Eau du Fierre by Annick Goutal. A fiery smoky tea (lapsang souchong).
Tea for Two by L'Artisan Parfumeur. A nice tea perfume.
So recently I've really been enjoying scents that play around a tea note. (Bvlgari Black, Tea for Two, Scent Intense, etc. etc.)
Now, I'm looking for something that smells like Houjicha. (The link will explain it)
This tea, strait out of the bag before brewing probably has one of (if not THE) best tea smells out there IMO, but I've never run across this particular note in perfumery.
If anyone is familiar with this one, have you ever stumbled across a fragrance containing Houjicha as a note?
Also if you've never smelled any un-brewed Houjicha leaf, I'd recommend tracking it down if you can.
I'm not hopeful to get much of a response, but if it rings any bells, any info would be interesting.
Last edited by Partario; 31st August 2011 at 01:10 PM.
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I've never tried Houjicha, but CDG Tea Leaves smells roasted, like a lapsang souchong.
Give Midnight In Paris a try. I adore Bvlgari Black and MIP is a different take on similar theme. For MIP, I prefer the EDP concentration.
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I love Gucci pour homme II. It has a tea note to my nose.
I just sent away for Mary Kay's High Intensity and have read about it having a great tea note, maybe djardeeling...deeling......jarling........
whatever, anyways I'm waiting.................
Sounds like you want more of a white tea effect. Have you tried the Bvlgari white tea frag?
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Houjicha is a bit of a dark horse that's really hard to pin down scent wise. It's not a black tea, and although it's smoked it doesn't really maintain the smokey quality of others such as Lapsang. It's a smoked green, so it still has sort of a fresh quality lingering around that almost whispers at floral, though not exactly. It really doesn't smell like other Asian, Indian, or European black teas, and also doesn't necessarily fully hold on to it's green tea qualities either.
It's a very unique smell, every time I open the bag before I brew it I always inhale very deeply and wonder why it hasn't been made into a fragrance that I know of yet. Which is why I asked the question. Since it's distribution is probably mostly limited to Japan it seems, I'm not too hopeful on getting the answer I'm looking for, though I very much appreciate the suggestions that have already been given. Just figured I'd give it a shot.
L'Artisan's Tea for Two is one of the best fragrances I've smelled. If it had good longevity and projection I'd buy a bottle yesterday.
I actually got pretty good longevity with Tea for Two. Maybe my nose is just wacky.
I'm pretty sure I know the tea you are talking about - maybe, maybe not - but on one trip to Tokyo I was drinking a certain 'toasted' tea in one hotel, didn't get the name, and haven't been able to find it back over here.
Altho it is not the same scent I would add to the suggestions above something that may be interesting to try - you'll need a Cartier flagship though - and that's L'Heure Fougueuse IV from Cartier's "Les Heures" line. It's based around yerbamaté and while one reading of it could easily be 'tea' it also reminds me of sun-dried hay and fresh tatami . . . it has become a staple, which is unfortunate because it's not cheap. Cheers.
+2 for Eau du Fier.
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Bvlgari Pour Homme? Nice, subtle tea note!
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My nose is pretty sensitive however, so there's a lot of times I think I'm getting great longevity out of something, but really I'm the only person who can even remotely smell it. So take my word with a heavy grain of salt.
Hermes Un jardin medeterrane sp? is a wonderful tea smell.