Gift Ideas: The Best Body Products

Gift Ideas: The Best Body Products

A luxe body product is always a great gift for the beauty junkie in your life, as we are more likely to buy a bottle of Olay at the drugstore for ourselves while hoarding our deluxe make up and perfume. A splurge on a body product is a luxury we reserve for gifts and they are always welcome! Here are some great ideas for someone who could use some pampering wrapped up with a bow:

Lancome’s Body Milk Accord 3 Roses is a gorgeous and rich body milk, gently scented with roses and full of skin quenching and beautifying ingredients. Scented with the classic Lancome rose accords and full of rose-y goodness, this is the perfect gift for anyone who loves Lancome, soft roses and body lotion.

Lancome Lait Corps Fraicheur $46

Why not elevate the everyday washing of our hands to something scented & luxe? Jo Malone’s new Blackberry & Bay line has a fresh, clean & unisex scent to wash away the grime of the day and the most stubborn cooking odours. Plus the bottle of hand wash just looks fab on the kitchen or bathroom counter. Buying info here.

Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay $50


Chanel just released a gorgeous cream to accompany their Exclusive line of perfumes, their Fresh Body Creme is “Subtly scented to flatter any fragrance in the LES EXCLUSIFS Collection, this exquisitely soft, light cream envelops the skin with pure luxury. The sumptuous cream is perfect for layering, for the ultimate LES EXCLUSIFS experience. Presented in a beautiful coffret.” So I can’t really say it any better than Chanel- doesn’t that sound gorgeous? My opinion- this cream would work with ANY Chanel perfume. So if you have a Chanel lover in the house, this cream is a must have! Available at select Chanel counters, boutiques and online.

Chanel Fresh Body Creme $130


 It wouldn’t be a luxury body product post with La Mer! If someone you know deserves the ultimate pampering product from head to toe, then why not splurge on the legendary La Mer Body Creme? Full of the famous La Mer goodness, “Like a seaweed wrap in a jar, this rich cream saturates skin in a wave of long-lasting hydration. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, it helps break the cycle of dryness and dehydration to give skin a new softness and suppleness. …” Well. Sounds perfect to me! Available at La Mer counters in department stores, Holt Renfrew in Canada.

La Mer Body Creme, starting at $160


Don’t know where to start? Then allow me to suggest the ultimate pampering gift from New York’s premiere fragrance and skincare experts at MIN New York. MIN New York offers a Bespoke Concierge Consultation – a one on one  complimentary session  to select the perfect fragrance, gift(s) or grooming tool for you with house experts Chad Murawczyk or Mindy Yang. A bespoke profile is set up for you during your visit or phone call, and the cost of this session can be redeemed for the product(s) of your choice. Chad & Mindy have made it their mission to search the world for the finest in elegant beauty, grooming and fragrance – you can give the gift of their expertise and a choice of some the most gorgeous products you can lay your hands on. Forget a gift card. This is the gift that keeps on giving.

MIN New York Bespoke Concierge Consultation $95


Next up will be fragrant gift ideas of perfume and cologne…

Orange Blossoms Bloom On Warm Skin

Orange Blossoms Bloom On Warm Skin



The orange blossom is one of my favourite little white perfumed flowers. Orange blossom is the fragrant distillation of fresh bitter-orange flower. These oranges are too sour to eat, but it is that bitterness that makes this the most aromatic of the orange varieties. The leaves become petitgrain oil, and the delicate white flowers become neroli and orange blossom absolute. It plays very well with many other perfume notes, staying pretty, feminine and delicate when paired with other floral notes, especially white flowers. It can also be sensuous and rich when paired up with woodsy or resinous notes, and perfectly unisex. And, of course, it enhances citrus notes beautifully. There is a lovely soapy aspect to orange blossom scents, which of course, I adore. I have a L’Artisan Parfumeur candle in Oranger en Fleurs and it is heavenly, filling the room with a heady fragrant orange blossom haze.

So- you like orange blossom, but how to wear it as a perfume? Should you choose a soliflore, a scent that features orange blossom all on its own? Or perhaps a lovely mix? Here are some of my favourite orange blossom perfumes, from cheap and cheerful to decadent and rich.


