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Nirmala Molinard for women

Nirmala Molinard for women
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Nirmala by Molinard is a Oriental Woody fragrance for women. Nirmala was launched in 1955. Top notes are mandarin orange, grapefruit, passionfruit, mango and pomelo; middle notes are jasmine and exotic floral notes; base notes are vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood, virginia cedar and musk.

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Top Notes
Mandarin Orange Grapefruit Passionfruit Mango Pomelo

Middle Notes
Jasmine Exotic floral notes

Base Notes
Vanilla Tonka Bean Sandalwood Virginia Cedar Musk

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Innocent
61 no yes
Nirmala Limited Edition
19 no yes
Mon Parfum
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Vanille Givree de Antilles
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Angel
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Nirmala Fragrance Reviews

Allinug
Allinug

Oh dear nooo....all I get is Angel...NO THANK YOU!

Oct
29
2014
Ginger Kitty
Ginger Kitty

I agree with the vast majority of positive comments already listed and respect the views of people less inclined to buy and wear this piece of history.

A few months ago, first enjoyed this as a "concreta / concrete" solid perfume sample and since then, although not listed on the "want" section, I have intended to buy it when I next have the opportunity.

Compared to Angel, I get less discomforting feelings when I wear this for a long time. Angel I prefer to spray lightly to avoid it's mildly sour notes.

Great value for money if you can obtain it without too much P&P costs.

Oct
01
2014
Jernê Knowles
Jernê Knowles

English:

Count up many curiosities about the fragrance Molinard Nirmala, but that most caught my attention was that the mother of Thierry Mugler wore, and from then on decades and decades later the fashion designer and perfumer inspired by aroma characteristic of his lovely mother, creates the dreaded and illustrious Angel to the public that worships him. Reliable sources claim that the mother of Mugler was the most elegant woman of your city, then there gives to imagine the most excellent quality of the fragrance. I can not believe Molinard Nirmala was released in 1955 because it is so modern, current and insofar, that imagination comes into doubt knowing their actual release date. I'm imagining that perhaps himself has already gone through reformulations and to lose myself in reverie as one would assume it early on. Nirmala opens well with evident fruity notes of fresh-cut sleeves and with shells mixed with a light citrus Tangerine, and sheepish doses of Passiflora (very reminiscent of the "dry down" of some cosmetics to the face of the Natura brand) that permeate these two other notes in a weaving rapt causing such a warm opening that is nearly impossible not to turn the eyes of emotion to feel it. Your heart is more the face of Angel, but without provocation (in) dispensable weight that Angel cause because in Nirmala and his stylish way to be noticeable is the presence of more and Jasmine flowers with slightly spicy touches that give a warmed sensational fragrance; still in your heart is noticeable that only the sleeves of creamy form and aveludas. At its base we realize the great creativity that is the fragrance, when faced with the refined Musk, Sandalwood well measured, the drops of vanilla heated by the sun and the Tonka at its best, all mixed in with even more intense notes of sleeves and floral breezes that soften what could even go wrong. Nirmalia has great sillage, but fixed enough to cause a deep well being in the wearer. In my design is a great fragrance to be refined, easy to use, timeless, shareable, creative and unique in its way forward.

Diana Alcantara dedicate this Review to you! ♥


Português:

Contam-se muitas curiosidades sobre a fragrância Nirmala de Molinard, mas a que mais prendeu minha atenção foi a que, a mãe de Thierry Mugler o usava, e a partir de então décadas e décadas mais tarde o designer de moda e perfumista inspirado pelo aroma característico de sua adorável mãe, cria o temível e ilustre Angel para o público que lhe venera. Afirmam fontes seguras que a mãe de Mugler era a mulher mais elegante de sua cidade, então por aí dá para se imaginar a excelentíssima qualidade da fragrância. Não consigo acreditar que Nirmala de Molinard foi lançado em 1955, pois é tão moderno, atual e na medida, que a imaginação entra em dúvida ao saber sua real data de lançamento. Fico a imaginar que talvez o próprio já tenha até passado por reformulações e me perco no devaneio de pressupor como seria ele logo no início. Nirmala abre bem frutal com notas evidentes de Mangas recém-colhidas e ainda com cascas misturadas a um leve cítrico de Tangerina, e doses encabuladas de Passiflora (lembra muito o "dry down" de uns cosméticos para o rosto da marca Natura) que permeiam essas outras duas notas numa tecelagem embevecida causando uma abertura tão aconchegante que é meio impossível não virar os olhos de emoção ao senti-la. Seu coração é bem mais a cara de Angel, mas sem a provocação (in) dispensável de peso que Angel causa, pois em Nirmala e sua forma elegante de ser é perceptível a presença de Jasmim e mais flores com toques levemente apimentados que dão uma esquentada sensacional na fragrância; ainda em seu coração é perceptível as Mangas só que de forma cremosa e aveludas. Na sua base a gente percebe a grande criatividade que é a fragrância, ao se deparar com o Almíscar refinado, o Sândalo bem comedido, as gotas de Baunilha aquecidas pelo sol e a Tonka em sua melhor forma, todas misturadas às notas ainda mais intensas de Mangas e brisas florais que suavizam o que poderia até mesmo dar errado. Nirmalia não tem grande sillage, mas fixa o suficiente para causar um bem estar profundo em quem o usa. Na minha concepção é uma excelente fragrância por ser refinada, fácil de usar, atemporal, compartilhável, criativa e única em sua forma de evoluir.

