During January my office became a little bit of a dumping ground that was unventured into whilst I was having some building work done in my home, so my Secret Scent Box delivery which had been lovingly put on my desk had become blocked by a barrage of boxes of things out of the way from builders dust. Once I started putting everything back in place once the builders and plumbers had left – I found January’s Secret Scent Box and February’s arrived a few days later.
I’m sure most of you have read my posts on Secret Scent Box before, but it’s a letterbox friendly monthly subscription that’s perfect for fragrance addicts. Featuring three different perfumes, often many are new and they often come at a mixture of price points. The packaging is lovely presented and would make a lovely gift for someone who loves to try out new fragrances. The box includes a card on each fragrance which is perfect for those who are interested in learning more about notes.
January’s Secret Scent Box Subscription
Calvin Klein Eternity Now
Eternity Moment from Calvin Klein is one of my all-time favourite fragrances, so I’m always excited to try out new variations from the line. This is a lovely newer one which has a lot of the same floral feminity that my favourite does, but instead of leaning more on the rose side this one has notes of neroli, peach blossom and peony. Top notes of this are listed as sorbet, which gives that fizzy quality on first sniff but soon settles down to be a subtle and spring-like floral.
Armani My Way
I was really excited to have this as I had smelt this on one of those tiny magazine sample cards and loved it! A new fragrance featuring very floral notes through the top and mid-notes of bergamot, orange blossom, tuberose and jasmine which is completed with Vanilla, Cedarwood and White Musks which warm up as the other notes dissipate slightly through the day. This has a slight fizzy quality to it which is really interesting. The wear time on this is great, I notice that it lasts really well through the day and I can still smell it lingering on me after 8 hours.
Guess 1981 Los Angeles
Another mix of fragrance notes with fresh top notes of redcurrant, mandarin and pear, mid notes of peony, orange blossom and jasmine, with musk, ambroxan, cedar, praline and vanilla at the base. I find the vanilla and praline notes particularly potent in that this fragrance feels more gourmand to me with hits of the fresher and floral notes almost immediately. This feels quite sexy to me and a very feminine fragrance.
February’s Secret Scent Box Subscription
Karl Lagerfeld Fleur de Murier
An absolutely stunning fragrance – this was love at first sniff and something that feels like it would slot right into my fragrance wardrobe. This is a lovely floral with hints of warm gourmand notes layered beneath, it’s elegantly feminine without being too much. The top notes of raspberry leaf, redcurrant and orange bring freshness with the floral mid notes of violet, orange blossom, lily of the valley and blackberry blossom. The base notes are warm vanilla, amber and sandalwood. It has a lot going on with floral, fruit and warmth, but it works and feels very well balanced. It’s not the most potent perfume but it has good longevity despite that. This is a slightly summery, but also perfect for year-round fragrance for me and may well end up on my list to get, the 100ml is very affordable at under £25.
Paco Rabanne Paco
I’m always intrigued about trying fragrances from Paco Rabanne since Olympea from them is in my top three fragrances of all time, and I’d never heard of Paco before and it’s not my usual fragrance type. This feels pretty unisex to me with top notes of Pine, Lemon, Orange and Coriander being very fresh with warm woody base notes of tonka bean, cedar, sandalwood and musk. This one isn’t my cup of tea so much – and one I think I’ll be more likely to use layered with something more floral or fruity.
Mugler Angel Nova
A new fragrance from Mugler always has me intrigued as they do such interesting fragrances. This is a simple notes perfume which is similar to the Karl Lagerfeld fragrance similar balances of fruit, and floral – with a woody base note that appears with wear. This is initially a bit on the sweeter side than the Karl Lagerfeld and leans more fruity where the other is more floral. Again, intensely feminine and another one I could happily add to my fragrance collection.
I think these are my favourite two boxes ever from Secret Scent Box ever, I feel spoilt for choice about which of these I want to use on a daily basis (apart from the Paco Rabanne) one which has fell to the back of the pile.
Thank you to Secret Scent Box as always for sending these across for me to try out, the trouble is I feel like I’ve been spoilt with too many potential favourite fragrances to add to my shopping list with these two deliveries.