We’re about to enter four very cold (for here) days – Beast from the East II. Previous BftE a few years ago gave us the only decent snow I’ve seen in this country in ages. I like snow. I have some very pleasant memories of it: one from 1998, when we got two feet in NY on a Sunday into a Monday; also, in 2011, we visited my father in Brooklyn, made one of the last flights out of Heathrow and ended up diverted to Minnesota because of a storm. Only time I’ve ever been to that state. We got to NY the following day and my son got to go sledding for the first time. He still talks about it.
But I digress.
I do like Le Labo fragrances and I like that they offer different sizes (the 15ml bottles are quite reasonable priced in the £50 area). For my Christmas stocking gift last year (that being the unmentionable 2020) my son gave me four Le Labo samples. I’ve spoken about Ylang 49. Today is Thé Noir 29. I would really like to find a tea fragrance. I love the idea of wearing a conceptualisation of smoky black tea. I enjoy TN, but it’s not ‘the one’. It just doesn’t have oomph on me.
Launched in 2015, notes list includes fig, bay leaf, bergamot, cedar, vetiver, musk, tobacco and hay. I’ve also seen lists which include black pepper and rose. One immediate problem I have with Thé Noir is that it’s very light on me – very very very light. Not an issue I’ve had with any other Le Labo.
As I said this is nice but I’m beginning to think that if something has a lot of bergamot my chemistry turns it to soap – no matter the composition. TN starts fresh (why would a theoretically black tea perfume be fresh?). I do get some bay and a bit of what I guess to be fig leaf. With time, I think I get some pepper and some very whispery woods. Neither the tobacco or hay make much of an impact on my chemistry. Whatever the musk is it’s one of those soft, skin things – definitely no growl here.
Lasting power is meh. Couple of hours at the very best.
Ironically, I have a Thé candle from Diptyque which again is supposed to be black tea but someone threw in too much of something into the mix which makes it smell of soap when lit. It’s ok after – ie, there is some sense of tea in the post-lit throw, but not enough. So, after I’d lit it several times I contacted Diptyque about this. They swore up and down that the batch from which my candle came smelled like tea to them. So, nothing to be done about that.
I have found a very well reviewed chai tea candle but it’s out of stock. Hoping it returns soon.
Ah, well. The search continues for a tea fragrance with oomph. Do you have a favourite black tea perfume? And if tea is your thing to drink (I don’t do coffee any more) what’s your fave (I get a black tea chai latte from the wondrous Sara’s bakery; I make chai at home with a roobois chai tea).