Category: Christine Nagel

Thierry Mugler Miroir Miroir Collection, 2008

The Miroir Collection was a new blueprint for Mugler in 2008. At the time, the rest of the line was based on a seemingly exponential quantity of flankers of Angel, Cologne, Alien. (Womanity was released in 2010.) The five-piece collection was sold as a fairytale fantasy mirror. Three are woody florals (A Travers le Miroir, Miroir des Secrets, Miroir des…

Lalique Encre Noire pour Elle, 2006

Perfumer Christine Nagel Encre Noire pour Elle plays with the low expectation of floral prettiness, giving you more bleach and backbone than cute smiles. If I were to give it a Sanchez/Turin-style two-word fly-by, it would be moonshine detergent. Categorically it’s a musky, woody floral—an enormous field.  In spite of the common pedigree, though, it’s clever.  As for notes,  the…

Mauboussin by Mauboussin, 2000

Perfumer Christine Nagel Mauboussin is a big-boned, inedible fruity oriental. It doesn’t always strike me as appealing, but it’s always striking. The fruit, plummy, peachy, mandarin, is just a bit rotten. It’s turned fruit that smells good in a brandy-like way but also warns you that it’s no longer edible. Actually, boozy isn’t quite it. The fruit and benzoin together…