Thierry Mugler Angel eau de parfum (C$138 for 50mL) s one of the most iconic fragrances. First launched in 1992, it has won awards and the bottle design is also one of the most well-known fragrance bottles. Angel is a oriental vanilla gourmand fragrance, and it has top notes of melon, coconut, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, bergamot and cotton candy; middle notes of honey, apricot, blackberry, plum, orchid, peach, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, red berries and rose; and base notes of tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla, dark chocolate and caramel. The entire thing basically sounds and smells like a dessert – very sweet and girly.
I’m not a huge fan of Angel because I don’t generally like vanilla-gourmand scents. They are too sweet and overpowering for me, preferring light fruity or white floral scents instead. It is a good date-night fragrance, especially since a lot of men I know prefer sweet, dessert-like perfumes on women. Lasting power is very good due to the heavy base notes, and it dries out to be a drier, muskier scent on me, with a bit of the sweet notes lingering.
Thierry Mugler Alien Eau Extraordinaire eau de toilette (C$70 for 60mL), on the other hand, is a new favourite discovery. I’ve been wearing this nonstop since I first received it, and I am just absolutely in love. Launched in 2014, it has top notes of bergamot, tea, and Tunisian neroli; middle notes of Tiare flower and heliotrope; and base notes of white amber and cashmeran. I love bergamot and neroli, and the middle notes of white flowers are also up my alley.
This is a light, summery fragrance that’s perfect for every day, daytime wear. I’ve also been wearing it out on date nights because it’s a pleasant scent, especially if you’re doing something more lighthearted like a dinner and movie. Lasting power isn’t the greatest due to the scent being made up of mostly white flowers, but I don’t mind reapplying due to how pleasant the scent is. It’s also a big contrast to the original Angel that’s a much stronger, sweeter scent, but that just means consumers get more choice in terms of the type of fragrance (yay for choice!).
It’s no contest that Alien Eau Extraordinare is my favourite of the two. Both fragrances have their pros and cons, but Alien Eau Extraordinaire captured my heart from the first whiff.
Thierry Mugler Angel and Alien Eau Extraordinaire are available now at the Bay, Sephora, and other places that sell high end fragrances.