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X Twist Mate Tea (2018)
by Clive Christian


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Year of Launch2018
AvailabilityIn Production
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About X Twist Mate Tea

Preserving the unique chypre character but with deeper, greener smokier tones, X Mate Tea is mysterious and alluring leaving intrigue in the wake of the wearer.

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The core of X Twist Mate Tea is an especially fruity ionone violet perfume, so it's bright and sweet on top and deep suede leather later. The violets are surrounded by blackberries and cherry and sweetened by jasmine into a thick fruit punch smell. This is topped by Florabotanica-inspired mint, and the whole thing is smothered in a green tea essential oil note.

There are definitely some elements I find problematic, and it's mostly because of that green tea note. It's kind of milky, so the faux candy fruit mixing with the tea kind of smells like Froot Loops cereal in sour milk. Meanwhile, there's a concentration issue as well. One of the great ironies of perfume is that increasing the amount of essential oils in a blend adds richness and a feel of expensiveness up until it reaches a tipping point, at which the high concentration makes the mix smell like a cheap homemade street fair candle. X Twist Mate Tea hovers right around that tipping point, occasionally impressing me with really nice jasmine, and other times just smelling like a discount spa air freshener.

That being said, as much as I kind of don't like this, the base is really interesting. We've smelled ionone suede drydowns enriched with vanilla and musks in countless Cuir de Russie perfumes, but the addition of the milky tea is actually quite genius, bringing out the tea's hidden animalic qualities while adding a surprising hint of green to an otherwise familiar base.

So, in all, I think there's cleverness happening here, but my general dislike of both fruity florals and green tea essence drags this down to a neutral rating...
05th February, 2019

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