Oh yeah, September has been a month of reviewing products! I received this beautiful perfume gift set and didn’t try out until a few weeks ago. The Guerlain La Collection Aqua Allegoria is known to be a continuously renewed collection that pays homage to the wonders of nature and beautiful raw materials. According to the main website, it includes delicate and cheerful fragrances that represent sweet and happy moments. Each spring, a new limited-edition Aqua Allegoria joins the four legendary permanent creations.
Let me start off by saying that the packaging is too cute for words. I just love mini gift sets like this because extra attention to detail turns out to be beautiful. Sticking to the wonders of nature, there’s plenty of green images added to the front look of the collection whereas the back of it showcases the four little bottles that is included in it. The bee motif is something that is highlighted in the outer package of each bottle in the colour that represents the individual fragrance. The top of the bottle itself also features the bee motif as well as the honeycomb in gold. The bad side of this bottle is that it is a bit difficult to open and I do not like the missing spray feature. Instead what it holds is a glass needle sort of feature that dips into the fragrance and you have to use to apply onto the neck or wrist. Not my favourite thing to do.
Here’s a comprehensive description of the four fragrances that came in my mini gift set:
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca: A real herbal green scent. It begins with the very green and citrusy top note of clover leaf – a lovely good-luck charm – and Italian lemon. Its heart is composed of spearmint and green tea. The very floral dry-down reveals lily of the valley, cyclamen and pear flower.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune: One of the beacon grapefruit renditions in the whole of perfumery. Pamplelune opens with citrusy notes of vibrant and velvety grapefruit accompanied by bergamot. Its energetic heart features the unusual pairing of neroli and petit grain married with blackcurrant bud. Its dry-down reveals an extreme sensuality thanks to the presence of patchouli and vanilla. A proud survivor, it’s still in production.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca: All the marvels of the bitter orange tree are united here: flowers, fruits and branches. Top notes feature bitter orange essence and petite grain extracted from the branches. At the heart, the flower reveals the essence of neroli and orange blossom absolute. The enveloping base succumbs to white musk, white amber and cedar wood.
The Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Rosa is a relatively new fragrance that was introduced last year. Nothing about this fragrance turns up on the main website which is quite a disappointment. This was however a limited edition release which is probably why it doesn’t show up but anyhow, it is a fresh and lively interpretation on the rose blossom, Jean Paul Guerlain’s favourite flower, and is boosted by other floral anchoring notes to give it duration and depth. Top note is red berries; middle notes are rose and iris; base note is musk.
I’ve tried and tested all four and I have to admit I’m more of a citrus-y fragrance type of person so the Pamplelune lands first place amongst the four. The least favourite would have to be the Nerolia Bianca quite sadly because the bitterness of the fragrance hits stronger than the others.
Have you tried anyone of these fragrances or others introduced by Guerlain? Do let me know in your comments below 🙂