More Foody ‘Fumegasms’ – Thierry Mugler A*Men & Womanity Le Goût du Parfum Perfume Reviews

Le Gout du Parfum

Last week I tried, and raved about Thierry Mugler’s new Alien Le Goût du Parfum. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to try two more fragrances from the ultra-limited series; A*Men and Womanity (I haven’t had the chance to try Angel properly yet), so I thought I would do a quick follow up post on how they smell. Are you ready for another ‘Fumegasm’?

In case you missed it, the idea behind Le Goût du Parfum , as mentioned in my last post, is:

The concept behind Le Goût du Parfum (The Taste of Fragrance) is simple – take the already bold, and mostly gourmand structures of four Thierry Mugler scents (AngelAlienWomanity and A*Men) and add a ‘Taste Enhancer’ to each. Le Goût du Parfum creates “a genuine parallel between Haute Cuisine and Haute Parfumerie.” To achieve this parallel Mugler enlisted leading Michelin-starred chef Hélène Darroze to create an “entirely Muglerian Meal” based on these four new limited editions.

A*Men

The Notes

Top: Bergamot, Lavender, Coriander and Peppermint
Heart: Patchouli and Atlas Cedar
Base: Coffee, Stryax, Tonka and Musk [1]

Taste Enhancer: Red Chilli Pepper

How Does it Smell?

A*Men is what I would describe as an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ fragrance, it consists of a variety of notes that when joined together shouldn’t work but absolutely do. It’s also a ‘love-it-or-hate-it’ fragrance, some think it smells great, others would rather die than wear it. The nuclear strength and longevity don’t help either…

The Taste of Fragrance version of A*Men follows a long line of flankers, each of which changes the signature of the fragrance by focusing on or adding a particular note (i.e. Pure Coffee, Pure Malt and Pure Havane). This time Mugler has decided to add a note of Red Chilli Pepper.

The idea of chilli and chocolate is nothing new, so I’m not surprised to see it being used within the latest incarnation of A*Men. The opening blast is quite shocking, despite knowing that the chilli note was there I was quite taken aback. The chilli adds a sour, savoury yet almost liquorice vibe which is really unusual. The spicy, woody vibe of A*Men Le Goût du Parfum is reminiscent of Mugler’s other (sadly discontinued) masculine – B*Men.

The rest of the fragrance is very subdued for something that carries the A*Men name, the chilli rides on top of warm coffee and patchouli before laying back on a bed of warm tonka and vanilla. A*Men Le Goût du Parfum isn’t my favourite of the series BUT, I do think it will find many fans and it is probably my favourite of the A*Men incarnations, after Pure Coffee that is.

WomanityWomanity

The Notes

Top: Citrus Notes and Green Notes
Heart: Figs, Caviar Accord, Animal Notes and Aquatic Notes
Base: Fig Tree, Woodsy Notes, Oriental Notes and Sunny Notes [2]

Taste Enhancer: Fig Chutney

How Does it Smell?

I am naming this one ‘Womanity 2.0’ because it very much feels like an updated, refined version of the original Womanity. The original is a HUGE woody/fruity/aquatic/bready thing that feels very diffusive, and in true Mugler style – loud. What Mugler has done with Womanity Le Goût du Parfum is some serious perfume editing, focus has been put on tweaking the formula, taking out the bad bits and keeping the stuff that makes it great.

Interestingly, out of all of the Taste of Fragrance editions, Womanity is the one that is least different from the original scent but it’s the subtle difference that REALLY make it work. As mentioned above, it feels as if they’ve removed all of the harsh parts of Womanity and focused on the good stuff, namely the jammy fig note and the weird, bread-like ‘caviar’.

The fig in Womanity Le Goût du Parfum is much warmer and jammier than the original, gone is the intrusive, fresh aquaticness, and whilst I admire the original for being so damn unusual, I can’t help but feel that I prefer Womanity without those loud, diffusive aquatic notes. As ‘Womanity 2.0’ develops the fig gets warmer, and spicier. Yes that’s right, there is a lovely hint of spice to the fig chutney and it adds to Womanity’s savoury nature and the overall effect is simply glorious.

Another surprise, and yet another triumph from Mugler!

Availability

A*Men Le Goût du Parfum is available in 100ml and Womanity Le Goût du Parfum is available in 50ml Eau de Parfum, both for £50.

Disclaimer

This review is based on bottles of A*Men and Womanity Le Goût du Parfum provided by Thierry Mugler.

[1] & [2] osmoz.com

Image 1, 2 & 3 luxuryactivist.com

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