What is Scentbird?
Scentbird is a monthly perfume subscription service. Shopping for cologne through Scentbird allows you to try a variety of designer perfume samples without purchasing the full bottle. This is great for someone who is just starting out with colognes and aren't sure what they like — or those of us who like to experiment but need to keep an eye on our budget.
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How does Scentbird work?
With a subscription to Scentbird, a 30 day supply of a cologne sample of your choice will be delivered to your door monthly for a fixed price of $14.95.
The website allows customers to preview some of the best-selling perfumes before subscribing so you gauge how many are of interest.
When you subscribe, members can either receive the perfume of the month, or choose a favorite. I did see some negative reviews from people who entered their favorites and then it somehow got stuck so they were getting the same cologne each month so you might need to keep an eye on your queue. Hopefully they've fixed the issue but it's something to watch out for. There's some additional functionality like a wish list which might be useful for some people.
How do I sign up for Scentbird?
Signing up for a subscription with Scentbird is pretty easy. I think they recently redid their web interface because some of the issues that I'd seen discussed on a forum, I didn't see when I logged in. It's definitely still a start-up but getting more polished.
There are also a lot of user friendly touches like if you are not sure what you are looking for, you can take a short quiz that will match you with a number of perfumes. They say once you receive your cologne sample, providing feedback will help them better match a fragrance to you for future shipments.
How much is Scentbird a month?
Subscription prices seem pretty reasonable:
-1 month subscription is available for $14.95
-3 month subscription is available for $43.50
-6 month subscription is available for $84.00
-12 month subscription is available for $164.00 (this option will save you $16).
All the subscriptions basically work the same way, and subscriptions renew on the same day each month so it's really just about how long you think you'll use it.
One big call out: subscriptions are automatically recurring unless you cancel the next subscription before this date. So don't sign up for a month and then forget to cancel.
Otherwise they've got free shipping and handling and seem to keep a simple payment structure without a lot of crazy add-ons or fees (which I appreciate).
Scentbird Fragrance List
Scentbird has an extensive list of designer fragrances and is making an effort to delve more into niche perfumes as well. Here are some of their best-selling fragrance brands (not a complete list).
Best-Selling Designer Fragrances
Best-Selling Niche Fragrances
Can I buy a perfume without a subscription?
Yes, perfumes can be purchased without a subscription, but it will cost you a few more dollars. Visitors and/or members can purchase perfumes from Scentbird for $16.95, plus $3 for shipping. So if you're really worried that you won't remember to cancel the subscription go this route.
The subscription price covers one fragrance per month, but there is no limit as to how many perfumes you can purchase in a month's time period. Unlike a member, however, a visitor cannot order a perfume bottle case. The small bottles of perfume shipped to non-members do not include the cases.
When does Scentbird ship?
How long does it take for Scentbird to ship? Some customers have complained of issues with a delay in shipment, claiming they signed up a month or two ago, and have not received anything yet.
According to Scentbird, perfumes should normally ship on the 15th of every month, and should arrive within 10 days (25th of the month). However, if you place an order between the 5th and 20th of the month, it will be shipped on the 25th — meaning you'll receive it by the 5th of the following month.
Scentbird ships: 15th and 25th of the month, perfumes should arrive within 10 days.
Remember this is a subscription. Have patience and understand how they do their shipping so you have realistic expectations. If you're looking for a perfume for this weekend, this isn't the service for you.
How do I cancel Scentbird? Is it easy to cancel?
With subscriptions, signing up is always easy, getting off the plan can sometimes be challenging. Scentbird is pretty easy to cancel. Just remember to cancel before the 5th of the month, when they do their billing for monthly recurring subscriptions.
You can cancel within their interface by hovering over you name in the top navigation bar until a dropdown shows "Subscription Status." Click on this and within "Subscription Status" click on the “Cancel Subscription” link (below shipment history). This starts your cancellation.
- Discover new scents and receive designer fragrances at a fraction of the price.
- Scentbird.com allows you to do a trial run of a cologne before you decide to purchase the full bottle. Smaller samples are not enough to decide if you like a certain scent, but a 30 day supply, however, is long enough to make that determination!
- It is also perfect for those who like to change their scent often. It is less expensive this way than to purchase entire bottles of cologne just because you're tired of a certain scent and you want a new one.
- Get to avoid the cosmetics counter at the mall!
- Handy vial perfect for travel or the gym.
- They are improving but if you're a fragrance snow, it might not be the best place to find niche fragrances, most their offerings are popular, mainstream designer perfumes.
- The small perfume bottles cannot be returned for a refund or exchanged for a different perfume so if you don't like that month's scent you're stuck with it.
- If you're looking purely at price per oz, this is a pretty expensive way to get cologne.
- Familiarize yourself with their shipping schedule — if you're looking for something immediate, it's not the service for you.
Is it Worth it?
Yes, I would say that for the right person, Scentbird samples could be a real gamechanger.
Scentbird is a great concept, and is an easy and affordable way to get the full experience of the scent before purchasing the full size bottle.
Or if you are just someone who likes to discover new scents, this will allow you to change your cologne often without breaking your bank account. It is worth a look — and with over 450 perfumes and colognes to offer you definitely have a lot of room to explore.
That said, if you're on a super tight budget or already have your core fragrances and aren't interested in expanding, it's probably not worth it.
Interested? Check out these ScentBird Coupon Codes and Discounts
The subscription price is already pretty good at $14.95 a month, but if a little discount will sweeten the deal, they're also running a generous 25% off special offer.
To take advantage, click on the banner and your discount will be automatically applied.
Their second special offers is a gift-worthy trio of themed perfumes with the first month of subscription for free. If you're new to cologne and want to jump start your collection, this would be an affordable way to start experimenting without having to shell out a lot.