A L I E N // 👽// Mugler
Last week I went along to the wonderful @perfumeldn meet up, where the special guests this week were @thecandyperfumeboy and @nickrgilbert from FumeChat. They were recording a Battle of the Bottles episode and the theme was 'Best Department Store Launches of the New Millennium.' With over 2000 launches a year (and counting!) let it not be said that the FumeChat boys don't like a challenge! One of the contenders was Alien and when I smelled it on the blotter, I was again completely captivated by its OTT it-shouldn't-be-this-loud-but-I-love-it genius.
Created by my favourite perfumer (well, at least the one whose creations I have the most affinity to) Dominique Ropion and Laurent Bruyere, it is an unapologetic ode to jasmine. Labelled by Thomas as an 'intergalactic jasmine', I fell hook, line and sinker for its otherworldly charm; it is strange and utterly beguiling. This jasmine is BIG. Forget the lightly carried on the breeze kind of jasmine you're used to, Alien's solar jasmine is vivid, undulating, bold and unashamedly crude, like burying your nose deep into its fleshy petals. Such an overt fragrance can be hard to wear and initially, Alien can probably be smelled by anyone within 10-mile radius of the wearer. Approach with caution, or just do what I do and let yourself be pulled into its orbit.
All good things must come to an end, and when the jasmine in Alien burns out, it is supported by the beautiful softer, woody facets of cashmeran and a cozy amber in the base.
Alien will always be one of my kryptonite fragrances, it still manages to make me weak at the knees and it's firmly in my top fragrances EVER, let alone in the new millennium.
I had so much fun painting this Divine Edition!
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