Yves Rocher Pur Desire de Fleur d’Oranger: Don’t be fooled by the amazingly reasonable price of this one. It is like delicate little blossoms floating in a cool stream. It never overwhelms, and smells like clean warm skin. It is almost always on sale for half of the reasonable price as well. Get it, you won’t regret it.


Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne: This is the loveliest, simplest pure orange blossom, uncomplicated by any other notes. It is refreshing, clear, and almost watery. Also,  probably one the best summer perfumes out there. Her scented body products in the Orange Blossom line are divine, and the Jo Malone Orange Blossom Candle is one of my all time faves.



L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons: This is my personal favourite orange blossom scent. Light as air, as the name implies, the orange blossom is lifted up by the most delicate jasmine and tuberose, with a little lime blossom to tone down the sweetness. It is sheer, feminine and soft, if not a little fleeting. I often am most in love with the fleeting scents. They are always the most delicate and I would rather reapply then with I could wash something off. To me, La Chasse aux Papillons smells like a sunny summer day under a tree of orange blossoms. Beautiful.



Diptyque L’Eau de Neroli: A lovely shared orange blossom with notes of neroli and bergamot. The bergamot, while still citrus, has a tart and gently spicy aspect which keeps L’Eau de Neroli from veering off into too floral a perfume. Which would make it delicious on a man. Not perfumed, just clean and fresh, and making you want to lean in a little closer to that warm skin, perfect for someone who does not want a strong scent. Cool and green on the top, there is a lovely slightly woodsy dry down.



Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger: Ok, now we are getting serious about orange blossom. Lutens perfumes have a cachet and intensity like no other perfumes on the planet. This is not a polite orange blossom, and frankly is a bit much for me, but I can appreciate it’s artful beauty. Loads of jasmine and dirty tuberose amp the orange blossom up to impossibly sexy and, yes, even dirty levels. For the confident perfume wearer, and I’d also say for those with the type of skin that eats up a light airy perfume. Orange blossom can be fleeting on some skin types & if that’s you, try this. Also available in the US here.


Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Collection: This is the luxe top of line orange blossom of the gods perfume, if that is what you are looking for. Tom Ford is a perfectionist and his gorgeous perfumes reflect this. Neroli Portofino is a simple scent, but it is lovely, elegant and perfect, if a simple orange blossom scent is what you want. It is cooling and fresh, and would be perfect on a hot summer day. It’s sort of like orange blossom essence in an icy cool waterfall. Yes, that’s it.

I know I’ve missed some, but I had to stop somewhere! Tell me what your favourite orange blossom scents are? Is it perfume? Is it a lotion, or other body product, maybe even a soap?

Stick Your Nose Into A Bouquet of Jo Malone Red Roses

Funny – I realized the other day that I had never tried Jo Malone Red Roses. I always have so much fun at the Jo Malone counter, trying this with that, and trying new combos on my skin. I’d likely sniffed a Red Roses tester bottle at Neimans or Holts, but it has never been on my skin. Thought it was high time to rectify that. Especially given my recent penchant for rose here & here
Jo Malone is known for her soft and simple perfumes, and Red Roses is about as simple as it gets. It is just rose, and somehow it does manage to communicate a “red” rose. There are some supporting notes, a hint of lemon, mint and violet leaves. And by hint, I mean hardly. The lemon is the only note that stands out to me in the top, and its the one note I could do without. I don’t really understand why one would put lemon with rose- rose to me is rarely overly sweet and if anything, tends to a sour note all by itself if done wrong. Suffice it to say, I am happiest with Red Roses when the lemon dissipates. Which thankfully, doesn’t take long. Once the lemon is gone though, Red Roses is a lovely, elegant and simple rose. It smells like the kind of scent worn by someone who doesn’t have to try to hard to be sleek and stylish. Someone who throws on a man’s white shirt over her jeans with aplomb, wears little or no make up, and can pull her hair back without a hairbrush and look fabulous. Minimal but classic accoutrements – red nails, maybe a red lip too.
I like wearing Red Roses. It appeals to my recent need to wear simpler and lighter fragrances. It layers beautifully with any white floral scent as well. I love it with JM White Jasmine & Mint, and it is particularly beautiful with Keiko Mecheri’s Jasmine. The Jo Malone site recommends layering it with  Grapefruit or Nutmeg & Ginger. Hm. Maybe…I have samples of those so I must give those combos a try. I love the sweet touch of making the perfume itself pink- it just looks so pretty on your dresser. 
Imagining the scent of Red Roses wafting through my bedroom if I had the Red Roses Bath Oil…Not to mention the Jo Malone Red Roses candles. They smell divine, and I dearly want the David Hicks designed version! Elegant, understated and beautiful.
Smell Sexy & Beautiful

Smell Sexy & Beautiful

Just dabbing a bit of perfume on before bed…what? Of course I wear my fur to bed, silly!

