Monday, May 28, 2007

Yukimi by Annayake : Perfume Review

When I was a child, time seemed to stand still. Each season was endless, each year lasted a decade. As I grow older, seasons seem to come and go in the most fleeting of manner, each one melding quickly into the next, a year gone in the blink of an eye. So have the seasons of Annayake passed before our eyes and we have invariably arrived to the last one, the longest stretch of the year, Winter.

Yukimi means “snowviewing”, and once again, the name bestowed upon this fragrance fits the composition wonderfully. I’ve never experienced coolness and warmth blending at once with such effortlessness, with no sense of dissonance whatsoever. And what is perhaps most curious is the overwhelming sense of quietness and stillness that this fragrance delivers.
It is the same sense of quietness I experience when I wake up in the morning with the unwavering certainty that it has snowed the night before, for every single sound in nature is eerily muffled. I love mint in fragrances, and its addition in Yukimi is utter perfection, boldly announcing crisp cool winds and steely light. The fruit in the blend quickly brings me back inside the warmth of the house, where mother is throwing rinds of mandarin oranges and peels of apples in the lit fireplace, thereby scenting the air with festive aromas. Cool musks, cedar and soft powder, enveloped by the warmest of amber, enfold me in a bubble no sound can fully penetrate. They form a safe cocoon, offering protection from over-stimulation and the demands of adulthood. Time stands still again, affording me the luxury of reflection.

The woman that will gladly dance among the falling snowflakes, the woman this perfume is meant for, is rare, uncustomary. She is a self-assured innovator. It is not by chance that my mind places her dancing in winter wonderland. Even though she is a grown up, her essence is that of a child. She sparkles, full of joie de vivre. For her, time will still bend, making every season last a lifetime, just so she can suck every single drop of life out of every single day. When snow falls, she’ll still try to catch snowflakes on her tongue. When she goes to bathe in a hot spring up on the hill, she hopes to encounter macaque monkeys, completely unafraid. When she walks home at night, she’ll stop to marvel at the light twinkling inside the stone snow-viewing lanterns, yukimi-gata – even though she has seen them countless times before. Her laughter is crystaline and clear, like snow melting on the first days of spring. Her perfume of choice is subdued, to counter and contrast her playful character. Her perfume is that of innocence and clarity, quiet happiness and sweetness. She chooses something that blurs the lines between her own sweet skin’s scent and the perfume itself. She chooses Yukimi, scenting her neck with a childhood her body has outgrown.

Pictures courtesy of: www.japaneselifestyle.com.au, www.japonia.org and www.hikejapan.com


10 comments:

helg said...

This sounds wonderful and very much in synchronicity with what I am looking for, so thanks for the detailed lovely review!
I do love winter myself. Wish global warming didn't jeopardise its existence. *sigh*

Divina said...

Hi Helg dear! You should definitely try it, although knowing your preferences a bit I must admit I did imagine you would be more drawn to Tsukimi. The whole line is well worth exploring though! It is very, very well made and thought-through.

Jenavira13 said...

I have been reading your reviews of the Annayake scents and they sound so lovely. This one sounds quite interesting with the mint opening.

Linda said...

Delightful writing for a delightful sounding fragrance...I think I'll have to try to find all of the four seasons and wear each, depending upon what our changeable weather does! You have cheered me up on a very grey day! Warmest, Linda

Divina said...

Hi Jenavira, indeed the mint is very fitting to this perfume. It is a little unexpected that it fits so well with the rest of the notes, but it really works. It is only a top note, but it will stay there long enough to create a very memorable impression. I have to admit, that I am always intrigued by fragrances that have a mint accord.

Divina said...

Hi Linda! *hugs* I'd love to hear your impressions on the fragrances when you get to test them on your skin. And I completely agree with you...the whole line is worth having! (although I would replace summer with Annayake pour elle! More on that tomorrow or the day after, when that last review will come!) xx, D.

tmp00 said...

These sound brilliant- and your reviews are as ever so seductive. I will be trying these soon!

Arhianrad said...

I shall have to hunt these down, D, because, well, it's inevitable. Thank you for the review, once again :)

chayaruchama said...

What a tender review...
Sounds like something I would adore, I'm afraid.
And it has Juvy's name ALL over it.
[Love my Juvygirl]

Hope all is going well w/you, and your studies.

Love the way you write.

Divina said...

Good afternoon! Thank you for your comments, I am so glad to have inspired you to want to experience this wonderful line of perfumes! :)

Chaya dearest, I am doing alright, but I am very stressed. I get this way before exams though, so it is not very surprising. I think I will be restless and stressed until the 5th! (when my exams are) Thank you so much for asking :) It is so lovely to have my day brightened like this!