Today I am trying Guerlain's latest addition to the Aqua Allegoria fragrance line, Mentafollia. The notes are mandarin zest, mint leaves, rose, jasmine, green tea, and cedar. I was a bit surprised to hear that Guerlain was issuing another Aqua Allegoria based on mint, citrus, florals and tea, since that basically describes Herba Fresca, but these are two very different scents — unless you dislike mint in fragrance, in which case they will probably both smell like chewing gum to you.
Herba Fresca is a minty-herbal fragrance, with citrus top notes, very subdued florals and a touch of tea. I have always found it a refreshing summer fragrance, sort of a pick-me-up for hot days. Mentafollia is a much smoother, sweeter scent, with more pronounced florals and less green. The cedar is noticeable, but not overpowering.
If you like mint but found Herba Fresca too sharp, Mentafollia might be for you. I prefer the Herba Fresca. Like many recent releases, Mentafollia has some sort of "fresh" accord that makes me feel like I am wearing something by Glade. It is especially strong in the top notes, but annoyed me right through the dry down.
Note: image via Parfum de Pub.
A little postscript: I would like to go on record as saying how very much I appreciate that you can walk into Sephora and get a sample of ANY fragrance (including Mentafollia!) made up on the spot by the usually cheerful sales agents. But please, couldn't they go back to glass perfume vials? It is nearly impossible to try the sample on your skin now unless you gouge the foam out of the little plastic jar, and in the process you end up with fragrance all over your hands. End of rant. Update: they're back to glass vials!