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This came part of a gift set purchased with Elizabeth Arden body products which we were not expecting but tried anyway. Sweet mercies...
The Green tea range was produced to excites the senses, revitalise the body and spirit. This is obviously the perfume, but there is also available the shower and bath gel, Honey and Green Tea moisturiser.
The ingredients are as follows for this unique scent;
Caraway,Fruity Rhubarb, Lemon, Orange Zest, Bergmot.
Cool Minty Peppermint, Green Tea, Sweet Jasmine, Spicy Carnation,Fennel, Celery SPice
Oakmoss, Musk and Amber
I couldn't beleive the concoction in this. This is not to disrespect anyone who does likes this, everyone has a personal scent they like but this really did surprise me.
On first appearance the product looked fresh, elegant, and refreshing almost like the look of a summer perfumed product. With a green tea inspired box and leafing on the packaging it was easy to open and well packed.
The bottle looked a little dated on first appearance and small.
The lid is a deep green and the bottle is a light green. I supposed to reflect the 'GREEN TEA' element. I really thought this would be the overriding scent and was curious about it.
The spray applies well, they recommend to not put this or any other perfume on your neck but either walk through a sprayed mist of it or in your elbows, behind your knees and wrist to prevent the scent rising up.
I intitally thought this was a floral product but it smelt more sporty than that, not a fragrance I normally go for.
On spraying this is smells light but wait a few minutes my friends, it kicks in after ten minutes, by Jove it strong, and they mention musk but I don't think its that lovely perfumed one but more like a woodland scent and very dull throughout the day.
From the top note the scent of Caraway is quite punchy and this kicks in first, almost sweet.
I personally could not distinisugh the Green tea, and glad of it but the Fennel and Celery spcie comes through quite strongly and clashes with the Caraway. I don't think these notes have been ideally thought out, it feels and smells like a rushed frangrance to get it out there while the going is good.
After a day or wearing this the base notes really are dull and musky I washed off what I could in the end because it was a perfumed scent of woodland [?] the only way I could describe this product. As the day wore on it didn't give off a good scent, but unfortuantely it gave off scent and soured badly for me.
This retailed on the website at £12 and that says it all to me as a customer.
Although it hasn't got great promotions or reviews it still remains as a staple in thier arsenal of products online and instore.
I would not recommend this product. Sorry:(
I first bought a bottle of Elizabeth Arden Green Tea spray when I was in Hong Kong. I spent a good few hours in a perfumary trialing lots of different perfumes/Eau De Toilettes. This was the one I like best and I have been wearing it ever since, for over 4 years now.
In Hong Kong this was cheap, about £5, and I honestly thought I would either never get it in the UK or it would be really expensive. When my first bottle began to run out I began to look for it here and discovered that they have it in John Lewis. After searching the net I found it is easy to get here too and purchased a 50ml bottle from Amazon for £9, which I was very pleased about.
The eau de toilette is in a light green transparent bottle, with a leaf printed on the front of the bottle. I think the design is quite nice, only problem is the bottle is quite tall and narrow, so its easy to knock over. The green tea scent is very refreshing. Its a delicate scent of flowery tea, not quite like green tea if you made it, its more feminine. I find the scent suits me as its not overpowering or sickly and also not sweet like some perfumes. Its the only perfume I've found that I really like, its not one that you commonly smell other people wearing and as its the only perfume I have I wear it and find it suitable for all occassions. It's certainly not your run-of-the-mill kind of scent.
The scent lasts for quite a long time, perhaps 5-6 hours on the skin, but I find that the scent lingers on clothes for much longer, and always smells fresh and clean.
I give it 4/5 I love the smell, which is the important bit but am worried I am going to one day knock the tall, narrow bottle of the ledge in my bathroom and as it is glass it would smash on the floor.
I have been looking around for a new day perfume for a while, I wanted something relatively inexpensive and fresh. I have used Elizabeth Arden Green Tea products such as the body lotion and scrub before so thought I would give it a go.
I bought a 100ml bottle from Amazon (April 2012) for £13.53, including delivery, I believe the product retails from anywhere around this to upto £30, so I think it was a bit of a bargain.
The Eau De Parfum comes in a clear glass bottle with a light green pull off lid and it is simply decorated with a light green leaf and the name of the product is green lettering. The bottle comes in a green cardboard box, with two leaf shapes cut out of each side so you get a glimpse of the bottle inside. The Eau De Parfum is very slighly coloured pale green and is dispensed using a spray action nozzle that works well, dispensing product in an even spray. I find that two sprays are enough at each application.