Diana Alcântara, dedico esta Resenha à vc! ♥

Oct
01
2014
nazza28
nazza28

At the start I definitely got the sweaty skin smell, I think it is the combination of the mango with the spicy vanilla notes because I have smelled that 'B.O. type' smell before, wish I could remember exactly which perfume that was so I could compare the notes!
Fairly sure the other one I tried didn't end up smelling good on me even at the dry down. However with this little beauty I'm so glad I hung in there and waited because I think that dry down is the part which makes this perfume sexy, heady and delicious.
As someone else mentioned, candied patchouli is close to EXACTLY how I would describe the dry down, and luckily the old patch is a good friend of mine :) very glad I got a tester of this for around $20, it was well worth the money in my opinion.

Mar
21
2014
LOLAISA
LOLAISA

This is lovely... Tried it and totally failed in love with it, purchased next day full bottle.

It is fresh, yet sweet, intense, but not overwhelming, elegant and different, easy to wear to office or anywhere you want, can be the signature scent, UNIQUE...

I tried modern EDT and this limited EDP on each side of the same blotter; EDT faded quickly, EDP still there since 3 days and still goes strong! Excellent longevity, even on my skin, when usually perfumes does not last good on me....

What is the most amazing about this scent is that even the formula was created in 50s there is no old fashioned filling about it, it smells quiet modern!

Some people say here that it smells like the Angel, I agree, yes after smelling it there is some similarity with it. When I tried it first, I thought that it smells like good thick, white liquid shampoo and then in few minuted it was very similar to Lancome Hypnose, every one who wear it knows this sweet clean scent mixed with vanilla,Hypnose has strong passion flower note, when in Nirmala it is passion fruit, also in both there is vanilla and jasmine...
Nirmala is less sweet and stronger. Actually if you want to blind buy it imagine that it smells like Angel minus patchouli mixed with Hypnose. I love both and love the Nirmala. I trully believe that Lancome was inspired by Nirmala it to create it's famous Hypnose.

Mar
14
2014
SadieBluesLady
SadieBluesLady

Have you ever had to clean up after a big barbeque and you put the vegetable scraps, leftover tomatoes, corn cobs, silk and leaves all into a big black plastic bag. But before you can get the bag to the dumpster, it tears open and you've got to clean it up again, only by now the scraps have begun to decompose . . . and the whole thing reeks of rotten corn cobs. Well, that is what Nirmala smells like on my skin. Rotten corn cobs. It was very, very unpleasant!

Jan
09
2014
TheCountess
TheCountess

Sexy candied patchouli and fruits :) mmmm!

Oct
08
2013
brandiwine1980
brandiwine1980

I've had this scent for years. At first loved the bottle, but didn't quite know what to think of smell, but it grows on you. The mango definitely comes out on me and a spicy vanilla. My daughter hated it when she was little, but other day had her smell my wrist after dry down and she said mmm. You have to give Nirmala time to appreciate beauty.

Oct
01
2013
VeeNVegas
VeeNVegas

Just like Angel this smells like dirty socks and strong BO to me.

Apr
07
2013
Frauke
Frauke

Remindes me so much on Innocent from Mugler, but less sweet and more spicy. I prefer Innocent.

Mar
31
2013
cwolf
cwolf

If you don't like the patchouli, amber, vanilla base notes of Angel, this is for you. It is very similar to Angel, as everyone has mentioned but the fruity scents are stronger, especially the passionfruit, I detect pineapple too.
Has excellent sillage & decent staying power. I get compliments on this one. Very modern, youthful (not young) fragrance, you wouldn't guess it was made by such a traditional perfume house 70 years ago.
This fragrance has made me really curious about the Molinard perfume house, I really want to purchase Habanita (based on all the glowing reviews) but I'm nervous about dropping $50 on a blind buy after I was so disappointed in Emeraude by Coty (I only dropped $10 though!)..

