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Anais–Anais by Cacheral. I wore this perfume, and all my friends did too, when it was new in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I had no clue whether it was a floral, or an Oriental, or a woody scent – those words didn’t exist in my perfume world then. All I knew was that I loved it, and it loved me, and it was by Cacheral, a French brand that had real cachet at the time. I had a Cacheral shirt – a man-styled silk shirt in Liberty print that was worn with the sleeves rolled, belted or loose so that it was feminine and floaty – and Anais-Anais was made to wear with that fabulous shirt. Now I know why I loved it….
It’s a white floral accord that opens with a note of herbaceous galbanum that keeps it company all the way down through the base. Very green at the beginning, this accord softens into heady lily of the valley and hyacinth mixed with the sweet of orange blossom as it moves into the heart notes. More florals swirl up in the heart – sweet honeysuckle, jasmine, and spicy rose and carnation – which build the sensation of a bouquet of garden blooms picked at the peak of their perfect beauty.
As the dry-down unfolds, the blooms fade, cedarwood and sandalwood adding a creamy dry woodiness to their sweetness, oakmoss and incense and vetiver creating an earthy aspect. In the base, the tender white florals have transformed into a delicious musky sensual accord that is no longer as pure and innocent, but hints of a life waiting to be lived larger.
Anais-Anais is a forgotten gem, perfect for someone starting a perfume wardrobe who wants to explore beyond fruity-florals, perfect for any woman who wants a truly wearable floral. This is a very modern floral, and it’s a classic.
Notes: Bergamot, galbanum, hyacinth, honeysuckle, orange blossom, lily, lily of the valley, rose, ylang-ylang, tuberose, carnation,  cedarwood, sandalwood, amber, oakmoss, incense, vetiver
Type: EdT
Parfumeurs: Paul Leger, Raymond Chaillan, Roger Pellegrino and Robert Gonnon

Price: $5.00