[Note: I know this is atypical for most of my blog’s posts, but seeing as I just joined Fragrantica, a perfume news and review site, I thought I’d share my reviews on that site here on my blog, too. Perfume reviews won’t be taking over this site, but whenever I do post a review on Fragrantica, I’m going to cross-post it here just for fun. Enjoy!]
Design: 3/5 stars – The “bottle” is interestingly peculiar as it’s not a typical cylinder or square design and its emerald color and facets make it a vanity centerpiece. Yet it doesn’t appear to be very functional in terms of how it might sit on a hard surface.
Longevity: 3/5 stars – On me, this lasted around four hours before I washed it off as I found it too pungent to continue wearing it. (I suspect it would have lasted beyond four hours had I left it on.)
Silage: 4/5 stars – On me, this fragrance’s projection would be quite strong if I over-applied it (which I did not).
I have never tried any scents from Mugler as I sensed Angel has had too much exposure over the years (so that nearly everyone has tried it or has at least owned a clone) and Alien sounded far too strong for me. But upon seeing the marketing for this scent, I decided to send away for a tester and give it a try.
I am glad this was only a tester and not a full-sized perfume because I sense this scent, despite its price tag, would not have stayed on my vanity for long. It doesn’t have a long list of notes, and I will credit it for not trying to cram too many scents or scent families into a single fragrance. However, the notes on me combine into a mixture that, initially, retains a medicinal quality that, if applied too heavily, would undoubtedly turn into a silage bomb.
As it rested on my skin, the perfume transformed into what I like to call a green scent, an aroma that is driven purely by heavily-perfumed green florals and plants without any sweetness or even smokiness to temper it or smooth it out. The longer it lasted on my skin, the less I enjoyed it and eventually had to wash it off. It’s not exactly repugnant but it’s definitely for a particular audience among whom I don’t belong (and I’m cool with that).
Overall, Mugler’s Aura is an acquired taste as it’s all strong, unfiltered green florals driven by an odd medicinal undercurrent that remains untamed and untempered. Thus, fans of strong, green plant-based scents will probably find much to love here. But be forewarned – Aura is a wild child and not everyone will appreciate or enjoy her.
Mature (age 18 and up) perfume fans who enjoy purely green scents that project a powerful punch.