Mar
26
2013
AngieGCarp
AngieGCarp

Okay...this is a complex one. I have found that the hallmark for French perfumery is they are very complex and need time to settle down or "air out" before their beauty can be judged. Wouldn't it be nice if people would take time to look for the beauty in people over time and not snap decisions? The opening of this lovely perfume is AMAZING! I cannot describe it other than musky...I believe that the cedar note is rearing it's head mixed with passion fruit and all the other citruses it is odd but fear not that smell some people are repulsed by goes away to reveal a sumptuous plate of fruit, ripe and ready to eat. Tonka bean and sandalwood rounds it out while the smell of cedar gently remains throughout.My suggestions: only try it if you can gently and patiently wait for the perfume to manifest itself, spray it on about an hour before you leave your house so that the ENORMOUS sillage settles down and lastly I would say that don't buy this based on your love for another perfume that this one may be like...let Nirmala stand on it's own. She doesn't need help. :)

Happy Perfuming! ♥

Feb
20
2013
marsiesmoon
marsiesmoon

Received today and could not wait to try! Ripped it open, sprayed twice and blah!! OMG Pit and rotten fruit!I couldn't believe THIS is the frag. I have read so many wonderful things about, so I waited..

One hour later..I get Angel, BIG TIME. This is a relief, I can salvage this bottle after all. Angel-I like so this is good!

A couple hours later I get Angel+aged fruits(a nice stage)

A scary thing, this scent.NOT for the timid, shy or faint of heart.

Nov
16
2012
mymuse77
mymuse77

I agree 100% with 40plus&fab. This fragrance is terribly, terribly wrong on me. It reminds me of my skin's reaction to Obsession, which is one of stinky body odor, but Nirmala is a bit better. I got nothing floral or fruity about it at all, just a heavy musk and something sour. What I DID discover is that I have Molinard's Rose, which was only so-so on me, and that TOGETHER with Nirmala is simply wonderful. I'm pretty sure that it's the musc and the tonka bean that my skin rejects. I had tried Molinard's Musc and had to return it, simply couldn't wear it at all. But all in all, I'm a huge fan of their fragrances. An all-time favorite is Chypre d'Orient, simply heavenly. But that's the thing about fragrance: It's highly individualized.

Nov
04
2012
40plus&fab
40plus&fab

My first Fragrantica review . . .I am on a niche line perfume kick so I purchased this unsniffed based on the notes and reviews, but I don't get ANY of the lovely stuff mentioned here.. . . not clean, not fresh, not even cloying . . . just musty armpits that attempted to be camoflaged in fermented fruits and rotten flowers. Like an old parlor with upholstry that has been slept on ALOT yet hasn't been cleaned in decades and decaying flower arrangements. I wonder if I got a bad bottle. I also got Habatina, Orange Cannelle, Vanilla Fruitte, & Muse . . .love them!!

Sep
17
2012
guest_Vie Cafe
guest_Vie Cafe

THIS IS FOR THE NEW FORMULATION, IN THE CLEAR BOTTLE.

OH MY!

I was not expecting this! I just received this as a gift from a lovely fragrantica friend (thank you!) and I am blown away! in the first ten second both me and my boyfriend smelled something reminescent of Angel for some reason. Maybe it has something to do with the mango or passionfruit.

I am not that familiar with Molinard except for my darling Habanita which was given to me by the same Fragrantica pen pal (I adore you Michele! haha). Nirmala is a very sweet tropical fume that succeeds in not being too girly or bubbly. It is original enough for me to not put it in the same category as the other blah high-street fruity-tropicals, which I usually dislike. Very well blended and it is nice to see a tropical perfume with cedar and musk to keep all those super rich fruity tones down! The fruits are very intense here but the whole composition is so realistic to me that it does not bother me at all.

This is the kind of scent that our men sometimes like better on us, the spicy-woody-oriental ladies. It's nice to know that I can wear this without smelling like a teenager... and please both my boyfriend and enjoy it myself as well.

To me Nirmala is a warm, comforting, clean smelling tropical embrace either for a hot day or a cold day.

EDIT someone on here said that they got a "sweaty armpits" smell from this scent. I totally can smell it too but I rather like it. It's a little bit like the new TM Angel cuir that smells strongly of "private lady parts". Sometimes that kind of smell is a good thing in perfume!

