Thierry Mugler A Men Pure Leather (Review): Worthy of a limited edition?
Each year, Thierry Mugler has put a different spin on his top selling men’s fragrance, A*Men. In years past, it’s been adding elements such as malt, tobacco, coffee and other notes to the overall experience. Since 0ne of my own signature notes is leather, I was not only curious about the advent of A Men Pure Leather but very interested in giving this a test-drive and a review to see what I might be missing.
Now bear in mind that I do not dislike Mugler’s A*Men. On its merits, it’s a very good mass-market fragrance for me, albeit one that has become almost ubiquitous and dead-common since so many people call it their ‘go-to’ or signature scent. I have my own reservations with most fragrances that use the “variation on a theme”. That aside.
Fragrance Name: Thierry Mugler A Men Pure Leather (A*Men Les Parfums de Cuir)
- Released: October, 2012
- Perfumer: (Not stated)
- Concentration: Eau de Toilette
- Notes: Top - leather, fruit notes, coriander, green accords, mint, bergamot; Heart - leather, honey, caramel, milk, patchouli, lily of the valley, jasmine, cedar; Base - sandalwood, tonka bean. vanilla, amber, coffee, patchouli, musk, benzoin, leather.
- Availability: Major department stores, selective online retailers, Mugler.com online store.
First of all, let’s discuss the bottle which should be the start of the experience for a so-called “limited edition” fragrance. Here is where I’m reminded of the exchange that takes place in the 1967 movie “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman. Mr. McGuire, the family friend stands with Dustin Hoffman’s character, Benjamin, to share a piece of sage wisdom:
Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
Here’s how I mean. The standard A*Men bottle is somewhat iconic in design and recognizable: a specific plastic shape, an oblong protruding glass star front-and-center, and a sprayer that serves its purpose although isn’t the most accurate or flawless of the lot. Thierry Mugler A Men Pure Leather? Change the black plastic to a brown leather texture (yet still a very rubbery and cheap plastic, nonetheless) and voila! Limited edition bottle, cheap & cheerful. Well, at least cheap. I’m not convinced of it being cheerful, and given the demand for such editions, it’s disappointing.
Now to the fragrance. I smell leather, sort of. Not a good leather but a very synthetic, cheap-smelling imitation. Vinyl? No. Leatherette? No. Plastic? Yes, that’s much more like it. Again, it’s a cobbled together, chemically-derived leather type of note that is more a reminder of the car air-freshener version of leather. Unfortunately, the “new car smell” has more redeeming value than Theirry Mugler A Men Pure Leather as it doesn’t purport to be something more than it is.
Longevity is very good, and projection doesn’t scream loudly. Those are the high-notes of the experience. Sadly, that isn’t saying much.
Do I like A*Men in general? Sure. In a pinch, I’d probably wear it and not feel embarrassed about the smell, projection or overall impression it makes. Forgetting that it’s now just a bit too common. Thierry Mugler A Men Pure Leather, however? About as authentic as a $3 bill. This is douchery at its finest hour. I had high hopes for the addition of leather to the fragrance, but the concept fell short of its realization, and the whole affair is something to avoid like a car wreck at rush hour.
Rating: 1/5. Not recommended.
Bottom-Line: You aren’t missing anything in Thierry Mugler A Men Pure Leather. The experience begins with the highlight of a cheap leather texture on a plastic bottle, and it rolls quickly down-hill. Far from worthy of a limited-edition status, this is one to avoid completely.