/in my defense, I had knee surgery today. OMG ouch. So I'm locked into bed, higher than a kite on pain meds, and bored. What better to do than write long reviews on MUA? If you don't like very long, overly wordy, kinda funny reviews...then skip this one/
Angel....quite possibly the most polarizing perfume on the planet. My perceptions - at length - are to follow.
This perfume makes me smell like a whore. There, I've gone and said it. Right out loud out with my inside voice. A refined, high-class, "You couldn't begin to think to afford me" whore...with long legs and beautiful curly hair and expertly applied makeup and custom-tailored clothing. But still a whore. But better yet, it makes me FEEL like a whore.
Which, when you are married, is a good thing. Let me explain. Hubby gave me his usual Gallic shrug when I asked him how he likes it, but a curious thing happens about twenty minutes after I put it on...he gets...uhmm..."handsy" and touchy-feely and starts following me around and giving me random kisses and whatnot. Since I am married to a man who isn't really hands-on, so to speak, this is remarkable. I don't think he knows that it's working on his little reptile primitive brain, but it hooks him through the nose and makes him my slave...for a time.
Very, VERY strong when first applied...a blast of sweet chocolate, bitter vanilla (I know, it sounds weird) and to me what smells like a powdery toffee mix with a tiny hint of salt. After about 20 minutes, a light, non-earthy patchouli peeks through, entwined with a wispy mild sour-ish fruit (blackberries? Currants?). Hubby hates patchouli in any earthy/hippie form (he says it smells like dirt), but this is a brighter, greener, cleaner patchouli. Like the leaves, not the bark. I get no B.O., dirt, blood, semen, or any bitter metallic tang (exception noted below).
After a few hours, this wildly riotous combo softens down to traces of all the above, but melded into a non-foody, non-edible food scent. Non-edible food scent? Yes. Sweet, rounded, caramel-like, scrumptious cloud...but doesn't make you want to eat anything. Just smells...deliciously delicious. Nom nom nom.
I should note...I have whiffed Angel on random women and wanted to smack them upside the head for wearing such a discordant scent out in public. On some body chemistries, it is a shockingly unpleasant acrid mix, like baby powder poured onto vomit. That's gross, I know.
Then on other women, I want to nuzzle my head into the side of their neck and gobble them up in a (mostly) non-lesbian way. (tee hee)
This scent is ABSOLUTELY dependent upon your chemistry. I have approached probably a total of ten friends and family, the likes of which WILL tell you if a perfume compliments you or leaves your reputation hanging in shreds and tatters...male and female, they prononced Angel a success on my skin. Get a tester, as it's rather expensive, test it out on different friends and family at different stages in of drydown (and don't punish them for telling you what may be an unpleasant truth, please). Then proceed from there.
A few tips...tester. Friends and family. Tell them to be absolutely honest. This could be an investment of a tidy little sum of money.. If that works and they pronouce it a go, MIND THE DAMN SILLAGE. This stuff is even more potent than Donna Karan's Be Delicious Night, which I didn't think was possible. ONE SHOT. ONE SHOT. ONE SHOT ONLY. Cleavage is best...if you don't like anointing your bewbs, then the back of your neck. Either way will allow the scent to warm and waft up. Don't you DARE bruise this scent by rubbing wrists together. It will change if you do that. It goes very metallic and sharp. I tried it. Then washed it off. Then reapplied it properly.
Even if it's da-bomb sexy, you do not need people in Singapore and Bhutan smelling you. Your nose will become anosmic to it over the day. Don't reapply. It's there until tomorrow, I promise. Even on "suck up every trace of scent after half an hour" dry-ass skin like mine. I love. You may hate. The only way to know is to try it and see.
Worst perfume I've smelled in my life, literally makes me dry barf. Old lady/sickly/too sweet smelling. Just nasty.
EWWW DISGUSTING! stinky lady is all I can say!
I have been wearing this for 15 years, love it, big fan of the gourmand trend that this scent started. I know it is a polarizing fragrance, people either love it or hate it. It smells great on me & my husband loves it. Every fragrance smells different on different people, I say give this one a try! I especially love the recycling approach that designer Thierry Mugler has...you bring your empty in to a Nordstrom and they refill it for you. No more beautiful empty perfume bottles thrown in the trash! genius, continued >>
I got a sample yesterday with a Sephora shipment and I was so excited to try it. I know there are tons of women that love this perfume. I am a Flower Bomb addict! If you read those reviews it's the same, either you love it or you hate it. That said, Angel smells like I just sprayed a bottle of nasty body odor on myself. I could not believe how bad this smelled on me although someone I work with actually said I smelled good. LOL. It's so crazy how perfume smells different on people. The dry down was actually not that bad and the scent does last. There is nothing worse than a perfume that you can't smell on yourself...for me that is Light Blue and Vera Wang Love Struck. I can't smell these the minute after I spray them. I am going to try the sample again tomorrow just in case!
It's just one of those things you either love or hate. I happen to love it! I found this for the first time while on vacation. We were in FL and the lady beside me at dinner was wearing it. I fell in love. I will admit that the eau de parfum can be a little overpowering at first spritz....but after the drydown it becomes this nice and warm scent. Perfect for a date night.
Rewind - - - pushing my baby in a stroller through a department store perfume floor in Sydney in the early 1990's - - -something BLUE in my way ahead, WTF, perfume is NOT blue, hrmmmpph, some gimmick, what is the world coming to etc. Oooooooooohhhh m g. Its perfect, its art, who invented THIS...I LOOOOVE it. Hang on its too young for the Mitsouko=wearing me. Oh heck, my daughter will need perfume soon, I'll buy it for her!
I must have this in the house, I must be able to go and smell it if the need arises. Truly monumental and magnificent, well deserving it's pedestal in the perfume hall of fame!
I want to like this so desperatly, specially when I go through the notes of caramel vanilla chocolate and all the things I would basically love on a perfume. I have tried it a dozen times I want to like It!!!! on me it doesnt smell like anything yummy it smells like sweaty arm pit.... I have tried to wait for the drydown...and still after 40 minutes I still get arm pit , too bad just guess it is not for me gave me a hedache too!!!!!
I would desribe the scent as the one of a 50 year old man who has danced the night away in a sweaty ballroom :D PURE ARM PIT TO ME
i wore this in high school after smelling a woman in a dept store who had this on and wildly running around trying to track down the exact scent... i thought i was a genius for finally discovering that it was, in fact, angel and asked for it for christmas that year. looking back, can't believe i ever wore it. i haven't smelled it in over ten years but the sickly sweet, heavy scent has been burned into my nostrils.