Escentual Perfume Blind Trial Monthly Discovery Set Review

Hi, dolls!
I hope everyone is having a great Sunday! Today, I wanted to tell you all about a really fun perfume blind trial that I am a part of. If you're interested to find out all about these monthly discovery sets, then let's get right into the review!

This post may contain gifted items meaning I received these beauty products for free from the brand to try and test out. However, my reviews/opinions on products are always 100% honest and I'll only recommend items that I love!

What is the Blind Trial and how does it work?

Escentual was established in 2000 and they are one of the UK's leading online beauty retailers. Escentual's Perfume Blind Trial is the perfect way to try before you buy, and experience something different. Fun and interactive, you get to test and explode 8 sample-sized scents, and the cost is fully redeemable in Pretty Pennies - meaning you get £19.95 (the value of the box) off the total of your favourite fragrance from the website. 

There is a new box every month with a different theme - you can pre-order boxes and wait for them to arrive at the beginning of each month. Each box includes 8 x 2ml mystery fragrance sample and an exclusive invitation to the #EscentualScents Facebook group. That's the place where all the reveals take places - there's always two Facebook lives where the mystery samples get revealed and we find out all the fragrance names. I understand it might be frustrating to wait for a fragrance to get revealed especially if we really start to like it but think about it this way - the longer you wait, the more time you get to learn the notes and try to figure it out yourself. Also, as the Facebook group member, you get to discuss the samples with other members, and who knows, maybe even figure it out before the reveal day!

I was actually lucky to be gifted my first ever Blind Trial box in July and I've been a member ever since. I'm currently on my third discovery set and I am honestly enjoying it so much. Not only do I get to try 8 different fragrances every month but I also get to learn so much about different notes and fragrance categories. 

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Solar fragrances refer to perfumes that possess a sunny disposition. According to Thomas, AKA The Candy Perfume Boy, these are the fragrances that play with light and exude a warm brilliance that is entirely modern. 

The following fragrances were revealed in the Solar Discovery box:

I enjoyed the fragrances picked for the Solar box. The two I guessed before the reveal were Alien by Thierry Mugler (classic) and Libre Intense by YSL. My favourite is 4711 Original Eau de Cologne Splash which is actually a cult classic created in 1792 (!). Almost 200 years after, the juicy nuances of the fragrances have remained the same. It's currently available to purchase on Escentual's website for only £8.80 for 30ml. 

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Aquatic fragrances take inspiration from water, most usually the ocean. They are sometimes labelled as "oceanic" or "marine" fragrances because of this. This group of fragrances rely heavily on a material called Calone, which brings the impression of a sea breeze, crystalline waters and supreme freshness. 

The following fragrances were revealed in the Aquatic Discovery box:

August's Aquatic box was very fun to test, especially when I smelled E for the first time and realised it's one of my favourite fragrances out there - Cloud by Ariana Grande. In my opinion, it's a really good and affordable dupe for Baccarat Rouge 540! I also enjoyed Glow by JLo, I didn't think I would like it as much as I do now. 

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Fougere means 'fern-like' in French and describes one of the main fragrance families that also include Floral, Oriental, Woody, Chypre, Gourmand, Fruity and Citrus. Before receiving this box, I had no clue what to expect the samples to be like, however after trying them couple of times, I think it might be my favourite set so far! I really can't wait for the reveals of this one, let me know if you'd want me to do an updated post once all 8 samples are revealed. 

You can now pre-order your October discovery box - the theme is New Scents. It will help you discover the best new launches on site since June 2021. Expect to smell and discover niche, designer and luxury perfumes for all genders and preferences!

Final Thoughts
I love the Escentual's Perfume Blind Trial! As someone who constantly visits drugstores to smell different fragrances and brings home hundreds of samples, this is the perfect way to discover new perfumes monthly. Being able to sit down and study each sample as well as discuss it with other group members is really fun and I love the entire experience. If you love fragrances or know someone who does - this is the perfect set to try out and gift! 

Thank you to Ceryn and the entire Escentual's team for letting me be a part of this monthly Fragrance Blind Trial!

What are everyones thoughts about this Perfume Blind Trial? Is it something you'd be interested in? Can you spot any fragrances you love? Let me know in the comments! I'll be doing an updated version once the September box gets fully revealed xo  

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  1. Great review, the 4711 fragrance sounds interesting. I didn’t know perfumes that old still exists. Thanks for sharing x

  2. Never heard of Escentual or their blind trial, thanks for introducing me to it. It’s pretty great you can redeem the money for a bottle :)

    Sisi x

  3. This is a fantastic idea! I would love this blind trial!

  4. What a great idea! I wish this was also available in the States X

  5. What a good idea! I haven’t heard of them before. Thank you for sharing all the information.

    Lauren - bournemouthgirl

  6. This is such a cool idea! I would love to try out something like this. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is awesome, thank you for explaining what each fragrance theme means because I have no idea. I'd love to try out fragrances and finally find my signature scent. Do you have any recommendations for someone who loves sweet scents?

  8. i never buy fragrances without trying a sample first, so im a big fan of this discovery set idea. thanks for sharing x

  9. I love this review - trying out new perfume is always so exciting and I'm definitely going to look into this more x

  10. 200 year of perfume is really exist?? wow! great way to find out

  11. Great review of this perfume brand. But it is not available in Malaysia at the moment. Thank you for sharing.

  12. It's sounds like a great collab. I like floral scents and Issey Miyako and really good. And among the collections I likes fagore scents too. Great language written to review scents. Not that easy to do. Xx
    Isa A. Blogger

  13. Hi, any chance of an update of reveal of the scents here please? Thank you