In 1992 perfume history was made. Perfumers Olivier Cresp and Yves de Chiris collaborated on a fragrance and fashion designer Thierry Mugler released Angel
, which would become one of the best-selling perfumes in the world.
Bottled in star shaped flacon, legend has it that Thierry Mugler went to a fortune teller prior to becoming famous as a fashion designer. She looked at his palm and noticed the lines made a star shape. She advised him that if he were to incorporate this shape in all his designs, he would be world famous. He did as she advised him, paying attention to every detail including designing the bottle himself. Adored and worn by women of all ages, Angel did something no other perfume at that time had done: it united the fruity floral and the oriental gourmand into something utterly unique. Angel captures and combines pieces of sweet innocence and blends it with heady floral notes and glazes it with a delicious sweetness that makes a statement. This has gone on to become Thierry Mugler’s most popular scent. Not only in the Fragrance Industry itself (by way of sheer sales volume) but by the many variations such as 1999’s Angel Innocent, and the vetiver infused Angel Muse of 2016, which is the newest generation and blends the hazelnut cream candy floss of the original with vetiver…not patchouli. Angel Muse was said to be the first “vetiver gourmand” for women and composed by rising star Perfumer Quentin Bisch.
Thierry Angel A*Men was introduced in 1996, a gourmand targeted to men. The iconic star is embedded in the flacon and infused with everything from coffee, malt, and leather. In 2019 Thierry Mugler Angel Amen Ultimate cologne debuted and introduced citrus notes much loved by men into the scent.
In 2005 Thierry Mugler launched Alien, its second pillar perfume, with the only listed notes of Jasmine, Amber and Woody Cashmeran©. It took 13 years for the men’s version to hit the shelves. Interestingly, there is no jasmine (a key ingredient in 2005 Alien) but woods and amber are “listed” notes in MUGLER Alien Man.
Thierry Mugler Womanity, the third pillar in the portfolio was composed in 2010 and was unlike its predecessors Angel and Alien in so much as it was not only sweet, but savory and contained notes of “caviar” and fig that used a new molecular extraction technique. The bottle was cylindrical with with a molded metal abstract women’s face lending it a futuristic look.
Thierry Mugler Aura, is the newest of the core perfumes in the collection, but is the prequel. Thierry Mugler once dreamed he would create a fragrance named Aura. He is the visionary behind Aura, and stated in 2016 that it was the genesis of all his other fragrances. The brilliantly faceted green flacon is the universal symbol common to all living things – the heart. The name starts with an “A” just as Mugler predecessors Angel, A*men, and Alien. Now the path diverges. It took four perfumers to create Aura which uses two unusual ingredients Tiger Liana© and Wolfs Wood©. Tiger Liana is found in traditional Chinese medicine which has both sweet and dusty-smoke facets, and Wolfs Wood provides a dry patchouli/cedar-woody vibe with a scintilla of something a bit sensual and a hint of oud.
Iconic scents are ones that stand the test of time, and bring new and unusual combinations to the table. Thierry Mugler Angel, Angel Amen, Alien, Womanity and Aura all are uniquely Thierry Mugler and instantly recognizable.