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Black Tea CO2 (SELECT)

Adam Michael has this to say “Smelling black tea CO2 from the bottle is very astringent, warm, bitter, and perhaps a little spicy and even floral. All the notes work very well together and from the heart to dry down I detect soft woody nuances. This material does contain ethanol and it adds a lot of oomph to the aroma.

On the skin I find the projection is somewhat limited and the aroma instead really clings to the skin, lasting for about 40 minutes. Initially when applied to the skin it also somewhat fatty and maybe even leathery in aroma but very quickly the aroma is no real different to smelling from the bottle.

As for uses, well first this is a must for building brown notes, using with other black tea materials, finds use within gourmand accords, helps build dirty floral notes and Oriental inspired compositions.”

Mark Evans has this to say “Tea notes did not actually appear in perfumes until the early 90’s, probably in response to the growing craving for fresh, clean, gender-neutral scents. The perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, with his beautifully minimalist style, was one of the first to use a tea note in Bvlgari’s Eau Parfumee au The Vert in 1992, however it was created using synthetics.

All of the purely natural tea extracts are top note materials and have either grassy, earthy and floral notes for the green teas or strong, leather, tobacco and hay notes for black teas. They certainly don’t smell clean and fresh and maybe this was a contributing factor to the late uptake of tea notes in perfumery.

Here we have a fascinating CO2 extraction of black tea leaves. The scent is immediate and strong with astringent hay and tobacco notes and with a little smoky leatheriness. On the warmth of skin the scent is sweeter and includes a delicious roasted bran note. It really is a delight to experience.

Although similar to the absolute, the black tea CO2 is definitely stronger up-front and has heady, leafy-green, earthy aspects that are also found in violet-leaf and osmanthus absolutes. Because of this, I would recommend it for use in masculine fougere style perfumes as a shorter lived replacement for violet-leaf or osmanthus absolute. Black Tea CO2 blends well with tuberose, violet-leaf, osmanthus, narcissus, cassie, boronia, clary sage, cumin and the like.”

Botanical Name: Thea sinensis

Origin: Indonesia

Alcohol Soluble: Yes

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