Hi there Perfume Posse, It’s only in the 21st century that I have even known such a thing as a Star Anise existed. My last partner, being Indian, used it regularly in cooking and it added a sweet depth that made his cooking so much more like the store curry than my Mum’s or mine had ever been. When I started to see it in fragrance notes I was happily surprised that my nose and taste buds had an impression of the note and I could pick it sometimes, others it was blended in too well for me to notice but I still liked the idea that it was there.
Anise? Star Anise? In a Perfume?
Do you know what it smells like? Have you ever had a fragrance where it is the major or one of the featured accords? One of the best ways I have found to really get your nose on a note and to get a feel for the ways it can be used in a fragrance is to buy a note specific sample pack. All the major sample/decant stores have them. We at Perfume Posse are affiliated with Surrender To Chance and I trust them completely to give me the real deal, so it is them that I most often turn to.
I’m thinking this is the perfect SELF GIFT for the Holiday period. How better to celebrate?
$19.99 Anise Sample Pack: Surrender To Chance
This sampler has 8 fragrances that contain anise, the scent that resembles licorice and fennel.
Your sampler pack will include a 1/2 ml sample (1 ml sample vial filled half full) of the following:
1. Caron: Aimez Moi – Violet and anise.
2. Evian: Most Precious – White floral and anise.
3. Fresh: Pomegranate Anise – Pomegranate and anise.
4. L’Artisan: Iris Pallida – Iris and anise.
5. Serge Lutens: Douce Amere – Anise & absinthe.
6. Annick Goutal: Mandragore – Mandrake, pepper, ginger and anise.
Mandragore is green with a sweet and spicy kick to it. The spice lifts the green from swampiness and gives it an Asian recipe zing. Add to that a low key sillage and you’ll have people coming in for a second closer sniff. MMMMMM.
7. Dawn Spencer Hurwitz: Gingembre – Ginger, spices and anise.
Gingembre is a sweet spicy, thrilling fragrance with anise as one of the middle ground players. The white flowers provide a creamy breathiness too before the whole fragrance gets overtaken by the woodsy booze in the base. Stellar.
8. L’Artisan: Tea for Two – Anise, cinnamon, ginger & tea.
Smokey black tea, lightly sweetened and spiced. It was so sad when they discontinued this gorgeous gem. Thank everything they’ve brought it back recently.
$19.99 Anise Sample Pack <<JUMP
So, what is your favourite? Is it here or do you love something else like Lolita Lempicka EdP, Apres L’Ondee by Guerlain or Osafume by Olympic Orchids (which are two of my Anise loves)
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