The Key Notes are: Top Notes Caraway, Fruity Rhubarb, Lemon, Orange Zest and Bergamot, the Middle Notes are: Cool Minty Peppermint, Green Tea, Sweet Jasmine, Spicy Carnation, Fresh Fennel and Crisp Celery Spice and the Base Notes: Oakmoss, Musk and Amber.
I have been wearing this scent for about two weeks now and am very pleased with my purchase. I spray one spray onto my neck and the other on my forearm and I find that this lasts all day. At first I get a sweet, zesty scent, with the middle notes of sweet jasmine and the green tea coming through, as as the scent settles down after about 30 minutes I can start to smell the base notes, of amber and musk. I do not get any peppermint or rhubarb, but I do not have a overly refined nose.
Overall I think this Eau De Parfum is light enough to wear during the spring and summer months and is definately for day wear. In terms of age I would say that most ages could wear this as it fresh and not overly heavy. I would recommend to others looking for a light, freshing and uplifting day scent.
I bought a bottle of Elizabeth Arden green tea after seeing it on offer in a discount store for only £7.99 for a 100ml bottle. I wasn't expecting anything too amazing for the price but it was Elizabeth Arden who I sort of know even if I do normally associate the brand with older smelling fragrances so I thought it was worth a punt buying it and giving it a try.
Green tea contains notes of caraway, rhubarb, lemon, orange zest, bergamot, peppermint, jasmine, carnation, fennel seeds, celery seeds, oak, musk and white amber.
It is a very fresh scent and straight away you can smell the lemon in it. To me this was one of the most distinctive scents in the perfume. The second one which was fighting for domination over all the other notes was the peppermint as it is quite minty smelling.
It is quite unusual and although at first I wasn't 100% sure what I thought of it I decided I quite liked it as it was so different from all my other perfumes in terms of scent.
It is quite a nice smelling perfume and one that would be ideal for daytime wear if not for the fact that it is so subtle and weak smelling. I'm pleased to say that it also didn't remind me of old lady perfume regardless of my perjury against the brand.
It was extremely poor at lasting any amount of time on my skin and I would also have to spray loads to be able to just be able to smell it.
It's a real shame that it was so weak as I would probably have quite enjoyed wearing this for a long time especially as it was so cheap. In the end I just didn't see the point in wearing it die to its weakness and quick dry out time so I ended up just using it as a room spray to freshen up my house.
---Why I Got It---
I got this when on special offer for under £3 - as at that price I thought it was worth a try.
Elisabeth Arden is generally a name you can trust for perfume and this is a reasonably priced perfume that is clean and fresh smelling and great fro general use. The small spray bottle is also convenient and small enough to carry in your bag without being weighed down.
It has a nice clean fresh fragrance - the sort of perfume you can put on every day - even if just lounging at home and although you have 'something' on it is not overpowering - just a hint of fragrance. I also like heavy fragrances but most days women just want a hint of perfume - and this is a nice general all-rounder. Soemthing you can put after a shower to give you an extra 'fresh' smell.
According to the Elizabeth Arden website:
Top Notes - Caraway, Fruity Rhubarb, Lemon, Orange Zest and Bergamot
Middle Notes - Cool Minty Peppermint, Green Tea, Sweet Jasmine, Spicy Carnation, Fresh Fennel and Crisp Celery Spice
Base Notes - Oakmoss, Musk and Amber.
Spiced Green Tea
I had mine for under three pounds but at present a 30ml bottle is going for £4.22 on Amazon.
I like perfumes like that for general use - its an inoffensive perfume that very few would dislike and so could make a nice gift.
I also had a small bottle of the Spiced Green Tea which comes with a pink top and that is a great handbag size for when you need an extra 'squirt' when the go.
As will all perfumes its worth testing a sample first as it is such a personal thing.
4 stars as it may not be to everyone's taste.
---Would I recommend?---
Yes definitely - for yourself as a great fragrance you can use any time ans also as a little gift for someone as it is the sort of fresh fragrance that most people would like.
