Yes, why have I waited so long? This is exactly the question I ask myself in connection with my latest acquisition "Ange ou Démon" by Givenchy.
My favorite place to buy my perfumes before Corona was at duty-free shops in airports. I can't remember how many times I've sneaked around "Ange ou Démon". Because, of course, the name appealed to me.
Gladly I remember, a former work colleague. She always held loud discord with your "angels and devils". Very funny - like a Commedia dell'Arte play.
She made me imagine it always very pictorially - also with myself. I just felt like there was a little angel and a little devil sitting on my shoulders too, whispering your advice to me. And it is still like that. Who do I listen to today? Is the angel or the demon in me winning, or should I say on me?
When I first saw this perfume, I absolutely had to try this scent. I sniffed the test strip full of anticipation and .... my first reaction ... shall I give it away ... IGITT - pure repulsion! It couldn't be that at all.
Givenchy has great fragrances: "Ysatis", "Very Irresistible", "Amarige" and so on. What didn't I like about the perfume with the interesting name? A pungent unpleasant note, which I couldn't define at the time, irritated me. Off to the wastebasket with the test strip. And what? I bought a different perfume instead. Guess what I bought! Well, who knows? Any ideas? It was "Alien" - the ultimate banger. But this is another story.
I didn't give up. Years later, "Ange ou Démon" was on special offer in the duty-free shop. So I tried it again. This time the pungent note was no longer so present. But even though I kept sniffing the test strip, it remained present and just bothered me. However, it ruined the overall impression for me. Because I kind of liked the warm and cuddly note in the background. This time I bought an eau de parfum by Yves Saint Laurent. No, I can already hear your guesses. It wasn't "Black Opium", but "Parisienne". So it was again nothing with us both.
Only last year, this very persistent fragrance moved back into my focus. In the course of my research on "Opera" by Xerjoff I came in a roundabout way back to "Ange ou Démon". Here at Parfumo, or was it Fragrantica (?), "Ange ou Démon" was actually given as a comparative perfume to "Opera". In the meantime, I was already on my way towards perfume twins, and actually ordered a dupe of "Ange ou Démon", which I even found quite acceptable, but with a subterranean durability. But it was to be almost a year before I finally dared to buy the original, and the whole thing even online - without testing it again beforehand. So almost a blind buy. Somehow.
Accordingly, I was excited when testing at home. Now finally to the fragrance test - a few pinches on a neutral cosmetic tissue and on my wrist sprayed and off it goes:
A subtly fresh and citrusy start that transitions into a sweet warm tangerine surprises me. Honestly, I don't explicitly smell out tangerine, but something fruity and orangey. Immediately the thyme comes in - but mild - not overbearing. The thyme is easy to detect. The saffron, on the other hand, is barely detectable, at best interwoven with the thyme scent. This spicy blend gets stronger - at least on my wrist.
On the cosmetic tissue, the fresh note from the start remains present longer.
The fragrance development on my wrist is already progressing. Seductively push the floral creamy notes of orchid and YlangYlang in the foreground. In the background, I still smell something slightly powdery - probably the lily. I love powdery fragrance elements. They give perfumes a cozy touch and sometimes an elegant direction. What a beautifully woven composition - seductive and cozy at the same time with an elegant lurch. I find my skin chemistry matches this fragrance perfectly. Nothing is too much or overbearing.
Quite the opposite is the fragrance development on the cosmetic tissue. Here, the powdery and the spicy cool thyme now play the main role. But the emphasis is on cool and first still mixed with the long-lasting citrus freshness. No, that's the wrong way to put it. The thyme-saffron note here goes in the direction of pungent herb and yet rather stands out from the cool combination. Later, the freshness gradually disappears. The herbaceous element remains. Overall, it seems more like a medicinal scent to me. Could possibly be the saffron. I remember some people describing that for them "Baccarat Rouge 540" smells like a dentist. Peu à peu, it becomes woodier and warmer. But the vanilla-tonka mixture remains only in the background on the cosmetic tissue, unfortunately. The sharp pungent note towers but all other fragrance components.
Back to my wrist: here, the rosewood slowly joins the harmonious composition. For me, the oakmoss remains rather subtle. Barely perceptible. Both ingredients unite in a soft cozy vanilla tonka bean bed. Seductive. Sigh. That smells nice. Sniff, sniff.
Even my husband likes it this time. Lucky me. Or is he? Who knows?
I find it very interesting that here the scent develops much nicer on my skin than on the cosmetic tissue. Although, now that I sniff it again - it's slowly becoming warmer, softer and more pleasant here too - less and less pungent.
By now, of course, I know which scent or scents I didn't get along with. I've pinpointed the culprits. The thyme-saffron mixture put me off and if I hadn't bravely tested it directly on my skin - who knows, maybe I'd let the "Ange ou Démon" bottle rot in my closet unused. What a shame that would be - to ignore such a beautiful fragrance. Yes, I love this fragrance. Long time coming.
This Friday I went out - met up with former work colleagues - finally after a long time. The aforementioned ex-colleague, the one with the angel/devil twos, was also there and everything was just like it used to be. Relaxed and fun. Of course, I had wrapped myself in a lovely scented cloud of Ange ou Démon. What else, would have fit.
Conclusion: this fragrance is suitable for going out - less for the office. In my opinion, it is suitable for all women - no matter what age. The sillage and the durability are with me rather moderate to good. With a tendency to good.
So, do not wait so long with the fragrance purchase, like me. And importantly test it absolutely on your skin! It is worth it