The Perfumed Dandy’s Sunday Scent… Aqua Allegoria Anisia Bella by Guerlain 


Well, what passes for a heatwave in these parts has taken us by surprise today.

Twenty six degrees Celsius (I did day a heat wave in these parts!!) and almost unbroken sunshine.

It had your Dearest Dandy out and about enjoying physical exercises of all manners.

What to wear in this weather though? Apart from some rather fetching powder pink short trousers and mint green short sleeve shirt that is…

In the end I settled on this rather splendid scent, a near decade old sometime feature of Guerlain‘s pared back fragrance line.

Aqua Allegoria Anisia Bella.

Too often anise is mixed up with too much of the unrelated liquorice and a whole lot of sugar to create candy store scents that can be cloying to say the least.

Not so here, instead we are offered a green and even moderately sharp rendition of the white flowering star that is both palate cleansing and heat assuaging.

As the initial bite of the prima donna herb subsides, a cast of light florals and mainly greens: a full cassis note and brisk basil, seem to take turns centre stage in an intriguing olfactory version of a modern ballet, all technical verve and puzzling narrative.

This is a perfume The Dandy can imagine many people finding less than pleasant: brisk at the beginning, decidedly cool throughout and with rather an independence of mind.

However, it is precisely these air-conditioned and unpredictable qualities that I find so refreshing on a day that passes for the height of summer in London.

Oh, before I leave you, a quick aside…. these new “Dandy Picks” on a Sunday are to become a new “thing” here.

From next week on The Dandy will be highlighting a perfume of my own picking each week that has caught mine nose.

The emphasis will be on newer scents and the works of smaller and independent line… and I can assure you we will be starting with a right royal treat!!

So I do hope so to see you all on Sundays in the future for a few surprises!

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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7 responses to “The Perfumed Dandy’s Sunday Scent… Aqua Allegoria Anisia Bella by Guerlain 

  1. Dear Mr Dandy,

    I have not smelled this, but I would like to. I wouldn’t have thought of Anise in the heat, but having read your review, I can see that it makes perfect sense. I too found it unseasonably hot today, I mean sun in June? It’s not normal in the UK to have a hot day in summer any more. We have all been knocked for six. I admire your sartorial sorbet colours!

    I love the idea of The Dandy “Going Rogue” every Sunday and pleasing himself. I shall look forward to you sharing your discoveries in your unique way.

    Your friend

    • Dearest Iscent
      It’s not around at the moment, though may return as the Allegoria’s do. If it does or it pops up on line I’d risk it if you like anise so green it borders of fennel.
      For there is something vegetal as well as sharp about this.
      The overall effect is very fetching in the heat, as cool as a fennel ceviche, basil and lemon salad.
      As forth the weather… well there was nothing to do but dress in acid pastels and hope for the best!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  2. Alice

    I’m so glad that you will be entertaining us with some choices of your own – they will no doubt send me running off to test perfumes I would never have considered otherwise!

  3. Lilybelle

    I love the idea of your new Sunday feature. The Dandy needs to have some fun, too, or else we cannot. I could kick myself for not snapping up Anisia Bella when I had the chance. And Winter Delice.

    • Dearest Lily
      I love the anise in this… almost more like fennel it’s so green. It pops now and agaon on line, so maybe you’ll be lucky one day soon. Or of course, Guerlain may re-issue.
      It has been known.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

      • Lilybelle

        The thing is…I just covet these things. I don’t actually get a whole lot of everyday wear out of them (the AAs), tho I wear them occasionally. I just want them because I enjoy the concept and the packaging, the presentation. They’re so appealing as a collection.

      • Dearest Lily
        I know… but with over 30 of them now out there, it could become a rather arduous task to gather them a together!!
        The Dandy is only up to eight at the moment and I think its time to move on for me before it becomes an obsession!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

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