A Subscription Box for the People: Debonair Scent review

     I’ve tested a couple of niche fragrance subscription boxes over the last year, namely the Canadian Scent Trunk and Chicago-based Olfactif. Because they’re so similar I was interested in trying something different that would change the way I see curated scent boxes and appeal to different audiences. It was a happy coincidence that Joey, the founder of Debonair Scent, reached out to me just in time, and today I’m going to be talking about what sets his subscription box service apart from the rest, and whether or not you should spend your money on it.

“Deb·o·nair, adjective: (of a man) confident, stylish, and charming.”

     First, I want to take a moment to make sure everyone knows what exactly a fragrance subscription box is, because it’s easy to get things confused. For a set fee the companies behind each box will send you either a personalized or generic selection of samples of a particular product (in this case, perfume and cologne) so that you can try them out and then purchase them (generally for a slight discount) on that company’s website. It’s similar to what Shoppers Drug Mart does with their Fragrance Sampler, but I think more exciting because you never know what you’ll get.

© Gil Segev 2016

© Gil Segev 2016

     You might be wondering, what makes Debonair Scent stand out? Well, are you familiar with the saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas?” Because it’s certainly true in the case of this Texan operation. For the $15* monthly fee (noticeably cheaper than the others) you get three decants of perfume (3 ml each) that Debonair Scent selects based on a profile you fill out during sign-up (typical retail samples are about 1.5 ml). Each box also contains a $15 voucher for their online store so that you can buy a full-size of your favourite, which ships free. Unlike the aforementioned boxes, Debonair Scent offers mostly designer brands, including Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Paco Rabanne to name a few. The bottles in their store range from $25* for a Giorgio Beverly Hills Wings all the way to $175* for Creed’s Green Irish Tweed. There are dedicated masculine and feminine boxes, as well as an “anything goes” option that’s great for gifting.

     So we know that Debonair Scent is a great value, but what about the actual scents they offer? Can they accurately hit the nail on the head based on a simple profile? As soon as I saw Versace’s Eros in my personalized box (one of my all time favs) I immediately knew that YES, they can! I gave Joey very vague guidelines about my tastes: “I like fresh, sweet, woodsy or floral, and I definitely stay away from anything with oud.” Still, his expertise proved he’s as good as any department store attendant. Besides Eros I also received Gucci’s Guilty Pour Homme and Azzaro Pour Homme, both new to me. Guilty is a 2011 release with top notes of lemon and lavender, a heart of orange flower, and a base of patchouli and cedar. On my skin the patchouli and lavender were really predominant, making for a really rugged type of scent that made me think of ripped jeans and leather jackets. Azzaro (1978) is made of a whole platoon of ingredients, like anise, violet, juniper berries, leather, tonka beans and more. The best way to describe Azzaro is “vintage;” it smells like old-school barbershop, deep and clean with a certain manly sweatiness. It’s definitely for the more mature crowd; no college kid should be wearing this one just yet!

© Gil Segev 2015

© Gil Segev 2015

     Of course, of the three options in this box Eros is my favourite. With notes of lemon, vanilla and spices it smells like a sexy night on the town – I love wearing it when I go out. It’s young, fresh, clean and slightly sweet. And I mean, look at that bottle!

     To conclude, the reason I like Debonair Scent so much is because they really seem to “get” their clients, and their product is undeniably a bigger bang for your buck. If you have an itch to try new things without actually leaving your house, signing up is a no-brainer. Of course, if you’re not the type to buy new scents every month you can share the savings with friends and family and keep the atomizers for travel and trial. Thanks again to Joey for organizing this review and sharing his awesome company with me! Excited to hear what my readers think of the scents they try out from Debonair Scent.

*Prices true at time of writing.

You can check out Debonair Scent at their website or follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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