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The Benefits of a Perfume Subscription Box | Bare&Bond

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My approach to fragrance is frivolous. As much as I love makeup and skincare, I find that they require a careful selection process based upon the current needs of my skin. Perfumes are different, they allow instinctive choices and the freedom to reach for whatever scent takes my fancy. 

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TRIALLING PERFUME WITH BARE&BOND

I’m drawn to perfume halls and new fragrances. My sizeable collection speaks for how often I like to switch up my scent, but I can no longer justify pushing yet another half-empty luxury fragrance to the back of the shelf in favour of a more recent buy. Not when the alternative is so appealing (and more economical).

Cue perfume subscription boxes, the perfect way to try a new fragrance every month. Bare&Bond boxes arrive every three months and contain three different 15ml perfumes which are provided by a featured perfumer.

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Although it was the access to a wider variety of perfume that sold the concept of perfume subscription to me, it’s clear that Bare&Bond deliver something more. This service is just as much about luxury as it is about practicality and each box is designed by a featured artist and beautifully packaged. My Bare&Bond delivery wasn’t like a usual online order, it felt like a gift.  The unboxing is an experience, the element of surprise combined with the anticipation of finding out which perfumer is featured and what scents you’ll be wearing.

As someone who likes to tailor fragrance to the occasion, I like that three bottles are sent out per quarter. I’ve been switching between mine, keeping my habit of wearing whichever perfume I fancy. The 15ml bottles are the perfect size to keep one in your handbag and would also be perfect to travel with.

My initial reaction to perfume subscription was worry. I was worried that it may be a little restrictive for someone who likes to play with different scents. What I’ve actually realised is that it’s the perfect accompaniment to the perfumes I already have. It curbs any temptation to expand my full-sized collection and allows me to trial new perfumers and scents.

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THE SEPTEMBER QUARTERLY BOX

This quarters box arrived promptly, landing on my doorstep on the 3rd of September. The fragrances have been supplied by Ruth Mastenbroek, a luxury London perfumer whose 100ml bottles retail at £120. What I love so much about this box is that it has introduced me to a luxury brand I’ve not had the pleasure of before. For most of us, £120 for a single bottle is a serious investment, but Bare&Bond allow three months of wear for £44.85 (or £14.95 a month). I can feel and smell amazing all without running the risk of getting bored of such an expensive product.

Although I’d love to know more about notes, ingredients, and of perfumes in general, I’m certainly no expert. Despite that, I did want to share some information about the featured perfumes alongside my thoughts. These perfumes are evidently high-end and I really do love them all.

OXFORD

An Oriental fragrance type, with notes of jasmine, cashmere, and vanilla.

This is my favourite scent of the three. As someone who suppresses an eye-roll when people refer to wine as oaky or discuss the most subtle ingredients in scents which I, myself, absolutely cannot distinguish, it surprised me that the first thing I smell when I spray this is basil. In fact, I recognised it before I’d even glanced at the Ruth Mastenbroek website for ingredients.

I also pick up the Jasmine and, once it’s warmed to my skin, recognise the vanilla.

SIGNATURE

A Chypre [pronounced sheep-ra] fragrance type, which means that it is warm, dry and woody.

With this perfume, the only ingredient of those listed that I pick up is a citrus scent, presumably from the mandarin. I know very little about wood- may I remind you of the oaky wines? So instead of pretending as if I do, I’d rather discuss Ruth’s compelling storytelling.

This fragrance she describes as ‘A story of freedom… set along a winding path of wet and earthy leaves that lead to a secret garden.’ I love that to Ruth, these perfumes aren’t just scents, but memories and stories wanting to be shared.

AMOROSA

A White flower accord fragrance type: In perfume, an accord is a scent made up of several perfume notes or ingredients.

Amorosa means ‘a woman in love with life’, a beautiful name for a perfume. Although I didn’t pick up any scents I recognised from this perfume, I amor it. It’s fresh, light and perfect for easy, day to day wear.

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GIVEAWAY AND BARE&BOND DISCOUNT 

Now for some exciting news! I’ve teamed up with Bare&Bond to run a giveaway and entrants will win one of their lovely boxes. There are only a couple of requirements, so be sure to head over to this Instagram post to enter (especially if you’re already following me!).

Bare&Bond has also generously offered £10 off of the first box on any subscription package! You can take advantage of this by heading to their site and using code HEARTS. I highly recommend Bare&Bond if perfume subscription sounds like your thing, after wearing these perfumes for almost a month, I also highly recommend Ruth Mastenbroek.

 

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35 Comments

  • Reply Shannon Baker

    Lovely post hun! I totally agree, finding the right scent and perfume for you takes a little more time than picking up an eyeshadow palette or the right lipstick. You always have to get it right to your personal taste!

    Shannon x
    http://www.shanylou.co.uk
    instagram.com/shanyloublog

    September 26, 2019 at 7:04 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I agree, but to be honest I’m a lot less fussy when it comes to perfume and love wearing new ones all the time!x

      September 27, 2019 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply mercy

    This sounds like a sweet smelling box and with all the 3 different scents it’s worth checking it out.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    September 27, 2019 at 7:50 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Absolutely- I loved this feature, can’t wait to see which perfumer they have next quarter! x

      September 27, 2019 at 12:20 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    These sound lovely, Soph, and as you say, a perfume subscription is the perfect way to try some high end fragrances without committing to a high end price tag. Also that they’re small enough to fit in your bag too, which is a bonus. I think I’d like the citrus one best, that sounds very me. I’ve entered your giveaway on Insta, so I’llkeep my fingers crossed! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    September 27, 2019 at 2:39 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      They’re gorgeous perfumes! Thanks for entering- good luck, hopefully you’ll get to try them for yourself! x

