Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert was launched in 1992 and is Bulgari’s first step into the world of fine fragrance. I do like many of Bulgari’s other scents, but this has remained a scent I really love. It includes notes of bergamot, orange blossom, cardamom, coriander, pepper, rose, jasmine, green tea, oakmoss, tonka bean, and beeswax (scent note information from Now Smell This, where you can find a great review of this fragrance).
For me, it is a daytime and a spring/summer fragrance. Marketed as a unisex scent, it is a fresh citrusy floral number with the green tea note bringing all the facets together. The whole creation is sophisticated and equally approachable. If I have to describe this fragrance as a person, I would use the words “well-mannered“, “elegant“, and “unassumingly confident“.
One of the reasons that I like Eau Parfumée is that it is clean, crisp and beautifully simple. It carries an invigorating energy, and it is the scent I often go for to get ready for the day ahead. (Among other green-tea scents on the market, I find many of them overly sweet.)
As the scent is by no mean dominated by the green tea note, I’ve observed that people perceive it differently. For example, a friend of mine, upon smelling it, immediately commented on the orange and rose notes and (only after I brought it up) thought the green tea note was not obvious. She had a point, since the scent as a whole does not really bear a lot of resemblance to the actual drink.
As an eau de cologne, I find that it lasts relatively well. But the popularity of it did lead to the launch of Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert Extrême in 1996. An eau de toilette, this is a stronger and longer-lasting version with the same notes. I reach for the original version more since it is a little fresher and lighter, which is how I prefer these notes to perform as a whole, but I do see the Extrême version as a good evening scent. (If you are interested, an review of the Extrême version can also be found on Now Smell This.)
Overall, for me, Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert is nearly impossible to get bored of. As a daily fragrance, its fresh character does not grow tiring. As a green-tea scent among many others, it has been unique enough to remain consistently well-received.