Beauty,  Fragrance

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Fig

Every year, I eagerly await the arrival of the new Elizabeth Arden Green Tea scent. While I’ve loved most of them, this year’s one is my favourite!

I mentioned in my favourite spring scents post that I had noticed a pattern in the notes of the scents I like, but none of those ones featured fig. Not surprising, as fig, unless the main scent, normally gets lost in fragrances.

Todra Gorge image – Shutterstock by Filipe B Varela

I adore the smell of fig. It reminds me of Todra Gorge, where rich, succulent figs grow in the green belt that runs through the gorge. Nearly all of the candles in my house are fig scented. Diptyque’s Figuier is my favourite, but if you, like me think that R1000 for a candle is ridiculous, you can get fantastic dupes from Poetry, Yankee Candles and H&M Home.

Scent wise, The Body Shop’s Italian Sumemr Fig has been a favourite for years, but has been thrown off the top spot by the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Fig (R445 for 100ml EDT). It a bit more grown up than The Body Shop one, so more fitting for everyday wear – which has happened since I got it a few weeks ago.

My beloved citrus and herbaceous notes join the mix, too with hints of clementine and bergamot in the top notes. The heart is where the green tea and fig come into their own, and are perfectly complimented by a base of tonka bean, musk and clary sage.

It’s a beautiful summer fragrance; it manages to be fruity without being sweet, botanical without being too ‘planty’, and adds just enough warmth at the base to balance out the top two levels.

It is available now at all Elizabeth Arden counters and at selected department stores countrywide, and online here.