No matter your gender or where you go to shop, the process of purchasing fragrances is usually both expensive and headache-inducing.
The smell of perfumes and colognes being spritzed and sprayed everywhere can be completely overwhelming to the senses. I don't think there was ever a time that I walked into Sephora or a Macy's cosmetics department and thought to myself, "Wow, I can really breathe in here!"
In an effort to make buying fragrances a little less overbearing and a little more cost-effective, a relatively new startup called Scentbird has created a new way of exploring perfumes and colognes — this time from the comfort of your own home.
Scentbird uses a subscription-based model to send a 30-day supply of your choice of designer perfume or cologne right to your door each month. They have thousands of colognes and perfumes from both new and legacy brands (like Versace, Gucci, and Tom Ford) so you can opt for the ones you know and love, or experiment with some scents and brands you've never heard of. The whole idea, according to the brand, is that you'll be able to "date perfumes before you marry them."
If you're worried about buying fragrances online, I get it. But honestly, don't be afraid to try! The site includes a profile of each fragrance with a breakdown of all the notes and layers it comprises so you get a better sense of how it smells. You can even sort their offerings by scent type, occasion, personality, and season.
Basically, Scentbird makes the process of sampling and building out your fragrance collection a whole lot less expensive than buying travel-sized bottles from department stores.