It smells like a synthetic scented green grape candy + a little hint of the air freshner "Forest". Eccentric alien. Cold. Not even romantic. Asocial and "radioactive" fragrance.
This is one of the strange scents out there. On my skin it turns to a medicinal, green, weird woody thing that is reminiscent of grape cough syryp. Very odd. The notes used in Alien are woody-ambers, florals, vanilla, green notes and orange blossom. If only it really smelled like all this on my skin, I'd be happy. The best thing about this fragrance is the packaging. I *adore* it! (it reminds me of the Vorlon encounter suits worn by Kosh on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, LOL). So unique.
I'm surprised that something with the name Alien smells so boring and ordinary. It's saccharine sweet and totally bland to my nose. It's not bad, but with that exotic name and Thierry Mugler's great reputation I was expecting more. You'd think wearing Alien you'd smell different from everybody else out there, but in fact the opposite is true.
First of all, the bottle is really beautiful. It looks like a faceted amethyst, and it's a beautiful deep purple colour. I always prefer perfumes that come in pretty bottles!
When you first spray this, it's really different. It's actually hard to describe the scent at first, sort of clean, warm and dry. It gets warmer and woodier after time, and smells fantastic. I wasn't sure whether I liked the scent at first, but once the top notes wore off I loved it.
Staying power is fantastic, and it's the sort of perfume that trails behind you, but not in an over-the-top way.
I probably wouldn't buy this again, but I'll definitely use the whole bottle.
Notes: Amber, woods, orange blossom, green notes and vanilla
Boyfriend: Hates it.
Perfume Obsessed Friends: Love it.
"Normal" friends: Don't hate it but don't like it either.
Lasting Power: Awesome
Comments while wearing:
"Whoa! I can't even taste my food anymore." - male friend
"You smell lovely!" - boss
Now Smell This (Robin) says: "It is not something I would wear, but I neither loved it nor hated it. I will say that it is more interesting than most of the designer releases this year."
Me? I would date it but I wouldn't marry it.
Hatchie matchie! I've been curious about Alien for a few years now; never cared for Angel much but do love florientals a great deal, and recently got a chance to sniff this at a Sephora. Alien and I are a good match: we're both strange initially but mellow out once you get to know us. On initial application it does have an odd synthetic smell, but literally 10 minutes later it's a spicy, dry, creamy goodness which lasts subtly all day. So far it has not given me a) a migraine or b) a rash, despite the fact that 90% of the scents I love give me one or both, usually violently and usually nearly immediately. 5 stars, arresting, strange, and yet wonderful at the same time. Not for the classic floral/gourmand lover, but worth a try if you're at all curious. EDIT: I did in fact get the mini and while I still like the fragrance, I HATE the mini bottle: it's impossible to get the correct amount out, given the nature of the stopper. Ugh. At any rate, I still really love this perfume, although with the really hot and sticky weather here I'm going to reserve it for fall/special event use: it can feel cloying when the air around you is still and oppressive. This is such a unique scent - worlds away from Angel!
I thought that this was tad masculine on my skin, but it smelled good and you only need to use a bit. It is definitely not for me, and it is quite strong, but my nose can detect some kind of flower. Just not sure of what it is. If you can pull this off, it will definitely make a good fall or winter scent.
i *hated* alien for a very long time - actually since a SA sprayed it on me a few years ago telling me it would smell so much better on skin then on the paper strip.
...well, it didnīt! it smelled absolutely awful, but extremely strong & it had an incredible lasting power (like most scents you want to get rid off asap...).
i never dared to sample it again because in my memory it was the most horrible scent ever created!
but then i read about alien eau luminescente & thought i should give it a try as it was said to be lighter than the original alien. i liked it immediately & now - after several weeks of wearing it - i thought i should be *brave* enough & give alien another chance.
iīm so glad i did! it smells completely different now than it did the last time. itīs still VERY potent, but gets all smooth & sexy instead of harsh & loud. i donīt even think of it as a jasmine frag, but more of an amber/flower mix which still has some freshness to it.
very unique & wonderful - if you didnīt like it at first, donīt hestitate to give it a second chance!
This is my #2 frag (JM Blue Agava/Cacao #1, HM Butterfly #2)
I went through 6 -yes six!- samples of this while begging my boyfriend to buy this for Cmas, then Vday, then finally got for my Bday (each time Alien got forgotten in lieu of another gift.) I always thought I hated jasmine, but once I smelled this, I was a fan.
I swear it smells a bit grapey at first, but that may just be the bottle color tricking my nose. Then the jasmine bursts out and grabs hold of me. Not in a headache-inducing way (and I get headaches from fumes pretty easily), but it's strong with great sillage. A little goes a looooooong way! I wear this out to smoke-free danceclubs and the bartenders have asked what I was wearing.
I love the bottle, the first time I saw it I told a friend it reminded me of a Vorlon. I usually go for very simple bottles (JM, HM) but I liked this one =) I got the refillable because I'm sure I'll be through this bottle by next birthday ;)