Aren’t surprises the very best thing?
Today The Dandy was about his affairs, readying some scenes from the Americas for your delectation, when there came a ring at the door.
And who should it be but a gentleman bearing flowers… it was a delivery man not an admirer I should add… but nevertheless this unbidden bouquet has quite made my day.
The arrangements of pinks and greens has assumed a pride of place in my sitting room, and I thought I should accompany it with the last gift I received…
An hefty spray from a generous flacon of Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca.
Indeed, all this seems quite appropriate as the Aqua Allegorias are proving to be something of a summertime surprise, nay revelation, to The Dandy.
Much that one reads about Guerlain‘s fragrant waters declares them simple and fleeting and natural as though all of these were self evidently self defeating qualities.
Yet, to The Dandy‘s way of thinking there’s a time and place for perfumes that are all three of these things.
Quite besides, not all of the allegories are all or any of these things, at least not at once.
Take the latest, my Nerolia Bianca, it is a wonderful rendition of the bitter orange tree entire, not just the fruit, but the flowers, the leaves, the trunk, the wood and the soil surrounding it too.
It is a complete and precisely painted portrait of a complex plant.
Opening as tart juice, it passes through a mildy astringent but very green heart to a warm and floral arboreal conclusion.
The perfume’s quiet progression goes unnoticed by some and the scent is mistakenly thought to be linear. Simplistic. It isn’t.
As I am increasingly discovering Thierry Wasser’s work at Guerlain, Aquas Allegoria included, demands more attention than it seems currently to receive.
Beyond flat as glass surfaces of apparently straightforward ideas lie depths of subtlety and fractions of intelligent tenderness.
I think I may be hooked.
Perhaps dear readers one day you will recommend a preferred Aqua Allegoria for my full consideration, only Laurier Reglisse so far features among the five hundred fragrances you have put forward for my perusal.
Until that time they must remain a private pleasure for high days and holidays.
The Perfumed Dandy.