I’ve enjoyed waking up to a few bright mornings (let’s just ignore today, shall we) over the past few days and stepping out to be greeted by a blue sky has put a spring in my step. I don’t know how long it’s gonna last for, we all know how unpredictable British weather is but it lifts my mood and set me up for the day ahead when I wake up to the sun streaming through the curtains.
The brighter days have made me rethink my perfume choices. Throughout Winter I’ve worn warmer perfumes such as Black Opium by YSL but I’ve been reaching for lighter scents over the past week, in particular The Vert by Roger & Gallet which is the perfect antidote for steering you away from the winter blues.
The soothing fragrance takes you to the zen atmosphere of a Japanese garden at Mount Fujiyama. It is characterized by green tea extract and precious distilled essences: lemon and tangerine from Italy, Gaïac-wood from Paraguay, grapefruit from the USA. An infinitely relaxing fragrance that exudes all the complexity, refinement and harmony of Far Eastern ceremonies.
Where do I begin? The Vert is very fresh, light, clean and almost impossible to overspray. Its green tea extract is refreshing and its staying power, impressive. The citrus layers of lemon and tangerine really stand out at first, but then as it dries down, it reveals a lot more depth to it, which I suspect is due to the cedar and guaiacum wood. After half an hour or so, it leaves a subtle, almost sexy aura behind – that’s open to interpretation though. I certainly don’t feel it stays as crisp as it smells when first sprayed. It definitely softens on me. It lasts beyond lunchtime and then if I get the chance, I’ll spritz it again. It’s described as a natural spray on the packaging, so you can spray this as liberally as you wish and it won’t overpower you – or those near you, as it’s not as potent as an EDP.
The bottle is discreet, looks chic and vintage and is easy to slip into my handbag. It’s made me curious to check out the other fragrances by the French perfumiers. I enjoy discovering new scents which aren’t typically from the major fragrance houses whose marketing we’re typically bombarded with through television and magazines.
It smells natural, not at all synthetic and I can actually imagine this smelling incredible on a guy. It has that unisex appeal to it. This is a fragrance I’ll continue wear throughout summer, both day and night and will most certainly be repurchased once my bottle has finished.