Leather + Angel, Leather + Alien

Angel Fragrance of a Leather

Angel Fragrance of a Leather

I had the pleasure of trying out two of the Thierry Mugler Fragrance of Leather fragrances at the Fresh Fragrance Bar yesterday. I tried Angel Fragrance of a Leather (or Angel Cuir), and Alien Cuir.

I soon as the assistant sprayed Angel Cuir on my wrist, I had a déjà vu. I had the same reaction as when I first tried Angel, and it was not pleasant. It reminded me of a bad body odor masked with a perfume! It may be the bergamot, patchouli, cumin, chocolate combination. I was really taken aback.

Thank God, the initial shock did not last too long. As the day progresses, it became more gourmand. I smelled chocolate, and vanilla. I get the patchouli, too. And I did get the leather vibe. It was not the creamy suede, nor the creamy calf skin leather, but it was not a raw hide/leather either.

In the end, Angel Cuir is a sweet, musky, and vanillic fragrance, a far cry from the shocking opening. Though it is sophisticated, not your usual, run-off-the-mill scent, I don’t know if I can wear it with confidence.

Still, I did not concede with the Muglers. I tried another Thierry Mugler fragrance, Alien Cuir. Unlike with Angel Cuir, I tried Alien Cuir on a paper blotter. And I must say that the SA did not spray on the paper directly, but on air .

Alien Cuir is jasmine! I liked it better than Angel but I was struggling to detect the cuir, too. Did I miss some of the notes due to the method of sampling?  Maybe, I should try it on skin the next time.

Anyway, though disappointing, I am not giving up on Thierry Mugler yet. I still have to smell the Womanity Cuir and the A*Men Cuir.

*image from Fragrantica.com


Absolue Pour Le Matin by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

It’s summer here in Manila and I’m on a hunt for the perfect summer scent! I’m leaning towards citrusy more than aquatic or green.  Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Absolue Pour Le Matin is an example of a citrusy scent*. So naturally, I tried it on.   

Absolue Pour Le Matin is very citrusy alright, but only for a very short time. The citrusy scent, from lemon or bergamot, fades rather quickly. It’s rather fleeting. It’s present on the top and middle notes, and then it disappears.

What lingers on is a fresh, powdery scent. Iris perhaps? Now, I have yet to learn to love iris. I like it as flower, but I’m not liking it as a scent just yet. 

As its name implies however, I agree that Absolue Pour Le Matin is the scent of a morning, a beautiful morning, during springtime, in a countryside.  It smells very clean like the scent of a freshly bathed baby.  It is very gentle, and very comforting. It is very light, very subtle. 

But that’s the problem for me, too. It’s a little too tame, a little too safe, and yeah, a little too clean.

*at least according to some blogs 🙂

** photo from http://www.franciskurkdjian.com

Vetiver Vert by Czech & Speake

Last weekend, we packed our bags and trooped down south, to the countryside of Bohol in Central Visayas.  We went to see the Chocolate Hills, which are not so chocolatey at this time of the year. Instead, they’re of lush, green color. Very refreshing sight, I say.

Afterwards, we passed by a highway in Bilar, lined with mahogany trees, their leaves starting to brown, and fall. It is a stark contrast to the view of the Chocolate Hills.

Back here in Manila, I immediately looked for a scent that would remind me of our countryside tour. I looked for something woodsy, earthy, and yet green. And I found this,


Vetiver Vert by Czech & Speake.

Vetiver Vert by Czech & Speake opens with a very fresh citrus. I think it’s bergamot… I think I smell crushed leaves, bergamot blossoms, or squeezed rinds. Definitely, it is a very refreshing scent, as refreshing as the sight of the verdant Chocolate Hills. Smelling Vetiver Vert, to me, evokes the smell of the leaves of the trees, after the morning rain, on a springtime.

Then, it get’s a little sweet, and woodsy, and earthy. It might be the sandalwood. It is very masculine, and very classic. If I may compare it to our trip, it’s the feeling when passing by the mahogany lined highways of Bilar.

Then finally, at least to me, it goes back to where it started. It goes back to being green, fresh, and citrusy.

Vetiver Vert by Czech & Speake lasts long, well enough for an 8 day shift in the office.  It is very manly, and very classic. It is perfect for the office, or the gym, or a casual weekend date.  

And though it is a vetiver, it is unlike the vetiver of Guerlain. I think it is a cross between a vetiver fragrance, and an Italian bergamot fragrance!

Citrus Paradisi by Czech & Speake

I woke up very early today to catch up with my boss in the US. I was still very sleepy when I put on my newest sample scent, Czech & Speake Citrus Paradisi.

I’m so glad I did. It perked me up! It energized me, more than the cheap coffee I got from 7-11.

Czech & Speake Citrus Paradisi, like Neroli, is a linear citrus scent.  It’s citrus from top to the base notes. No evolution here.  Just plain and simple citrus.

Unlike Neroli, however, Citrus Paradisi derives its scent from the fruit, and not from blossoms. The smell of the blossoms and citrus fruits maybe similar, but up close, you can tell that the two have their own distinct characteristics.

Czech & Speake Citrus Paradisi, on the opening, bursts forth with the zing and zest of a grapefruit. It’s like you squeezed out a grapefruit peel until all the oils come out. It is that sort of freshness.  And it stays that way, citrusy,  light and fresh.

With mercury levels zooming to  36 degrees here in Manila, Czech & Speake Citrus Paradisi is just the perfect scent!

*photo from www.czechandspeake.com

Neroli by Czech & Speake

While the perfumers continues to flood the market with ouds, while the perfumistas raves, or grunts about ouds, or while perfume bloggers whips out their winter scent lists, I am already on the hunt for the perfect summer fragrance! We, in Manila, are already having hot, sunny days, and temperatures,  I suspect, averages 88 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer has arrived in this side of the world. 

With that, I tested Czech & Speake Neroli.

Neroli is really the oils extracted from bitter orange blossoms.  And Czech & Speake captured that in its cologne of the same name.

Czech & Speake Neroli is sweet, and a bit spicy. It is citrusy, very refreshing, and very light.  It reminds me of those small Italian perfumes from Napoli that my uncle brings home.  

Czech & Speake Neroli maybe what they call as soliflore, as it features the singular note of the neroli. It does not have the complexity of top notes, middle notes, or base notes.  It’s monotonous actually, very linear.  

Despite the simplicity, Czech & Speake Neroli is well made, and super perfect for Manila’s weather these days. I declare it my summer scent no. 1!