When an online retailer had a clearance sale recently, I saw a big steal – Rosa Pop from Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria collection for so so cheap I couldn’t not get a bottle of it. I tried to read up on it and found out that this was a Duty Free exclusive from 2015 and is now being cleared through online discounters. So, I thought, even better because it probably has been discontinued. If for anything, it should be a collector’s item soon.
My first impression? Yawn. Just another fruity floral. The rose is sheer and it’s mixed with some kind of berry, and some fizzy something, here it’s not as bright as I want the fizz to be, a thin champagne.
I went through my day. And I kid you not, I got so many compliments for this. Every other woman from the office loved it, and the cashier from Walmart did. The thing is, I was still unimpressed by it even after that.
Should I like it because it is so popular even though I am meh about it?
I have a small (50 ml) bottle of La Petite Robe Noire in my wardrobe and I don’t know where it came from. I mean, I know I probably bought it somewhere, surely when it first came out, but I have been jotting my memory and I really cannot remember anything. And the scent has languished in the back of my neglected bottles, so it must not have mad a strong impression with me when I first got it. So today, on Black Saturday, I might as well write about Guerlain’s olfactory version of the little black dress.
The main thing I smell here is cherry – cherry, cherry, and more cherry. That is the first burst I get, along with something a little boozy. I know it develops to something woodsy after – maybe the generic amber and clean patchouli, but still the cherry lingers. And then it’s gone. This is one of those fragrances that my skin just eats up. Here I am around three hours after I spritz it, and I cannot smell anything at all. Maybe that’s why it didn’t make any impression on me the first time ’round?
But I guess more than anything, I was disappointed because this was Guerlain, after all. They made Mitsouko. They made Apres L’ondee. I know that with this release they are trying to reach the younger generation but to me, as a perfume, it is so dumbed down. But then maybe the joke is on me – this is proven to be a world wide best seller. It just seems like a missed opportunity for me – the concept is ripe for greatness. I just think, in my mind, what Chanel would have done with the same idea. But then again….
I am always a sucker for rose, but are all roses created equal? I don’t think I will ever dislike a rose scent, but some I will like better than other. I liked a lot about Flora Rosa, which is from the Aqua Allegoria ‘arm’ of Guerlain (I am especially fond of this arm, to be honest) This is a very transparent rose, with a blast of citrussy lemon in the initial burst. It is fresh smelling, and in hot weather, really invigorating. There are berries here (I wanna say dark berries) but the overall effect is still very light, as is the case with most under the Aqua Allegoria line. The rose is of the transparent watery kind – it’s like smelling a pink rose after the rain. It is certainly very nice, and you can sense the good quality of the perfume – it is still a Guerlain, after all. Do I need it? Well, do i need anything, as I have perfume probably for five lifetimes, but aside from the cute bottle, I don’t know how I can justify owning this – it’s on the common side, to be frank, and I can think of similar in my collection. But, I do own it, and I am just glad that I got it at a very good price. I don’t regret it, but deep inside I will know I could have done better.