I love to wear perfume every day, even if I'm just spending the day at home. I tend to stick to a couple of favourite fragrances, and one of these is Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea. I prefer fragrances that are fresh and fruity rather than too sweet or heavy and spicy. So, after trying a sample of Green Tea Eau de Parfum, I was delighted to find a perfume that is so light and refreshing. I've no idea what green tea itself actually smells like, but this perfume has a really fresh fragrance that I think is beautifully suited to the spring and summer months. To me it smells deliciously of grapefruit, and makes a welcome change from so many perfumes that are either cloying or musky.
Elizabeth Arden's website states that Green Tea is 'An uplifting fragrance that energizes the body, excites the senses and revives the spirits.' It goes on to say that the key notes of this fragrance are:
'Top Notes Caraway, Fruity Rhubarb, Lemon, Orange Zest and Bergamot
Middle Notes Cool Minty Peppermint, Green Tea, Sweet Jasmine, Spicy Carnation, Fresh Fennel and Crisp Celery Spice
Base Notes Oakmoss, Musk and Amber'
So I'm not sure where I'm getting grapefuit from, but that's what it smells like to me!
Green Tea Intense is described as 'Green Tea in its most concentrated, enhanced form. Stronger, more sophisticated' - and that is exactly how I would describe it too. I think that this version of the fragrance might be more suitable for the autumn/winter months, or for an evening out.
The bottles are simple yet elegant. Both are clear bottles, showing the perfume within. They both have pale green pull-off lids, and feature the design of a leaf across the front. The Eau de Parfum contains a soft green-coloured perfume, whereas the Intense version is a deeper green.
I was fortunate enough to find a small bottle of this (very useful for carrying in my handbag or for going on holiday) in my local Original Factory Shop for about £3, but it is widely available in department stores as well as cheaper outlets. It's currently on sale in Boots from £22 for 100ml Eau de Toilette (and they currently have an offer of a 'Free gift when you buy 2 or more selected Elizabeth Arden products'. You can also buy a Hand & Foot Scrub and a Hand & Foot Moisture Therapy, which are £15.32 each. However, I've found Green Tea for much less at Cheap Smells. I've listed sizes and prices below.
There is also a Lavender version available, but I haven't had the chance to try that yet. I love the smell of lavender - and it's wonderful as an essential oil for headaches and stress, as well as keeping mozzies at bay! - but I am definitely a fan of the 'grapefruit' scent, which is really refreshing and distinctive.
The prices are all from Cheap Smells (in March 2011), which has free UK standard delivery:
Green Tea, 30ml for £7.85; 50ml for £9.20; 100ml for £11.49
Green Tea Intense, 75ml for £13.95
Green Tea Lavender, 50ml for £14.95
all these prices are a considerable reduction on the RRP.
This is a fragrance I am very glad to have discovered. Something out of the ordinary, it helps lift my spirits at any time of the day.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
I wasn't impressed with this fragrance at all, most of Elizabeth Arden's fragrances are cheap to buy but they are usually really nice and an absolute bargain. I thought that might be the case with this one but it was a real let down.
First of all i could barely smell this when i was wearing it, i had to literally douse myself in it just to be able to slightly smell it. It is supposed to be a citrusy fragrance with top notes of caraway and rhubarb, but the only real smell that came through for me was that of peppermint which i don't personally find as an attractive scent for a perfume.
The bottle is also very plain but again most of Elizabeth Arden's perfume bottles are, bu their beautiful smell usually compensates for this. Overall i just found this a boring scent and not very durable or memorable! There isn't really anyone i'd reccomend it to.
It is cheap to buy if you do want to buy it you can get a 30ml bottle for £7 or so.
The name of this perfume encouraged me to buy it. It seemed the kind of perfume I would like, one with a fresh and light fragrance. I had never had a green tea perfume before, and enjoy drinking the actual tea, so I brought this perfume on special offer! It was 9.99. Which I thought was a great bargain, as I noticed it is usually a lot more expensive. However, I just checked Amazon UK and it is on sale for £10. 50 although the RRP price is £26. 00
This perfume was launched by Elizabeth Arden in 1999. I am quite surprised that it hasn't proved to be popular, as it has proven to be my most favourite of perfumes so far.
I brought the 100 ml bottle.
I liked the white and green box with a tea leaf design on the front. The packaging wasn't too over the top or too boring, it was something simple but classy.
When I opened the box I found the long sleek oblong bottle of the fragrance. The glass is see-through and the perfume colour is a light green - which makes a nice change to most colours of perfumes around. It also makes sense as the name suggests it should be a green coloured perfume.
