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Shop Your Fragrance Wardrobe: Thierry Mugler Innocent

04/25/16 10:23:28 (12 comments)

by: Elena Vosnaki


Welcome to another chapter of the series "Shop Your Fragrance Wardrobe", in which our writers explore fragrances they've owned for some time but seldom wear. Join us for the journey!

I distinctly recall the first time I tested Innocent by Thierry Mugler at a big department store back in 1998. Having survived the trauma that an unsolicited over spraying of the original Angel by an otherwise meek looking sales assistant had inflicted on me, I was wary of anything that came in a blue bottle; with the wisdom of hindsight, and with the eventual exception of Mugler, I'm still wary of blue bottles directed my way, but for completely different reasons I assure you. 

This time the sales assistant did not whoosh me in a cloud of suffocating fragrance that trailed for miles on end. No. They had probably wizened up since last time, one should gather. Instead, the black haired, blue eyed beautician offered a spray sample, alongside Lolita Lempicka eau de parfum. The Mugler samples are cutely wrapped as a candy wrapper now, which ups the cuteness factor exponentially. My eyes always light up at the offer of biggish spray samples, anyway, as they allow a more expansive yet still controlled application and therefore a more balanced and realistic appreciation of a fragrance's sillage and evaporation arc. 

Without further ado I kept the two in my pocket, went about my shopping in the direction of the beauty aisle, searching for some Clarins moisturizer from what I recall, and finally caved in to the impulse and sprayed one of the samples tentatively on my wrist as I was paying at the register. It was sheer luck that I caught on to the lightest blue canister instead of the violet-tinged one: Lolita Lempicka was equally "new", having launched only a year prior to Innocent. 

Originally it was called Angel Innocent and it came in a rather unattractive can of aluminum spray, just like a body spray. I can only hypothesize that it was made as an afterthought of the main Angel line, as a lighter body mist, though it is credited to a different perfumer (Laurent Bruyere vs. Olivier Cresp). 

The scent itself is a succulent mix of Jordan almonds, egg-whites meringues and praline, floating around an intensely sweet & tart note of blackcurrant, like blackcurrant jam but without the stickiness. Instead the feeling is one of copious amounts of musk underpinning the composition into a cloud-like, duvet feel of goose feathers falling softly on nude skin. 

It's a sensual perfume, no doubt because its original skeleton is one that puts lots of flesh over the handsome bones, but it's a benevolent sensual and with the eerie melancholy of a beautiful anime boy with blue eyes and dark hair...


light blue hair anime via

The nifty thing about Innocent is that it pairs extremely well with all the other products in the existing Angel range. So, if you're already the proud owner of an Angel star-bottle, you can layer the two to create a personalized creation all your own, or you can combine a fine layer of the intensely fragrant body cream with a light spritz of the Innocent spray on top, or any combination thereof. For consumerism purposes, the Clarins Group, owners of the Thierry Mugler perfumes brand, have introduced a separate range of Innocent body products as well as its own little army of flankers which are archived on the extensive Fragrantica directory, if you're curious. 

 

 

The light blue can
has since been substituted with a beautiful crystal style bottle with a star "faceting" on the cap and in certain editions on the bottle, to echo the heritage of the original Angel to which Innocent is a nice variation without the reputed and infamous "malevolent" patchouli cloud. 

 

Mugler's Innocent seems in retrospect to be the perfect alternative for people who like gourmand fragrances, love sugared almonds, love fluffy compositions with a tang of sour-sweet fruit on top, but do not appreciate a masculinity factor, in this case the prominent androgynous quality of the intense patchouli of the original Angel. Don't get me wrong; I love Angel for all those reasons and have come to appreciate how a teensy-tiny bit of application from afar (or, better yet, using the gorgeous body products) can enhance my neuron pleasure responses. But Innocent is just easier to wear every day, easier to wear during the warmer weather, and, still with a light hand application, easier to feel less conspicuous wearing it. 

I have absolutely NO idea why I don't wear it more often. Spoilt by choice, I guess, nothing more. I stand corrected. Go out and try it, like, right now. It needs to be in continuous production, as it's very good indeed, and the only way to ensure that is by having people actually buying the stuff. 

What about you, dear readers? Have you ever revisited an old love and found it no longer works for you? Do you ever give fragrances that don't work for you to another family member? Tell us about your experiences of shopping your own fragrance wardrobes in the comments!

