Anais Anais fragrance
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  • Times change, yes, but also the olfactory fashion (and not always for the best)
  • Her favourite book used to be Alice in Wonderland
  • Anais Anais definitely is an early spring fragrance

    • by Pretty Polly
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      This acid-sweet, deceptively “tender” fragrance, issued in 1978, was all the rage throughout the early 1980s and is still a favorite with many women (or their daughters!), althought its popularity is nowhere near what it once was. Times change, yes, but also the olfactory fashion (and not always for the best).

      Many members of the youngest generation may be simply unfamiliar with a concept of delicate femininity such as proposed by this perfume. It is a clean and straightforward, slightly citrusy and quite nostalgic floral, with not a single hint of the currently trendy “aqua” or melony, let alone gourmand, notes about it.

      The “girl” that wears Anais Anais is unassuming but somewhat complicated: there is more to her than meets the eye. And


      one suspects she is often moody, albeit not mean. She is the girl that likes to play with kittens, and perhaps has a painting of fairies hanging in her light green and pinkish bedroom. Her favourite book used to be “Alice in Wonderland”; now she thinks she has outgrown it - but she hasn’t, not really.

      She is somewhat naive, but perhaps less so than her parents - or even herself - suspect.

      In a grown woman, wearing cashmere and pearls in the afternoon, this olfactory character can evolve into surprising impressions, depending on the individual woman.

      Anais Anais definitely is an “early spring” fragrance; but in certain people “early spring” - or at least some of its facets - can last much longer than ...


      • people usually suspect. And so, this scent can be worn by women of almost any age, provided they have the right attitude - unassuming elegance and impeccable manners spiced by a dose of intelligence - to be complemented by it.

        One thing that everyone must concede to Anais Anais is that it certainly is distinctive; and because of its relatively simple composition, it appeals to many people, even if they would not necessarily wear it themselves.

        I have it in my collection, of course, but I don’t feel like wearing it. It is simply TOO simple for my current tastes.

        To me, it smells like an adolescent - or at least very young - and much more melancholic version of the much later and also very

        popular Amarige (Givenchy, 1991).

        A look at the notes involved in the creation of this scent reveals the similarity is indeed more than just a subjective impression.

        Anais Anais has a single top note: orange blossom (featuring prominently among the top notes of Amarige, too), and its two base notes (sandalwood and incense) are less complex but equally “spicy” and faintly exotic. The main difference between the two fragrances lies in the “heart” of this tender and delicate perfume, which is composed of lily, hyacinth and carnation.

        The drydown is delicately powdery and, as you can guess from its relatively simple composition, quite similar to the initial olfactory impression. What you see is what you get… Or is it?

        That is the simple but enduring mystery of Anais Anais.




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