These dreamy, seductive scents will take you on your own starry adventure.
When it was released in 1992, this fragrance was a radical departure from the minimalist scents in favour at the time. There’s nothing subtle about this patchouli- drenched, cotton- candy- infused juice. ( The sweetness comes from ethyl maltol, which until then had only been used in the food industry.) It became— and remains— one of the bestselling fragrances in the world and has an enviable loyal fan base. Perfumer Olivier Cresp created the scent based on Thierry Mugler’s desire to have a fragrance that one would “feel like eating, gorging on.” Fragrance family: Oriental gourmand, which was a first in the industry. Celestial facet: Bergamot. Delicious facet: Red berries. Voluptuous facets: Patchouli and vanilla.
A L I EN
This scent, which was released in 2005, was affectionately described as a “stonking purple beast in a striking bottle” by noted perfume reviewers Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. Its signature jasmine and amber notes are bold, spiritual and sensual. Mugler told perfumers Laurent Bruyère and Dominique Ropion that he wanted a “strange and wonderful” fragrance. It reflected his continued desire to capture the beauty in being different. Alien Man, a seductive woody scent that was released this January, is also a reflection of this empowering sentiment. Fragrance family: Amber woody floral. Solar revelation: Sambac jasmine. Mysterious revelation: Cashmeran wood. Enveloping revelation note: White amber.
AU R A M UGL E R
Like a premonition or an aura, this fragrance, released in 2017, reveals itself in intriguing layers. Mugler told perfumers Marie Salamagne, Christophe Raynaud, Amandine Marie and Daphne Bugey that he wanted them to create a scent to celebrate a woman’s instinct and tap into her animal nature. “An aura is an uncontrollable magic, and the magnetism of the fragrance materializes it,” he explained. He chose a heart shape for the bottle because it’s a universal symbol and the colour green because it’s magical and optimistic. Fragrance family: Oriental floral carnal. Instinctive heart: Tiger liana. Floral hearts: Rhubarb leaf and orange blossom absolute. Animal hearts: Bourbon vanilla absolute and wolfwood.