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Anisia Bella – A scent from Nature – March 18, 2016



After posting Note Series #15 –LICORICE/ANISE this week, I found a delicious anise scent I should have included hidden at the back of my perfume shelf and I’ve spent the last couple of days re-discovering its charms. It’s from the Guerlain Acqua Allegoria collection of natural soliflore scents which every spring releases a new limited-edition fragrance to join the four permanent creations. Some of these Aqua Allegoria EdTs, like spicy cool Winter Delice from the 2001 original launch which is listed in our Decant Store, are extraordinary. Anisia Bella from 2004 is another.

Anisia Bella, or Beautiful Anise, differs from the four licorice scents in our Note Series #15, by pairing citrus notes with the featured licorice note instead of vanilla, or lavender, or spices. It starts with mandarin citrus at the top which blends into a tangy green freshness with the sweet anise – this opening accord is so deliciously aromatic. After a few minutes the anise intensifies, taking on a really interesting bitter quality, and the citrus segues into earthy woodland violets so that the sweetness fades somewhat and Anisia Bella becomes cool, green, and airy .

In the heart, with notes of tea and cedarwood at the outer edges, Anisia Bella seems to float, herbal and softly floral, the licorice note always leading, the florals trailing behind. In the base, the florals fall away, and citrus reappears but this time as a green lime note from bergamot, mixed with herbaceous green basil. The bitter sweetness of the licorice blends to perfection with the aromatic basil and this delicious cool accord slowly becomes warmed with musk notes, and Anisia Bella transforms into a soft but more dark and sensuous skin scent.

Anisia Bella is unusual. It’s herbal, bitter-sweet, green, not strong or overwhelming, more aromatic than perfume-y in the traditional sense, much more a scent from Nature. I happen to love the bittersweet scent of black licorice and I also love the scent of greens. I grow and cook with aromatic herbs and I have big pots of lemon and licorice basil growing on our back deck all summer to use in salads and savoury dishes. So I “get” Anisia Bella, and I’m looking forward to wearing it as the weather warms up. It’s a natural sophisticated scent that works well for both men and women, if you like the scent of anise, and it makes me want to open the doors and windows, get outside and feel the sun again. I think Spring must be here.

Anisia Bella is listed in out Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.

Image - - Aniseed plants (Flora of sindh) by Jogi Asad, March 19, 2019