Guerlain has released this year's Aqua Allegoria, called Pera Granita. The name "granita" refers to a semi-frozen dessert originally from Sicily, similar to sorbet but more granular in texture, made from sugar, water and various flavourings. In Pera Granita, the flavourings are citrus and pear. It follows the past few years' Aqua Allegoria theme of things you can drink or eat, like Limon Verde (a caipirinha cocktail) and Teazzurra (green tea).
Guerlain describes Pera Granita as "acidulous, fruity, juicy, fizzy". There's really not much to add to this description. Pera Granita smells exactly that, citrusy and juicy, with a sweet-green, pleasant fruitiness that could resemble pear juice. It really does make you think of sitting in an Italian restaurant having a granita made with lemon and pear. Notes listed are grapefruit, bergamot, lemon, orange blossom, osmanthus, pear, moss, white musk and cedarwood.
Guerlain knows how to make a lovely fruity-floral, balanced and rounded to perfection: up top sparkling with citrusy and fruity tartness, then a sensual floral heart, and a soft woody-musky drydown. Every time I succumb to the urge of buying a new Aqua Allegoria, I think "oh this smells so nice!", put it in my closet, and never take it out again. I wouldn't be surprised if the same fate will await Pera Granita.
For this edition, Guerlain has changed the label design from a gold-coloured into a white one, copying the look of the travel retail Aqua Allegoria. This year's travel retail scent is called Rosa Pop.
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