Madam Pearl

Brand: Alkemia

Scent Description:  The essence of a deliciously scandalous tea reading. White tea leaves on fine bone china, a parchment letter from a mysterious stranger, a menage a trois of elegant vanillas, and a piquant pinch of aphrodisiac white pepper.

5 thoughts on “Madam Pearl”

  1. It is really sharp and sort of department store fragrance counter-y in a sort of astringent way that would be glossy if scents could be glossy– at least when it first goes on. As it starts to settle into my skin it definitely retains a sort of floral perfume-y quality, but I smell the parchment a little, and something not-quite-mint but sort of cooling in a similar way. The white tea is probably my favorite part of this scent and is well-executed, but I wish it was stronger than the floral perfume smell.

    This is one of the rare few that got boyfriend’s seal of approval and grabby hands for more sniffing. Somehow or another, though, it smells like chocolate and mint to him. He’s a confectioner, so he knows really well what chocolate smells like, so it baffles me that he smells it in here.

  2. Next to BPAL Dorian, this is my favorite tea scent, very feminine and delicate yet has wonderful throw for an oil and lasts all day.

  3. Dryly sweet and vanillic with a spicy edge; it’s interesting how the pepper evokes coolness rather than warmth in this blend. There’s definitely something citrusy in the scent, though none of its notes suggest anything of the kind. The drydown is heavier on the tea and bone china (which I’d describe as mild, cold, and hollow, with a faint stony or metallic tinge), with a wooden edge that could be the parchment note. Palpably creamy, elegant but ephemeral; different notes surface with every sniff, as it swirls around you barely perceptibly, like a ghost.

  4. Good but not something I would wear all the time. Creamy tea and bone china- a nice and elegant “cool” scent. I gifted this to a tea-loving friend and they loved it. It definitely makes an impression.

  5. Citrus white tea with peppery milk. It’s very creamy, with a clear blast of lemon at the very top. As it dries down, the pepper becomes more obvious, as does a base note that has to “bone china” but reminds me a bit of beeswax. It’s very smooth and elegant.

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