5 Favourite Tea Perfumes





It’s tea-time. I thought I’d share with you a quick snap-shot of a few of my favourite tea fragrances.

5 Favourite Tea Perfumes


BVLGARI – Eau Parfumée Collection

This collection of five fragrances is a touch-stone for anyone wanting to explore tea scents. Green, white, red, blue and black, they are all magnificent colognes. Au Thé Rouge, with pink pepper and roobios tea, is probably my favourite. It’s followed closely by Au Thé Bleu that replicates a sparkling blue summer sky in my mind, with oolong tea notes, lavender, iris, peppery shiso and has its longevity strengthened with the use of musks.


Comme des Garçons – Series 1 Leaves: Tea

CdG Tea is to Bvlgari Eau Parfumèe what saddle leather is to suede. With notes of lapsang souchong and thick mate (pronounced maa-tey) it is dark, smoky and heady. More for the experienced ‘tea’ lover. I absolutely hated it the first time I smelt it, but was so intrigued that I kept going back it it, and ended up buying a bottle. (Welcome to my world….)


Hermès Hermessence Collection – Osmanthe Yunnan

Well this could be considered a mix of two teas – herbal osmanthus flower, and black tea from the Yunnan Province, China. The osmanthus is the star of the show with its apricot floral notes softly supported by a gentle very slightly peppery black tea. It’s linear but beautiful. I wore this all the way through the Christmas/New Year period – light, elegant, easy in the summer heat and not overwhelming for social meet ups.


Baruti – Chai

Chai is the perfect comforting tea scent, with its milky mix of warm spices and a touch of rose in the dry down. It’s being inside on a rainy day all snuggled up with a blanket, fluffy jumper & great chai tea. Yuuuummmmmm!!!


Masque Milano – Russian Tea

This fragrance is a joy to wear, particularly because it has at least four distinct changes through the drydown – a treasured feature in my mind. I absolutely love the mint in the opening of this fragrance. It is black tea and spearmint, with hints of black leather closer to the skin. At 1 hour an incense comes through, and at two hours I find a wonderful dark honey note. Then at around four hours it goes funky & animalistic. Wow. Why do I not have a full bottle of this?

What are your favourite tea fragrances?

Have a great start to your week!

Tina G xx

28 comments on “5 Favourite Tea Perfumes

  1. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey Tina,
    LOVE tea in fragrance. Tea Two, Five O’Clock au Gingembre and Bulgari Black tea are current favourites.
    Portia xx

    • Tina G says:

      Hey Portia!

      Three great choices there. I have a bottle of Five O’Clock,it’s great. Tea for Two is fab, and I’ve tried Au Thé Noir a few times but do need to give it a proper run through.

      So many teas…. 🙂

      xxx Tina G

  2. Tara says:

    Hey Tina!
    Lovely post. Big tea lover here. I want to try Au Thé Rouge now. I’m not a fan of mint but agree that the way Russian Tea goes through different phases is brilliant. I’ve long enjoyed Osmanthe Yunnan in the summer too.
    I wear Tea for Two in the run up to Christmas and really want to give Five O’Clock au Gingembre another go.
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    • Tina G says:

      Hey Tara!

      It was a struggle *not* putting Tea for Two on the list, but I thought I’d show Baruti some love. T42 is a classic, a comfort scent but so much more as well. Five O’clock is great but you can tell it’s a Serge, it keeps a familiar backbone of the house throughout the development. I wore some this weekend, accidentally, but that’s another story. 🙂

      xxx Tina G

  3. Gina Tabasso says:

    I do not like tea frags!

    • Tina G says:

      Gina you’ve got me giggling!! Hehe…. yea that’s fair enough – just a no. 🙂 what about them doesn’t work for you?

      Thanks for the smile.
      Tina G xx

  4. Morrigan says:

    My favourite is Osmanthe Yunnan. Which is funny, because I’ve never really detected/appreciated the black tea aspect? All other perfumes based on black tea generally have not worked out for me. Huh!
    Green tea, however, I love – a pity that many lovely green tea accords are found buried in synthetic aquatics.

    • Tina G says:

      Hey Morrigan,

      I had to try really hard to pick up any particular black tea in Osmanthe Yunnan, to me it’s all about the osmanthus. What I think is that it’s been pared back to a base level dryness and slight peppery note – but that’s about it.

      If you like green tea I’ve got a few suggestions, but top of the list would be L’Ile au Thé by Annick Goutal. Worth a sniff.

      Thanks for dropping by!

      Tina G xx

  5. Ceil says:

    I love tea fragrances! I loved the discontinued CdG Nomad tea, Jo Malone Assam and grapefruit, SL 5 o’clock au gingembre, CBIHP lavender tea and so many more!

