According to the scents you like, I would suggest trying the Lolita Lempika line instead. Very sensual and heady.
answered 4 years ago
(the frozen north)
I'm usually a spicy scent girl myself, so while the only Aqua Allegoria that fits that description was a limited edition (Winter Delice), I can tell you what I like that's generally avaialble, since we have similar preferences.
Pamelune - the grapefruit scent - is actually not a sweet fragrance at all... in fact, it has a bit of a sour citrus note that isn't exactly spicy, but it's not the gross Paris Hilton/Britney Spears type of sweet citrus. Patchouli gives it a bit of gravitas. A nice daytime spring and summer fragrance, or for daily wear in an office where you don't want to project too much scent.
Mandarin-Basilic is similiar to Pampelune in that it's a citrus, but not a sweet one. The basil note is not a 'food' basil note - it just lends some weight to the citrus to avoid the dreaded "kitchen cleaner" reference too many mandarin perfumes succumb to. I don't care for it as much as the Pampelune, mostly because the grapefruit-patchouli is a more interesting combination and feels less 'done' than the mandarin-basilic pairing, so of the two, I'd choose the former.
Contrary to my preference for all things spicy, oriental, and tuberose, I actually adore Herba Fresca, and it is hands-down my favorite AA scent. If you love walking outside in the late spring, after someone has mowed the lawn for the first time, and there is still dew on the grass, this is going to blow you away. An herbacious grassy-mint, AA Herba Fresca is as green as you can possibly get, and manages - as Luca Turin observes - to avoid making the mint note smell like toothpaste. Too often, we are given a 'green' scent that really smells more citrusy than green - this has the slightest bit of citrus, but it's not really noticeable to most people I let smell it. And the drydown is suposed to be floral, but honestly these are so lightweight, on me the drydown never makes it past in the spearmint-grass range, so disappears before it hits the pear leaf/cyclamen dry-down described on Geurlain's website. Which for me isn't a bad thing! So if you like unusual scents, this one is definitely one you won't smell on many people, but it's not in your face - a great fragrance to wear in spring and summer, or anytime you wish it were.
NOTE: Winter Delice, from 2000, is described as Fir, Scotch Pine, Balsam, Incense, Vanilla, and Sugar. It's powerful and very, very long-lasting compared to the modern AA line, which changed dramatically (by design) over the last ten years. You can still buy this limited edition in mini (.25oz ) and full size ($60) bottles.
Hope that helps!