SCOOP! Les Exceptions by Mugler – 5 new fragrances and 5 more coming

Les Exceptions by Mugler

Display of Les Exceptions by Mugler at The Bay, downtown Montreal

You’ll have to excuse the blurred image, you see my hands were shaking while I was taking the photo. These new fragrances by Thierry Mugler won’t be announced to the media until tomorrow and aren’t really available to the public until Thursday, April 24th.  I snapped the photo while nobody was looking.

Why Mugler chose Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver to launch a new series of perfumes is beyond me but there you have it. According to the Mugler Sales Associate, the world launch is happening right here in Canada. There are five new fragrances available initially and five more on the way. The SA was very careful about what she was telling me because it’s all so new but the nose behind the first five fragrances is Olivier Polge (before his announcement to join Chanel).

The names of the fragrances are Oriental Express, Chyprissime, Fougère Furieuse, Supra Floral and Over the Musk.  From an initial test on paper, the one that impressed me the most was Supra Floral, a Chamade-like green, spring floral.  It lasted on my skin for several hours and I thought it was lovely.  I’d rather not talk about the other fragrances until I’ve tested them on my skin but I thought on paper they certainly warranted a skin test.

Refillable bottles of 80 mls. go for $185 Canadian dollars.  The refill will cost you $127 per bottle.

When these will launched to the worldwide public, I have no idea.  When I find out more, I’ll let you know.

Sign the petition : Save Perfume’s Soul

La Liberté guidant le peuple (1830) by Eugène Delacroix

La Liberté guidant le peuple (1830) by Eugène Delacroix

A few weeks back I suggested an International Perfume Heritage Day on May 3rd. Although we’ve been told that new regulations basically address labeling issues and that our perfumes are not under attack (yet!), I still feel that the perfumes that our grandparents wore… and our parents wore… and WE wear today will eventually be reformulated out of existence.

So… there is a petition out there by Parfumo International and I’m encouraging all my readers to sign it and send a message to the stakeholders that we are aware of what they are doing and we don’t like it one bit!

Click here to sign.

Guy Laroche : Fidji

Created by : Josephine Catapano

Date : 1966

Genre : Green floral gorgeous (was)

Concentration : eau de toilette

I went looking for something to wear for the spring today.  Can you imagine that here we are in late March in Montreal and winter dumped another 10 cms. of snow?  And… it’s chilly, humid and windy!  I needed something to remind me of the summer.  So when I saw the Fidji bottle in the discount perfumer’s showcase, I asked to try it out.  When I think of perfumes my mother wore, I think of Crêpe de Chine, L’Air du Temps and Fidji, in that order.  And I’m happy to say that I was the one who introduced her to Fidji.  A girl I liked who lived across the street from our house wore it and I thought this girl was beautiful and classy and so I bought Fidji for my mother for Christmas and it became her signature scent for a long time.  I wanted to see if Fidji had held up or not.

The sales associate sprayed some on a scent strip and then on my skin.  I got a blast of “old school” gorgeous!  All the elements were there as I remembered them… green galbanum, a symphony of white florals, banana-tinged ylang ylang for that tropical edge and civet… but done so expertly, I thought… this is it!  What luck!  At my very first outing, I found what I’ve been looking for.  But… before pulling out my credit card, a little voice in my head spoke… “step away from the counter”… and I did… long enough to check out the notes on the Internet.  All the French classic ingredients were there… jasmine, rose, violet, carnation and a base of musk, patchouli, amber, vetiver and moss!  It was incredible… but still I waited and I’m glad I did because within 15 minutes Fidji had morphed  on my skin to be a soapy, floral, powdery concoction… the fresh green note had disappeared as had the ylang ylang. It wasn’t what it started out to be… but still I thought it wasn’t half bad.  But then, an hour into the fragrance… meh!  Beautiful Fidji had become a sweet, powdery nondescript scent that, although not unpleasant, wasn’t enough to make it into my magic closet.

And so… in the middle of the mall, a little ditty from about the same time that Fidji hit the market came to mind.

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