    • Tina G says:

      Hi Ceil,

      Wow, out of four fragrances you’ve listed, I’ve only tried the 5 O’clock – looks like I’ve got more sniffing to do. Huh – Nomad Tea is part of CdG Series 7: Sweet. Interesting. So many CgG in various series are discontinued. I think I was lucky to find the Series 1: Tea when I did.

      Tina G xx

  6. Tracy says:

    I just purchased Le Labo’s Thé Noir 29! But does it count as a tea scent (reviews say it communicates more the experience of having tea than smelling the tea)? I do like it in the Australian heat!

    (I have never tried tea fragrances but now very curious after this post; also a fragrance newbie)

    • Saffyishere says:

      Tracy ,welcome to the perfume rabbit hole. What area of Australia are you located?

      • Tracy says:

        Hi Saffy! Thank you. 🙂 I live in Balmain, NSW! Been silently stalking APJ and enjoying my discoveries at Libertine Parfumerie!!

    • Tina G says:

      Hi Tracy,

      Wow! Thé Noir 29! That’s fab. Gosh I should dig out my sample & wear it today. Nice choice.

      There’s so many tea fragrances to choose – what I’ve tried to show is there are more variations than simple black or green tea. Much love has been put into creating some interesting fragrances and they are worth exploring imo.


      Tina G xx

      • Tracy says:

        You’ve definitely made a lot of people more curious to try more tea-based scents now, Tina G xx

        Another scent that has piqued my curiosity is R. Piguet’s Chai

  7. Saffyishere says:

    My collection of teas based frags are 4 variations of Elizabeth Arden Green Tea.
    They are fabulous on a steaming hot day, esp if they are cold…. occ I will place a bottle in the fridge for an hour before spritzing.
    The Russian Tea intrigues me…Have a fragrant 2017, Tina.

    • Tina G says:

      Wow, Saffyishere – fragrance in the fridge, what a great idea! I’ve got Elizabeth Arden Green Tea at work as an emergency refresher. I might try the fridge thing.

      Russian Tea really is wonderful. A vibrant and well crafted fragrance – worth trying, for sure.

      Thanks and have a fragrant start to 2017!

      Tina G xx

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Russian Tea is my tea-ideal♥ I’m in love with this delicious perfume.
    Also Jade by Olivier Durbano is very very good – black tea with mint liqueur and hint of berries.
    And Thé Glacé Aqua Parfum by Terry de Gunzburg – cold green tea and citrus fruits. It’s not so gorgeous like Russian tea and Jade, but pleasant and good for summer days.

    • Tina G says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      I really adore Olivier Durbarno’s work, but I’ve not tried Jade. There’s a few of his newer ones that I’ve missed too so maybe I’ll do a sample run soon. I’ll also hunt down the TdG – I think I have access to these in Sydney City but not sure I’ve seen that one. Thanks for the suggestions!

      Tina G xx

  9. Fazal says:

    Bulgari Eau Parfumee au the vert extreme is my holy grail tea scent. On the other hand, I hate Au the rouge 🙁

    • Tina G says:

      Hi Fazal,

      The Au Thé Vert is stunning, isn’t it? Awww sorry you don’t feel the love for Rouge, but that’s the way if things! How lucky are we that we have so many wonderful fragrances to choose from.

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Tina G xx

      • Fazal says:

        That is correct 🙂 I also have a special place for Au the Vert Extreme because it is one of those perfumes I acquired in the first year of my perfume hobby as a college freshman 🙂

  10. Anastasia says:

    Atkinsons Amber Empire has a very natural oolong note, love it. Also, I dream about trying Jo Malone Rare Tea collection.

    • Tina G says:

      Hi Anastasia,

      Gosh, I wonder if the shops have the Rare Tea collection in?? I remember reading about them and they sounded interesting. Thanks for the reminder, I’ll chase them up. I don’t know much about Atkinson… hum. It’s on the to try list.

      Tina G xx

  11. cookie queen says:

    Morning Tina! Gosh it’s weird getting APJ posts early in the morning. Must get used to that. Was wearing Osmanthe Yunnan yesterday in minus 14 rather chilly temperatures. As gorgeous as in the heat. I don’t care for the Russian Tea on me although it smells good on others. Not familiar with the others yet. Bulgarian Bleu is on my list, must get around to trying it. CdG sounds great. Hmmmmm. I need to investigate. Thanks for Christmas card and love! Been meaning to write, let’s go public huh? Lots of love. ❤

    • Tina G says:

      Yay, Val!! Sorry it’s taken me a while getting around to responding… I’m glad the card reached you ok. 🙂 Nice to hear Osmanthe Yunnan holds its own in the coooooolllllddd. It’s not cold here. 38 deg C, has dropped to 34 but still bleh.

      I finallly have wifi at home, let’s chat soon. Lots of love.

      xx Tina G

  12. Simonn says:

    This perfume gives off an air of calm refinement, delicacy and balance. I especially admire the way the tea note is handled in OY because it is refreshing without ever becoming too sharp or sour.

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