FLORA SALVAGGIA by GUERLAIN (2021)


Though people should perhaps be forgiven for considering a few of the recent Aqua Allegorias as glorified toilet cleaners – especially the ‘prettier’, chemical ‘florals’ — it is clear that some of the perfumes in the annually expanded and deleted collection are more inspired, and expertly realized (in this case a collaboration at Guerlain between Thierry Wasser and Delphine Jelk), than others.

While the companion piece to this ‘Wildflower’ melon watercolor, Nettare Di Sole, makes me vaguely queasy, too…… sure of its flimsy, unsettled self; not quite realized, a bit ‘easy’; there is something about its doleful violet/ Iris / watery / ‘solar’ counterpart – composed in a modulating minor / major key (delicate, fit for this year and season), , that refracts some of the historical Guerlain After The Rainshower essence through its waterdrop muted membranes; the cleanly persistent violet note, working its way through the layers of courteous modern summer dresses; and which I would be quite content to sit next to on the train on this hectic June evening, a gentle distraction.


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3 responses to “FLORA SALVAGGIA by GUERLAIN (2021)

  1. Robin

    I think if a bottle landed on my doorstep tomorrow I would be a happy woman. It’s unseasonably warm here, sunny, summery, and I’m in the mood for something precisely like Flora Salvaggia. Good AAs are very good, imo. They fill a particular gap nicely.

    Thank you, dearest N. I love the words and images you’ve used.

    (T)here is something about its doleful violet/ Iris / watery / ‘solar’ counterpart – composed in a modulating minor / major key (delicate, fit for this year and season), , that refracts some of the historical Guerlain After The Rainshower essence through its waterdrop muted membranes; the cleanly persistent violet note, working its way through the layers of courteous modern summer dresses; and which I would be quite content to sit next to on the train on this hectic June evening, a gentle distraction.

    I would love to spray some on RIGHT NOW, dammit!

    • You would find fault with it if you did, I reckon, but also enjoy the slight melancholia hidden within. That whole mucus-y Idylle thing isn’t quite my bag, but at the same time it can be quietly enigmatic, if you know what I mean.

      • We found it – right in front of our eyes – but the stress was real.

        Re: Idylle …… yuck.
        And so many florals by so many houses rest in that putrid vein……. ‘fresh’… but BILGEY

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