Like intrepid Indiana Jones types, the perfumers who brought Elizabeth Arden’s new Green Tea Camellia Eau de Toilette ($29 for a 1.7-oz. bottle) into the light went all the way to Sri Lanka to find it.
Their goal was to capture the scent of the camellia sasanqua plant in its natural habitat. Using a doo-dad called ScentTrek, which they attached to the plant, they left with a sample of the plant’s actual scent molecules, which then went toward developing one of the scent’s middle notes.
Typically, perfumers distill the oils from a harvested plant to acquire its scent, but, with ScentTrek, they’re able to grab the true essence of a living plant or flower in its natural habitat no matter where it takes them in the world. The technology not only allows perfumers to keep the ecological balance intact, but it also gives them the opportunity to obtain a more complete scent profile that takes into account the atmosphere surrounding the plant.
Official fragrance notes…
- Top notes: sheer bergamot, yuzu, sparkling lemon, green tea vapors, ume plum
- Middle notes: green tea leaves, camellia sasanqua, white peony, chinese magnolia, jasmine petals, mandarin tree blossom
- Base notes: angelica musk, white birch, moss, touches of sweet spices
Green Tea Camellia was just released with Green Tea Lavender (LOVE!), and the sweeter, softer version of Lavender lasts all day long on my skin (pretty good for an eau de toilette).
I prefer Lavender’s punchy citrus (the fruity elements are toned down in Camellia), but I like both fragrances, and I dig the scent-sory science behind them a lot.
PRICE: $29 for a 1.7-oz. bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Elizabeth Arden counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,