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Russian Caravan Tea CB I Hate Perfume for women and men
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There's almost nothing nicer and more comfy than sitting by a fire with a good book and drinking Russian caravan tea. This is a dark and smoky fragrance of smoked black Indian tea, bergamot and the hint of shelves full of old books.

It is available as 2 and 15 ml perfume absolute and 100 ml water perfume. Russian Caravan Tea was launched in 2004. The nose behind this fragrance is Christopher Brosius.

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N° XIII Poivre Sichuan
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The Bergamote - Bergamot Tea
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Russian Caravan Tea Fragrance Reviews

becuille
becuille

This perfume sums up why I love Christopher Brosius. When I first wore it, I thought "Oh god, I smell just like a cup of tea, get it off me!" Then I realised "Wait a minute, I like this smell, why the hell shouldn't I wear it on my skin?"

Brosius does't make your usual perfumes - as evidenced by the name of the house - but he does make you reconsider what perfume is, or can be. I really appreciate that. Not everything needs to be roses and jasmine.

This is the most realistic tea perfume I've ever smelled. I think it's because a) he uses very high quality ingredients and b) he's not trying to add a ton of other stuff to it to make it more "wearable". He wants this to smell like tea so it does.

It's never really lemony on me. I get tea, some spices (making the tea smell a bit like a chai tea) and some woods. Although the name says Russian, this makes me think of old world India in a way.

It's a very pure, clean scent, unisex too. Longevity is 7 hours on me, moderate sillage.

Jun
10
2014
Q80
Q80

well... it smells like.... cold lemon tea added to it a hint of soap then a soft drink (7up does the work). so it's a mixture of worm rather than cold tea. no for me.

May
15
2014
mirrorghost
mirrorghost

i have a sample of this and i tried to slather it on, but my skin seems to eat it right up! it's a subtly sweet milky tea fragrance. at first i smelled something sweet, almost berry-like, but i don't know what that was. it's a soft bergamot with a hint of woods and slight foody spiciness. i think anyway, this just has no staying power on me, and i can hardly smell it, despite reapplying it twice.

Apr
04
2014
TeaforTwo
TeaforTwo

This is a dead ringer for Lipton ice tea, with some added bergamot. I wish it weren't so, I've been after a good black tea fragrance for a long time, but this just isn't interesting enough. I admire the realism, but I don't want to smell of it.

Dec
18
2013
TeaAndRoses
TeaAndRoses

This smells so perfect. Good black tea, light citrus essence, a touch of creaminess - like Earl Grey with plenty of milk. I have not noticed the scent of old bookshelves, but that's fine with me.
Sadly my water perfume sample only lasts about an hour on my skin. I may shell out for the 2ml absolute.

Oct
27
2013
laughingbird
laughingbird

I want to smell like black tea. I think I've found my tea scent - finally!

I've tried tea for two (smelled like sweet pipe tobacco on me), the pour un ete (jasmine, citrus, no tea? Too tart), au the blanc (all musk in dry down),au the rouge (warm, nutty, more pipe), au the vert (light, pretty, white/green, heady even - more flowers than tea), and Il coloniali black tea which smells very similar to RCT at first but stronger and muskier in the end. I even tried Gucci pour homme 2 based on reviews. That smelled disasterously like new car.

Russian caravan tea isn't smoky enough to smell exactly like it's namesake, but it does smell like fresh iced black tea with lemon to me. It opens very herbal and grassy with a strong, clear bergamot note. The top notes are quite masculine to me. There is something that is vaguely reminiscent of Pine-sol at first, but I decided not to panic and run to the sink for a scrub.

The dry-down was the payoff. The scent is sheer, cool, refreshing like one would imagine a glass of iced tea on a hot day would be. There is the undercurrent of bergamot and a distant whiff of smoke throughout. I don't get the warm cuppa in the library vibe at all.

No musk- yay!It's not that I hate musk, just that on me musk overwhelms all other scents so that most perfumes smell too similar when they've dried. OK, I hate musk.

This scent is very sheer. Sillage is light. Not sure about staying power because it is one of those scents you quickly can't smell on yourself. I'd definitely wear this in the summer. Maybe Au the rouge in fall/ winter?

Jun
08
2013
kabelaced
kabelaced

Smoky and dark, but disappeared right away on my skin in an hour or so. This is close to the smell of caravan tea, but I wish it would have had more body and been even smokier!

May
08
2013
evesoho
evesoho

Gypsy Parfumista's review? I'm sold!

