Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca 1999

Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca by Guerlain
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Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and was released in 1999. The scent is green-fresh. It is being marketed by LVMH.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top Notes CloverClover LemonLemon
Heart Notes Heart Notes Curly mintCurly mint Green teaGreen tea
Base Notes Base Notes Lily of the valleyLily of the valley CyclamenCyclamen Pear blossomPear blossom

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7.6377 Ratings
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6.2275 Ratings
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5.6270 Ratings
Bottle
8.5263 Ratings
Value for money
7.356 Ratings
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Serenissima
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Top Review 32  
this was the first of this series
The turn of the century/millennium brought big changes to my life: Death and separations had to be coped with.
Not much was left of the usual "bird of paradise" after the last shards were cleaned up.

So it went in my world of fragrances:
"J'Adore", which had been particularly recommended to me by my lovely saleswoman at the Christian Dior boutique and which I liked very much, was at the very back of the wardrobe.
A friend was rummaging, without saying a sound, in my bathroom and had sprayed herself with "J'Adore" (Is that what you do?: I kept silent!
I was still silent even when she told me that "J'Adore" had moved in with her; not without disapproving remarks from her husband.
I also sent Dior's "Dune" "packing" for similar reasons.
I will report on this later in an appropriate place.
So I stood lost - naked and bare - in the fragrance world and knew only that something glamorous at that time did not fit me at all.

One afternoon I strolled once again through the then very beautiful perfumery department of Wertheim on Kurfürstendamm and spotted these pretty flacons at the Guerlain depot.
The 30 ml size in particular looked particularly lovely and balanced with its little dome of gold mesh and sphere-like cap.
Following my resolution to "tread other paths", I chose "Aqua Allegoria - Herba Fresca".
That was yet something completely different!

Only today I really appreciate this green and white benefit: it brings spring to the city!
The cold, snow and rain have faded, the power of the sun warmed through the recently frozen earth, tenderly caressing trees and plants.
The "bulbous creatures" have already faded, the living green is no longer quite so transparent: the birds cheerfully proclaim: it's spring!
"Primavera" scatters the first blossoms from her apron!

Thus "Aqua Allegoria - Herba Fresca" also opens with a nest of tangy-spicy clover; only the four-leafed "Make a wish" we are looking in vain here too.
Instead, there is a squeeze of fresh lemon and also the mint does not let itself be lumpen: but the winter was also cold and long for them. So she now generously exudes her familiar aroma.
All this is an invitation to the first cup of tea outdoors; of course, green tea fits here, especially infused with a few leaves of mint.
Refreshing and invigorating, at the same time an invitation to prolong your stay in the green, face up to the sun.
For there are already so many beautiful things to see: in the sparse undergrowth, many white panicles of bells shine in their dark green leaf rosettes and the small wild cyclamen, together with the lilies of the valley, are fragrantly rejoicing in the days that are getting longer again.
The fruit trees are also preening themselves with their blossoms; pear blossoms resemble little white cotton balls. They look forward to the visit of insects, luring them with their delicate fragrance as they sway gently in the spring wind: this is their very own bridal dance.

Thus is born a fresh scented creature, painted in green and white against a pale blue spring sky, over which the first flocks of fleecy clouds are passing.
Everything about it is light and fleeting, just as the first months of sunshine are.

"Herba Fresca" deserves its name; it was different then, and it still is, though the "Aque Allegorie" family has grown a lot now.
A beautiful companion that makes you forget the winter and everything heavy: an allegory of spring!
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Top Review 17  
When the scent of heat is gone...
...this one still works. I don't know of any fresher or more refreshing fragrance. When it gets warm in summer, I get picky. Then many a perfume is simply too much for me, too overblown and I tend to do without perfume. Herba Fresca is a very welcome exception, I can bear it even at 40°C still well. I smell lemon, fresh grass (or is that the cloverleaf?), delicious, slightly sweet mint, a little tea and some more herbal notes. Further down, someone wrote about thyme and it seems to me that I'm catching a bit of thyme, too Altogether I get the association of a summer meadow in the morning, when there is still dew on the grass, but the sun is already shining on it and the fresh scent rises.
For me in any case an absolute summer classic, from which the numerous summer fragrances that appear every year can cut a slice.
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Capris
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Capris
Top Review 9  
A touch of fresh mint
Unagitated and light, this fragrance shows up every now and then when you no longer think about wearing the scent. A light freshness - mint, which does not sting unpleasantly strong and sharp, but easily and unobtrusively awakens a pleasant smell in the nose, which makes you pause for a moment, smirk, because you remember again.

