Most of the time when I dislike a perfume, it is because of my high expectations. I expected to love CB I Hate Perfume Russian Caravan. The description and inspiration reeled me in. And what could go wrong with smoky black tea, refreshing bergamot and the nostalgic smell of books? Well, something went wrong. Russian Caravan Tea smells really horrible on me. Like “scrubber” horrible.
Russian Caravan Tea isn’t smoky. At all. This makes me mad. So, yeah, Russian Caravan Tea and I started off badly. I feel like I’ve been lied to. The opening is a super fruity and sour bergamot. I swear I get strawberry and rose in this too. But, really all I get is sour, in a candy way. With some time, I get sweet iced black tea. This tea reminds me of those tea pellets. Which I think smell good, but Philosophy has released limited edition shower gels that smell like this. I don’t expect to pay very much money to smell like instant tea. The instant tea, the part that I can tolerate, fades too quickly. I don’t notice the fragrance at all after an hour, but if I put my nose very close to my skin, I can smell “horse glue”. I suppose this is the “shelves of old books”. But, really these shelves of old books smell like decaying thrift store paperbacks. And it isn’t ironic or charming. It’s too literal for anything I’d want to wear on my skin.
Notes listed include smoked black Indian tea, bergamot, and a hint of shelves of old books.
I know many people that like this fragrance and that is fine with me. This is what makes fragrance fun! Give Russian Caravan Tea a try if you like citrus tea fragrances or fragrance like Bvlagari Thé Rouge, Atelier Oolang Infini, Gucci Pour Homme II, and/or Clean Shower Fresh. If you are looking for smoky tea, then don’t bother with this. I think you will be disappointed like I am. I feel like if Russian Caravan Tea was a person, that it would be the type of person that would lie about their age on their on-line profile.
The 15 ml of the perfume absolute retails for $90 and is available at CB I Hate Perfume’s on-line boutique. I reviewed the absolute. A perfume water is also available and I have no idea if it is different or not. Rumor has it, that the perfume water isn’t as long lasting.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Sour sweet tea with a glue base. Bleh. This is a short lived fruity sweet tea that reminds me of those instant tea pellets. And I hate the too literal cardboard and glue base. And, damn, it’s expensive.
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Product picture is from CB I Hate Perfume.