About Scentbird

Still searching for your signature scent? Scentbird is a monthly perfume subscription service that promises members access to 30-day samples of men’s and women’s designer fragrances at a fraction of the full-bottle cost.

Founder and CEO Mariya Nurislamova was first inspired by the idea of a scent-sampling service as a teen. Mariya, nicknamed Masha, grew up in Berezniki, Russia—a place she describes as dilapidated and industrial. In an interview with Inc.com, Masha tells of her early appreciation for perfume; first her grandmother’s bottles of Red Moscow, then the growing collection of international favorites secreted home in the suitcases of an aunt.

What makes Scentbird special? Described by InStyle as the “Netflix for perfume,” Scentbird does more than give commitment-phobes an opportunity to try out products before shelling out hard-earned dough for the full-size version. To help members explore potential hits, the subscription service claims to employ technology to make smarter recommendations, tracking their feedback for future recommendations.

For bloggers, social influencers, and trendsetters, Scentbird offers an additional opportunity to earn through their affiliate program. We’ll look at the claimed perks in a bit, but first:

How Does Scentbird Work?

To begin exploring what Scentbird offers, you first have to sign up at their website. New customers will be prompted to complete an interactive quiz to help the service identify your preferences. Based on your answers, Scentbird will suggest different perfumes. You can then select the best options and place them in a monthly queue. For August, you could get Agent Provocateur. For September, Anna Sui, and so on for the length of your subscription.

According to Brit.co, customers who aren’t interested in signing up for a Scentbird membership can order individual 8 mL cartridges of perfume or cologne, the equivalent of a 30-day supply, without a subscription.

However, there’s a catch: Before you answer whether your preferences lean towards floral or woodsy—or place an order sans-membership—signing up requires that you enter your payment information. If you’re sure you want to shop, this isn’t a problem. However, know that customer reviews complain about unexpected charges (more on that later).

By clicking “Buy Now,” shoppers agree to purchase a continuous subscription right off the bat. A subscription results in monthly billing. Further, your Scentbird plan will automatically renew, which means the company can continue shipping you scents for a monthly fee indefinitely. Again, note that this is before taking a questionnaire or shopping Scentbird’s selection.

Once you’ve signed up for Scentbird, your first order will ship either between the 15th–18th, or the 25th–28th of the month, depending on when you place your order. All recurring orders are shipped between the 15th and 18th of the month. You will receive an email confirmation of shipment each month and should allow 7–10 days for delivery. Also, note that Scentbird only ships to the US.

How Much Does Scentbird Cost?

Scentbird offers customers three different ways to receive perfume: membership, full-size bottles, and gift boxes:

Scentbird Monthly Subscription (Membership)

A Scentbird subscription costs $14.95 each month, and includes free shipping of each month’s selection. Dedicated scent-lovers can save by signing up for one of their multi-month plans:

  • 6-months: $84.00 ($14.00 /month)
  • 12-months: $164.00 ($13.50/ month)

It’s important to note that, should you choose one of their two multiple month subscriptions, your card will be charged the entire fee at one time.

What do you get by signing up for Scentbird?

  • Upon subscription, you’ll gain access to over 450 scents—all guaranteed by Scentbird to be authentic.
  • Your first shipment will include a complementary carrying case to hold and protect your vial.
  • Each month, you’ll receive a 0.27oz spray of your selected scent. This is claimed to be 120 sprays, or enough for one month of moderate use.

According to Scentbird’s website, you may cancel your automatic subscription renewal any time by emailing them at support@scentbird.com. However, Scentbird does not offer returns or refunds of any kind on their subscriptions. (Something to consider before signing up for that multi-month plan.)

Scentbird Individual Bottles

Scentbird also sells full-size bottles of perfume and allows members to apply a single month’s credit towards the purchase price, resulting in a $14.95 discount. If a full-size bottle is too large, you can also purchase a single cartridge for $16.95. Shipping on individual bottles is a $7 flat-rate for orders $49 or less. Shipping is free on orders over $50.

Full-size perfume bottles (not cartridges) can be returned for store credit only within 15 days of purchase. (No cash returns.) Additionally, customers are responsible for the cost of return shipping.

