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What makes Angel a game-changer? These things don’t just happen willy-nilly. Angel was created by Olivier Cresp, working with Vera Strubi and Yves de Chirin and  the creative direction of Thierry Mugler. Asked why he thought Angel became so successful in an interview on, Olivier Cresp responded: "Because it was weird, it was completely different."
Angel has a lot of notes. In traditional dry-down mode - top, middle, bottom notes - it should work like this: start with fruity-candy sweet, move into floral-fruity sweet, and end with warm candy-foody sweet accords. That’s not how Angel works. It’s described on the Mugler website as being inspired by the duality in all women – “part childlike innocence, part sophistication and glamour”. That duality is obvious right from the first sniffs, and is part of the weirdness, the brash originality that made Angel so controversial when it was launched, and it’s also what made me an Angel lover. I’d never smelled anything like it.
At the top, I smell tart fruits, but they seem mixed with something sour, almost rank, which certainly gets my attention. Next are sweet notes   – I see images of pink cotton-candy and golden honey with melting dark chocolate – and then dark herbal patchouli, which I love, comes up very loud and very clear. The strong patchouli is softened by vanilla and caramel as Angel moves into the heart, becoming smooth and almost dreamy, and well, delicious – not edible, just a really delicious SMELL! At this point, you could call Angel a gourmand scent – sweet with and herbal twist, feminine and girly-soft.
But it changes as it dries down, and this is the duality that the website refers to, the spark of genius that has made it a classic. Patchouli comes up again, and mixes with dark bitter chocolate to transform Angel from a romantic girlish scent into a full-fledged femme fatale. Dark vanilla, tonka and patchouli make the long dry-down of Angel seductive and compelling – full and rich, but still with hints of the lighter fruits and florals which keep its waft so weirdly interesting. Once you experience the full dry-down of Angel, you will remember it always. The dark herbal soft scent on clothing and bedding the next day is divine.
Angel is loud and soft, bright and dark, sweet and sour, light and heavy, weird and comforting, feminine and masculine – it’s loaded with contrasts and opposites. This is what makes it different, this is its brilliance, and what has made it a modern classic.  If you’ve never tried Angel on your own skin, and experienced its magic, it’s about time you did. Use a single spritz.
Notes: melon, coconut, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, bergamot and cotton candy; middle notes are honey, apricot, blackberry, plum, orchid, peach, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, red berries and rose; base notes are tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla, dark chocolate and caramel.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Olivier Cresp, with Yves de Chirin

Price: $5.00