Hey Posse! Hey Hey Posse! Down here in Australia we have now got our own Facebook group because it was becoming harder and harder to send and receive from overseas. So far I’ve had no trouble but the clouds are thickening and it seems to be getting darker so I have been trying out the newest thing. It just feels less risky to have your precious Guelarin, CHANEL, DIOR or any niche brand traveling less far. I have been lucky enough to buy some really great stuff and be involved in a sample round robin. One of the excellent buys, with thanks to Cassandra, has been
Aqua Allegoria Ylang & Vanille by Guerlain 1999
Fragrantica gives the featured accords as:
Top: Carnation, Ylang Ylang
Surrender To Chance also add fresh citrus and iris
The sweet smell of confectionery is what first grabs my nostrils in Ylang & Vanille, like walking into a candy store in my childhood, equal parts sugar, oil, mint, dust, vanilla, orange, butter, chocolate and gum. Though not really a gourmand it is reminiscent of that moment of promise with 20 cents and liberty to choose a bag full of sweets. After the initial crazy lolly blast the minty, peppery carnation swirls beautifully through the buttery, sensual, glamour of the ylang ylang. Like a night in the summer warmth of a beautiful island getaway with the flowers sending out their endearments to the creatures of the night, it softly glows on my skin. Ylang & Vanille is not a loud fragrance but it does make you smell beautiful. The flowers fade into sweet vanilla that just sits quietly above the skin for a couple of hours and then disappears.
Quite a few reviewers have noted that this is the most Guerlain-esque of the Aqua Allegorias, I find it as light, summery and frothy as the rest, maybe a little sweeter and more structured towards dessert but it doesn’t have the spunk or pizazz of the main line.
So light and pretty that nobody will be skunked or overwhelmed by your fragrance, even in close quarters, unless your work has a strict no fragrance policy.
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Have you tried Ylang & Vanille by Guerlain? What were your reactions? Is it perfect for Spring and Summer or would you wear it in the cooler months?
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