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Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune (1999)
by Guerlain


Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune information

Year of Launch1999
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 297 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerMathilde Laurent
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune

Pampelune is part of Guerlain's "Aqua Allegoria" fragrance collection. Although aimed at women, some of the fragrances in the range can be considered unisex. The range are designed to be reminiscent of garden walks. They are light like colognes but are longer lasting like an EDT.

Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune fragrance notes

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  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune

A re-run of What About Adam's brilliant shimmering overture of blackcurrant bud and grapefruit, this time extended with a little more fruitiness and some patchouli.

It's surely derivative, but thats not the problem here. Pamplelune is spoiled by a strong chemical sillage thats probably part of a synthetic cassis accord used to replace the mega pricey real stuff. This is a shame because it negates the good work done on the rest of the profile where the sweet, the acidulous tangy and the dark woody patchouli are brought into a fine and delicate balance. No matter how good the rest of it smells, an insistent chemical whiff spoils everything.

The bottom line is that Pamplelune isn't different enough from What About Adam to be thought an original work, and it lacks the material quality to pass as a substitute.

06th June, 2018
An extraordinarily vivid breakfast grapefruit, it makes for a joyous trip to work. It might be pitched at women but it's not sweet and I think I pull it off well. Don't really care, it makes me happy. The dry down shifts towards vanilla. By lunchtime it is suddenly gone. After such a fine morning that's quite ok.
12th April, 2018
Classified citrus,
Guerlainified grapefruit is
Classyfied citrus.
04th March, 2018
This has some feminine charm that could be nice in passing, but it's harsh and overbearing to wear.
25th June, 2017
This was a great love of mine in the mid-2000s and the bottle I have is from 2004, so I'm never quite sure if it's turned on the odd occasions I do spray it. It's a bit of a monster although it's one of the Aqua Allegoria range - I remember giving a talk once where some of the students commented about the strong smell of floor cleaner or polish in the hall! Nowadays, I spray the bulbs in the bathroom with it, and it works perfectly. On me, it's very close to a real grapefruit smell very nicely damped with something darker (patchouli), not at all sweet (which is good!), I think I remember it being described as 'dirty grapefruit'.

So screw the floor cleaner comments, this is a fun ride!
11th May, 2017
This is a quite successful attempt at creating a dry citrus scent that does not involve the usual trio of orange, lemon or lime.

The grapefruit burst upon opening is true, subdued and quiet. The patchouli and vanilla blending as its base is so subtle and perfectly balanced that neither stand out as individual notes.

The neroli and cassis never overwhelm either. Pamplelune is closer to cedrat than the usual sweet sharp citruses that are most familiar to us. This seems a perfect scent for summer wear. It has very little sillage, so is really more for self indulgence than impressing others.

A real surprise for me and a welcome one. Bravo Guerlain!
16th November, 2015

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