This is a tough category, as we all have our own ways to feel sexy and beautiful, and the scent we choose is no exception to that individuality. I do think there are seasonal sexy scents, some work better in warmer weather, some in cooler weather, and there are different kinds of sexy. Fall is coming though, with soft cozy sweaters and wind whispering through the leaves as they fall to the ground. This puts me in mind of warmer skin scents, the kind you like to wear to cuddle up. These are a few I really enjoy wearing. They make me feel beautiful and cooler weather is perfect snuggling weather.

Etro Heliotrope Heliotrope is a neat perfume note,  simple and soft, from the flower of the same name. It is said that the flower smells like cherry pie, and there is also an almond note. So you can imagine it drifts off into gentle marzipan territory, and even a bit of Play-Doh. My daughters love this one, and my younger one Brigit perks up her ears if I say “oh this perfume has that Play Doh note” as she loves.  Etro Heliotrope is full of many notes like  orange blossom, almond, jasmine, heliotrope, rose, tonka bean, musk, and vanilla, but the heliotrope is the star here. This perfume is soft & wears very close to the skin. Longevity is so-so but that is to be expected from a soft perfume. This perfume is comforting, cozy, and pretty but also unusual and unexpected- always a compliment getter. I wrote about Etro Heliotrope here.

Chanel Bois des Iles What can I say about Bois des Iles that I didn’t say here? This is a gorgeous stunning perfume that is always right. The sandalwood & jasmine combined with the sparkling aldehydes make Bois des Iles perfect, especially in cooler weather. Wear this perfume and watch them melt in your wake. Perfection. Since it’s re-release as part of the Chanel Exclusif collection it was only available as an edt in 200ml bottles aka jugs. I am happy to report it can be had in 75ml bottles now. They show up on Chanel’s website, but you will have to check your local Chanel boutiques for further shopping info.


Guerlain Mistouko Mitsouko was created in 1919 so lets get right to the reformulated versions that are available to the average human today. Yes, you could scour the interwebs for vintage Mitsouko, it is divine etc etc. However, I own the current version in eau de parfum concentration and find it absolutely beautiful. It is a fruity chypre, with peach being the dominant fruit with a drydown to a divinely rich & complex base grounded by oakmoss. It is the Guerlain magic that happens in the middle that is so hypnotic & gorgeous. It also features bergamot, jasmine, may rose, cinnamon, vetiver, and woods and they are woven together so seamlessly it is a challenge to pick them out. The warm vanillic Guerlinade makes this perfume perfect for cool days. It is so different from what you smell on the market these days, and never fails to elicit an “Oh my gosh, what is that gorgeous perfume?” when I give someone a hug.


Ungaro Diva Ok so this perfume is a diva for sure, but it really is the way you wear it. Spray Ungaro Diva from head to toe? God, no. A few subtle spritzes on pulse points or a gentle mist before getting dressed? Drop dead sexy. This is an 80s chypre that makes no apologies for being all woman, and for roaring it from the rooftops. Yet I find in the eau de toilette formula (the lightest) and worn lightly, Diva becomes as soft as suede and melts into the skin beautifully. It is a veritable kitchen sink list of notes so I won’t even get into them all, but you can read them here. The ones that stand out to me as sexy, cozy and gorgeous though, and I just love them.  The multiple citrus notes on the top soften the multiple floral notes before softening to a gorgeous base of oakmoss, honeyed sandalwood and vanilla. It even tends to a slightly soapy feel, but not detergent soapy, more like expensive French soap soapy. Diva is not for the timid, but you can keep her voice to a whisper if you like.


Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir I’ve written about Pomegranate Noir here. I love it, and it is a classic beauty for cooler weather. There are fruity top notes of pomegranate and raspberry, but it is the woody, spicy and resin-y base that makes this one sing. It smells rich, and I have even had people tell me it smells “expensive”. There is something oddly compelling about this one, and in case you think fruity means for kids, it’s not. As far as Jo Malone goes, this is one of the “stronger” perfumes. The patchouli note grounds this and makes it a Grown Up Perfume. A great evening perfume.

