Last year I introduced you to a new & exciting French fragrance brand that is now available locally called Berdoues Collection Grands Crus. To recap, twelve scents are available in the collection, each inspired by a particular destination. My first post (HERE) featured the deliciously fresh Azur Riviera, inspired by the French Riviera and created using notes of orange blossom, Jasmine and Mediterranean Sea spray blend.

“In order to find the precious ingredients needed to develop this venture, our perfumers have travelled all over the world. Each Grand Cru expresses one world’s region and offers a unique interpretation of its olfactory identity.

The very first waft conjures up a voyage, an immersion…

The essence of a country through the evocative power of a perfume that sirs the memory or kindles the imagination.”

To say I’m obsessed with the Berdoues brand is a bit of an understatement. To be honest, I want every single fragrance in the collection! They are all that good.

Today I want to introduce you the Assam of India (R1595 for a 100ml EDP)BUY a fragrance meant to conjure up the tea plains of Assam in North India. This is a beautifully subtle, unisex scent that combines just 3 notes: Assam tea leaves, citrus and sandalwood.

On first spritz, there is a strong citrus opening, thanks to the lemon. A few minutes later, the tea comes through, giving the scent a very comforting yet fresh personality. As the scent dries down, the warm sandalwood becomes more prominent.

Because lemon is generally not that long lasting (no citrus notes really are), on my skin, in particular, it’s the tea & sandalwood that lasts the longest – a good 4 hours at best before I need to re-spritz. In essence, this is a subtle fragrance of tea leaves, so if you love tea, well, you’re going to LOVE this scent.

Can we just take a moment to chat about the bottle? I mean, how flipping cute are the colourful elephants? I LOVE elephants (my spirit animal), so this scent has a special resonance for me. I also like the simple and elegant bottle design that fits so well into the hand.

I think Assam of India is a wonderful summer scent that can still be worn well into Autumn because it has warm notes. I also love that all the Berdoues Collection Grand Crus comes in a big 100ml EDT (this is the only size available) and retail for R1595. This is really not a bad price considering all Berdoues fragrances are made in France using natural, raw materials.

Berdoues Collection Grand Crus is available exclusively at Foschini beauty stores & online.

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