month package ($84, savings of $6),
- 12-month package ($162, savings of $17).
You also have the option to subscribe on an every-other-month or every-three-months basis. I am currently on the $14.95 per month package and chose a frequency of every three months.
The beauty of Scentbird is that other than sales tax in certain states, there are no hidden fees or additional charges for shipping & handling. Pretty neat!
CAN I BUY A PERFUME WITHOUT A SUBSCRIPTION?
You can absolutely shop at Scentbird even if you don’t have a subscription.
The Scentbird Shop frequently gets updated with new perfumes and colognes, including exclusive brands, Limited Edition fragrances, niche fragrances, and more (source).
They even have gift sets that are perfect for men and women. You can order a gift subscription, gift boxes, and gift cards for family and friends.
The gift boxes offer 3 pre-selected luxury scents in limited-edition case colors and one free month of Scentbird. These are a few of my favorites:
BENEFITS OF A SCENTBIRD SUBSCRIPTION
- Access to new scents at a fraction of the price
- Try before you buy aka no buyer’s remorse!
- The perfect travel companion
- 8 ml of designer and niche fragrance in a stunning case
- Free shipping and no hidden fees
- NEW! Access to skincare, makeup, and candles
But here’s the kicker:
DRAWBACKS OF A SCENTBIRD SUBSCRIPTION
- No returns or exchanges. So be sure you have a selection of scents you want in your queue
- Not the best value for money if you prefer mainstream perfumes
- This is a small company (shipping delays have been an issue)
- Want to cancel your subscription? Your only options are to use a contact form or email email@example.com. You can’t call to speak to anyone directly.
- Now, this wouldn’t be a problem if Scentbird responded promptly to inquiries from customers. In fact, the small hosting company I use for this blog responds to emails within a few hours and no direct line.
So this begs the question, is Scentbird worth it?
The short answer is YES, Scentbird is worth it.
The long answer is it depends on what you’re looking for.
A simple search on BBB and Sitejabber reveals not-so-pleasant reviews of Scentbird, with a majority of them related to shipping and delivery in 2018.
That said, I’ve had a few shipping delays, but I attributed those to living in Alaska as packages typically take a few more days to get to me.
Since moving to the East Coast, I’ve received several Scentbird packages, which arrived on time.
Scentbird is an excellent option for niche or hard-to-sample designer fragrances (like Amouage and Tom Ford).
You get a 0.27 oz tub filled with decant that is several times bigger than traditional perfume samples (0.05 oz).
Here’s a side-by-side of my most recent Scentbird atomizer next to a retail sample.
IS SCENTBIRD WORTH IT?
Final thoughts: Scentbird is an exciting way to try out a month’s supply of luxury and niche perfumes at a price that won’t break your budget every month or at a frequency (every-other-month, every 3 months – like me, or release the hold on your membership only when you’re ready for a new scent) that works for you.
The brand’s growing selection of skincare products, makeup, and candles collection is a perk that would keep subscribers with a large variety to choose from.
As with most things in life, there are risks associated with anything we do.
Some of the risks related to Scentbird are highlighted above. If these don’t bother you, then, by all means, give this beauty box subscription a try.
Suppose you already know what you like and stick to those scents season after season.
In that case, you’re better off shopping for full-size bottles of those fragrances at trustworthy retailers like Perfumania, FragranceNet, Perfume.com, Nordstrom, Ulta, Sephora…
However, if you’re interested in experimenting with new and authentic scents, Scentbird is worth every dime. Scentbird is a great one-stop shop for all your fragrance needs for men and women that would otherwise break the bank.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS RELATED TO SCENTBIRD REVIEWS
How can I get a Scentbird free trial?
There is currently no free trial for Scentbird. However, you can click this link and enter GETSCENTS to save 30% off your first order.
What are the best Scentbird perfumes?
- ENGLISH LAUNDRY Oxford Bleu Pour Femme
- TOCCA Florence
- DOLCE & GABBANA Light Blue
- VERSACE Bright Crystal
- TOM FORD Black Orchid
- EB FLORALS BY ERIC BUTERBAUGH Thorns Rose
You can find the full and most current best Scentbird perfumers here.
How long does it take to get your Scentbird package?
Per the Scentbird website, your very first Scentbird package should ship within a few days of your subscription order. Expect it to arrive 7 to 10 days after shipping (source). Subsequent scent boxes should ship out on the 15th of each month.
What is a niche cologne?
Niche cologne refers to small scale boutique artisanal perfume studios whose presence in mainstream retail stores is minimal or non-existent. Thus, you might find these scents at a perfume specialist or high-end fragrance boutique (source).
Here are 7 top niche cologne available at Scentbird:
- ROOM 1015 Blomma Cult Eau de Parfum
- NEST FRAGRANCES Midnight Fleur Eau de Parfum
- NATEEVA Jamaica Eau de Parfum
- MONTALE Roses Musk Eau de Parfum
- RAYMOND MATTS Maiaday Eau de Parfum
- COMPTOIR SUD PACIFIQUE Vanille Coco Eau de Toilette
- JULIETTE HAS A GUN Miss Charming Eau de Parfum
When you wear a niche perfume, you wear the story of the perfumer’s ingenuity in a tangible form (source). Is Scentbird legit? Yes, it is!
Other Frequently Asked Questions about Scentbird
How can I get a ScentBird Coupon or free trial?
At the moment, ScentBird does not offer a free trial. But new members automatically get 25% off with their trial of ScentBird HERE.
Is Scentbird ACTUALLY worth it?
Yes, I’ve been paying for my Scentbird subscription for almost eight years now, and I believe it it actually worth it. If you love layering fragrances or switching scents, you’ll find Scentbird beneficial.
