Samples Review: ANGEL LES PARFUMS DE CUIR, A*MEN by THIERRY MUGLER

     Hello! Or in the language of this week’s brand focus, bonjour! Okay, I guess that doesn’t narrow it down… Anyway, I’m talking about Thierry Mugler. I have reviewed one Mugler fragrance, Pure Havane, which was sent to me by FragranceNet.com, so I thought I’d let you know my thoughts on the samples I have as well.

     Here are my quick thoughts about each of the fragrances:

Thierry Mugler Angel Les Parfums de Cuir sample

Thierry Mugler Angel Les Parfums de Cuir sample

1.) Thierry Mugler Angel Les Parfums de Cuir: I hereby swear that my thoughts about this fragrance are not tainted by the fact that A) there is no perfume name on this sample, making it difficult to single out in a collection, and B) there is a hair inside the vial. And no, it’s not even my hair.

     This is a 2012 release, with top notes of bergamot, cotton candy, jasmine, cassia, mandarin orange, leather, coconut, and melon. I’ve heard countless rants about the original Angel fragrance, and the only thing different about that one and this is that this has a prominent leather note. The leather is intense and rich, wild and powerful. Underneath that is a toxic blend of patchouli and musk, making for a scent that smells nearly unpleasant. Fascinating to speculate over, but not worth the high price tag.

Theirry Mugler A*Men sample

Theirry Mugler A*Men sample

2.) Theirry Mugler A*Men: this is the one that started it all. And by ‘it’ I mean an endless line of flankers, each more collectible than the last. In May of last year I went on holiday to New York City, where I smelled A*Men Pure Havane, the third most recent spin-off. When I came back I madly searched for samples of it, but to no avail. The only thing the stores had to offer me was the original, which I have before me today. #Tragic.

     This is a 1996 release, with top notes of bergamot, mint, ‘fruity and spicy’ notes, ‘green’ notes, lavender, and coriander. The main notes I smell from this are caramel and toffee, neither of them being tops. It comes off in a candy-like manner, with the curious milk note adding a touch of creaminess. What I struggle to understand is how this is still being sold as a mature men’s fragrance – how?! I prefer A*Men Pure Havane to this a million times over.

     Collective thoughts about what I’ve sniffed today: I’ve smelled better things from Mugler than these guys.

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You can check out Theirry Mugler at www.Mugler.com or follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/Thierry_Mugler

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