Super nice in everyday life, when you long for a piece of nature. Normally I do not like mint, but here it shows pleasantly soft.
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Helpful Review 6  
Something completely different from Guerlain
Herbal freshness combined with mint and clover. Unpretentious, tangy, fresh. Spray on and feel like in the herb corner in the garden center. After a while, the spoiled nose picks up a delicate lily of the valley scent that is still very distantly kissed by mint and lemon. For me, my late summer companion in the office and leisure time, gladly also during sports. If you want to have something of it all day, you can't avoid re-spraying. Someone wrote that this fragrance had replaced J'adore and Dune in her, I can completely understand, the 2 fragrances mentioned were companions in my youth- J'adore I put on for hunting and Dune wafted around me in the professional area- both fragrances would be much too loud and too inappropriate for me, meanwhile I could no longer keep what the fragrances promise. But that doesn't matter, one continues to develop. Herba Fresca describes me much better
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Helpful Review 5  
The Scent of the Color of a Fresh Bruise
I was very confused by Guerlain Aqua Allegoria HERBA-FRESCA the first time I tested it. Fortunately, my decant from a fellow fragrance traveler was rather large, so I was able to come back to it.

My initial confusion appears to have been caused by seriously dashed expectations. The last thing I expected this fragrance to be was a mint-centric creation. I had already owned and drained an entire bottle of Aqua Allegoria MENTAFOLLIA, which I really like, and it just did not make sense to me that such a careless repetition would be made in this series of what once upon a time were simple albeit very natural-smelling tributes to specific notes.

The series is no longer that, but the circa Y2K launches share the same governing aesthetic, and HERBA-FRESCA falls into that group, having been launched in 1999. I think that after several wears, I have finally figured this one out. HERBA-FRESCA is both minty and anisic simultaneously. This fragrance therefore toes the line between ANISIA BELLA and MENTAFOLLIA. It is actually a perfect product of the two. The green here is tinged blue, due to herbs such as tarragon or basil which are related to anise and impart a flavor not quite reaching anise, but coming pretty close.

The combination of the mint and the tarragon or basil, or whatever is making this composition blue, yields a strangely bright afterimage-like effect. It almost smells like ink, in fact, but I do believe that this is a natural effect caused by the combination of anisic herbs with a substantive mint note.

In the end, I've come around. I now like HERBA-FRESCA, just as I reach the end of my decant. I probably will not buy a bottle, however, because even if "this" fragrance is still in production, it's probably been reformulated to fall in line with the ghastly latter-day Aqua Allegoria compositions. Some suit at LVMH (probably the same one who thought that renaming MISS DIOR and MISS DIOR CHERIE was a fine idea) appears to have decided that "no one will notice" if they remove all of the nature from the once nature-inspired series that was Aqua Allegoria.

RIP.
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 2 years ago
9
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5
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6
Longevity
8.5
Scent
Green, aromatic and so fresh. In the opening, I get a minty toothpaste but it quickly dries down to a spicy fresh minty green tea with lily.
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EstbienlaEstbienla 11 months ago
A guerlain with an adn and a Hermès signature. With each use I am obliged to reread the brand :) fresh/fleuris perfume. Mixed perfume
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BielwenassBielwenass 2 years ago
6
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Grassy medicine. Fades away quickly.
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Jazzy76Jazzy76 5 years ago
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7
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7
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7
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very fresh and green , it's a daily scent perfect in summer.Maybe too vibrant to my nose.The bottle is very elegant, in the Guerlain's style
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Basilisk2803Basilisk2803 1 year ago
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4
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It is a lovely smell despite of being quite simple and straight forward, could be in my collection, if if the longevity were dissent.
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