Bargain Fragrance Reviews Bargain Fragrances: The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea (2015)

Bargain Fragrances: The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea (2015)

01/05/17 10:10:45 (7 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. 

Summary: A surprisingly complex and affordable green tea aroma from The Body Shop that uses organic, community trade sugarcane alcohol and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract as an anti-oxidant.

Perfumer: N/A

Body Shop Fuji Green Tea

Try this if you like: Bright citrus, mint, and traditional green tea fragrance aromas.

Reminds me of: Most definitely recalls Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert and Elizabeth Arden Green Tea.

Pros & Cons: If we already have Bvlgari and Arden's offerings (and an endless list of similar fragrances), does the world really need another green tea aroma? This was my thought after first seeing the announcement for The Body Shop's Fuji Green Tea (FGT) and immediately dismissing this 2015 launch. However, while sniffing around TJ/TK Maxx a few weeks ago I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the aroma of the FGT shower gel and body butter. This pleasant experience lingered in my mind and I decided it was time to bring a green tea fragrance back into my wardrobe. I first searched for Bvlgari's 1992 version but since the relaunch it has become challenging to find it at an affordable price (and just a year or two ago it seemed like it was available everywhere quite inexpensively). I'm not a big fan of Arden's 1999 launch (there's something there that sticks out and bothers me) or its myriad flankers. And although FGT is a sniffalike of the above, the pricepoint and overall complexity is excellent; as such, this is the perfect product for anyone seeking a modern green tea fragrance. I received my bottle earlier this week and have been wearing it non-stop. Centering and calming are the two words that immediately come to mind.

Tea terraces near Mt Fuji

Tea terraces near Mt. Fuji, Japan; image from TheBodyShop.com

Zombieldehyde, a Fragrantica member from the Phillipines offered, "I tried this in the shop today and unfortunately, I did not like it. It does fade quickly and I did not like the initial spritz. It's overwhelming and a bit of herbal. It's not for me, but I know other people will love it."

Another Fragrantica reviewer, Whitenette from New Zealand, wrote, "This is very vibrant, fresh and citrus. The tea twang isn't as obvious as say, Elizabeth Arden's green tea, but there is complexity in the fragrance that marks this as more than just a combination of citrus elements. Unfortunately this does not last long because as a cologne, it fades quickly to a skin scent that you might manage to get a whiff of now and then. I'm wearing this even in sunny winter days because it's just such a fresh and energising scent that goes so well with a 7am workday. I do wish they sold this in smaller bottles that I can just keep in my bag for retouches. Also, this is completely gender-neutral. There is no hint of masculinity or femininity in the floral notes."

And Oopriyapriya, a Fragrantica member from India explains, "Aaahhhhhhhh! Walking through a dense forest, the crisp morning breeze tousling your hair, the sun playing hide-n-seek through the lush leaves...and then you come to a clearing, with a valley cradling a tranquil lake, flowers abloom, birds tweeting and you...just being! One of the best fresh, clean scents I've encountered! Green...green tea with a dash of mint...citruses and blossoms swirling in it! And as for an eau de cologne this potent potion lingers for long...like that feeling you carry along, way after you've left that mountain...serene!!"

Green Tea

Notes: "Green tea, bergamot, lemon and mandarin top notes with a floral heart of camellia, jasmine and violet." TheBodyShop.com

Ingredients (NEW FEATURE!): "Alcohol Denat. (Solvent), Alcohol (Solvent), Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), t-Butyl Alcohol (Denaturant), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Antioxidant), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative)."

Designer’s Description: "'Our green hand-picked tea leaves are taken from the pristine Mount Fuji region of Japan. The environment quality is perfect for growing Japan’s world-renowned revitalising green tea. Our refreshing range will leave your body and soul feeling rejuvenated and replenished. Awaken and revive the senses with the sophisticated aroma of our citrus-fresh scent of Fuji Green Tea™ Eau de Cologne. It’s the perfect blend of green tea, bergamot, lemon and mandarin top notes with a floral heart of camellia, jasmine and violet. Refreshingly light and crisp, it’s a classic scent for daytime sophistication." TheBodyShop.com

Number of times tested: 5 times over the last week.

Number of sprays applied for this review: 2 sprays to the back of my hand from a 100ml bottle I purchased online (ca. 2016).