The bottle top was easy to pop open and close. The spray was easy to press and the perfume comes out easily of the spray press as most other perfumes would.
The scent in my opinion is one of the best I have ever smelt. As soon as you spray it on you smell the fresh, slightly floral fragrance. It smells clean and light, something great for summer. There is a nice hint of green tea, but it isn't a bitter smell as the real stuff without sugar. It's like a sweetened smell of green tea without smelling sickly or fruity sugary.
There are tones of jasmine and musk which give the scent class and a femininity appeal.
Whenever I smell this scent I always feel relaxed and it is something that refreshes you up. It is light without being too light. The only disadvantage I would say though is the scent doesn't last that long, compared to some other perfumes.
When sprayed upon the skin, I noticed that the perfume scent lasted for about 3 - 6 hours. When sprayed on clothes, I found that the scent remained strong for a day or two. After that, there were some remains, but very very light.
Despite the perfume not lasting that long, I would still recommend it and continue to buy it. The fresh smell and how it refreshes and cools you outweighs anything else.
I found the slightly sweet green tea floral smell unique.
High up in the ingredients list is green tea leaf extract. I was happy to find this out as I didn't want something unnatural and artificial.
This perfume is a great and summery light, floral and fresh scent. Not too expensive. Refreshing and revitalizing, I don't think this perfume would be a bad present for any woman, as most women can use it for sometime. Even for women who like very strong woody perfumes, this could be used as a light fragrance for at home or as a deodorant.
This perfume makes me feel so fresh and uplifts my mood I always hear in the background of my mind Bill Withers' Lovely Day. Nice scents can really make a difference to a person's mood. This one really let's me feel I can have a good day and enjoy the good things in life.
So that whenever I look at my bottle of Green Tea Perfume I just know when I put some on that it's going to be a lovely day!
first discoved the scent of green tea whilst I was browsing products from the Origins counter at my locan House Of Fraser store and absolutely loved it. A while later I came across a bottle of Elizabeth Arden Green Tea which smelt exactly the same and I had to snap up a 30ml bottle.
The packaging for this fragrance is very simplistic. The uncomplicated design comprises a glass ellipsoidal bottle with a simple light green plastic lid. Compared to the other fabulous bottle designs on the market today, one might say that this design leaves a lot to be desired but although very simple, I feel it really expresses the nature of this scent as the fragrance itself is one of simplicity. The words "Elizabeth Arden" and the name of the fragrance is printed in white on the front of the bottle in a somewhat classic serif font and for the name of the perfume, a casual script font is used. On the back of the bottle the image of a leaf is etched into the glass which can be seen through the trasparent bottle and the clear liquid. The bottle is sold housed in a simple green box which also uses the straightforward leaf design.
Green Tea was launched in by Elizabeth Arden in 1999 and over 10 years later it is still holding it's place amongst the other fragrances from the same range.
I was surprised to learn that this fragrance contains a much wider variety of "notes" than I would have thought. Top Notes include Caraway, Fruity Rhubarb, Lemon, Orange Zest and Bergamot, middle Notes are made up of Cool Minty Peppermint, Green Tea, Sweet Jasmine, Spicy Carnation, Fresh Fennel and Crisp Celery Spice and the base notes are Oakmoss, Musk and Amber.
By taking a look at the list above, I have no idea where all of these elements fit into this scent. On first application, there is definitely an aroma of citrus where the orange zest and lemon appear quite powerfully. Soon the aromatic citrus notes dissipate, leaving behind a much sweeter scent which for me is the epitome of the classic green tea scent. This is a very refreshing and clean fragrance which is best suited to very casual wear, and would be especially nice to wear during the warm summer months. I also tend to wear this to work as it is very easy to wear and isn't overpowering and it very affordable.
The staying power of this perfume isn't too great. It does smell quite strong at first but the scent quickly fades, leaving behind a subtle, rather sweet aroma on the skin. This is why I would not recommend this for evening wear or occasions that are anything but casual, however it is the very reason why this perfume is more appropriate for summer. Although I really like the scent the lack of staying power really lets it down. For that reason I cannot award this product any more than 3 stars and it is the reason why I won't be purchasing this fragrance again unfortunately.
Again, this fragrance is broadly available and it comes at a very nominal price. Prices are a guide and the following sizes are all available from cheapsmells.co.uk:
30ml - £6.10
50ml - £8.55
100m - £10.50
For more information and to browse other products and fragrances visit: www.elizabetharden.co.uk.
