Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I have always admired Thierry Mugler perfumes. They are an excellent extension of the fashion house and for designer “mainstream” perfumes, these perfumes take a risk. And we rarely ever see a risk being taken in the mainstream perfume world. I’ve always appreciated Mugler Alien but it’s one that I could never ever wear. Alien is a huge white floral that brought to mind 90210 and big early 90’s hair to me…and I have no clue why. I love it but its boisterousness made it difficult for me to wear. When it comes to Mugler fragrances, Alien wasn’t “my” Mugler.
Mugler has launched Alien Eau Extraordinaire, a flanker to the 2005 launch, Alien. It’s described as a “lighter” Alien. And this is exactly what I want! For people that like the idea of the original but found it too “strong”, try Eau Extraordinaire. Alien Eau Extraordinaire is luminous. The opening is an interesting bitter citrus blossom with tomato leaves.It wears like Alien but as “lighter” and frankly, less suffocating. The heart is a gilded, warm white floral with a hint of tropical ocean air. It dries down to a warm, woodsy vanilla-amber that is slightly powdery, very much reminiscent of the original Alien but with a softer texture.
Eau Extraordinaire really is a lighter interpretation of the original. It’s not really offering us anything “new” even though there are subtle differences. After being on the market for almost a decade, Alien needed a minor “revamping”. I think of it as Alien with subtle face-framing highlights and a few inches taken off to make her hair look a little more voluminous. Now Alien seems “fresher” and more rejuvenated – this is the power of a few nicely placed highlights and a professional blowout.
Notes listed include Tunisian neroli, tea, bergamot, tiare flower, white amber, cashmeran and heliotrope. Launched in 2014. PERFUMERS – Dominique Ropion and Veronique Nyberg.
Give Eau Extraordinaire a try if you like the idea of a warm jasmine fragrance. Or if you like perfumes like Roberto Cavalli Serpentine, Gucci by Gucci, Mugler Alien, Juicy Couture Couture, Gucci Rush and/or Elie Saab. I highly recommend Eau Extraordinaire to those that liked the idea of Alien but found it to be “too much”. And I highly recommend it to those that wear Alien but like the idea of a lighter version for summer or “day” wear.
Projection and longevity are average.. And I like the “less angular yet still a sci-fi scarab” bottle.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Radiant amber jasmine..now with a better haircut. I prefer this flanker over the original! This is “my” Alien.
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