Excuse me a minute whilst I gush like a fan. The Perfume Society Discovery Boxes are my new guilty pleasure. In fact, I don’t even feel guilty. They are my new obsession and The Perfume Society haven’t asked me to say so. I am besotted.
Years ago, when I was a slip of a girl (many, many years ago) my late grandmother gave me a wonderful Christmas gift. She had decorated a little basket with some fabric remnants, making a frilled lining, and filled it with beauty bits and bobbins. In it were bath cubes, setting lotion, a sachet of Shaders and Toners (remember them?) bath pearls and various other mini delights. It was such a cornucopia that I eked it out for a long time and have never forgotten what a treat it was to receive. I’ve had nothing like it since, but the old feelings came rushing back when I received my first Perfume Society Discovery Box a few months back. I’m now on my fourth and the thrill has not dissipated.
There is always a book of sniffing strips, postcards with notes about each perfume and discussion prompts in case you want to get a perfume club going ( and I do), and then last but not least, there is a selection of seven or eight perfume samples, often hard to get, and usually an “extra”, which in the past has consisted of Liz Earle skincare, Crabtree and Evelyn hand cream, and L’Occitane Roses et Reines hand cream.
This month I have the Beautiful Blossoms Discovery Box and it contains: a quad of Yardley floral EDTs, Miller Harris Couer de Jardin, Fragonard Jasmine, Jimmy Choo Blossom, La Perla Peony Blossom, Ruth Mastenbroek Amorosa, Agonist Isis, Chloe Love Story , Philosophy Amazing Grace and Elemis British Botanical Shower Cream.
I can sit there sniffing away of an evening with the TV on, blissfully trying stuff out for my blog and feeling very much in my element. It also means my sample selection has expanded in a way that makes my eyes light up like a miser in a goldmine.
So this isn’t a review of a perfume, but if you like perfume, these Discovery Boxes will save you a traipse round a High Street smelling of so many perfumes you can’t remember the name of the one you liked. Or they might fill a very pleasant evening of wrist sniffing whilst watching old reruns of House MD on Netflix with a cup of tea. Like what I do. Bliss.
The Perfume Society Discovery Boxes are available on the Perfume Society website for £15, although subscribers get first dibs and a discount.