Yesterday I went into my local Superdrug to try out the testers by the till, as I often do. I tried Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Revitalize, left the shop, did a U turn and returned to buy some immediately.
I was pretty surprised, since I have gone off Elizabeth Arden as a brand, having been unimpressed by so many EA scents, and although I admire the classic Green Tea, I often find that a note of Tea smells too metallic for my liking.
However, wearing Green Tea Revitalize was a different experience altogether. The first thought that went through my head was Clarins Eau des Jardins. It’s not quite as delicious, but it gives it a damn good run for its money. It also reminded me of O de Lancome, only without the Mossy base. It is similar to Clinique Happy with its Orangey Zzzing! The price of Green Tea Revitalize was a mere £10GBP for a 100ml bottle (sadly I can’t see it online, but check out your local branch if you have one). Now that’s what I call a bargain.
Yes, it’s a bit cool outside for these delightful summery hesperides, but I was thrilled with my purchase. I never thought I would buy a Green Tea flanker, although I own and like Spiced Green Tea, with its peppery lightness.
Top notes in Green Tea Revitalize are: are Blood Orange, Watermint and Mandarin. The Watermint thankfully sidesteps the peril of falling into the ozonic/aquatic category. The Oranges are present and correct.
Middle notes are Magnolia ( a favourite of mine), Lotus, Bamboo and Green Tea. Last time I had Bamboo and Tea in a perfume, I couldn’t offload it quickly enough. I won’t mention any names, (Givenchy Eau Torride). However in Green Tea Revitalize the metallic Tea and Bamboo notes are softened by the lovely citruses and the soft Magnolia until they don’t give that silvery jarring effect anymore. Some perfumes make my teeth jangle such as White Linen and Chanel No 22 (The Perfumed Dandy will surely have the vapours again!). They are metallic and silvery to my nose. I think there is a term for this but I can’t remember it, perhaps one of my knowledgeable readers knows?
In any case, Green Tea Revitalize is my bargain of the week and despite my having to spray hair and clothes to keep it going (my scarf smells lovely), it was totally worth the ten pound note I handed over, spent within five minutes of coming out of the cash machine. Plus it’s a big 100ml bottle. What’s not to love?