Illuminum Tribal Black Tea EDP Perfume Review

Illuminum Tribal Black Tea

Illuminum Tribal Black Tea comes from the tribe of Earl Grey. This is a citrus black tea. And you know, you’d think that Perfume World would be saturated with those, but the Perfume World really isn’t.

Tribal Black Tea opens with a Earl Grey tea with an addition of lemon and cardamom. I sort of wish I were drinking it instead of wearing it…It wears as a linear Earl Grey and then dries down to a candied orange peel with a sheer amber.

Years ago L’Occitane had Thé Bergamote which I loved. It was a simple bergamot and black tea. Illuminum Tribal Black Tea is the best substitute for this discontinued fragrance. But, it’s hard for me to forget how much more affordable the L’Occitane was in comparison…but other than the price, Tribal Black Tea is enjoyable. I mean if you want something that smells like a perfume trying to smell like Earl Grey, try this.

Vikki Dougan

Notes listed include orange, bergamot, cardamom, black tea blossom, incense and amberwood. Launched 2011.

Give Tribal Black Tea a try if you like the thought of smelling like Earl Grey tea. Or if you like perfumes like L’Occitane Thé Bergamote (RIP), Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, Demeter Earl Grey Tea, Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au Thé Vert Extreme and/or Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl. Tribal Black Tea is unisex. I think it’s best suited for warmer weather/climates.

Projection is average. Longevity is below average. It wears more like an EDT.

The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $150 at Henri Bendel. 

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONBergamot and black tea = Earl Grey. Simple but very enjoyable.

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2 thoughts on “Illuminum Tribal Black Tea EDP Perfume Review

  1. You’re right – there really aren’t as many black tea and Earl Grey scents on the market as it seems like there would be, and I can’t say I’ve ever found one I thought was really really amazing. Have you ever found one you like as well as the L’Occitane?

    1. Half of the reason I loved that L’Occitane was the price. It was more bergamot than black tea but for the price, I loved it. It was great for summer.

      Honestly, the best black tea that I’ve ever sniffed is the absolute from Robertet. Once I sniffed it, I was confused as to why the market wasn’t flooded with natural Earl grey and black tea perfumes. I mean, they could just dilute it in a spray bottle and we’d buy it.

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