Houbigant Quelques Fleurs Quelques Fleurs is a floral perfume, as the name suggests, and I like to think of it as velvety. It is rich and creamy, and another one with an endless list of notes. This one was also launched at the beginning of the 20th century so it is a given that the notes have changed from then. I wear and love the currently available version. The flowers come off as so soft and feminine yet manage to be rich thanks to being propped up by a base full of woods, tonka, amber and musks. It is the amber and musk that really define this one for me. Amber to me is soft, warm and powdery, and always perfect for cooler weather. The musk they use is sweet sexy and quiet, so while neither of these notes jump out, their sweetness blend perfectly with the flowers. If you love gentle sweet florals with a grown up twist, Quelques Fleurs is a must try. It is another one that smells expensive- this perfume always makes me feel polished and womanly. The sweet and sexy in this are a dichotomy but somehow work. Pop culture connection- Quelques Fleurs is one of Nicole Ritchie’s signature scents. I love her boho style and find it kind of neat that she wears such a womanly grown up scent.


Creed Fleurs de Bulgarie Another floral scent, Fleurs de Bulgarie is another one that I prefer in cooler weather. It is really all about rose, but not a powdery simple rose. Nor is it the dark rose scent that is ubiquitous these days, with the Stellas & Juliette Has A Gun types. Nor is the sexy rose chypre like Diva or L’Arte di Gucci.  It is chock full of one of Creed’s beloved ingredients, ambergris, along with amber and musks, and these ingredients really set it apart. It is an odd one, and perhaps a love it or hate it perfume. I was discussing with some perfumistas yesterday how I actually hated Fleurs de Bulgarie on first sniff and couldn’t stash that sample fast enough. But the ambergris stayed with me, and when I finally tried it again, it nearly set my mouth watering. Soapy, yet not clean, and quite sexy in my opinion.

What are YOUR favourite sexy perfumes, or sexy perfume notes?

The Simple Beauty of Jo Malone Perfumes

The Simple Beauty of Jo Malone Perfumes

Jo Malone is a lovely English perfume company (now owned by Estee Lauder) whose company creates lovely simple inoffensive perfumes. They are easy to wear, especially in public spaces, where you don’t want to overwhelm your friends and co-workers with killer sillage. They have elegant and clean packaging that looks quite lovely on the dresser. One of the neat things about Jo Malone perfumes is the fragrance combining/layering concept they offer. Users are encouraged to mix and match the perfumes, and they even offer a “Philosophy of Scent Combining” section on their website and at their counters. The Sales Associates will tell you the recommended combinations as well as their faves. I always love the inside scoop from Those Who Know and am happy to hear their recos.
Jo Malone scents are divided into several categories such as Citrus, Fruity, Floral, Woody and Spicy making sure there is something for everyone. I love a lot of them, but my musk sensitivity rules out several of them. I’m not sure if the musks overtook the perfume when EL took over as I don’t recall the perfumes before then. Mass market distribution changes things and musks are an inexpensive way to make perfumes stronger and longer lasting so its often a money decision to toss it in. At any rate, I have some Jo Malones I really like. Adding, these are all huge Compliment Getters, especially the Pomegranate Noir.
Pomegranate Noir: This is a Fruity scent, allegedly inspired by a red silk dress. That is a bit abstract for me, but I do love the scent. It is a dark scent, not light and fruity at all. There are fruity top notes of pomegranate and raspberry, but it is the woody, spicy and resin-y base that makes this one sing. It smells rich, and I have even had people tell me it smells “expensive”. There is something oddly compelling about this one, and in case you think fruity means for kids, it’s not, and Pom Noir could easily be worn by a man. As far as Jo Malone goes, this is one of the “stronger” perfumes. The patchouli note grounds this and makes it a Grown Up Perfume. A great evening perfume.
Vintage Gardenia: Well, I don’t get a lot of gardenia out of this one in the Floral category, more of a light tuberose I suppose, but I still love it. What I love about this one is the spicy compliment to the flowers- cardamom! It plays against a gentle base of sandalwood and myrrh and somehow elevates the floral notes to a sheer almost watery level. Jo Malone is known for their bath oils and I am determined to get some Vintage Gardenia bath oil as it would be exquisite. This is terrific in hot weather and is one of my favorite bedtime perfumes. Yes, I have perfumes I like to wear to bed. I’m crazy that way. Plus, it makes my sheets smell yummy and guarantees good dreams.
White Jasmine & Mint: This one from the Light Floral category is one of my favorite summer perfumes. Think jasmine and mint tea, cool shade and a light breeze. It has the softest non-indolic whisper of jasmine with a fresh green tea note that is beautifully complimented by mint. It is almost a cooling sensation to wear this scent and it dries down to a soft powdery jasmine. The mint and powdery notes make WJ&M a very soothing and comforting scent. Another Bedtime Perfume winner! This one layers beautifully with Vintage Gardenia and Pomegranate Noir, as it a little sweeter than those two and gives them a softer, gentler feel.
My daughter Emilie likes Jo Malone as well. Her faves are Wild Fig & Cassis, Nectarine & Honey Blossom & Lime Basil & Mandarin. We recently got her the Sweet Lemon from the Limited Edition Tea Collection. It is a soft gentle lemon scent that smells yummy and perfect on her and I am hoping for a review from Emilie on this one.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the home fragrance. Jo Malone Candles are so delightful, and there is one for each perfume so you can scent your home with your favourite! They have giant ones and also the most precious travel sized perfumed candles. My friend Tara uses them as a way to make a hotel room feel cozy and like home- what a terrific idea, don’t you think? There is a new collection of candles with the divine designs of David Hicks-  how gorgeous and I WANT!
David Hicks candles! *swoon*
Do you wear Jo Malone? What are your faves, and if you combine I would love to know your fave combos!

