Eau Parfumée Au Thé Rouge by Olivier Polge for Bvlgari 2006

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Post by TinaG

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Hi APJ,

So many people have been making the effort to travel during this holiday period. For those of us in Australia with overseas relatives and friends, it can mean extended flight and transit times. In what is essentially an enclosed public space (ie: open to anyone with a valid passport and money) consideration of others, whilst trying to make yourself comfortable enough to endure what can be a challenging trip, is an interesting balance. For those of us who have a regular wrist-to-nose sniffing habit, should we really be going fragrance free? What, if any, fragrances could actually be suitable for these close-quarter random encounters?

I had this question partially answered by one of my brothers, as he was was upgraded to Emirates Business Class on his return trip to Australia in December.

Eau Parfumée Au Thé Rouge by Olivier Polge for Bvlgari 2006

Eau Parfumee au The Rouge Bvlgari FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Orange, pink pepper, bergamot
Heart: Tea, fig
Base: Musk, walnut, resin

Emirates have chosen Eau Parfumée Au Thé Rouge by Bvlgari for their Business Class amenities pack. A 5ml eau de cologne, 40ml body lotion and 40ml after shave emulsion are beautifully presented in a pretty little red branded box. The “Au Thé” series from Bvlgari have been formulated to incorporate notes of various tea varieties, specifically green, white and red tea. Au Thé Vert was launched in 1992, Au Thé Blanc followed in 2003 with Au Thé Rouge released in 2006.

Eau Parfumee au The Rouge Bulgari Tina

Fragrantica advises that Au Thé Rouge is created using two red tea extracts, a Roiboos from South Africa, and a Yunnan which is of Chinese origin. The first splash of the cologne brought on a whoosh of fresh alcohol which disappeared after 20 seconds. I could imagine how invigorating that would be in a stale aircraft cabin, it certainly worked wonders on a steamy summer afternoon. This was followed by what I interpreted as tea – I’m afraid my nose is just not that sensitive to be able to distinguish subtleties of tea types in fragrance, but practice makes perfect. I wafted my wrist under my brother’s nose and he immediately likened the scent to Thé Blanc (White Tea) by L’Occitane. 20minutes later, pepper elbows its way in to the fray along with orange and bergamot that creates a warm, uplifting vibe. Tea, pepper and citrus are an invigorating combination which I really enjoy. After two hours there are wood and resin notes which bring a comforting sophistication to the blend. I can’t seem to find the walnut or musk in the drydown but that is probably just me.

Eau Parfumee au The Rouge Bvlgari Sydney Evening AdventureJay2Photo Stolen AdventureJay

The silage of Au Thé Rouge is very much on an up close and personal basis. I’ve worn this scent now in multiple social situations and not had one person comment on it, even after extremely generous re-applications. Longevity is good albeit subtle. It would be an appropriate choice for travel or the office, but it has also been a lovely experience to wear in an evening winding down as the day cools and settles into dusk.

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I’m interested to hear of any other scent-related travel experiences, good or bad! What has been your travel scent of choice?

xx Tina

26 comments on “Eau Parfumée Au Thé Rouge by Olivier Polge for Bvlgari 2006

  1. Amarah says:

    Hi Tina! First of all a big welcome to APJ!!! Glad to have you on board 🙂 I agree that Au The Rouge is a great one for travel, it’s such a wonderful refreshing scent. I have that essential Emirates travel pack and I love the idea of it! Thanks for the post, I’ll be looking forward to reading more from you soon 🙂 xx

    • Tina G says:

      Hi Amarah! Isn’t the Au The Rouge travel pack gorgeous – I hadn’t come across the scent before so I was quite excited when my brother gifted the pack to me. Whoever made the choice for Emirates really knew their stuff. Thank you for the welcome! I’m looking forward to sharing a few thoughts on my scent experiences in the future.

      x Tina

  2. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Woo Hoo! I finally got you to write for APJ! This has been a long time coming and you did not disappoint. Nice one Tina.
    It’s interesting that you did a Tea post as I have been wearing Arden’s Green Tea all day, maybe you inspired me?
    Great to have you on the team TinaG. love you to bits.
    Portia xx

    • Tina G says:

      Portia thank you so much for the opportunity to write! I’m so proud to be able to share my scent experiences with this forum. APJ has been intrumental in helping to bring perfume into my life, that it is great to be able to give something back, even if it is just a little “look what I did today” kind of post…! 🙂 Lots of Love to you xx

      x Tina

  3. cookie queen says:

    Hi Tina!! I am so looking forward to the day that APJ has a party together in real life!! Welcome to the Monkeyhouse as Kurt Vonnegut once said. Bussis. Val CQ xxx

    • Tina G says:

      Hi Val! Thank you for the welcome! Can you imagine a APJ meet up? All the amazing scent knowledge that people share here, along with all the fun and laughter that comes from Portia’s wonderful hosting, concentrated into one room? Not sure the world would ever be the same again! 🙂

      x Tina

  4. Mary K says:

    This is one of my favorites. As you mention, it can be worn in the office environment, when you’re traveling or at any other time where you don’t want too much sillage. When I want it to be “more there”, I just spray a little more on.

