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
Jo Malone Tea Fragrance Blends: This limited edition collection of five fragrances will be available in March. They are: Assam & Grapefruit Cologne; Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne, Fresh Mint Leaf Cologne; Sweet Lemon Cologne; and Sweet Milk Cologne. Like most Jo Malone fragrances, they’re fresh and airy. The company encourages fragrance layering, and it’s fun to be a bathroom chemist. You can’t really mess it up. They smell great layered and allow you to make your own bespoke fragrance. ($55)
A Rather Novel Collection: This is a collection of fragrances created exclusively for
L’Artisan Parfumeur Thé Pour Un Ete: This is not new, but it’s my favorite so I wanted to include it. It was originally created as a limited edition seasonal scent, but because it was so popular
Bulgari Eau Parfumée Au Thé Rouge, Thé Vert, and Thé Blanc: Bulgari’s classic tea trio of red, white, and green teas. Like many things Bulgari, they’re not subtle but not obnoxious either. ($80, but you can often find it at discount shops like TJ Maxx for $25, simply because it’s not new.)