The reinterpretation of Fine Perfumery
Drawing inspiration from the iconic classics to reveal them in a fresh light. Telling a new story—more beautiful, more powerful, more legendary than ever.
This creative approach is applied to designing Mugler couture, and now to fragrance. Make way for the Couture Fragrance...
Fougère, Floral, Chypre, Oriental, Leather, Musk... Mugler Les Exceptions draws together the greatest themes in traditional perfumery and remaster them. They explore new combinations and boldly create aromatic encounters with surprising ingredients, bringing these outstanding classic blends towards a new destiny full of present pleasures...
Each Eau de Parfum kindles its own intense emotion, a unique sensation. The sensation that its noble ingredients carry within them, the one its name declares.
Variations and materials
A bunch of green leaves, that, though crumpled, are powerful and invigorating, an overload of precious ingredients mixed together: basil, clary sage, thyme, and oregano.
Peru balsam appears by surprise. Originating from Balsam of Peru – a tree which itself comes from Central America – balmy, scented resin was traditionally used by the Indians for its calming properties. Unexpected, its oriental sweetness brings depth and richness to the provincial scene. Its sweet facets burst with freshness, fusing with traditional aromatic notes. The Mediterranean horizon expands towards a mysterious East.
The result: An intense aromatic freshness contrasted by hot, bewitching notes from Peru balsam.
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Free of questions about masculine and feminine, the aromatic notes surprise. The effect created is both the feeling of a garden in the South of France, a memory etched onto my mind, and the return to the sources of perfumery. Jean-Christophe HÉRAULT
A medley of white flowers wrapped in unexpected gustatory notes of orange blossom, sambac jasmine, beeswax and finally shiso leaves.
The fresh and candid lily of the valley note messes with overdosed orange blossom absolute, highlighting the emotionally intoxicating sambac jasmine absolute with its sensual, animalistic hints.
The result : a floral brioche scent with a palette of contrasting white flowers that takes you by surprise.
The offbeat bakery dimension, over a classical floral structure, comes as a surprise. More than an unexpected quest, bran, with its warm bread accents, is very important to the construction of the fragrance. Jean-Christophe HÉRAULT
Hot Cologne, a concentrate of citrus fruits, petit grain and orange blossom, to energize the senses.
A heady cocktail of spices (ginger and cardamom) and an overdose of green coffee shake up the Cologne's structure. Its refined notes lend warmth and add texture and bite.
Result: A bold and addictive signature.
Eau de Cologne has always been associated with cleanliness, reassuring comfort and sometimes, childhood memories. Eau de Cologne has always been associated with cleanliness, reassuring comfort and sometimes, childhood memories. I wanted to shake up this rather humdrum image by introducing a note of green coffee. This happy mayhem provokes the senses with its lively temperament and sophisticated signature Jean-Christophe HÉRAULT
An Oud Wood accord, as precious as it is legendary. A quintessentially fine ingredient imbued with sensuality and mystery.
Osmanthus blossom brings floral, fruity notes to freshen and illuminate this overdose of majestic wood.
The result is a captivating, playful fragrance trail—an animalic and floral woody scent that's intense, yet sparkling. A dual architecture.
With its combination of woody, spicy and animal
facets, ingredients as rich as Oud Wood are a rarity. I've used superb natural raw materials to bring out the facets I like most and create a composition of great character. To soften its animalic dimension, I balanced it with Osmanthus blossom, which adds a sophisticated touch of soft suede and succulent fruit reminiscent of apricots or juicy plums. Jean-Christophe HÉRAULT
Leather, a classic note in perfume-making, brings to mind Russia and the galloping cavalcades of Siberian horsemen.
Star anise, a genuine color explosion, acts as a flash of light through the darkness of tanned leather. Its surging note of green adds lively freshness.
The result: brazen sensuality, a modern addiction, all the insolence of a leather with an aromatic freshness.
