Despite the grass in my garden currently being sodden and the earth being on the boggy side, and despite the fact that we are bracing ourselves for torrential rain later (again), I haven’t given up on my Pollyanna fantasy of wearing fresh summer scents whilst wafting around in the sunshine.
Trusty Guerlain has created a brilliantly green and grassy scent in Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca. I must admit I didn’t used to like it due to the inclusion (which is by no mean heavy) of Green Tea. I didn’t used to like Green Tea at all as a note, finding it metallic and cold. However, since trying Green Tea flankers from Elizabeth Arden, and exploring the note further, I have come round to the fact that since it is best friends with my favourite Bergamot, I ought to get to know it better.
Indeed Herba Fresca challenges my preconceptions on a couple of levels. A few years ago I would have rejected not just the Green Tea, but the Mint too. Today, having been around the block a bit in terms of fragrance, I fully embrace Herba Fresca and want to have this beautiful gilded bottle on my dressing table.
The mint reminds me a little of LUSH Smell of Weather Turning ( see my earlier review): a pleasing combo of mint, hay and tarmac that frankly, I am a bit addicted to. In Herba Fresca, created by none other than Jean Paul Guerlain, the combination of Green Tea, damp green grass and Mint makes this so refreshing that they should find another name for refreshing: Revitalizing? Invigorating? Reviving?. I wouldn’t say astringent: it’s not as harsh as that. It has Lemon but is so much more than a citrus. It’s more botanical, yet carries the memory of dewy grass on your skin for as long it lasts.
I couldn’t really find the Cyclamen or the Pear, but I was very happy to sniff and sniff at this pastoral beauty as the rain drizzles on the windows. Longevity is about four hours, possibly five, which is about the going rate for an Eau de Toilette. The price is under £40 but you get a generous 75ml bottle for that. I wouldn’t turn one down at any time of the year.