A Review: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Salvaggia and Nettare di Sole
BY JENNY JUNG
Guerlain welcomes two additional fragrances into their well-established fragrance residency, Aqua Allegoria. Discover sensational fragrances that celebrate nature.
17 AUG - 2021
Aqua Allegoria - art imitating life. This is a collection that is entirely inspired by the splendour of nature.
If you have been hesitant to knock on the door of niche fragrances, dip your toes into the curious world of Aqua Allegoria. This is Guerlain's collection dedicated to nature and raw materials. However, don't be fooled by the somewhat typical description as these fragrances are perfectly nuanced with intoxicating harmonies.
Theirry Wasser, master perfumer of Guerlain, and Delphine Jelk, has created two new fragrances - Flora Salvaggia and Nettare di Sole. Complimentary to the Aqua Allegoria line, yet unique in their own way - Flora Salvaggia and Nettare di Sole are already sitting eagerly on the shelves of your favourite department store for your attention.
Quiet in demeanor, Flora Salvaggia is charming and graceful. She is the type of lady who gets her coffee and croissant in the early mornings of spring - high spirited and stunningly elegant.
When you spray Flora Salvaggia, you will be met with water, violet, and melon notes - fresh and mellow. As time goes by, the white floral notes of jasmine and iris become dominant, creating the powdery foundation of this fragrance.
Powdery perfumes have been labeled as old-fashioned in this new era of fragrance. However, Guerlain has formulated a well-balanced and modern rendition by pairing melon and orange blossom with traditional notes of white floral and musk. In my eyes, Flora Salvaggia embodies the contemporary adaptation of powder perfumes - perfectly renewed without ditching the glamour.
Romantic and sophisticated, Flora Salvaggia is a 'Roman Holiday' in a bottle. It’s a must-have for classy ladies who love a simple yet luxurious fragrance.
Nettare di Sole
Would it be odd to describe a fragrance as mouth-watering? Because Nettare di Sole, or 'Nectar of the Sun', smells utterly delicious. Perhaps it is the blend of honey and citrus that make Nettare di Sole so scrumptiously yummy. However, this is far from usual honey perfumes that you may be familiar with already.
As with any industry, there are noticeable trends within the market, and honey fragrances seem to be one of them. Ellis Brooklyn, Byredo, and Le Labo have all had their try with honey-infused perfumes. They are usually very sweet, gourmand, or too heavy on the honey. Nettare di Sole, on the other hand, is fresh, well-rounded, and alluring.
Water, solar, and orange blossom is a common theme in Aqua Allegoria, which is a dream for layering. What sets Nettare di Sole apart is Calabrian bergamot and honey. In the fragrance world, Nettare di Sole is the imagery of bees landing on the petals of a far-away meadow. To me, this is just plain sexy. Wear this on your next date, and you'll hypnotize the poor guy. In other words, you become the flower that the bees are drawn to.
Citrus in fragrance is usually a hit or miss. It makes for a great foundation but lacks in depth, often leaning too fresh. Nettare di Sole balances bergamot and orange blossom with notes of magnolia, rose, honey, and voila - a perfumery miracle. If you didn't know, the scent of magnolia is quite lemony, marrying citrus and floral notes in the most cohesive way.
Love citrus but haven't found the one? Try Nettare di Sole. Full of warmth, it is seriously delightful.
Flora Salvaggia and Nettare di Sole are essentially sisters. They both share the water, solar, and orange blossom notes, and yet, they shine in their own unique way. Flora Salvaggia is like the poised older sister, while Nettare di Sole is the cheerful younger sibling.
I have a particular liking for Nettare di Sole because of how incredibly intoxicating it is. It is ambrosia in a fragrance, and it is proof that sexy perfumes don't need to be so heavy. These days, 'sexy' women's fragrances are woody, oud, sweet, and spicy, but Nettare di Sole remains divine in its femininity.
Flora Salvaggia is gorgeous and just so pretty. If you love sophisticated fragrances with a touch of playfulness, this is the one to try. I would also recommend this for a gift as it is very soft and will most likely appeal to a broad audience.
Working as a fragrance specialist, I get many ladies looking for confident work-environment-approved fragrances, and I'd gladly recommend them both. Flora Salvaggia and Nettare di Sole make great day-to-night fragrances that are appropriate for any occasion. The lasting power easily reaches up to eight hours which was surprising, especially because fragrances do not tend to last on me - impressive for Eau De Toilette perfumes. If you run into the same issue, you may want to try these out.
Flora Salvaggia and Nettare di Sole are great entry fragrances into the world of niche perfume as they are easy-going while containing complex combinations of notes. I'd love for you to try them out on your next shopping day and enjoy them as much as I did.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Nettare di Sole