Monday, November 05, 2012

Anne Pliska (EDP)

Anne Pliska existed before there was niche perfumery. It was even sold at Nordstrom for several years (imagine that!). The fragrance in EDP and parfum concentration was launched in 1987, the same year that gave us LouLou, Moschino and Bijan, to only name a few notable examples. Calvin Klein released his Obsession two years earlier, a spicy oriental that took the general idea of Shalimar and ran away with it (far far away). Anne Pliska grabbed the oriental beast and reined it in a little, smoothed its wilder edges, replaced civet with musk and removed a lot of the noise and distraction. The result is an elegant amber, cuddly, sexy, and very inviting.

The structure is familiar: opening notes of bergamot and orange that give way to something a bit herbal and floral. It starts aromatic and develops into a full blown amber vanilla that feel like heavy embroidered silk. You want to wrap it around yourself, feel the smoothness of the fabric on your body and revel in the way it catches the light. Delightful doesn't begin to describe the easygoing sensuality of Anne Pliska, that takes all that was good about the big scent bombs of the 1980s and makes them easier to wear today.

Anne Pliska used to be a cult favorite and a perfumista's secret way back when the market was much smaller and the internet was younger. Many perfumes were launched and discontinued since then, perfume blogs came and went away, and the little pink bottle was cast aside and forgotten. It's worth revisiting if you tried it once, and even more so if you never have. After all, this is now a niche perfumery legend.

Notes: Bergamot, amber, patchouli, geranium, musk, vanilla

Anne Pliska EDP ($55, 50ml EDP) is available from Luckyscent.

Art by William Clarke Wontner.


  1. Among the most fabulous scents of the 1980s, but not dated in the least. Balanced, ladylike, but spicy and sexy. Wish I had more than just the sample I've nursed for several years.

  2. One of my all time favorites!! Thanks for the reminder and for pointing out the role this perfume had in steering us away from the department store counter. I have a FB that I've used probably too sparingly. Every time I wear it, my husband practically swoons.


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