Thierry Mugler is not afraid of ruffling a few feathers in the fragrance world. His signature scent, Angel, incites either an intense love or immense disdain over its powerful, sugary muskiness. So I was interested to see if his latest creation, Innocent Illusion ($50), would smell equally controversial.
Innocent Illusion is a much gentler yet no less complex fragrance. It is a bit of a chameleon, with notes of red currant, lime blossom, mandarin, and sweet almond for a sweet-spiciness, as well as bergamot and white musk for depth and woodsiness. After a while, the scent settles into the skin with a surprising freshness. It's got a little bit of everything, which keeps it from being as overpowering as its predecessor, but it also fails to have as strong of a personality. That being said, this is indeed a truly enjoyable, multidimensional fragrance.
Those of you who may have written off Thierry Mugler because of Angel should consider trying Innocent Illusion. This fragrance is significantly easier to wear, yet unusual enough to not be boring. My only gripe? This spacey pink bottle might be a contender for one of the worst perfume bottles ever. Oh well, nothing's perfect.