Created by : Marie Salamagne
Date : 2007
Genre : Herbal citrus
Concentration : eau de toilette
Disclaimer : I am not a big fan of overly herbal scents.
For all that has been said of Jean-Claude Ellena’s lovely Jardin series for Hermès, not enough has been said of the simple but elegant Aqua Allegoria series by Guerlain. Although none are groundbreaking, I have found them all very wearable except for maybe one or two, Lys Soleia comes to mind. Take Mandarine Basilic for example. It’s a simple duet of orange and basil… it lasts for several hours and on a hot summer day, it would make a perfect eau de cologne.
The orange note of Mandarine Basilic makes my mouth water. And with that herbal backnote, well… it’s wonderful. It’s the kind of perfume I would bring on my next trip to Cuba (hopefully in 2013). I suspect it’s synthetic which means it should hold up well in the Havana heat and humidity. My only very petty criticism of Mandarine Basilic is that the orange note wears out before the herbal ones and you’re left smelling of a pungent herbal mixture. If you like that, then Mandarine Basilic is for you. It’s just not my thing. But if you’re looking for an orange-centric, well-behaved eau de toilette… the orange-herbal duet goes on for easily 4 to 5 hours. After that… it reminds me of a thin-crust neapolitan pizza which I love to eat… but not necessarily wear.
Let’s end this one with one of the most beautiful duets… ever! True Love by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly. What I wouldn’t give to be able to kiss, sail a boat and play the accordeon all at the same time.
Have a nice week everyone.