Sometimes, no matter how well prepared you think you are for an experience, you are surprised. Well aware of the cult-like following this scent has among dyed-in-the-wool perfumistas, Anné Pliska EDP still came as a shock to me.
It’s amazingly good, and it’s cheap—even by department store standards.
As I join the clamor, declaring “Uncle Serge” the new “affordable” niche fragrance (at around $120 for 50mL, for most of his exports scents), I’m taken aback with back-wards-sticker-shock: AP is practically free at $55 for 60mL.
Yes, the bottle is hideous. But it came out in 1987, and there was a epidemic of weird/bad/tacky/awful design stuff happening in 1987 (remember denim skirts with cotton-frills?), and I’m guessing that AP hasn’t undergone any major renovations since it’s release. And thank goodness! I really don’t have any desire to justify another $150+ dollar bottle purchase, so I’m embracing this shock with glee.
This past Sunday, I met with Olga and Marjorie for a meet & sniff (or a sniff & greet), and we must have smelled at least 30 fragrances. One stood out to me then, and continues to stand out: Anne Pliska. There were several occasions when I almost bought this one unsniffed, and a bottle lived in my Luckyscent shopping-cart for months at a time, intermittently vacationing in my wishlist. “It’s a classic,” I thought to myself, yet never clicked the Checkout button.
When Olga pulled out the sample vial, I was thrilled to finally have a chance to smell it. And, oh, what a moment. The universe began moving in slow-motion, my wrist glued to my face, inhaling deeply— the girls laughing. I guess I must have made quite a spectacle of myself, but I don’t remember that part. I remember the dreamy, intoxicating, crystallized orange, the sensual vanilla, the wisps of incense wrapping potent tendrils around my willpower. Olga’s husband declares, “cheese-cake,” and I awake from the dream*.
Interestingly (or maybe not), AP smells different sprayed from my newly arrived bottle than it did dabbed from the sample vial. This isn’t really ground-breaking news, since I often experience differences between different application methods. It’s still beautiful, but I think that I will decant some into a small flacon for dabbing purposes. Many reviewers on MUA refer to AP as a “cold” amber, but I disagree. There is a powdery aspect to it that I think could read cold, but I find it plush and warm. Though it came out in the late ‘8os, when I sprayed it on, the image that came to mind was of pin-up girls and classic cars. It’s retro, yet edgy, and feels fresh and new even 24 years after it’s release.
*this is how I remember it, and I’m probably leaving out important details. No doubt Olga or Shawn can clarify later