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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Alternative Subscription Boxes | Perfume & Sweets

Subscription services seem to be taking over the world, there's pretty much a box for everything now, from beauty to pets, from books to sweets.


The Fragrance Shop Discovery Club Spring 2015* | £5 
The Fragrance Shop are on to a good thing here with this quarterly subscription service. Each box has seven different fragrances to sample along with some money off coupons. I often find perfume halls in department stores incredibly overwhelming and sometimes getting these little samples can be trickier than getting blood out of a stone, so this a great way to get to try out a bunch of different scents.

Inside the Spring Edition:
» Hugo Boss Hugo Woman
» Givenchy Very Irresistible
» Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir
» Versace Eros Pour Femme
» Versace Eros
» Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops
» Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Toilette

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Scoff Club* | £9.99 - £13.99
When the email hit my inbox offering to let us try one of the Scoff Club boxes Mark, my boyfriend, urged me accept. To say he has a bit of a sweet tooth would be an understatement. When the box arrived he was pretty excited but upon opening I think we were both a little underwhelmed.

I'm not sure what we were expecting, but I suppose it just didn't look like a £14 box of sweets. Maybe some candy striped bags or little labels would add something, but I understand this was one of their first boxes and perhaps they will get better over time. Presentation aside the variety was quite good, I hadn't had a flying saucer in yonks and the rainbow drops were a bit of a blast from the past too!

Are you subscribed to any services that aren't traditional beauty boxes? 

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46 comments:

  1. I love the look of the sweets subscription box but I agree, I'm not sure if it's worth £14. Still a good idea though!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  2. Great idea with the perfumes - I love those little samplers to try new scents as quite often they smell completely different once you've worn them for a little while, and if you sample too many in the shop it just gets confusing! Plus these fit in your handbag for a little quick spritz after a yucky tube journey! x
    www.lovedbylaura.com

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    1. Absolutely, I've certainly had many a confusing perfume hall experience! xo

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  3. I love these Fragrance Boxes. I can't pick a perfume from scent alone, I have to wear it and see how it sits with me throughout the day so this is the perfect way to try them.

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  4. I am not subscribed to any of these; not sure if they even do that in Holland :(. But the boxes look gorgeous (and delicious)!

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  5. I'd definitely give the Scoff box a go - however from what I can see, and what you've said, it doesn't actually look like you get a lot for £14? Worth giving a go or spend my money on something else?

    Thanks,

    Mark x
    That Gent Mark

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    1. The variety was good and I think the amount inside was okay, but I think I was expecting something a little different to what I could find at the corner shop. The retro sweets in the paper bags were my favourite part, takes me back to my childhood! I'd probably wait to see a couple more of their boxes to see how they do before subscribing. :)

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  6. I am a bit of a sucker for a subscription box- my favourite at the moment is the Happy Mail from A Beautiful Mess which is packed full of lovely stationary and cards- I love sending snail mail so it's perfect for a stationary junkie like me!

    xxx

    www.bloodyhellbrennan.com

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  7. If I was to subscribe to a subscription box for sweets I'd expect things like sweets I wouldn't normally find in the newsagents/sweet shop, nice bags, perhaps better presentation and maybe some info about the suppliers they have used. They have a good opportunity to source their sweets from indepedent small businesses. They could even have a particular theme each month depending on time of year, like a Christmas one and a Summer one and stuff.
    I love subscription boxes, my bank balance curses the day they were ever invented, but they have to be something special. Otherwise I might as well buy a cardboard box, go to Wilko's and buy some sweets and chuck them in the box, and then post it to myself.

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    1. I completely agree! I liked the retro sweets in the paper bags because it takes me back to my childhood, but there's room for growth there for sure. That's a brilliant idea about sourcing from independent small businesses! x

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  8. I always love the idea of these fragrance boxes! such a great idea especially for the price. ^^

    Shardin
    www.lifecellaustralia.com.au/blog

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  9. Both subscription boxes look fantastic - I would love the sweet box but I can't eat gelatine :( x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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    1. Me neither, there were quite a few veggie friendly sweets inside which was amazing x

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  10. Kola Kubes and Rosy Apples (think that's what they are called!) I used to be obsessed with them when I was younger. And pineapple chunks! I do like those little bags too, it reminds me of buying a 10p mix from the post office. xxx

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    1. I used to love post office pic'n'mix! xx

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  11. I love the idea of the sweets box, how nostalgic! I think it'd make a good gift too x

    Josie’s Journal

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  12. I've not heard f these boxes before but I like the look of The Fragrance Shop's box, simply because I buy scents but go off them quickly, so that would allow me to be 100% sure I like a scent before purchasing it. I've seen a coffee subscription box (the name escapes me) advertised on the web that I'm tempted to try though :).

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

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  13. Love the fragrance box! love how cheap it is too, i'm a sucker for samples. I think i'd be pretty peeved if i was paying £14 for a box of sweets and i didn't like many - i'm probably too fussy for that kind of subscription!

    Jen,
    jennifers journal xx

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    1. Me too, such a great way to actually get to wear a scent to see how it develops too <3

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  14. The Scoff box looks so cute although does seem quite pricey for sweets - maybe good as a one-off gift rather than a regular thing! x

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    1. I think you're definitely right there! x

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  15. Oooooooh the second box looks so good. I might have to give it a go...
    jaspooleblog.com // photography & lifestyle

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  16. The perfume one wouldn't really interest me, but the sweets would get my subscription twice over!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Haha can't beat some sweet treats <3

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  17. I love the idea of alternative boxes! I'm subscribed to Lootcrate which is a geeky box :D

    Casey - ATopsyTurvyBlog

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  18. I really appreciate the honesty about the Scoff Club box! Though if it's available in the states, I may as well try one month, haha. I don't know what it is about subscription boxes that I don't like - most of the time I feel pretty underwhelmed by the contents and even though other people absolutely love what they get, I don't feel the same about mine!

    becky ♡ star violet

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    1. I used to really love subscription boxes, but I do think the novelty is beginning to wear off a little for me so I totally get what you mean! x

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  19. The fragrance box sounds quite good! I like those sample vials and find they last a decent amount of time. I've tried Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir and found it to be really lovely :)

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    1. Me too, it's nice to be able to try a scent out for a while before committing to a large bottle! x

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  20. I am yet to give in to the temptation of a subscription box but I do love the idea. There are so many about these days I think I should go and investigate some more. What a shame you were underwhelmed by the Scoff one - sweets have such possibility to make people smile and it could be awesome if they get it right.

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    1. I know, it's amazing how subscription services have exploded over the last few years! x

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  21. I'm looking for a new food box, but that one doesn't quite jump out at me. I've looked at the fragrance one quite a few times as I do love my perfumes - but have the problem of owning so many that I absolutely never get through them! I think if it were all female perfumes and a bit more varied maybe I'd go for that.

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

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    1. Ahh me too, it's good that they last so long but it means that a collection soon builds up! x

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  22. Oh dear, I wish I could subscribe to the Scoff Club box. Something along those lines is a dream come true. But I recently discovered that sweets, especially soft or sour ones, give me mouth ulcers.

    Life ruined!

    xxx

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    1. Oh no! That's not fun at all! xx

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  23. I love the packaging of the Scoff Club subscription box! And wow I didn't know that there were subscription boxes for books! Are you subscribed to any? I'm going to need to check them out! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. I'm not, I think my book tastes might be a little too selective for them xx

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