Alien Man 
Thierry Mugler (2018)

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There are 17 reviews of Alien Man by Thierry Mugler.

The opening is a smooth and somewhat vegetal mix of herbs with anise flavours mixed in. A touch of dill is preset too, but only very faintly on me.

The drydown adds woodsy elements, beechwood a touch with on overall rather nonspecific character; a smooth wood but a tad dull. At times I get weakly spicy undertones. A soft suede appears, but with hardly any smokiness I can detect.

The base is characterised by ambery white musks, which are the usual suspects in their sweetish blandness; glimpses of a weak synthetic vanilla also do not do a lot to improve this phase of the development.

I get moderate sillage, good projection, and eight hours of longevity on my skin.

The opening is this autumnal scent is quite unusual and interesting, and not without some originality it the concept. Unfortunately, most notes are not very vivid, and the second half is rather bland. Not bad, but quite mundane. 2.75/5
May 6, 2021

Here we need an exaggerated exclamation, this is for me a perfume, very very very different from the usual things that are heard around ... and an additional point is the duration that you feel it also the day after on ... well it is MUGLER ...
Bought today for my husband. A decisive, strong, seductive perfume. Excellent persistence. To be honest, I'm wearing it too. Alien Man is a creation of the very prestigious Jean-Christophe Herault, nose of this fragrance. It is an iconic, original perfume, different from the usual trite and contrite fragrances that are baked every year in the world of perfumery. This perfume is something different. Complicated. Either you love it or you hate it, there are no half measures and attention, if you love it you will never leave it, which is why it is a fragrance called Addicted. The perfumer has chiseled its floreality to make it carnal and suggestive. Precious and warm woods envelop you in a tremendously sexy aura. It explodes like lightning. For me this perfume is a declaration of love for love.
Apr 13, 2021

Devotees of the House of Mugler were beyond excited when it was announced there was to be a male counterpart to the iconic Alien perfume. However, since the release of Alien Man, the disappointment has been considerable. From bemoaning the lack of jasmine (as though its inclusion should somehow have been pre-determined), annoyance that it “isn't a Mugler” because it isn't sufficiently challenging or ‘different', to just plain old dislike. It does of course have its fans who happen to hold the exact opposite of those views. So, it seems Mugler released a polarising fragrance. Who'd have thought it?

Alien Man has found itself in a difficult position by not being the big, bold fragrance fans were expecting and equally being just too different and odd for the casual fragrance counter cruiser. True, A*Men trod a completely different path to the prevailing trends of the time when it was released, but it had caramel and chocolate goodness to persuade you. Everyone loves that, right? The chief complaint with Alien Man within the fragrance community is that it's too safe, uninteresting, un-Mugler like, generic, even. Full disclosure: I own AM and came to it not as a fan of the House. It is my first Mugler fragrance, the others seemingly too sickly sweet for me, though admittedly I had only sniffed those others in passing and a long time ago. Essentially though I had the advantage of approaching AM happy that it was supposedly unlike previous Muglers.

The pre-conceived expectations of fans and connoisseurs, coupled with the shock of picking up something familiar in AM (more on that later), resulted in many a refined nose dismissing it rather quickly. But here's the thing: I think there's complexity-a-plenty going on in AM, much more than many have given it credit, and I think it's going to become a far more appreciated fragrance in time.

Perhaps unlike his female counterpart, this Alien is quiet and calm. Sure, there's a slight metallic note that makes this other worldly man appear somewhat detached, but there is also warmth here and so there's no sense of unfriendliness. The idea of something familiar but different, like a man but an alien version of him, runs through AM. If perfumer Jean-Christophe Herault had this in mind when creating AM then he has absolutely nailed it. The very non-generic opening of mint, anise and dill combine to produce something you immediately know is a herb but not one you recognise. This sweet, green herb is not a herb of this world and it is very addictive. The arrival of floral, leather and wood notes from the mid and base brings forth something else almost familiar - an accord that could be described as reminiscent of a Lynx/Axe style of body spray, or a hint of 80's Insignia, perhaps? There's something familiar about this ‘man' but yet he is still quite different. I think it is this familiar profile that is chiefly responsible for much of AM's criticism.

There is of course much more to AM than simply a sweet, minty herb over a ‘body spray' accord. After the initial opening, AM will give you smoky beechwood; soft leather; an apricot-like brightness from the osmanthus; cashmere; and of course a good dose of amber. It's all there and more, and with the strange minty sweet herbal goodness, there really is a lot going on. It is also clearly blended with a significant degree of skill and care.

Texturally, AM is smooth and polished, like the glass monolithic bottle in which it is housed. Additionally, it absolutely calls to mind the colour of purple to me, which happens to be the colour of the bottle. There's nothing quite like it out there at the moment. But despite this is it still too ‘familiar'? My wife says that body spray accord is more noticeable on some days than others and when it is, it smells quite ‘cheap' to her. I have to say however I'm still very much taken with AM and I've already bought a refill. It maintains my interest and I just want to keep revisiting it. I just love that herbal note - it's so darn good and so, well, ‘alien'. A point to note: if you spray on clothing, that herbal note hangs around for hours and the fragrance's transition is extended significantly.

If Mugler fragrances are often described as unorthodox, surprising, challenging to pre-conceived notions, and polarising, then Alien Man is absolutely a Mugler fragrance.

Thumbs up.
Feb 19, 2021

Inspired by a autumn special evening. imagine yourself in a full tuxedo,at a french casino with a gorgeous woman on the arm and a glass of aged whiskey in the other.A super safe scent for has the perfect hint of masculinity and is really a hit with the ladies.
Alien Man opened to the freshness of fresh dill&mint and the refined sound of lemon.exciting sensual notes of heart combine the warth of geranium with the intriguing sound of cashmere wood and osmanthous.base notes express the sexuality of dense amber,the elegance of leather and the sensuality of vanilla,creating an captivating fragrance for a kind-hearted and generous but very mysterious(at the same time) renaissance Gentleman leaving in a mansion.
Dec 7, 2020

Sometimes, strange notes can create unique smells. In the case of Alien Man, no, just no!

