I have problems with the majority of the black tea fragrances on the market. Some of them, like Comme des Garcons Te and Speziali Fiorentini Te Nero, smell disconcertingly tarry, rubbery, or even incense-like. Perhaps they are supposed to render Lapsang Souchong in its full strength, and not the meek Earl Grey and English Breakfast teas I am used to. Others, like L'Artisan Tea for Two, have a strange cocoa-butter note; still others are too light and airy, or too floral. Even my reigning favorite, Elizabeth W. Sweet Tea, isn’t so much an accurate rendition of tea as much as it is a sweet sugary lemon and almond concoction with the barest hint of tea.
Eskandar's Black Tea & Lemon Body Wash, however, lives up to all my expectations. Its fragrance is the perfect blend of the strong, slightly twangy, slightly herbal scent of black tea leaves, the tartness of fresh squeezed lemons and just the slightest hint of sugar. Every morning I wash with it I feel as if my shower has been transformed into a gigantic tea cup.
Not only is the smell superb, but the quality is top-notch. Eskandar products contain 97% plant and mineral derived ingredients (what they claim is the highest percentage on the market), with no harsh chemicals or animal-derived ingredients. I appreciate the natural aspect, and I was also pleasantly surprised at the amazingly thick texture and the super creamy, moisturizing lather. The quality is equivalent to or better than any body wash I have ever used.
It is perhaps on the pricy-side for a shower gel, but Eskandar also sells most products in 50 ml travel sizes, and they are very reasonably priced. Besides, the quality is truly worth it, and I plan on checking out the other Eskandar scents and purchasing some of the other Black Tea & Lemon products (it is also available in a body milk, bath essence, glycerin soap and candle), because the scent is truly addictive.