5 Intriguing Fragrance Discovery Kits
One of the biggest trends to emerge from the global pandemic was the popularity of fragrance discovery kits. It was a surprise to everyone in the industry that fragrance sales grew at double digits year-over-year, even with price increases due to supply chain and ingredient sourcing issues. Canadians from coast-to-coast snapped up trial kits of niche fragrance brands exploring a wide range of styles and fragrant themes. Being forced to work from home, people could enjoy wearing scents without workplace fragrance bans. There were even scent parties where friends shared their discoveries and favourites, not unlike book clubs.
We’ve handpicked five really interesting fragrance discovery kits that feature unique and beautifully blended scents. What is wonderful about these sets is that you get to try fragrances you might not otherwise buy. Here’s the secret to getting the most out of each scent. Allow it to sit on your skin for 20 minutes before you make a decision. What might smell one way when you first spritz can develop and interact with your unique skin chemistry and change into something completely different. You may find a new signature scent.
Atkinsons London 1799 Discovery Kit
British niche perfumer Atkinsons 1799, official perfumer to the English Royal Court, offers a remarkable olfactory journey through its most iconic fragrances. Wait until you discovery the incredible Oud Save the Queen and Oud Save the King, two of the finest modern oud fragrances today. Mint & Tonic is a refreshing summer scent while Pirates’ Grand Reserve is a rum-fueled Caribbean cocktail. You’ll find twelve 2 ml vial sprays in this sleek set. For him and her.
Scent Style: a collection of luxury fragrances with a modern British twist
Key ingredients: Set includes 2 ml spray vials of: Oud Save The King, Oud Save The Queen, 24 Old Bond Street, The Other Side Of Oud, 44 Gerrard Street, 41 Burlington Arcade, Pirates’ Grand Reserve, Robinson Bear, Lavender On The Rocks, Posh On The Green, Scilly Neroli.
How to use: Spray twice on your pulse points. 1 ml = 10 sprays
Scent fact: James Atkinsons, founder of the brand, had a pet black bear he’d bring to his shop each day.
Mine Perfume Lab Sweet & Warm Discovery Kit
You may have never heard of Mine Perfume Lab before and that is because Canada is the first country outside of Italy that offers the artisanal scents. The brand is based in Naples, at the base of Mount Vesuvius where founder Max Annunziata and his team hand blend fragrances for him and her in a modern lab. There is a rich, layered facet to each fragrance thanks to the high quality of ingredients used.
Fragrance Description: This 8-vial scent fragrance discovery kit contains: Vaniglia & Mou, Philosophigue, Marghile, Ambre Café, Vanilla Smoke, Shamrock, Carnal Tuberose, Carme. Start with the wonderful Ambre Café, a warm coffee-floral with a hint of amber for warmth. Shamrock is an ode to Ireland that blends notes of whiskey, honey, jasmine and Italian citrus. While Carme celebrates the sensual aroma of tuberose. Truly artistic fragrances made it Italy.
Chabaud Discovery Set
If you have a sweet tooth, French fragrance brand Chabaud is for you. This small perfume house blends some of the most mouth-watering scents you’ve every smelled. Start with Lait et Chocolate (chocolate milk), a classic in France. Then move on to Lait Concentré which is the delicately sweet fragrance of French sugar cookies and fresh milk.
Fragrance Description: This Chabaud Discovery Kit contains 1.8 ml vials of Orangerie Musicale, Vintage, Caprice de Sophie, Chic et Boheme, Lait et Chocolat, & Caprice de Marie and Lait Concentré. Caprice and Marie will appeal to anyone who loves fresh fruit with notes of pineapple, blackcurrant and peach with a touch of caramel for sweetness.
Made in France.
Scent Style: a selection of classic and modern French fragrance samples that shows the range of Chabaud Maison de Parfum.
Bvlgari Allegra Discovery Kit
Allegra is Roman luxury brand Bvlgari’s ultra-prestige collection of women’s scents. Each is composed to express a different emotion you’d experience in Italy. From the sun-kissed Lake Como to the sophistication of a rooftop party in Rome, these eau de parfums contain the highest quality ingredients blended by master perfumer Jacques Cavalier. We are particularly fond of Riva Solare, a light and joyful summer scent. Made in Italy
Scent Style: a selection of five premium women’s fragrances inspired by Italy
19-69 Discovery Kit
Sweden’s 19-69 remains one of our very favourite nice perfume brands for its truly unique and fascinating fragrance blends. Founder Johan Bergelin is fearless when it comes to composing fragrances using unusual and rare ingredients that merge into something truly special. If you are looking for a scent that does not smell like anything else on the market today, this is the brand for you. This discover kit of seven scents is the perfect introduction to the brand. It contains the uplifting citrus-themed Capri that is sunshine in a bottle. Kasbah is a warm woody-spice fragrance inspired by the markets of Marrrakesh. We particularly like L’Air Barbès, a cold, light and fresh eau de parfum that is an homage to the different communities in Paris. Scent Style: a selection of truly artistic scents that blend citrus, woods, and spices
Atkinsons and Bvlgari Allegra are available in Canada exclusively at Holt Renfrew
19-69 is available in Canada at Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and Holt Renfrew
Mine Perfume Lab and Chabaud are available in Canada at thebay.com and select Hudson’s Bay stores