I've always thought the concept of beauty boxes are great and there are so many different types on the market now ranging from high end, teen and even eco boxes. So when I was contacted by the Fragrance Shop to try out their version of a beauty box I jumped at the chance. They have named it the Discovery Club* and included in the 3rd Edition were 6 samples of newly launched fragrances, 2 of which were for men which was great to pass on to Matt, and money off vouchers for each perfume all for just £5 each quarter.
The box is smart and compact and the samples are housed in matching dark blue tissue paper which I thought made it feel more luxurious. I'm rubbish at describing scents myself so will give you a quick low down of the women's perfumes I received, their costs, the key notes which are mentioned and what I thought.
1. Thierry Mugler - Alien Aqua Chic: Top note of orange blossom, heart of pink grapefruit and lemon tree blossom and base notes of amber and jasmine. I thought this was a lovely light version of the popular original, which lingers for ages and makes it more suitable for day. I really liked the scent of this and have put it on my wish list! £39.50 // 60ml
2. Loewe - Quizas Quizas Quizas Pasion: Inspired by the tango, it is meant to be a fruity and romantic fragrance. Top notes of bergamot and mandarin, hearts of magnolia, freesia and orange flower and base notes of cashmere wood, amber and vetiver make it a complex mix of scents. I was surprised at how light and floral this turned out to be as from the description I thought it would be quite heavy. This smells more grown up and would be lovely to wear on holiday. I really liked this one too which was a nice surprise as I hadn't heard of the brand before. £36.50 // 30ml - £51.50 // 50ml - £71.50 // 100ml
3. Elvis Jesus - Eau de Toilette: Unlike the other samples, this one didn't come with a diffuser, which was quite annoying. It was different to the other samples as it was a bit more earthy with top notes of grapefuit, chery, bergamot and peppermint, heart notes of rose, jasmine and lily of the valley and base notes of cedar, coumarin, amber, vanilla, tonka and leather. It was nice and different but I wouldn't purchase it myself. £38.50 // 50ml - £48.50 // 100ml
4. Mont Blanc - Legend Pour Femme: This sample was fruity and light with top notes of neroli, crunchy pear and bitter orange, heart notes of orange blossom, lily of the valley and Indian jasmine and base notes of musk, vanilla and blond woods. I quite liked this as it was different to something I would normally go for and it isn't too expensive. £28.50 // 30ml - £44.50 // 50ml
I'm normally quite sentimental with perfumes so don't have a huge collection but the samples have been great at introducing me to some new scents I wouldn't normally consider. The Discovery Club is a lovely service which is perfect for those of you who have a passion for perfume and are keen on trying new things. It is great value for money, especially with the inclusion of the vouchers and suitable for both men and women. The 4th Edition has just launched, so will you be testing it out? xxx