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!