**Also on Ciao under the same username**
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Eau de Toilette 100mls.
This fragrance was first launched in 1999 and is made by Elizabeth Arden. It is available to buy at all Elizabeth Arden beauty counters worldwide and is also available to buy from Amazon and Fragrance Direct.
I love Elizabeth Arden products and I was given Green Tea Eau de Toilette recently as a gift. I was really happy with this as a gift as I was keen to try this fragrance but like most people I am on a budget so I would not consider buying it for myself.
The Green Tea Eau de Toilette came boxed and sealed. The fragrance bottle fitted the box perfectly and the box was then sealed with thin plastic. When I removed the fragrance from the box it was in excellent condition - hence the box was designed perfectly to protect the fragrance.
The actual fragrance comes in a real glass bottle. The bottle is about 6 inches long and about 3 inches wide, the depth of the bottle is about 1 inch. So basically it is a long thin glass bottle. The fragrance is dispersed from the bottle via a spray - I always prefer this as it makes it so easy to apply the fragrance. The spray works well and it expels a fine mist of eau de toilette when sprayed.
The bottle has a green plastic cap, this works fine, it does not look cheap and it protects the spray nosel from spraying perfume when you don't want it to. The actual glass of the bottle is very pale green in colour and has the name of the fragrance etched on to it, the Elizabeth Arden logo and a Green Tea Plant Leaf. It's a really lovely bottle.
The immediate smell of Green Tea fragrance is very much of citrus. When you first apply the fragrance it has quite a strong smell but it quickly settles down. The scent is really very energising, it exudes summer and as soon as I smell it I feel in a good mood and I am reminded of summer.
The fragrance oozes aromas of caraway and rhubarb, with a strong emphasis on citrus with lemon, bergamot and orange zest. The fragrance has middle notes of jasmine and carnation, it is to me summer in a bottle.
This eau de toilette would be especially nice for an exotic holiday in a faraway place. This fragrance is not overly costly so because of the reasonable cost you can use it more frequently than very expensive fragrances. It would be lovely for spritzing with while sunbathing on a beach or equally after a hard session in the gym.
100mls of this fragrance costs around £10, it really is a bargain as Elizabeth Arden products are usually a lot more expensive.
I can recommend this fragrance and for the price, smell and bottle I give it 5 Dooyoo stars.
I have been a fan of Green Tea in the past, but I don't think that its blend of ingredients is as appealing to me now as it once was. I have had a bottle of this, along with the matching body cream/ milk, hanging about for so long, that it must have gotten very bored indeed, whilst waiting for me to fall back in love with it.
I had a spritz of this today and what ever attracted me to it all those years ago, when I bought it on a regular basis, seems to have gone. In comparison with some of the so called 'fresh/ green' fragrances, it competes with, it doesn't cut the mustard at all. Of course I don't want to seem unkind about it and it won't get a zero rating, because, it moved me once and it still has its merits, but its just not a NOW scent any more.
Elizabeth Arden say that has a 'lush green freshness' to it, but to say this is both lush and green is not a description I think it merits. As for the fact that its mean't to 'energize the body, excite the senses and revive the spirit', well all I can say is that having worn this today it reminded me of a cheap roll on deo, light and lingering but with no real kick to it
Now I had a quick look-see at the ingredients used in the EDT, just to see if I could detect them. To me the caraway (which I would say is very distinctive, but went undetected in this), orange zest, sweet jasmine, musk and amber were no where to be seen or smelt! The so called fruity rhubarb had gone awol too! As for the bergamot, which is lush and green yet citrusy too, well it just wasn't there even though it is listed as being so.
What I can say is, that I can agree there was a mix of peppermint, green tea, fennel and celery spice, which were detectable along with rather long lasting aroma of cucumber! Now cucumber isn't listed as being one of the ingredients in this fragrance and yet it seemed to be oozing it.
In fact when I cracked open the rather sorry for itself body cream/ milk tube to apply some, the cucumber smell was very over powering to me. If you think of the Avon cucumber peel off face masks, then you will be thinking along the right lines in terms of how Green Tea smells.
There have been additions to the Green Tea range over time and these include Green Tea Exotic, Green Tea Revitalize, Green Tea Lotus and the more recent Green Tea Lavender. I wouldn't mind having a whiff of the lavender version, to see how I feel about it, but sadly the original Green Tea has lost its shine for me.
