Leaves' is the first in a series of fragrance collections by Commes des Garcons. Tea adds bergamot, rose petals and cedar wood to the fragrance of black tea.

parfums*PARFUMS Series 1 Leaves: Tea fragrance notes

    • Black Tea, Bergamot, Rose Petals, Cedarwood, Mat?

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Latest Reviews of parfums*PARFUMS Series 1 Leaves: Tea

It's funny - this was SO shocking when I first smelled it, but after 15 years of ouds and campfire perfumes, this is practically pastoral when smelled now.

It's basically a lavender/tonka fougere - a nice one, actually - with pie spices in the drydown and a pinch of musk as a tribute to classic fougeres like Jicky. There's a bit of lemon verbena in there, which gives the illusion of tea, and then there's a bit of that rubber note made famous by Bulgari Black.

I appreciate fumes4ever's comparison to SMN's Nostalgia - both that and Tea are actually very classic fougeres with bits of rubber added. If I didn't already have a bottle of Nostalgia, I'd definitely pick up a bottle of this. Well done! (and not nearly as shocking here and now)
12th December 2020
Genre: Weak Tea

Ten minutes of Lapsang Souchong and rubbing alcohol followed by thirty minutes of nondescript sweet base notes. The rest is silence.
5th July 2014

As often happens with most of the Comme Des Garcons deliveries, Tea is a polarizing fragrance. Dreadful to some, amazing to others...almost no neutral feelings about it.

I'm surely among the "amazed". Tea opens with a strong smoky lapsang and tar combo that may bring to mind of animalic notes, petrol, bandages, plastic and industrial-chemical compounds. In this phase Tea is incredibly bitter and challenging, indeed. A sweet woody creamy base starts to lurk in the back remarking its prsence with subtle yet noticeable rose-y undertones. The fragrance evolves melting the smoky top notes with the sweet base to create a minimalistic yet misterious drydown that while being much more conventional than the opening, it's still intriguing and head and shoulders above the avrage quality available at these prices.

Overall Tea is definitely not a fragrance for everyone but, if you're not into crowdpleasers and feel like daring, this is one to take in consideration. Stock it before it's gone...

Moderate projection, reasonable lasting power (6-8 hrs).
6th March 2012
One word: petrol. And, well, that's about it, really.
3rd February 2012
I classify this scent with L'Artisan's Dzing! (and by extension also with Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia, which I'm not really fond of at all, as fun as it is to play around with for a few applications). Dzing!, with its new car/leather/vinyl sweetness eventually drives off into its ho hum vanillaville sunset which leaves a jade like me most definitely wanting something more. Tea on the other hand is a well finished work of art. The tea accord itself develops into a very natural and very seductive green tea ice cream accord - this is a great improvement over poor overworked vanilla. And then there's the smoke!! How delicious, complete with that amusing but seriously gorgeous plastic/pleather/new car/leather mystery accord which thank heaven sticks around :)

I tested Dzing! again recently wondering if I'd find that the year or so since I last did would find me finding it bottleworthy. It hasn't. Recently I fell for Tea, perceived the connection and so: to anyone who likes Dzing!, (particularly anybody who has not yet purchased it) I urge y'all to try these two side by side Sondheim!!


I hope I'll never ever be
*sans* Comme des Garcons Leaves Series 1: Tea !!!!

I'll tell ya somethin else there, silly
Ya better buy yourself some Lily!
6th March 2011
I use to appreciate rubbery and tarry scents but this one is just too medicinal, chemical, industrial, with an added sickly sweet note. It bears only the faintest relation to a smoky black tea scent.
22nd November 2009
Well, I get the tea part but everything else is kinda... bad? It's very plasticky, like the smell of Saran wrap being stretched right out of the box. But man that tea note is nice. I just cannot get over the true synteticness and sterile facade of the whole thing.
29th October 2009
Hardcore, and like they say, not for the faint of heart.Quite brutal, animalic opening is very impressive. Love at firts sniff, but the drydown is place where the magic actually happens : Wonderful blend of stiff tar, cedarwood, rose and shiny, hard plastic. Can be quite hard to handle, and I`m not suprised by the negative comments at all.I love this very much though, but I don`t reach that bottle very often, and when I do, I cannot allow myself to use more than 3 sprays.Amazing bottle with wonderful spray mechanism. High quality performance.
13th September 2008
The initial whiff of Comme des Garcons Tea perfume conjured up thoughts of an ancient wooden tea chest, blackened over time and filled with rare, carefully packed Lapsang Souchong tea leaves. It had an earthy, smoky rich smell that would be gorgeous to wear on a crisp fall day and would also be an excellent layering scent. There was bit of soapiness in the basenote which appeared to be white musk. If you are a fan of tea by Mariage Freres or Hediard, be sure and try CdG's interpretation of Tea. In the interests of giving a complete review, I feel I should point out that that Tea's luridly green bottle is cheap-looking and an unfortunate marketing choice for this well-crafted perfume. Here are the notes, courtesy of Luckyscent: black tea, zest of bergamot, rose petals, cedar wood, absolute maté.
21st July 2008
This is so gothique' ~ Reminds me of a huge Chinese Black tea warehouse that has just burned to the ground , and upon your arrival to this there are little gothic geisha women- clad in vinyl kimonos dropping rose petals freshly picked upon the whole smoldering mess. There an odd PVC/vinyl fetishistic kind of backdrop. Little gothic hipsters and Older semi-retired Batcave era goth folkswould make it a signature scent for sure. Not for the faint of heart- it's strong , intense , and avant-gardestuff you expect from CdG, so of course I LOVE IT !!!
8th October 2006
Sorry, I love CDG but this one is as nasty as A*men to me,very deep, dry, very sticky, it literally sticks on your skin, and whatever yo do, wash the zone you apllied, showered yourself... It won´t go.And the tar fact is quite too much, and bordering the sickness, nothing to do with the syntethic series 6 Tar, that I found cool.Sorry! Thumbs down!
21st September 2006
Not for the faint of heart, and not for everyday use. Strong Lapsang Souchong with no sugar served in a flambéed plastic cup. If in cheeses you prefer Saint Albre to Gouda, then this is your cup of tea. Certainly an acquired taste, as most CdG creations are. If tempted but unsure, go for Annick Goutal's Eau de Fier first and then work your way up to this one, and you won't be disappointed. Good lasting power. Handy flowerpower-green bottle an added bonus.
12th August 2006