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 ;)
Some people think this is headache in a bottle.
i agree ..... if you only spray it on a parfume card.
But if you put a little drop on your wrists and neck :
it smells very softly but somehow strange ..
i like it.
like rose, heliotrope, vanilla and a flower of another planet. LOL but thatīs what it smells like IMO.
No likey..headache in a bottle and I'm usually not one to get them from fragrances. Something about this fragrance conjures up bad emotions and just made me feel bad. (go figure!) I find it to be a just on the surface and shallow scent and I'm a lover of warm and deep scents.
I got a sample of this Alien when I purchased Angel and Angel is definately the winner.
maybe I'll try it again oneday and see if I feel the same.
I love this even more than Angel, which I adore. Where I find Angel slightly masculine (in a good way) on my skin, Alien is all woman. A gorgeous, sexy, mysterious scent that is like pure magic when it touches my flesh. The bottle is amongst the most unique I've ever come across. Depending on how you look at it, it either looks like a precious gem or an alien. And the lasting power of this perfume is insane: I put it on before I go to work, and I'm still getting compliments on it 7 hours later! This perfume only improves as the day goes on. My new HG scent, without a doubt. And every time someone asks what I'm wearing and I tell them "Alien", I never tire of the weird look I get. Oh, and you won't smell like every other woman out there because it isn't a well-known scent, a definite plus for those (like me) who like to stand out.
i just receive the sample that i've bought from ebay today,wow first spritz i dont like it..smell is sharp like an old lady...
Hmm, it smells a bit masculine on me, i prefer feminine/fruity/floral & gaurmound scents, so this one isnt for me.
But if your the type that craves attention, or likes being the center of attention try it!! it lasts a good 4-5 hours on my skin, thats why i only give it one lippie but thats not necessarily a good thing tho.
i wouldnt buy it or anything, but if i got it as a gift i'd keep the strikingly unusual bottle on my vanity!
edit:Okay the first time i spritzed it on my self i think i sprayed a bit too much when i first reviewd this fragrance. i tried just ONE SPRITZED about an inch away from my first and it doesnt smell masculine on me anymore like i have said it did before.(i probably sprayed on too much before) it smells very feminine and pretty....kind of reminds me of stella by stella mcartney except they have theire differences! im starting to reallly like this one because it's a unique fragrance unlike others.
How on earth did I miss this and shame on me for never letting it develope when I did sample it! That was about 2 years ago when I was in Las Vegas in about 100 degree temps. I remember that cab ride back to the hotel...the cabby kept commenting on how beautiful my perfume was and I just dodged the compliments because I was embarrased by how I smelled! When I first tried Alien, there was a note that seemed medicinal to me. I didn't want to try too hard to convince mysef in liking it and quickly dismissed it...never to return until recently. My curiousity stirred this past week when I spotted the limited edition of Alien in the gorgeous amber bottle. What a tease..as Nordies was previewing the fragrance but had not received their shipment, so my attention turned to the original EDP. I agree, it is gorgeous and very very sensual. I am happy to have found a soft woody oriental frangrance that isn't too sweet (Flowerbomb) or lacking sensual notes (Kenzo Amour). Alien is what I wanted Allure Sensuelle to be. Though I appreciate Allure Sensuelle, it is just a bit too serious for me. The softness of Alien reminds me of one of my favorites from about 6 years ago, Versace Women. Have any of you seen the .33 oz refillable purse spray? It's a pretty little bottle. EDIT: I've been wearing this for about a week. What I find interesting is that if you look at the boards it seems to have a love/hate reaction...I've experienced both. Maybe since it has new ingredients that we aren't use to, our first impressions are that it just screams. The drydown is very very soft...almost like vanilla but not overly sweet. I find Angel to be much louder.