Sending Scentbird As a Gift

Shoppers can choose to send either a Scentbird gift box or gift a subscription. Gift Boxes are available for both men (cologne) and women (perfume), and each includes three vials of scent. Options include:

  • The Hollywood Diva Set: Gucci Premiere, Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge, and Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
  • The Miss Heartbreaker Set: Dolce & Gabbana Dolce, Gucci Guilty, Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia
  • The Miss Pretty Set: Lalique L’Amour, Salvatore Ferragamo Emozione, Nest Fragrances Midnight Fleur
  • The Gentleman Set: Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme, Bvlgari Bvlgari Man in Black, Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men
  • The Trendsetter Set: Versace Eros, Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb, Gucci Gucci Guilty Black
  • The Mr. Billionaire Set: Bentley Bentley for Men, Paco Rabanne 1 Million, Tom Ford Tom Ford Noir

Each gift box costs $59.95 and includes the offer for one free month of Scentbird (for new members only). Shipping is free. Gift boxes can be returned within 15 days of delivery, although the recipient is responsible for return shipping.

What Is Scentbird’s Affiliate Program?

If you’re a blogger or social media trendsetter with a following, Scentbird offers an affiliate program that pays you to promote their service. The program promises the following perks:

  • A $7 commission on all Scentbird subscription sign ups
  • 45-day cookie length to track potential sign ups
  • Text links, product links, and banners to help advertise
  • Incentives and bonuses

Affiliate programs differ from multi-level marketing plans in that you’re not required to actively recruit customers. Instead, by placing a link to Scentbird’s store, there’s the potential to earn some cash.

These programs aren’t new and are used by many startups to help offset the high costs of advertising. While affiliates are supposed to disclose the benefits they receive (including free samples), sometimes it’s not so obvious.

This blurred line means that affiliate programs can make it difficult for consumers to know which blog posts positively reviewing a product are genuine, and which are purely promotional in hopes of earning the writer commissions. With that in mind, let’s look at…

Scentbird Reviews: What Are Customers Saying?

Blog posts reviewing Scentbird’s monthly subscription are generally positive, such as these from Mrs. Muffintop, Subscription Box Ramblings, and Beauty Blogger (dot) Reviews.

However, a look at the comment sections of one review reveals some less-than-happy customers:

Screenshots of Scentbird reviewsImages via ByAdvisor.com

Those two customers aren’t the only ones who have experienced delays with Scentbird’s shipping, either. Here are several comments left on the company’s Facebook page:

Screenshot of Scentbird’s Facebook page

While customers who have received their Scentbird shipment continue to leave positive reviews for their products, scrolling through comments shows that lagging shipment times and slow-to-respond customer service aren’t one-off concerns.

Scentbird’s Red Flags

Considering that Scentbird appears to send out the advertised size samples of genuine perfume, we don’t feel that this subscription service falls under the category of “scam.” Additionally, it’s not uncommon for newer companies to experience some growing pains (Scentbird is only two years old), which could account for their slower-than-average shipments.

However, due to our experience researching products, there are a few red flags worth noting:

First, Scentbird requires your credit card information immediately. This can mean that, unless you’re very careful about what you click on, you could end up with some unexpected charges. And remember, the company doesn’t offer refunds or returns.

Next up, Scentbird is an autoship program. As we mentioned above, these programs can result in unexpected charges (keep an eye on your credit card bill!) and are generally reviewed by HighYa readers as having poor customer service.

Related: Free Trial Offers & Autoship Programs Scams: What They Are & How You Can Avoid Them

Finally, because Scentbird offers bloggers and social media stars a $7 commission for each time one of their readers clicks a link to purchase, searching through reviews means that you’re likely to be subjected to some biased opinions—just something to remember if you’re on the fence.

Looking for Another Way to Sniff Before You Buy?

While Scentbird certainly seems to deliver a unique angle for trying and buying different perfumes and colognes, it’s important to note that they’re not the only game in town. Popular competitors include:

  • Scentbox: From $12.95/mo
  • Olfactif: $18/mo
  • Beautyhabit: Six samples for $11 (I’ve personally shopped for samples here and was very pleased.)
  • Luxury Scent Box: $15/mo
  • FragranceNet.com: Not a subscription service, but you can purchase many different popular scents in sizes as small as .02oz and for as little as $2.99.