Random Beautiful Thoughts

Random Beautiful Thoughts

Music ~ As a long time fan of the musical weirdness that was Roxy Music and is Bryan Ferry I was keen to hear Olympia. His latest release features some pretty cool dudes including Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, just to name a few. But it is the spooky & ethereal Brian Eno rejoining that adds that Roxy magic, especially evident on Tender is The Night. I feel like this song is…humid and dense, if that makes sense…

Speaking of a little weirdness (I mean this in the best way) how about a little Jonsi (from Sigur Ros) and the oh so pretty Go, Do

Go sing, too loud

Make your voice break- sing it out

Go scream, do shout

Make an earthquake

… pretty, right?


Book ~ Just finished Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom and I loved it. I still love him for his famous Oprah dissing ( I am not a believer in The Church of Oprah) and for the weird Franzenfreude that arose as a result of his great reviews. Sour grapes much? Anyways…his books make me want to have a pencil nearby when I’m reading so I can underline phrases that blow my mind. Sometimes I read them out loud… a few times. Anyone who grew up in the 70s/80s and who had even a modicum of family dysfunction needs to read Jonathan Franzen. The Corrections spoke to my generation and moved me in unexpected ways. Freedom reminded me of how politics were so important to my parents and how they shaped my beliefs. It also reinforced (in my humble opinion) how important it is to take responsibility for your parenting and for your children. There is a weird over-protective/let-kids-make-the-important-choices dichotomy going on these days. Parents who cry “poor me” and act like martyrs while not letting their kids walk anywhere on their own or take responsibility for their bad behavior. It’s like a reversal of what parenting should be….”in my humble opinion”… Freedom is not just about parenting by any chance…but that is one of the things I took away from it.


Food ~ Well, post holidays I am happy to purge my system of chocolate and celebratory dinners with a normal eating routine. It doesn’t take long to feel energized and healthy again when pounds of chocolate, butter and champagne are eliminated (ok…reduced…) from the diet. During these cold days, curries are among my favourite dishes and my Lalah’s Curry Powder and Patak’s curry paste get a real workout. One of my favourite vegetarian dishes is Spicy Rice and Lentils. It doesn’t use curry but has lots of warmth and yumminess and was always a favourite with my daughter and her friends, even when they were young. Hey, it doesn’t have to be gross chicken fingers and frozen fries! 


