1987 was the year the Anne Pliska released her eponymous scent to the world, and it has languished in cult following status ever since. Many describe the scent as being sophisticated and impossibly cool and timeless, and while I agree with the last couple of descriptive terms, I do not see the inherent stern countenance in this perfume that others do.
The woman who wears this scent containing bergamot, amber, patchouli, geranium, musk, woods and vanilla is not the one getting ready for an art opening clutching a chic black, minimalist bottle, she’s the one that’s surrounded by men at a bar. Perhaps it’s the chic woman’s, luckier-in-love sister? Anne Pliska is a sexy perfume, and yes, men seem to respond to it. The perfume opens with slight acidity which barely masks the smooth operating going on underneath. The soft floral notes only have eyes for the cashmere woods, amber and vanilla as they assert their presence gently, because that’s what this scent is ALL about- the vanillic warmth of the drydown. I actually find myself applying this more frequently than I probably should, because I crave that bit of acidity at the outset, but once I’ve accepted that it’s gone, it’s smooth sailing.
You shouldn’t expect miracles from Anne Pliska. It’s not too far off from a blockbuster like Flowerbomb, but it has more depth and sex appeal to me, it’s the perfect feminine scent to wear anytime, anyplace. Anne Pliska is a niche perfume that has been hiding in plain sight for almost twenty five years, and is available in EDP and Parfum Extrait forms.