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This edit explores the tea theme in perfume. It’s only natural that this aromatic plant, rich in pleasant smelling essential oils made it into fragrance as a fancy perfume note.
Perfumers use tea in two ways: either they utilize the beauty of the natural material and use tinctures or absolutes; otherwise tea could be part of a story (and not necessarily be a natural material but an accord). Sometimes one has to invent a fantasy tea note for the Mad Hatter’s tea party or the East India’s tea warehouse settings. This edit covers both approaches: tea as a natural material, rich woody, musky, sometimes fruity and plenty of perfumes with imaginary tea accords.
In this perfume the perfumer recreated the aroma of genmaicha tea, a Japanese specialty, where green tea is mixed with popped caramelized rice. Ukiyo-E is thus a contrasting formula, the coolness of green tea set against the warm gourmand nuance of burnt sugar. That corresponds to the concept of the perfume perfectly: a particular style of tattoo (Japanese koi and oni) and tattoos always involve the use of contrast of skin and ink.
A delectable perfume inspired by oriental blends infused with flowers and spices. Musky leathery osmanthus and magnolia are blended into the dark background of black tea. There is also a candied lemon spark which is refreshing and sweet at the same time.
Tea and gunpowder, the two staples that the East India Company ferried around the world are at the center of this perfume. In Vi et Armis tea is an accord (clever molecules that will smell like smoky tea) and is mixed with aromatic references to all other colonial goods you can think of: gunpowder, opium, spices, brandy, sandal and naturally to the ships tarred hold where all of these commodities would be kept.