Remember the ’90s, 1992 to be exact, when Thierry Mugler rocked the fragrance world with his now iconic gourmand perfume Angel? The French designer’s cotton candy-inspired, praline, caramel, patchouli, vanilla and chocolate-infused elixir created such a frenzy for spritzing and an appetite for wanting so-good-you-could-eat-them smelling scents that the pretty blue glass, shooting star-shaped bottle has been a fixture on shopping store shelves and on women’s vanities for almost 30 years. So naturally, when we heard there was a new Angel named Nova launching, we had to try it on.
A little more fruity and floral than the original eau, Nova is sweet, light and bright on first spritz courtesy of raspberry and lychee notes. Deeply sensual Damask rose combined with what the fashion house calls a supernatural rose essence, are then swirled in giving the parfum a sense of intimacy and power. Dry, creamy and warm akigalawood and benzoin complete the perfume, grounding it with an earthy appeal. The gourmand’s overall effect is modern, intoxicating and always seems to leave you wanting just a little bit more.
Luckily, having more is what this fragrance is all about. Captured in a pretty, dark pink, shooting star-shaped glass flacon and topped with a pointed silver cap, Nova is Mugler’s first perfume made by using upcycling. The scent’s supernatural rose essence is derived from a process called double extraction where previously distilled rose petals are saved and through biotechnology distilled again so that they can be used twice as opposed to just once, which is typical in perfume making. Kind on natural plant resources, perfect for daily spritzing and of course, a game-changer for Mugler makes this eau our favourite way to start a New Year.