Yesterday’s Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert is a very light fragrance, with minimal lasting power. In response to the demand for something stronger and longer lasting, Bvlgari introduced Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert Extreme, aka Green Tea Extreme, in 1996. Like the original, it was created by Jean Claude Ellena, and the notes are also the same: bergamot, orange blossom, cardamom, coriander, pepper, rose, jasmine, green tea, oakmoss, tonka bean, and beeswax.
As you would expect, the Extreme is a deeper fragrance than the original. It starts with the same mix of citrus and spices, but the spices are heavier, and I find the pepper to be much more pronounced in relation to the cardamom and coriander. The dry down is not radically different except in that it hangs around long enough to be noticeable. The beeswax especially seems to have a more forceful presence, and the rose, which I hardly detect in the original, is now a bit more distinct. Despite that, it has less of a floral feel overall, and marginally less sweetness, and I would think that some women would find the Extreme to be the more masculine of the two variations.
The Extreme is still clean and fresh; what is sacrificed is the bright clarity and crispness of the original Eau Parfumée. Which you prefer is largely a matter of personal taste. I like both, but I like the original better.
You can find Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert Extreme most anywhere. At the online discounters, a 30 ml bottle is around $30.
Coming on Sunday: Marlen on Acqua di Biella’s new fragrance for men, Bursch. Next week, look for reviews of Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc, Creative Universe Té, Sean John Unforgivable, and more.