Hands up if you’re in need of a little pick-me-up right now? Yep, us too. After the chaos of the past year, we’ve made it a priority to find effective, comforting solutions to the all-important task of unwinding and self-care. Though the promise of normality may be on the horizon, showing ourselves a little love has never been so important.
And we want to share a little secret with you: perfume has the power to spritz some joy into your day. Seriously, science says so. The section of our brains that processes smell is found in the limbic system – the part of the brain that deals with emotion and memory. That’s why the aroma of a perfume your grandma used to wear, or of a flower you had in your bridal bouquet, has the power to transport you to a place of nostalgia, happiness and peace.
No one knows the power of mood-boosting scents more than Guerlain, whose expertise in perfumery dates all the way back to 1853, with the launch of the iconic Eau de Cologne Impériale. Fast forward almost 170 years, and the Guerlain perfumers are still using their mastery to create iconic perfumes in the form of Aqua Allegoria, an uplifting fragrance collection that represents joyful moments by bottling the wonders of nature and beautiful raw materials. Each Aqua Allegoria fragrance has freshness of a cologne, with the hold of a Guerlain perfume.
These are our top six favourite fragrance notes that are just like drenching yourself in joy, and the Aqua Allegoria scents you can find them in…
Citrus aromas are said to help calm stress and nerves, and mandarin is a dewy, juicy scent full of freshness and vitality. Mandarine Basilic is a sparkling and cheerful eau de toilette that beautifully blends lush mandarin orange with aromatic basil and energising green tea, balanced out with a sensual veil of wood notes. A revitalising scent to spritz in the morning for an AM boost.
This precious citrus fruit is at the heart of the Aqua Allegoria collection, a citrus green floral that is so fresh and luminous, it’s known as the ‘green gold of Calabria’. Vibrant and uplifting, Bergamote Calabria evokes a tranquil Sunday stroll in the summertime, with the promise of long days and balmy evenings. This is the fragrance we turn to on chilly, rainy days, to shower ourselves in a bit of sunlight.
Warming and uplifting, the wonderfully cosseting scent of ginger is known for a variety of mood-boosting abilities, from enhancing concentration to soothing feelings of stress, worry and fatigue. Breathing in the comforting scent of Ginger Piccante after spritzing on pulse points is like being wrapped in a warm hug, balanced with the zesty bite of bergamot, lemon and pepper. Perfect on those days when you’re feeling a bit under the weather, and you just need a moment of soothing solace.
We all recognise the sweet, natural taste of honey, but its fragrance is often used as a sensual, sunny note in perfumery. That’s exactly what’s captured in one of the newest additions to the Aqua Allegoria family, Nettare Di Sole. A honey-inspired fragrance that perfectly encapsulates Guerlain’s long-standing relationship with bee-powered ingredients, boasting dreamy, summery notes of magnolia and sweet, icy, floral honey. Just one spritz will surprise you with an aquatic freshness and envelop you in a bubble of joy – keep it in your handbag for top-ups throughout the day.
Mint has long been used in aromatherapy as a light, fresh ingredient to help alleviate mental exhaustion, by awakening your senses and restoring clarity. Fresh herbs are great mood-lifting scents, and Herba Fresca is like a springtime stroll in lush dewy grass, with muddled mint leaves and singing notes of lily of the valley carrying on the breeze. The beauty of nature in a bottle.
Is there any fragrance more blissfully exotic than coconut? Coconut Fizz is like a holiday in a bottle, perfect for when you need a dose of dreamy escapism and may be missing the lure of far-flung travel, discovering places you’ve never been to before, and the rush of adventure. Let the fragrance spark your wanderlust and transport you to a white-sand beach, drinking fresh coconut water in the sun and listening to the waves lap at the shore.
To discover more of the 14 fragrances in Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria collection – including two brand new scents, Flora Salvaggia and Nettare Di Sole – visit guerlain.com.
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