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October 7, 2014updated Dec 20, 2023

Thierry Mugler Introduces MUGLER Les Exceptions

By Neharika Padala

Introducing MUGLER Les Exceptions, an exclusive, luxury fragrance collection that captures Thierry MUGLER’s visionary, sensual, and innovative gourmand approach to traditional fine perfumery.

Blends of original alchemies and inventive, unique ingredients come alive in five exceptional fragrances that characterize the essence of MUGLER. Created in France by renowned noses Olivier Polge and Jean-Christophe Herault, MUGLER Les Exceptions reinterpret and magnify the great blends of traditional fine perfumery, transporting them into the future with original, improbable yet exceptional notes.

Each Art Deco-inspired bottle with its streamlined, faceted design – decorated with a playful metal stirrup clip – showcases the distinctive and provocative architectural design that is the House of MUGLER. MUGLER Les Exceptions embody the spirit of the new MUGLER woman as the brand debuts the exciting new modern design direction on the fall runway for the MUGLER PARIS fashion house.


Chyrprissime’s pure, resonant and fresh brightness is a modern twist on the classic chypre scent –based on traditional blends of bergamot orange, oak moss, cistus labdanum and patchouli – with a surprise accent of pear introduced to create a harmonious fruit accord.

“I updated the structure of chypre by sharpening the edges more precisely and made it more colorful by designing a new shade inspired by this palette to give it a new brightness. Pear takes away the vintage sheen from this great monument of classical
perfumery. A stylishly original, sophisticated perfume.” –Olivier POLGE

The soliflore is reinvented around the hyacinth, a remarkable flower that is extremely rare in perfume making, paired with an amber-based incense.

“By blending notes of incense and an amber base, I imagined a hyacinth with a bold temperament, far from the idea of the emblematic, romantic flower. Supra Floral signals a seductive perfume for women and temptation for men.” —Olivier POLGE

The fougère accent, traditional in men’s fragrances, reveals a wealth of aromatic and woody notes, combined with geranium, oak moss, bergamot and coumarin. The added feminine floral elements of neroli and amber challenge the masculine character of the fougère accord, capturing a bewildering and addictive scent crafted for both genders.

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“Playing on the codes of the genre, borrowing some elements from the male wardrobe then changing them, daring to be outrageous, these precepts have been applied to the fragrance. Feminine floral facets of the fougère structure have been intensified and the contrasts amplified. The approach is resolutely Muglerian.” —Jean-Christophe HERAULT

A sophisticated perfume – composed of ambrette seeds produced by the hibiscus plant – revives the character, sensuality and depth of animal musk through its transformative texture and vigor.

“Simplicity sometimes reveals many nuances. Over the Musk explores the bright side of sensuality. From fluffy white cashmere to powdery velvet, the story is about irresistible sex appeal.” —Jean-Christophe HERAULT

An unexpected twist on oriental perfumes comes alive in Oriental Express. Combinations of originally sensual blends of balms, resins, vanilla and sandalwood, with unusual bases of carrot, seed and wood result in an innovative edginess that pays tribute to traditional oriental perfumery while maintaining a sumptuous opulence.

“For me, Oriental Express is a fur-like perfume. I decided to enhance the harmony of sandalwood and vanilla by blending it with carrot and basil, for an aromatic green effect. This striking contrast gives birth to a feminine or masculine oriental fragrance, with an unexpected personality.” —Olivier POLGE

MUGLER Les Exceptions:


Eaux de Parfums. 80 mL Spray, refillable, $225.

Available on starting October 2014.

(Source: Thierry Mugler)


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