Happy 85th Birthday Mom!

Full disclosure: I am reviewing this perfume because this is my mother’s favorite fragrance of all time. When my sisters and I have gifted her with any other perfume, she pretends to love them and claims to even wear them but Anais Anais is the only scent I have ever actually known her to love wearing. My mother is currently 85 years old so I’m pretty sure that she’s sticking with it.

First introduced in 1978 by Jean Bousquet, founder of Cacharel, Anais Anais is a soft and delicate floral blend. It opens with top notes of White Madonna lily, hyacinth, citrus, honeysuckle and lavender.  Soon after come middle notes of jasmine, Florentine iris, ylang-ylang, fruit blossom, rose, tuberose and patchouli. The base noses are a lingering amber, oak moss, cedar wood  leather, musk and vetiver. Despite the various composition of ingredients, this perfume isn’t overpowering in the slightest.

Anais Anais can best be summed it up as a fresh floral that carries with it a sense of innocence. The innocence is created by the top note of white lilies, called Madonna lilies, which are grown in the south of France, Bulgaria and the Middle East. Ancient Greeks and Romans thought of this lily as a sign of purity.

Jean Bousquet describes his fragrance in this way: “Anais Anais is a perfume whose essence is romanticism with the scent of lilies. It has been housed in opaque jars reminiscent of the ancient world.”

This fragrance is perfect for both the young and the young at heart. The name? Some say that it is derived from Anahita, the name of the Persian goddess of fertility and healing. In Arabic, Anais means “those who bring tranquility and peace to the heart.”

Anais Anais is bottled in white jars created by bottle designer Annegret Beier and bears a peach floral motif.

Well-known patrons include Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston.

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  1. Lanu Bennett says:

    I love Anais Anais so much years ago, that a friend used to bully me to try another. She then introduced me to Elizabeth Arden red door. Since then I wear various perfume from time to time. My sister mixes about three (she uses one after the other on a single outing), to deceive people recognising what she is wearing at any time. How about that?

  2. Wendy says:

    First of all I gotta tell you that your Mom looks great for 85. And if she loves Anais Anais then it must be a nice fragrance. It is funny how we find a scent that sort of sticks with us and our personality. I think it is sweet that she pretends to appreciate the other fragrances even though you all know that she really enjoys this one.

    • Erica says:

      Yes she is looking and feeling great. I’m hoping that the genes will be passed down 🙂

      I think that she really does try to enjoy other fragrances but nothing quite does it for her like this one.

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