Sep
08
2012
iam2sexy4uris
iam2sexy4uris

This is gorgeous, I just got 2 samples and indeed it reminds me of Angel Innocent, except this is better cause it is the Original scent after which Innocent was inspired by. This is much more sophisticated and a little more soapy which I love.

If you look on ebay, you will find that the new bottle is much cheaper than the original bottle so If I were you I'd go for an original bottle, it is much less juice but the bottle and originality makes up for it.

Sep
04
2012
missk
missk

I can certainly see how some could compare Molinard's Nirmala to Thierry Mugler's Angel, but despite the similarities, Angel is a gourmand and Nirmala is an oriental with a hint of boozy fruits. I could own both scents without feeling as if one is copying the other.

Nirmala is a rich and exotic fragrance on the skin. Within moments of first applying Nirmala to my wrists, I was frantically scanning the internet in hopes of acquiring a bottle immediately. I'm a huge fan of Molinard, so it made perfect sense to go right ahead and make an impulse buy based on the top notes alone.

I eventually withheld my eagerness and calmed myself in order to experience both the heart and drydown before hitting the buy button. I'm glad I took a second to think it over because the composition does tend to be a tad linear. I wouldn't consider its lack of development as negative, but it is slightly disappointing, at least for me.

Nirmala opens with sweet bursts of passionfruit and mango, which can smell rather tropical and vibrant on the skin. The grapefruit accord is also present, however anything citrusy in this composition tends to be subtle rather than bold.

In the heart, the fruits begin to settle and the vanilla, along with the tonka bean provide a more oriental texture. A hint of fresh jasmine keeps this fragrance smelling feminine and crisp.

I'm happy to say that the longevity is excellent, with Nirmala being yet another fine example of quality from the house of Molinard. It might be of interest for some that I'm reviewing the current version of Nirmala in the newer packaging. I am unable to compare this version to the older 50's formulation, so I cannot offer any information as to whether a reformulation has occurred.

Aug
23
2012
Jerine123
Jerine123

I just received my first bottle of Nirmala today and I love it!!! It is such a beautiful fragrance. It starts off fruity and dries down to something sweet sexy and confident. No synthetic burn or assault like so many fragrances..... I see that most commentary indicated that the scent is similar to Angel and it really is, but much classier and authentic. I have Angel, Angel Innocent and Star. This is a little more like Angel Innocent with less powder on the finish. Really divine dry down and gorgeous right from the first spray.....OOOHHHHHH I am in perfume heaven again! (Also bought Habanita and it is definitely for night wear and just as fantastic, a little on the daring, edgy and smokey leathery side!!!!) I love love love Molinard!!!!! Please keep these REAL fragrances alive and well!!!

Aug
11
2012
bobbyferrant
bobbyferrant

Opens so sparkling sweet & gourmand with slightly dirty/sexy coumarin, juicy yet fermented tropical fruits & creamy vanilla. Jasmine, musk & what i detect as mostly rose come to play soon after, making it resemble vintage french milled soaps. I can see the comparisons to the Angel familty, although i find this unique & one of a kind.

Aug
05
2012
angelle
angelle

I have to say I like this after I read the reviews and thought I better give it a go, I am a big fan of Eau De Star and the Angel Rose - I can see that they are similar in some aspects to Nirmala. I wore it a couple days in a row and loved the smell of my work uniform when I picked it up. I must be accustomed to the fragrance as it just blended in and I could not notice it being overwhelming or anything like that. I think this is a great buy at a great price and overall a great perfume that lasts all day.

May
08
2012
akheperure
akheperure

The first time I tried it, I thought OMG... I shouldn't have bought this. It felt so strong and unpleasant, like some mixture of sweat and cheap perfume.
But a few weeks later I sprayed a bit of it in my room, and it felt differently. It had a sweet fruity feeling, and it became bearable.
I seldom use it on myself, but I do like to spray it on my room now and then to improve my mood when I'm down.

Apr
24
2012
paiged98@gmail.com
paiged98@gmail.com

I just found a new love. She is very, very old and has been around the block. She has hidden secrets and is beautiful to be around. I cannot believe there are not hundreds of reviews on this, seriously. I am a super lover of Habanita and thought with the great comments I would check this lady out. I am just thrilled about it. I really get the mandarin, vanilla, cedar and musk, not so much the Lilly. It is so beautiful. For the price, you Can get a big bottle. It is intoxicating. Now I will jump on the bandwagon but only for a short ride here, I get some wafts of the same vanilla portion of Angel, but other than that, nothing else is the same. Don't pass up this classic piece of perfume history since they are still producing it. I feel fortunate to have this classy dame.

