Friday, July 8, 2022

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea: fragrance review & story

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea is one of Francis Kurkjian's timeless success stories, which built his reputation for effortless light diaphanous fragrances, in turn setting the record for his own Maison Francis Kurkdjian creations that sparkle and trail like gauze in the morning sun. Yet Green Tea is a case where one perfumer imitates another. 

 pic via pinterest

The sophisticated and intellectual Jean Claude Ellena created L'Eau Parfumée first as a room spray for Bvlgari boutiques in Rome in the 1990s, and as a stand alone fragrance around the world later. He came up with it while playing with Iso E Super and jasmine chords, creating an original accord that he called "green tea." He states so in his writings, that he chose the name because he was impressed by the Japanese green tea ceremony. He wanted to recreate that feeling of comforting serenity, that precious luxury, the one of seemingly endless time. Or at the very least of meaningful time. He was mindful before mindfulness was a thing. 

Ozonic with a green bamboo note, and lemon accords that do not bring images of classic Eau de Cologne, thanks to its green grassy shade, Green Tea takes you because of its name in the highlands of Darjeeling and Sikkim, on the backs of elephants. It perfectly makes me at once calm down and feel like the draining energy of intense heat is not a worrisome burden anymore. There is the promise of spice and botanical stuff but it's just that – a hint, a soupçon of a taunt, never fully materialized. It remains cool and collected, not passionate.

Delicate, fresh, drumming like light percussion, airy and tonic, Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden is welcome coolness in the heat, which is much appreciated for casual occasions and daytime. But if you're the type of person to eschew evening fragrances in the summer months, this could easily fit in your wardrobe.

It's also a startlingly good steal on online stores, demanding very little. 

Fragrance notes for Elizabeth Arden Green Tea:

Top notes are Lemon, Bergamot, Mint, Orange Peel and Rhubarb

Middle notes are Jasmine, Oakmoss, Fennel, Musk, Carnation and White Amber

Base notes are Green Tea, Jasmine, Oakmoss, Musk, Celery Seeds, Caraway, Cloves and Amber

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Nicolai Parfumeur Createur Le Temps d'une Fete: fragrance review


There are not as many fragrances with a leading narcissus note, as I would wish, and some of the best have been discontinued, for example, Le Temps d’Une Fête Nicolaï Parfumeur Créateur and Ostara Penhaligon's. Patricia de Nicolaï's Le Temps d'une Fête is the perfect narcissus-ladden green floral to evoke spring, full of crushed leaves and grass; a fragrance so beautiful and cheerful that it will make you spin around and around humming Mendelssohn's Spring Song even when taking down the Christmas decorations.

It does bring on a little chill from the frost of March. It's the bitter, sharp synergy of galbanum and oakmoss; they have a sobering effect on the narcotic aura of the narcissus/jonquil and hyacinth heart.

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It is the promise of spring-time in this transitory phase in which the first buds are tentatively raising their heads beneath the still cold air, which is enough to have us on pins and needles for the full blown effect of spring's arrival. It's usually then a little spring-like fragrance is very much desired — nay, craved — when the last woolies of the winter season are finally getting their last rites, so to speak, like Le Temps d'une Fête. And when it comes...cause of celebration! 

Le Temps d'une Fête is like that, exactly. The joy of living rendered through natural paint strokes of the most delicate and precious watercolors. A masterpiece of dexterity and finesse

Alas, the brand discontinued it long ago. I do hope they bring it back from the dead in a rite of eternal spring!


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