Guerlain has two new additions to its ‘Fresh Fragrance Collection’ which has all the scents created on the theme of ‘Joyful By Nature’. Aqua Allegoria is a continuously renewed collection that pays homage to the wonders of nature and beautiful raw materials. The fragrances in the collection are delicate and cheerful, represent the happy and joyous moments. This summer, two new scents join the collection which depicts the same joyous and happy nature as the rest of the scents in the collection. Each scent brings back to life one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, with creativity and a dreamy, long-lasting freshness plucked from those gardens. The two new scents launched this summer are Aqua Allegoria Orange Soleia and Granada Salvia. The nose behind the fragrance is the master perfumer of the house, Thierry Wasser.
Aqua Allegoria Orange Soleia is a lemony citrus scent that evokes the delectable blood orange and the citrus groves of Sicily. It embodies the spirit of blood orange enhanced by the energizing freshness of bergamot and woody notes. The inspiration behind is the endless citrus groves of the Calabrian (South West Italy) summer. Under the Sicilian sun, picking a beautiful juicy orange and enjoying it in the shade of a tree, cooled by a refreshing breeze. Similarly, the playful and tangy effervescence of a blood orange is enhanced by the fresh and energizing coolness of mint.
I can totally see myself enjoying the Calabrian sun while enjoying the juicy orange under the shade of a tree while a refreshing breeze cools me off. The scent really evokes the joyous moment of me enjoying the fresh, delightful, and beautiful summer. The composition is based on noted of red-orange, peppermint, tonka bean, pink pepper, and bergamot. The fragrance is very pleasing, very realistic and juicy. Orange with mint and peppery note which is very subtly spicy – I am really enjoying the scent. The scent stays close to the skin for me and longevity is pretty good. I love this composition and it Is a happy scent for sure.
Aqua Allegoria Granada Salvia is a fruity citrus scent that represents a stroll through the warm gardens of Andalusia(Spain) while enjoying a crisp pomegranate. The pomegranate fruit essence is enhanced by the notes of sage (‘Salvia’ in Italian). ‘A delicious pomegranate accord made up of aqueous, green, and tart berry accents carried by fresh blackcurrant, cypress, lemon, and bergamot notes elegantly imbued with a twist of sage and rose over a white musk, moss, and patchouli background.’ The scent is a nice balance between being powdery and sweet. It is a little sweet as well a little musky.
Both the bottles of the Orange Soleia and Granada Salvia are adorned with golden mesh celebrate the iconic bee bottle. I am really enjoying these two new additions to the Aqua Allegoria range this summer 2020. Guerlain Beauty Products and Home Fragrances are available at Guerlain Boutiques, Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Holt Renfrew.*Press samples
Talika is a french brand that has been around since 1948. There is a very interesting story behind how the brand came into existence which I would like to share, courtesy of the official website. During the second world war, there were shortages affecting the pharmaceutical industry. To treat the victims suffering from burns to the eyes, a nurse at Ophthalmic department of the Hospitals of Paris, Danielle Roches, formulated a balm based on healing plants. The formulation, apart from healing the burns, also dramatically stimulated the growth of eyelashes and eyebrows. So, in 1948, Danielle Roches marketed her first skincare product to encourage the growth of the eyelashes, called Eyelash Conditioning Cream. So that is how the journey of Talika began. Later, the brand was inherited by Alexis de Brosses in 1994. Alexis de Brosses has taken Talike further ahead on the path of innovation with some amazing additions to the product range including the first gel to stimulate eyelash growth called Lipocils.
Per Alexis de Brosses, ‘A woman’s beauty may not only be observed through her physiology, or dermatology, but also through her soul and spirit. An all-embracing approach was therefore imposed on me: combining the best of traditional cosmetics and medicine, with the traditional therapies of the ancients. In my opinion, the bringing together of biotechnology, ayurveda, herbal medicine, NASA’s discoveries, and the shamans’ secrets is the most obvious way to make both women’s and men’s eyes shine.’
I have been using products from Talika for the last few weeks and finally sharing my thoughts on how they are working for me. The products I have been using are Talika Paris Face Moisturizing Micellar Solution Skintelligence, Regenerating Serum, Moisturizing Gentle Scrub, Lash Conditioning Cleanser, Eye Decompress, Vegetal Gold Mask, and Bubble Mask Bio Detox.
Talika developed the concept of Skintelligence, which is basically a range of skincare products that are developed with the latest in scientific research focusing on the relationship between the probiotics and healthy microbiome (the genetic material). We know that skin is intelligent enough to adapt to the constant variations in the external factors as well as various variations it faces – which overall is the joint effort of skin cells, the nervous system, and the good microbiome bacteria.
Face Moisturizing Micellar Solution Skintelligence, enriched with probiotics, is a very gentle micellar solution that removes makeup as well as balances the skin. It does not feel greasy and the skin feels fresh afterwards. It works well on the face as well as eyes, does not irritate my sensitive eye area. It moisturizes, soothes, and freshens the skin. I simply soak a cotton pad and apply it on my face including eyes, lips, and neck.
Regenerating Serum, enriched with probiotics, is a serum that provides benefits of anti-ageing and anti-pollution while strengthening the skin to cope with external aggressors. The serum is gentle enough for my problem skin and has been working nicely to brighten, moisturize, and keeping my skin smooth and supple.
Vegetal Gold Mask, is literally a gold mask, with a smooth velvety divine texture and gold colour of the formulation. The mask leaves the skin soft, smooth, and visibly bright. I am very much in love with this mask, it just takes 10 minutes to get that illuminated bright smooth complexion. It has become a favourite since I started using it.
