EauMG celebrated its seventh anniversary last month. I was too busy to make a big fuss over it but yeah, I’ve been writing about perfume for over seven years. And during these seven+ years, I’ve also been looking for the perfect “tea” fragrance. When I received samples from the niche brand, Masque Milano, I immediately went for Russian Tea, a smoky tea fragrance.
Russian Tea opens as sharp mint, raspberry leaf tea and fresh geranium. This opening is bracing, so sharp like being hit with a sudden cold wind. These cool notes eventually meet smoke – smoky lapsong souchong tea.The first hour of this fragrance comes on strong. It projects, it’s noticeable – it’s probably what the kids these days are calling “a beast”. Russian Tea wears as smoky tea and sharp, dry woods that eventually becomes “softer”. Russian Tea is an animalic, birch tar leather with sweeter woods.
Am I still looking for the “perfect” tea? Yes. I like Russian Tea but not for its tea. I like it for its sharp, almost chemical workshop quality. I see it more as a smoke or leather scent than a tea scent. So, let the search continue!
Notes listed include mint, black pepper, raspberry, black tea, magnolia, everlasting flower (immortelle), leather accord, incense, birchwood and cistus-labdanum. Launched in 2014. PERFUMER – Julien Rasquinet
Give Russian Tea a try if you like smoky or leather-y scents. Or if you like perfumes like Parfums d’Empire Ambre Russe, Annick Goutal Duel, CdG Synthetic Series Tar, Tom Ford Tuscan Leather, Blood Concept O and/or Chanel Cuir de Russie.
Projection and longevity are WAY above average.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Smoky lapsong souchong and leather with an aggressive opening. I look forward to trying the other ones by this line.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Fragrantica. Marisa Mell from fanpix.net