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5 perfumes: flankers I like better than the original fragrance

Thierry Mugler Angel Liqueur de Parfum

We all complain about flankers, and they’re an easy mark: there are too many of them (really, WAY too many of them) and the general tendency of flankers, of course, is to dumb down, or sportify, or summer-ize, or oud-ify, or otherwise attenuate a possibly already less-than-marvelous pillar fragrance. But I’m sure I’m not the only one that has a few flankers I like better than the original. Here are my five picks,1 do share yours!

Tops on my list is Givenchy’s Organza Indecence. I never did care, either way, about Organza…

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Scallops in bubble gum

The scallops in bubble gum tasted a billion times better than you'd think, and thank you, Jean-Georges, for that. It also pretty much set the tone for the rest of the dinner. Next came a crunchy popcorn-encrusted salmon, lobster with piña colada bubbles, veal with bergamot, and—best of all—almond pudding that had no business being called pudding (unless, sorry, you love Snack Packs).

— Elizabeth Siegel of Allure attends a Scent Dinner hosted by Chandler Burr and inspired by Thierry Mugler Alien and its flankers. Read more at Here's What Happens When Chefs Reimagine Perfume as Food.