Masque Milano Russian Tea is a brand new fall 2014 release. If you want to look over tea perfumes, I have a comprehensive review of tea fragrances from 2012. There have been some new entries since then, and Masque Milano Russian Tea needs to go on the list.
BTW, have you all heard two bits of news? one, L’Artisan Tea for Two is coming back! Two, Estee Lauder bought Le Labo. Yeah, good and bad. Hopefully Lauder will leave Le Lebo mostly alone and just let it do what it does so well.
[pullquote]Having picked some tea,
he drank it,
Then he sprouted wings,
And flew to a fairy mansion,
To escape the emptiness of the world….
Masque Milano Russian Tea is the work of perfumer Julien Rasquinet, with notes of mint, black pepper, raspberry, black tea, magnolia, everlasting flower, leather accord, incense, birchwood and cistus labdanum.
Russian Tea walks the line between smoke billowing tea and a more moderate tea scent. the mint, raspberry and pepper, along with light floral takes some of the edginess off of all of those dark birch, incense, leather and tea notes. You know what would be really fun? If we could get two varieties of this tea fragrance – one with the modulating notes on and one with it off. I really love the one I’ve got in front of me, but that list of notes makes me pine not just a little for another one – full-throated incensed leathery whip-snapping tea. Well, I don’t have that one. This one will do quite nicely. I like the way it veers each direction, softening, then dark, softening, then dark. It leaves a lot of room for people who love smoky black tea and those that like theirs served up a little more delicately. If you want a really delicate tea perfume, I’m not sure this is it. Black tea and incense are pervasive, even while trussed up by the mint and raspberry.
After a run-through of my old tea perfume post, I couldn’t find a tea fragrance filling the slot Masque Milano Russian Tea fills. It is not too sweet, not too strong, not too weak, not lacking tea. Pulling back on the smokiness makes it incredibly wearable for long periods of time, which not all tea scents can pull off. Good thing, because this one lasted overnight on me. It doesn’t stay super-strong, but it lingers on your clothes and skin until shower time.
[pullquote]Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. ~Thich Nat Hahn[/pullquote]
I’m enchanted. Mark at Colognoisseur has a review of it also.
Winners of drawings –
Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu sample winners are Jill, Artist, Rincogniolita, and Sun Mi Fontaine. By Kilian Addictive State of Mind sample set winners are Katrin, Joan Kubes, Deva and Glannys. Click on the Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog,send me your address and remind me what you won. I’ll send you send you a quick confirmation that I got your e-mail instead of it floating aimlessly down my spam filter, and then I’ll get your sample sent out to you.
Of course there is a drawing for this tea fabulosity. Drop a comment, tweet or facebook share to be entered, and I’ll give away four winners of a sample of Masque Milano Russian Tea. What is your favorite tea scent, or do you have one?