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Group: floral woody musk
:: Introduction ::
I have a mini collection of nine assorted Bvlgari fragrances that includes Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc (White Tea Scented Water) Eau de Cologne designed as a unisex fragrance. I've been wearing it for the last few days so I thought I'd share my experience with you.
:: The Bvlgari Tea Party ::
Luxury design house Bvlgari has always been known for using natural, aromatics ingredients in their fragrances and also the first to use tea as a perfume ingredient. Part of Bvlgari's series of three tea-themed unisex eau de colognes, Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert was launched in 1992 as the house's very first fragrance followed by Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc in 2003 and finally Eau Parfumée au Thé Rouge in 2006.
:: The packaging ::
Bvlgari's tea-themed cylindrical bottles are tall and elegant the heavy glass lending a luxurious feel. The shape of the bottle is the characteristic shape of many of the Bvlgari fragrances where the side of oval-shaped bottle narrow towards the top to form sharp edges. The stopper is metallic and has a round metallic top.
:: The fragrance ::
Top notes: bergamot, bitter orange, neroli, white tea
My first impressions of the scent are warm and fresh aquatic notes that are mixing with slightly bitter grass. Being a unisex fragrance, the opening isn't too feminine, nor too masculine however, it is gentle and caressing and rather aromatic with only a hint of freshness. Still in the first phase, as the fragrance gradually warms up, I detect floral notes with some citrus undertones which get stronger and stronger and in about an hour, it turns into a gentle, aquatic jasmine scent.
Middle notes: jasmine, rose, coriander, pepper, cardamon
The appearance of florals temporarily breaks up the composition. the light, fresh notes are still there but now some heavier, tea-scented aromas are coming through. The white tea becomes apparent and most dominant in about 3 hours. I kept catching a white tea aroma of the cologne I applied on my neck and wrists when I moved about. It was fresh, airy, aromatic and slightly spicy and reminded me of Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline mixed with Bvlgari The Vert. The characteristic aquatic - floral - white tea phase lasted for about two hours.
Base notes: smoked wood, musk
In the last phase, the fragrance develops a dominantly musky base. It's soft and powdery with woody nuances, like the drydown I get in White Musk Eau de Toilette (The Body Shop) but with a slight dose of spice. I was surprised that I didn't catch any of the drydown in my neck, as my hair was still clinging to the tea aroma. On my arms, this phase smelled of gentle but very, very quiet musk.
:: Conclusion ::
I was slightly disappointed that the scent only lasted for about six hours on me and was very subtle, especially in the last phase. Having said that Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc has an even lighter concentration than an eau de toilette which means substantially less staying power. What really appealed to me though was that the fragrance managed to create an undeniably beautiful balance between two worlds, freshness and warmth that both men and women can enjoy.
:: Price and availability ::
You'll find the cologne in department stores though you'll have to pay the full RRP there. I recommend Ebay or online perfume discounters to get it from.
Thanks for reading.
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