30 Days of Scent 2.0, Day 4: Thierry Mugler Alien

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Today’s scent is Alien by Thierry Mugler, released in 2005. Like its precursor, Angel, Alien has become the scent that launched a thousand flankers, but for me, the original Alien is the classic. If you look at the breakdown of the notes–jasmine top, woody heart, amber base–it looks so simple, but it’s rich and elegant and unique. One thing to be aware of with the Mugler fragrances, though, is that they’re all very sensitive to skin chemistry. There’s no such thing as a safe blind buy with a Thierry Mugler scent.

An interesting thing about Alien is that it’s available in a refillable bottle, and some retailers will actually have a refill station for your bottles of Angel and Alien. It’s not something you find with very many scents, and I think it’s a lovely touch, encouraging people to A. stay with the scent for the long term and B. reuse the first bottle instead of wasting resources.

The jasmine in the opening has almost a grape-soda aspect, similar to the jasmine in Givenchy’s Ange Ou Demon Le Secret Elixir, but without the medicinal tang that turns LSE to Dimetapp on my skin. As the wood heart takes over, the scent becomes drier, leaving just a tinge of floral sweetness as the scent progresses. Four hours in, I’m left with a cloud of soft, sensual amber with a lingering trace of wood to keep it from being cloying.

This isn’t a scent for everyday wear–I’d use one of its flankers, such as Alien Aqua Chic or Alien Extraordinaire, for that–but for a special occasion when you want to stand out from the crowd. The initial projection is a bit loud, but it settles down to polite levels after a bit. On me, it’s a longevity beast, lasting a solid 8 hours on a good day. I have to say that the bottle shape is a bit strange, reminding me of Gonzo’s family members in Muppets From Space, but with a name like Alien, it’s clear that they were going for an otherworldly concept. It’s not their fault that my thought processes run more towards Muppets than Area 51 for it.

The technical stuff:

Released: 2005

Availability: department stores and specialty retail

Perfumers: Dominique Ropion and Laurent Bruyere

Overall rating: 9/10

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