September 12, 2006

Tea

There is the proven comfort of a cup of tea, of any kind, but especially black or green tea. The Engish offering of a cup of tea at any time for any reason seems to actually work surprisingly well, to soothe, calm and uplift. The smell of tea has a sense memory for that reason, and also there is something in the fresh quality of the scent, wedded to a dark background sense of dryness which works well as a light personal fragrance, useful for the workday world or times spent in a very public place. There have been many many successful tea fragrances, the Bulgari ones, the L'Artisan ones, and even some of the more highly commercial mass market offerings such as H2o's Green Tea and Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea (while very strong) can be refreshing. Aubrey Organics has started offering fragrances, and they offer a Tea which is very subtle and light. Or, if there is time to delve into the direct experience of brewed tea, even without engaging in the mindful aspects of a tea ceremony, drinking it and enjoying its aroma can directly connect to all its benefits, aesthetic, physical and mental. I personally think one of the most beautiful man made objects around is a tea cup, so simple and so satisfying to hold and behold.
Above: Perfect destination for a fragrance enthusiast, the Munnar Hills of South India tea and spice plantations (see mouthwatering article here)
Basenotes reviews of Bulgari and L'Artisan Tea fragrances here and here;
A delightful article on how to make a perfect cup of tea here.

5 comments:

chaya ruchama said...

Dear L-
So, shall we travel there...NOW...?
Glorious photo- and besides, I am such an unrepentant subcontinental wannabe...

Here's to tea in the tub, tea and a book, tea in the tummy, tea anytime !

Lucy said...

Now is good, Chaya, I like the idea of NOW...
Or in the bathtub with tea and a book, that would be good right NOW...

Jennifer said...

Love tea. Thinking I will definately have some after class, but have yet to find the perfect tea fragrance.

Parfume Moderne said...

I adore tea. It is one of my greatest passions, and my shelves are lined to the tops with cans of tea.
My favorite books are Chado and The Art of Tea.
I have a new fragrance coming out in a few weeks (maybe less) titled Chado, in honor of the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
The Series (of perfumes) is titled: Sentient, which is an homage to my thirty five years of devotion to Taoist thought and eastern philosophy. It captured me as a teenager, and has held my
attention ever since. Including the love of
tea. Served with cup and saucer, or fine Japanese tea bowls. Never a chunky mug, it is too brutish.

Z.... : >)

Lucy said...

Z - I am sure your long mindful cultivation of experiencing the present moment has had a tremendous impact on your creativity and the composition of your fragrances...