Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I’ve been reviewing perfumes on this blog for 10+ years now. A lot of things have changed – from my own life to even just the perfume industry. Anyway, there are a few posts that I’m surprised that I haven’t done yet, even over this past decade. One of those is that I’ve never reviewed the original Mugler Angel perfume, an icon that I have so much respect for that I find it difficult to convey in words.
When Angel Muse launched, it was instant love for me. I ended up buying a full-size bottle (a rare occurrence for me these days). I have utmost respect for Angel but I never wear it. This doesn’t mean that I dislike Angel or what it smells like on me. I think it is a brilliant perfume. It is just so iconic and something I associate with someone else in my life, that I feel I can’t wear it that often. Angel Muse is a softer, gentler version that has learned from one of the best/most iconic perfumes of the 1990’s. It’s one that I can wear comfortably.
Angel Muse opens with honey and citrus with a pink peppercorn. To me, it’s absolutely delicious. The honey is so golden and warm, a little musky. But, before I’d classify it as a gourmand, here comes the cloud of patchouli. This patchouli is the DNA of Mugler Angel and I’m happy to see it in this flanker. The heart of this perfume is like a hazelnut dacquoise. It’s nutty, creamy with a buttery shortbread base. It’s sweet but the patchouli adds an earthiness. I also get a fruity pavlova accord from Angel Muse. I think this is meringue with maybe the pink pepper coming across as fruity berries. It eventually dries down to a dry, nutty vetiver that comes across like hazelnuts. Of course, there is patchouli but it’s not as much as what is in the original. This patchouli adds a cool, mentholated quality to the otherwise warm and golden composition.
Overall, Angel Muse is a gourmand fruitichouli that covers some of Angel’s “signatures” but adds its own unique twist. Instead of berries in the opening, there’s sulfuric citrus. Instead of drying down to cotton candy and patchouli, we get something like toasted hazelnuts (which is really the vetiver!) and patchouli. I feared when this was launched that it was going to be an off-brand parasitic perfume surviving off the name of its predecessor. So many flankers are like this. But, Angel Muse isn’t. It’s a gorgeous tribute to an iconic perfume but is different enough to be a real stand-out.
Notes listed include grapefruit, pink peppercorn, hazelnut cream, vetiver and patchouli. Launched in 2016. PERFUMER – Quentin Bisch
Give Angel Muse a try if you like gourmands or sweet-patchoulis. Or perfumes like the original Mugler Angel, Guerlain Mon Guerlain, Bond No. 9 Nuits de Noho, M. Micallef Mon Parfum, Harvey Prince Eau de Creme and/or Calvin Klein Euphoria.
Projection and longevity are average. I definitely notice it later in the day but it doesn’t wear as “big” as Angel.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Dacquoise and pavlova added to Angel. A stunner. It’s one of my favorite designer releases in the past five years.
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*Bottle purchased by me. Product pic from the brand. Gemma Ward pic from sparklesandpretending.tumblr.com. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!