Angel is a fragrance that most of us are pretty familiar with, as it's been around since 1992. I think it is quite a Marmite fragrance; some people adore it, whilst others cannot abide it. As a teenager I used to love it and always doused myself in it when walking through department stores; back then I thought the stronger the scent, the better.
I eventually went off this particular perfume for a long time, but strong, deep and distinguishable scents have always appealed to me; Gucci by Gucci and Prada Amber EDP are two of my all-time favourites. Angel has recently been re-launched as an Eau de Toilette and I was sent a sample for review.
How pretty is the new campaign? Eva Mendes is lookin' fierce, it has to be said. A new (refillable) bottle has also been designed for the EDT, and it's bloody gorgeous. It literally looks like a comet: the star is the cap, which closes with a really satisfying magnetic click.
I think the scent is definitely more wearable than the eau de parfum, and will probably appeal to a broader spectrum of people. Having said that, certain perfumes suit some people more than others. I love this on myself as it is still quite strong for an EDT, and although there are sweet notes, it is still quite a deep scent (describing scents isn't really my forté..).
The press release I was sent gives a rather detailed spiel of what this scent is:
A pure fragrance enveloping the smell of the wind, the sky and beyond.
Bergamot is the energy behind this breath of fresh air. It meets with red berries in a motion that is perfectly in synch — explosive with a hint of pepper.
The pleasures of light-hearted sweets, the voluptuousness of childhood candies, and that feeling of breaking the rules…
The sweets become delicate and vaporous: subtle dabs of praline, berries so plump you want to eat them or imagine them in a tangy jelly…
Cunningly candid, the patchouli-vanilla accord is unsettling. It is tempered by cedar, a newcomer to the woody casting of the original fragrance. White musk adds nuance to the base of the fragrance, secretly feeding this unique addiction.
Enlightened?! Nah, me neither. However, I can assure you guys that I really do like this scent a lot, and would recommend that you check it out, even if you weren't mad on the original.