October 3, 2017
Kate Moss Tim Walker 2012©
"There is no such thing as fantasy unrelated to reality." – Maurice Sendak
Mugler Parfums Wonder Bouquet, the ninth perfume in the Les Exceptions collection, reinvents and revitalizes our notions of fragrance classification. Wonder Bouquet is a bright and lively white floral like no other, a nosegay wrapped up in an enticing and soothing brioche accord. With this new fragrance, Mugler fashions a fantastic, surreal fragrant world from what seem to be familiar scents.
Hanaa Ben Abdesslem by Gorka Postigo for S Moda November 2016 ©
“The offbeat bakery dimension, over a classical floral structure, comes as a surprise. More than an unexpected guest, bran, with its warm bread accents, is very important to the construction of the fragrance.” – Jean-Christophe Hérault, perfumer.
Kate Moss at The Ritz in Paris, photographed by Tim Walker©
My first "taste" of Wonder Bouquet is a slightly tart floral confection with transparent Lily of the Valley enriched by intoxicating Jasmine sambac. There is a bit of tang to this first bite, a nuance of citrus perhaps or maybe the green, mint and sesame effect of Shiso leaf. The initially delicate veil is very quickly warmed with sumptuous orange blossoms and beeswax.
In the Night Kitchen By Maurice Sedak©
But just as I begin to think that I understand the fragrance, I find myself falling through the cool, moist air of an imaginary florist shop into the thick and delicious atmosphere of a midnight bakery. I am "In the Night Kitchen", the fantasy patisserie of children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. Many years ago, Tuesdays were my baking days. My young sons loved to "assist" me as I mixed, kneaded and followed the rise of the bread dough.They would help form the loaves and watch the second rise with anticipation.
Alisa Frolkina by Paul de Luna for Mojeh Magazine May/June 2012
As I cozy up to the heart of Mugler's Wonder Bouquet, the fragrance of flowers and cereal grains, the yeast-y scent of warm bread and recollections of the satin feel of the dough in my hands overwhelm me with nostalgia. I am drawn not only to the smell of the loaves and sweet malt but also to suggestions of pastries of every kind. The scent of the memories of afternoon gardens and fantasies of the Night Kitchen remain on my skin for eight hours and more. I awaken from my dreams to the aroma of fresh white flowers and baking bread.
Stella Tennant photographed by Tim Walker for Vogue UK June 2016©
Wonder Bouquet is a quintessentially feminine fragrance, recalling vases filled with blossoms and kitchens redolent with the scents of hearth and home. Yet with all of this familiarity there is something otherworldly about Wonder Bouquet. Perhaps it is the Mugler mystique, connecting everyday life to the alien, and to the imaginal world of memory, storytelling and futuristic fantasy.
Notes: Lily of the Valley, orange blossom, Jasmine sambac, beeswax, Shiso leaf and bran absolute.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank The ClarinsGroup/Mugler Parfums for the stunning bottle of this exquisite Wonder Bouquet. My opinions are my own.
~Gail Gross, Senior Editor
Art Direction: Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief
Gail's Bottle of MUGLER Les Exceptions Wonder Bouquet
Thanks to our friends at The Clarins Group/Mugler Parfums we have a draw for one 80 ml (2.7 oz) bottle of Mugler Les Exceptions Wonder Bouquet Eau de Parfum, available to one registered CafleureBon reader (if you are not sure if you are registered click here – you MUST Register on our site or your entry will not be invalid) in the USA. To be eligible please leave a comment about what you enjoyed about Gail's review, and if you are familiar with or have any favorites from the Mugler Les Exceptions Collection. Draw closes October 7, 2017