I've always believed that a Fragrance can be beautiful no matter the price. Some might say that you get what you've paid for - that is somewhat true but not always the case. As a Fragrance Enthusiast, I can be a bit of a snob, preferring high brow and "artisan/niche" brands. So in this article, I talk about the remarkably cheap Fragrances by a brand called "Scent Republik".
The price point is incredibly low. In Australia, each Scent Stix only costs AUD$9.
In Australia, you can purchase these from Mecca Maxima (click here to shop there).
The three that I review here are the ones currently available to the Australian market.
For the rest of the World, please go to Scent Republik's own website (click here). They have a collection of six fragrances.
Very affordable. There are three scents in the collection. The are all cruelty-free. Each one is meant to convey a mood and they can be layered.
They are called:
The names and packaging are very "pop-py". The spelling of words "republik" and "stix" really conveys the aesthetics. I feel that they are made to appeal to a younger crowd - around teens to very early twenties, maybe even younger.
Outright, I must admit that these scent stix do not appeal to my aesthetics at all. I tend to prefer more artisan, niche and luxury brands. That being said, I am a strong believer that a fragrance when well crafted, no matter how cheaply made and/or priced, is still a good fragrance. It takes such incredible skill to create a beautiful fragrance, or put better, to create a fragrance that might appeal to some audiences.
Textas! Or Highlighting Pens
Roller balls are a great way to try out pricey Fragrances and I think this is Scent Republik's version of the "roller ball" but in a very fun way!
As you can see in the photo, they have the same type of "nib" as a highlighting pen or a texta that you might find in a stationery shop. When I opened them for the first time, I was quite surprised and delighted. How ingenious and fun!
With roller balls which are generally made from glass, I always feel a bit scared that I might drop them or they might break in my handbag. This "texta" format that Scent Republik is very practical! The cap of each "stix" fits tightly on them. Also, to apply the fragrance, you basically "draw" them on your skin.
You might think that these are like scented texta's for children. The concept is somewhat similar, but these do not smell bubble-gummy nor childish.
Each one has a description on the box of the mood that the fragrance is trying to convey. The description also indicates the notes of the fragrance. I guess you can call them "aromatherapy" for teens.
For "Whoosh", the description is:
"Make the day magic, feel the fizz! Get ready to fly with a boost of Raspberry, Strawberry & Cassis. Simply fantastic!"
"Whoosh" does indeed smell exactly like raspberries, strawberries and cassis.
The ingredients list is very short: Ethanol, Parfum (fragrance), Aqua (water), Limonene.
"Fab" is described as:
"Rock that frock! Work your girl power with Sweet Vanilla, Mandarin & Rich Praline. Fabulous and flamboyant, own it!"
The description of "Fab" is spot on! I actually really like this combination. Vanilla and praline work wonderfully well with each other.
The ingredients list for this one is a bit longer: Ethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Geraniol.
"Chill" is described as:
Time to relax. Kick back with the scent of Marine Aqua, Apple Blossom & Sweet Citrus. Be Free!
This one smells strongly of apples and citrus fruits. It does have a touch of freshness like how your skin smells after a day at the beach.
The ingredients for this one are: Ethano, Parfum (fragrance), Aqua (water).
From the relatively short list of ingredients, I can't tell if "natural" ingredients were used. Most likely, given its price point, the fragrances are made from synthetic fragrance chemicals.
Also they each state that these are not suitable for ages 0 - 5, and that they are flammable. So for families with young children, I would recommend that these be stored far away from little hands.
I think these are a good and inexpensive way to enter the World of Fragrances. They are fun and they do smell nice. I particularly like the "spill safety" of their packaging.
Though it might appeal more to teenagers, these are perfect to carry in your purse or gym bag for a quick refresher.
I've tried layering the scents in various combinations and have come up with what I personally feel are fragrances that are on par with some of my favourite "high brow" ones.
So it really depends on your personal aesthetics. For me, as mentioned earlier, it's not the price that "makes" a fragrance but rather the composition of fragrance. These smell exactly as they are described.
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