There must be something wrong with me- I have never been a fan of Angel, in fact the only flanker I actually enjoyed was Angel Sucree, yet even then it was a passing interest. Garden of Stars is very similar to the original formulation, except the patchouli and roses seemed to have been injected with steroids.
This opens up with a blast of patchouli, followed by soft roses and a bitter chocolate. It starts off very sharp at first and intensely fruity- there is a cloying sweet note that makes me a little sick to my stomach. I had hoped something would eventually alleviate the heavy patchouli and pepper but I was disappointed to find that it didn’t change much throughout the day. I normally love patchouli fragrances but this one has been formulated with a heavy hand, it’s a little too “earthy” for me. Strangely I did not pick up any vanilla; hints of bergamot become more evident throughout the dry down. Sillage is heavy with this perfume, and longevity is pretty good (about 3-5 hours).
Overall I am not a fan of this line, I feel like Thierry Mugler makes some amazing power house fragrances, and they are all unique in their own way. But in my experience, most of his creations are either hit or miss. If you’re a major fan of the original Angel you’ll probably enjoy Garden of Stars; however if you hated the former, then its flanker is really nothing new.
Womanity is one of those perfumes that you’ve never smelled before, and will probably never experience again. It’s comprised of two primary notes: Fig and caviar; and trust me friends the caviar is STRONG in this composition.
Together they are a perfect harmony of fruity, salty, and green. Frankly I am not a fan of opposing forces battling it out on my skin, but this is exactly what it sounds like…sweet and salty beach air. It reminds me of a long day surfing on a tropical island, with the sand in my hair and sea salt on my lips. To me the fig and caviar becomes a bit too cloying after a few hours, it makes me nauseous and I only spritzed once on my wrist! I can’t imagine if someone were to layer this thing, they would smell like fish for the entirety of the day!
Womanity dries down to a weaker version of its former self, but it’s still strong enough that you will get an occasional whiff of it throughout the day. Unfortunately being Asian I can’t help but associate the caviar undertone with fish sauce (which bothers the hell out of me), I eat fish sauce almost every day but I certainly wouldn’t want to wear it!
Another observation is that this really does smell like the ocean in real life, not the aquatic version that’s been commercialized to death but the ACTUAL smell of the waves and tumultuous seas. I might even dare say that it’s also a little metallic, like those giant iron bolts or anchors attached to the side of the pier…rusted and tarnished from years of wind corrosion.
Honestly if you wanted to decant a day at the beach, this would be a great way to remember it. But frankly I associate those fond memories with suntan lotion and body creams not salted fish, this perfume is a unique experience but not something I would want to wear on a regular basis.
Fig /Caviar /Fig Tree /Fig Leaf
When I first started my venture into the world of perfumes, the name Thierry Mugler got thrown around so often that the words “Alien” and “Angel” were synonymous with “must have”. So of course I had to order one for myself just to see =P
Alien was my first experience with the design house and it doesn’t disappoint, this is white floral heaven! The initial blast of jasmine instantly captures my attention; the woody notes that follow gives a slight peppery undertone that I absolutely love. The amber prevents this fragrance from being too overly sweet and gives it a very warm balsamic dry down. I sense a little incense as the day wears on but the sweet jasmine still dominates overall; it feels like an exotic wildflower from a hot and humid jungle located in some foreign land.
Overall not so much “alien” but definitely an “oriental” vibe, a great day time scent and very safe for the office environment; the sillage is crazy strong – I can smell the fumes all day long. Longevity is quite moderate, and it’s interesting enough that you’ll never find yourself getting sick of it.
Plus the bottle is absolutely amazing; I feel like an Alien Goddess reaching for my daily dose of fuel before declaring massive war on an extraterrestrial neighbor!