Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Scent Mail is the Best Mail

Without questions, scent mail is my favorite kind of mail. 
And when a Scent Split delivery is coming, I'm super stoked. 

Exploring Fragrances with Scent Split

Scent Split offers an extensive selection of fragrances to explore, which is especially fantastic for someone like me who doesn't leave near many stores that have niche perfumes to try. Where there is a will, there is a way though, right? And Scent Split is one of my most trusted places to discover various perfume houses. 

Being a part of a several online fragrance groups, I do keep abreast of what's trending, what might be a unicorn (hard to find) and the hidden gems. The majority of these scents can be found on Scent Split and sent to my home for a very reasonable price. Shipping is always fast and they e-mail you when the shipment is on the way (with a tracking code).

What Sizes are Offered?

You can buy full-sized bottles (in some cases). The splits come in different sizes, primarily a 
  • 1ml. dabber
  • 2 ml spray
  • 5 ml spray
  • 9 ml spray. 
I know a lot of people prefer the glass sprays (and Scent Split does use those) and they diss on the small plastic dabbers, but I only want a very small amount to try upon my initial experience, so the 1ml dabbers are perfect for me. If I know like something and want to have a larger decant for travel or to carry with me to work, then I order the larger 5ml or 9 ml. selections.

Ranking my Order

For my latest order, I opted to try 8 scents that have been on my radar for awhile. My thoughts on them are below.

Listed in my favorite to least favorite order:

1. Xerjoff: Apollonia (10/10) 
This is nothing like I thought it would be but it's so, so good. It's a very fresh, pretty (almost laundry-vibe) kind of scent. If you know Byredo Blanche, this is along the same lines as that one. This is a great day scent.

Notes; White Flowers, Iris Butter, White Musk
Such a delicious caramel/vanilla scent. It has a similar vibe to scents I already own, so I won't buy a full bottle of this until some of those are gone. I have little doubt that though that this will end up in my shopping cart at some point. 

Top: Vanilla Flower, Caramel
Middle: White Flowers, Frangipane, Cotton Candy, Dulce de Leche
Base: Vanilla Berries, Tonka Bean Absolute, Musk

This is chocolate done right. The notes say it has dark chocolate, but I kept thinking of milk chocolate and maybe a light anise when I wear it. The mid (as it was drying down) brought out an orange chocolate and very light cinnamon with something sweet, which was probably the vanilla. The base grounded the fragrance with what I determined to be a light sandalwood. Completely unisex and very well blended. This is expensive but worth it because it's such a unique scent. 

Top: Orange Bitters, Pimento Oil, Pink Pepper Co2
Middle: Agave Flower, Cinnamon Madagascar, Geranium
Base: Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Madagascar, Vetiver Bourbon, Indian Sandalwood

This is so good but it's soooo sweet. And for me to say that, a gourmand lover at heart, is really something. It's also a little waxy, but not in a bad way. It slightly reminds me of something from my youth, but I can't remember what (probably candy). 

Top: Banana, Red Fruits, Peach and Apricot Middle: Raspberry, Coconut and Vanilla Base: Caramel, Cookie, Toffee and Musk

Tropical. A little perfumy but in a good way. I like the passionfruit/lemon combo. Light and airy, a little sweet. This perfume is for happy days. Probably best in warm weather, though I wear all of my scents year-round. 

Top: Passionfruit, Cassis, Lemon and Fern
Middle: Carnation, Tea Rose and Lily-of-the-Valley
Base: Tonka Bean, Musk and Sandalwood.

The last three New Notes: Latte di Cherry, Liquides Imaginaires: Blanche Bette and M. Micallef: Ylang in Gold are all super popular in the world of fragrance right now, but they were not for me. 

The Biggest Surprises

The Good Surprise: 
In my past experiences, Xerjoff fragrances (except for the Casamorati line) are extra potent. That is not the case with Apollonia. Instead, you get a fresh and airy scent that is ultra clean. Definitely a big surprise.

