I try not to complain about the weather, especially since it has been a mild winter in Seattle, but I can’t help it. I grow tired of winter quickly. After the holidays, I’m like “OK, that was fun. Is it spring yet?” I don’t think I was meant to live this north. Everyday I walk by one of my favorite French cafes. The patio is vacant, chairs and tables are pushed against the brick walls of the cafe. Moss grows between the brick. The sky is gray and the same streetlight has been out for over a month. It’s depressing. But, when I walk by I remember how much I love that place in the summer. A few times a week in the summer, I will go there late in the afternoon, get a table for two on the patio for a book and me. But I usually ending up people watching behind dark shades. I typically order a pastis. When I walk by this place in the dead of winter, I can taste the anise. I can smell it, an olfactory memory of sunshine and warmth. My olfactory memories remind me of Etro Anice.
Anice opens as black licorice, a bold and waxy black licorice. A few minutes later it becomes a refreshing pastis. And then it becomes lighter and cooler, like a the ice cube in the glass. It’s a chilled anise. There’s an addition of a sheer white musk and delicate iris. There’s a faint backdrop of chilled green herbs. It dries down to a vaporous white musk and vanilla.
Etro Anice is a very light and sheer EDT – an olfactory equivalent of a whisper.
Notes listed include: star anise, Brazilian rosewood, anise, bergamot, caraway, iris, jasmine, dill, vanilla, musk, German cumin, and amber. Launched 2004.
Give Anice a try if you like anise/licorice/absinthe scents. Or if you like perfumes like Smell Bent Dead of Winter, Lolita Lempicka, Annick Goutal Mandragore, aroma M Geisha Green, 1000 Flowers Reglisse Noir, Caron Eau de Reglisse and/or Ava Luxe Absinthe. Anise is unisex. I prefer it for “day” wear since it’s light. It’s also nice in the summer because it has an unexpected “coolness”.
Projection and longevity are below average. It’s an EDT but it wears more like a cologne.
The 3.4 oz EDT retails for $145 at Etro boutiques.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Pastis and white musk. It’s simple and probably too sheer for many people, but I love it. I love anything that is a reminder that winter will pass.
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