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"Refresh and re-energise your senses with Mugler Cologne" - that's what they say about Mugler Cologne!
I've been wearing Thierry Mugler's Mugler Cologne on and off for a few months now. I didn't buy it because I smelt it and thought "Oh I must have it!" To be honest, I fell in love with a scent called Neroli Portofino from the Tom Ford Private Collection which retails at £135 for 50ml EDP. I couldn't get a sample of it anywhere in stores for some bizarre reason (which I later figured out seems to be because people are selling samples on ebay for upwards of £10 each). I wasn't prepared to pay £135 for a perfume without testing it first as when trying it on in stores I found the scent was powerful at first and within 10-15 minutes of applying it the scent was just too vague. I was not prepared to spend that much money on something which seems to have such poor staying power.
Following on from that, I did some online research to see if there were any similar smelling scents out there that people may have experienced. I came up with Mugler Cologne by Thierry Mugler which was retailing at less than £30 on various online stores for the 100ml EDT. So I took a chance and bought myself a bottle. Eagerly awaiting this scent which I truly hoped was going to be a good match for Neroli Portofino, I only had to wait 2 days for my delivery. On opening the packaging I found a plain glass bottle with no label on it. Quite unusual for a perfume bottle to have no name yet there was a small clear plastic tag around the bottle neck which reads:
Eau de toilette
Thierry Mugler Parfums
Made in France
e 100 ml
The light green perfume was in a plain clear bottle from which I removed the easy to open lid. I spayed my wrist quite liberally with the scent and found myself being reminded very much of the original scent I was trying to replace. A very similar scent so my £27 was well spent as far as I was concerned. I didn't care that it was marketed as a men's cologne mostly, although some sites implied it was unisex.
Inside the box the perfume is packaged in, the inner lid had a message with an 11 character code suggesting that I register with the site and "let yourself be surprised". I was curious so registered, only to be faced with ending up on a mailing list for Thierry Mugler!
WHAT DOES IT SMELL LIKE?
When you spray Mugler Cologne on yourself, the initial scent is a fresh zesty citrus scent. It's not long before that strong citrus scent fades and the mixture of ylang ylang and vague patchouli becomes evident.
Mugler Cologne's top notes contain bergamot, neroli, orange tree flowers and watery cucumber, the mid/heart notes contact bamboo leaf and ylang ylang, with the base/bottom notes containing sandalwood, cedar and patchouli.
As I'm a fan of sandalwood, patchouli and now most definitely neroli which is produced from bitter orange trees, I was fairly sure I was going to like this scent and thankfully it was a good chance I took - buying a scent without first testing it out. I didn't think it would be too bad if I didn't really like it, after all, it was only £30 for a 100ml and if I didn't like it, hubby could always use it. On that note, hubby was suitably impressed with Mugler Cologne, he felt it was very similar to Neroli Portofino and was impressed that I'd tracked down something so very similar at a fraction of the cost.
It's amazing that doing a quick bit of research on the internet can give you answers to a question like "what scent is most similar to Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino?"! Everyone, if you find a scent you adore and find that it costs way more than you'd care to spend, remember GIYF - Google Is Your Friend!
Whilst Mugler Cologne may not be an exact replacement for the scent I was after, I'm happy enough to give it a strong 4 out of 5 as it's a perfectly nice fresh smelling scent which is perfect for day time use. It might not have great lasting power (probably a couple of hours or more) but at that price I'm happy to re-spray myself a couple of times of day when I'm wearing this.
THE REALLY TECHNICAL STUFF
Here's a list of ingredients for those who may be interested:
ALCOHOL, AQUA/WATER/EUA, PARFUM, FRAGRANCE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE, BHT, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, CITRAL, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL, HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE, CARBOXALDEHYDE, EUGENOL, COUMARIN, CI 45350/YELLOW8, CI47005/YELLOW 10, CI42090/BLUE1, (CO550E).
I understand that when creating Mugler Cologne Thierry Mugler tried to copy the scent of a soap he had purchased in Morocco and really liked; hence came about Mugler Cologne which was created by Alberto Morillas in 2001.