Bold, bold, bold! This adjective has been used a lot for Angel perfume for women but I don’t mind joining the club and saying it again: bold!
Enjoy the jasmine of the beginning, then get yourself a spoon and a tissue and be ready for the ethyl maltol assault. That’s the molecule of cotton candy, blended with massive doses of patchouli. The result is a cloud of honey with a sprinkle of pepper on it.
And of course there’s so much more in this Thierry Mugler perfume, here’s the full list (according to Fragrantica), go nuts: melon, coconut, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, bergamot and cotton candy (top); honey, apricot, blackberry, plum, orchid, peach, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, red berries and rose (middle); base notes are tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla, dark chocolate and caramel (base). As you can see, there is plenty of room for everyone to smell different accords in this perfume Angel, but on one thing everyone agrees: this is one like no other. If in the good or in a bad way, it’s up to you.
After five hours, honey starts to evolve towards caramel, with floral notes struggling not to be completely overwhelmed, but you can still fell them. And the pepper is still there…. After 24 hours on paper strip, the beast is tamed, with the sweetness now turning into an aromatic vanilla.
Everyone loves Angel parfum and everyone hates it.This is for the haters.
A little known fact is that, during the first two years after its launch, in 1992, Angel was a commercial fiasco. Yet, the house insisted, and still in 2003 it was the second best selling perfume in France (after le monstre Chanel n.5).
About this aspect, there’s an interesting remark in Chandler Burr’s The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York:
The secret of Angel’s commercial success […] was exactly this divisiveness. Only 3 percent of consumers would touch it. But those 3 percent were complete fanatics, enough to put the thing repeatedly in the top ten.
And here’s another article about Angel’s bold concept.
For those of that 97% who are tempted by it (you know who you are), you already know: this is not for everyone, so you should, at least for five seconds, ask yourselves: can I pull this off?
Or, in other words, if you want to try it, be ready to raise the question “is she wearing the perfume or is the perfume wearing her?” This is what the question would sound like in the mind of a perfumista (that’s part of the jargon), for all the rest it would probably sound like: “what the hell is this smell? Did a truck of cotton candy just roll over?”
And this is a comparison Angel vs…Prada Amber
Angel is more cloying, more gourmand, richer, and juicier
Prada Amber has all the above nut less
A, due to its high level of gourmand, could be worn by guys who are even more daring than female wearers
PA is greener and more opnly girly
A is very intense during the first hour but then it goes down
PA is less intense than A in the beginning, but its level remains more steadier
A tends to clog the nostrils
PA will pierce them
Prada Amber review here.