Holiday fragrance gifts 2014, part 8

As always, we have saved the luxury edition for last, and once again the items are listed in order from what-a-bargain to holy-cow-you’ve-got-to-be-kidding.

Thierry Mugler Alien Essence Absolue Crystal Collection

Starting off slow, from Thierry Mugler, Alien Essence Absolue in the Crystal Collection bottle: “Encrusted with Swarovski Crystals, the bewitching Alien nectar is captured inside an everlasting drop of gold that radiates a divine mystical energy. Alien Essence Absolue is a modern and decadent interpretation of Alien that will indulge the solar goddess in every woman.” 30 ml for $138 at Thierry Mugler

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Friday scent of the day 11/14

Georgia May Jagger for Thierry Mugler Angel

It’s L’Effet Angel Friday! Our community project for today: wear Thierry Mugler Angel, an Angel flanker or spawn of Angel (i.e., something influenced by Angel), with partial credit for wearing another Mugler fragrance. What fragrance did you choose?

I’m wearing Thierry Mugler Angel, the original Eau de Parfum, straight up. Admittedly, I’m wearing a tiny amount, applied with a q-tip.

It is a testament to Angel that this week’s project caused more upset than any we’ve done so far…

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Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Wood & Michael Kors for Men ~ fragrance reviews

Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Wood

Thierry Mugler launched A*Men Pure Wood1 last summer; it’s a limited edition that, according to my most-trusted Nordstrom perfume sales person, is selling fast. I was beginning to worry the A*Men “Pure” scents (among them A*Men Pure Energy, A*Men Pure Shot, A*Men Pure Havane, A*Men Pure Malt and A*Men Pure Coffee) were smelling too similar. A*Men Pure Wood stands apart from others in the “Pure” collection with its sweet/dense “oak” aroma, mingling with pungent cypress and woody vanilla and patchouli. Dare I say that my first impression of A*Men Pure Wood was: “Wow! It’s Chêne-sque!” …as in Serge Lutens; I want to try these perfumes side by side.

A*Men Pure Wood is a linear perfume, but it does not wear me out or bore me as the day progresses; in fact, I enjoy it more and more as time passes — it’s a comforting fragrance…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2014, part 23

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes collector items from Viktor & Rolf, Elie Saab, Thierry Mugler and Jill Stuart; and a new Eau de Toilette concentration of Tom Ford Grey Vetiver.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Swarovski Deluxe 2014

From Viktor & Rolf, Flowerbomb in the Swarovski Deluxe edition, featuring almost 3000 crystals. 100 ml Eau de Parfum, €2000…

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