At around £9.99 for a 50ml bottle, although I have seen it even cheaper at times and often sold at the same price with the body cream/ milk, it won't cost a bomb, but there are many other similarly priced scents that are more up to date and smell less like a cheap face mask.
I don't know about Green Tea? I would rather settle for a cup of tea. So since we seem to have a recent glut of kettles here and are all experts at getting them to work their magic, does any one fancy a brew? If so then make mine a cuppa.
A 3 star rating for Green Tea.
I went through a phase about 10 years ago where I would send off for free samples all the time and Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden was one of those samples. Since then I have received the perfume as a gift and also bought it myself, so I have had quite a lot of experience with this perfume one way or another.
Elizabeth Arden is an American Cosmetics house which has been a world leader in cosmetics since the 1920's and apparently was the first company to introduce eye makeup to the American public. Green tea hasn't been going quite that long however and was introduced in 1999.
The price varies dramatically depending on where you buy it, I have seen 50ml edt for £19 and 30ml edp for £3.50. So if you are planning to buy this perfume I would really have a good look around as you can get it for a bargain.
The box for Green Tea is attractive and as you might imagine is blue (only joking, its Green). It has a dappled effect and is relatively plain apart from a silver leaf embossed on the front. Elizabeth Arden is written on the front in neat dark green writing, but the name of the perfume is written in what looks like a hand written style, which takes up very little room on the box.
The bottle continues the green theme, though it is a very light green colour and it is rectangular in shape but with curved edges. There is a green partially transparent image of a leaf on the bottle and apart from Elizabeth Arden and Green Tea written in white there is no writing on the bottle. I like the lid of the bottle as its a nice light green colour and is ever so slightly transparent. I think the bottle is attractive and is very well thought out as it completely suits the scent of Green Tea.
When you first spray the perfume, you get a strong scent of citrus and then you can smell alcohol which is strange because usually you smell the alcohol first. After the alcohol settles you get a much deeper citrus smell which seems to smell of lemon rather than any other citrus fruit.
Personally I cant really smell the scent of tea but when I have sprayed it on and my dad enters the room, he often says it smells like someone is brewing nice tea. I was surprised to find that Green Tea also has a really light background smell of mint, and when I looked on the internet I found that it does have peppermint in it and I think this adds to the freshness of the scent. I have read that it also contains rhubarb, which is an interesting ingredient, but as the nearest I have come to Rhubarb is a soggy school pudding, I really cant comment on that.
There is also a hint of freshly cut grass to the scent, which can maybe be explained by the fact that the perfume contains the scent of moss. It is an incredibly light, fresh, zesty perfume that would be best worn on casual or daytime occasions.
Now the bad point, this is one of the weakest perfumes I have ever worn, you spray it on and within an hour the scent has almost completely vanished with perhaps only the lightest scent of lemon left (if you're lucky). I know that Green Tea has to be a light scent otherwise you may end up smelling like a Tetleys Teabag but I think the staying power really lets this perfume down.
As I managed to find this perfume cheaply I tend to leave it in my handbag and use it often throughout the day, when I feel like smelling something nice or as a kind of top up perfume if I cant smell any other perfume I might be wearing.
So although I like this perfume the staying power is very disappointing. If you can find it cheaply enough I would definately give it a go, but maybe just to satisfy your curiousity as to what tea smells like in perfume.
Never having had green tea, I have no idea if this smells like green tea. But what I can tell you is it smells lovely. This perfume is fresh and uplifting and to me smells like when it's been raining in a flower garden (this is a good smell, by the way).
I would have never normally even looked twice at a perfume like this but this was my main 'gift' in my show bag at London Fashion Week, so I though I might as well try it. I am a bit of a perfume addict and I go around shops trying every single one so I am pretty specific about what I like; this had no exception. At first I was a bit wary of it; it smelled a little old-ladyish to begin with. But as the day went on it grew on me (I hate that phrase - like when people say 'oh this food will grow on you' - what? excuse me, hair grows on you, skin grows on you, food doesn't grow on you!) Rant over, I liked it more and more until the evening when I went to bed and I sprayed some more - it's a very calm, delicate scent so it's nice to smell as you're going to sleep.
I actually have no idea how much this is but looking at the adverts on the side of the page now it seems to range from about £10-£20; quite good really, considering you get quite a bit in the bottle (or so it seems, but that may just be because the bottle is really tall but thin). I think it's 100ml.
