I find tea based perfumes so easy to wear. They are perfect for when I’m looking for that Goldilocks perfume in my collection – not too strong, not too soft, not too floral, not too woodsy – just right. A tea perfume is perfect for any time of day and any occasion. Perfumes with tea are perfect for when you feel like a soothing, calming scent versus a bombshell perfume. There is a time for that as well, but sometimes one just wants to smell lovely. I adore CB I Hate Perfume’s Russian Caravan Tea perfume, which is based on black tea.
Green tea scents have a fresh, clean summery vibe. This gorgeous citrus perfume family changed the way we look at perfume and ushered in the era of fresh watery clean perfumes. Sadly, Mugler Angel undid all of that, but that’s another story (apologies to Angel lovers). This season has seen some new perfume releases featuring gorgeous tea notes. They are all a bit different, with different notes playing with the tea.
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea: Ah, Body Shop! You did it! You reintroduced one of the cleanest, freshest and energizing tea notes in perfume history! It all started with Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert which launched in 1992. Fuji Green Tea reminds me a lot of the original green tea perfume that started it all, but it’s less complicated, with more airy watery notes vs the Bvlgari which has spices. I LOVE Fuji Green Tea, and the body and bath line elevates the perfume to a whole other level of heaven. The bath tea and body exfoliating scrub are simply divine. And the Fuji Green Tea Body Butter is as delicious as any Body Shop body butter. Seriously, does anyone do buttery body lotions better? The best part of Body Shop Fuji Green Tea is the price point. It does not smell cheap at all and at around $20 is the perfect way to satisfy your green tea perfume craving without breaking the bank. I have also been spritzing my bed linens with this in the morning when I make the bed. I want to spray it everywhere!
Thomas Sabo Charm Rose Beach: Ok here is a perfume that took me totally by surprise. I was intrigued by a Thomas Sabo scent, as I didn’t even know they made perfumes. Rose and Beach both sounded interesting but to be honest, my expectations were not that high. One sniff and I snapped out of my perfume ennui. Charm Rose Beach (the name needs work…) is so pretty I fell in love instantly! The winning notes for me were the green tea, oceanic and citrus notes. Seriously – summer in a bottle! I can’t stop sniffing my arm when I wear this. It’s like sitting by the ocean sipping iced green tea with lime. Sort of like Hermes Eau de Merveilles and Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert had a beach baby. LOVE. Availability of this one might be tricky. It seems to be sold out on the Canadian website.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Teazzurra: Oh, mama. This is my new Holy Grail of summery tea perfumes. Elegant and serenely beautiful green tea made delicious by grapefruit and yuzu. Seriously, this is such a beautifully blended scent, as only Guerlain and Thierry Wasser could create. Top it all off with the classic Guerlain vanilla and musk with some oceanic notes and you have an irresistible tea perfume. I can’t get enough of this one. It’s soft enough, in true Aqua Allegoria style, that I can spray myself head to toe without worrying about offending anyone. Yet, I still smell it on my skin hours later, like a whisper of the ocean. I am getting a back up bottle of this beauty, as one never knows if a seasonal Guerlain release will make it into the permanent collection.
To sum it up, tea perfume lovers you need all of these!