Death by Chocolate – Thierry Mugler Angel Le Goût du Parfum Perfume Review

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“This may be death by chocolate but what a way to go…”

Thierry Mugler’s latest collection of limited editions ‘Le Goût du Parfum’ (The Taste of Fragrance) has proved to be one of the best collection of flankers ever released, Mugler has taken the signature of four of his perfumes (Angel, Alien, A*Men and Womanity) and has added a taste enhancer that either adds or amplifies a gourmand facet, this is where haute cuisine meets haute perfumery.

For more on the series please click here.

Angel is Thierry Mugler’s flagship fragrance, she is already infamous for being the first gourmand oriental and one of the first perfumes to use a chocolate note. For Angel Le Goût du Parfum, Mugler has used a taste enhancer of pure cocoa powder (what else?) to emphasise the chocolate notes, the end result promises to be “more gourmand than gourmand” [1] – and it is!

Angel Le Goût du Parfum is a worthy addition to the Angel lineage and whilst it doesn’t replace the original, it does fill a particular void in my collection – a true chocolate fragrance.

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The Notes

Top: Bergamot and Mandarin
Heart: Passion Fruit, Peach and Apricot
Base: Patchouli, Vanilla, Chocolate and Caramel [2]

Taste Enhancer: Pure Cocoa Powder

How Does it Smell?

The first spritz of Angel Le Goût du Parfum leads you to believe that nothing has changed, Angel’s signature opening of berries, white flowers and chocolate arrives in exactly the same way you expect it too. The difference comes about two or three minutes in when out of nowhere the chocolate becomes a hyper-chocolate, fuller, richer, more bitter and amazingly edible. Angel takes on the roll of a chocolate truffle rolled around in bitter chocolate powder.

The chocolate powder fades slightly into the background after a while, but it’s still there, and Angel continues to do what she does best – mix the masculine with the feminine. There are still some subtle differences in the heart, there seems to have been a degree of ‘fine tuning’ and Angel’s slightly rougher bits (which I don’t think are bad at all) have been softened and developed to work perfectly with the cocoa powder.

In the original Angel, patchouli dominates, but here there seems to be more of an equilibrium between the patchouli and the chocolate. I called this review ‘Death by Chocolate’ because this Angel is really chocolatey, and I mean REALLY chocolatey, so chocolatey in fact that you really do want to eat it. It seems obvious for Mugler to amplify the chocolate note in Angel, but it does make sense, the chocolate in the original was noticeable but it wasn’t the main player, here it is allowed to take over and bathes you in its warm, cocoa goodness. This may be ‘Death by Chocolate’ but what a way to go…

Other reviews in the Le Goût du Parfum series: Alien, A*Men and Womanity and reviews of Angel EDP and Angel EDT.

Availability

Angel Le Goût du Parfum is available in 35ml non-refillable Eau de Parfum for £42.

Disclaimer

This review is based on a bottle of Angel Le Goût du Parfum from my own personal collection.

[1] thierrymugler.com

[2] osmoz.com

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31 thoughts on “Death by Chocolate – Thierry Mugler Angel Le Goût du Parfum Perfume Review

  1. “Angel takes on the roll of a chocolate truffle rolled around in bitter chocolate powder.”

    This is the perfect description! It’s not a straight chocolate scent compared to say Chocolovers or Chocolate Greedy, and you can near enough taste the powder.

  2. Great now I’m starving!! I’m really curious to try this one. I like the idea of an amplified chocolate note and a part of me wants it to be more bitter than cloying. It’s not cloying is it?

    • Liam, it was absolutely more bitter than cloying. In my crazy diet days I ate baking chocolate (fewer calories) and the cocoa note in this new Angel smelled very much like that tasted.

      • Wow Ari, that sounds like something delicious indeed, the smell of the taste of baking chocolate… Might have to enquire further…

  3. I thought the cocoa was a great addition, but sadly it was still a little too Angel-y for me! Angel is an extremely distinctive fragrance, and it smells great, but I can’t lie- it terrifies me a little.

    • I think you have a valid point there, this one is going to convince anyone who dislikes Angel, she is still there in all of her ‘Drag Queen’ glory, it just so happens that this time she’s covered in chocolate body paint.

  4. I tried this last week and found it too Angel-y AND too chocolate-y, as I only like quite weedy milk and white stuff. It would be impressive for anyone who likes their chocolate as it comes, though! I also retried Musc Maori and completely got the Nesquik thing though decided this was too “pantry trashy” for an august line like PG!

  5. I wore this new flanker side-by-side with the original Angel and I have to say that I can smell any difference in those two during the first 20-25 minutes. After that for hours they smell identical to me. I do not mind, I think I’ll buy this one instead of the original (I was thinking about getting a fresh bottle since mine changed the color) but I will be really surprised if anybody who can’t wear the original version would be able to pull off this one.

  6. Just came across your blog and I feel as if I’ve died and gone to perfume blogging heaven. Love the way you structure your reviews and your lovely explanations of things. If you haven’t read it already, you may love Roja Dove’s (big coffee table style) book The Essence of Perfume. I bought it a few weeks ago and have really enjoyed learning about the history of fragrance and the classics that evolved the industry.

    From one tincture tart to another – thank you for producing such an awesome blog. The fact that you love chocolate and Serge Lutens’ Feminite du Bois, well…. got you in my favourites section now 🙂

    (PS I have to confess, my favourite perfumes of all time are Lutens’ Chergui, followed by Acqua di Genova’s cologne….. but I keep adding to the list so….what you gonna do?)

    Thank you again, will keep reading your elegant reviews.

    • Hi Natasha! Thank you for your lovely comments and I’m so pleased that you like the blog.

      I have indeed read The Essence of Perfume, it’s an absolutely amazing book. It seems that we like some of the same perfumes, I enjoy Chergui too although it’s not my favourite of the Lutens (I much prefer his florals).

      I look forward to more of your thoughts.

      • My pleasure; your blog is lovely. Yes, I love Lutens’ florals too, although florals on me tend to become heady so I usually stick to orientals, powdery chypres, orris based perfumes and citrus scents (Lutens’ Fleurs de Citronnier is, to my mind, a beautiful winter fragrance and does fresh warmth really well, I think although many dislike it).

        Although…. I love sa majeste la rose, a lot, a lot…. it’s hard to find a rose perfume that doesn’t smell synthetic so I admire the effort that went into sa majeste very much.

        Do you have a favourite perfume? My heart lies with Chergui, but I have many
        others on my perfume shelf….. far too many…… 🙂

      • I can see what you mean with florals becoming too heady, if you’re not a fan of the headiness they can be quite challenging.

        My favourite perfume (if you held a gun to my head and made me say) would probably be Nu EDP by Yves Saint Laurent, it is the best thing in the world@

        Nothing wrong with having too many ‘fumes, variety is the spice of life as they say 😛

  7. I was also able to try this on skin only once, and I liked the bitterness of the chocolate note. I think Ari’s comparison to baking chocolate is spot on. But until (unless) I’m able to obtain a true sample, I’m not sure this is an Angel I can wear.

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