The packaging could be slightly more aesthetically pleasing - I personally don't think that the bottle suits the fragrance very well - a more elegant, little bottle would look better.
But other than that minority it is a lovely perfume - I would recommend it to most people and this wouldn't make a bad, reasonably priced present either.
After falling in love with Body Shop's Passion Flower Eau de Parfum, I was devastated to find out that the fragrance had been discontinued. So the next time I was at our Duty Free, I went looking for a substitute, and the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea was what I went home with.
From their webpage, they say the scent is made up as follows:
Top Notes: Caraway, Fruity Rhubarb, Lemon, Orange Zest and Bergamot
Middle Notes: Cool Minty Peppermint, Green Tea, Sweet Jasmine, Spicy Carnation, Fresh Fennel and Crisp Celery Spice
Base Notes: Oakmoss, Musk and Amber
While all this sounds interesting, I have to say that I was surprised by this list, since there is almost nothing here that seems to jive with what I experience with this scent. In fact, the first thing I smell when I put this on is grapefruit. Now, that could be the lemon and orange zest mixed with the bergamot, but to me, it smells very much like grapefruit. It certainly has a heady citrus overtone that's pleasantly sour, but not quite as strong as the scent of cutting into a fresh grapefruit. The overall sensation of the scent is very refreshing and clean smelling, which I think is perfect as a summertime perfume.
As the perfume fades, you'll lose that zesty scent quite quickly. What you'll be left with is something that certainly reflects the green tea, but with a powdery undertone. That new aroma is probably one of the flowers that they mention, and I smell more carnation than jasmine, since it isn't overly sweet. While this isn't as cool and refreshing as what you'll experience when you first put it on, there are enough bright tones left over to keep it from falling totally flat. I'm thinking that the peppermint is probably what helps the most with this.
While all this sounds good, not all is perfect here. The problem with this perfume is that as lovely as it smells when you first put it on, and as nice as it is after it's worn off a bit, it really doesn't have much staying power. Within only about half an hour after I put this on, all the sparkly citrus has faded away to the softer powdery tones. Since I was looking for something "grapefruity", this was a bit of a disappointment for me. I've also noticed that what's left over also doesn't seem to stay with you all that long. I'd say, after about 6-8 hours, you might not notice you've put this on at all. To counter-act this, I've even tried spraying more on me, but that doesn't seem to solve anything.
The biggest drawback to this problem is that you will be tempted to use more of it, and therefore, it will run out sooner. My old Body Shop Passion Flower 50ml bottle lasted since December 2003. Frankly, I can't see this 100ml bottle lasting almost 6 years, at the amount I'm using of this now. Mind you, this is hardly one of the most expensive scents on the market - and I see you can get it from Amazon for only £8.10! So I guess it isn't a total disaster if this finishes up quickly. Still, as far as summery scents go, this is likeable, and had marvelous potential when I first put it on. Too bad that it fades too quickly and doesn't keep the kick I like so much. I'd say this deserves three stars out of five, but still recommended if you are looking for something inexpensive that's not too strong and good for summer or daytime wear.
Davida Chazan © August 2009
As mentioned above, the 100ml skin scent spray is available through Amazon £8.10, with the 50ml going for only £5.54. From the look of it, this simple version might be going off the market as it looks like it is being replaced by versions called Exotic and Revitalize.
The website for Elizabeth Arden in the UK is http://www.elizabetharden.co.uk/ where they have a store locator to find somewhere you can buy this in the UK.
Elizabeth Arden make excellent perfumes and their Green Tea Eau de Toilette is no exception. This is a really bright uplifting summery scent that will lighten your mood when you wear it.
I keep a bottle in my drawer at the office and whenever I feel bogged down with work I give myself a quick squirt of Green Tea perfume and it really lifts my spirits. It lifts your mood instantly. In the very hot weather it can also be extremely refreshing.
Sometimes during the really muggy weather I will put on a few squirts before I go to bed and it helps me feel cool as I'm lying down.
The fragrance lasts very well on your skin and so you do not have to keep topping up. This means that you get excellent value for money from a bottle, as it will last a long time.
Elizabeth Arden have brought out several sub-categories of perfume in the Green Tea range, some that are more wintery and spicy, others that are slightly lemony. However, I do not think you can beat the original Green Tea perfume. It is one of my favourite perfumes.