Annick Goutal L’Ile au Thé: A Blast of Fresh Air



Annick Goutal L’Ile au Thé is quite possibly one of the most refreshing scents I have ever tried, and I have tried A LOT.  Inspired by a Southern Korean volcanic island, this green tea delight does not disappoint.

L’Ile au Thé opens with a blast of zingy mandarin: pith, pulp and zest. That ought to wake you faster than an Espresso.  Then comes the green tea, almost at the same time, and this green refreshing note never leaves. (It is there in the top notes, there in the heart and there in the base). Just as you are easing into the day,  a middle note of feathery light apricot blossom ( osmanthus) pops up with just a enough fruit to hint at a whisper of sweetness without dousing it in syrup.  The final, and long lasting base note is one of tangy citrussy green tea softened with musk around the edges.

This is equally good on a man or a woman and has a real strength about it that will make everyone think you have just stepped out of the world’s most invigorating shower.  L’Ile au Thé is the antidote to and nemesis of humidty.  Beautiful!


Annick Goutal L’Ile au Thé is available from Escentual, Selfridges or Annick Goutal.  My sample is from the fabulous Hidden Treasures Discovery Box from the Perfume Society.

Annick Goutal
Annick Goutal

11 thoughts on “Annick Goutal L’Ile au Thé: A Blast of Fresh Air”

  1. I loved The Candy Perfume Boy’s review of this and now absolutely have to smell it. I can tell instinctively and from what you have said that I will love it.


    I wonder if they have it in Tokyo?

    1. I shall pop over to TheCandyPerfumeBoy. I love his writing. I am sure you will like it. If you lived in the UK I would send you my sample!

    1. Yes I noticed that one too. Penhaligons is sometimes hit and miss with me, but always, always great quality. watch this space for a review!

  2. Lovely review Sam. I had a quick spray of this the other day in my local (perfume store that is) and liked it a lot. Will try and get hold of a sample of this, although I had a friend in the local who was VERY generous with samples and she’s left – boo!

    1. Hi Megan,

      Thanks for dropping by. Those sample-happy SAs are like hen’s teeth. Pity yours has left! You should see the look I had the other day when I asked for a sample! I said “Have you got a sample of this?” and I think she heard “I am sleeping with your husband” judging by the look I got.

  3. I need to smell this! Reading your description, it feels that this perfume was made for me. I really hope they have it at the only Annick Goutal counter in my city. It’s unfortunately really small 🙁 At least we have one, which was not the case last year.

    1. Hi Genevieve and thanks for dropping by! If you are a Annick Goutal fan ( as I am) you might like Rose BonBon. I tried it last night and thought it was glorious!

      best wishes

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