Apr
17
2012
LillyBunnyBoo
LillyBunnyBoo

OMG! How could I have never heard of this before coming to fragrantica.com and seeing it suggested in the "Also Likes" to the left? Received some samples today...and it is HEAVENLY!!! Holy Moly this smells exactly like Angel - and I DO love me some original Angel - just without some of the brassy top notes. Um, did Thierry do a little copy pasta on some of the key notes of Angel to create Nirmala? lol Do I smell a Intellectual Property civil suit that should have happened? ;) And Nirmala has been around since 1955? How is that even possible? WAY ahead of its time!

In any event, I WILL be purchasing. This is a precious jewel and an Oriental Woody girl's fondest daydream. The true test for me is when I keep smelling my wrist to take in more and more...and boy, am I doing it with the luxurious and yummy scent! Blissed OUT. :D

Apr
09
2012
Ladymom59
Ladymom59

I am wearing this parfum today since 7 am for the first time and I loved it, because (I do not know the reason) the atmosphere it creates around brings me happiness. This morning getting the car to work, my husband looked right to me and asked what kind of parfum was that one?...he said it looks like you have a bath with a liquid and fruity candy. That is a good description. It is a rain of fruits, and flowers all over you! Right now at 5:30 pm I still smell like a candy but mixed with clean jazmine... I think is a wonderful addition to my collection!

Mar
16
2012
mylancome
mylancome

My mother loves this perfume on me, but I'm not. Smell of floral sweet fit for a well-bred lady. To me, smell like freshly baked cookies from the owen.

Feb
07
2012
LaPetite
LaPetite

When people say the first gourmand was Angel , it makes me rolling eyes . This one is so sweet that it would have deserved to be called so too , despite it doesn't have any food notes (well fruits are food, but you see what i mean )because of it's oversweetness .

Unlike many i don't believe either that they resemble each other , the main thing about Angel is Cotton Candy , Chocolate and Patchouli ( btw i've noticed that when any scent has quite a strong patchouli note , there's always someone to say "OMG! It's like Angel !!! " even if it's the one and only note they have in common . ) Roll eyes again
Nirmala hasn't any of those foody notes ! They're just both very sweet ! Really different .

Nirmala has been created in 1955 , but it's so hype in its smell , if it was better advetised it could be a hit ! All the Loverdose , LL Premier parfum , Black XS for her fans .... would love it and BUY it , because it's pretty cheap ( there is also a little 30ml bottle available)
I've asked the lady from the perfume store to scent me with it this morning, because i'd always love it on the test paper , today it's quite cold outside, and despite this i believe it's really really sweet . If you're not a gourmand fan , don't buy ! If you are, you'll love it , and yet you won't smell like the other gourmand fans !

Jan
17
2012
pdxhb
pdxhb

I just wore Nirmala yesterday after being out of it for a long while. It's certainly not for the shy or cool personality. At the same time it is sweet enough that it could work for a younger person. For Americans it would definitely seem feminine but I think some men could wear it. In either case a very light hand is the best - this baby is strong going on and doesn't dissipate as much as drop off after 6-8 hours on the skin. It sticks forever on cloth.

I was concerned that I was getting a reformulated bottle, but going on my experience the juice I got hold of is the one I remember fondly. I knew it as soon as I smelled that slightly dirty sweet opening of the fruit. It is not a simplistic sweet fragrance - rather there is a fermented complexity to the fruits that lasts into the woody and still sweet drydown.

This does have similarities, on my skin, to Angel. The woods are not as strong as the patchouli however the "dirty" or fermented effect reminds me of Angel quite a bit. Even though it's definitely fruity, the way Molinard uses fruit is not the same as a lot of the gourmand frags of the last 25 years or so. I don't think, ooh I will chomp down on that cassis (or passionfruit or whatever). Instead I lean closer and wonder what's so compelling about the scent and making me feel almost like I do after a good dessert.

Wearing this made me remember a summer when I wore it daily. It's really a great warm weather scent - if it suits your style, of course. As of 9/30/2011 Parfums Raffy seems to be selling the older formulation.

