Guerlain : Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune

Created by : Mathilde Laurent

Date : 1999

Genre : Citrus (grapefruit)

Concentration : eau de toilette

I don’t know who said “Pizza is like sex; when it’s good, it’s terrific and when it’s bad… it’s still pretty good,”  but they could have said the same about Guerlain because certainly when Guerlain is good, it IS terrific and the rest of the statement applies as well.

I started a new job this week and I wanted something new to wear.  My latest acquisition was a bottle of Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune which I purchased for my perfume lecture at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc library.  And so when the very smart participants at the library oohed and aahed as I passed around the Pamplelune scent strip, I knew I had my perfume.

To say that Pamplelune is a simple grapefruit fragrance is accurate AND unfair.  As with all Guerlains, you just know that there are many other subliminal ingredients that help make up the fragrance but are not always readily identifiable.  For instance, it didn’t surprise me one bit that neroli and petit grain notes are listed by Guerlain as ingredients.  So… it’s a lot more than simple but it comes off as uncomplicated, effortless and elegant.   

Pamplelune doesn’t smell like a grapefruit smells… it smells like a grapefruit TASTES!  It’s fresh, clean and wakes up the senses.  It goes on like a pink grapefruit and stays there all day but it doesn’t go sour like so many citrus scents do after awhile. 

For me, this is one of the great current eau de colognes… fresh, glowing and classy… even the bottle is beautiful!

Have a great week!

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  1. FiveoaksBouquet

     /  April 24, 2012

    Thanks for the great review of Pamplelune. While other Aqua Allegorias have come and gone, it looks like this one is turning into a classic. Correct me if I’m wrong but I thnk it may have been the prototype for a grapefruit note in perfume. I tested it recently and it smelled fresh and beautiful. Enjoy!

    • Yes… I think it was the first perfume to maintain that grapefruit note throughout and not just in the top notes. Can’t wait for the summer and try it out in the sweltering heat!


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