Osmanthus Oolong by Providence Perfume Co (+ giveaway)

My first experience with a high quality oolong tea was two summers ago at the Tea Cup in Seattle. I wasn’t planning on tea shopping, but its charming storefront lured me in, and an hour later the very patient and knowledgeable staff were my new BFFs. Having been a longtime fan of jasmine green tea, I expressed interest in tea with a floral quality, and was very appropriately directed to their Green Dragon Oolong.

Oolong tea is made from the same plant as green and black teas, Camellia sinensi,  the difference being oxidation of the leaves. Oolong is semi-oxidized, black tea is fully oxidized, and green is un-oxidized. This “middle tea”  is grown in China and Taiwan, the most coveted being from their mountainous regions. My Tea Cup discovery, Green Dragon from Taiwan, is considered a High Mountain Oolong and possesses sweetness, complexity and a soft floral aspect. You can witness the large leaves unfold as the tea steeps, releasing its toasted floral notes.

The segue brewing here is that Providence Perfume Co’s Osmanthus Oolongis a perfume akin to the experience of drinking in the beautiful and soothing perfume of Green Dragon. Your skin and nose sip Osmanthus Oolong like a precious tea, as its aroma wafts tenderly and lasts well into the day.


Charna Ethier, creator of Providence Perfume Co, created the base of her oolong fragrance using a blend of black, green and roobois teas as well as tinctured apricots and peaches. Although these notes anchor the drydown with a fruity tannic infusion, they are very fluid throughout the composition, even from the opening. Yuzu and bergamot are in the topnotes as well, but added with sleight of hand. The citrus is barely perceptible but its presence allows for a sparkling beginning.

Just minutes into wearing Osmanthus Oolong, its fruity floral nature unfurls amidst the warm tea blend. It becomes fleshy and sensual with the peachiness of the osmanthus blossom which is heightened by the apricot and peach tinctures. I am continually mesmerized by the scent of osmnathus and its ability to be simultaneously dry and soft, fruity and balsamic. Champaca is another flower that embodies a similarly sophisticated dichotomy, and its presence creates a full-bodied heart along with rose otto and aglaia flower.

The heart also possesses another vital note which marries the tea aroma to the fruity floral melange; beeswax. Beeswax on its own exudes warmth and a honeyed sweetness of course. In Osmanthus Oolong it glides across the fragrance, all melted and smooth, like a resinous confection. As the drydown progresses, the beeswax melds into frankincense and copaiba balsam, finally evolving into a honeyed resinous perfume that is as beautiful as it is intoxicating.

If you would like to experienceOsmanthus Oolong, please leave a comment to be entered for a 1/2 oz bottle!  You can get extra entries if you follow Providence Perfume Co on Facebook. Extra entries as well if you follow Scent Hive on Bloglovin, Twitter, Google Friend Connect,Facebook’s Networked Blogs, or subscribe to Scent Hive. Please let me know in your comment what you did so you get the entries you deserve! You have until Tuesday Nov.11th at 9pm PST to enter. Drawing now closed.

All Providence Perfume fragrances are 100% natural, made from plants, fruits, flowers and woods.

Osmanthus Oolong is available at ProvidencePerfume.com. $25 for a 5ml bottle, $68 for a 1/2 oz roller bottle, and $112 for a 1 oz spray.

Posted by ~Trish

Image by Barbara Carter at etsy.

Disclosure: Samples were sent to me for consideration by Providence Perfume Co. The opinions in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.


87 thoughts on “Osmanthus Oolong by Providence Perfume Co (+ giveaway)

  1. Ragna

    Hi Trish, I’d love to enter this drawing. I already follow Providence Perfumes on FB…I will check out the Scent Hive blog network and twitter.
    I have been intrigued by this fragrance and your review just amplified this quite a bit more!
    Thanks so much!


    1. scenthive

      Osmanthus Oolong is definitely worth exploring! That’s 2 entries for you so far, please let me know if you end up doing more follows.

      Good luck!

  2. I’m so excited that you’ve found Charna’s perfumes! Last summer I drove an hour to Providence expressly to try them. She’s so talented. She’s also a real sweetheart, generous with her knowledge both on her blog and on a natural perfume chat group.

    Osmanthas and champaca are my two favorite florals, and I’ve always thought they’d blend well with tea and rooibus absolutes. so although I haven’t sampled this one I’m sure I’d love it.

    I already follow Providence Perfume on FB, and I follow you on twitter and blogloving and subscribe to your blog.

    Thanks for the chance to win such a generous giveaway, Charna! And thanks, Trish, for bringing Charna’s work to more people’s attention.

    1. scenthive

      How wonderful that you have visited Charna! A collection takes on a mew dimension when you meet the nose in person :-)

      Thank you for all the follows, that’s 5 entries for you!