Oct
01
2011
Hollie
Hollie

Several years back I ordered this perfume blindly on line...thought the bottle was adorable and the description sounded wonderful. I don't have it any longer so I'm going solely off memory. I remember it as intensely musky and pheromoney....dare I say...like liqueur soaked panties and incense.Memories of feeling a bit dizzy and overwhelmed by it's otherworldliness and strength. At the time, I wanted so badly to love it because it was so unique but I couldn't have hated it more. It was oozing sweet,hot,woodsy sex ( which sounds amazing...I know) but it just did not mix with my chemistry. I gave it away because I just couldn't take it anymore...it was also very strong and hard to scrub off...the kind of scent that carves itself into your psyche right from the get go and makes people blush when you're near.. Reading these reviews has sparked my curiosity again after all these years....I wish I had that bottle still...I'd like to give it a second chance.Maybe it's a love or hate thing.

Sep
09
2011
JazzBirdSinger
JazzBirdSinger

i have had positive to very positive experiences with the house of molinard.
and after reading the reviews here comparing this to angel...well lets just say it was a no brainer for me to get this as it cost about 75% less than angel.
darling fragranticans, i thank you again for not letting me down!
this is a real treat.
even though these notes are not listed, i very much get caramel and coffee.
it does dry down to a slightly soapy, musky, and vanilla.
would i love a bottle of TM angel? oh heck ya!!!
but i do prefer for the most part quantity over quality.
luckily, nirmala, is a very good quality version of angel "light"
at a very very good price! : )

Jun
24
2011
Norgirl
Norgirl

this to me deffently have the resemblance to bouth innocent and angel by TM.
the opening is very much like innocent to me . but this one is alittle bit more fruity and stronger .
I can realy smell the citruses , especialy the grapefruit, in this first moments it is pure pleasure , then the Mango and passionfruit come in and makes it a little bit messy for me , im not quite shure if i like it that much in this stage . this have to grow on me i think.
The mango has so much neewanses to it and so does the Passionfruit ,but after all the clen smell of grapefruit saves this for me in this stage.
then in comes the tiny whiff of vanilla . and my thoughts are mmm... nice . then it grows eaven bigger and takes the Tonka beans to dance. heavenly . the sandelwood iMO could have been left out in this , but it is not to strong so..
in this ending stage the drydown is pretty like angel IMO . the innocent have left and the Angel has arriwed:)
this is a unik and very interasting perfume . (The only thing i have to think about whit this is not to put it on whit a empty stomack. i then will get ill by it . some perfumes have that affect , and this is one of them ..)
i quite like it , note shure if i easely could use a 100 ml bottle but who knows..

May
26
2011
Habanita
Habanita

I tried this one several times , because I wanted to like it. But everytime I gave away the bottle. It is a nice and alluring scent, but it is not my type of thing. It's called the original "Angel"(Mugler). If you like "Angel", you might like this one too. Another scent trying to come close to Nirmala is the first Halle Berry. The scent to me has a big pear note.

May
17
2011
olga1780
olga1780

It's hard to believe that such a beautiful, quality fragrance can be found for so inexpensively! Excellent for summer.
I absolutely adore it, well done!

Apr
05
2011
aelias
aelias

Nirmala and Mugler's Innocent are so very similar - and both are absolutely stunning. You cannot go wrong with either, in my opinion. Nirmala has a wonderful balance between fruity, spicy, and woodsy notes.

Jan
22
2011
adrienn99
adrienn99

Resemblance to Angel? Personally I dont see any (at least Angel has only shown me its awful bitter face, whereas Nirmala is warm).

The opening is a lovely-honeyed like fruity one (this reminded me of Ginestet's Botrytis).

The jasmine is almost unnoticeable on my skin, very soon cca 15-20 mins the base notes appear, first like a big heap of hay with some fruits.

Regarding the base there is not much vanilla, to my nose it is the cedar that is most prominent. Some musk, some tonka, well balanced.

This is a unique and harmonious fragrance, for grown-up women.
I reckon it is both lovely for daytime and evening.

Only it does not seem to last long on my skin :(

Jan
14
2011
c3c
c3c

Perhaps I need to try this yet again, but so far I can't agree with the positive reviews. At first it's indeed scrumptious, and it instantly makes me think "Angel" even though the notes are quite different. Then it slides quickly into a very bad rendition of Angel. Not to say Molinard copied Angel or anything of that nature. I like Angel, but Nirmala is just a bad combination of good notes on my skin.

Nov
26
2010
ineverwas
ineverwas

I have to admit I've rarely smelled something as delicious as this fragrance. It's most likely the main source of inspiration for both Innocent by Thierry Mugler and Hypnose by Lancome, but it eclipses both of them with its class and masterful realization. Where the latter two become rubbery and plasticky, Nirmala matures into a deep, natural creaminess, a perfect symbiosis of fragrance and skin which I can only attribute to the superior ingredients used in the making of this gem.

