Mugler Cologne was inspired by a piece of soap that Thierry Mugler discovered on a holiday in Morocco. The perfumer behind this fragrance is Alberto Morillas and it was released in 2001.

Mugler makes some pretty out there fragrances. Like Angel for women that basically kicked off the gourmand genre in perfumery, and also Alien which is a great jasmine scent. And on the male side the awesome A*Men and it’s many flankers. If you are looking for an avant-garde fragrance then Mugler Cologne is not for you. It is however an absolutely great fresh scent.

Thierry Mugler is a fashion designer originally from Strassbourg in France. In addition to being a fashion designer he is also a photographer and video director. For example he directed the video for Too Funky by George Michael. He released his first fragrance, Angel, in 1992. By now I guess that Mugler is probably better known to the public for his fragrances than for his fashion.

What Mugler Cologne smells like

The official notes for Mugler Cologne are bergamot, neroli, petitgrain, orange flower, white musk and a mystery ‘S’ note. I actually smell a lot of vetiver in this, although it’s not an officially listed note. So I guess vetiver is the mysterious ‘S’ note.

Vetiver is a very common note in perfumery. It’s used as a fixative that makes scents last longer on tour skin. It’s basically a type of woody grass that originates in India, but now the major producers are Haiti, India and Indonesia.

Vetiver is used in a lot of perfumes, though it is not always listed as a note. And there are also fragrances that focus on it as its core note. For example Guerlain Vetiver, Coeur de Vétiver Sacré by L’Artisan Parfumeur and Vetiver by Roja Dove. It can smell both fresh or woody and dark, depending on how it’s used and where it’s sourced from. For example Gucci Guilty Absolute also contains a lot of vetiver but smells very dark and foreboding. Gucci Guilty Absolute is also a great scent, but it smells nothing like Mugler Cologne.

As an aside, Gucci Guilty Absolute is also a fragrance by Alberto Morillas, this guy knows his vetivers.

At its core Mugler Cologne is a very simple scent. It’s fresh, green and clean and yes soapy. Good soap can smell awesome though, and this stuff smells awesome.

Final thoughts on Mugler Cologne

Do you know the smell of a freshly mowed field of grass? I love that smell. This is what Mugler Cologne smells like to me, with some added citrus on top from the bergamot and neroli. It is very fresh and very clean, and it’s also a very inviting scent. This is one of my favorite fragrances and there is no occasion where you can’t wear this.

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