06 May, 2014

Aroma Sanctum Tea Blossom Perfume Review

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Years ago, I worked in a tea shop that carried over 100 different exotic teas from around the world, and there were always hot teas brewing. Walking by this shop, one could not help but noticed the beautiful scent emanating from within -- a unique scent resulted from the many different aromas blended together; herbal, floral, fruity, gourmand, etc. You name it, this shop had it.

No tea-scented perfume blends ever came close to that unique scent, except for Aroma Sanctum's Tea Blossom. The other tea perfumes that I've tried were always too light, or musky, or fizzy; just very one-dimensional and linear, whereas Aroma Sanctum's Tea Blossom is very complex, robust, and full-bodied.

I first heard of Aroma Sanctum, a niche* perfume shop in historic Salem, Massachusetts, way back in 2004. However, living in California with no excuse (or funding) whatsoever to visit Massachusetts, I couldn't just pick up and travel there! So, when my husband took me to New England, I insisted that we had to make a stop in Salem when we were there, no matter what.

*Niche perfume = underground/non-mainstream perfumes that are not typicallyfound in department stores, the mall, etc.

And I'm glad I did!

I felt that the official description of, "petals of honeysuckle, peony, and orange blossoms floating in a bowl of green tea, with a hint of citrus," did not do the perfume much justice. Surely, it smells so much more complex than it sounds!

Aroma Sanctum's Tea Blossom opens with a sweet, robust green tea scent. It's not a flat green tea that one would expect to smell in a perfume, but more of an aromatic, piping hot, freshly brewed green tea. At the same time, there are also the scents of sweet fresh honeysuckle petals, brightened up with orange blossoms. The soft yet noticeable peony lends a rose-like quality to this perfume blend as well.

Overall, I would rate this perfume 10/10, with 10 being the highest score possible. The lasting power is great; it lasts for hours after application because the perfume is in very concentrated oil form. Tea Blossom is a perfect perfume to wear year-round.

I can't think of a single negative thing about the perfume itself, but I do wish that it came package in a more practical bottle. For example, a bottle with a dabber will be great, I think, since I don't really want to pour it on to my fingertip and then apply it to my neck. Right now, what I do for application is that I'd place one wrist over the opening, press tightly and then tip the bottle. Then, I'd use my perfumed wrist to gently dab the sides of my neck.

I hope that you'll check Aroma Sanctum out; it's one of my favorite niche perfumeries! I plan to make another purchase soon, perhaps Mermaid, as I remember it being a very realistic, salty ocean scent.

Here are a few pictures that I took in Salem!

Next to the statue of the character of Samantha from the TV show "Bewitched":

Outside of an occult shop: Salem is a touristy area, so given its infamous Salem Witch Trials in the 1600s, it wasn't surprising to find magic-themed stores in the area.


  1. This sounds divine...I enjoy fresh and light scents.
    Bewitched is one of my fav tv shows...I have the complete series on DVD.

    Keisha xo

    1. Lol, that's so cute! It's one of my favorites, too, along with "I Dream of Jeannie." :-)

  2. Excellent review!! I have to try it. Very nice post, would you like to follow each other? Please let us know
    a beautiful maison

  3. I have been a customer of Akuura's for over 15 years, yes I said 15.. :-) Once you try her perfume you will never go back to the department store. Her scents are delicious and people will ask you what you are wearing. She does offer generously sized samples for a small fee that she will ship from her website for those who can't make it to Salem.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! <3
      I agree -- Akuura's creations are amazing. :-)

  4. I've been a customer of Akuura's since I lived in Salem in the 90's, when she had a little perfume counter in the back of a store called Fool's Mansion. She's awesome, I agree. :)

    If you buy the larger .50 oz size perfume, it comes in a lovely dark blue glass bottle with a glass wand dabber. And there's no reason not to, since it never goes "off" even if you have it around for a long time.


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