Phaedon Cendres de Thé EDT Fragrance Review

Phaedon Cendres de The

When am I going to learn that tea scents and my skin do not mix? When am I going to learn that I would rather drink tea than try to smell like it?

Cendres de Thé opens with green cardamom that is fresh and spicy. It smells like cardamom green tea.When I read the note list, I expected a spicy “fall” scent. Instead Cendres de Thé is green, fresh and spicy. It’s better suited for warm weather. The heart is an astringent (slightly chemical-y) and bitter cedar. It’s more “steamy” than smoky. The dry-down is sheer, fresh, woody musks.

I tend to love cardamom in perfume; however, the cardamom in this is not enough to make the fragrance work for me. Overall, I’m really unimpressed with this fragrance. I usually dislike “fresh” woodsy tea things in general. This one is not an exception. Now there are people that like fresh-woodsy-tea stuff…maybe those people will like this.

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Notes listed include cardamom, tea, myrhh, cedar, ho wood, and musk. Launch – 2011 PERFUMER – Pierre Guillaume

I don’t like Cendres de Thé but I can see how people would. It’s light and fresh. It’s a good choice for a conservative work environment or very warm climates. Give Cendres de Thé a try if you like perfumes like Bvlgari au Thé Blanc, Sonoma Scent Studio Fig Tree, Guerlain London, Calvin Klein CK One, L’Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two, and/or Demeter Green Tea. Cendres de Thé is unisex.

Projection and longevity are below average for an EDT in my opinion. There is absolutely no sillage. This is a very sheer, light scent. Like I said before, probably best suited for summer or work environments.

The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $125 at LuckyScent.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONAstringent cardamom tea and boring musks. I don’t like it but I tend to be very picky when it comes to “tea” scents. So many tea scents go <blech> on me.

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*Sample given to me by perfume pal, Brian. Product pic from Fragrantica. Tea pic is from

3 thoughts on “Phaedon Cendres de Thé EDT Fragrance Review

  1. I tried this scent too and likewise I was not a fan. It repulsed me slightly at how weird spicy it was. Reminded me of bug spray a little bit. Sharp, chemically and doesn’t work with my skin at all. No full bottle in my future.

    1. I get something chemically too that bothers me and makes wearing this less than enjoyable. Oh, well, not for me. My “to buy” list probably doesn’t need another bottle added 😉

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