There are perfume novels and perfume short stories. Guerlain Mitsouko will take you on a long journey with many subplots and supporting characters, while Estée Lauder White Linen will reveal it all within the first few musk and rose lines of its composition. But what if you want something even more succinct for days when you crave an effortless, pleasant scented accompaniment? On such occasions, Roger & Gallet Thé Vert comes in handy.
Thé Vert is a citrusy green tea cologne. If you take a cup of green tea and dilute it with lemon juice, you’ll get something close to this Roger & Gallet number. It starts out tart and sharp, but the musk makes it sweeter as it dries down. A posy of white flowers softens the lemon, and the rest of the story doesn’t change much until Thé Vert fades. It’s not even a full story; it’s more like a Facebook status update.
But the simplicity is what makes Thé Vert so immensely appealing. I spray it on in the morning and I enjoy its initial zesty boost. Then I like how it gently hugs my skin and smells fresh and uplifting throughout the day. Around 4-5pm it’s completely gone, but by then, I’m ready for a more substantial fragrance. Thé Vert is one of those casual perfumes that don’t pretend to be great works of art and deliver plenty of enjoyment for under $25. The last point is important, because I don’t want to pay half of my monthly rent for a straightforward cologne (sorry, Tom Ford!)
Thé Vert takes inspiration from Bulgari’s Eau Parfumée de Thé Vert, but it treats the green tea in a crisper, fresher manner. Before L’Occitane discontinued their terrific Green Tea cologne, it used to be my favorite companion for running errands, visiting the gym or just smelling good. Elizabeth Arden Green Tea is a close rival, but Roger & Gallet also has an excellent collection of high-quality body products. Starting my morning with the matching green tea scented soap is a treat.
Roger & Gallet Thé Vert (Eau de Thé Vert) lists notes of bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, orange, yuzu, freesia, jasmine, lily of the valley, lemon blossom, orange blossom, green tea, cedarwood, guaiac wood, and amber. 1 oz, $25 (18 euros), 3.4oz $47 (42 euros). Available at Amazon.com, New London Pharmacy; be sure to check for bargains at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx. In Europe, any pharmacy carries the full Roger & Gallet range.