I know that you guys want this. I have gotten asked about this before. I thought about starting something like this myself but hey, I got busy with all my other stuff. Anyways, it’s here because great minds think alike. And I’m so happy that a great mind did this! Olfactif is a monthly perfume subscription program that sends 3 niche or indie perfume samples to your door. Awesome, huh?
I was sent an introductory box to review. Here are my impressions:
Packaging: This is the first thing you’re going to notice. The packaging is really fancy. Honestly, I didn’t expect for it to be this nice. I expected 3 samples shoved in a padded envelope. This comes in a matte finish black box with a ribbon “pull”. You will get a card that explains the inspiration for the collection (for April it’s “Vignettes of Spring”). Flip it over and you get the names of the perfumes, the perfumers and the notes listed. The samples are in glass vials with a dabber instead of a spray.
April’s Samples: The samples included in the introductory box included: Sonoma Scent Studio Fig Tree (very figgy), Imaginary Authors The Soft Lawn (very grassy) and L’Artisan Parfumeur Voleur de Roses (dirty rose). Being a fragrance addict, I’ve already tried all of these. However, many perfumistas haven’t. I love that the range includes a niche house and indie/artisanal houses. It really shows the range of niche perfumes available in the U.S. When I first heard about Olfactif, I didn’t know what to expect. Niche isn’t really defined. But, I think they did a good job with curation including both established and new niche.
Pros: You get 3 niche samples sent to you. Let’s face it. It’s overwhelming since there is a new perfume and perfume launched what feels like hourly. This gives you somewhere to start. The selection is unisex and I like this. I feel so many subscription programs target either men or women, not both. You may like the packaging. If you subscribe for a few months, this is a good way to organize your samples. The boxes pull out like “drawers” and you could label and stack them or label them and put them upright like a book on a bookshelf.
Oh, here’s another pro. If you order a full bottle from the sample set, you will get refunded the $18 of that month’s sample set. That’s a big chunk off the cost of a full-size niche bottle. I mean, this is a huge pro.
Cons: The obvious con is cost. It’s $6 a sample (but the cost of shipping perfume has went up in the US). Some people may not like the packaging because it could come across as excessive. I’m in a city where plastic bags are outlawed. I understand this criticism. The only other con I can think of is that these aren’t a spray. I prefer spray samples but I’ll never refuse one with a dabber.
Oh, and this service is only available in the US for now. That could be a con for you.
You can subscribe to this service at Olfactif. Gift subscriptions are now available. This is a great way to introduce people to the world of niche perfume.
There’s a great interview on Sense of Scent with an interview with Tara Swords, the founder of Olfactif.
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