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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185 Consumer Reviews for Scentbird

Average Consumer Rating: 3.7
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 101 4 star: 23 3 star: 13 2 star: 6 1 star:  42
Bottom Line: 72% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Not getting items

    • Dos Palos, CA,
    • Jan 19, 2018
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    I have not received my items on three occasions. And I received a duplicate on one occasion. I am not happy with the service, and the site is hard to navigate and sign in. I would appreciate it if Scentbird would fix these issues.

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

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  • Very satisfied

    I have had my subscription for a few months now and have loved all of my perfumes. I love the little black case and carry it in my purse. I have received many compliments on my fragrances. I always say I got it on Scentbird.com.

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

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  • Best of the best

    I love Scentbird, and I would recommend them to everyone! Thank you, Scentbird team, for this genius idea. I’m always trying new perfumes and am using them everywhere, so now I can say I’m a perfume addicted person.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    I heart Scentbird

    Everything about Scentbird is a positive experience, from beginning to end. Scentbird has a wide variety of scents ranging from the top to the bottom of the brands. Ships super quick too. I have been a member of the Scentbird family for a long, long time, and I will continue to be a part of them. I heart Scentbid.

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

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  • Too bad I cannot order the same fragrance two or more months in a row

    I really do love the service of trying new fragrances or ordering a favorite scent. But recently I tried to order the same perfume two months in a row and was told I had to wait another six months to reorder the same scent from the prior month. I am guessing this is a new policy because I have done this before and was very happy to be able to do that. Is there a reason for the change?

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    I really enjoy Scentbird

    • Pensacola, FL,
    • Jan 14, 2018
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    I love my subscription to Scentbird for two reasons.

    One, makeup is EXPENSIVE, and perfume is extra expensive, but you spend a relatively small amount monthly to try high-end perfumes without the big bottle commitment. I like that it is delivered to me; no going out to the mall and fighting crowds.

    Two, it's a treat a luxury I don't need it, but I like it. It's fun, and it's a nice way for me to pamper myself without spending tons. A bonus is if I don't like the scent I tried, I give it to a girlfriend that I know will.

    I really do love Scentbird.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Great way to sample

    I love the updated option to receive three fragrances a month. It allows me to try out more fragrances faster and I love having more than one new option a month. The size is large enough for me to try the scent a few times and see how it mixes with my body chemistry before I decide to buy or not buy a larger size. The small size with a case is also a great way to introduce designer fragrances to a teen as a gift to carry in her purse.

    Overall I really enjoy Scentbird, but if I could change anything, I would have a 5-month option. Right now I will not get through my entire queue until 2020. With all the new fragrances coming out, more options a month would be worth it.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Always happy to receive a new cologne each month.

    I first heard of Scentbird from a few friends' posts on Facebook and was hesitant at first, but decided to try it out.

    My favorite scent so far is "Fat Electrician." The bottle had leaked and something was wrong with the pump mechanism, so I contacted Scentbird, to which they happily replaced the bottle.

    My friends and neighbors are always asking me what new colognes I've received and I'll let them go through the various ones here. I've tried to get them to sign up with these guys, even offered to help them with the easy process, but they just are hesitant for their own reasons or don't have the finances available to become members, unfortunately.

    I hope to stay a long time member of Scentbird myself. With an income that doesn't cover my rent fully and an account that charges overdraft fees, it gets costly, but I'm still hanging in there.

    Scentbird, if you guys could come up with a cologne to help with depression, that would be my favorite pick.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Wonderful experience

    • Newport News, VA,
    • Jan 13, 2018
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    I’ve only been a member for about six months but so far have really enjoyed it. I was only disappointed once when I didn’t find my fave scent, but have come to love the new scents that I’ve tried. I was pleased to find a couple of new signature/go-to scents and have gotten quite a few compliments. The price range is perfect, and for the most part, the options are too. Love it.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Love this Scentbird

    The experience is top notch. Shipping is always on time. They have colognes that are not available in Arizona. Every month it's like it's my birthday. You get to try all the new stuff for a very reasonable price. Keep up the good work.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money

    I first joined Scentbird back in September 2017 after seeing a Facebook video on them. I couldn't wait because the girl kept saying "they sent three each month" and it was sponsored by Scentbird. However, after joining, putting my card info in, it turns out they only send one per month, and that three is for the people they sponsored who make the videos. So it was misleading. I canceled right away, and they still charged my card and sent a tester.

    Fast forward to December. I wanted to look on the items for my order info, so I reactivated so I could get it (it wouldn't let me any other way), then canceled right away. Guess what appears in the mail? Yep, another bottle. And my card was charged again.

    Ok, whatever. But the problem is the perfume in the testers isn't real, or it's highly watered down.

    So I do have actual bottles of perfume I love. I have Armani Code, D&G Light Blue, Escade, and if I spray before work or going out, I can smell it all night.

    The tester bottle they sent me was Burberry. I sprayed it like I normally do my other real bottles, and by the time I get to work, nothing. You can barely smell a whiff of it on my sleeve, but that's it. My bath and body mist is better than that tester.

    My opinion is, they are scam artists.

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

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