Hi there POSSE! Guerlain brought in the Aqua Allegoria line to entice a new generation of consumers to their products. I’m told that Parisienne women were often brought to Guerlain quite young to choose their first fragrance. It was quite an adventure back then. Sales staff were interested in creating life long customers. They would start with something soft and bright and as their tastes matured would make their way through the sumptuous Guerlain ranks. Aqua Allegoria’s original 1999 lineup included Herba Fresca, Lavande Velours, Pamplelune, Rosa Magnifica and Ylang & Vanille (my personal favourite).
Times have changed but we still have Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune
Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune by Guerlain 1999
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Grapefruit, Bergamot
Heart: Neroli, Petitgrain, Blackcurrant
Base: Patchouli, Vanilla
A bite into a fresh cut grapefruit quickly softens to a refreshing bergamot backed further by the greener tones of neroli and pettigrain. Blackcurrant is noticeable but in a clean, only slightly squeaky way, while patchouli and vanilla aren’t really noticeable at all. That’s no great problem because what I want from my Pamlelune is a burst of refreshment. It definitively offers that for about an hour and then settles to quietly puff out citrus and blackcurrant.
Many decry the clean screechiness of the modern Pamplelune. Sure, Pamplelune has less of the rumble from beneath the squeal of citrus. The high pitched pissy note has also calmed considerably. It has become more about the bergamot and neroli than the grapefruit, blackcurrant explosion than it was. I find it a wonderful warm weather wear for refreshment and an excellent reminder of summer in the winter cool blues.
I’m wondering if my new bottle will settle over time. Will more exposure to air and other contaminants change it? This could all be a problem with buying new bottles. I am thrilled with this new baby and am spritzing it liberally to cut through Sydney’s still sweaty heat. If you’re in the northern hemisphere you might like it as spring and summer warm your bones.
Surrender To Chance has samples from $2.50/ml
Pamplelune is also available very cheaply at the discounters online.
Are you a Pamplelune fan?