YAaAASSS!!!! These reviews?FASCINATING. and the people who hate it seem to LOVE hating it, which is the hallmark of art.
The house of Mugler isn't known for generic, safe fragrance for basics, so that should have been your first tipoff right there, peeps.
I am a fragrance ho. I have all kinds. Expensive, like Bond No.9,Tom Ford,Maison Margiela, and cheap, like Fantasy,Mariah Carey,VS. I like most of the categories of perfume, with the exception of the huge aldehydes like No.5.
Angel, Alien and Womanity are all famous for requiring a certain chemistry to pull them off. Angel is infamous for its armpit note on the wrong person. Womanity is infamous for its 'dirty lady parts' note, supposedly. None should be blind bought unless you are wealthy enough not to care if it's incompatible with your skin.
Personally I love all three of the major Mugler pieces, because they all like me. I get no pit stank from Angel. She is beautiful for me. Alien? Garners compliments from strangers almost every wearing. She is beautiful for me. I get no hoo-ha stank from Womanity, though it IS intimate enough I only wear her mostly at home. She is beautiful too.
I think every person here who said caviar is fishy has never encountered actual caviar and just assuming fish product must smell fishy. Caviar smells nothing like that. It doesn't taste fishy either unless perhaps spoiled/old. It is possible the bottle you smelled was spoiled/old which CAN drastically stank up frags. Or you just have REALLY unfortunate body chemistry, in which case I'm sorry cause you miss out on nice things.
I chalk some of the comments to simple youthful ignorance...there's a legion of young ladies who just have never had anything but Daisy and Juicy and Bieber and hopefully with age will come to new vistas. I mean, I didn't like avocados or asparagus till like, twenty-six. My palate was childish for a long time. Now it's not.
Some of the others must be due to extremely unlucky chemistry. Yikes. Well, stick to what your skin will tolerate, but know that it's YOU plus the frag, not the frag in and of itself.
On me, I hate the first ten minutes of Womanity. It is straight metal, like chewing on a zipper or a coin, or licking a battery, if you ever did that. Angry and cold!
But after that it gets salty and almost meaty, but sweet at the same time. It's a savory gourmand, which is uncommon (in America anyway) and confuses us.
It's fine! You know, we are the only ones who think we have to smell like soap and fluffy towels and flowers all the time or else we are dirty.
You can be clean and not smell like soap! No one is secretly judging you! This fragrance recreates the scent of a clean person's skin who has been in the sea and the sun.
The REAL sea, NOT the aquatic notes we associate with oceanic perfumes and candles. Real, living salt water.
This is an extremely European/Asian scent to me. It is not the American or Canadian or British shoreline. It is a Greek grotto, a Middle Eastern shore where small pools of warm water and seaweed sing to a fig tree growing close by. It's an Agean shore somewhere, salt water and fresh seaweed kissing rocks...maybe the wet rocks are that metallic note. There is a beautiful woman...not a timid girl, a woman who has curves and doesn't know she's supposed to be ashamed of her body...walking around in the water swishing her fingertips in the waves while the water melts her gown onto her shape. The sun is warming the salt onto her skin and the sea is so happy to see a Venus again even if only for an hour.
So IF this fragrance suggests lady parts, it is clean, natural lady parts, which are not fish-stanky unless you have an infection, in which case get thee to a clinic. But I will allow that this does contain a suggestion of a clean woman, and again, only in America do we have SUCH a hangup about being what we were made. It is not dirty. It drives the man in my life NUTS like it's loaded with pheromones. Hey, bonus for both of us!
I don't wear it out and about often because I don't want to get my goddess on at the grocery store. But I do now and then. No one has ever sidled away from me or made a face when they thought I wasn't looking, and I did look hard because of the epic controversy of this fragrance.
The only drawback for me is price for longevity. It is not a sillage beast for me. It stays VERY close to me (fine) and in three hours, gone (not fine). So it's expensive for frequency of refilling it. Sad face. (LOVE that it is refillable though the bottle top is very HR Giger and therefore disturbing to me; I admire Giger's work but I don't know if that vibe is right for perfume...are women THAT scary to you, Thierry...?)
But I would totally buy again, and have.
I applaud the taking of chances. I like basic frags, the Marc Jacobs Daisies and the Pink Sugars, but there is a place for strange, thoughtful unicorns too. Come on! We always say we're tired of seeing the same movie over and over again because Hollywood won't take a risk. Why do you think they do it? Because everyone goes to see Avengers movies, so you get seventeen Avengers movies and the little guy with the great script and the great unknown cast goes home with nothing. Mugler is making scents that are not for everyone, the art pieces. It's not Coco Mademoiselle or Glow, no. I want all the options available. I want niche art too. Even art I can't enjoy, I want it to exist and want people who have the vision to do it to exist. Thank you to the house of Mugler for being willing to walk the un-basic path.
(that's why, though, you shouldn't be secretive when someone asks about it because you want a signature secret. You realize they have to sell a certain amount to justify it, right? Tell anybody who wants her who she is! Unless you plan on personally buying enough to keep Mugler in business we need people to buy so it doesn't go away. That's just basic economics.)
(this is a modification of my fragrantica review)