Review: Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphéa by Guerlain (2010)
The Aqua Allegoria range often gets a bad press, but I reckon Guerlain ought to keep going with their fragrance haiku, because every now and then it allows us to enjoy an endearing little ditty like this one. As its name suggests, the emphasis is on a scented garden, with pride of place awarded to a velvety, white jasmine, minus the glassy sharpness of indoles. In fact, this is essentially a quieter, one-dimensional version of last year's Idylle, with a drydown that, regrettably, is allowed to descend into pre-pubescent sweetness. Mind you, as far as sins go, this one isn't especially heinous. And when you consider how little Guerlain charge for 75 ml of this stuff - and the lack of pretentiousness with which its opening acts bring a smile to your face - you realise you haven't got much cause for complaint.
[Review based on a tester of eau de toilette from 2010; fragrance tested on paper.]