Last summer I was desperately dependent upon L'Occitane's Green Tea with Mint Leaf-Light Body Gel. I was living in a fifth-floor walk-up apartment in an old city apartment building, and I would arrive home from my hour-long, subway-and-bus commute drenched with sweat, only to realize that the apartment was even hotter than the world outside. I couldn’t think clearly or do anything else, for that matter, until I had taken a cold shower and covered myself with Leaf-Light Body Gel.
The Body Gel belongs to L’Occitane’s Green Tea with Mint fragrance line, and it’s one of the few scented products I can stand to smell or even to touch when the temperature rises high into the 90s and beyond. I purchased a new bottle at the beginning of this summer, and it is still my salvation on sticky days. The gel is fluid, even a bit watery, and it provides light hydration to the skin. Its real appeal, however, is its cooling effect: its alcohol content evaporates for several minutes, seeming to lift body heat away with it. The gel includes real tea extract, and the Green Tea with Mint scent has a top-note of bitter orange and a heart of spearmint, creating what L’Occitane calls a “tonic green aroma”.
Green Tea with Mint Leaf-Light Body Gel is packaged in a faceted plastic bottle with a convenient flip-top cap, and its label design, inspired by decorative Moroccan tile-work, alludes to mint tea’s importance as a regional specialty of steamy North Africa. I must admit that my own city does not get quite as hot as Morocco, but all the same, I’m glad to know that my Body Gel is waiting in the refrigerator. It never fails to revive me during a heat wave. Afterwards, I apply a green-note fragrance such as Malin + Goetz Lime Tonic or the new Diabolo Rose from Les Parfums de Rosine, and I feel refreshed and slightly better prepared to cope with the heat, the humidity, and the feeling that even my usual lotions are too heavy to wear.
Feel free to share your own favorite summer-survival body products, mint-scented or otherwise!
Green Tea with Mint Leaf-Light Body Gel sells for $28 for 250 ml. Purchasing information is available through the L’Occitane website.