Fashion ~ Ah, let us thank the fashion gods for the big circle scarf, shall we? I have a big thick wooly black one from Urban Outfitters that I have been living in during our cold snap. It’s a scarf, a hat, and a neck warmer. A win for me! Also, Canadian chain Aritzia has a line called TNA that makes super cozy parkas that are lined with a faux fur. Mine is blue grey military style and with the hood up & my circle scarf wrapped around my neck you can colour me cozy. What I want- did anyone else notice Natalie Portman’s character in Black Swan was constantly wearing what looked like cashemere sweatpants and hoodies? All in pale greys, blushes and cream colours! Cozy stuff for lounging around the house are pretty much my favourite items and these look like the ultimate. I can pretend to be a ballerina 😉
this is how I imagine my make up :)


Cosmetic du Jour ~ For some reason I am embracing black eyeliner on my upper and lower waterlines. It looks sexy and smoky, yet subtle and Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof pencil in Black stays put. Loving me some Bobbi Brown right now. Her award winning Long Wear Cream Shadow in Cement is my daily go-to neutral eye shadow these days, and her Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in the pretty and cheery Pale Pink is giving me a blush. Dust it all over with some Illuminating Bronzing Powder in the pale golden bronze colour of Aruba and I look like I am happily surviving winter with a healthy glow.


Perfume du Moment ~  I have been craving warmth and the smells that come when the earth is alive, ie flowers, grass, trees and the way everything smells when the sun shines on it. You know, when it’s. Not. Winter. A little spritz of Annick Goutal Songes or Comptoir Sud Pacifique Aloha Tiare gives me a “warm sultry tropical night walking under fragrant flowers” in a bottle and just make me happy. I think it makes people around me happy too, as when I wear either of these I am constantly hearing “Mmmm what are you wearing, you smell so good”. Works for me! A few sprays of Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia at bedtime guarantees sweet dreams. This white floral blend has soft and gentle notes of cardamom that adds a warming element, perfect for a cold and blustery night

CB I Hate Perfume Russian Caravan Tea

CB I Hate Perfume Russian Caravan Tea

I love tea scents as much as I love tea – a lot. Green tea mania hit in the 90s, and Bvlgari’s Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert became a staple in every perfume lovers collection. I also enjoy L’Artisan Parfumeur’s The Pour une Ete which is a gentle green tea with a barely there jasmine, so pretty. I have and love Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint, a lovely powdery mint tea with a gentle jasmine, but I tend to wear it to bed more than anything.

Christopher Brosius’s I Hate Perfume Russian Caravan Tea water perfume and perfume absolute are based on black tea vs green. At first spritz I thought hmm, a lovely black tea scent, and went on about my day. It is the dry down of this Russian Caravan Tea that surprises and delights. And the fact that such a gentle, water based scent could last all day. By gentle I mean hardly any sillage, it wears very close to the skin but throughout the day little wafts of the scent of warm comforting steeped tea wrap around me like a silk scarf. This isn’t an herbal tea, or a green tea. It’s a rich black tea, steeped for a long time. It smells like a quality black tea that brings to mind the Russian Tea tradition. A cozy baroque room, tea served in beautiful podstakannik (silver holders for glasses) and maybe even some Russian Tea Cakes.
My mother’s family is Ukrainian and her mother brought a tea samovar exactly like the one above to Canada when they fled Communist Russia. It always seemed to grand & royal to me- of another time and place, the kind of thing used to serve tea in fairy tales. It had old Russian wiring so it was never used, which made it all the more mysterious. My grandfather was a palace guard in the Tsar’s army and I like to imagine the tea the Romanovs might have enjoyed in the palace, and the scents that might have been wafting around. Tea was an important occasion in the palace, and the Empress Alexandra had a love of fresh cut flowers. Maybe the combined scent of flowers and tea with some buttery tea cakes is the scent I imagine.

The notes from CB I Hate Perfume’s site say there are smoky notes but I can’t smell any smoke at all. Perhaps its so smooth it doesn’t smell lapsang souchong smoky which is good because that kind of smoky would not be a pleasant perfume. There are also notes of bergamot and the citrus is noticeable but so subtle and compliment the tea perfectly. And Russian Caravan Tea is very lovely, addictive almost. Interestingly it is not sweet, which is what ends up bothering me about most tea scents.  Perhaps the citrus balances the tea and adds another dimension in lieu of sweetness. Yet its not bitter either- its just right.

CB I Hate Perfume Russian Caravan Tea is available on their website or at Luckyscent   on their website. If you haven’t tried CB I Hate Perfume, you might have fun navigating through his selection. He has a very interesting, often odd, take on perfume.