I like leather notes and how sensually
they linger in the wake of a fragrance. I thought it would be interesting to combine such a powerful base note with a touch of star anise. This novel accord creates a harmony of contrasts. The aromatic aniseed freshness of this spice plays a big role in enhancing certain aspects of the leather. Star anise acts as an agent of green freshness, adding nuances to the dark and sensual depth of the leather. Jean-Christophe HÉRAULT
"Fougère" is the archetype of men's fragrances, traditionally offering the rich aromatic mix of geranium, oakmoss and Tonka bean.
Neroli, a true incarnation of feminine purity, brings sensual floral notes that disrupt the virile character of fougère and interweave with the voluptuously overdosed Tonka bean and amber, completely reinventing the genre...
The result: an outrageously sensual, highly addictive experience that turns convention on its head.
It's a resolutely Mugler approach. Playing with the conventions of the genre, taking certain elements from menswear and giving them a twist, daring to go over the top—this credo is applied to fragrances. We have heightened the feminine floral facets of the fougère accord and intensified the contrasts. Jean-Christophe HÉRAULT
Chypre, the most legendary and noble accord of all, came into being in the early 20th century with the alliance of bergamot, oakmoss, cistus labdanum and patchouli.
Succulent pear brings a surge of sparkling fruity notes to the patchouli; a vibrant and futuristic elegance.
The result: Initially surprising, this sublime harmony epitomizes ultimate sophistication.
A refined fragrance with an elegant distinction. I modernized the structure of chypre by fine-tuning its contours more precisely and giving it more color, designing a new shade around this palette to imbue it with unexpected luminosity: the pear blows the cobwebs off this great monument of classic perfumery. Olivier POLGE
over the musk
Modern musk with more sweet and transparent notes.
Ambrette seeds from hibiscus transform the musk, creating a natural wildness and an uncompromising sensuality.
The result: a voluptuous overdose.
Sometimes simplicity reveals
a wealth of nuances. Over The Musk explores the light side of sensuality. From a soft and white cashmere to one that is velvety and powdery, the story is all about irresistible sex appeal. Jean-Christophe HÉRAULT
Precious oriental fragrances, rich in balm, resin, vanilla and powdery effects, whose potent sensuality becomes an addiction.
A crisp heart note of zestful carrot invigorates the legendary sandalwood-vanilla accord, giving it more substance, sumptuousness, and amazing liveliness.
The result: an unusual and profoundly contemporary oriental fragrance.
For me, wearing Oriental Express is like
sliding into a fur... I decided to exalt the sandalwood-vanilla accord by setting it against carrot and basil, with its green aromatic note. This startling contrast brings alive both women's and men's oriental fragrances, with its unexpected character. Olivier POLGE
Hyacinth, a bold and unique flower that symbolizes sophisticated femininity.
Incense, an age-old ingredient of magical potency, captures the delicacy and crispness of the hyacinth with its fiery temperament.
The result: an absolutely explosive sensuality. A return to the future of floral fragrance.
A fragrance of seduction and temptation When I combined notes of incense and amber, I was imagining a hyacinth full of audacity, far from the flower's figurative, romantic image. Supra Floral is a fragrance of seduction for women—and of temptation for men. Olivier POLGE
Mugler Les Exceptions flaunt their distinction.
Their universal simplicity is reflected in the unique and luxurious bottle. Subtly faceted and embellished with a metal band, the Art Deco-inspired jewel-bottle showcases the specific architectural elegance of the Maison Mugler.
In the scented wake of Mugler Les Exceptions
stand their two perfumers:
The Maison Mugler engaged two talented perfumers in turn to create its Exceptions collection: Olivier Polge composed the first five editions (Chyprissime, Supra Floral, Fougere Furieuse, Over The Musk, Oriental Express) before handing over the baton to Jean-Christophe Hérault, who has created Cuir Impertinent and Woodissime since he took over as perfumer for the line.
Jean-Christophe Hérault grew up in the world of scents, by vocation. He loves to tell powerful aromatic tales and is naturally drawn to potent and evocative raw materials. He dreams of unexplored territories, where he can stir up vivid emotions and, most importantly, leave no one indifferent.
Les Exceptions - Over the Musk Scented Candle