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I had never used any of the bvlgari products before I tried this perfume and I had no clue that bvlgari has a line of perfumes because they are not known for making cosmetics or fragrances. I simply love the essence of teas and green tea most of all is enchanting to me so I promptly picked up this perfume when I got an opportunity to get it at a remarkably great price at a commissary where only the entitled people are allowed to buy.
This fragrance is available at the amazon marketplace for a price of 45 pounds for a 50 ml bottle. The subtle smooth scent it simply amazing and unlike the stronger perfumes this fragrance leaves a mark yet does not overpower the general mood in the air.
I would strongly recommend all you fragrance lovers to go for this one atleast once and give it a try. You will not regret the purchase.
Group: woody aromatic
~ Introduction ~
After receiving a mini collection of nine assorted Bvlgari fragrances, their sophisticated, interesting creations prompted me to seek out the rest of the range to add to my mini collection. Mini bottles of 5ml are normally not for sale as they are only intended to serve as free samples but I have yet to come across such a generous freebie! They are sold on ebay and as I discovered last year, in some discount fragrance shops too, one being Beauty Base in Ealing Broadway, London.
~ The Bvlgari Tea Party ~
Luxury design house Bvlgari has always been known for using natural, aromatics ingredients in their fragrances and also the first to use tea as a perfume ingredient. Part of Bvlgari's series of three tea-themed unisex eau de colognes, Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert was launched in 1992 as the house's very first fragrance. Despite the fact that Bvlgari was lesser known in the world of perfumery, it had become a massive hit. It has to be said that Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert is a very light fragrance and only has minimal staying power so due to popular demand Bvlgari
launched a stronger, longer lasting eau de toilette version in 1996, Eau Parfumee Extreme.
The unusual shape is somewhat similar to Bvlgari's tea-based scents bottles, the only difference is the height, Extreme being short and stumpy. The colour also changed from a light milky white green to a deeper brighter green. The shape of the bottle is a characteristic, hard-to-describe shape used for many of the Bvlgari fragrances. It is round and only slightly oval at the bottom but as it narrows towards the top to form sharp edges. There is an envelope-shaped dent in the front and back. The stopper is metallic with a 'tie' neck on the front and back and has a round top. Eau Parfumee Extremee comes in a green rectangular box. Both the bottle and the box have black lettering.
~ The fragrance ~
Top notes: coriander, orange blossom, pepper, bergamot
On application to the skin, the fragrance vibrates with bright, invigorating and almost sparkling notes that have a fresh, green quality and a citrusy feel to them. The freshness is not at all synthetic smelling like in most tea-themed fragrances, but is quite natural and somewhat toned down. A few minutes later peppery spicy notes emerge that now give the composition a slightly more masculine feel, though being a well-balanced, true unisex fragrance, it never actually becomes too powerfully so. In fact, I would classify the spiciness as oriental as even the top notes have a slightly sweet, floral underpinning.
Middle notes: jasmine, cardamon, rose
An hour later which I consider quite long for an eau de toilette, a green tea aroma starts to appear that is slightly powdery and dry. Luckily the fragrance doesn't actually smell like a cup of green tea, but rather like a complex blend of floral and green notes with a slight hint of dried spices. At this stage, the fragrance is a blend of contrasts that surprisingly works together: it has a disappearing but still noticeable fresh aquatic and a more earthy, drier side making the fragrance feel warm and cool at the same time. The floral tones reminded me of lily, jasmine and green leaves. Overall, it was a subtle tone that wasn't too feminine or too masculine and felt perfectly natural and aromatic.
Base notes: green tea, oakmoss, tonka bean, beeswax
After about 4 hours the fragrance settles down enough to reveail its base, a woody or rather hay like aroma that gives the fragrance a smooth and soft finish and the still lingering floral and green which made the dry down refined and round. The fragrance is a very well-work blend which means the notes do not tend to separate but rather work together. Only two drops from the splash bottle lasted on my skin up to 6 hours so a more general application in the morning should keep you going all day.
~ Conclusion ~
Eau Parfumee Extreme is a tea themed fragrance with a difference. Unlike many copies that have appeared since then, this eau de toilette is smooth and delicately composed yet powerful blend that works really well with the skin (at least with mine). The look and feel of the fragrance may indicate casual wear however it is sophisticated enough for ladies and gentlemen alike to wear it for work or formal occasions. A timeless, ageless, genderless natural fragrance from Bvlgari, heartily recommended.
~ Price / where to buy ~
Due to the 1996 launch date, I've only seen this fragrance available online.
£29.00 / 30ml Bvlgari Eau Parfumee The Vert Extreme Spray
£46.95 / 50ml Bvlgari Eau Parfumee The Vert Extreme Spray
I bought my 5ml mini bottle at Beauty Base, Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, London where they have a frequently changing mini stock for sale 1 item for £5 or 3 for £10.
~ Additional rating ~
Composition: 5 / 5
Originality: 5 / 5
Staying power: 4 / 5
Value for money: 3 / 5
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