This week I used the last of the sample scents from the Zents Eau de Toilette collection. I know there was a big break in the middle of testing the bag of samples so it seems as though I have been going very slowly through the collection. In truth there are ten scents in the collection and each has been given its own week of use.
Then of course came the summer where it was just too hot to wear any kind of scent at all. There were some days where the scent of my own shampoo was just too much scent for me. It is something about the heat. I think that the heat sort of intensifies all of the scents around it, so my nose is bombarded with an extra dose of all of the green growing things around me – as well as the not so great scents like baking asphalt and motor oil – that adding any scent on top, even if it is one i normally like, just gets to be overkill. Also the heat intensifies the scent of the perfume which isn’t always fabulous, even if I like the scent of it to begin with.
So I took the summer off from scents and am now finally finishing up the collection. I have really enjoyed going through the collection. First because many of them have been absolutely fantastic. Second because each scent is part of a line of products. The Eau de toilette scent is repeated in Bath truffles, body lotions and other products. Going into this I was a routine user of the Mandarin Bath Truffles. I absolutely adored them. I also tried the shampoo from the Mandarin line and then the Eau de Toilette from the Mandarin line. While all of them have the same lovely orange scent to them, the intensity of the spice notes differ. In the shampoo you get a light mandarin scent that gently wafts around you. The spice notes are more of a hint taming the sweetness of the orange more than anything else. The spice notes are stronger in the bath truffle but still tamed into background notes. The Eau de Toilette is much more complex and the spice plays with the orange a bit more.
This seems to be the theme for the other products. The body products have the same profile as the Eau de Toilettes but they are less complex in profile. They are more subtle with the named ingredient playing more of a starring role while everything else is a back up singer. With the scents it is less of a singer with back up dancers and more of power group singing in harmony. The products fit together in a line up, but they aren’t identical.
Personally I think it means that if you like the scent, you can use the bath truffle, the shampoo and the body lotion and then use the scent without going into overload. They play well together without becoming overpowering. And not having scents be overpowering is part of the way Zent’s was designed. The products were designed to smell great but not be overpowering to those who are sensitive to scent. As I have gone through this sample collection (which I highly recommend, by the way. With the ordering of the collection you receive a coupon for the price of the samples collection that you can put towards a full sized purchase so it is well worth picking up to try out. Plus it is always a good idea to live with a scent for at least a week before making a decision about it.) I have found several scents that I really like. Some that i woud prefer in the bath truffles rather than as a scent to wear on my pulse points, but a few that I want to add to my perfume collection.
But this isn’t about them. It is about the scent called Oolong.
Energizing & Sophisticated
lime blossom, lavender, oolong tea, petitgrain, bergamot
Sparked by the fusion of healing and art, ZENTS OOLONG Eau de Toilette becomes a potent potion as it reacts with your body’s natural chemistry. You are the artist, crafting a unique essence that invokes what is in your heart, inviting love, beauty, and joy, and drawing all of life’s most cherished gifts into the present moment. Apply OOLONG Eau de Toilette on pulse points and heart area. Your radiance and warmth will bring the scent to life and make it uniquely yours.
ZENTS OOLONG Eau de Toilette is pure perfection on its own. It is also fully compatible with other scents and products in the collection.
Create your signature blend by spraying each scent in the same spot on your wrist. Then, rub wrists together to blend.
Now I will be the first person to say that bergamot is not generally my scent. Usually I see it and I start backing away slowly. (My mom on the other hand runs towards it with open arms). In the Oolong the bergamot is mostly just a back note, which i am fine with. It isn’t the prominent scent.
As one might expect, the scent of black tea does come out in front. The lime blossom mixed with lavender follow right behind. The best way I can descript it is the scent of pouring out a hot cup of oolong tea while there is a large bouquet of flowers on the table next to your cup. Which I know sounds strange, but it is floral and sweet but mixed with the scent of black tea.
This is going to sound strange but it sort of reminds me a bit of my grandmother. It is not an ‘old lady scent’ by any stretch of the imagination. It actually smells quite fresh and young. But my grandmother used to slip lavender sachets in with her clothes so they always had a vaguely lavender scent. There were days where I’m pretty sure she existed on nothing but tea and always had a pot going and she was a big fan of bringing in cut flowers from the garden. Her flowers didn’t have the slightly citrusy lime note that this scent has, but the scent still reminds me of her.
I actually quite enjoyed wearing it this week.
During the day it was lovely. As with all of the Zents Eau de Toilettes the scent comes on strong at first and then fades back to a scent that is personal and really doesn’t travel out of your personal space. It stays at that personal level for most of the day. With the Oolong, as much as I enjoyed the memories it conjured, bu mid day, the bergamot started to push its way forward a bit too much for me. It was as though i was having a nice cup of black tea and when the level of the cup dropped low someone refilled it with Earl Gray. I know some people love the scent and if you do, that switch won’t bother you.
The Earl and I are not friends.
While I probably wouldn’t purchase this scent to wear. I think it would be absolutely lovely in a bath truffle. I think the Oolong and the lime blossom would come out in front and I would really enjoy soaking in that scent. I would probably also really like to use this as a body lotion. For me it was ending on the bergamot that got me. Everything else I really enjoyed.