Ananda was one of my first perfume purchases in the niche arena. I fell in love with the frosted glass bottle decorated with Swarovski crystals.
According to the M. Micallef website Ananda is: “Among the brand’s best-sellers, the meaning of ANANDA is ‘bliss’ in Sanskrit. It is a flowery and light perfume, perfectly balanced. The fruity head note of plum is enriched with the floral heart note of violet, based on white musk with a touch of mimosa.”
Notes are listed as lemon, plum, pear, blackcurrant, rose, mimosa, violet, ylang, jasmin, vanilla and white musk. As far as I am aware, Ananda is a European exclusive.
Technically I am a ‘winter’ baby as I was born in Argentina in August. But I consider myself a ‘summer’ baby as we moved to the northern hemisphere when I was very young and only remember my birthdays being hot. We lived in Greece, Italy and the southern part of the US and I did not experience a true winter until I moved to Washington, DC for my university years.
Vienna is now my home and has been for almost nineteen years! But I am extremely fortunate to have a husband who has to travel to Fort Lauderdale for work once a year and he always wants me to go along. His meeting is scheduled annually at the end of April or beginning of May and it provides a wonderful transition from the cold, dark and grey winter in Vienna, to summertime, which is glorious. Beach vacations are going to become a necessity in our family.
This is the first in over ten years that we are not traveling to Fort Lauderdale in the spring (the meeting was scheduled in Seattle this year) and I was left searching for my “sunshine and sitting by the pool with an ocean breeze blowing through my hair” perfume.
I rummaged through my perfume closet to pull out Ananda to bring some warmth to this chilly late spring day. Upon first spraying Ananda I smell a lot of plum and blackcurrant. The lemon must be there but I am unable to detect it. It is such a beautiful opening that it brings back memories of Fort Lauderdale. Memories of long walks on the beach, of languid days by the pool, watching the pelicans soar above and ordering the fruit platter, or watching the multi-million dollar yachts on the waterways. For a very brief moment it calls to mind another favourite perfume of mine, By Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses with its edible plum note.
The plummy opening moves to a floral heart tinged with fruity sweetness and the perfume moves into a quite literally blissful fruity floral bringing forth memories of long summer days, sitting by the pool or the beach and eating the ripe fruits of the season.
It is not a perfume that I can wear year round as the weather in Vienna is just so darn cold compared to what I was used to my whole life prior to moving here. But after a long and drawn out winter like the one we had, I pull out Ananda and look forward to the two or three months of summer that we will hopefully get. It puts me in the right frame of mind so that I can prepare myself for sandals and skirts.
Ananda is quite tenacious and lasts a good 9-10 hours on my skin. Around the 5-hour mark I start to get more vanilla and musk, but never does it lose that lovely plum, rose and violet combination that I love so much.
As this is a European exclusive, I would love to share some of my bottle with one reader who is not living in the EU. Please leave a comment on this post stating your home country to be eligible for the draw.
The draw is open for one week, a winner will be selected using random.org and posted on this blog.