When Angel by Thierry Mugler was released in 1992, the revolutionary scent featured Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel, Berries, Honey, and Bergamot with spicier base notes such as patchouli and sandalwood. The French designer’s goal was to create a fragrance from his childhood memories: images and delicious smells wafting from fun fairs and children’s parties. Angel became a fragrance in a unique category: oriental gourmand. The bold scent is fairly significant and it lasts on your skin, hair and clothes for hours. It is one of those very distinctive fragrances that is so distinctive, you can immediate recognize it when it’s on someone else.
Mugler followed with other variations of Angel, but the original is one of those modern classics that fans will never stop loving.
The designer has (finally!) just introduced Angel Les Parfum Corps for those who want to add different textures of the fragrance and layer it. The collection includes a shower gel, body exfoliant, body and hand cream, body lotion, body oil, hair mist and deodorant roll-on and spray. The collection is formulated to have the same intensity as the Angel Eau de Parfum, thanks to an exclusive, first-of-its-kind, patented technology called an “Intense Diffusion System,” which reactivates the fragrance throughout the day (with changes in your body temperature, light, and even when your clothing rubs against your skin).
I didn’t try all of the products in the line (they range from $25.00 for the hand cream and deodorant products, to $80.00 for the Perfuming Body Cream) but I did try three. The Perfuming Shower Gel $40.00 6.8 fl. oz. in a plastic bottle with silver spray diffuser top is an easy way to enjoy the scent. If you share a bathroom, don’t be surprised if after you start using the Angel Perfuming Shower Gel, your family asks you to shower first because you will enjoy the blue gel that turns into a moisturizing foam on contact with water as it infuses your skin with Angel scent. But the perfumed steam you enjoy will linger for a while longer –enough for the next person to use the bathroom, to enjoy it! Follow with the equally great, Perfuming Body Oil $45.00 6.8 fl. oz. also in a plastic bottle with silver spray diffuser top. The oil is completely non-greasy, but it’s quite moisturizing (especially if you apply it when you are still damp from a bath or shower). When you use this product to help deal with dry skin, it absorbs immediately, and all that’s left is a lingering scent of ANGEL and softer, smoother skin. Add another layer of luxury, moisture and Angel scent with the Perfuming Body Cream $80.00 6.9 fl. oz. It comes in a gorgeous jar (description below) and a tiny, light blue plastic spatula to keep your hands clean, and germs out. The rich cream is really luxurious, a true treat for all of your senses that will banish dry skin in the most lovely way imaginable.
In truth, I liked these products even better than the actual Angel fragrance because you can apply them with a generous hand and not end up turning heads with too much of the scent. The scent does stick with you, but since it is spread over a wider and less concentrated area than when you apply a perfume, I think it is nicer. You want the scent to envelop you, not overwhelm everyone else.
One of the things I really love about the products is the stunning packaging. Some of the fragrance bottles can be refilled, saving the cost, and being eco-conscious. Each of the “Perfuming” products arrive in a silvery and “Angel” light blue, cardboard outer carton, and a photo of the product on the back. Inside, the safe-for-the-bath plastic bottles are also light blue with silver touches, in a modern, just-have-to-touch rendition of the iconic, Angel star-shaped bottle.
My favorite presentation is the Perfuming Body Cream. It arrives in a deco-inspired, light blue plastic jar infused with genuine silver sparkle. It also features a large “hubcab” domed top, and around the rim, a ring of plastic that looks like a shooting star. A final, designer touch is Thierry Mugler’s signature on the entire range of products, etched across a metallic curve. Another “first” is Mugler’s commitment to authenticity. The new packaging boxes have a hologram that is so complicated it would be difficult to reproduce. This guarantees authenticity of the product from “knockoffs.” Not only can it be identified by the consumer but it can be ‘read’ at point of sale using a special security scanner. Adding to the luxury element is the the Thierry Mugler Circle, launched by Theirry Mugler when he launched Angel. A small card slipped into each box (printed on the top of the outer packaging for the Perfuming products) invites the bearer to join the brand’s inner circle with access to new launches, to the designer’s virtual world, and to open communication with the brand and a blog dedicated to Angel fragrance fans.
It goes without saying that any of these products, including the Angel fragrance, makes a very special and romantic gift.
ANGEL Les Parfums Corps line now at Nordstrom and will be offered at all other stores, mid-October.