Alien Taste of Fragrance: Thierry Mugler 2011

Hi Hi Hi APJ Crew,

I hope this finds you all happy and well. Some time ago I grabbed a few unloved bottles from Birgit at Olfactoria’s Travels. Every now and then she clears out some of her wardrobe to make way for new loves. I really love the Alien line, the Aqua Chic was a bit crap, and the Sunessence and Amber ones are particularly excellent on my skin though I don’t have bottles of either of them. I tried a buddies Taste and fell deeply in love but by then it had disappeared from our stores and hadn’t made it to the discounters yet, so right time, right place…

Alien Taste of Fragrance: Thierry Mugler 2011

Alien Le Gôut du Parfum: Salted Butter Caramel

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Sambac jasmine, caramel
Heart: Cashmere wood, solar notes
Base: White amber

OsMoz gives these featured accords:
Top: Citrus, spices
Heart: Jasmine, caramel
Base: Cashmeran, Amber

So, um, SALTED BUTTER CARAMEL!! Oh My Freaking Gawd! You had me at hello. Whenever I spritz Alien Taste of Fragrance instantly that hit of Salted Caramel Macaroons (which are Jin’s specialty, you can not even imagine how divinely delicious) makes me smile and my mouth water in remembrance. Just like the macaroons the whole experience is so good that it borders on overkill. No surprise there, Mugler is famous for pushing the boundaries as far as he can and then pushing some more.

Almost every time I wear Alien Taste of Fragrance a couple of people ask what it is and I have also had one Trivia mate that I know of go and buy a bottle. You know how some fragrances feel like they are made for you from the very first moment? That is how Alien Taste of Fragrance wears on me. It’s like a warm, sweet, comfortable jumper and filled with the kind of fun that only old friends can bring, fun that comes of knowledge.

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How does Alien Taste of Fragrance smell on me? Well, all the notes are present but I get some extras. After the initial caramel and spice opening I get a lovely creaminess, like the cream part of a Strawberry & Cream lolly. Fresh cream whipped with vanilla and sugar, yum. Then everything proceeds with more caramel and here I get the salt but not like salt, more a nod to where salt should be but through all this I get a very animalic, slightly urinous honey: this mixed with the caramel is utterly startling but fits perfectly into the fragrance and it lasts for quite a while. The amber is smooth a still sweet but there is a very manly, sweaty undercurrent in the dry down of Alien Taste of Fragrance that is both gorgeous and disgusting. Sometimes I have to check to make sure I’m not a sweaty mess.

Sillage is awesome for the first 2-3 hours, with good projection for that long too. I have to be careful not to overspray Alien Taste of Fragrance because it can become completely overbearing even for me. Lifespan can be up to 8 hours depending, this is one fragrance where an amber-ish lotion will give you far greater longevity. Using Halle by Halle Berry body lotion means that I will smell great until lunchtime tomorrow. For work? Keep the spritzes to a minimum, maybe just one on your chest so you can enjoy the magic.

I think I will finish my Birgit bottle fairly soon, that’s how much I’m loving it.

Further reading: Perfume Candy Boy and Katie Puckrik Smells
Beauty Encounter has $42/30ml tester
Surrender To Chance has $5/.5ml

So, are you a fan? Did you try the Alien Taste of Fragrance? Was it all you hoped?
Portia xx

22 comments on “Alien Taste of Fragrance: Thierry Mugler 2011

  1. Tara says:

    Sounds like Birgit’s bottle found its perfect home. I bet you smell divine.

    Isn’t it great when you get fragrance compliments? Having people buy the same one is probably the biggest compliment you can get.

    BTW Does Jin make salted caramel macaroons? If so – WOW!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey there Tara, Great to see you.
      Yes, Jin makes Salted Caramel Macaroons. They are so ridiculously wow and when you come to Sydney I will put him to work making them for you.
      A fragrant compliment is always a surprise. It’s not something people notice so much so when they do I am extra chuffed.
      How lucky are we to have Birgit, in so many ways.
      Portia xx

      • Tara says:

        We are lucky indeed!

        I am ultra impressed with Jin’s cooking skills. I hear macaroons are tricky to make.

        Hopefully I will get to sample his culinary creations one day.

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Yes, once you’ve done your Europe trip we can start talking Australia.
        Jin is a man full of good surprises.
        Portia xx

  2. Azar says:

    Hi Portia,

    Thanks for this review. I have been wondering about this one. I’m going to try to track down the best deal I can find.

    Azar xx

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Azar,
      I love it. Also, on my skin it lasts over 6 hours.
      Portia xx

      • Azar says:

        Hi Portia,
        In my late night rambles I found a super deal on Alien Taste of Fragrance and bought 30 ml blindly. So happy I did. Thank you, Portia.
        Azar xx

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        NAUGHTY!! But great buy. I love it so much and I hope you do too. Should you hate it, there’s always a fan you can offload it to.
        Portia xx

  3. Tara C says:

    Sounded great until we got to the urinous and sweaty comments, LOL. 🙂 Glad you are enjoying it! My sweet indulgence is Pink Sugar and Prada Candy.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      He He He! I have not yet smelled Pink Sugar on my skin but I quite liked Prada Candy if I remember rightly. That ends up in a lovely, gooey, caramel dry down, yes?
      Portia xx

  4. I tried this the other day and it definitely lasted about 10 hours on me. I liked it up to a certain point then I couldn’t bare the ammonia like smell stuck on my skin… I’m so glad you liked it though. 🙂
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi there ThinkingMagpie,
      I could see how this one could turn a little ammonia and is you’re sensitive to it, stay that way.
      Portia xx

  5. RuthF says:

    I desperately want to love one of the Aliens as I absolutely love the bottles, but they just don’t work on me, my mum is a huge fan so I suppose I can admire her bottles when I visit! I don’t think I ever tried this one but I suspect it wouldn’t be my cup of tea either.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey RuthF,
      He really knows how to package his frags, I love that all the bottles push the design boundaries. Did you ever try the Sunessences? Or if you like aquatic sugar the AquaChic (which was a mess on me)may be your bag, it comes in a glittery version of the bottle in pink/lilac
      Portia x

  6. poodle says:

    I love Mugler perfumes. Alien is a favorite. I always try to find the flankers but my stores must not be big enough because I very rarely see any of them on the counter. The only one I was able to track down was the leather one and they didn’t have that for long either. I need to get a sample of this. I’m on a sugar kick with my perfumes lately. I think it’s because I’m trying to lose weight so since I’m not eating as much sugar I need to get my fix elsewhere.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Interesting Poodle.
      Which other sugar confections are you trying?
      I never saw the flankers here but I wasn’t looking until it was too late.
      Portia xx

  7. Sandra says:

    Hi Portia! Never did try this one. You sure do make me sorry that I missed it. Sounds scrumptious. Xo

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      YOU are scrumptious Sandra, this is just a lovely fragrance. I bet it would smell so good on you.
      Portia xx

  8. Natalie says:

    I liked the idea behind this fragrance, and your description does it full justice. I have the Angel in this line, and would have bought the A*Men if Mr. APB would have worn it. Definitely a standout from the Mugler team.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Great to see you Natalie,
      Thank you. XX
      Angel still scares me in most of its formulations, silly I know.
      Portia xx

  9. Daisy says:

    This sounds delicious. I missed this whole series and am kicking myself for it. In any case, it was wonderful to read a review!
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Never fear Daisy,
      There will be a new set of flankers any minute now. I’m sure Mr Mugler won’t let another 12 months go by without having a new fun tweak.
      Portia xx

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