I’ve tried out a few subscription box services over the years; the concept seems especially tailored to this era of having to stay home. But with most services, they’re mostly like a big grab-bag — you take what they give you, even if it isn’t really “you” or they mailed the same item just a few months before. You get the same feeling as when you buy one of those holiday extravaganza kits and end up giving most of the products away. At some point, you realize that when it comes to buying, you just want what you want!
Now, there’s a subscription service that lets you pick all the fragrances that are sent to you, with no time length commitment. Purpl Lux by Fragrance.com has a selection of over 600 fragrances to pick from! I was happy to be hosted to experience it.
The library of fragrances spans from classic and historic masterpieces to cutting edge, cult favorite and indie scents. Whether you’re looking to recall a treasured memory or want to try something outside your normal comfort zone without a huge investment, Purpl Lux is the way to go. Some of the premium scents do carry a surcharge. You can select from any type, any gender. Fragrance.com is a company with a stellar reputation — this is not like ordering some dubious decant from an online auction site.
The 8 ml atomizers are housed in a twist-up metal atomizer — no caps to lose! It’s perfectly sized for TSA air travel requirements. Shipping is always free.
Hermes is a French luxury goods company that is almost 185 years old, having originated to serve the nobility. 24, Faubourg was created in 1995 by perfumer Maurice Roucel.
I experienced a crisp, chic top note — a big bouquet of jasmine and other white flowers. Then, notes of orange blossom and dark vanilla came out, deepening into a slightly woody, very warm base. Hermes describes it as “A sparkle of white flowers in the top notes, the radiance of a floral heart enveloped in iris, wood and mystery, while vanilla and ambergris set the tone for the sillage.”
It’s a light and feminine fragrance, not overtly suggestive.
Orchidee Vanille Van Cleef & Arpels comes from the heritage of the over 100 year old luxury fine jewelers beloved by royalty and the most iconic of celebrities. You may be familiar with their use of the exotic “Alhambra” shape.
This fragrance would be categorized as a “gourmand”, because of its many dessert-like notes, but this aspect is quite sophisticated and subtle. Did you know that orchid and vanilla are in the same plant family? So, it makes perfect sense that they would be harmonious in a scent.
I experienced bright flower notes, sliding into buttery vanilla. Then, it goes to a chic champagne note.
According to Fragrantica, this fragrance was created in 2009 by perfumer Randa Hammami. They list notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, vanilla orchid, tonka bean, bitter almond, mandarin orange, violet, white musk, litchi, cedar and Bulgarian rose.
I would definitely suggest this fragrance for sunny afternoon special events.
Joy by Jean Patou, was created in 1930 and is one of the most celebrated perfumes of all time. In fact, it was named “Scent of the Century” on 2000. It was composed of very costly flower ingredients. According to Wiki, Joy has a very interesting — and perhaps appropriate to current times — history: “Joy was created as a reaction to the 1929 Wall Street crash, which had diminished the fortunes of Jean Patou’s wealthy American clientele. Despite its elevated price and the depressed economic environment, Joy became a success.”
I experienced top notes of jasmine in what seems like modern aquatic notes — a sea of jasmine, not sticky oils or overblown. There is a white roses middle and for the base notes, I experienced petals with sexy spice musk, gardenia and tonka. Fragrance.com describes it like so: The fragrance opens with a fresh and scintillating concoction of Peach and leafy greens, at the top. The striking scents of Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, and Tuberose lend a sweet, seductive and feminine touch to the middle notes and uplift senses. With the warm and sensual notes of Sandalwood, Musk, and Civet at the base, this perfume for women is ideal for romantic outings.
It’s a grownup romantic fragrance.