Moisturizing Gentle Scrub is not the traditional physical scrub with beads, but as opposed to it, it has a creamy smooth texture that becomes clay powder to bind the dead cells and remove them. The process is very gentle with effective exfoliation. It does not even feel like exfoliating, but the powder-like texture of the scrub, once applied on the skin, is very unique. I apply it on the dry skin, leave on for 2 minutes and then massage gently in a circular motion. The skin looks very fresh, clean, and radiant after removing it. I love using this scrub before I use a mask, I feel the mask works more effectively this way when the skin is clean.
Lash Conditioning Cleanser is a very refreshing, lightweight, non-greasy makeup remover and treatment. It gently removes the makeup around eyes including mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, and even the waterproof mascara. The cornflower water in it is very soothing to the eye area. The silk proteins help protect and strengthen the eyelashes and eyebrows. I squirt one or two pumps on a cotton pad and slide on my eye area a few times until all makeup is removed. It does not irritate my eye area and the eyes feel do clean, fresh, and alive.
Eye Decompress is another innovative product from the brand I have been really enjoying. The application and the whole concept of the product is very unique. It is inspired by the Asian relaxation ritual combining a compressed mask to soothe and reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. It is very soothing to the eyes. It makes my eye area look so relaxed and smoother, I do not look tired even after a long day or long night. There is a 10-minute relaxation podcast here that works like a charm to relax and refocus the mind while applying the eye mask.
Bubble Mask Bio Detox, inspired by Korean detox methods, is an oxygenating mask with pollution-fighting effects. I have used this mask in the past also and love it. The foaming mask with thousands of microbubbles is very unique from other sheet masks I have used. When it comes into contact with the skin, Bubble Mask Bio-Detox’s charcoal fabric foams with hundreds and thousands of oxygen microbubbles. A fine, dense white foam forms, enveloping the face in a veritable ‘oxygen mask’. I keep it on for 10 minutes. The skin feels so soothed, hydrated, and detoxed while the face looks cleaner, brighter, and fresh.
Overall, a really amazing brand and products which I am really enjoying using. I like the philosophy behind the range and the products – they are both gentle and effective. Talika Paris products are available online at Talika.com and can also be found at physical locations near you here.*Press samples
I am a lover of luxury fragrances and my love for the niche fragrances has reached a new height since the first spritz of my first Krigler fragrance – Krigler Lovely Patchouli 55 Classic Perfume. Krigler Lovely Patchouli 55 Classic Perfume is a sweet, spicy, woody fragrance that you might say that sounds like a winter scent but let me tell you, for me, it is my mood which motivates me to pick my scent with a slight involvement of the weather. I can say I will wear it more during the winter season due to its spicy qualities but I am also enjoying it now as I stay home during this unusual time and enjoy the beautiful scent while reading a book and in between watching the cherry tree in my backyard through the window. The fragrance was launched in 1955.
Krigler Lovely Patchouli 55 Classic Perfume is a simple yet satisfying, smooth and lovely composition of leather and patchouli. There is a very natural balance between the patchouli and the leather which makes them both compliment each other while keeping the combination sophisticated at the same time. It is one of the most beautiful patchouli scents I have tried. It is earthy and sweet, fresh and smooth. The longevity on me is very good while the sillage is nice, my wrist draws to my nose often when I feel that I have lost the scent.
I have stayed in the South of India for few years and I clearly remember the scent of freshly crushed patchouli leaves, they have a bright, crisp green tang and a soft woodiness, the scent is subtle and brief. I do get the same vibe and distinct herbal smell of green patchouli from the scent like I am in a deep jungle in India where there is a lot of Patchouli.
The keynotes of Krigler Lovely Patchouli 55 Classic Perfume are Patchouli, Amber, Bergamot, and Leather. This was the last fragrance created by the house’s founder Albert Krigler before his death. Krigler says, “Albert travelled from France to the Philippines himself to source the patchouli flowers, he was 92 years old at the time, so that tells you important it was to him to get the highest quality raw materials in the world. It was his idea to create a fragrance that was woody, but not too overpowering, floral, but with depth.” I am really impressed with how lovely this fragrance is, rightly named as Lovely Patchouli 55.
As much as I am loving Lovely Patchouli 55 Classic Perfume, I am also enjoying the scented candle from the house, not in the same scent but more like spring and summer – floral and fresh – Pleasure Gardenia 79 Scented Candle.
Pleasure Gardenia 79 Scented Candle is inspired by Krigler’s first fragrance, inspired by Kyoto’s garden painted in gold on a traditional Japanese folding screen. The most exciting fact is that the original Pleasure Gardenia 79 fragrance was created by the founder of the brand, Albert Krigler for his fiance. He was so pleased by the result that he decided to start selling it and interestingly it is one of the brand’s best sellers and most-loved scent till now. The scent is a celebration of love. As the rest of the scented candles from the brand, Pleasure Gardenia 79 Scented Candle is made with essential oils, soy wax, and filled with the elegant Krigler fragrance. Pleasure Gardenia 79 Scented Candle is a rich scent with key notes of Gardenia, Jasmine, Mimosa, Musk, and Vanilla. The candle has blended into the vibe of my home so beautifully. I am enjoying it during the quiet evenings, it makes me feel cozy and happy.
I am really in love with both the creations I have shared with you in this post, I hope to try more from the house and share with you. If you want to check the fragrances from the house, please note that you can order samples, discovery sets, scented candles, and full-size fragrances on their website here. Or you can check the nearest store here to go check out personally and also discuss more your taste and custom needs of fragrance.*Press samples