Ravenscourt Apothecary is a dream come true for animal, tea and book lovers because they specialise in natural fragrances and skin care that is predominantly inspired by classic literature. On top of this, their products are handmade, palm oil and cruelty free! Is it any wonder that I fell in love with the company wayyy before I even received their tea fragrance sampler. Then I discovered that Ravenscourt Apothecary owner and creator, Tanya, has a cat was called Bergamot! My heart just melted.
Everyday store bought perfumes tend to kick out intense smell all day long, but they are also made with a base of alcohol and added synthetic aromas, compiled together using an array of chemicals. If, like me, you have sensitive skin these ingredients can trigger rashes and eczema breakouts really easily. Ravenscourt Apothecary minimise the chances of these reactions by using an infusion of botanicals, fractionated coconut oil and essential oils. This does mean that the aroma doesn’t have that all day intensity, but, particularly with the sampler sets; they are compact and easy to carry around. The proof is in the pudding, because I actually took this set back packing around Europe with me at the beginning of 2017, perfect light weight additions to my small supply of beauty products for special occasions. I even packed some of them when I moved to Canada!
Tea Inspired Scents
Ravenscourt Apothecary sent me their tea inspired sampler, which contains 1ml of the following tea infused fragrances:
• Vanilla Rooibos
• Green Tea
• Lapsang Souchong
• Earl Grey
Vanilla Rooibos | Sweet Spicy Rich
Vanilla Rooibos smells good enough to eat, as well as seeming really exotic, making it easy to imagine that you’ve just wandered into a colourful bazar, full of sweet, sugary foods and foreign spices! I actually ended up wearing it lots when I was travelling around southern Spain, the heat seemed to really extenuate the sweet notes of vanilla, and then once the sun had gone down, the spices would make me feel warmed. Although I ended up wearing this in the summer, I feel like it’s a really diverse, all year round scent. In the winter the strong, warming cardamom notes, combined with a gentle cinnamon and light pepper, would be perfect.
Key Notes: Vanilla, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Benzoin Resin and Everlasting Flower.
Green Tea | Grassy Fresh
This perfume perfectly captures the essence of all that is green, not just green tea! Whilst it does perfectly reflect a green tea; with grassy, lemon notes, the scent also delves deeper, encapsulating the outdoors with undercutting warm wood, earth, pine and moss, giving this fragrance a more masculine edge. I started to test Green Tea after we moved to Canada, and ended up wearing it on lots of mountainous hikes, through wooded areas and around lakes. It felt special to have a scent that was completely complimentary to my environment, rather than trailing a synthetic scent through nature. I feel like this is a completely unisex scent and I really enjoyed it on myself and on my husband!
Key Notes: Cedarwood, Everlasting Flower, Lemongrass, Cloves, Gingergrass and Resins.
Lapsang Souchong | Spicy Smoky Woody
This scent ended up being my favourite, perhaps because it had similar notes to high street perfumes I’ve previously owned. I tend to go for perfumes with a dark feel that are a little sweet and peppery; deep rose, woody and vanilla are notes I lean towards. In comparison, this is very similar, with that deep “dark” scent that resonates a woody feel and slight floral element. I literally wore it whenever and wherever.
Key Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Rosewood and Black Pepper.
Earl Grey | Citric Fresh Clean
To me, Earl Grey smells the most masculine. It’s a heavy scent with that really savoury and a clean cutting refreshing note. Again, I wore this mostly whilst we were travelling in Europe, especially when we were on the coast and by the sea. The fresh notes of this perfume seemed to combine beautifully with the fresh, salty air!
Key Notes: Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Bergamot and Eucalyptus.
Each of these fragrances is also available in 10ml bottles, so if you’ve try the sampler, fall in love with one (or all of them!) you can pick up a larger quantity! I found that even though I only had a 1ml of each, they lasted pretty well. Obviously, it depends how often you wear and re-apply, but this small pack could easily last over a month.
It’s really great that all of these fragrances are unisex, although I do think some scents are better suited to one or the other. Personally, I loved every single one, but Lapsang Souchong (coincidentally one of my favourite teas) was my definite favourite. This is a really great collection, I may be biased as I’m an avid tea fan, but whether you’re a tea lover or not, this collection is undeniably beautiful, both ethically and sensually.