Guerlain launched the Aqua Allegoria line in 1999 with 5 fragrances: Herba Fresca, Pamplelune, Rosa Magnifica, Lavande Velours and Ylang & Vanille. There are currently 9 in the range, although 3, Anisia Bella, Mentafollia, and Foliflora, are slated to be discontinued.
The fragrances are meant to "showcase nature", and they tend to be lighter and less complicated than the regular line. They are also cheaper. Today I am trying the latest releases: Orange Magnifica and Pivoine Magnifica.
Orange Magnifica has notes of blood orange, bergamot, jasmine, neroli, cedar wood, amber and almond. It starts with sweet citrus notes; once the top notes fade, this has more of a floral than a citrus character. The heart is a blend of jasmine and amber, and do bear in mind that I don't care for amber, but I find this rather flat and dull.
The dry down smells like neroli, cedar, amber and light almond. It is not a heavy scent, but it is warm, and not at all the light, sparkling summer citrus scent I expected. The lasting power was reasonable. I will be interested to hear if this has any fans, as it did nothing for me at all.
Pivoine Magnifica is by perfumer Karine Dubreuil, and has notes of peony, bergamot, pink grapefruit, violet, iris and woody notes. Pivoine also starts with citrus, but here it is very subtle, and is soon joined by lightly sweet peony. As the citrus fades, the violet vies with the peony for prominence. It is very mild and soft and summery.
The dry down adds a slightly powdery, woody iris with subtle hints of pepper, and while the peony and violet are short lived, the iris lasted for at least 3 hours on me. This is a pretty, rather demure fragrance, and nicely done, but it is not something I will need to own.
If Guerlain wants my vote, and I am quite sure they don't, I would say keep Anisia Bella over either of these two. I believe these are currently exclusive to Sephora in the United States, where they are $45 for 4.2 oz.