If you follow my musings regularly you’ll know that I rarely pull my punches when it comes to fragrance reviews. So I’ll tell you upfront – I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Thierry Mugler‘s fragrances, apart from Cologne which I do like and wear. Though iconic, I find A*Men way too sweet and sickly, though I respect its distinctiveness hugely.
So I can’t say I was expecting much from A*Men Pure Shot, Mugler’s latest fragrance, coyly marketed as a sports fragrance without actually using the term itself. As it turns out I’ve been pleasantly surprised.
Mugler’s fragrances have always been inspired by superheroes but the inspiration for this one – a fresh, spicy fragrance with mint, juniper, white pepper and patchouli – came from a real life one: Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius.
It’s quite unlike any other of the A*Men fragrances which is possibly why I like it. I’m still not sure I could wear it myself but it’s much more interesting than most of the dross out there so next time you’re near a department store do pop in and give it a shot (sorry!).
Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Shot, £48 for 100ml eau de toilette.For stockists call 020 7307 6700