Angel, The Digestif
As many devotees of Thierry Mugler’s Angel will recall, the 1992 gourmand oriental sent shock waves through the smelling establishment, indoctrinating a new scent family and securing a large group of lifelong fans. For the holidays, the French designer is indulging his penchant for mold-breaking once again, putting a personal spin on the season’s limited-edition flacons and reformulations. His Angel Superstar Eau de Parfum collector’s bottle, for starters, comes equipped with a 38mm Swarovski crystal dangling at the center, and the popular juice itself has been given an equally bourgie revamp. Liqueur de Parfum, as its name suggests, is inspired by cognac production techniques and is the result of placing the chocolate, caramel and patchouli fragrance in a cherry wood casket for eight weeks. Soft honey overtones and essences of candied fruits now pepper the familiar vanilla and amber notes. Alien, his woody jasmine sambac scent, has been paired with oak wood to achieve a similarly distilled effect. While it won’t give you the same kind of “cheer” as kicking back a few snifters of Rémy Martin, it’s still worth adding to your shopping list.