Flora Nymphéa is the newest addition to the Aqua Allegoria range at Guerlain. The Aqua Allegoria fragrances are meant to showcase nature, and most years Guerlain adds one or two new scents to the series, and then they might axe a few of the older entries at the same time. At the moment, there appear to be five in production; in addition to the new Flora Nymphéa, there are four survivors from the past: Herba Fresca, Pamplelune (both 1999), Mandarine Basilic (2007) and Tiare Mimosa (2009). The packaging has been given an update this year, with new gold labels on the bottles and white outer boxes featuring a simple bee motif.
Flora Nymphéa, developed by Guerlain house perfumer Thierry Wasser, is said to have been inspired by a spring garden, and that's a good fit — it's a soft, dewy floral, even softer and dewier than the "floral mist" that was last year's Idylle. It opens on sharp, slightly herbal-green citrus, but calms very quickly into a demure, spring-like blend of clean honeyed florals (orange blossom and seringa) over a pale woody musk.
Flora Nymphéa is pretty and wearable, if not terribly exciting. If you're looking for a quiet, office-friendly floral, it is absolutely worth a shot. For my part, I rather like the idea but the execution could stand more oomph, and a little more staying power wouldn't hurt either.
Guerlain Flora Nymphéa is available in 75 and 125 ml Eau de Toilette.
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