Aqua Allegoria Winter Delice 
Guerlain (2000)


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Aqua Allegoria Winter Delice by Guerlain

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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.

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There are 27 reviews of Aqua Allegoria Winter Delice by Guerlain.

An unremarkable little perfume. Basically, I smell sawdusty sandalwood with clove. It's oddly vague, like there's a chemical in there that's added to obscure everything and make it seem kind of sugar-dusted. The whole thing is sort of salty and doughy, but also a touch leathery.

There's a tiny bit of Mitsouko DNA in here (that vague dough smell), which is probably why this has the cult following it does, but I just don't care enough about chemical-drenched clovey sawdust to love this.

"Oh, the weather outside is frightful...."

A nice scent that works beyond Christmas time, Winter Delice has a really nice outdoors vibe with thoughtfully selected notes.

This is not an intense pine-balsam experience like Pino Sylvestres's Pino fragrance, and anyone seeking that will be surely disappointed. It appears to have several Christmas season elements incorporated into it to paint a holiday-like picture, like a thumbnail file showing several scenes from different times and occasions within that season.

There's enough fir-pine-balsam to touch on the Christmas tree imagery; and a sugar, vanilla and spice (asymptotically placed by the incense) vibe that may be touching on the confections of the season.

I can understand how this scent could alienate, confuse, or disappoint its samplers / wearers, because it boils down to the expectations and wishes brought in prior to smelling it. I applaud Guerlain for creating this festive fragrance which can be enjoyed all year round.

Pine, gingerbread, vanilla and a curiously metallic note that spoils the composition for me. Possibly it's the frankincense that is responsible for the metallic note, although I usually love incense based fragrances.

It doesn't last terribly long on the skin. I prefer to use this as a room fragrance at Christmas time.

This is a pleasant scent, comfortable to wear and would not offend anyone as far as I can tell. Yet, I give it a thumbs-down. Here's why.
Where are the conifers: fir, pine, balsam? Simply not to be found, in my experience. There is absolutely nothing green or foresty here -- not a bit.
The scent is spicy-soft, with bright ginger notes held against a kind of soapy-fresh foundation. It is not overly sweet, nor as 'foody' as I had expected. It is sheer and translucent, as are most in the Aqua Allegoria line. The later dry-down has slight hints of incense, and a whisp of nutty, smoky notes.
For what it is, it is OK. But for what it is not, it is simply not up to this Conehead's expectations.
Those looking for more available (and better, IMO) ginger-incense scents should try Serge Luten's Five O'Clock au Gingembre and Miller & Bertaux's #2 Spiritus/Land.

Together with Pamplelune, Mentafollia and Herba Fresca, this is probably one of the very few successful deliveries in the Aqua Allegoria's range. Aimed to evoke Christams atmosphere, Winter Delice is a well balanced mixture of sweet, slightly gorumandic notes, and coniferous galore. Pine needles, fir and a sort of copal-like resin are juxtaposed to a sweet vanilla/gingerbread accord with an amazingly pleasant result that's sweet without crossing the border turning to be cloying. Incense, mostly detectable during the drydown, adds even more coziness to this "reassuring" fragrance. Very very nice.

Although I found many (but not all) of the Aqua Allegoria series to be among the worst things that Guerlain has produced since the corporate takeover--even worse than L'Instant--I absolutely adore Winter Delice. I've often wondered why it was included in the series, as it's as different from its soliflore companions as it could possibly be.I was lucky to find a 100ml bottle at my local Marshall's for a giveaway price, and about six years on I still have around 40% left. It's a formidable scent--a little goes a long way--but I'm now reserving it for special use in cold weather, as it has ceased to exist in Guerlain's lineup. The name Winter Delice (sans the Aqua Allegoria designation) has since been bestowed on one of the Guerlain exclusives, but notes for the newer scent are significantly different.For me, Winter Delice conjures up everything that is wonderful about the colder months of the year--evergreens and the smell of holiday baking combined in a rich, deep gourmand fragrance that is actually quite, quite sexy. It recalls both Caron Nuit de Noël and JPG Classique (two fragrances I also love), though less refined than NdN and much more so than Classique.Perhaps if it had been allowed to stand on its own and not lumped in with the Aqua Allegoria high-pitched monotone florals, it might have stood a better chance at commercial success. Instead, many of the other early fragrances in the series went to their deserved fate--but took Winter Delice with them.Such a pity that this wonderful fragrance is no longer available. If only Guerlain would bring it back.

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