Wednesday, April 19, 2006

REVIEW: Terra Nova, Red Tea and Cocoa Blossom Cologne Mist

Notes: African Red Tea flowers, seductive cocoa blossoms, marine breezes and sparkling orange.

Pros: Light - one of the only cocoa scents that isn't overly sweet or gourmand; excellent longevity; great price tag.

Cons: Might be too simple of a composition for some; the orange note sticks out at the sides of this scent and is slightly bothersome.

Reminds me of: CSP Amour de Cacao without the powdery almond; Bvlgari Omnia, but not as well-blended or as subtle; a lighter, more watery version of the new Missoni for Women.

Development: As it relaxes on the skin, the cocoa and tea notes take turns dominating the composition. As already mentioned, there is an odd orange note that weaves in and out of the wings, but thankfully, never really makes much of a presence.

Longevity: It seems to last rather well, especially considering that it's a "cologne mist".

Sillage: Makes a presence, a little goes a long way here.

Where can I buy it? $32 for a 4 oz Cologne Mist at

Bottleworthy? If you're a chocolate fan or looking for a light, unusual summer scent, this might be perfect.

The Bottom Line: My first venture into Terra Nova territory, thanks to Deb, and I have to say, for the price and quantity, the quality is equally noteworthy. Red Tea and Cocoa Blossom is dominatd by the cocoa notes, but lightened by red tea flower - a note that reminds me of Earl Grey tea with a hint of jasmine. Perhaps it is this multi-faceted note which makes this scent so interesting.

Rating (out of 10): 7

What's your take on Terra Nova products?

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