Researching these options, you’ll find that many are priced relatively in line with Scentbird, and even offer many of the same perfumes and colognes.

How to figure out which option is best for you? For the most part, it could come down to a combination of price, scent availability, and overall online customer feedback.

Speaking of which, tell us about your Scentbird experience by writing a review below!

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235 Consumer Reviews for Scentbird

Average Consumer Rating: 3.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 132 4 star: 29 3 star: 18 2 star: 6 1 star:  50
Bottom Line: 74% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Like it, but SO very slow

    I enjoy the service and the products quite a bit, but the process from payment to package delivery is VERY, VERY slow. Seems to take about six weeks for delivery after payment. So payment for two months can be paid, and I am still waiting for product. Other than speed, it is fun and I love the handy size.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Great Investment!

    My smells always arrived on time and smelled every bit of great. I always received compliments when I wore any smell. My favorite was Prada. Shipping was always fast and effiecient. I loved the cover it comes with. Great, small value aside from the bigger version. True to size, amount, and usage!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Everything about them comes with an asterisk.

    • North Carolina,
    • Mar 18, 2018
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    The idea is good, but the customer service is terrible to non-existent. Shipping is incredibly slow, and some of the "deals" on the website are misleading like the free month with a purchase of a set.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Love the idea, but the customer service is non existent.

    • Rowley, MA,
    • Mar 8, 2018
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    I keep Scentbird because they have an awesome list of designer perfumes, and the price isn't bad. I love looking through the perfumes and adding them to my queue. My three-star rating is because I've contacted Scentbird at least three times asking questions and nobody ever got back to me! This was well over two months ago, so I know they aren't going to respond.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Quality. Dependable.

    • Shreveport, LA,
    • Mar 2, 2018
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    I’ve been with Scentbird a couple of years now. Never one for liking perfume, I wanted to start trying to find that signature scent, like some of the ladies that I work with who always smell so good. Since I have found a few scents that I truly love, solely because of Scentbird, I’m going to keep using them. Plus, every so often they send me a new spray container for my vials. That is super nice. They are always consistent with shipping and always send consistent, good quality perfumes. I will stay with them as long and until I find enough “signature scents.”

    Thanks, Scentbird, for always being dependable. That gets an A+ in my book.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Love it!

    I really like that I can have a mini collection of different scents. This is such a great idea. The value is great too. I got it for myself and my husband. He is loving it as well. The packaging is really cute. I just throw it in my bag and go.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Women that love perfume

    • Nederland, TX,
    • Feb 22, 2018
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    I love Scentbird because it gives me more scents instead of purchasing it and then I might not like it. It being shipped directly to my house keeps me from having to pick a perfume. I have to share with my stepdaughter too! I can't wait to continue enjoying this service.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Best subscription service EVER

    • Cave-In-Rock, IL,
    • Feb 22, 2018
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    I love, love, love Scentbird. I have always been a huge lover of perfumes, but it’s always so hard to pick just one. With Scentbird I don’t have to. I get some totally high-end, expensive perfumes for a great price and can wear a different scent every day.

    I highly recommend this service to anyone who likes to try and wear new perfumes often. The bottles last me longer than 30 days, and I can just throw one in my bag and freshen up throughout the day if needed. The price is right, and the product is amazing.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Love the concept and the scents

    The perfumes are great. I love the fact that I get to try new perfumes every month. The case is great quality. I've had a few issues with the website, which seems to be better now, and I'm working through a billing issue. They are very quick to respond and make things right.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Love Scentbird

    I would recommend this to anyone. They are great stocking stuffers, they are great in your purse, they don't break (they come with little cases with them), you get a new scent every couple of months, and you can choose your own scent, or you can have them send you one. I love it and would recommend it highly.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Love! Fav subscription!

    • California,
    • Feb 16, 2018
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    I have been VERY HAPPY with my Scentbird experience! I think the price is amazing and the products are awesome. I have been pleasantly surprised with the scents. There were a few I was not crazy about, but I just provided my feedback and was offered alternatives for the next trial. The perfume lasts a while too...gets me to my next month! And they are in a cute, easy, on-the-go container. I love this subscription! I am a huge perfume fanatic, and I am very happy with Scentbird!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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