Over the past few years, I’ve been craving peach-scented things. I have always liked peach/stones fruit notes, like that in Lancôme Trésor or Chanel Coco. But over the past two years, I’ve oddly enjoyed straight-forward, fruity peaches (like cheap stuff by 4711). M. Micallef Ananda is a fruity-floral that perfectly satisfies my straight-forward peach cravings without coming across like some one-trick perfume.
Ananda opens with a clean citrus and a powdery, vanilla-ish floral that reminds me of heliotrope. It’s radiant a floral with a fruity glimmer. As it settles, it reminds me of peaches, nectarines and plums. I can almost feel the peach fuzz. In addition to the stone fruits, a powdery mimosa/cassie is very prominent. In this composition, the mimosa reminds me of milky, almond-y violets. It’s sweet, floral and delicate. The heart is a fruity-floral like the opening. It’s ripe stone fruits and powdery florals like mimosa, heliotrope and violets. The difference is that the citrus and citrus blossoms have fluttered away. Ananda’s dry-down is a powdery vanilla and musk with a whisper of candied almonds.
Ananda reminds me a lot of Guerlain Champs Elysées before it was reformulated (before it was what it is now). Ananda is such a pretty, joyous, spring fragrance. It’s the sort of “frivolous fragrance” that I learned to love in adulthood.
Notes listed include lemon, blackcurrant, plum, pear, violet, mimosa, ylang-ylang, jasmine, vanilla and white musk. Launched in 2005. PERFUMER – Jean-Claude Astier
Give Ananda a try if you like mimosa or fruity-floral perfumes. Or perfumes like Guerlain Champs Elysées, Caron Fleur de Rocaille, Bond No. 9 Park Avenue, Bvlgari Pour Femme, Fendi Fan di Fendi, L’Artisan Mimosa Pour Moi and/or L’Occitane Arlésienne.
Projection and longevity are average.
The 3.4 oz retails for $235 at Osswald. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Summer fruits and mimosa. If you like late 80’s/early 90’s style of fruity-florals like Guerlain Champs Elysées, Caron Fleur de Rocaille or Lancôme Trésor, this is one to try.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Fragrantica (I think that is a Euro exclusive bottle, but I don’t know for sure). Irene Dunne circa 1936 pic from fanpix.net.