Ever wonder about the wonderful and welcoming scents that perfume…
By Adriana Ermter
Had Mary Tyler Moore played her character Mary Richards on TV in 1992 instead of 1972, the kicky brunette would have surely spritzed Thierry Mugler Angel on her décolletage before heading to the newsroom. The feminist go-getter, Richards changed the everyday woman’s 1970s status quo—be married or be a secretary—just as permanently as Mugler altered the way we desired to smell, 20 years later.
“Many perfumes are beautiful or pleasant, but how many are exciting?” fragrance authority and author Luca Turin declares in his book Perfumes: The A-Z Guide. Of course he’s talking about Angel. Renowned for it’s duality, Turin describes the scent as being one part unsentimental with an icy brightness, another part cloyingly sweet with a mega-dose of cotton candy—an eau “in a high-energy state of contradiction.”
And that olfactory contradiction has inspired many. Some would even say that if it weren’t for Mugler, today’s entire gourmand fragrance category would not exist.
LOVE OR HATE
“Thierry Mugler introduced a new olfactory family, the oriental gourmand, that didn’t exist prior to the launch of Angel,” affirms Patricia Bensimon, the national trainer for Clarins Fragrance Group in Canada. “It is a fragrance that you will either love or hate, but it will not leave you indifferent.”
This season’s plethora of good-enough-to-eat smelling parfums clearly indicates we want more sugar—and other kitchen treats too. From Skull & Roses for Women by Ed Hardy (with strawberry, violet leaves, caramel and vanilla) and Bon Chic by BCBG Max Azria (Asian pear and mango, flowers, vanilla and woods) to Wonderstruck Enchanted by Taylor Swift (berries and sugar-glazed flower-petal notes) to Love Coconut by Honoré des Prés (coconut water inspired), we’re being offered a culinary explosion of caramel, candy, exotic fruits, almonds, praline and vanilla, coconut and ginger just in time for the holidays. And we can’t get enough.
“Flavours of vanilla, caramel and honey are very often linked to childhood memories or simply to our sweet tooth,” Bensimon says. These mouth-watering sensations do more than satiate a particular craving. “They are a reminder of happy moments,” she adds. “Moments with family, warmth and beautiful holiday scents.”
They also nod to the now legendary and omnipresent Angel, that sticky-sweet, honeyed, dark chocolate and caramel juice that started it all.
SATE YOUR SCENT CRAVINGS WITH ONE FROM THIS TOP 10 LIST OF FOODIE-INSPIRED SCENTS
- Thierry Mugler Angel Mystic Star 20th Anniversary Limited Edition, $250 (25 ml), www.holtrenfrew.com
- Demeter Black Ginger, $15 (30 ml), www.demeterfragrance.com
- BCBG Max Azria Bon Chic, $64 (50 ml), www.bcbg.com, www.sephora.ca
- Prada Candy, $96 (50 ml), www.thebay.com
- Lancôme La Vie est Belle, $95 (50 ml), www.lancome.ca
- Honoré des Prés Love Coconut, $98 (50 ml), www.saffronrouge.com http://www.saffronrouge.com/honore-des-pres/love-coconut
- Kiehl’s Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit, $62 (100 ml), www.kiehls.ca
- Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme, $95 (50 ml), www.dolcegabbana.com, www.thebay.com
- Ed Hardy Skulls & Roses for Women, $62 (75 ml), www.shoppersdrugmart.ca
- Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Enchanted, $63 (50 ml), www.storeca.taylorswift.com, www.shoppersdrugmart.ca