Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
The green softness of tea paired with mellow spicy notes gives L’Occitane Green Tea / Thé Vert a very appealing fresh, yet hazy quality. It recalls the pleasantly fuzzy feel of tender buds or perhaps peach skin. Despite a lavish dose of citrusy notes, Green Tea does not really venture into the territory of classical cologne. Instead, it plays up the soft woody notes and crisp floral motifs to create a simple, yet very appealing green tea fragrance.
Green Tea was created by perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin in 1999, and it is essentially a budget version of Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert. If Bvlgari Thé Vert has a nuanced complexity, L’Occitane’s version is a much more straightforward green tea accord framed by citrus and woods. As such, it succeeds in conveying a bright, sparkling impression of uncured tea leaves. The fragrance opens up on a top note of pepper, bergamot and lemon. While the initial effervescence lasts but a few minutes, it sets a vivid tone, which lasts into the drydown. The main body of Green Tea is that of violet, soft cedarwood, and green herbal notes. It is a light, easy-to-wear fragrance, with a decent, if understated sillage. A splash of Green Tea straight from the fridge on a hot summer day is as refreshing as a sip of cold lemonade.
Although in terms of originality, Green Tea does not present anything that Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert did not already offer, in the cheap and chic category, it is hard to beat. It is quite affordable at $19 for 0.6oz, and it includes a nice range of scented body products. Green Tea is the perfume equivalent of a T-shirt & jeans and it is just about as versatile.
Other green tea fragrances to consider: L’Artisan Thé pour un Été, Mäurer & Wirtz 4711 Acqua Colonia Lemon & Ginger, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, Jo Malone Assam & Grapefruit, Berdoues 1902 Thea Verde (Green Tea,) Lancôme AromaTonic, Annick Goutal Duel. Finally, Calvin Klein CkOne and Tommy Girl are perhaps familiar to the point of contempt, yet they have stellar green tea accords.
L’Occitane Green Tea / Thé Vert includes notes of bergamot, lime, cardamom, bitter orange, jasmine, yerba maté, green tea, cedarwood, amber, musk. Retails directly from L’Occitane. Green Tea has a few variations on the theme, out of which I liked Green Tea with Jasmine / Thé Vert au Jasmin. It is exactly what it is advertised to be–a green tea cologne with a lush jasmine note.
Sample: my own acquisition
Photo Credit: iStockphoto by Tjasa Maticic.