Thé Pour Un Été from L'Artisan is a classic summer fragrance. Technically it's an eau de toilette, but the ephemeral quality and sparkling nature of this Olivia Giacobetti creation puts it in the same group as the lightest colognes and other summer scents. This means that Thé Pour Un Été is sheer and gossamer-like. It offers a cheerful clean jasmine steeped in green tea; no angst and no baggage involved; what you smell is what you feel, and it's all incredibly pretty. This L'Artisan fragrance is the equivalent of having a beautiful pitcher of iced jasmine tea with slices of lemon and a mint sprig floating in it.
This refreshing cold drink of a perfume is not very efficient during the day. As magical as this burst of beauty feels, it also fades within the hour. So I only wear it at home where I can re-spritz as much as needed, or before bed, to make the summer night that much more beautiful. The thing about L'Artisan Thé Pour Un Été is that it provides comfort and relief-- such as the feeling of entering a wonderfully air-conditioned room after a long day outdoors. You take a long shower and revel in the clean sensation of water. You then put on a white robe, sprawl on the cool bed with its crisp white sheets and and try to swallow every last bit of cold air. There's that pitcher of iced tea waiting in the fridge. It's going to be a very nice evening.
Notes: Jasmine Tea, Green Tea, hints of lemon and peppermint.
L’Artisan Parfumeur- Thé Pour Un Été ($145, 100ml) is available from Luckyscent, Parfum1, Henri Bendel, Barneys, Aedes, Blue Mercury and several small local boutiques.
Art: Jasmine Tea by Emma Forrester.