The passion fruit is prevalent in Nirmala, giving it a tasty fruitiness which brings it closer to the concept of a woody gourmand. It lasts for practically days (after 24 hours I can still smell its trace on my wrist) and the sillage is fantastic. Despite the price tag, I would buy this fragrance with no reserves.

Nov
12
2010
msleslie
msleslie

I got Nirmala in a grab-bag of samples and thought it was cloying and strange when first smelled - but I could not leave it alone, had to just check it again, day after day; something about it mesmerised me even though it seemed overwhelmingly sweet and fruity. I used up then sniffed that one little sample container day after day until I finally just ordered a bottle of it. I now absolutely love it, but have to wear it very sparingly - as it is so intense. I find it irresistable but on the edge of being too much! I don't wear it to work. Although it has some shared notes with Angel it is a different experience altogether: it is a very complex and original scent, not at all like anything else. Very worth trying!

Nov
01
2010
guest_cheinric
guest_cheinric

I first came across Nirmala in Nice, France where I actually purchased it after trying on a sample in a perfumerie....that was years ago...I loved it instantly and have used it every since; of course what I brought back with me did not last and I searched the internet for Nirmala which I found and purchased agan; It is one of my favorites which I wear daily! every time I wear this I get compliments and they want to know what it is..a waiter even once commented and said "I love the way you smell" quite embarrasing since I am married but gratifying to know that this essence is powerful enough to have strangers comment on its scent!! wonderful job MOLINARD...I also perchase the perfume which is very expensive....$150 for the bottle....if anyone reads this, try AMAZON.com...I have given it as a present to close friends and my daughers as well!!

Sep
02
2010
myname
myname

oh and this is definately better than angel. angel sometimes smells like it is gonna attack you when you put it on. gives me a headache at times.

Aug
10
2010
sherapop
sherapop

In contrast to other reviewers, I'm not detecting a lot of similarity between Molinard NIRMALA and Thierry Mugler ANGEL. NIRMALA opens to my nose with a dark, almost fermented fruitiness. Something--I initially thought it might be incense or myrrh--is so strong that it's nearly tarlike.

As it dries down, NIRMALA becomes more enjoyable, but I don't really like the sandalwood note very much in the middle period. By the end, however, when the fermented fruit has finally gone away, the warm vanilla wood smells very lovely. I do admit that a couple of times I caught a tiny whiff of something very vaguely redolent of ANGEL, but it was so evanescent that I cannot really agree that the two have much in common.

If I could skip the opening and move directly to the drydown, I might add NIRMALA edp to my collection. But I can't, so I won't.

Aug
03
2010
Malegria
Malegria

It is an intensified Angel Innocent - or the head notes of Angel, unchanged. Nirmala stays sharp all the way - perhaps, mango is to blame.It does not go all patchoulish-chocolatey on you, like Angel does. Instead of that, it holds you down with a hand full of sparkly citruses and tropical fruitiness. It is not, absolutely not, a gourmand scent.Woodsy base is still slightly astringent, never let itself loose, and it does not resemble Innocent`s flowery-milky base at all...it`s all woods and citrus here. There is a pine bark/needles accord that reminded me of Marina de Bourbon, which I love, and which also resembles Angel Innocent to my nose. Nirmala is the most grown up and strict among all of them. I am waiting for a cool evening to wear it, otherwise it probably will intimidate me!
PS After a thorough testing - evening/night/morning - I want to add a couple of things. There is a note that is very strong in Nirmala and it appears to be the heart of this wonderful scent. It`s almonds, or something that smells very close to almond essence.Gradually, it goes away and the dry down is similar to Angel Innocent - very clean,slightly soapy, but divine.My love is confirmed.

Jun
27
2010
Miss Guerlain
Miss Guerlain

Smells EXACTLY like "Angel" by Mugler. Unfortunantly I'm one of those who just can't stand neither one, no disrespect to all of you who loves this (for example my man loves them both on me). But why not go for this original one created in 1955 instead? every Angel-lover should absolutley compare these 2 perfumes. ;)

May
29
2010
Action
Action

Kastehelmi, I have both Angel and Nirmala and I love them both, but my husband prefers Nirmala!!!
He says it has better staying power and is more alluring. It does not have the depressing effect that Angel has. So if you know the picture of the two clown faces, the one smiling and the other crying, Angel is the crying one and Nirmala the smiling one!!

