Mugler : Aura

Created by : Daphne Bugey, Amandine Clerc-Marie, Christophe Raynaud, Marie Salamagne

Date : 2017

Genre : Infragreen floral

Concentration : eau de parfum

Do you remember your physics course back in college… particularly the one that dealt with optics?   You do?  Actually, I don’t.  But somehow I remembered the words infrared and ultraviolet and both were terms that refer to a form of light that we can’t see with human eyes.


So… what is the connection with Aura?  I think if Aura was a colour, it would be infragreen.  You see, Aura has a “supra” green vibe to it notably through the notes, rhubarb leaf coupled with wintergreen, which some people describe as medicinal.  At first, it’s a little jarring but it’s not THAT different from the indolic note that we find (and love) in so many jasmine perfumes.  Yes… wintergreen gives you that camphorous vibe but I got used to it easily enough.

But, Aura is odd.  It’s from a parallel universe, hence the infragreen reference.  It’s not easy to love.  I wore it for 4 days over a 2-week period and I kept wanting to love it but I couldn’t… it’s very standoffish… cool, distant, aloof.   If I was dating someone and I was hoping to take it to the next level, I wouldn’t wear Aura.  If I wanted to make an impression at work… I might wear it but I would wear it very sparingly.


Although I may never buy a bottle, I’m extremely happy that an important house like Mugler is putting money and brainpower into innovation.  If we had to rely on Guerlain (think, Mon Guerlain) or Chanel (I’m looking at you, Gabrielle) we’d all be wearing  the same old perfumes until the cows came home!  If nothing else Aura is a forward-thinking, push into new territory.  Other bloggers have referred to it as a pillar and so I’m wondering what the Mugler people will do with it.  No doubt they are looking for a new accord on which to build.  Perhaps they will add patchouli notes… or oud… or leather!

I think everyone who loves perfume should run out and try Aura, particularly if you are a fan of green florals (Mugler lists orange blossom as a heartnote).  Yes, it’s from another planet but you just might like it.

P.S. The first time I saw the bottle of Aura I thought “how beautiful”… but I also thought of the great Belgian surrealist, René Magritte.  I was half expecting the tagline to say, “Ceci n’est pas un coeur.”  I mean, a green heart.  It just seems so surreal!

Back next week… so until then, enjoy!


The Treachery of Images (1929) by René Magritte


We Three Kings : Gold – 1 Million by Paco Rabanne

Created by : Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux, Michel Girard

Date : 2008

Genre : Woody amber

Of gold, frankincense and myrrh it was gold that was offered by Melchior to Jesus as an offering of virtue.  My choice of fragrance to represent gold is 1 Million by Paco Rabanne because of its bottle that looks like a gold ingot.

1 Million is a woody amber that was launched in 2008, 10 years after the genre’s archetype Allure by Chanel.  Although it doesn’t break any molds and it doesn’t take any uncalculated risks, it’s actually very interesting and of excellent quality with great sillage… which surprised me because its feminine side, Lady Million, is such a tutti-frutti disaster that I figured this might be as loathsome… but it isn’t.  If you know Allure, then 1 Million is quite similar but more complex and better.

­1 Million’s opening gave me a cool blast of lavender and seemed to cruise through Bleu by Chanel territory.  But while Bleu is a woody lavender-based fougère, 1 Million is a woody amber with a lavender topnote… they start out alike but quickly move in different directions.

1 Million’s woody heart has a cola subtext and a tobacco vein tickled my nose and I thought the whole thing was very well balanced.  I don’t know that I’ll wear it often but if you like big, swagger-like manly fragrances… this is excellent.  Granted, it ends on a sweet amber note but I didn’t find it unpleasant.

One of my girlfriends loved it and actually blushed when she approached me so, guys… the ladies love it!

My review for frankincense is forthcoming and I’ll be reviewing L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Passage d’Enfer – eau d’encens.

Top image : Three Kings Icon ©2010 Megan Ruisch

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