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    Default Review: Thé Brun by Jean-Charles Brosseau

    Most unusual scent -- this one definitely intrigues me. Imagine a faint citrus lingering behind a veil of smoke and dark tea, perhaps Lapsang Souchong or a similar brew. Very dark and brooding at first, with heavy emphasis on the smoky notes. Dries down to a lovely tea scent -- by far the strongest (and some of the most interesting) tea notes I've smelled to date.

    This, I'm sure, is what a 19th century Chinese teahouse must have smelled like. All I need now is a mandarin sitting across the table from me, smoking a black bamboo pipe and stroking his long, white beard. This scent is some very evocative stuff, but probably not for everyone. (You will likely be a tea aficionado, or at least an ardent fan of tea notes in fragrances, if you appreciate this scent as much as I do. Put another way, well, if you like Bulgari Black, Tea for Two, and/or Silver Mountain Water, you'll likely go crazy for Thé Brun.)

    Average longevity (i.e., four to six hours), with excellent sillage.

    I have said for years that Brosseau's Ombre Rose was/is one of the best buys out there on the women's market, and so was happy to see this house has finally created scents for men. That said, this is easily a unisex scent, although by no means traditionally "feminine."

    Very, very good stuff, this, and very reasonably priced as well -- I purchased a 3.4 oz. tester for around $30.00. (Will definitely stock up on this one, as the Damoclean sword of discontinuation seems to loom large over many a frag these days!)
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    Thanks for your review ... I love tea notes and have been curious about this one for a while.
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    Default Re: Review: Thé Brun by Jean-Charles Brosseau

    Here are the listed notes found online:

    Bergamot, Green Leaves, Lavender, Violet, Spices, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Cumin, Tea, Palisander Wood, and Musk

    Sounds very interesting! I was warned against getting the new Atlas Cedar scent. I don't remember why...

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    Default Re: Review: Thé Brun by Jean-Charles Brosseau

    Great review! Although I am not a lover of tea notes in a fragrance, I did like this one a lot.

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    Paintrman:

    GenuineImitationLife commented on 20 October that he thought the Atlas Cedar had a far too cedar-y smell to it, and that it was bad enough that it might well make some people nauseated.

    I wouldn't know, as I haven't tried it yet. That said, I have to admit that I tend to really LIKE strong cedar fragrances myself (at least USUALLY I do) -- for example, both Eau de Cèdre and Equus, both of which are VERY heavy on the cedar.

    All three of these 2005 Brosseau releases, from what I can gather, have very strong notes (be they cedar, tea, or woods & fruits) that are central to the scents themselves. Atlas Cedar, I gather, is very sharp and strong and linear. (Thé Brun is anything but that, although the tea notes DO run the course all the way.) I don't know about the third scent in the collection, but I doubt that it's too linear, as a mélange of woods and fruits is central to the scent itself. I HAVE read that it's very, very sweet, though.
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    Default Re: Review: Thé Brun by Jean-Charles Brosseau

    Quote Originally Posted by tvlampboy
    Most unusual scent -- this one definitely intrigues me. Imagine a faint citrus lingering behind a veil of smoke and dark tea, perhaps Lapsang Souchong or a similar brew. Very dark and brooding at first, with heavy emphasis on the smoky notes. Dries down to a lovely tea scent -- by far the strongest (and some of the most interesting) tea notes I've smelled to date.

    This, I'm sure, is what a 19th century Chinese teahouse must have smelled like. All I need now is a mandarin sitting across the table from me, smoking a black bamboo pipe and stroking his long, white beard. This scent is some very evocative stuff, but probably not for everyone. (You will likely be a tea aficionado, or at least an ardent fan of tea notes in fragrances, if you appreciate this scent as much as I do. Put another way, well, if you like Bulgari Black, Tea for Two, and/or Silver Mountain Water, you'll likely go crazy for Thé Brun.)

    Average longevity (i.e., four to six hours), with excellent sillage.

    I have said for years that Brosseau's Ombre Rose was/is one of the best buys out there on the women's market, and so was happy to see this house has finally created scents for men. That said, this is easily a unisex scent, although by no means traditionally "feminine."

    Very, very good stuff, this, and very reasonably priced as well -- I purchased a 3.4 oz. tester for around $30.00. (Will definitely stock up on this one, as the Damoclean sword of discontinuation seems to loom large over many a frag these days!)
    Excellent review. I was wondering about this one for a while--I'll be looking into it now.

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    Default Re: Review: Thé Brun by Jean-Charles Brosseau

    Atlas Cedar notes:

    Clementine, Cedar, Rhubarb, Nutgmeg, Cardamon, Jasmine, Iris, Sandalwood, Cinnamon, and Musk.

    Fruit de Bois:

    Bergamot, Grapefruit, Sage, Geranium, Nutmeg, Vetiver, Cedar, Sandalwood, Juniper and Amber

    I am a huge cedar and cardamon fan. The infamous "b.o." note doesn't scare me away...in fact, I kind of fancy it. I am still thinking of ordering the Atlas Cedar unsniffed even though I was warned. I wish I could remember who I was talking to about it but they didn't like it at all. The' Brun sounds great as well. Is it mostly a Fall-Winter type scent or possibly year around?

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