Saturday Question: Do You Have Any Mugler Perfumes In Your Collection?

Since the sad news earlier this week of Thierry Mugler passing away, Perfumeland was paying tribute to his contribution to the perfume landscape of the Western world. So, I decided that we could do our own remembrance topic.

Saturday Question on Undina's Looking Glass

Saturday Question #101:

Do You Have Any Mugler Perfumes In Your Collection?

It would we hard to find any perfumista who isn’t familiar with the most famous Mugler‘s perfume – Angel. And since this is one of the brands easily available in many stores, it doesn’t take much to get to try perfumes from the brand. But do you own any of this brand’s perfumes? We’re talking any size from a full bottle to decants – as long as you paid for it.

My Answer

I like the brand. I still own the first bottle of Angel that I bought about 20 years ago. I’m not sure that even when I bought it, it still was the original formulation (but back then I didn’t even think that a brand can produce another formulation of perfume under the same name, in the same packaging), but whatever it was, I loved it when I bought it, and I can tell that the scent has changed since when I bought it. It didn’t turn (I don’t think the formula contains anything that can go rancid), but something is different (and it’s not only the color of the juice). It’s still nice, and I wear it from time to time (but strictly when I stay at home). The last time I wore it was last Monday after I heard the news.

Mugler Angel

Since I loved Angel, I also bought Angel Taste of Fragrance. It’s nice, I like it and wear from time to time. At home. The only other full bottle from the brand that I have is A MEN Pure Havane that I bought for my vSO (I should probably spray it on him this weekend).

I liked Womanity, and thought of getting a small bottle of it, but settled for a mini bottle, a part of the set that also includes Angel, Angel EdT and Alien, none of which I wear. I have small decants of Oriental Express, Over The Musk and Supra Floral: I like wearing these from time to time, but I don’t think I’ll ever go for a bottle.

For a while I was obsessed with the coffret the brand created for Süskind‘s novel Perfumer, but not only the price was completely outside of what I could pay for perfume back then (or would pay now even though I could), but it wasn’t even available in the US, so I had to let it go.

 

How about you?

 

Do You Have Any Mugler Perfumes In Your Collection?

65 thoughts on “Saturday Question: Do You Have Any Mugler Perfumes In Your Collection?

  1. Scattered amongst the Marzipan clan bottles of Alien, Alien Musc Mysterieuse and decants of Muse and Aura. I thunked a bottle of Angel decades ago.

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  2. I have not explored Mugler that much. I have a full bottle of Womanity, which I love, also a mini of Alien, and a couple of samples of Oriental Express. I swapped all my bottles, decants, and minis of Angel and Angel Muse. Angel and its flankers never worked for me.

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    • While I was contemplating purchase of Angel Innocent (but decided against), I wasn’t tempted by other Angel flankers (other than ToF) – not because I disliked them but rather because they were too reminiscent of the original.

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  3. My first bottle of Mugler was Alien. Followed by minis of Alien Sunessence and Alien Eau Extraordinaire. I have a travel spray size of Innocent and a small bottle of Alien Fusion (mostly bought that for the red bottle!!!). Angel is kryptonite on my skin for some reason. Hate it. Have sampled Angel Muse and Angel Nova and those were tolerable. Of all of these, I might enjoy Alien Sunessence the most, in the summer – sunny citrus on top of the original.

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  4. I have a few Muglers that I love, Angel Muse, Angel Essence Absolue and Alien Fusion, plus samples of Supra Floral and Oriental Express – both fbw but a bit spendy for my pocket, given that I have so many bottles already. A small confession🙈 I recently got into the car with my niece and asked her what she was wearing that smelled wonderful. It was only my very own personal nemesis, Angel! She also had the hair mist on. Perhaps there’s something different in the reformulation since I tried it many years ago. It almost knocked me flat and gave me a headache back then.

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    • Angel has been reformulated multiple times, I’m positive! I would love to be able to go back and re-sniff the original one: it was something so bizarre and unusual! But I understand how it could be a problem for sensitive people.
      If not applied heavily, especially as a hair mist, it might smell really good on others.

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    • The only Mugler I own now is Alien Les Parfums de Cuir. It was a holy grail for me to find this, mostly for the bottle. I’ve worn the actual juice maybe twice. I find it a bit much in the heat but maybe a really cold day will temper the scent.

      I’ve rehomed Alien and Alien Violette to someone who loves them!

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  5. I never liked Angel or Alien…but I fell in mad love with Angel Muse berries, patchouli, hazelnut creme and vetiver, and later Womanity with all it’s grapefruit, figgy caviar accord. I worked in a store that dispensed refills for Angel and Alien for far too many years. Could not get that juice off my hand fast enough!! I adored the smell of rubber and coffee though in A-Men!!

