Clarins Fragrance Group’s latest perfume, Alien Eau Extraordinaire by Thierry Mugler, is joining the likes of its three other Alien family members, and of course, its Angel cousins, who last year celebrated their 20th anniversary.
Almost two-years in the making, Eau Extraordinaire is housed in a refillable crystalline bottle. “The design was inspired by and pays tribute to the marquise style, which is a way of cutting the stones in 56 facets,” shared Joseph McElroy, Director of Education for Clarins Fragrance Group. “It’s also a tribute to the radiant smile of King Louis XV’s infamous lover, the Marquise de Pompadour. So the geometry of her smile is built into the bottle.” McElroy went on to discuss the challenge of making a fragrance that offers the theme of light paired with goddess-like sensuality. “Ingredients that represent sun to us often are found in scents that are overtly youthful or effervescent,” he said. “This fragrance avoids that by balancing sensual or serene elements in with aromas that make us feel the luxuriousness of the sun.”
Tunisian neroli, an essence described as ‘liquid gold’ by perfumers because of its olfactory richness, is one of the main notes. Other notes are orange blossom, bergamot, white amber and cashmeran. Created by Dominique Ropion and Veronique Nyberg for IFF, the ingredients were combined to be powerful and energizing to the senses, while evoking feelings of luminosity and positivity.
Alien Eau Extraordinaire hits stores in April and will sell for $69 per 2-oz bottle and $89 per 3-oz bottle.