Monday, May 6, 2013

Enveloped in Scent With Bulgari's Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc

One of the little pleasures of monthly beauty boxes is discovering unusual products that one would otherwise not have purchased without having tried the product first. I've discovered quite a few unusual products in this way, most notably Herban Essentials which are excellent purse towelettes made with essential oils that come in a variety of scents such as orange rind, lemon, lavender and peppermint. I adore them, and without one of my very first Birchboxes I never would have known they existed.

Unlike some who eschew samples in favor of full sized cosmetics in beauty boxes, I tend to regard such unusual and unexpected items as helpful tools and/or fun things to try on a rainy afternoon. I met one such product with the same kind of surprised enthusiasm when I received my most recent GlossyBox. Nestled beneath last month's many and varied products was Bulgari's Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc, a tea bag for the bath. This unique product meets somewhere between the LUSH shop and the perfume counter. Containing the same notes as Bulgari's Au Thé Blanc fragrance, this product is meant to be submerged in the bath for a relaxing, sensual experience.

For whatever reason I'd long assumed that the bulk of Bulgari's fragrance offerings were comprised of heavier evening notes. Recent fragrance exploration, though, has taught me otherwise. Renowned for Petits et Mamans, an alcohol-free powdery scent appropriate both for little ones and their mothers, Bulgari is also recognized for their selection of tea inspired fragrances Au Thé Blanc, Au Thé Vert and Au Thé Rouge.

Created by perfumer Jacques Cavallier and Released in 2003, Au Thé Blanc is as much an ozonic green as it is an homage to white tea. With top notes of tea (duh), artemesia and bergamot, Au Thé Blanc then begins to smell of pepper and coriander before mellowing into a musky warm scent that wears close to the skin, laced with the fragrance of jasmine. 

Being a lover of all things pertaining to perfume and bath time, I couldn't resist trying this hedonistic tea bag almost immediately. 

I should immediately clear up any confusion that may arise from the similarity this product may have to others meant to soften and clean the skin. The Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc tea bag is nothing more than a sachet that slowly releases its perfume, encouraged by the hot water. This luxe product aims to create a mood, rather than have any impact on the appearance or condition of your skin.

Before trying Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc, I erroneously assumed that I would experience the fragrance to a lesser degree than I would if I were to spray it directly against my skin. I was utterly wrong. By placing this perfumed tea bag into piping hot water and allowing it to cool along with the water temperature I was enveloped with each top, middle and base note all while relaxing in the comfort of a warm bath. It was immensely pleasurable to put myself through the paces of attempting to recognize notes while relaxing, as opposed to running through my day to day routine while ruminating about a new fragrance on and off.

That said, I'm not certain I would purchase for myself however lovely the experience may have been. Have you tried Bulgari's Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc tea bags for the bath? What are your thoughts about this unmistakable luxury product?