Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thierry Mugler- Womanity


A year and a half of casually testing Womanity and I still can't make up my mind about it. And you know what? Maybe that's the story here. It's not very often that I find a mainstream perfume that makes me stop everything and actually feel and think, consider and reconsider. Even on days that Womanity ends up annoying me it is still interesting.

I don't have an all-encompassing opinion when it comes to Thierry Mugler perfumes. They occupy a full range from "I'd rather be dead" (Angel), "I know who killed me" (Alien) to ones I truly like (Innocent and the masculines, though I much prefer them on myself than on my husband). Then comes Womanity and it's unlike anything else.



I adore the opening of Womanity. It's colorful and kaleidoscopic: bursts of friendly citrus, sweet figs, sea salt and candy. It's a Utopian Coney Island or Jersey boardwalk on a beautiful June day. I don't know what's with the pink color of the bottle and the ads, because what I see are summery colors of sky blue,  lemon and lime green. Then things become more complicated with dueling notes of salt and milk, wood and sugar. The milkiness has more than a little of fig's BFF, coconut in varying amounts. This is when sometimes I get nothing but sugar water, but other times the fig wins and I keep enjoying Womanity.

A lot has been said about the (in)famous caviar note in Womanity. I'm not a caviar expert, and as a vegetarian it's been years since I last had any. What I smell is salt and clean ocean. It's not as disgustingly aquatic as I feared before I got to smell it. In fact, this note is actually quite pleasant since it has an actual salty taste. In other words, there's no resemblance to Cool Water and its ilk.

The dry-down smells better up close on skin level than in my general sillage bubble. The scent that's captured between my clothes and skin is delicious, sweet but not completely fruity. Is it a decidedly feminine fragrance? I doubt it. A man who wears fig perfumes from the woody to the milky and  green ones has a fair chance of enjoying Womanity despite the bottle, the name and the ads. I really wish brands would stop being so gender-specific. Last I checked there was nothing hanging (or not) under a perfume bottle's proverbial tail.

Notes: Fig, Caviar, Fig wood, Fig leaf, Woody notes

Womanity by Thierry Mugler ($58, 1 oz EDP) is available from Sephora and most department stores.

2010 Womanity ad from couleurparfum.com.
Art: Coney Island, uploaded to Photobucket by Gayle Marie.

6 comments:

  1. Gaia, all I can say is: yes. My experience with Womanity is just like yours. Do I like it? I still don't know...

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  2. I can safely say I hate it. My daughters and I all do. We all tried it and could not get past the vile fish note. WTF.

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  3. I have one of those small travel bottles. It is a very nice, post gym off to work fragrance, and it layers beautifully with classic rose
    scents.

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  4. I also cannot decide, but there is something in there that totally intrigues me.

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  5. Womanity doesn't necessarily make me think of a smoker who's trying to cover up that scent with perfume. But every time I smell it, I think of cigarettes and cigarette smoke. It certainly smells better than Lush's Lemony Flutter, though, which is Lemon Pledge and heavily used ashtray to my nose.

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  6. Ah, I was thrilled to read this review! I don't own a bottle but I've been very tempted. I'm not a fan of Mugler perfumes at all. I was sure I would hate it before I had a sniff too. I definitely don't get fishy but I find the scent very intriguing. I almost feel ashamed of myself for liking it though!

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