Apr
25
2013
RedDeLishus
RedDeLishus

This scent is best tested on your body. For some people the lemon is brought out, and for other the woodsy notes. The tea is constant and amazing. I like this with the Library scent by CB. This is unisex, the person's body is such a key factor on how this smells. The strip of paper samples are always off.

Jan
19
2013
courtney.lirilli
courtney.lirilli

An expensive mix of tommy girl and liz ardens green tea. Smells like warm black tea and lemon, but for the price of this I'd rather rub tea bags on myself.

Dec
15
2012
lovingthealien
lovingthealien

This is one of CB's "simple" fragrances. This works so well because of the excellent quality of the materials - this really is earl grey tea!

Apr
07
2012
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

*Perfume Absolute review*

Christopher Brosius MAY be a pretentious ass, but if YOU made perfumes like THESE you could be as pretentious as you wanted! I feel he was tired with "mainstrem" perfumes and wanted to "break out" of the norm (something I utterly admire) and do some really different, soul gripping creations. And this he has done, in my opinion, from what I have smelled thus far. Scents with names like "Under the Arbor", "Gathering Apples", "I am a Dandelion" and "Baby's Butt" (LOL) take things everyone can relate to and brings out the beauty in everyday life...

Join me now, in the Library, for a nice warm cup of Russian Caravan Tea...would you??

The drapes are open and the sunlight is flooding in, as the water boils and the loose leaf tea sits in the ceramic pot. As the scalding water cascades over the tea, a heavenly aroma of PURE TEA greets the nose with citrusy nuances of bergamot and I ask you "One lump or two?"; Placing a lemon slice (gently twisted) on the edge of each cup as we settle into comfy leather high backed chairs and talk of philosophy, the state of the world and the newest Serge Lutens creation. All around us is the smell of wooden shelves and antique books bound lovingly, encasing pages gilt with gold and holding tales of adventure, intrigue and love. Russian Caravan Tea is not so much the spicy aromatic tea I thought it would be, but it is a brisk and eye-opening scent that is as pure and simple as an afternoon spent sipping really GOOD tea and talking and spending a day doing nothing of real importance other than nourishing one's soul and relaxing with those you love and luxuriating in the simple, but necessary, creature comforts that make life worth living: good tea, friends, and a good book!

Sillage: good
Longevity: above average
Overall: 3.75/5

Would you care for another cup, dear friend? It is, after all, Sunday and I hear that there is a new niche line coming out from Molton Brown...

Jul
31
2011
HappyShopper123
HappyShopper123

I found this to be a rather vapid rose tea fragrance. The water perfume had not staying power on me.

Apr
21
2011
darkroomvisitor
darkroomvisitor

This scent made me realize how much i like the smell of tea. I don't quite catch the lemon/bergamot but there is definitely something that makes it a bit sweet. Perfect blend. Love it.

Oct
15
2010
BIG
BIG

i purchased a small sample of this scent. In all honesty, after smelling it, i could not make myself wear it. It seemed as if i sampled lemon flavored black tea and not a fragrance. very deceiving.

Oct
15
2010
nanano
nanano

Very nostalgic smell from my childhood. Thoughts coming back to the could dark mornings when grandmother were prepared strong black tea with lemon. This smells the same. Only tea and lemon, without sugar.

Oct
15
2010
abirae
abirae

This is my new favorite tea scent. It opens with very vivid, lush bergamot, like a perfect cup of Earl Gray or lightly sweetened iced tea with lemon. The bergamot is warm and round, and fades slowly away leaving just a hint of citrus with a gorgeous and slightly bitter black tea base, with a hint of cedar and an extraordinarily faint touch of smoke. I'm in love.

Sep
13
2010
janudy
janudy

This smells like the black tea I drink every morning, but with some lemon! However, unlike other tea scents I own, this has surprising longevity. I could smell it on me at the end of the day, a good 9 hours later. And there's none of that musky dry down I find in other light tea scents. Christopher Brosius is a genius at capturing scent memories!

Aug
06
2010
midsummer
midsummer

If there was a scent for the morning after, this would be it. I don't read it as an evening scent. To me, it smells like sipping over-steeped tea at an outdoor cafe, possibly with a faint hint of smoke from the table next to you. It's a strong burst of caffeine when you haven't slept at all the night before.

As with other CB I Hate Perfume scents, this one plays with your mind in very interesting ways. I may never be able to sample "normal" perfume again!

Apr
23
2010

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