Thé Glacé is the latest addition to the By Terry fragrance range which launched in 2012. Over the past four years we have experienced Terry de Gunzburg’s take on rose, oud, citrus and fruity aromas but this year we get taken to her herb garden in Provence. Thé Glacé (Iced Tea) is the translation of Terry’s famous refreshing beverage into fragrance form.
The packaging of this fragrance is exquisite. Gold silver black and green accents in geometric shapes which reference the citrus and black tea element of the fragrance and that are inspired by artist Sonia Delaunay co-founder of the Orphism movement. The packaging is very tactile – the glass bottle is weighty, and the design is embossed on both the label on the bottle and the box.
The gourmand element of this fragrance is translated directly from Terry’s drinkable recipe. Black Tea from Mauritius, verbena, grapefruit. The sweetness that you would normally achieve with honey comes through from the white flowers and almonds provide additional creaminess. Provence is the home of amazing quality lavender which is also incorporated into the fragrance alongside Brazilian Mate (another plant you can make a tea from) oakmoss and musk.
On my skin the opening is citrussy but not sharp or mouthwatering. It provides a gentle freshness which stays on the skin for hours, bolstered by the white flowers and almond which is not at all nutty. From four hours onwards this slight muskiness comes through but the citrus element never really leaves you. I am a huge fan of a cologne, but Thé Glacé is not as lemony or sharp, I am not averse to a gourmand fragrance but this not overtly sweet and and gentle musk fragrance is always lovely but this fragrance is not at all powdery. The overall result is something familiar yet distinctive. By Terry describe this fragrance as an ‘Aqua Parfum’ and with good reason. It has the lightness of a cologne, but the staying power on the skin is very impressive – like an eau de parfum. If you are a fan of a softer fragrance but get frustrated by the lack of staying power, you definitely need to try Thé Glacé.
Thé Glacé is available from Harrods, Selfridges and other authorised stockists and retails for £107