Elena Vosnaki

Elena Vosnaki is a historian and perfume writer from Greece and a Writer for Fragrantica. She is the founder and editor of Perfume Shrine, one of the most respected independent online publications on perfume.

Her writing was recognized at the Fifi Awards for Editorial Excellence in 2009 and in 2011.

She is consulted as a fragrance historian & expert and has been curating fragrance installations at museum exhibits at the Milan Expo 2015 and elsewhere. She also contributes to publications around the world.

 

 



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lilybelle911
lilybelle911

I always preferred Innocent to Angel and I'd always meant to pick up a bottle. The strong patchouli in Angel made it difficult for me to wear.

Jul
01
2016
FeltFace
FeltFace

What a lovely article! It is an underrated scent, but that may just as well be a good thing with so many people smelling alike now. I've only ever smelled this on one other person before I decided I loved it.
Strangely enough, to my perception it's always had that melancholy vibe. I though I was the only one, with so many reviewers describing it as a happy scent. For a gourmand it's very "thoughtful" and not literal.

Thank goodness they scrapped that metal can. Never heard of that before. Now I'll go hunt for some more backups.

Apr
26
2016
Sanskilainen
Sanskilainen

I just recently repurchased this after almost 20 years. I was hoping it would still come in the metal spray bottle as there is something beautiful about it. I wish I could wear THE Angel and as it is just not possible, even though I enjoy the scent, Innocent will keep me connected. Innocent is related to Angel, sure, but I still think they are vastly different. Innocent is more citrusy and somehow even sweeter than Angel in the beginning. Innocent settles into a very wearable reminiscence of Angels dry down and can be worn even daytime. It's funny how secret it is in its existence, barely no one knows it exists. Find it and love it.

Apr
26
2016
Crystals On My Converse
Crystals On My Converse

Almost all through High School I wore 'Armani She' y'know the gold cylinder can? However when I went back and smelled it recently I was like 'Oooooh heavens NO!!' I loved it at the time and it will always be special to me but my tastes have changed since the 90s lol!

Apr
26
2016
Kione
Kione

Funnily enough, I love Angel and I don't like Innocent. i actually find it quite masculine and a too cloying.

Apr
26
2016
SuzanneS
SuzanneS

Love Angel Innocent.. so underrated .

Apr
26
2016
cincobayou
cincobayou

Would you believe that I never heard of Innocent before this article?
I was a late-comer to finding Angel, only about 4 years ago!, and have already worn it out for my nose. I do still like the shower gel/bubble bath of it though.
Nice article and I shall look on line for Innocent.

Apr
25
2016
NebraskaLovesScent
NebraskaLovesScent

I burned out on Angel awhile ago (though I still respect the remarkable creation that it is). Maybe Innocent would be more to my liking? Hope to try it soon!

Apr
25
2016
Germany
Germany

Innocent is one of my favourite perfumes. I have a few back ups as I am in love with it. It does go so well with angel and all the body products. , my favourite smell is to shower with angel shower gel put on the angel body cream on décolleté and Spritz my wrists with innocent. I guaranteed get at least one compliment. It is still available online but very sad it's not in stores anymore. It is indeed easier than Angel , cleaner , fresher and more innocent. :)
Love Mugler and how he related innocent and angel and Muse into sisters. So well done. All smell similar yet have their own personality.

Apr
25
2016
lunamystic
lunamystic

I always owned Molinard Nirmala, so I never felt the need to also own Angel Innocent although I do like it...I do believe I have recently seen it in Bloomingdales again.

Apr
25
2016
auroramaria
auroramaria

I love Innocent sadly no longer available in stores in Italy.Almost evrytime I wore it men and women commented on how good I smelled!! If it ws still around I would gladly wear it even though at present I'm really into Muse which I find divine.

Apr
25
2016
Whit
Whit

I own Innocent as well and find the scent quite enjoyable. I know why I seldom wear it; because I'm too busy experimenting with other scents! I know Innocent gets labelled a "boring" scent by some but I think that's because it's not controversial like Angel. True, I do think it's a "safe" scent, but it's nice nonetheless. I find it wearable in all temps and seasons, so it's very versatile. The Innocent flankers are quite good too; sure nothing groundbreaking, but very lovely and of course, "Innocent".

Apr
25
2016

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