The "extreme" in this is basically 2 things - methyl ionone (violet), and iso e (woodiness). The citrus topnotes are a tad more bitter/astringent, but the heart is essentially the same as the original The Vert. The drydown is where you'll notice the woody-violet. It's lovely, but not really necessary in the grand scheme of things. Now that The Bleu is available, with much more pronounced violet note, this becomes even more redundant.
Still - a wonderful scent, because the original is wonderful, so thumbs up.
I like tea scents and given the name "The Very Extreme", I was expecting a grassy tea fragrance, but all I get out of this is overwhelming cardamom, ginger and several unidentifiable spices. It also has a odd sort of soap background, probably to soften the spice and allow the tea to emerge, but it never gets there. Pretty disappointing for a house that does tea fairly well in some of their other fragrances.
I am not familiar with the original edition of The Vert, which seems quite appreciated. All I know is that this Extreme version smells... this close to a nightmare, for me. I get a really little “tea” note out of this, but it’s entirely drowned in an unbearably plastic and harsh blend with coriander and cardamom above all, something citrusy, something synthetically greenish and a bunch of really pungent spices. And just other stuff I can’t recognize. This smells at the same time complex and really simple, harmonically screechy and completely disgraceful on skin. More than “notes”, it’s just olfactive noise, a weird and rough spicy-sweet-green-tea mess. I can’t explain why, maybe is just a subjective issue, but this really makes me physically sick. Tremendously bold and linear, and as if wasn’t enough, also tragically persistent. A proper “scrubber” for me.
I really like Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert and thought the Extreme would be even better. Not so for me - I don't care for the extra added "honey" note. I recommend the "regular" version, a lovely coriander-citrus-tea blend.
On first application this is incredibly sharp, dry & very, very green; and I love it!
The coriander, bergamot & pepper are seriously strong, but only for the first few minutes. Then it calms down considerably into a very fresh aromatic, slightly woody & surprisingly quite masculine scent.
I really do not detect any kind of floral heart in this. For me it pretty much goes straight from the opening blast to a gentle woody green tea.
Although I'm a big fan of Bvlgari fragrances, for some reason I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I do! This is a really excellent fragrance; perfect for the coming Australian Summer!