Scentbox Reviews (2020): Is It a Rip Off?

Last Updated: November 14, 2020

Thinking about getting a perfume subscription? I have subscribed to Scentbox (one of the top subscriptions) on and off for years, so I will be sharing my in-depth Scentbox review! I will be sharing all about the subscription (including the good and bad). 

What is Scentbox?

Scentbox is an affordable perfume/cologne subscription box brand that was founded in 2016 by “the scent bros” Les & Craig Debula. Yes, It’s a legit company, so if you’re not going to be scammed.

How does it work? 

Step 1: Subscribe. It currently costs $9.72 (35% off) for your first month and then $14.95 every month after. 

Step 2: Pick your fragrances. You can schedule your fragrances up to a year in advance if you’d like. Personally, I enjoy going through and researching scents for each season, so I take the time to schedule out all 12 months. I’ll go back in and change scents if I find a new option I’d like to try. However, scheduling out this far isn’t required. 

Pro tip: They actually have a fragrance quiz that asks you a series of questions related to colors, moods, and scents to pick out fragrances that are perfect for you. This can be extremely helpful for those overwhelmed with the huge selection. 

Step 3: Wait a couple of weeks to receive your fragrance. They ship fragrances out 4x a month (the 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th) with an order cutoff 7 days prior. 

Step 4: Repeat! That’s it, each month you will continue to receive fragrances. 

My Scentbox Reviews

These reviews are going to cover five aspects of Scentbox: overall experience, price, variety of fragrances, packaging, and return policy! I will be grading each on a 1-10 scale (with 1 being horrible and 10 being out of this planet good 😍)

Overall Experience

Rating: 8/10 


As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been an on and off customer for over 2 years now (jumping from Scentbox to Scentbird and finally landing back on Scentbox).  

Sometimes I also take breaks because I don’t wear perfume daily, so I often have leftovers at the end of the month and end up with more perfume than I need.

Overall, I really enjoy the subscription! Here are a few of the top perks for me:

  • Allows for me to have a variety of fragrances in my collection
  • I can practice fragrance layering for cheap 
  • I get to try new scents from different brands frequently 
  • It’s relatively affordable 

I don’t know how many times I’ve purchased $50+ bottles of perfume to only end up using not even half of the bottle before getting sick of it or its smell changing because I left it in the sun. 

Or even worse, I purchase a perfume I loved in the store, but got home and ended up hating it. This is extremely frustrating, so Scentbox is a great way to avoid these issues. 

Note: If you find a perfume you like, buy the full bottle, don’t waste a month on another. Scentbox is only good for the variety and convenience, not the price per ML.


Rating: 7/10


Although $14.95 each month is pretty affordable, the bottles are small (8ml). If you are a bargain hunter and are looking for the best price per ML, Scentbox is not for you. 

The one thing I dislike about ALL fragrance subscription boxes is that they are more expensive than just purchasing a large bottle. 

However, the real value is in the ability to try out multiple fragrances every month, so I still gave this a pretty good rating. Sure, it’s more expensive, but the flexibility is worth it in my opinion. The fact that they also offer free exchanges is another great perk in my opinion!

Variety of Fragrances

Rating: 9/10


They have a huge selection with over 850 luxury fragrances to choose from for both men and women. Unfortunately, If you’re not subscribed you won’t be able to see the full Scentbox fragrance list. You can see a few of my favorite Brands, Perfumes and Colognes Scentbox carries near the bottom of this article. 

They do a great job of carrying a variety of collections for each brand. Don’t forget about the fragrance quiz! This REALLY helps and does a good job of picking perfumes you will like, I’ve never been disappointed.  


Rating: 10/10


I’m a little obsessed with the packaging that it comes in! Their high-quality spray bottles are super convenient, look luxurious, and easy to throw in your bag when you’re on-the-go. They also don’t leak and have 9 colors to choose from.

Even the shipping bag is adorable!


Exchange Policy 

Rating: 10/10


As mentioned in my Scentbird vs Scentbox comparison, the reason I like Scentbox better is it’s exchange policy! If you don’t like a fragrance, you can exchange it for FREE! Talk about caring for your customers 👍

Large Selection of Fragrances 

I can’t include the entire list of 850+ Fragrances, but here are a few lists of their top brands, including some of my favorites. 

  • Prada
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Valentino
  • Dior
  • Armani 
  • Balenciaga
  • Cartier 
  • Juicy Couture

My top perfumes: 

  • Dior Addict Eau Fraiche 2014
  • Dolce Vita
  • J’Adore
  • Modern Muse Chic
  • Prada Candy Gloss
  • Tom Ford White Patchouli
  • Valentino Donna Acqua
  • YSL Libre

A Few Colognes: 

  • Yves Saint Laurent Y
  • Tom Ford Noir
  • Spicebomb
  • Prada Luna Rossa Carbon
  • Invictus Intense
  • Hanae Mori
  • Armani Code Colonia

If you haven’t made up your. mind yet, you’re probably deciding between Scentbird and Scentbox. Check out my comparison review of the two!