      Good luck,

      1. I actually haven’t met her in person; I drove to Providence because I read she had testers in Queen of Hearts downtown. But I can vouch for her sweetness because we know each other through facebook.

    1. scenthive

      You are so right, I really do feel like I have discovered something special every time I smell OO :-)

      That’s 2 entries for you, good luck!


  3. Vishishta

    Thank you for your always enjoyable reviews! I would love to try this perfume. It amazes me that perfumers everywhere are so creative! What a wonderful art.

    1. scenthive

      I am astounded daily by the beautiful creations of these natural perfumers. It’s amazing :-)

      Good luck in the drawing and thank you for your kind words,

  4. I love your description of this perfume. I recently spent some time with the PP website and have been meaning to go back and order some samples. I currently follow them on facebook and I just dif the FB networked blogs add for SH. Thanks so much for entering me in the draw for this tempting perfume.
    Zee Boudreaux

  5. What a fun giveaway! I’ve been wanting to try Charna’s perfumes for a while and will be placing an order this week for a few samples. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews on her Osmanthus Oolong.

    I follow Providence Perfume Co on Facebook, follow Scent Hive on Facebook and subscribe to Scent Hive in my Google Reader. :)

    1. scenthive

      I love that OO has been getting great reviews, that’s wonderful to hear.
      Thank you for the follows, that makes 4 entries for you.

      Best of luck :-)

  6. Tao

    I never thought someone would make a tea perfume :) that’s perfect, I am very curious, as my father exposed me to tea from a young age the experience of wearing tea….


    1. scenthive

      There are many tea based perfumes out there, both in naturals and more conventional perfumes. Another favorite tea perfume of mine is DSH’s Bancha. I reviewed it a while back, it’s really beautiful as well.

      Good luck in the drawing!

  7. Irina

    I am very interested lately in Osmanthus, and I love teas
    please, enter me this draw, I would like very much to have the chance to try this
    thank you

  8. Holly

    How exciting! I’ve had my eye on Charna’s scents for quite a while, have been enjoying her honest, thought provoking and amusing blog posts, and even chatted to her on email. What a gem of a gal!! :-)

    I’d love to enter the drawer ~ am a sucker for anything osmanthus.

    I follow Providence Perfume Co on Facebook, follow Scent Hive on Bloglovin, Google Friend Connect, Facebook’s Networked Blogs, and subscribe to Scent Hive.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!


  9. Laura

    Hi there,
    I follow on Blogger and email. This sounds really interesting. I made a perfume based on tea tinctures but found that it really stained my skin…does this one leave any yellowy stain on the skin?

    1. scenthive

      Laura, no staining that I have noticed. I’ve sprayed on my wrists and neck, not directly on clothing though.

      Thanks for the follows, that makes 3 entries for you.
      Good luck,

  10. Hi,

    I’d love to try this perfume. I lived in Providence for just under a year, have been following Providence Perfumes for a while, and I love tea-inspired blends. I subscribe to your blog, am a fan of Providence Perfumes on Facebook, and I follow you on Bloglovin and Facebook. Thanks for the entries. Fingers crossed and nose poised in sweet anticipation. ;)


    1. scenthive

      Yes, the changing of the seasons calls for some Siberian Snow! OO is lovely at this time of year as well :-)

      Good luck in the drawing and thanks for reading Maura!

  11. Dionne

    I’ve been interested in trying some of the Providence Perfumes ever since the MoM project – this would be a wonderful place to start (and what a generous giveaway!). I follow you with GoogleReader – such a great way to keep track of my favorite blogs. :)

    1. scenthive

      Hi Dionne,
      I need to check out google reader, I can’t believe I haven’t!
      I’m so glad you already have interest in Providence Perfumes and wish you luck in the drawing! (You have 2 entries)


  12. Thanks for that inspiring review! Osmanthus is one of my new favorite oils, I would love to smell this perfume. I subscribe to Scent Hive and follow Providence on Facebook.



    1. scenthive

      Isn’t osmanthus utterly compelling?! I adore it as well.

      Thank you for the kind words and best of luck in the drawing, you have 3 entries.


  13. Elizabeth

    This sounds absolutely gorgeous! I was intrigued by the oolong and definitely interested when I saw that champaca is included. I subscribe to Scent Hive and follow on my Google reader. Thank you!

    1. scenthive

      The osmanthus/champaca duo is a gorgeous one! Thank you for the follows, that gives you 3 entries. :-)

      Best of luck,

    1. scenthive

      Thank you so much Lorelie, I appreciate your compliment :-)

      Good luck in the drawing, and many thanks to Charna for her generosity.


  14. Julia

    This sounds wonderful, and a perfect comfort scent that doesn’t rely on vanilla. Please enter me for the drawing; I’m already a subscriber.


