“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Cologne „
**Introduction and reason for purchase**
I am big fan of beauty items (though not so keen on make up) and my idea of heaven is buying new toiletries..sad I know! I am far from brand loyal though but I admit that I am fan in particular of the french beauty company Yves Rocher, who have been making natural plant based beauty items for over 50 years now and pride themselves on their green ethos as a company.
At the risk of showing my age I've been using their products myself for the best part of 20 years and have grown up with their products being dotted around the bathroom at home as my mum always used them, so it's a company I'm both comfortable and familiar with as well as trusting 100%. I've bought many 'blindly' from them in the past meaning I've merely been seduced by promises form their adverts and overall I'd say 95% of the time I'm a satisfied customer which is one of the reasons I keep going back to them. In particular I have a penchant for their fragrances, and despite the fact I've been let down by the longevity by certain YR fragrances I still feel the 'urge' to try their latest or whatever I see that is on offer.
This review focuses on a fragrance that has been around for a while now in the shape of 'Green Tea Eau De Cologne' but one I have only just got around to trying..
**Price, packaging & availability**
Green Tea comes packaged in a very sedate and natural looking bottle with nothing in the way of fancy decoration at all. It's just a clean and simple upright looking bottle which has straight clean lines and emanates it's 'green' origins by looking simplistic and natural, although it's not exactly eye catching it's not ugly either but it doesn't really stand out in a crowd due to it's mediocre and slightly dated design in my opinion. (I wont go into to much detail about the bottle as it's a small cylindrical spray that I have and differs in design from the regular size.)
Price wise Green Tea is available in one size which is 125 ml (4.2 fl. oz) and currently costs £14.90. If interested in ordering this, or any other Yves Rocher products, then there are a few ways to go about it:
By phoning their order/ customer service line on 0870 049 22 22
By seeing where your nearest store is and perusing the items in person
Via their postal leaflets which can be found as pamphlets in magazines
Or alternatively there is always eBay which offers a wide range of products
Availability wise this is one of YR's long running 'natural' fragrances and was launched back in 2003 and is still going strong today so it must be a popular seller, yet until fairly recently I have only just tried it.
**What Yves Rocher have to say**
"..The restorative serenity of Green Tea, a fresh, luminous trail which refreshes your senses and revitalises your spirit. Green Tea belongs to the collection of 'fresh herbs' fragrances with the scent itself being fresh and revitalizing. Yves Rocher has selected for you the Green Tea (Camellia sinsensis) known for its regenerating properties.."
**The fragrance itself**
The composition is quite simple and is made up of the following notes of:
**My thoughts on wearing Green Tea**
Although Green Tea was launched ten years ago it is not a fragrance that has ever appealed to me despite being made aware of it throughout the years via small samples of vials - all of which have remained unopened in a drawer until recently. I order from the company every few months though in between - approximately every 6 weeks or so - they send me leaflets and newsletters through the post which always features at least two to three small samples each time. I tend to stock pile these samples as they can come in handy for holidays if I don't want to take bulky items with me and over the past few years I've accrued 7 (yes 7!) mini vials of the Green Tea fragrance. I remember briefly testing one of the vials a few years back and wasn't overly impressed so any samples of this particular fragrance have got thrown into my 'sample' drawer and have remained unused and unopened.
A few weeks ago I received a newsletter and on further inspection I came a across a small box containing 3 vials with Green Tea (the` vert) being one of them and the other two being Chevrefeuille and Verveine both of which I had tried previously.
As I had a large collection of samples I decided to have a good sort out and start using some of them up or give away ones that I wasn't likely to use such as make up and this is where I came across the small box featuring these vials so decided to pop one in my bag to use whilst out and about with Green Tea being the randomly chosen fragrance.
The majority of the samples I am normally sent are in a small 1.5ml vial with a removable lid with the fragrance being applied straight to the skin via dabbing, though I was pleasantly surprised to see this vial was more like a small bottle holding an impressive 7.5ml and had a tiny nozzle with which to spray via.
I often do the school run by walking then jogging back which is around a 3 mile journey there and back, and whilst I use deodorants if I'm calling anywhere on my way home I like to freshen up even by spritzing myself with a spray of some kind. Having jogged back from school last week I knew I had to run a few errands such as nip to the post office and to the shops to stock up on groceries so remembering this mini spray was in my bag I took it out and proceeded to apply.
The fragrance itself is a cologne and though this and the other 'herb' fragrances can be worn unisex it is not marketed this way and is advertised as being for women primarily. I was expecting something quite masculine when I'd read this so was pleasantly surprised be what greeted me on applying to my pulse points. The first thing I noticed was how sweet it came across as and was not how I'd initially remembered it on testing it out many years ago.
The fragrance has quite a strong citrus presence though this isn't sharp or tangy like some citrus notes can come across as but it certainly is prominent from the start. Once applied to my skin I detected the citrus notes instantly though they soon seemed to fade into the background which is where the green tea starts to make it's presence known.
It is during the dry down that the green tea starts to take over and the citrus notes become more soft and muted and seem almost powdery than when first applied. The green tea is very interesting as it's a fragrance that has never appealed to me before in the past as it was something I classed as being 'dated' but I was surprised at just how delicate and charming it actually came across as.
I continued to use this small bottle everyday for almost two weeks and though only a small amount is needed each time due to it's initial strength I tended to apply quite liberally like a body spray as I found what it had in strength at first it lacked in staying power. I love Yves Rocher's fragrances but find they are very hit or miss when it comes to longevity though this did last at least 4 hours after first spraying which probably has something to do with it being a cologne and not 'watered down' like an EDT.
Would I recommend this? I think I actually would yes as it's not at all what I was expecting. I'm aware of other green tea fragrances from other brands so knew what to expect scent wise - or what I thought to expect - but what I was actually presented with was quite different. The citrus adds a sweet tang whilst the green tea is delicate, dewy and very feminine. It lingers delicately on the skin for around 4 hours and there is a very obvious 'leafy' scent throughout which what I am reminded of the most when wearing this as it smells like freshly cut grass which gives it an instant Summery scent.
I was surprised at how much I liked this though I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a bottle at the RRP of nearly £15 I could well be tempted the next time it's on offer. It's not the type of scent I like to wear really preferring something muskier and oriental based but as something different to spritz on in the warm weather I think it would be ideal.
I've learned my lesson about judging a book by it's cover and in future wont be lured or repelled by the bottle design!
Fresh, herb like and grassy with a citrus presence this is certainly different, though the longevity once again lets it down but it can still hold it's head high with a respectable 4/5.