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terça-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2016

Guerlain Pera Granita, Rosa Pop: new fragrances

by: Elena Vosnaki

As usual in recent years, Guerlain releases two new Aqua Allegorias per year, one for wider distribution and one for travel retail (duty free shops). The historical house just announced the launches for 2016 and we're sharing them with you with pleasure. 
The internationally available Aqua Allegoria this year, coming out in February, is calledPera Granita, translating to pear sorbet. The idea is a clear and bright impression of a summer treat. 
The fruity floral fragrance, coming in a light pink hued presentation, is focused on the following fragrant notes:
Top notes of grapefruit, bergamot, lemon;
Heart notes of orange blossom, osmanthus, pear;
Base notes of moss, white musk and cedarwood.
 
The duty free Aqua Allegoria edition (named Travellers' Exclusive on the box) for 2016 on the other hand is a pink fantasy called Rosa Pop. This fruity floral fragrance includes fragrant notes of peony, rose and red berries (which makes any attentive collector think of 2005's Grosselina, but there is absolutely no connection made officially). 
 
Both fragrances will be available in the standard Aqua Allegoria bottles, with 100ml/3.3 fl.oz in eau de toilette concentration, and the familiar bee embossed on the cap. 
 
 
 
Although die-hard Guerlain-o-philes might view the Aqua Allegorias with a haughty air, withholding their awe for the more "serious" Guerlain perfumes, it's worth pointing out that the LVMH-owned company does often upgrade the rejects from the more accessible line into the much more expensive Parisiennes line!
 
This year this is happening with Promenade des Anglais, which is an updated packaging of the discontinued 2008 Figue-Iris from the Aqua Allegoria line of the French house and is meant to fill the void left by the discontinued Cherry Blossom(another upgrade into the Parisiennes from a "lesser" shelf, in 2011, from a 1999 edition).  The older perfume, attributed to Jean Paul Guerlain, Marie Salamagne and Sylvaine Delacourte, included notes of bergamot, grapefruit, iris, fig tree notes, vanilla and vetiver.
 
The main difference with the former fragrance is that the Promenade des Anglaisedition (meant to convey the feeling of strolling along the Provencal coastline) is an eau de parfum concentration instead of eau de toilette, following the pattern of the more concentrated Parisiennes, and of course the emerald color of the juice. The retail price is €205 for 125ml eau de parfum as compared to €89 for the same amount eau de toilette in the AA line. 
 
Worth sampling everything then, even if for future reference!
 
Photo of Rosa Pop courtesy of Benedetto Di SiciliaToulouse on Facebook, thanks to aromo.ru and monsieur Guerlain as well. 

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