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 thoughts on “Chai by Spyros Drosopoulos for Baruti 2015

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

      Tina G xx


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


  2. 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.


    • 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


  3. 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


    • 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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