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The crisp, clean scent of green tea touched with lemon verbena and honeysuckle.

 

In the imp--the same crisp notes I love i White tea and Sage HG and Kumiho

 

Wet--This is so beautiful. A perfect green tea and lemon. Verbena tends to be too strong on me, and lemon can go cleanser, but this is extremely fresh, bright, and natural smelling.

 

Dry--I wish this was stronger, but after slathering this is a light could of beautiful, gentle, very feminine light honeydew colored waves of scent staying close to the body.

 

This is so friggin' good. Going into the regular rotation and slathering hard. I've noticed that some of my favorite BPALs are extremely light, so I've become more bold in my application recently. :blush2:

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Clean, fresh tea scent with a hint of lemon verbena floral in the background. A fresh laundry and sunlight kind of clean!

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Wow, my first honeysuckle that doesn't instantly become a death note! I think that is due to the fact that this scent is largely dominated by the citrus and green tea. When you first apply it, it is all citrus, but the tea comes in very quickly. Unsurprisingly, it fades quite dramatically, but this where the honeysuckle comes in and holds it in - making this a citrus tea scent with a bit more strength and throw than a lot of others I have tried. This scent screams summer!

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This is so crisp and refreshing. It's stays the same on me the whole way through: bright citrus-y green tea and a hint of floral. To me this smells EXACTLY like one of my favorite summer perfumes Thé Vert by Roger & Gallet. This will be the perfect replacement once I run out!

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Well apparently I amp the lab's tea notes - all of the BPALs I've tried so far with any variety of tea listed as a note have quickly become ALL TEA ALL THE TIME on me :peep: .

 

That being said, Shanghai is a lovely lemony green tea with just the tiniest touch of honeysuckle, and it is my favorite of the tea notes I've encountered so far in my (barely begun) BPAL journey. It is very refreshing and I think it would be really nice in the summer, although I'm not sure how often I'll reach for it. I like tea as a scent but it is just too dominant on my skin.

 

I may save it and use it in a burner as a room scent, though, it is very uplifting.

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I'll be honest, none of these notes appeal to me, other than the honeysuckle, however I am so enamored of the whole Wanderlust collection that I feel compelled to try them all!

 

 

Wet: Green tea. Which always smells kind of artificial, once it's on my skin - it just doesn't mesh well with my chemistry, unfortunately. Not really picking up on the other notes. Just very sweet green tea.

 

 

Dry: This is REALLY strong, and the throw is really good too. It's almost green tea single note on me, with just a hint of lemon and some sweetness. It's not my type of scent at all, but if you like green tea scents, I imagine this would be perfect! It's very clean, and due to it's strength, throw, and lasting power, I bet it would be amazing on a summer day.

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For a really, really long time, I wore Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea Honeysuckle. I didn't particularly like it, but I got a bottle free in one of those promo things. I don't particularly like this either because it smells EXACTLY the same on me. So now I know that if green tea is in the mix, it's going to beat every other note into submission. That's why I never got any other notes in GTH, and why I'm not getting any other notes here. It's just single note green tea. I'd imagine that it would smell beautiful on someone else, because the imp smells like a spring in a bottle.

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Lemon verbena likes to take over, and is the clear first impression on the wand, alongside a very clean green note of tea and bamboo. The combined notes make me think of lemongrass. The honeysuckle seems subtle to me, not an oozy-honeyed floral smell, but somehow also clean.

 

Shanghai is the same on my skin, just as light and clean with the same balance of notes, though I think when a friend tried it on months ago, it turned right to Lemon Pledge on her. Skin chemistry differences are always fascinating to experience firsthand. I'm a little curious if these differences signify anything else about us. But at the least, they're another way scent is personal.

 

When I first tried Shanghai, I loved its light, beautiful, clean simplicity. I still like it, but it competes with the other green tea choices I now have, and I don't enjoy a standout lemon note as much except in high contrast against something like vetiver or black tea (as in Qandisa and Dorian). For the mood I get from Shanghai, I'd probably sooner turn to Shamisen or On the Porch in the Rain.

 

But I still like it, and so does my skin.

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This is my go-to scent, the one that's the most "me". Sweet green tea with a hint of lemon. I don't really get honeysuckle as such, I think it's just lending the sweetness. Green, sweet without being cloying, fresh without being soapy. Lasts a while on me and makes me happy the whole time :).

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Shanghai on me is pleasant but not a standout. For some reason the green tea just disappears on my skin, taking the verbena with it soon thereafter, and I'm just left with the faint sweetness of honeysuckle, which does not last long either. I seem to obliterate this scent within minutes. Shanghai, I have defeated you! So I won't be buying more.

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Absolutely stunning when wet - all three notes are perfectly balanced. Dry loses me a little as I think the honeysuckle goes a touch sour.

 

This would be amazing as a hair gloss though. This is so bright and fresh and simple.

 

I do enjoy this but I will pass on the imp as I'm unlikely to reach for it. Would buy this in a heartbeat in HG form though.

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Green lemons and tea. It does remind me of another BPAL scent, but I can't think of what it is.

 

Where I'd wear this: Taking tea in the solar, windows open

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Short & sweet review for this one.

 

This is horribly sour in the imp, but on my skin it's Embalming Fluid 2.0--new and improved, now with less cleaning product smell! Lasts a teeny bit longer too, maybe due to the honeysuckle. A bottle of this may be in my future!

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