Aleria strikes me soon for its incredibly natural and bracing approach, its realistic fizziness (yes tart summery analcoholic cocktail or sour limoncello type) and the quite aromatic citric (lemongrass/tangerine) sort of introduction. The herbal minty lime seems to prevail over the yet notable orange/ylang-ylang accord (which hardly provides a faint floral effect and just in the dry down background). The citric intensity is heady for almost one hour till when a taming cedarwood/sandalwood dry down turns up with a touch of soothing amber/beeswax extremely controlled connection (I would say an almost restrained one which prevents the aroma to become so boring as many current aromatic citric concoctions finally plagued by an excess of synthetic ambroxan or creamy vanilla infusion). I decidedly agree with Drseid since, despite it would have to be prized the extremely natural feel of the aroma, nothing innovative exudes by this traditional recipe and my rating is medium also for the excess of boring sour pungency for a too long phase of evolution. The aroma appears to me in substance pleasant, natural but dull and too much onedimentional for a long phase. Longevity and projection are more the good on my skin.
Aleria opens with a very nice natural grassy lemon which soon morphs into a bergamot orange accord. The lemon quickly fades but the orange remains into the heart notes, melding with an herbal floral myrtle note with just a hint of cedar wood from the base. During the dry-down the orange finally recedes allowing the cedar to dominate, with just a faint hint of a beeswax accord joining it to smooth out and anchor its woody nature. Projection is poor and so is longevity.
Aleria is a very nice pleasant smelling scent, but I confess it does not impress as much as the other scents in the Testa Maura line. Its almost lemongrass-like opening is really amazing, and the herbal citrus at its heart is quite enjoyable as well; but there is nothing really innovative here unlike the rest of the line. Something else missing with Aleria is performance. It is a skin scent with only about an hour's longevity on skin. So while I enjoyed my sample, due to its relatively poor performance, lack of innovation and high price at $140 for 50ml Aleria earns a "good" rating of 3 stars out of 5, but is a tough sell as a purchase proposition.
Are you looking for an aromatic woody citrus that is not overloaded with the usual woody-amber base? Aleria is a very nice option.
As long as you don't expect something groundbreaking, you will discover a simple yet very well refined and incredibly natural smelling composition that opens with citruses galore. Tangerine and lemon are supported by a remarkably aromatic, sort of green, nuance of lime giving an overall effect which smells halfway between Limoncello (minus the sweetness) and a summery citrus-centered alcohol-free cocktail. Refreshing and invigorating. Myrtle make its appearance in the middle phase reinforcing the general mediterranean vibe and serving as a nice introduction to one of the smoothest cedarwood bases I've smelled in years. Ylang-ylang provides subtle floral details without never becoming dominant or particularly detectable.
Unisex, summery and with a strong mediterranean vibe. I don't exclude getting a bottle in the future...
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