The Not-so-Good Surprise:
I was a little surprised that I didn't like Blanche Bette since it has all the notes I generally like. It's a sweet fresh floral. I can definitely smell Tuberose. I think I get a super light incense in the mid. I was expecting something more milky based on the way people were discussing it. What it ended up being was a sickeningly sweet perfumy floral on me.

The worst surprise though, was Ylang in Gold. This fragrance has an almost cult following in the fragrance community, and it smells like banana, so I expected it to be fantastic. Turns out, I hated it. It started off light and pleasant, like a light banana or Nilla Wafer but then it turned. Before long it was a little too banana-y sweet for me, with some kind of food spice type of smell pushing it over the edge. Then it turned potent, like a spoiled banana smell filling up the room.  Shocked to say the least, but that's why I try before I buy. Especially happy I did not blind buy this expensive fragrance. I have gotten so good about not blind buying and next to never do it these days.

5 out of 8 Winners

Loving 5 out of 8 samples is a big win, so I consider this order a huge success. The one I'll probably end up getting a full-sized bottle of sooner rather than later is the Xeroff. I have some freshies in my collection, but not very many and none that have the scent profile of this one.

If you're loving what you see, don't hesitate to place an order with Scent Split


  1. This is such a great idea! I love the idea of gettin gscents to try in the mail.

  2. Well, this is pretty cool. DO they have this service for cologne? I'd be all about that.

  3. This sounds great. What a nice way to test out some scents.

  4. My daughter would love this! I will look into it. She's forever using perfumes.

  5. This sounds wonderful!
    I, too, am forever using perfumes!

    Hugs and blessings, Rosey

  6. This is a really awesome and cool idea! Teens are going to love this for sure

  7. Allison loves scents. They are usually where she gravitates when we are at craft fairs. I bet she'd love to get some scent mail. 5 out of 8 isn't a bad run. It's always fun to try before you buy!

  8. I love the sound of Mind Games and the Caramel Vanilla. I love perfume oils and sometimes order small bottles to try out.

  9. I’d love to try the latte di cherry. These perfume samples in the mail would make me happy too.

  10. I would love to try the Caramelo Vanilla although have to admit they all sound amazing

  11. This would be a great way to test out scents before you order the big size. I know I’m always hesitant to buy new perfume because it’s so expensive and I have no idea if I’ll like how it wears. Thanks for the review!

  12. Thanks for the introduction and review of these scents. I would like to try all of these - but the vanilla will be my first! Stephanie

  13. Yes, You are right! This is awesome, I will check this out more and try it!

  14. This is great! You get to try out different scents before committing to a full bottle.

  15. I need to look into this, I love perfume and sometimes I like to grab small bottle samples to try out just in case I don't like the scent.

  16. I love love love the idea, very unique and creative! I would love to get a few myself.

  17. This sounds lovely! My daughter has really been into perfume lately so I will have to look into something like this for her.

  18. Fragrance surprises can be both delightful and disappointing! It's great to hear that Apollonia from Xerjoff brought a fresh and unexpected twist to their typically potent scents. However, it's also a reminder of the importance of sampling before investing in full-sized bottles. Fragrance preferences can be quite personal, and your honest experience can help others make informed choices.

  19. Scents are such a huge part of our lives. So many smells surround us. Your journey into the perfumes is incredible.

  20. These sound amazing! I think I would love the Caromello Vanilla!

  21. I love fresh scents and I would like to try Apollonia! Sounds perfect for me!

  22. Mind Games is all over TikTok. At that price point you better try a split first.

  23. I love all scents! Thanks for sharing it! Hard to choose a favorite!

  24. Sounds new to me, I will definitely check more about it

  25. What a great service! My daughter loves scents, and this would be a lovely gift idea for her.

  26. I've never heard of it, but I love the idea! Checking it out!

  27. I absolutely loved reading about your fragrance journey with Scent Split! As a fellow fragrance enthusiast, it's always so exciting to find a reliable source for trying out new scents


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