Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular (Limited Edition) Perfume
In the fragrance world, there are two types of people. Those that love Angel and those that hate Angel. You need to know that I’m an Angel lover. I rarely ever where it but I really admire it as a non-conformist composition. And I like patchouli. Mugler Angel, regardless of how polarizing it is to people’s sniffers, is a classic now. We’ve seen copycats and many flankers. Angel Aqua Chic 2013 is “eau de toilette légére”, a lighter version for summer. There may be two types of perfume people in the world, but I think we can all agree that the original Angel is a beast in the heat.
With Angel Aqua Chic 2013, I get a peaches, nectarines and plums opening with “fresh” raspberries instead of the red berry syrup in the original Angel. It’s a summer fruit market. It becomes a sheer, fruity rose like a rosewater sorbet. And yes, the patchouli is there. The dry-down is a very sheer milk chocolate with a sugary patchouli. Most low-fat items are sad substitutes for the real stuff. This one is a little different but is still just as good.
I realize that the notes and even my description sound “heavy”. But, it’s not. It’s sheer, on ice. Keep in mind this isn’t a “new” Angel but a reinterpretation of Angel meant to be worn in warmer climates. I find it very well-done and I’ve rather enjoy wearing it in the heat. The only thing I dislike is the name. Aqua Chic sounds like a terrible Italia Disco group from 1988.
Notes listed include raspberry blossom, green apple sorbet, rosewater, patchouli and vanilla. Launch date 2013.
Give Angel Aqua Chic a try if you are looking for a summer gourmand. Or if you like perfumes like Van Cleef & Arpel Feerie EDT, Viktor & Rolf La Vie En Rose Flowerbomb, Calvin Klein Forbidden Euphoria, Bond No. 9 Bryant Park and/or Mugler Angel. This summer version is more femme than the original because of the fruits and rosewater but I think if you wear Angel try this.
Projection and longevity are average for an EDT. This means that it isn’t as strong as the original EDP. You’ll get about 4-5 hours of wear out of this one.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A low-fat reinterpretation of the original Angel. A summer gourmand with a”bikini body”. I like it and I think it’s the best summer version to date. Think of it like this. In the winter you want rich desserts like cobblers and chocolate cakes. In the summer you want frozen yogurt and sorbet. Aqua Chic is the sorbet. Sweet, light and refreshing.
Want more reviews? Try…
Fragrantica – Member reviews
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