I’ve never reviewed a perfume before because I always think that fragrance is quite a personal thing, not to mention perfumes smell differently on different people. However, when I saw this bottle at duty free recently, I had to buy it because:
- It smelled like a rose garden
- It’s Guerlain – I have always wanted to try something from Guerlain but usually when I read reviews on their eyeshadow, the word “sheer” always pops up and that’s a bit of a turn off for me
A review is due because I think this is something different as it’s a Travel Retail Exclusive perfume. I usually roam around duty free checking out perfumes but this is one I have not seen before. Maybe I’m a bit outdated but the only Guerlain perfume that I usually hear about is “Insolence” though I’ve never really felt drawn to the bottle enough to want to spritz the tester.
Let’s look at the packaging first:
Isn’t the bottle beautiful?
Now Guerlain claims the following:
A collection of odes to nature
created by Guerlain.
In a tropical gaden
Listen to the murmur of a stream
Bathe in it surrounded by rose petals.
Bouquet Numero 2
The spirit of rose
and a note of lychee.
Is it just me or does that read like a Haiku? 🙂
Let me try to describe this Eau de Toilette.
It’s very rose-ish but not in a grandmotherly kind of way. It’s a very pleasant scent. I don’t exactly smell the lychee notes in it. To me it’s more citrus mixed with rose. The reason I’m saying this is because a pure rose scent is Paul Smith’s Rose. Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Bouquet Numero 2 is more citrus mixed with rose, to me at least. After a few minutes of spraying this perfume on, the sweetness of the fragrance kind of fades away to reveal a mellow flowery scent with a light hint of citrus.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a perfume that not only smells good but also looks great on your vanity – then this is a good option. Personally I like fragrances that are sweet but subtle. I cannot see myself wearing a strong fragrance on a day to day basis as I would not want to make somebody with a sensitive nose uncomfortable.
Here’s a review of Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Bouquet Numero 1 that I came across today while looking for info on Numero 2. Looks like the Numero 2 version is pretty new. Hopefully there’ll be some reviews on this product in future. I’m not a Perfume Expert so please take my review with a teaspoon of salt 😉