Chai by Spyros Drosopoulos for Baruti 2015


Post by TinaG



Tea fragrances excite me. It is the anticipation of finding a fragrance that captures that wonderful mix of invigoration and relaxation experienced through the ritual of making and enjoying a great cup of tea. Many types of tea are reflected in fragrances, and usually done very well – Oolong, rooibos, black tea, mate, mint, lapsang souchong, ginger, fruit tea, floral tea, you name it , chances are it’s out there. Today I’m reviewing a Dutch perfume line Baruti and their fragrance Chai.

Chai by Baruti 2015

Chai by Spyros Drosopoulos

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Cardamom, Pepper, Black Tea, Steamed Milk, Cocoa, Roses, Vanilla, Musk, Leather

Chai opens with a waft of coca that disappears into the aether as a troupe of spices claim their olfactory territory. Cinnamon, cardamom and clove are supported by a background milkiness and a tannic black tea. A light spray and I’m instantly warmed and feel relaxed. We are just at the tail end of winter here in Australia, and I have enjoyed wearing this fragrance on bright and cold Sunday mornings, pulling on an oversized knitted jumper and snuggling into a sunny sofa corner to read a book. Such a great way of spending a few hours. Chai is the perfect comfort fragrance.

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I do need to put in a warning note here – keep this to a light spray only. An over application makes it a massive spice bomb with the milk note turning waxy on skin. I made this mistake in an office environment – it was OK, my colleagues loved it! Two of which were craving a chai tea after smelling it, but it was too much for me in close proximity to fragrance ground zero (my arms).

This black tea/spice/milk combo has a great staying power and lasts at a reasonable strength for around 3 hours. At this time, during one of my first trials, I had noticed a rose scent in the room but couldn’t work out where it was coming from. I thought one of my colleagues had possibly put on a rose scented hand cream, but no! The rose scent was coming from me! Chai had opened up to a gentle pink rose which was remarkable. It reminded me of Perfumers Workshop “Tea Rose”, and it definitely was not a skin scent, had a sillage of at least a metre.

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This fragrance lasted at least 10 hours, the spices eventually fading and leaving a musk rose on my skin with the faintest ghost of vanilla. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed giving Chai a run through, it is a wonderfully comforting fragrance and the rose note was an enjoyable surprise. And – a quick shout out to Annindriya Perfume Lounge, my source of Baruti samples. Yes they ship to Australia.

Annindriya Perfume Lounge has €98/30ml

Do any of the features of this perfume appeal to you?

Thanks all, have a great start to the week.

xx Tina G

10 comments on “Chai by Spyros Drosopoulos for Baruti 2015

  1. *sophi* says:

    Spyros is a very talented perfumer. I had the chance to smell all of his scent and have to admit they all are very original and nice 🙂

    • TinaG says:

      Hi *Sophi*, I’ve been grateful to find this line, and have been enjoying my samples. Definitely interesting & well done. 🙂

      Tina G xx

  2. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey Tina,
    You have come home with the most amazing bunch of fragrances. Lucky you.
    This one sounds particularly yummy.
    Portia xx

  3. Nancysg says:

    Chai is my favorite from this line. But be sure to try NoOud if you have the chance. A wonderful Oud style scent, but none in it. The whole line is nice and worth trying.

    • TinaG says:

      Hi Nancysg,
      I have a sample of Nooud but I’ve not tried it yet. I think I’ve got everything to try except Tinderer. I’m really enjoying them, Chai is a favourite!

      Thanks, Tina G xx

  4. Azar says:

    Hi TinaG,
    I love a little bit of well placed tea in perfumes. Some of the newer teas, though, can be quite screechy. Chai sounds lovely, though. I am especially drawn to your description “Chai opens with a waft of coca that disappears into the aether as a troupe of spices claim their olfactory territory.” What an enticing review! Yum.
    Azar xxx

  5. poodle says:

    Never heard of this one but it sounds great. I love tea scents too. They do have a warm and cozy feel to them.

    • TinaG says:

      Poodle this is about as warm and cozy as you can get. I was really impressed with the spices, black tea and the touch of milk behind it all. I’d put this up for a blind test against an actual cup of chai & put money on the difference being negligible. It’s really well done.

      xx Tina G

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