May
13
2010
guest_Nima
guest_Nima

My name is "Nirmala" born in 1955. The perfume gifted to me in 2005 by Principal Kinnaird College - I was her secretary at that time. Now my age is 53 years. Since that time I been searching for this perfume but hard luck I can't get it from anywhere. I live in Pakistan. I would be grateful is you could gift it to me.

May
13
2010
libertybelle
libertybelle

I think I'm testing the latest issue - I swear this smelt like honey on first application. I do know the older versions had beeswax so wonder if that note carried over to the newer version or I tested an older sample. I can't say I get much citrus but I do get other tropical fruits. The jasmine and vanilla and sandalwood comes forward later. Thankfully, not any cedar. This is a sweet fragrance but apply with a light hand or it could be too cloying. Good lasting power.

Apr
12
2010
mahanta
mahanta

Nirmala vs Angel. As a matter of fact right now I have both on (it's a pity we humans have only 2 hands;) So, the opening differs greatly - Angel is more foody and sweet and makes me think of a cup of hot chocolate; Nirmala is also sweet but not in a gourmand way. The middle notes are practically 1:1 on me, rich and smooth, deep and dark. The basenotes are very much alike, but I like Nirmala more - can't even explain why - maybe Nirmala has a more prominent woodsy note in it. A few years ago we had to saw off an old orchard - cherry trees, plum trees, an old eve etc. And this smell of sawdust + tree resins comes to my mind when I smell the drydown of Nirmala - Angel gives me more food-like associations.

Feb
07
2010
Flora55
Flora55

I love this - get an older bottle if you can though, not sure if the latest version is the same quality. Yes, it reminds me of Angel, but Angel copied Nirmala, if anything! A blackcurrant note is very strong in this perfume, and it's one of my favorite notes. Passion fruit is very prominent too, and it's VERY redolent of sandalwood, right on the edge of being too much. IN the older version the sandalwood is of excellent quality, so that's not a problem for me.

This is an example of the right way to do a fruity scent, and it blows all those boring, smell-alike lightweights out of the water.

Jan
01
2009
poppy_vanderbilt
poppy_vanderbilt

Some Molinard i hate..others i find facinating and stunning...and there is no mistaking that they are French... Normala is a unique sweet floral and for sure will remind one of Angel without the bite...I do not like Angel but i like this i wear this when i am feeling eccentric and playful....which isn't often anymore.

Aug
19
2009
wild_strawberry
wild_strawberry

It's like combination of Innocent and Angel plus mango, minus half of the patchouli ;) Very good if you can't decide if you want to use Angel or Innocent ;) Good staying power

Jul
18
2009
Moyra
Moyra

I have been wearing Nirmala for years now, and I also wear Thierry Muegler's Angel.
If you smell Nirmala (the eau de parfum, sadly discontinued, is your best bet) you will instantly "get" the inspiration for Angel. Its so blatantly derivative of this 1955 classic that its almost embarrassing, one wonders why there isn't some sort of copyright protecting scents.
Nirmala is exquisite, fresh, strong and lively, more elegant than Angel because it has no head-shop inspired patchouli note and less of a chocolat-ey, vanilla note. Its better for daytime wear because the sillage, although decent, is not the atomic blast radius sillage of Angel.
Its also a LOT less expensive than Angel.
Don't get me wrong - I wear both Nirmala and Angel, I love strong sillage and sweet scents, but Nirmala is probably the most wearable of the two on an everyday basis.
Try to find an older, frosted pink glass bottle of the Nirmala eau de parfum, because the eau de toilette only lasts a very brief time.

May
23
2009
lillybee
lillybee

I tested Nirmala in the store today, it's a sugary, almost cloying fruity floral. It didn't come in the bottle pictured though but in the one the Les Fleurs, Les Fruits, Les Orientaux are packaged in. Nirmala is a burst of sweet fruits, even sweeter than fruit juice, an almost syrupy mixture of citrus, mango and passion fruit. I couldn't detect the floral note, when eventually the fruity notes died down, Nirmala became like caramelised sugar with a hint of smokey vanilla, like a vanilla cake you've just got of the oven. Finally, a touch of musk made it a bit soapy and fresh-smelling, which was kind of incongruent with the rest of the gourmand and sugary notes. So this will definitely be the new Nirmala, a reformulated one, I find it hard to imagine the same scent in the fifties.

May
21
2009
pitbull friend
pitbull friend

The notes on this sound great, making me wonder whether I got a bad bottle from eBay. On me, it was the most synthetic laundry detergent and cumin - one of my least favorite perfume experiences!

May
16
2009

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