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Anaïs Anaïs (1978)
by Cacharel

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Anaïs Anaïs information

Year of Launch1978
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 418 votes)

People and companies

HouseCacharel
PerfumerRoger Pellegrino
PerfumerRobert Gonnon
PerfumerPaul Lèger
PerfumerRaymond Chaillan
SupplierFirmenich
PackagingAnnegret Beier
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > Prestige & Collections

About Anaïs Anaïs

Named after, Anaitis, a Persian Love Goddess. But, like New York, so good they named it twice...

Reviews of Anaïs Anaïs

Chacharel Anaïs Anaïs (1978) is a classic floral chypre that at the time was something of a return to more-prim feminism due to its light, airy, fresh floral structure. This was against the grain in a decade of green tomboy chypres and cold, heartless exercises in female empowerment that were the fruit/floral/pencil shavings chypres that ran counter to the green stuff. Anaïs Anaïs was either made to capture a more mature audience or younger girls that weren't ready for playful, saucy, or serious perfumes, but whatever the case may be, this grants Anaïs Anaïs a timeless quality which has allowed it to endure. Four perfumers were put to task on this perfume, with Roger Pellegrino and Raymond Challain among them, but my usual "too many hands spoil the pot" credo luckily doesn't apply with Anaïs Anaïs. The old marketing copy of being named twice over after Anaitis, Persian Goddess of Love, is also pretty quaint but of no consequence to the smell.

Anaïs Anaïs is a perfume jam-packed full of notes, so many that listing them all would be fruitless considering what you smell, and what you don't. The opening is a light aldehyde with a ton of citrus notes, lavender, muguet, and neroli. Real pretty stuff in this initial blast sets you up for what might be guessed as a powdery finish but no, we move into soapier territory in the heart. Rose, jasmine, iris, carnation, and tuberose are all there, finely tuned and measured. Galbanum creeps in for a bit of green to support a sharp oakmoss, sandalwood, and vetiver. There are a few other listed things like leather and incense here, but I just get classic chypre through and through by the finish, with slightly soapy facets and the rose resurfacing from time to time. This wears unisex after the "girly" opening, but you'll need patience to realize it since it all falls into place after an hour. I'd call this casual and best in daytime during spring or summer, lasting about 7 hours on skin, but if your heart yearns for Anaïs Anaïs, it'll work whenever you want.

Several formulations and flankers exist, up to a Parfum Extrait and various Parfum de Toilette versions of the original release that differ in tone and performance from what's out there now, but it all smells like Anaïs Anaïs in the end. Older bottles have a metal type of cover over the bottle top and newer ones are all solid white. Newest iterations include the text "L'Original" to denote pillar from flanker, which seems kind of silly as there's no re-orchestrated/rebooted version calling for such distinction. Chypre lovers of all sexes will undoubtedly at least know of Anaïs Anaïs, but if you don't, it's worth checking out if an academic exercise in fresh floral perfumes before the age of aromachemical bases sounds interesting. To everyone else, this may come across a bit too "grandma", but the truly adventurous perfume lover heeds no warnings in regards to appropriate ages or genders anyway. Anaïs Anaïs is just a nice, satisfying, clean chypre experience anyone could wear. Thumbs up.
13th March, 2020
ANAIS ANAIS by Cacharel. A huge number of classical Quality notes, orchestrated with some finesse, into a glorious "Feminine" Floral Chypre. "Tuberose is kept to a dull roar" and LOV calming.
Notice the effect of Quality Sandal and Rose and it's absolutely Gorgeous Chypred drydown. This is Vintage and to my mind a Killer scent. Particularly the drydown.
To think of Gender, is meaningless.
29th July, 2018
Thirty-some years ago I had a miniature bottle of this. Recently I obtained a vintage sample. It is like smelling this for the first time, as I do not remember it from long ago.

I am able to pick out many notes, even though they are all mixed together well. I get a touch of citrus. Rich honeysuckle, lily, jasmine, carnation, tuberose, muguet, and a hint of rose. The base doesn't take long to emerge, for me. Sandalwood, amber, patchouli, oak moss, and incense seem to hug the florals. I won't even entertain the thought of a purchase of a modern bottle or decant. I seriously doubt it would be this rich, dark, and dreamy. It is greenish, slightly animalic (probably from the jasmine and patchouli), and has je ne sais quoi. Nostalgic.
20th April, 2018
I have to be honest, I am not a fan of Cacharel fragrances; Anais Anais (now Anais Anais L'Orignal) is the exception, and the one and only Cacharel I can wear. (I love smelling Eden on other people, but it doesn't work on me).

Anais Anais always strikes me as a very natural smelling floral summer fragrance. On my skin, I really don't get the various wood, musk, leather and vetiver base notes; if they're there at all on me, they give depth to the floral notes, rather than stand out in their own right. Anais Anais certainly isn't the most sophisticated fragrance (that isn't meant in a derogatory way), and one I only wear in warm weather, but a very pleasant, natural floral for the summer months; and, for me, far preferable to the hundreds of throw-away vanilla and white musk fragrances that are currently so popular.

Sadly, as with many of my favourite fragrances, the once comprehensive Anais Anais range has been drastically reduced in recent years: originally there was Parfum, Eau de Parfum (which at first had the now dated name Parfum de Toilette), Eau de Toilette in bottles and sprays, handbag sprays of each concentration, as well as bath and body products, including soap, body lotion, shower gel etc. Now all that remains are three sizes of Eau de Toilette; the Cacharel site also lists body lotion, but I have failed to find this in any of the major UK outlets.

There are now several Anais Anais flankers, and the original is now renamed Anais Anais L'Original; the new name has been accompanied by a new, more colourful label on the bottles, which unfortunately, looks cheap.

To end on an amusing note, I can't think of Anais Anais, without remembering a story which always makes me chuckle: many years one of my friends worked in the perfumery of a department store; one day a young man came to her counter, and asked for a bottle of his wife's favourite perfume, "Anus Anus"!
10th April, 2018
It's a soft and powdery fragrance, innocent yet sensual. People assume it's a "teenager perfume", but it's definitively an adult thing, and suits even older women. Reminds of ladies doing their hair at the dressing table. I can imagine the girls of the 1980s wearing this, but it just doesn't suit the girls of nowadays. It was an era of musks and moss and Anaïs Anaïs was a breath of youth and fresh air, but now it's very vintage and old school.
02nd March, 2018
Who didn't own a bottle of this in the 80's. I wore it and loved it. So feminine, it was the scent of the popular girls in high school. Floral but not defined, just pretty smelling.
20th September, 2016

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