I love a good monthly subscription services. Whilst I’m totally over the lacklustre contents of the likes of Birchbox and Glossybox, there’s lots of different monthly subscription services to choose from. My newest discovery is Parfumado and in my opinion, it really is genius, especially if like me you’re a massive fragrance addict and love nothing more than discovering new scents. Parfumado originated in the Netherlands and Belgium, and now it’s launched in the UK and I’m excited.
Who Are Parfumado?
“We are convinced of the power of scent. Scents stir up desires, summon emotions and bring memories to life. In short, scent -including perfume- is something very personal. The amount of fragrances being sold in perfumeries is enormous and continues to grow annually. How do you discover new favourites, suiting various occasions and seasons?
This is how our sample service originated. From the idea that shopping for perfumes should be fun, easy and personal. And that wearing on-the-go perfume is super efficient. Because perfume is the most powerful accessory, don’t you think?
We’re on a mission. To make the most beautiful and exclusive perfumes accessible to you, everywhere and always.”
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know how much I love fragrance. In fact, over the seven years I’ve been blogging, I’ve reviewed over 100 different fragrances. I just love how scents can really alter your mood, or bring back memories and I really like to change up my fragrance everyday. Trying new fragrances is expensive, and I’m sure we’ve all been there, where you’ve spritzed a perfume on your wrist and instantly liked it, purchased it and then get it home to discover it didn’t wear very well throughout the day or the scent changed whilst it was on your skin.
That’s where Parfumado steps in. They allow you to discover a new fragrance every single month for £12.95, and you can choose which fragrance you want to receive from over 350 different perfumes. If you can’t choose, Parfumado even offer you the chance to allow them to select something for you too. For £12.95 you’ll receive an 8ml perfume through your letterbox each month, and the 8ml contains enough fragrance for 3 sprays per day for 30 days.
Alongside your chosen (or suggested) fragrance, you’ll get a beautiful luxurious travel case when you first sign up which you can use to make your 8ml bottles travel friendly, and they’re easy to switch up, you simply twist the lid and pull. I really like and appreciate that Parfumado allow some flexibility with their subscription, enabling you to pause your subscription or stop entirely at any time. If you need any inspiration on which fragrances to choose each month, they have an handy guide on their website with fragrances categorised by notes, or themes too.
The Parfumado team very kindly chose me a fragrance from reading my blog and knowing my likes and dislikes which was fun, and I was intrigued to see which scent they’d picked for me. The scent they chose is one I’ve never heard of before, nor the brand and it’s the Histoires de Parfums 1969 Eau de Parfum. I really liked trying the perfume without reading about it, or knowing the notes as a blind test and it is very much a statement kind of fragrance.
Histoires de Parfums 1969 Eau de Parfum has a pretty full on description;
1969, an erotic year…this perfume represents the sexual revolution and evokes an intense sensuality, accentuated by White Musk and intense Chocolate.
The carnal sensuality of a voluptuous bunch of Spices. In the trail of this oriental gourmand, mystery is tinted with eroticism that the mythical year of 1969 evokes without a blush.
Gourmand oriental; fem. & masc.
Top notes: Fruits of the Sun, Peach.
Heart notes: Rose, White Flowers, Cardamom, Clove
Base notes: Patchouli, Chocolate, Coffee, White Musk
The Histoires de Parfums 1969 fragrance is very strong and I can imagine it being a polarising scent as it definitely wouldn’t be for everyone. When you first initially spritz it onto the skin, it smells like melted chocolate and is a little sickly. However the initial sickly sweet chocolate scent warms and becomes a little spicier the longer it’s on the skin.
I can’t detect any peach at all, to me it’s all about the musk, coffee, chocolate and patchouli, and it reminds me of a chocolatey version of YSL Black Opium. It lasts on the skin amazingly well, and I love that it’s something I’d never have chosen myself but the Parfumado perfume monthly subscription service concept enables you to try brands and fragrances you’d perhaps not normally try.
I particularly feel like the whole concept would be absolutely perfect if you’re getting married, and want to choose a really special scent as the subscription will allow you to choose a different fragrance each month, and give the opportunity to wear test them before deciding which one you want for your big day. Plus the super sleek travel case would be just perfect for popping in your bridal clutch for scent top ups throughout the day.
If Parfumado is something you’d like to try now it’s available within the UK, you can subscribe via their website and begin the selection process.