This Fragrance Friday, I’m excited to share with you both a new fragrance I’ve been wearing, and a new fragrance subscription service, Scentbird New York.

Have you heard of Scentbird? They’re a luxury fragrance subscription service offering subscribers, for $14.95, a 30-day supply of their choice of perfume. Scentbird has over 350 luxury fragrances to choose from, so no matter your scent preference, you’re sure to find something.


In order to try out the Scentbird subscription service, I was provided a 30-day supply vial of Shalimar Parfum Initial packaged in a sleek purse spray .  Shalimar Parfum Initial is described as:

A luminous amber-floral fragrance. The fresh, citrusy burst of bergamot gives way to a delicate floral heart: an orchestrated overdose of rose, jasmine, and iris. Its base of vanilla and tonka bean instantly creates addiction, like the captivating feel of cashmere on bare skin.

Initially, when offered to review Shalimar Parfum Initial, my thoughts were, “This is such an old fragrance.”  I mean, my aunt used to wear it.  Dating back to 1921, Shalimar is definitely a classic scent. However, I was reassured that Shalimar Parfum Initial is an “…updated, younger version…”  They were right! I am absolutely in-love with this fragrance!

Although I do miss the sparkling citrus opening, I do notice the middle notes – iris, rose and jasmine – a lot more.  For me, it opens immediately into a beautiful soft, powdery iris, and then I get a hint of amber and vanilla.  The iris is what got me since it’s the same thing that had me stuck on Guerlain’s Insolence.


Sillage is pretty good. I noticed that iris and soft powder notes last longer on the skin than any of the others.  As far as longevity, Shalimar Parfum Initial doesn’t wear on for hours on end like other perfumes I own.  I’d say I get up to 5 hours wear.  But, thankfully, the Scentbird vial is compact enough for me to tote around in my purse.  I’m thinking this vial will last me quite some time, too.

Although a young, feminine fragrance, I don’t think Shalimar Parfum Initial is for everyone. To me, it screams, ‘I’m distinguished, elegant, and classy.’ It’s for a confident and sophisticated woman, who’s comfortable with her sensuality.  Dare to wear it during the day, which I have, and love.  But, I also think it makes a great date night scent. Either way, I say, ‘Wear it at your own risk.’ .:wink:.

I’m happy Scentbird suggested and scent over Shalimar Parfum Initial for me to test out.  I love it.  I’m going to pick up a full-sized bottle to add to my perfume collection.

Scentbird New York

At $14.95 a month, Scentbird is an affordable way to try the luxury fragrances you’ve been lemming over, but just can’t bring yourself to spend the money on at the moment.  The monthly subscription fragrance service is also a great way for those individuals that like change, and would prefer to not spend money on a large bottle of perfume they know will just sit on their dresser for days at a time without use.  Oh, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, a Scentbird subscription would certainly make a great gift to your special someone.

Makeup by Kim Porter readers can enjoy 25% off of their first Scentbird perfume with Code: SCENT25

What do you think about the Scentbird fragrance subscription service? Will you try it?

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