Thierry Mugler has built his reputation in the fragrance community on one fragrance, which he released 25 years ago. The perfume in question is the iconic Angel. Since then, Mugler hasn't come up with anything else but variations of the same old vanilla-chocolate gourmand theme.
This time, the flavour of the year is mint. It is not as predictable as last year’s tonka bean or the zest rendition from the year before but it is not wildly original either.
It seems the creative process at Mugler’s fragrance division goes like this: take the original creation from 20 years ago (A*Men was released in 1996) and throw another note at it. Since they’ve already done a variation with pretty much every accord under the sun it’s a pure gamble what they’ll come up with next. I am currently taking bets for next year’s flanker, so don’t hesitate to throw your hat in the ring.
The short of it is that Kryptomint is not very original but is it any good? Well, let’s just say it’s not bad. It’s a paler, watered-down version of A*Men with a mint opening.
In the beginning the composition seems promising. The mint note is front and centre. It makes for an interesting opening but this is where things end. After the first 10-15 minutes, Kryptomint turns into the typical gourmand scent A*Men is famous for. The rest of the development is a slow linear dry-down we all know from previous releases.
For me, Kryptomint is a pass even for the ardent fans of A*Men. If you are looking for a mint scent, go for Heeley’s Mente Fraiche - it is wildly more original.
Note: to be factually correct and fair to Mr. Mugler, the company has released other fragrances besides flankers of Angel and A*Men. The two most notable are Angel, an aldehyde-floral monster and Mugler Cologne, a neroli-musk combo. Other than the line hasn’t come up with anything else worth trying, except flanker, some of which shouldn’t be ignored nevertheless.
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