Ever wander up to a fragrance counter and think that all the perfumes tend to be a bit of a "been there, smelled that" situation? Us too. So, you'll understand why our ears perked up about the launch of Olfactif, a niche fragrance discovery and delivery service. Yes, you read that right: This is a beauty subscription company that specializes only in niche fragrances, the kind you'd never find being aggressively spritzed at you in a department store. Fragrances that, according to Olfactif, "Feel just a little different, somehow, because they were created with uncommon care." Well, color us intrigued.
Rather than wasting our lives away smelling every single thing in the perfume aisle (not that we do that, or anything), now we can let the experts take us on a professional monthly scent excursion. And the best part? Because we're so excited about it, the kind folks running this situation are giving R29 readers a super-special promo code: Enter R29ARTOFPERFUME at checkout to get the first month free! The code will work until May 15, but even without the code this is still a good deal — it's only $18 a month. And, if you happen to find a perfume you really love in your sample box, Olfactif will stock full sizes of the featured fragrances on their site and you'll get an $18 credit each month to put towards the purchase of those scents.
The May collection you'll receive when you sign up (and it's free, so why wouldn't you?) is called "Fleurs de Mai" and features visionary female perfumers like Ineke Rühland, Maria Candida Gentile, DelRae Roth and Michel Roudnitska. We're particularly excited about the fragrance by Ineke Rühland, "After My Own Heart," which apparently smells like "a lilac bush dancing on the air of an evening walk" and has a warm sandalwood base. How dreamy does that sound?
We actually can't see any downside to this deal, except of course the fact that someday we'll run out of room for all of the perfume bottles we're about to start hoarding. 'Til then... bring it.
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