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  6. What a shame about Thierry, he was so inspirational to my fashion studies and later to theatre costume and then drag. He came to Australia a few times and he copied the Foam Wigs that Aussie drag queens are famous for and used them on the runway. We hung out with him a few times and all thought he was so gorgeous.
    There are quite a few of his perfumes in my cupboards but only Womanity and Kryptomint get any regular wear.
    Portia xx

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    • I love many of Mugler’s bottles, and I don’t dislike perfumes. I just never choose to wear any but Angel/Angel ToF – but usually at home and mostly out of nostalgia.

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  7. I have sampled these:
    Naughty Fruity
    Pivoine Angel
    Le Lys Angel
    Womanity
    Cuir Impertinent
    Alien
    Alien Extraordinaire
    A Travers
    Pure Havane

    I own these:
    Alien Essence Absolue
    Alien Extraordinaire
    Alien Les Parfums de Cuir
    A*men
    Pure Wood
    Miroir de Voluptes
    Angel

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    • How do you find Le Cuir? I ask because I have my eye on a bottle for a good price, and I’m partial to a bit of leather. Is it on the suede end of the spectrum or on the burnt tar end?

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  8. I have an old bottle of Angel kicking around somewhere, but it doesn’t get much wear anymore. There are so many riffs on that fragrance, original in the day, and I like others better now. But about ten years ago I tested a lot of the flankers he put out every year for his main collection. My favorite of his is Womanity. It is still unique and it’s definitely the most original fig I own. I love it! (I also love BDK Gris Charnal. Does anyone else who’ve tried both see any similarity between them?) The one that has always confounded me is Alien. I love every single jasmine perfume I’ve ever tried but this one. There was something very unsettling about it to me, so I guess it is well named. RIP Thierry Muglur. There seems to be so many deaths of men in their young 70s lately.

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    • I need to try them in parallel since I don’t remember Gris Charnal (other than that I liked it when I tried it), but now I’m curious.

      I like Alien from afar, but I don’t think I’ve ever worn it.

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  9. Like so many fragrant folks, I love to smell Angel on others, but it does not work for me. I dab a bit from my mini of the edt sometimes just to appreciate it. I did get the Fruity Fair flanker because the bottle was pretty and I thought a fruity version might be better. It is okay; I keep it around in case I have a change of heart! I have and love Alien edp and Fusion, and all the Aura versions. I used to like eau sensuelle best, but all three Auras kept calling to me and now I own and love them all equally. M. Mugler had a genius with fragrance creation. I have tested 5 or 6 others and all were intriguing, if not my chypre-loving style.

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    • For me, the EdT was OK, but it’s not just a different concentration of the same perfume, it’s different from the original Angel. I do not mind it, but if I don’t wear Angel, I’m even less inclined to wear that version.
      But I agree with you that they make interesting perfumes.

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  10. Angel is something else, but it felt like wearing a costume when I tried it a long time ago and not like “me.” I revisited it about a month ago in a store and stumbled across Alien Goddess, which I thought of getting. Currently I don’t have any Mugler perfumes in my collection.

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    • As soon as I posted my answer to rickyrebarko’s comment above, I read your comment – and you are the second person who doesn’t have perfumes from this brand (yet). Partially it explains probably by the fact that your hobby’s “onset” happened when niche market was already so saturated that there were more interesting targets to explore.

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  11. No, I don’t, not anymore. Interested to hear your Angel bottle has changed how it smells – I think mine may have actually turned, though I am not 100% sure. Thank you for reminding me of Womanity, which was one I was struggling to remember in my (fortuitously similar-themed!) post. ;) Looking at the comments above, there are many perfumes in the line I have never tried or even heard of.

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    • I wasn’t following all the flankers of Angel and Alien, but main releases were on my radar (and stayed there without a collision with my collection, if to stretch that metaphor).
      With Angel, of course, it’s possible that my nose has changed… But I’ll blame the juice! ;)

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  12. I currently own Cologne, Alien Essence Absolute (which I bought on a whim when it first came out), Alien Musc, Womanity and Womanity Liquers, Angel Muse and cute travel spray of the newest Alien Goddess which is a surprisingly nice beach scent.

    I used to have A Travers Mirrors (??) and Orient Express but sold both. I kind of miss Travers it was such an unusual tuberose.

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    • I planned to get Cologne for my vSO but somehow it has never come to fruition. I wanted to see yesterday what my local Nordstrom has from this brand and was unpleasantly surprised to discover that they had just 3 perfumes – Angel, some Angel flanker in a red star-shaped bottle and Alien. Disappointing.

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  13. I’m number 3 of the non-owners. I have owned Angel twice but sold it twice. I’ve also had Angel ToF, Angel Sucre. Alien Sunessence, Innocence A*Men Havane & A*Men ToF.
    Innocence got thunked pretty quickly & is impossible to find in the UK now.
    A*Men ToF got nicked by DH & has been hidden from me.
    Everything else got sold.
    Womanity was just another evil riff on ELDO SM 🤢 & Aura is supersweetened overboiled cabbage 🤮 to me.
    If anyone reading this in the UK has a bottle of Innocence in need of a living home, I’m your girl!

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