  15. dabney

    This sounds like a truly remarkable fragrance!! Please enter me for the draw! & I follow you both on FB as well. I’ll be crossing all my fingers & toes. :)

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  17. My this sounds lovely! I love a rich, mysterious tea scent. I’ve been meaning to try Providence Perfume for awhile now. There’s just too much out there for one person to sniff!
    Oh, and I’ve spent way too much (time & money) at the Tea Cup! I’m glad that they directed you to such a beautiful tea!

  18. Hi Charna! I was just reading today about how the nervous system works and how we react to smells that register in our brain! I know we have discussed this in the forum but found it neat to read about it in this book I am enjoying on changes in our life! I believe that having the right scent to wear gives us a special boost to that feeling of calmness, peacefulness and joy in our lives! :)

    Your fragrance sounds like it is wonderful! I would like the chance to win your fragrance and wear it! I surely would do a lovely write up on my blog!


    1. scenthive

      Hey Jordan,

      OO is very intriguing and I love it more each time I wear it. Thanks for the follows! That’s 4 entries :-)

      Best of luck,

    1. scenthive

      Great blog you have Liz!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’ll give you 2 entries as I just saw your Twitter follow, thanks so much :-)

  19. Autumn Scott

    This sounds like a really interesting blend of scents, and I’m interested in the tea tinctures, too. I’d love to have a chance to try this perfume. Thanks!

  20. Ann

    I would love to be entered in the draw, I’ve been looking for a great tea fragrance that I could really love :) I don’t subscribe, I just drop in on a fairly regular basis!


  21. Monica

    Osmanthus Oolong as a tea is one of my favorites as I went on a perfect tea and osmanthus scent hunt a while back… and this one sounds wonderful! I subscribe to Scent Hive, follow on facebook, twitter, and also follow Providence Perfume on facebook =)


  22. Barbara


    I subscribe to scenthive and love reading this blog. I enjoy Osmanthus scents and have had a beautiful experience wearing Ayala Moriel’s Kinmokusei and Mandy Aftel’s Parfum Prive. There is something so unique about the apricoty blossom and leathery combination that works on my skin. It is sexy and feminine without any lingering muskiness. It is great all year long but especially during summer and at crowded parties where the heat can go to your head.

    Thank you for the opportunity to try the Osmanthus Oolong.


    1. Barbara,
      Thank you so much for the kind words, I am so glad you enjoy Scent Hive :-)
      I could not agree with you more about osmanthus. I too love its animalic/floral quality and lack of muskiness (a plus for me!) and I do think OO is a must-try for you!

      Good luck in the drawing :-)

  23. Heidi

    What a lovely picture you chose. I’m definitely interested in this scent, and would like to thank you for your Vireo perfumes review. I ordered her Ashes of Roses and find it very lovely, especially its long, smoky dry down.

  24. Cindy Madura

    Please enter me in the drawing for the Osmanthus Oolong. It sounds like a beautiful scent! I subscibe to Scent Hive on my email and to Providence Perfume on facebook.

  25. Nancy Green

    Thank you for the review and I’d love to be in the drawing.
    The scents of teas are mostly pleasing. To me Golconda/Jars reminds me of a spicey tea. I am not a member but visit often.

  26. hofken

    I would like to experience Osmanthus Oolong, please.

    I follow Providence Perfume Co on Facebook – Cynthia M Richardson.

    I follow Scent Hive on Bloglovin, Twitter, Google Friend Connect, Facebook’s Networked Blogs, and I subscribe to Scent Hive.

  27. Bryan Hugill

    Great review, makes me really curious to smell Providence’s entire luxury line! I’ve subscribed to Hive Scent (via email) and to Providence Perfumes’s page on Facebook, so please please please enter me in the lucky draw :)

    1. scenthive

      Bryan, thank you for the follows! That’s 3 entries for you. I wish you the best of luck in the drawing, and if you don’t win, I hope you get the chance to experience OO someday. Far and away my fave of the line.


  28. Simone

    Please enter me in the drawing for Charna’s perfume. I follow Charna Ethier on Facebook & follow your blog via Facebook as well. Thank you!

  29. The scent sounds lovely! I would love to try it…..
    I’ve signed onto your Facebook page and followed you on Twitter – I never heard of the other social media that you mention…..

    Keep on being Creative!

  30. Julie K Hurford

    Please enter me – I know a very tired working mom(not me) who’s in charge of 3 kids 1 neice, 1 nephew, 1 needful sister-in-law for a total of 6 kids (depends on the day of the week) who loves tea, and this would be for her. Pick me! (shameless plug).

    Thank you for offering this giveaway – and your review sounds wonderful

  31. Michael

    Well now I want a cup of tea, and some of that amazing Osmanthus Oolong perfume!

    Congrats Charna, and thanks for the give-away opportunity!


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