How many scents do you get with Scentbird?
With the standard Scentbird subscription (this is what I have), you get one scent monthly for $14.95 with free shipping. You can select 2 fragrances per month at $25 or 3 fragrances per month at $35.
How long does Scentbird last?
The monthly 0.27 oz (8 ml) atomizer should last 30 days if you use 4 sprays per day. Mine lasts up to two months since I use fewer sprays.
Does Scentbird have Dior Sauvage?
Yes, Scentbird carries Dior Sauvage.
Is it hard to cancel Scentbird?
It’s not bard to put your Scentbird subscription on hold. In fact, I’ve done this a few times over the years by downgrading my subscription. You can email their support team to completely cancel your membership. Note that 3, 6, or 12-month subscription plans (with term commitment) cannot be canceled mid-term.
Since writing this post, I’ve gotten a few requests to review Scentbox. Scentbox is similar to Scentbird but a little different. Stay tuned for my scentbird vs scentbox review post coming soon. In the meantime, you can save 35% off your first Scentbox with code SCENT35!
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This sounds wonderful to try out new fragrances! I need to give this a try
I think it worth it. I really recommend it. Me and my friend, we both love scentbird.
This sounds like such a fun subscription! Definitely something unique!
Not heard of this company before. There seem to be quite a few perfume subscriptions.
This is actually the first time I’m hearing of this. I do love subscription boxes though. I know a few people who would really love this.
This is my first time learning about this and I find it interesting. I’ll try to check this out and see if I can subscribe too.
I love this idea. I didn’t know that perfume subscription programs exist, but why now. I like the perfume designers included and I will totally check it out. Thanks for sharing.
Sounds like a great present for someone who loves perfume. I will have to share Scentbirds information with my friends.
Thanks for the review, I know someone who will definitely love to read this.
I used to do ScentBird and gave it up when I wasn’t wearing cologne every day. I have several bottles but I loved getting one every month!
This sounds like a great way to buy perfume. Thanks for showing the pros and cons.
I’ve never heard of this company before either! Being that I love perfumes, I just may give their subscription box a try!
This would be perfect for those wanting to try different perfumes. I know my daughter would like it!
Scentbird seems like a great subscription for people who are out a lot and do not want to duplicate perfumes or wear the same thing over and over. I like to use one or two and do not buy a lot but I know people who do.
Interesting idea, this subscription box idea is something different and easy to carry perfumes everywhere of your choice, I definitely look into this.
Just signed up to Scentbox! Received my first box (shipping was a little slow), nice full bottles, well packaged, good scents and looking forward to next month.
Yay! That’s great to hear. Thanks for chiming in, Michele!
I think Scentbird is such a great subscription service if you like to change up your perfume often! I have been wearing the same scent for years so I like to buy mine by the LARGE bottles…LOL!!
I never tried Scentbird but I heard good things about it. I would love to check it out one day for myself.
We have something very similar to this here in the UK that I subscribe to. I think it’s a good idea for someone like me who likes to try out lots of different fragrances 🙂
wow! What a great idea! I think Scentbird worth it and I would like to subscribe for their gift boxes!
I have not tried their gift boxes yet but I bet this a nice package too.
What a neat idea. I’m always scared to try different scent because I don’t want to be stuck with an $$ bottle that I don’t like. This sounds like a great idea.
I adore my Scentbird. I love to change up my perfumes, but at $100 or more a bottle, that is not feasible for me. Scentbird allows me to try a scent before I make the commitment to buy.
I bet that’s what the founders had in mind too.
I’ve never heard of Scent Bird before. It sounds very interesting. I’m definitely going to check it out.
Let me know what you think/
I had never heard of Scentbird before this post. It seems like a really cool subscription service.
I’ve enjoyed having the subscription. Let me know what you think if you end up trying it.
I appreciate that you shared the pros and cons of a Scentbird subscription. I don’t see that enough in product reviews these days. Thank you!
Thanks for stopping by Karen!
I have heard of these before and love subscription boxes. How fun that they have such a wide variety of products!
Scentbird definitely grown larger with their offerings since I joined years back.
I love the idea of a fragrance subscription and always enjoy sampling new scents. How wonderful that Scentbird offers gift sets and niche colognes too!
This sounds like it would be a good idea for someone wanting to try multiple fragrances but not wanting to purchase full sized quantities unless it’s sure to be a favorite. My wife might like this.
Great point and one of the reasons I joined Scentbird.
I have to look into trying this. I love the option of trying new scents on a regular basis.
Let me know what you think once you get a chance to try scentbird.
I have actually been on the lookout for some new perfumes. The subscription to different perfumes and I could definitely help me make a decision much easier. I will have to check into this.
Let me know what you think after giving Scentbird a try.
I haven’t heard of it but I think it would make wonderful Christmas Gifts for the ladies on my Gift Giving List. As well as a nice Valentines Day Gift for myself. If someone would like to purchase it for me.
I know right. You can try forwarding the post to someone as a little hint-hint 😀
The scentbrid program sounds like a nice one. I need to check it out. I like the idea that we can get lot variety of scents.
ive never heard of this before but i love your review on all these great products! this would be a great subscription box for a girlfriend of mine and she would get a kick out of it getting so many of these great products right to her door- especially if it takes a few days to get!
I bet she’ll love it!
How interesting. I’ve actually never heard of them before. I think my daughter would like it. She’s all about trying out new perfumes.
I have never heard of this company or this subscription box before today. Will have to check into the prices and different scents they carry.
I have heard so many great things about these.
Thanks for chiming in Amy!