Cos­mic Con­nec­tions

These dreamy, se­duc­tive scents will take you on your own starry ad­ven­ture.

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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.


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.


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.

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