Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Why, SpongeBob SquarePants, of course!
For those of us privileged enough to be young (at heart!) or to have children, SpongeBob is someone we’d be familiar with. He’s inane, irreverent, impudent and just a whole lot of fun! And well, he’s my favourite cartoon character, so I just couldn’t resist the urge to feature him and his lovely pineapple home in this review of L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Ananas Fizz.
Boring details first, because I wish to overturn the clichèd convention of writing all the interesting stuff first. Oh wait, I’ve actually broken the rule by featuring SpongeBob as a hook for a perfume review. Oh well, writer’s license!
Ananas Fizz was created in 2004 by perfumer Anne Flipo for L’Artisan Parfumeur, as a limited edition. I had the honour of purchasing a full bottle sometime this year, when L’Artisan Parfumeur brought it back, albeit for only a short period of time. Hopefully most of you get to sample it before they remove it off the shelves again. I wish they’d bring back the older design though!
And now for the juicy bits (pun very much intended, thank you very much). Ananas Fizz is a walking, talking pineapple, just like how SpongeBob is a walking, talking sponge. It’s pineapple come to life. It’s pineapple with a twist. Ananas Fizz opens with a tart, green, pineapple note that is at once zesty, refreshing and cooling. It’s not cloyingly sweet in the same way that Creed’s Aventus is. Where Aventus is a can of cocktail, syrup-drenched pineapples, Ananas Fizz is what you’d get if you smelt a pineapple that hasn’t been sliced and diced. Its woody facets suggest that the rind is very much on and intact. It is sheer but projects moderately well. It is also fairly linear, with moderate longevity, especially in the summer heat, which is the best time to wear Ananas Fizz (but by all means wear it in winter too, if you want to be transported out of the freezing cold and into Hawaii, complete with beach, sand and flower leis). Lovely opening, lovely heart. During the drydown phase, cedarwood takes over. Thankfully, the cedarwood is dry and not screechy. If there had been coconut in the base, it would have completed the entire Hawaii experience. Actually, I have no idea whether coconuts grow in Hawaii. But let’s just pretend that they do.
Here’s something interesting concerning pineapples:
The Pineapple Under The Sea isn’t a real pineapple! Well, neither is Ananas Fizz. It’s a good approximation, though. That said, if you really want to smell like a real pineapple, you’d do best to rub real pineapple all over your skin. I take no responsibility for any injuries caused by the prickly parts.
While it might hurt you to eat pineapple with the rind on, it wouldn’t hurt to try Ananas Fizz. Or perhaps it would hurt your wallet, if after trying it you felt compelled to buy a full bottle of it. And hey, since I’m feeling generous, I’m offering a 5ml decant of Ananas Fizz to anywhere in the world (although I do not take any responsibility if it gets lost/destroyed in the mail) from my bottle if you leave a comment on either your attitude towards pineapples (e.g. you hate them because you’ve ever gotten scratched by them) and/or the most memorable experience you’ve had with pineapples, whether positive or negative, and/or your views on SpongeBob living in a pineapple under the sea. Draw closes a week from this post, at GMT 12pm on 8 September, 2013.
Ananas Fizz is available on LuckyScent and retails at USD 100 for 100ml. It is unfortunately no longer available on L’Artisan Parfumeur’s website. Oh, and as an aside, prices for L’Artisan Parfumeur have officially GONE UP. What a pity.