Green Tea

Fragrance strength: Eau de Cologne

Development: (Linear / Average / Complex): FGT is intriguing because I do detect a cooling mint note that is not listed in the description. Moreover, I've been longing for a bit of jasmine and though it doesn't take center stage, I do detect whispers of the white blossoms. There is a bit of sweetness after the fragrance develops that threatens to become overbearing but luckily it quickly dissipates. There are additional herbal tones that provide a bit of depth, likely coming from whatever aroma-molecules are responsible for the tea notes.

Longevity: (Short / Average / Long-lasting) Because FGT is an Eau de Cologne, one might typically expect 30 minutes and then a disappearing act. However, two sprays kept FGT lingering for about 3-4 hours.

Sillage: (A Little / Average / A Lot) FGT is a rather quiet scent, despite its ability to linger. I imagine layering with ancillary body products will help amplify the aroma. Ideal for close quarters.

Note about the packaging: A simple, cylindrical, transparent glass bottle with transparent plastic cap features the product label featured in the center of the bottle.

Where can I buy it? $25 USD for a 100ml Eau de Cologne; currently TBS offers 15% off your first online purchase and is running a Buy Two Get One/Buy Three Get Two promotion.

Green tea

The Bottom Line: Back in 1994 a new designer fragrance was quickly becoming a blockbuster thanks to its unisex marketing and inclusion of green tea notes. CK One was a fragrance that seemed to be everywhere in the mid-90s and was certainly the poor man's answer to Bvlgari's trademark tea aroma launched the year before. These two scents started a trend that has endured through to this day with brands continuing to launch citrus and green tea aromas over two decades later. 

But even further back, in 1985, Annick Goutal launched two scents with tea notes: Eau de Ciel with its linden tea and Sables with its smoked tea. More recently in 2015 the Goutal brand, newly purchased by a South Korean company, launched its L'Ile au The fragrance, an homage to green tea. The fascination continues.

But now that Bvlgari has relaunched its tea series, the infamous Eau Parfumee au The Vert has become a much pricier purchase. The Body Shop, with its organic and community trade alcohol (Brazil and Ecuador) offers a fantastic alternative for a fraction of the price, albeit with similarly limited longevity. However, if I'm going to splurge for a quiet eau de cologne, I'm happier to spend less.

The highlight of Fuji Green Tea is its refreshing citrus opening, a harmonious burst of lemon, mandarin and bergamot. Jasmine and violet sweeten the affair just a tad, but by no means is this a floral aroma. The drydown is all bitter green tea and recalls powdered matcha.

If you've never worn a green tea aroma or like me, you're looking to bring this kind of scent back into your wardrobe, it would be hard to go wrong with the unisex and affordable Fuji Green Tea.

 

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

Managing Editor & Columnist

Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison’s journalism in the fragrance industry has appeared in international print and online publications such as PlayboyMen’s JournalMen’s Health and the New York Times. Marlen is also a regular contributor to BeautyAlmanac.com and works as a graduate professor, thesis advisor and faculty supervisor for MA programs in TESOL, Education, Writing and Literature. Learn more about Marlen by visiting www.MarlenHarrison.com.

 



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L.Jean
L.Jean

Glad to see this being given a mention. It really is lovely and affordable.

Jan
07
2017
JackieM
JackieM

Yes, this is a perfect stand in for Bvlgari Parfumee Au The Vert, the Extreme flanker especially in my opinion.

Jan
06
2017
sweetsmellingmama
sweetsmellingmama

I'm not sure about this one but I love the English Rose fragrance they have.

Jan
05
2017
matty64
matty64

Yeah, Marlen is spot on in his comparison with Bvlgari's The Au Vert. I've seen FGT on sale numerous times at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. It was a very pleasant aroma.

Jan
05
2017
Douceamere
Douceamere

Agree! This is Body Shop's best perfume offering in years, one that doesn't come across as overly synthetic. A bright and clean Green Tea scent that I actually prefer to Bvlgari's one since it's less powdery and less tart.

Jan
05
2017
raw umber
raw umber

This is a solid green tea offering and I especially love it in body wash form. Not too artificial, or too citrus-heavy or musky. It's just right.

Also, the scent remains faithful to the original fragrance no matter what type of Green Tea product you are purchasing, which is not always the case with bath and body care lines.

Jan
05
2017
moreorlessa
moreorlessa

It's a lovely fragrance. I always recommend it to people looking for something fresh for the summer.

Jan
05
2017

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