One of my favorite memories of early summer is visiting my Grandma’s house, when her yard was bursting with flowers (how did she tend to all of them?!). My favorite was the large mock orange shrub. When it bloomed, you could smell the sweet citrus scent in the air. It was that gorgeous scent that I remembered when I tried Annick Goutal L’Ile au Thé Eau de Toilette.
L’Ile au Thé Eau de Toilette is the perfect fragrance for spring and summer. A beautiful mix of citrus and green tea, it was inspired when Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen visited an island off the coast of Korea. There, they imagined a perfume composed of greens and oranges, with a tea note. A unisex fragrance that could be shared.
When I first tried L’Ile au Thé, the mandarin top note was prominent, accompanied by the crisp, almost sharp, herbal green tea note. As the fragrance warms and develops, floraly notes of Osmanthus (apricot) blend with soft notes of White Musks and a surprising bit of leather. It’s a very pleasant fragrance to wear; calming, not heavy or cloying–although I’m not sure I can see sharing the scent with my husband. It’s a fragrance that wears well, lasting a good 5-6 hours.
For comparison, I would say that the citrus notes in L’Ile au Thé aren’t as sweet as in Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne and the green tea notes are a bit more prominent than Bvlgari Au Thé Vert, both of which I’ve worn in the past.
Annick Goutal L’Ile au Thé (1.7 oz., $105) is available in select department stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales. If you’re looking for a pretty scent for summer, this is one to try!
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