Alien Eau Extraordinarie
French designer Thierry Mugler changed the course of fragrance history when he launched Angel, the completely flowerless gourmand Oriental scent filled with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Totally polarizing—if you love it, you love it—its fans are so numerous, as to have kept the franchise strong for 22 years. Alien followed in 2004, and found a new younger audience. Now comes Alien Eau Extraordinarie ($69 or $89), described as a floral, woody, amber creation in three revelations.
The new scent is essentially an updated riff on the original. “With Eau Extraordinaire, we’ve removed the floral note and replaced it with something absolutely luminous,” said Joseph McElroy, director of education, Clarins Fragrance Group. “We’re moving toward the light side,” he quipped, adding, “the creature that Thierry Mugler has created Alien around really is a benevolent being.”
The new scent’s three accords include notes of Tunisian neroli, Italian bergamot tea, tiare flower, cashmeran, white amber, and heliotrope.
Alien Eau Extraordinaire is contained in a joyously flamboyant bottle inspired by the Marquise diamond cut, which was conceived by France’s King Louis XV for his mistress Marquise de Pomadour. And like most of the Thierry Mugler bottles, this one is refillable.
In fact, sustainable packaging is so high on the company’s list that it has introduced the Source fragrance fountain. The Source gives customers the chance to refill any Thierry Mugler fragrance bottle from a fountain, much like was done over a 100 years ago. “The reality is that these bottle are so beautiful that we made them refillable,” said Lionel Uzan, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Clarins Fragrance Group.
The Source is available at retail stores nationwide, including many, many Sephora locations.