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“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
How are thy leaves so verdant!
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
How are thy leaves so verdant!…”
The Christmas carol, O Christmas Tree, is not one of my favorite holiday songs. As a matter of fact, it downright annoys me. Its repetitiveness drives me mad. O Christmas Tree or if you’re German-speaking, O Tannenbaum, is the most popular and commonly sung carol of the season and one of the only carols that nobody knows the lyrics to other than “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree” because it has so many versions. I just hum the rest. If you can sing this song in its entirety, my hat’s off to you!
Why does this song deserve a feature on my blog post, you ask? Because Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Winter Delice is supposed to remind me of Christmas trees. (So it says on the tin.) Winter Delice was a limited edition release launched in 2001 under the Aqua Allegoria series. The Aqua Allegoria series is accused of being the more simple of all fragrances in the House of Guerlain aimed to appeal to the less sophisticated younger generation. As written by Perfume Shrine:
“It’s easy to look down on the Aqua Allegoria line as an entry level for Guerlainophile wannabes. Compared with the house’s megaliths, such as Mitsouko, Shalimar or Vetiver, these seem like fragrances with much less monumental heft and no aspirations for posterity. Yet this “allegorica” line hides a few gems that are more than a simple sent bon and some which manage to be memorable in themselves.”
I never knew a dichotomy existed between a real Guerlainophile and a Guerlainophile wannabe. I was under the impression that if you liked a particular fragrance from Guerlain or any perfume house for that matter you choose a perfume based on the sole fact you enjoy smelling and wearing it. I didn’t know your fragrance of choice would pigeonhole you into a specific category. Wow, that’s interesting! But I digress. Back to Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Winter Delice. It is one of two in the series that has a cult following. Despite this fact, many reviewers consider it average or unimpressive. Others thought it completely unwearable. The majority say (on the internet anyway) Winter Delice doesn’t knock you off your feet compared to the Guerlain megaliths. It’s just an o.k. fragrance which makes me wonder why the cult status?
Winter Delice is a limited edition addition to 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.
Notes: Fir trees, Scotch Pine, Balsam, Somalian Incense, Sugar, and Vanilla
From the vial: Old man’s cologne, a bit of pine, and sweet smoke
Wet on Skin: Strong pine-fir accord comes through, a tiny bit balsamic, no camphor, sweet dry smoke.
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