Tea isn’t a new note in perfume, but it definitely seems to be picking up steam as a fragrance trend. (Bad tea pun. Sorry.) As tea shops become more and more ubiquitous and tea is increasingly touted for its healthy effects, it makes sense that it’s popping up in non-potable form.
Jean-Claude Ellena is generally credited for starting the tea-as-fragrance craze. He created a scent made of jasmine and violet leaf tea and used it to perfume Bulgari jewelry stores. This morphed into several successful tea scents for Bulgari.
Tea is a subtle fragrance that blends well with more traditional notes to produce fragrances that smell really light and modern.
Click through to see what’s brewing. (I really can’t help myself. Sorry.)
We’ve had arguments with people who say that beauty gifts are boring and impersonal. This can be true if you just buy some random fragrance set in a tacky basket at your corner drugstore on Christmas Eve. If, however, you put a bit of thought into it, you can get some gorgeous, thoughtful things.
This year there is an absolute flood of gift sets available at all price points (though we decided not to include a $1,600 fragrance basket we found). So we’ve pulled the best scent, color, and spa sets, with an eye towards originality. They’re guaranteed to get you a kiss under the mistletoe, or at the very least, a delighted squeal. Happy Cyber Monday!