Every month Secret Scent sends you a selection of three specially chosen scents. There is a mix of brand-new releases as well as more traditional and classic scents.
The box is conveniently flat and first right through the letterbox.
Inside you have three little spray vials of perfume, plus scent cards for each. These cards are especially useful if you’re still searching for your signature scent, as they tell you all about the different scents, with top, middle and base notes. They are an excellent guide to the structure of scents as well as giving you clues as to the types of things you might like.
The vials are a very useful size, as they’re the perfect tester as well as being small enough to use when out and about.
Elizabeth Arden – Green Tea Sakura Blossom
This is a new fragrance released just last year, and it’s particularly relevant in Springtime as that’s the tome of year for sakura, or Japanese cherry blossom. While I’m not usually a great fan of floral scents, the mandarin and bergamot make it much fresher and less overly ‘flowery’ than your average floral perfume. While it starts out a little sweet, it dries down very nicely and delicately, and has a lovely fresh scent. A perfect perfume for a warm breezy day.
Versace – Dylan Turquoise
I found this immediately spicy and then quickly the citrus notes came strongly to the fore. The woodiness comes thought a little later, but overall I find a sharpness to this scent that I’m not quite convinced by. It could plausibly could be a unisex scent, which ordinarily I like, but while I think it’s interesting it doesn’t quite hit the mark for me.
Lanvin – Arpege
This is an interesting inclusion in this month’s box because Arpege is a classic perfume, first released in 1927! It was reformulated in 2009, which is this version, but when it comes to classic vintage scents it retains all of the memories. Intensely aldehydic floral, this is a love-it-or-hate-it fragrance. Depending on your tastes (and age!) it can either put you in mind of elegant women of a hundred years ago, or something your grandmother might have worn! I’m slightly in two minds myself, I think it could work very well as an indoor scent in the colder months, but not appropriate for very young women or summer days. Either way, it’s a classic scent that’s great to be able to experience.