Calling Forth the Beaches – Review: Parfums M. Micallef Ananda

By Sandra

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.

Fort Lauderdale

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.

Pool Fort Lauderdale

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.

Waterway sunset

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 and posted on this blog.

Image source:, Florida photos by Sandra

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51 Responses to Calling Forth the Beaches – Review: Parfums M. Micallef Ananda

  1. Alica says:

    I am in Slovakia, would be interested in Ananda. I have a few Micallef´s fragrances and all of them are of high quality. Many thanks!

  2. It sounds gorgeous. I find Micallef perfumes very intriguing for some reason (and I live in Japan!)

  3. Ellia says:

    For a long time I was dreaming to try Ananda, who knows – maybe this is my chance. Thanks, Sandra, for beautiful description and for sharing. Cheers from Moldova! 🙂

  4. poodle says:

    I live in the US, in the Northeast, and I can relate having a really short summer. We’ve had some awful weather and had the heat on just the other day. Today it’s supposed to hit 90°F. Instantly it’s summer.

    • Sandra says:

      Please send some of the warm weather our way. We are bundled up today drinking tea to warm up. I am putting my foot down and not heating!

  5. Ines says:

    Sounds perfectly lovely! I’m always happy to discover a beach scent (I tend to collect those – not consciously, I just fall in love with them so they come home with me).
    As I’m in Europe (soon to be EU), I will do my best to get my hands on some of this. 🙂

  6. Darilyn says:

    Sandra, I live on the west coast of Florida, in Fort Myers.
    Ananda sounds wonderful, and a scent that I can
    easily enjoy all year round! I am a big fan of
    M. Micallef, and would love to have the chance to
    experience this European exclusive! Thanks!!

  7. Annina says:

    I live in MN, and even for us, the winter was especially long this year! We are getting a lot of rain, no Sun, and cool temps. I am hoping we get a little spring before it gets to our 90 degree and humid summer. Ananada sounds lovely, and unlike anything I’ve tried.

  8. Jackie b says:

    I don’t know how this has slipped under my radar, it sounds lovely!
    I have sampled only a few Micallef fragrances, I am in Australia.

  9. Sandra says:

    I am a fan of their perfumes. Have you tried any?

  10. FeralJasmine says:

    I’m a summer person, and would dearly love to try this. I live in the US.

  11. Linette says:

    Hi! I live in the U.S. – Miami, Florida to be exact… Not far from Ft. Lauderdale and the beautiful boardwalk beach in Hollywood. Thanks for this post that’s so close to home y gracias por la recomendacion. Ahora tengo la curiosidad de probar Ananda.

  12. Sandra says:

    Summers are wonderful aren’t they!

  13. Nana says:

    Hey Sandra, thanks for a lovely article, I have not tried any Micallef and would love to try Ananda as we have long summers. I think it will go very well with our hot climate. i live in South Africa.

  14. Irina says:

    would love to try this
    I live in Israel
    thanks so much for your willingness to share

    • Sandra says:

      So many beautiful places in this world! Summer for the majority of the year sounds sublime at the moment.

  15. Hi Sandra,
    I have never sniffed any Micallef fragrances and would love to enter the draw. The violet notes in Ananda sound tempting.
    I live in Argentina.


  16. behemot says:

    You can actually get Ananda in Seattle, at least I saw it there a few months ago. Parfumerie Nasreen on First Avenue ha an extensive collection of M. Micalieff. I received my sample of my Ananda there.

  17. Lulubelle says:

    I shall mentally send you some of the heat and humidity from here in Mobile, AL. I would very much enjoy trying Ananda, it sounds lovely. Thanks for the opportunity!

  18. Laurels says:

    Ananda sounds very interesting. I have never tried any of the Micallef perfumes, and everything I’ve tried with a violet note has also had a lot of iris, which is so far not a favorite of mine. I live in the USA, in Southern California, and I’d send you some sunshine if I could. We could use more rain!

  19. Kandice says:

    I live in Texas and it’s been hot, sunny and dry but nothing beats the fresh breeze off the ocean. In fact, I could happily spend my days gazing out at the ocean and walking along the beach. I’d love to try Ananda – it sounds wonderful! Thanks for your generosity!

  20. Suzanne says:

    Don’t include me in the draw, Sandra. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your musings on summer and your sparkling photos of Florida!! I have a mom and sister who live on the Gulf Coast side of Florida, and it is beautiful.

  21. susan says:

    My dad used to go to Fort Lauderdale yearly when he worked in the yacht industry – there’s an important boat show there every year. I’ve never been. I live in a HOT place (Texas) without the joys of an ocean breeze – would love to try Ananda. I’m in the US! 🙂

  22. Melanie says:

    Sounds like just what I’m looking for in a summer scent! I would love this! I live in The US- CA.

  23. quarteringsea says:

    (longtime reader, first time poster here).

    I know which meeting you’re referring to! I live in the northeastern US and late April/early May is always grey and rainy and miserable where I am. Stepping off the plane in Ft Lauderdale was always heaven. I’ll definitely miss it (Orlando isn’t the same).

    I’d love to be considered for the draw!

    • Sandra says:

      Welcome! Nice to have you here. No, Orlando is certainly not the same. It is nice to hear that others are also upset with the venue change. 🙂

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  25. fleurdelys says:

    Although I live in the northeast United States, I don’t enjoy cold weather at all. The older I get, the more I want to move to a place where it’s summer all year round! I’d love to try a fragrance that evokes this feeling.

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