Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
Another flanker, another fruity floral…. Initially, there seemed to be little reason for me to review Givenchy Ange ou Démon Le Secret, a 2009 sequel to the original Ange ou Démon. Yet as I was smelling it over and over again in the street and in the office, it struck me as a nicely crafted soft floral accord, where the tart fruity notes fizzle like champagne bubbles in a Mimosa cocktail. It is approachable, likable and pretty.
To be sure, Ange ou Démon Le Secret is as commercial as a floral can get. Fruity notes — check. Watery floral accord — check. White musk and soft woods base — check. It is like a Hollywood romantic comedy where you know from the outset that the boy will get the girl and everything will be sunshine and happiness thereafter. However, despite the ubiquity of its genre, Ange ou Démon Le Secret is very well executed. For a reasonably priced fruity jasmine with just a hint of coquettish sensuality, it is hard to beat.
Created by perfumer Bernard Ellena, Ange ou Démon Le Secret is a fresh jasmine tea idea that is made luscious and bubbly by a tart rhubarb-berry accord. Initially, it is strongly reminiscent of Miss Dior Chérie, with the same accents on tart fruit in the top notes and woody patchouli in the base. However, like another nice example from this genre, Badgley Mischka, Ange ou Démon Le Secret is less sugary and jejune. It dries down to a soft musky jasmine, framed by sheer woods and patchouli. Its sillage is pleasant and vivid, without a rasping persistence that ruins many radiant modern florals. A good fragrance for those who want something contemporary and simple.
Givenchy Ange ou Démon Le Secret includes notes of lemon, green tea, cranberries, jasmine, peony, water flowers, patchouli, blonde woods, and white musk. Available from Sephora and other major retailers. 1oz, $53; 1.7oz, $75.
Sample: my own acquisition