      September 27, 2019 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Radi

    This is so awesome! I love trying new fragrances. Floral scents are my fave!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

    September 28, 2019 at 11:31 pm
  • Reply Kayleigh Zara

    This box is absolutely stunning and I completely understand what you mean by they fact they sell a luxury, it looks gorgeous and the perfumes sound amazing x

    Kayleigh Zara ❄️✨ http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

    September 29, 2019 at 10:38 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It is, isn’t it? I’m so glad you think so x

      September 30, 2019 at 7:17 pm
  • Reply Sophie Naylor

    I love the idea of a perfume subscription box! This perfume is packaged beautifully and sounds like it smells divine x

    September 29, 2019 at 12:22 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s such a great concept! Totally, I love every one x

      September 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Sophie Wentworth

    I love the idea of fragrance boxes because I’m so set in my ways when it comes to fragrance. I’m really fussy and hardly ever try anything new. Most of my go-tos have similar notes and my collection, in general, is probably very boring for the average fragrance enthusiast to look at. This would be a great way to step outside of my comfort zone without feeling like I’m wasting my money on something I might not like! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    September 29, 2019 at 2:18 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s such a great concept! I must admit I’m a little bit of the opposite and like quite a lot of fragrances (although musky isn’t one of my favourites) but they work so well for me too and keep me from spending a fortune on new full bottles all of the time! x

      September 30, 2019 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Britt

    I’ve never considered a perfume subscription box but this is such a great idea! I am super picky about scents, often purchasing one only to decide after wearing it 3-4 times that I am no longer interested. This would give me a chance to try out multiple scents without having to commit to a full-size bottle!

    September 29, 2019 at 2:39 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you think so too! Exactly, it’s an amazing way of trying new ones without having to invest in the full size! Plus these ones retail at over £100 each full size and there’s no way I would have tried them without this box! x

      September 30, 2019 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    What a great idea! Such a good idea to try out different scents! X

    September 29, 2019 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    Oooh! I have been looking into perfume subscription boxes for a while. I have been a sucker for luxury fragrances lately. I love that Bare & Bond puts together something nice on a quarterly basis. For the price you pay, it is not bad at all. I like that you get to try a scent out and you don’t need to commit all that much to finish it. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    September 29, 2019 at 6:56 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I love luxury fragrance too! I totally agree, it’s way more affordable than buying full size luxury perfume and it keeps it fresh too! x

      October 1, 2019 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Lucy

    A perfume subscription box sounds like my idea of heaven! It’s the perfect way to try out new perfumes and it’s possible that you’ll get a perfume that you’ll want to buy for yourself! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    September 29, 2019 at 8:22 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s such a great idea isn’t it?! Exactly! x

      October 1, 2019 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Jaya Avendel

    In the way you describe the perfumes, I am reminding terribly of a wine list I read recently. Even the names might apply to wines. The box is pretty; something I would love to open or give as a gift!

    September 29, 2019 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Amy Aed

    This looks like such a cool idea, I’ve never tried anything similar but I think it’d be good to try out a collection of scents in one go for a lower price than you’d get on the highstreet.

    Have a great week 🙂
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

    September 30, 2019 at 12:08 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I think its a super cool idea too. I’d never be able to justify buying a new luxury perfume every month so it’s a great way of trying new ones and not getting bored! x

      October 1, 2019 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Melissa Kacar

    I love the idea of a perfume subscription box! It’s such a great way to try new perfumes every month! I’ll have to check this out! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

    September 30, 2019 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    This is such an awesome idea – I think it would be dangerous for me though as I once has almost 60 bottles of perfume, so I banned myself for a few years to get those half used bottles all finished! This is a perfect idea and a great amount of fragrance – definitely need to check it out 😀

    October 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Haha I’ve been there! Thats exactly why these are so fab though, because they’re only miniature versions so each should only last around a month! x

      October 6, 2019 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Deborah Kos

    This is such a good idea for a perfume lover for a birthday gift. They get to try a new perfume every month. I didn’t realize perfume subscription boxed existed.

    October 1, 2019 at 6:55 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Absolutely! No, they’re much lesser known than beauty subscription boxes but they’re such a fab way to trial new high end perfumes! x

      October 6, 2019 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Chloe Chats

    What a lovely idea. I’m not one to spend much on perfume often, I have 3 at the moment, two being Gucci ones but I’ve probably had them for quite a while. I like this idea because it gets you to try out perfume you’d probably not think about buying, and they might then become your new favourite!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    October 1, 2019 at 8:11 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I could easily spend a fortune haha! It definitely is a great idea, I hadn’t tried out any of Ruth Mastenbroek’s perfume before because I’ve never seen it on the high street, I love these three though! x

      October 6, 2019 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply frankie bridger

    wow this is such a cute idea! It would make an amazing gift as well!

    October 2, 2019 at 1:20 am
  • Reply Bexa

    This is such a good idea! You are right, an 100ml bottle of perfume is a serious investment, I wouldn’t risk it unless I was 100% sure I loved it. This is such a clever way to discover perfumes and find new favourites. It’s such good value, and sounds like you get such gorgeous and luxurious fragrances in each box. Thanks for sharing Soph, such beautiful photos too! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    October 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I think so too! Right, and I know that I’ve loved a scent at first spray but then gone off it a week later or just got bored at half way through the bottle so this definitely avoids that! Thanks Bexa! x

      October 6, 2019 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Via Singh

    This is such a great way to try different fragrances. And miniature size everything is so cute and pretty. And 3 bottle of 15ml will last a while. I love trying new fragrances and a fragrance subscription box will be worth a try. 🙂

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

    October 3, 2019 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I think so! Agreed- and these miniatures are so much better for the environment than those little plastic samples! x

      October 6, 2019 at 12:47 pm

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