Scent Trunk is a customized, monthly fragrance subscription service. I’m not talking “customized” in that they send you some samples you may like based on your preferences. With Scent Trunk, you receive a perfume tailored to your preferences. This is the New Scent Trunk model – bespoke perfume. Or at least, bespoke-ish. I think you preferences are paired with a pre-existing Scent Trunk composition (they have dozens). So, it’s possible that you and I could end up with the same custom/”bespoke” perfume¹.
Here’s how it works:
You’re sent a cute little kit with 6 alcohol-based accords in cute little rollerballs. This is the “at home scent test”. You apply them, allow time for the alcohol to evaporate and then rate them on a scale of Dislike to Love:
1 Citrus – Modern citrus accord, lots of grapefruit. It’s tart and “bright”.
2 Woods – Modern dry woods accord, dry cedar.
3 Aromatic – Balsamic moss, fresh and green evergreens
4 Floral – Ylang-ylang, heady and spicy like a mix of carnation and lilies. I love florals but wasn’t feeling this accord so much by itself. But, then I kept sniffing it and I was like, I do really like this.
5 Amber – A sweet, tonka-heavy amber.
6 Chypre – This is a fruity, plum-hued moss accord. It’s more of a “modern chypre”.
Is it a problem that I liked everything? I imagine that this would be easier if you’re the type of person that has strong preferences/dislikes. I couldn’t help but to see potential in each accord. I think I ended up with this:
In a short amount of time, you’re sent your custom scent. This is a month’s supply (also the perfect size for travel). Here’s mine:
I received Citrus Chypre 1 by Sarah McCartney (of 4160 Tuesdays). Sarah is the perfumer behind all of the current Scent Trunk fragrances.
Here’s its note list: yuzu, orange, honeysuckle, sandalwood, guaiacwood, moss, patchouli and musk.
Considering my preferences, I thought this was a rather accurate note list of everything I’m craving this spring/summer. The scent itself is exactly the sort of perfume that I’ve been wanting for summer. It opens with a tangy yuzu and a “green citrus”. It’s heavy on the moss, bitter woods and patchouli. It’s like an elevated, complex “eau de cologne” or maybe it’s more of an “energetic chypre”. Projection and longevity were average, as stated by Scent Trunk.
If I were to do the monthly service, I’d keep receiving Citrus Chypre 1 as my “signature”. But, you know that someone like me can’t handle that. If you request, you can get a new perfume created (i.e. for a different season) based on your preferences. Let’s say you don’t like the perfume you were sent, Scent Trunk will send another at no extra charge.
Scent Trunk was a fun experience. I’ve never used a service like this before. As a fragrance lover, I liked the interactive process. I was also pleased with my final product. Is it something I’d do monthly? Probably not. I’m too much of a fragrance flirt. With my habits, I actually don’t see myself emptying a bottle each month! However, this could be a nice service for minimalists. Or it could be good for people wanting exposure to niche, artisan perfumes without spending a lot of money.
Scent Trunk is $11.99 a month. This includes shipping. So, it’d be about $144 a year.
Other stuff – 1.5% of sales are donated to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding cures for mental illness and autism.
¹UPDATE – I want to clarify. This isn’t bespoke in the sense that whatever perfume you get is exclusive to you. Your preferences are being matched with a perfume from the new Scent Trunk collection. This is a collection of perfumes created by Sarah McCartney that aren’t sold anywhere else. These perfumes are created by her and are exclusive to Scent Trunk. You are basically being matched based on an algorithm that compiled the results of a focus group/customer’s data and compares their Scent Test results to yours. So, it’s like your being “matched” to one of the many fragrances in the new Scent Trunk collection.