Tea for Two by L’artisan: A Beauty Habit Love Story

Heya Ladies and Gents,

Long before I tried this little pretty I was reading about it, Tania Sanchez gives it three grudging stars and writes, “Probably a better room fragrance than a personal perfume and, judged as an attempt at modernising the Oriental genre, completely trounced by Fendi’s … Theorema. Still, not bad.” in Perfumes, The Guide: so clearly she missed something that so many others love, and for a while I also missed its beauty. I had a couple of samples that got used but I wasn’t madly crazy for it. Then Undina from Undina’sLookingGlass sent me a generous decant in a spritz bottle and everybody’s love for it suddenly became clear. It is fresh and deep and nuanced, mysterious, glamorous and very beautiful. WOW!! What? DISCONTINUED!!!!

Isn’t it the same dreadful story we read, hear, find out at the counter. Here is my APJ post on Tea for Two written last year. Clearly, in my mind anyway, Tea for Two was either unable to be produced due to new IFRA regs or it was a crap seller, either way I was saddened and have been seriously eeking out my decant ever since. In truth trying not to bemoan its lack, or even think about having a bottle. Some things aren’t meant to be, right?

Tea for Two by Olivia Giacobetti for L’artisan Parfumeur: A Love Story

Tea for Two L'Artisan FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives the featured accords as:
Top: Bergamot, star anise, tea
Heart: Cinnamon, ginger, spices, gingerbread
Base: Honey, vanilla, leather, tobacco

Then something extraordinary happened while in LA at Scentsation. It was lunch time at BeautyHabit and most of the crew were off having the fabulous tacos and chips and OMG SO YUMMY!! Then someone mentioned that there was a Tea for Two Tester still in the tester section, off like a brides nighty was I. Spritz, Spritz AAAAAHHHH. This stuff is magic! Smoky, rich, resinous and milky spiced tea wafting gloriously, so I did the unthinkable.

Approaching one of the lovely sisters who run BeautyHabit, “Hi, you know this is discontinued, don’t you?”….. “Even if they bring it back they will definitely have to reformulate it to be industry approved now.”…. “Would you consider SELLING me this tester please?”….. “I understand that you don’t sell testers but this is a special case, discontinued, unrereleasable as is and one of my FAVOURITES!!”….. “No, you’re right. I understand. I know, sure. No worries, if you EVER decide to sell it please keep me in mind. You know I want to buy it, yes?”……. “Ok, thanks” Well, I tried, unsuccessfully but at least I could not worry that I hadn’t tried.

So we shopped, I purchased a Sarah Horowitz Parfum and an i Profumi di Firenze that I will write about later. Everyone had lunch and we got on the bus, laughing and talking about what a super day it was. Everyone received a gift from BeautyHabit and mine was the Pineider (one of my new fave brands) Estratto di Colonia. They even gave away a Serge Lutens BELL JAR!! These were serious prizes for amazed perfumistas! As the bus pulled out there was a bustle, rush and knocking on the door from outside.

The BeautyHabit girls had decided to GIFT me the Tea for Two!!!!!

Though I made light of it at the time I was and am deeply touched by their gift. I have worn Tea for Two quite a lot since acquiring it from BeautyHabit and it has not disappointed. It is the most worn so far since I got it and not just because it is a super killer scent but every time I spritz I think of the amazing time we all had a the Perfume Posse Scentsation.

So please, do me a favour. Next time you are thinking of an online shopping spree for anything fragrance or beauty related, try BeautyHabit(<<<JUMP) because they have an excellent selection, are fun, sexy, generous and ship to the world: and they went out of their way to put a super duper smile on my already smiling face.

See you tomorrow,
Portia xx

LA Scentsation MAY 11 2013 The MAD MAD MAD Bus Tour!!

Hey Hey

Sometimes in my life I have been asked to do some mad-assed cer-ay-zee shit! This is another one of those fabulous moments in time. If you are in, or can be in, LA on MAY 11 2013 then you need to get on board this bus for the MOST PERFUME EVER SNIFFED IN ONE DAY BY A BUS LOAD OF CRAZY BITCHES TOUR!! Organised by Patty and Musette from The Perfume Posse, so you know it’s going to be AH MAY ZING!!

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From the Perfume Posse

So is this perfume sample habit you’ve got going getting you a little frustrated because you want to Smell.Them.All – NOW!?  Ever want to just spend a whole day sampling a huge amount of perfumes?  For $19-59 (well, plus travel and hotel if you don’t live in the area), join Perfume Posse for LA Scentsation on May 11, 2013.   It is a full day at Luckyscent, Beautyhabit, Barney’s, Opus Oils, smelling everything they have on their counters and some brand new lines, plus there will be entertainment on the bus (if you choose that option) with the fabulous Portia Turbo (appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and runs Australian Perfume Junkies.  If you haven’t seen one of Portia’s Live Video Sniffs, you’ve missed something special), giveaways, fabulous gift bags full of samples to take home, and an amazing time.  Click here for more details and the registration form.  There are a limited number of registrations available for the bus and the full day of events.

SO, please get cracking and get on board the FRAGBUS!!

Portia xx

Here I am starring in the Shake Your Groove Thing clip from 1994 for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert