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Guerlain Acqua Allegoria : postcards in a bottle

Holidays are inextricably linked with the wonderful scents of Mother Nature. The two Guerlain house perfumers Thierry Wasser and Dephine Jelk have both fully understood this and embodied it in the two new Aqua Allegoria fragrances – Orange Soleia and Granada Salvia – making your holiday last endlessly.

Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria collection has now for twenty years been an ode to Mother Nature and her rich resources. Whether the scents are built up around dewy flowers, soft herbs, green leaves or juicy fruits … it doesn’t matter, “Allegoria is an allegory of nature; a jubilant adventure ”, tells us Thierry Wasser, member of the fifth generation of Guerlain perfumers. “Allegoria also refers to the Italian word ‘allegra’, which stands for lightness and joie de vivre. Each fragrance in the collection tells you a cheerful story, written with such humor that it puts a smile on everyone’s face. The lively and vibrant collection is composed of ever fleeting but surprising scents and is constantly evolving. Each composition is amusing, light … they are all easy going scents, ideal to give and to share.” 

In other words, it is a wide collection of scents to suit everyone. “Aqua Allegoria has the versatility and universal spirit of a typical eau fraiche, but the fragrance lingers longer,” says Wasser. “Each fragrance is an interpretation, an inspiration or brainchild, without a priori and without boundaries, inspired by a fleeting but always happy moment. A summer walk through freshly cut grass or the scent of fresh mint tea in Morocco (Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca), a snapshot of a happy moment in the summer while eating a pear sorbet (Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita) or an enticing postcard of a beach on the other side of the world (Aqua Allegoria Coconut Fizz). All such happy moments which result in cheerful perfumes.”

Pomegranate and lemon
The fruity hesperidin scent of Granada Salvia is one of the two new scents which Guerlain introduces to its collection this summer. The scent of a delicious, crunchy pomegranate is finely accentuated by a sage note (salvia in Italian). The pomegranate symphony accord, composed of water accents and green, tart notes of red fruit, blends wonderfully with the fresh notes of blueberry, cypress, lemon and bergamot, and is then elegantly refined by sage and roses on a base of white musk, a note of moss and patchouli.

Thierry Wasser: “Guerlain makes your emotions available in spray or splash. The Aqua Allegoria perfumes are fragrance messages in a bottle. ”

Orange Soleia – the other new fragrance – is in turn a lemony hesperid fragrance that evokes the moods of Sicily’s vast lemon groves in summer. The sunny and vitaminized character of juicy blood oranges is refreshed by mint, pink berries and bergamot on a base of woody notes and tonka bean. An ode to lightness, an endless thirst-quenching breeze.

Traveling on a bottle
As always, Thierry Wasser was inspired to these new scents by his many travels. “I am a perfumer traveler who loves to discover new horizons,” says Wasser. “The world is my source of raw materials, a limitless playground. Australia, Asia, the Caribbean … all moments and encounters can inspire me. My postcard smells are unique creations, the result of an association of ideas. ” Aqua Allegoria symbolizes Wasser’s meticulous search for the best ingredients, it is the fruit of his unbridled imagination and the result of his pursuit of ever more quality. “My guiding principle is having fun,” says Wasser. “Forget the rules and just please yourself.”

Get to know one of the other eleven fragrances from the collection: www.guerlain.com

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