Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Sometimes I think my nose is broken because I don’t think Alien is as strong as other people seem to think it is. I do think it is obnoxious but not in an “evacuate the room” way. In fact, I feel that I must be ansomic to half of this juice because I can’t smell it after an hour of wear. This is my Alien warning.
I avoided Alien for a few years. Growing up on sci-fi and Unsolved Mysteries, I have an irrational fear of aliens, mainly alien abductions…and Robert Stack. I couldn’t get past the name even though I truly believe that Theirry Mugler, the man, is from another dimension. Maybe this is why I’m scared! And I read blogger reviews back in ’05. None of them made me want to go out and try this scent. Finally, one day, I couldn’t hold back any longer. I had to know what was in that purple extraterrestrial scarab bottle. What’s in it?
Jasmine. Lots of sci-fi jasmine. That’s the opening I get from Alien. It isn’t skanky or old-fashioned. I feel like I’m only getting “half” of the jasmine. It’s warm and cleaned up. It has a fresh greenness to it as well. But, boy, it’s jasmine and it is thick, like walking through an overgrown bramble. Alien has a very big 1980’s perfume vibe. It has a perm and has went through a few boxes of Revlon Frost & Glow™ and a few bottles of mousse. Alien becomes solar, it warms up with a spray-tan bronzed amber. The jasmine is there, a little fruitier than before, but still there. Alien gets powdery with about 25 packets of Equal artificial sweetener over a vat of vanillin. And I’m told that this scent lasts and lasts.
I think of Alien as such a 90210 scent. I really think Kelly Taylor would have worn Alien. It seems to me that Alien fits those L.A. stereotypes that Middle Americans have about L.A. thanks to television shows and silly movies. Alien is fake, abrasive, but luxurious. It’s all “made up”, not in an Old Hollywood way, but a New Hollywood way: tanned, bleached, and waxed. You can decide if that is charming or not. Personally, I love “made up” in a fake way.
Give Alien a try if you love jasmine. You must love jasmine! Or if you like fragrances like Gucci Rush, Giorgio, Juicy Couture Couture, Lancôme Poême, Avon Rare Gold, and/or Dior Pure Poison.
Notes listed include solar accord, jasmine sambac, green notes, cashmeran, vanilla, and transparent amber. Perfumers – Dominique Ropion and Laurent Bruyere
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – I like Alien but it isn’t my favorite Mugler and this is why I don’t own a bottle. Maybe one day, but right now, Alien isn’t on my wishlist. But, it is quite obvious that I’m not “getting” something with Alien. But, it does remind me of sci-fi scarabs, 90210, and Unsolved Mysteries, so it should get some extra points for that.
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