Russian Festival Of Indie Perfumers 2016

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Post by Robert Herrmann

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Hello Fragrant Friends!

Today I’m looking at a few very interesting samples I just received, entries for the Russian Festival Of Indie Perfumes. How cool is that??!!

Russian Festival Of Indie Perfumers 2016

2nd Annual

Created and spearheaded by one of the leading Russian natural perfumers and authors, Anna Zworykina, the Russian Festival Of Indie Perfumers now enters its second year. This is a way for perfumers using natural and some synthetic materials to connect with perfume lovers world wide. Samples are sent out to reviewers and bloggers far and wide in the hopes of bringing attention to the vibrant and growing natural perfume scene in Russia.

anna-zworykina Anna Zworykina

The first festival was held last year with “Rose And Water” being the theme.

The 2016 theme is “Mad Tea Party” with tea being the prominent note, and the 25 perfumers involved were each given an arbitrary perfume classification (Black Tea Chypre, Green Tea Cologne, Black Tea Fougere et al..) and various types of tea (Green, White, Russian Black, Red Rooibos, Herbal, et al..), and just 11 weeks to create a natural perfume based on their given brief.

And may I just say that I love Tea-centric scents, so this was a no-brainer for me! Bring out the dancing Oolong perfume!!

russian-festival-of-indie-perfumers-2016Photo Donated Robert Herrmann

I’ve chosen a few to tell you about….

1.) Shambala by Galina Ani (Oriental Black Tea)

An easy love for me, this one was, with its tarry darkness and smoky Lapsang Souchong vibe. Imagine a pot of black tea brewing over a charcoal brazier, and that’s what this is. Really lovey, and brings to mind Gorilla Perfumes Breath Of God, but without the airy ozonic feel. Dries down to a warm ambery dried fruit scent. Loved it!

2.) Ginger Jasmine Tea by Anna Zworykina (Herbal Tea edc)

A perfect cologne for when the weather is warmer, resplendent with bergamot and citrus. A lovely and fairly straightforward men’s style edc. Classic citrusy (Yuzu?) bracing opening, settling down to a mossy green base. A non-indolic Jasmine, wild rose, spicy ginger, and incense hiding in the background. The citrus and jasmine lasted quite a long time on my skin, and was still evident upon awakening the next morning. Now THAT’S what you want from an edc… pretty, spicy, fresh, herbal and long-lasting.

3.) Japanese Linden Tea by Anastasia Denisenkova (Green Tea Fougere)

Exactly as you would expect a Japanese-themed tea perfume to smell. Minty cool and slightly mentholated, almost toothpaste but held in check by a gorgeous citrus and floral vibe. Light and ethereal, with linden blossoms falling from a tree and floating in a still clear pond. Mingling with the steam from a freshly poured porcelain cup of green tea, and the faint smell of tea cakes and rice powder. Yup, it took me there, and further. Gorgeous!

4.) Marsala Chai by Elena Markova (Oriental Black Tea)

Yes you read that right, MaRsala not Masala, this is a black tea to be sipped in the late afternoon, a tea meant to represent the ruby-red glow of the color Marsala, based on the wine of the same name. A black tea tinted with rose petals and redolent of ozymanthus, sandalwood, lychee, and benzoin among others. Slightly boozy and acidic floral note supported by citrus and wood. But aged wood, like the walls of the evenings paneled library where the steaming hot tea is served.

There are so many more to try, but I fear I’m getting tea drunk and might stay up all night!! Do you have any tea-scented perfumes you love? DO tell! But first, let me just put the kettle on…..

See you soon schnooki cookies,
Robert Herrmann

16 comments on “Russian Festival Of Indie Perfumers 2016

  1. australianperfumejunkies says:

    I love that APJ gets to smell these Indie Frags from Russia. It’s amazing. Thank you for writing about them Robert, bringing the world together one sniff at a time.
    Portia xx

  2. Jo says:

    Oh it sounds so interesting! I’d love to smell some of those. I have a lovely little bottle of an indie perfume oil by one of my favourite indie brands – One Hand Washes The Other (OHWTO), it’s called Lady Grey and has the expected Black Tea and Bergamot and is delicately entwined with Floral Musk, Vanilla Bourbon and Immortelle. It’s one of those delights where you continually sniff your wrist or wonder what that amazing smell is… I love it 🙂
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    • Robert H. says:

      Jo! That’s so cool, ’cause I LOVE Lady Grey tea! It’s what we drink at home, such a great riff on classic Earl Grey.

  3. Gina Tabasso says:

    I remember hearing about the festival last year and wishing I could go. I do not like tea scents but the first one sounds dark and interesting. That’s the one that I want to sniff.

    • Robert H. says:

      It was an interesting experience, having only limited experience with Russian perfumes. There were other ones that were much darker! If I can locate my notes, I’ll PM you Gina! xoxo

  4. Jen says:

    Thanks for this, I’ve been trying to find out about the Russian perfume scene for my trip there next year, now I have some names to look up!

    • Robert H. says:

      SO jealous! A trip to Russia has evaded me somehow all these years. You’ll have to take notes and report back! xoxo

  5. xXxrootxXx says:

    damn son ruskies love there teas,wud love to try i still havent found a tea based fragrance im in love with. 🙂

    • Robert H. says:

      Tea motes can be a difficult love for many people. Have you tried Tea For Two by L’Artisan? The original and the new release are virtually identical and a real hit of smokey goodness!

  6. José Urbina says:

    The concept of the festival and its parameters is extremely interesting. It is a way to enrich the world of perfume, from new perspectives.

    How do you register your personal blog in those sample distributions?

    • Robert H. says:

      I think the best way would be to track down the event coordinator (mentioned in the article) and start a convo that way. Let me know how it goes!

  7. Аnna says:

    in Russia we are crazy for teas and perfumes)) Nice to see samples review here, at australianperfumejunkies!! xoxo

    • Robert H. says:

      Thanks Anna! My Grandparents were from Ekaterínaslav, maybe that’s why I love tea and perfume so much!❤️❤️❤️❤️

  8. Jane says:

    I’m obsessed with tea perfumes and want them all! CBIHP Russian Caravan Tea is actually my favourite, so this Russian Mad Tea Party sounds so perfect. Thank you for sharing! That Marsala Chai sounds divine!

    • Robert H. says:

      Jane! Thanks for stopping by and yes the Marsala Chai is divine, with the slight boozy vibe that just takes it to an all new level! xoxo

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