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Thierry Mugler Aura: The Mugler I’ve Been Waiting For

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A new Mugler female fragrance is big news in perfume land. There have been flankers a plenty, but only three big ones since gamechanger Angel barged in and took over beauty counters in 1992: Alien, Womanity and this one: Aura.

It was in 1995 that I first tried Angel in the Harrods Perfume Hall, which seemed such a good place to try a Mugler for the first time that I did it again on Saturday.  I managed to sweet talk the lovely Sales Assistant in the Harrods Perfume Hall into not one but two samples of Aura.   Also, it provided brief respite from supercar spotting with my son in Knightsbridge.

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Aura has two brand new ingredients that were invented to fox bloggers and perhaps to ensure a lack of imitation.  When you think of how many big patchouli gourmands Angel inspired, it’s hard not to expect the same here.  However, Aura is not so easy to describe.

It opens with rhubarb and orange flowers.  I love rhubarb in fragrance.  If you have ever smelled Jour D’Hermes or Aedes de Venustas original then you will know how fabulous it can be.  It has a kind of  vegetal autumnal fruitiness that is perfect alongside the other ingredients in Aura.  The orange flower is to my nose, very girly and has facets of clean white soap alongside its typical white-flower headiness.

Photo by Mugler.Fr
Photo by Mugler.Fr

The two secret ingredients are Wolfwood from Firmenech (The flavour and fragrance  brand) and Tiger Liana, which  is totally going to be my stripper name if times get tough.

Tiger Liana alleges to be a smoky sugared almond note, but it’s hard to pick out a note I’m only guessing at, so in all honesty, I can’t tell you if it’s there or if my brain is putting it there .  I can pick out some wonderful dry, smoky woods, but I don’t know if its Wolfwood or just dry, smoky woods. In any case, the woody notes are there alongside the big. big orange flower, which I found to one of the most prominent notes in Aura.

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photo from Fragrantica

The strongest overall impression Aura gave me was one of huge, juicy leaves in a rainforest with added gourmand and floral facets that frame  this green scent for the modern palate.   Aura has a wonderful “wetness” note to it that smells as leafy as the bottle is green.

As for the vanilla bourbon, well I didn’t really notice that until the end of the day when the leafy footprints  had faded and left only a rich vanilla liqueur in its place.   Longevity, by the way, is excellent.  I wore two sprays from morning until night.

Of all the Muglers, this is my favourite.   I don’t think it will be the game changer Angel was, but I think it’s one of the most palatable of the Muglers and the turned-down volume of it will be a crowd pleaser.   As for the  chiselled green jewel of a bottle -it is a huge divine emerald, which, if it were real, would be unapologetically vulgar and would look great on my third finger.

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My verdict? This is my favourite Mugler, but not the best. The best one is Angel, but that’s not my favourite.

Further reading: Thomas Dunckley, aka The Candy Perfume Boy, is for me, the last word on Mugler.  Here’s his review of Aura, which, and I’m not just saying this, is better than mine.  Please don’t enter it in the Jasmine Awards Thomas. I’d like an outside chance next year.

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This launches on June 30th and will be widely available. You can currently pre order it from The Fragrance Shop UK.   You should be able to find it post launch  from John Lewis and Escentual to name but two.  The bottle is refillable, which I totally applaud in this wasteful day and age.

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Jour d’Hermes: Waiter, There’s Something in My Perfume!

 

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Whilst in my local House of Fraser today with dear friend Lisa Wordbird, she persuaded me to try a perfume she liked.  NB This is very easy to do and not difficult at all. I was proffering a naked wrist before the Sales Assistant got the lid off.

The scent in question was Jour D’Hermes and I obligingly glued my nose to my wrist, snorting away happily like a little perfume piggy. “Rhubarb!” I announced, offering Lisa my wrist (before she could agree. Poor Lisa!). She agreed, yes Rhubarb indeed.

Later, I arrived home and checked the notes on Fragrantica.  There’s no Rhubarb in this!  Waiter, there is Rhubarb in my perfume, but it doesn’t say so on the menu!

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lemonaday.com

Is this a complaint?  No, because Jean Claude Ellena was at the helm of this one and rather than Rhubarb Crumble, it is a beautiful watercolour of a stick of rhubarb fresh from a summer garden.

Here are the Top notes: (see if you can spot the rhubarb) Grapefruit, Lemon, Watery notes. Middle notes: Gardenia, Sweet Pea, Green notes and White flowers. Base notes: Musk and Woods.

Any Rhubarb?  No.  But maybe, as has happened before, the combination of the notes used causes a  sort of by product note in the juxtaposition. Sometimes two notes get it on and have a baby that smells like a third note, if I am making myself clear.

In any case, this is a very pleasant, rhubarby perfume , light as a watercolour painting, and with a faint hint of Kelly Caleche workings in the base, only greener.  It is really rather good, but it does illustrate a good point:  always try on skin.