    • Tina G says:

      Hi Mary K, yep, that is exactly my experience with it. It is perfect for close-quarter situations, and I plan to give it a run through at work next week. I’ve also bought some roobios tea to see if I can start to differentiate the smell more, but even so the tea brings a lovely gently pungent robustness to the scent. I’m a fan. Thanks!

      x Tina

  5. Maya says:

    Welcome Tina! I hadn’t heard of Au The Rouge. Sometimes it’s great to wear a fragrance that is light and easy. Am I correct in thinking that this one might be better in warmer weather?

    • Tina G says:

      Hi Maya! Thanks! I would say this is definitely a warm weather fragrance, but in the overly-harsh Austraian summer that we’ve had I’ve found it doesn’t really cope. It is not that it collapses, but just more that it is is so gentle that it swamped by the heat. Where I found that this comes in to it’s own was in a sheltered environment, for eg: sitting in my loungeroom at dusk, the temp dropping and a cool breeze coming through. Chilling with Au The Rouge on a warm evening was just lovely, gave it a bit of room to breathe.

      xx Tina

  6. Liz K says:

    This is my inoffensive office default fragrance. I work in medical and deal with anxious folk who would rather be elsewhere (reassuring them I would rather be anywhere else doesn’t help much), so I don’t want to give them visions of drowning in tuberose or oud. I have never had a complaint about Au The Rouge, even when spritzed heavily.

    • Tina G says:

      Hi Liz K, over the last week I’ve been a visitor to hospital a few times, and on the occassions when I’ve also been wearing Au The Rouge I’ve been totally confident that I wouldn’t send people running for the oxygen masks…. so I can understand you having it as a default go-to fragrance for a medical environment. Deninitely agree.

      x Tina

  7. Azar says:

    I think my favorite, light weight, close to the skin type scent is “Lily Beach” by Jaques Zolty. Works great for travel.
    Azar xx

    • Tina G says:

      Hi Azar – thanks! Have just been checking out Lily Beach and it sounds interesting – incense, lavender, carnation, lily, cedarwood, musk… Mmm. 🙂

      x Tina

  8. maggiecat says:

    I do think we owe it to others to be thoughtful when we must work or travel in close spaces. Any of the Au The scents would work, I think. I wore Arden’s Green Tea and Honeysuckle today, and it’s a lovely light floral (also inexpensive!). Any cologne would also work – Chanel’s Cologne is a favorite.

    • Tina G says:

      Hi maggiecat,

      Portia also mentioned he’s been wearing Arden’s Green Tea – I spotted it when Xmas shopping and had intended to go back and check it out – and yes, it is reasonably priced isnt it! I’ve also been loitering with intent around the Chanel counter lately so I’ll check out Cologne. Thanks!

      x Tina

  9. Greg says:

    Au The Rouge is one of my picks for travel as well – in fact I wore the after-shave on New Year’s Day.

    Because this one is an airlines give-away, you can often spot these little packs in op shops around the place.

    • Tina G says:

      Hi Greg,

      I’ve also noticed a few of the travel packs on Ebay, so yes can be worth keeping an eye out for. Thanks for your comments – it’s been interesting to read people’s experiences with this fragrance.

      x Tina

  10. puhfume says:

    I love this scent – that refreshing tea and fig combination is just delicious. Although on me, it wears quite strongly – certainly more sillage than The Vert or The Blanc. I can’t do more than 2 sprays.

    • Tina G says:

      Hi puhfume, it really is a refreshing combination – cool that you found the fig in it. Slightly jealous that it is a bit stronger on you. I can practically wash myself in it and still have a low sillage.

      x Tina

  11. Shepherd says:

    I just bought this bvlgari it smells good. Good job, and I would recommend it to every one. try it and you will be amazed

  12. irfan tukdi says:

    how much bvalgari rouge travel pack this porduct

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