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Angel: Les Parfums de Cuir (2012)
by Thierry Mugler


Angel: Les Parfums de Cuir information

Year of Launch2012
AvailabilityIn Production / Limited Edition
Average Rating
(based on 19 votes)

People and companies

HouseThierry Mugler
Parent CompanyGroupe Clarins

About Angel: Les Parfums de Cuir

Launched to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Thierry Mugler Parfums, Angel is one of four limited edition fragrances offered as a part of the Les Parfums de Cuir series. According to Thierry Mugler Parfums, the fragrance was created by aging the original fragrance in leather tanks at Clarin’s Strasbourg facility for four weeks, resulting in a more sensuous interpretation of Angel that "takes on 'addictive' leather facets with iris accents, as well as delicious apricot facets." The fragrance is available as a 30 ml eau de parfum, housed in a new bottle designed to showcase the color of the fragrance.

Angel: Les Parfums de Cuir fragrance notes

Reviews of Angel: Les Parfums de Cuir

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United Kingdom
The leather note that hits my notes in the opening blast may well be the best leather note Mugler has produced so far; it is a sweetish, soft, new-leather wallet nappa leather that is very well done. It is a touch less sweet that Royal English Leather and more convincing than Pure Cuir. There is a fruity berry aroma added with hints of bergamot, but soon in the drydown a sandalwood is added. This drydown'so wood has a creamy honeyed characteristic, which later takes on a caramel vibe that is never too sweet, never cloying and very well blended.

In the base a chocolate-vanilla ice cream impression comes to the fore, with coumarin added and the caramel still going strong. A lovely finish.
The performance is superb with moderate sillage, good projection and twelve hours of longevity on my skin.

This delight in a bottle displays all the strengths of the best Mugler scent, whilst avoiding their at times cloying excessive sweetness and heaviness. It is very well blended. One of TM's finest. 4/5

06th September, 2015
The secret of making a good curry is proportion, the spicing must be calibrated with some elements highlighted, others playing a supporting role. Attempting a curry by throwing together various spices will result in an edible but invariably muddy result.
This iteration of Angel throws up a similar problem – one senses a multitude of materials but they resolutely refuse to unite into something grand, a bit like a high definition recording being played through muffled speakers.
First up is an amazingly strong cassis note that smells just like the underwear of a dribbler who doesn’t change their smalls for days. This dried urine whiff had me chuckling; it was mercifully short-lived.
Then we were in the realm of a powerful thing dulled somewhat – I don’t know whether it is the attempted leather to blame. I say attempted because had I tried this blind, I wouldn’t have plumped for leather, just something that smells a bit worn and tired.
However, this is clearly a perfume of two parts, with the elements cohering much better after a good few hours, where a rich yet frothy, mainly abstract but quite fruity scent of considerable charm and sophistication remains.
10th February, 2014
As an Angel fanatic and one obsessed with leather fragrances, I adore this fragrance. I have gotten tons of compliments wearing it, typically when people hug me. The sillage is not as great as Angel, but the subtle leather notes more than make that up to me.

I've only used a tiny bit of my current bottle, but I'm already wondering if I should order another, to keep in reserve. One of my favorite fragrances, refined, subtle, beautiful.
05th January, 2013
Angel les Parfum de Cuir & Alien les Parfum de Cuir

While I loved Angel Liqueur, I found the Mugler annual thematic releases uninteresting except for the apparent belief that branding is more important than perfume. It might make the magic of marketing synergy easier to achieve, but slapping a new flavor across an entire line seems at least cynical and more likely haphazard. I suppose, though, that every now and again a match has to occur. It also makes sense that Angel, with its fingers in so many different genres (gourmand, oriental, floral) is more likely than Alien, Womanity or Mugler Cologne to be fertile soil where the flavor of the year can plant itself.

Angel les Parfum de Cuir can hold the leather note without it seeming entirely out of place, but the leather does nothing to enhance Angel. It muddies Angel’s distinctive qualities, but it doesn't negate them. Sort of, meh. Not exactly the Angel battle cry.

Alien les Parfum de Cuir matches a dulled leather notes to the radioactive jasmine of the original Alien, giving us a real head scratcher. There are no interesting commonalities and no juxtapositions to exploit. Until the leather note fades, when it is ultimately crushed under the weight of chemo floral oppression, Alien Cuir just seems like a mismatch, more of a smell that a scent.

Mugler's Cuirs are by definition formulaic and lack inspiration. They seem to come from the same thinking that give us, "Ugghhh. It’s November again. What should this year's holiday office party theme be? "
30th November, 2012

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