Thierry Mugler launched Cologne, his third fragrance, in 2001. Mugler reportedly wanted to recreate the smell of skin after using a certain soap that he had brought back from a trip to Morocco; Cologne was developed by nose Alberto Morillas and features notes of bergamot, neroli, petitgrain, orange blossom, white musk, and a secret, trademarked note called "S".*
Cologne starts with sharp green notes and citrus, and quickly settles into a soapy-clean scent. A bit of green remains, and it is very fresh and crisp, with light undertones of orange blossom and wood. Once the sharpness of the top notes fades, it is basically linear, and the lasting power is very good although it stays relatively close to the skin.
I have never really understood the appeal of very clean, fresh and soapy scents; it seems as though you could approximate the same effect by just showering and putting on clean clothes. But Cologne has a subtle kick, just a little tinge of something spicy-earthy, almost like vetiver, that makes it worth wearing. It is a great fragrance for hot, humid days when even your lightest Eau d'Ete seems like too much, or when you are just frankly tired of all your other perfumes. And, I would add, I find it very sexy.
Thierry Mugler Cologne is available at most department stores and at many of the online discounters. Scentiments currently has a 2.6 oz bottle for $26.89.
* Update: you can read more about the S note at Sorcery of Scent.