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A*Men / Angel Men (1996)
by Thierry Mugler


A*Men / Angel Men information

Year of Launch1996
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 1907 votes)

People and companies

HouseThierry Mugler
PerfumerJacques Huclier
PackagingThierry Mugler
Parent CompanyGroupe Clarins

About A*Men / Angel Men

This very distinct sweet fragrance is one of those you either love or hate. Based strongly on the ladies Angel; A*Men (Angel Men in the US) contains unusual notes of Chocolate, Coffee and Caramel. Most of the notes are "edible", so this would appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth. Funky bottle too, which is also available encased in black rubber, that is not only looks stylish but is ideal for travelling.

A*Men / Angel Men fragrance notes

Reviews of A*Men / Angel Men

This is a famous fragrance by Mugler originally created in 1999 which is one of the best designer gourmand fragrances out there. And it does live up to its hype, as it smells basically of dark coffee and caramel to my nose, with a background of patchouli leaves. That 'tar' accord that many people seem to get only displays itself if you sniff your skin directly, and sort of smells like a burnt chocolate cake (although it smells pleasant). In the air though, it smells like coffee and caramel and is very warm. However, projection is not beastmode as I expected it to be on my skin but rather very subtle, though it does produce a scent cloud (you have to sniff my arm to really smell it though), while longevity is quite good. It leans masculine. And of course the bottle although very interestingly designed, has one of the worst sprayers ever (which is normal for the A*Men line). Overall, I would say the sillage on my skin was more subtle than I thought it would be, but the scent itself is beautiful, as is the longevity.

30th June, 2018 (last edited: 01st July, 2018)
Sometimes when a fragrance is incredibly polarizing, I inexplicably find myself drawn to it. Reviewers say that it smells like a combination of cat urine and rotting pumpkin? "THIS I've gotta try", says I. And maybe it's human nature to want to go against the grain, to find that hidden virtue overlooked by others in their haste to flee the scene of whatever olfactory nightmare is assaulting their nostrils.

It is exactly for people like me--the "I'll show THEM" samplers--that A*Men Angel Men proves to be such a humbling experience. It is awful. It is headache-inducing. It is a loathsome concoction of ammonia, dusty chocolate chocolate, and cloying lavender. Not only is it strong enough to serve in lieu of ammonia tablets in Rocky Balboa's ring corner--it is likely potent enough to wake both Mickey and Apollo Creed from their respective eternal slumbers as well.

The drydown is, I guess, "tolerable". Not "great" or "inspiring" by any stretch of the imagination, but at least the remaining whisper of perfumed chocolate morphs into a faint resemblance of something you might actually consider eating (or serving to a casual acquaintance whom you don't actively dislike). But the initial blast of lavender wretchedness--followed by the hours long wait until you finally arrive at the mediocre conclusion-- is by no means an even trade-off. Putting up with Angel Men for the payoff at the end is like crawling on your hands and knees over broken glass for 40 miles so that you can collect a 15% off coupon for a McDonald's Happy Meal. At that rate, you're better off sticking with a can of Chef Boyardee and using the savings to pick up a less assaultive $10 fragrance behind the counter at CVS.
29th May, 2018
I don’t get the gourmand notes in it. Very bitter, quite masculine indeed. Peculiar. Spicy. Difficult to describe. Old rum in the opening. Oh. And tar, yes, tar. Acidity. Great projection and longevity.
20th May, 2018
Very distinctive, you know exactly what the scent is when you smell it. Doesn't smell cheap but it's not refined at the same time. I get plenty of tar and the chocolate/coffee. Reminds me of when you take your t-shirt off at the end of the day after wearing a very masculine scent and then happen to smell the shirt later or even the next day. It never smells bad but just has a worn, masculine smell which is not fresh and clean like most modern scents. This could be very appealing or intoxicating for others.

Impressive performance both in projection and longevity.
06th April, 2018 (last edited: 03rd May, 2018)
I've always taken against Mugler for their ridiculous bottles and poor (in my experience) customer service. A* Men, although as subtle as a brick through a window, does the job that is evidently sets out to do. After a day's wear, which largely consisted of me catching wafts of A* Men and thinking it was someone else's scent, my conclusion is that it has a 20+ year shelf career for a reason. It will create the exclusionary zone around you in that nightclub, and it will cut a swathe should others around you dislike it. For all that, it doesn't smell bad as such. An odd lavender to begin with, quickly moving into tar, and drying down to coffee and cocoa. The drydown isn't that bad at all, and reviewing it on its own terms means that it gets a thumbs up from these quarters.
03rd December, 2017
Love the tobacco, tar and vanilla notes. This baby stays for a pretty long time with just 2 sprays (for me).

Have had the same bottle for a little over 4 years and it only seems to get better with age.
20th November, 2017

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