Fragrance samplers and discovery sets are the buffet table of fragrances. Maybe you know going in what you like and don’t. Maybe it’s one big surprise and you end up finding something new and unexpected. Either way, the person on the receiving end of a discovery set gets to experience new and exciting scents, without having to commit to a whole bottle (and they come out with a couple travel sizes as well).
This Byredo set, dubbed Le Sélection Valentine, has six of the brand's iconic scents: Blanche, Mojave Ghost, Bal d'Afrique, Gypsy Water, Black Saffron, and Rose of No Man's Land. Each fragrance hits different notes, from floral and peppery to woodsy and warm.
The Bibliotecha Discovery Set from Ellis Brooklyn takes a fantastical approach to scents with Fable, Myth, Raven Rives, Rrose, and Sci Fi that feature bergamot, vanilla, rose and more. Want something a little more adventurous? The Adventure A Fragrance Layering Set includes Myth, Rrose, and Sci Fi, plus Mandarin, Patchouli, and Tuberose single-note fragrances to layer with them.
Le Labo’s large and in-charge scent library is almost unmatched. The best-selling Santal 33 is my personal favorite of any fragrance out right now (Commodity’s Book and Maison Louis Marie No. 4 both have similar scent profiles, at a lower price point). The Discovery Set includes Santal 33, Bergamot 22, Rose 31, Thé Noir 29, and Neroli 36.
Maison Margiela has some incredibly unique fragrances, and the Replica Memory Box is the perfect way of trying them all. With names like Lazy Sunday Morning and By The Fireplace, every scent in this collection evokes specific moments in time that could bring back some lovely memories. Scent is the strongest sense tied to memory, after all.
If the best-selling scent from a brand is called Not a Perfume, you’re gonna be intrigued. This Juliette has a Gun collection features a larger size of the single-note, base "not" fragrance, along with scents like Moscow Mule, Sunny Side Up and Another Oud.
The Portfolio Set from Commodity is an amazing catalog of simply-named but uniquely-formulated scents that are meant to be worn on their own or layered. It encompasses the brand’s three collections: The Black Collection (Book, Velvet, Gin, Wool, Moss), The Platinum Collection (Bergamot, Leather, Tonka, Orris, Vetiver), and The White Collection (Gold, Nectar, Magnolia, Rain, Mimosa).
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