The opening is sweet, sugary, syrupy, fruity, gourmand-ish. The dry down smells like wet concrete. For comparisons, it smells like CK Reveal Man meets Narciso Rodriguez for Him. The combination is unbalanced.

However, in the even that this may intrigue you, as it has many of my colleagues here. It does perform pretty well.

I am huge Mugler fan. I own the majority of the A*Men collection, as well as a few others from the brand. But, I think this is just horrible. Buy at your own risk, but I would seriously sample this before committing to blind buying a bottle.
Oct 11, 2019

This is actually a very nice low-key spicy fragrance for men. It maybe smells more like something from the 90's than today, but that's what makes it sort of refreshing and unique. It's a little tricky to explain how it smells; there's a sweet/fresh smell in the top that seems like it's part anise and mint, and part something else, a little greener and more herbal. I suppose it could be "dill" although it doesn't exactly smell like it, at least not the kind you cook with. But it lends a sweet/herbal/green aspect to the whole and actually plays a pretty significant roll in the overall smell. There's flashes of an herbal, green variety of lavender here as well, but it's quiet, softer, and blends in and out with the anise, mint, and dill. Beneath its sweeter, fresher side, Alien Man shows some soft suede and a cozy, almost-smoky cashmere wood embellished with pepper. While it's not prominent or dominating at a any moment, I get a good dose of pepper in Alien Man, and it seems to be what gives it most of its spicy character. I have to say that the base is very nice. The cashmere wood is soft, and while it's entwined with amber, it's not THAT woody-amber smell that's everywhere (those sort of chemical, scratchy-fuzzy sweet woods). It's much easier on the nose and stays more in the background rather than taking over and dominating as the other kind usually does. The suede is also a nice touch, and it lends a smooth, rounded texture to the base as well its subtle, unique smell. Finally, amber by itself also emerges in the base, and in the beginning this one has a crusty, salt-licked little edge to it that almost suggests an animalic quality or freshly sweaty skin. But it's very low-key and dialed back at the same time, something you might not notice at first, but could if you looked for it. Finally, the amber takes on a more powdery-sweet, white-ish hue and this is the last stage of the fragrance's development. Though it retains traces of what preceded it, in the end it is mostly amber which dominates.

I guess I could have written a much shorter review of Alien Man and said "it's a spicy-fresh, sweet herbal fragrance for men with some soft cashmere wood and suede in the base," and to some extent, that's what it is, but I don't think that would give you any real idea of its smell. I'm still not sure if the description above exactly nails it, but if you can't obtain a sample, it may at least give you a rough idea of what it's like.

One thing Alien Man is not, is generic. I don't know where those comments came from. I haven't smelled one recent release that comes even close to smelling like Alien Man. The sweetness in its top is not some vague fruit concoction, or tonka-laden lavender, or pink pepper/cinnamon blend you could find in a bunch of other fragrances--it's a sort of bizarre but pleasant herbal-green sweetness infused with anise and mint. And the base is a soft, easy-going cushion of gentle woods and suede. It's not bursting at the seams with aroma chemicals; it's not presenting some form of "hyper-fresh" woods, nostril piercing in their tenacity and pitch. If the woods in Alien Man don't exactly smell natural, they at least smell pleasant and approachable.

But I understand the ho-hum reactions to this one. I understand the disappointment. Mugler is a company known for its bombastic, over-the-top creations, beginning with A*Men and ending with whatever was the latest A*Men flanker in a very long line of A*Men flankers. So when it was announced they were releasing a new men's fragrance, everyone's mind naturally went to this big, loud, impressive place. Meanwhile Alien Man went the other way. It went somewhere quiet and understated, opting for finesse and restraint over fireworks and volume. There's no real "wow factor" to Alien Man. It's not going to knock your socks off or blow your mind. But at the same time, it smells really nice. It the type of fragrance that has signature-scent potential. You can wear it everywhere and anywhere, and nobody's going to ask you to leave the room because you stink. In fact, most people will probably react well to it just because it smells so nice. I can't say the same for Ultra Zest or Pure Leather or Pure Malt or Kryptomint. Even though I love many of these scents, wearing them can be a crapshoot. In the end, I think Mugler made the right choice here. By releasing Alien Man they added a versatile, understated, and easy-to-wear option to their lineup. And they've still left plenty of room for Alien Man Intense.

Alien Man's performance is solid, and 5 good sprays seem to do trick and really get it rolling. Projection is moderate, but present, as it should be for a scent like this. It creates a nice smell around its subject but doesn't shout. Longevity is about 8 hours. As far as seasons, I think this could be worn any time of the year save for the hottest months, and as far as occasions it seems to have good range, from the most casual situations to more formal, dressy events. As stated earlier, it's the kind of fragrance that could be used as a signature scent.

In approaching Alien Man I finally followed my New Year's resolution and ordered a sample rather than blind buying a full bottle, but now that my sample has run out, it looks like a bottle is on the horizon. Different enough from anything else I own and something that will be easy and fun to wear, Alien Man gets an overall score of 8 out of 10 and is recommended for sampling. Go into this one with tempered expectations and you may enjoy it.

UPDATE: This is much STRONGER than I'd been lead to believe at first. I get more than above average projection and a solid 8 to 10 hour longevity every time I wear this. It's also taken a bit of a darker turn, losing some of its greenness and resembling more the dark color purple of the flacon. I really, really enjoy this.

Aug 12, 2019

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