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Elizabeth Arden Spiced Green Tea: A Cologne with Bite

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 Despite not actually liking the Green Tea note in Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, I am a fan of several of it’s flankers.  For example, Green Tea Revitalize reminds me of Clinique Happy, with the Green Tea firmly in the background and smelling more like Bergamot than Tea anyway.  Spiced Green Tea is another excellent scent that is much beloved of this Green Tea Dodger. I see that a Green Tea Camellia flanker has come out, and I long to try it.

 Today’s review is about Elizabeth Arden Spiced Green Tea, created by the legendary Francis Kurkdjian. This reminds me of Clarins Eau Ressourcante: they are both fresh colognes with a little spice.

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The notes in Spiced Green Tea include Rhubarb (which I can’t smell), Green Tea, of course, which is not dominant, then Ginger, Lemon and Incense.  And don’t forget the Lemon Verbena, which really makes its presence felt.

This goes on light but settles to an airy, spiced Patchouli. The Lemon keeps it fresh and crisp, never going over to the sultry side. Despite being cologne-like I find I prefer this in winter, when strong spice feels too heavy under a blazing blue Autumn sky, but this feels just right somehow.

Priced at under £30 for 100ml, I consider this excellent value, and I am surprised that many bottles are on eBay as I have been going through a Spiced Green Tea phase lately where I haven’t wanted to wear any other fragrance: very unusual for a fragrance tart like me who’ll try anything and move on within a day.

Mr Kurkdjian triumphs again. When does he ever not?

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Revitalize: My Treat of The Week

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 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.

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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?

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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?