What does the name “Bvlgari” brings to mind?
To me, it conjures up visions of luxury and cove-table accessories. But perhaps just as pleasurable (and more affordable) are the fragrances from this venerable house of style and class.
One of the beloved (and unisex) classics in Bvlgari’s collection of tea-based fragrances is Eau Parfumee au The Vert by Bvlgari $82.00 3.4 fl. oz; $57.00 1.7 fl. oz. Launched in 1992, EauThé Vert is Bvlgari’s very first Eau de Cologne.
It is worthy of note that that the creator of this fragrance (the “nose” ) was the esteemed Jean Claude Ellena . He’s the focus of one of my favorite books (written by Chandler Burr) called The Perfect Scent. If you love fragrance, you will find this book about how fragrances are conceived, created and marketed, absolutely fascinating.
The fragrance is categorized as a “ctirus aromatic.” Although this is a green tea fragrance, what hits your nostrils right away is a top note of Italian Bergamot that feels fresh and invigorating. It appears to me to be the kind of citrus note that is used in a lot of women’s scents, but also in a lot of more masculine fragrance, too. The other top notes are coriander, orange blossom , mandarin orange, cardamom and lemon. The heart has the floral notes of jasmine, lily of the valley and Bulgarian rose (perhaps the Bulgarian rose was added because this is a fragrance for ‘Bvlgari?”). The base is a strong one sandalwood, amber, musk, green tea, precious woods and cedar.
Compared to other green tea-centric fragrances I have smelled, this one has just a passing nod to the tea. What it does have is a fresh, lively, almost masculine vibe to it, all citrus and strong bottom notes that blend beautifully to make it a light daytime scent that makes you feel “clean” and just a bit spicy.
The bottle is a stunner (what else would you expect from a company like Bvlgari) but it’s not flashy. You want to pick it up and hold it like a precious shell you’ve just unearthed from the sand. it reminds me of sea glass, created of frosted blue-green glass that looks like the sea really did give it a natural patina. The topper, a distinctive, silver and sea green circle with the Bvlgari name engraved around the perimeter in an endless ring adds glamour. The column of glass is almost unbroken until the very top, when it dips and is polished, to show the juice inside. Even the label is elegant: a slim, shiny rectangle of white, gold rimmed paper, with a delicate, embossed graphic of a tea plant, and, in the name of the perfume in small letters (no need to shout when you’re this good). The outer carton is also sea green, subtle and elegant.
Fragrance Tip: This is why you can’t go wrong with a classic. Eau Parfumee au The Vert by Bvlgari is a multi season, affordable, mini-splurge to share with your favorite partner. You don’t always need to rush out and buy the latest scent to add something new to your life and your fragrance collection. Go luxe, and go back to an elegant classic and you’ll always smell wonderful!
Eau Parfumee au The Vert by Bvlgari Eau de Cologne is a tea-riffic choice for Fall. For more information visit the Bvulgari web site and check the fragrances section.