Alien by Thierry Mugler has top notes of mandarin orange and jasmine, middle notes of vanilla and cashmeran, while its base note is amber.
When first sprayed on the skin Alien is really citrusy, that’ll be the mandarin orange but it quickly disperses and is replaced by the light floral scent of jasmine. I don’t know if it’s just me but there’s something very calming about jasmine and I say that as someone who while recently exploring, and liking, floral fragrances is more used to the headiness of musk.
Over the course of an hour or two the floral slowly intertwines with vanilla and the jasmine eventually disappears completely. The vanilla doesn’t smell artificial and never gets overpowering, instead it switches from lightly vanilla scented to a much deeper and grown-up vanilla.
The four or five hour mark of wear is when this scent is at its best. Here the deep vanilla mixes with the amber to create a gorgeous sexy scent that is rich and earthy.
Overall, I got about eight hours wear out of this perfume, with the last three or four being firmly in that deep sexy zone that I love so well.
I would say Alien is a good place to start if you’re new to vanilla scents because although it is the one note that runs through this perfume it does so in a way that showcases just what vanilla is capable of.
Alien gets a definite thumbs up from me and when I end my spending ban I fully intend on adding a full size bottle to my expanding perfume collection.