At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here), I wasted time doing a quick lap around the other halls (only one of the halls offered Makeup, whereas the rest all sold traditional Arabic Incense and Oils and Fragrances and such). On my way back, I spotted the iconic bottle of Givenchy’s Ange ou Demon or Ange ou Etrange. It’s the exact same everything, except it has different names in different parts of the world.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’d received the flanker as part of the traditional wedding gift (also known as the “dazah“) from my ex-husband when we first got married. However, I only got around to wearing it after we’d already gotten divorced lol and consequentially fell in love with the delightful “black tea” notes that my nose seemed to pick up (which in hindsight, might’ve been the saffron which I tend to associate with black tea or maybe it was licorice, except neither are actually listed in the official notes, so maybe it’s the synthetic grape scent from the neroli, but whatever it was, I loved it)! The flanker was called Ange ou Etrange Le Secret Elixir aka Ange ou Demon Le Secret Elixir (reviewed here).
I don’t know why, but I just went ahead and assumed the original would smell just as pleasant. I asked the Wonder Woman look-a-like at the counter (same insane height, same build, same pretty face) to hand me the tester, but declined her offer to actually spritz some on me. Unfortunately, they didn’t have those tiny paper strips for testing (um… not very professional) so I had to make do by spritzing some on a crumpled up tissue from my back pocket. I think I smelled the saffron (which led me to believe Ange ou Demon had similar DNA to my beloved Ange ou Demon Le Secret Elixir) and immediately declared, “I’ll take it!”
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Head: White Thyme, Mandarin, Saffron
Heart: Lily, Ylang-Ylang
Base: Oakwood, Tonka Bean
The bottle is just pure gorgeousness! It’s shaped like a beautiful glass shard, which looks unique and makes it really stand out in my perfume collection! Also, it’s got that whole ombre thing going on, which I simply adore! Honestly, there’s nothing I don’t love about the bottle! Absolutely stunning!
Unfortunately, the scent was not what I expected, at all! When I first spritzed this on, it smelled quite zesty and almost aquatic! The delightful saffron only cameos at the beginning and is gone just as soon as it’d appeared! All I could detect after that was the extremely prominent mandarin note. Generally, I tend to enjoy citrus-y scents, but I found the mandarin more than a little irritating here. It was too zesty and true-to-life, for my taste.
Then came the florals which between the ylang ylang (which is seriously starting to grow on me) and lily (which I can handle… in very, very small doses) actually smelled fresh! The florals here were neither irritating nor cloying! That said, I’m not one for florals, regardless of how inoffensive they might be. Only much, much later could I smell what I’m assuming was the oakmoss and even then, just barely, as the annoying mandarin kept making an unwelcome appearance, overpowering even the florals! Sadly, there is absolutely no sweetness to it (at least nothing that my nose can detect).
Despite all that, the scent isn’t actually that bad. It’s a little fresh and aquatic and a little zesty and citrus-y. It’s quite light, fresh and inoffensive, making it perfect for hot summers! It even doesn’t stick around for too long (completely gone in under an hour). Sillage is moderate, at best. However, due to all that, to me, it comes across as something similar to those cheap sporty fragrances that you might find at a clothing store (think along the lines of Banana Republic or maybe a summer release from Victoria’s Secret or Puma, etc…).
As such, I believe Ange ou Demon has a very misleading name and bottle, because this light and inoffensive scent has absolutely nothing to do with the name or image that’s being projected. It’s a total misnomer. There’s no spiciness or “demons” rather. To me, this just smells like a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. The only reason I purchased the original (Ange ou Demon) was because I was running dangerously low on the flanker (Ange ou Demon Le Secret Elixir) which I’d sub-sequentially fallen in love with and was hoping the original (Ange ou Demon) would smell somewhat similar, come to find out the two had nothing in common, at all!
Givenchy Ange ou Démon Eau de Parfum (100ml/3.3 fl oz) retails for KD 46/000 but I got it for only KD 20/000 (perks of shopping at the Perfume & Makeup Exhbition… but also because it’s pretty old at this point).
Ange ou Demon was launched in 2006 whereas the flanker I keep referencing, my beloved Ange ou Demon Le Secret Elixir was launched in 2011 (and has been discontinued since). You can purchase Ange ou Demon at Sephora for KD 46/000, but why would you, when you could just purchase it for way less (like I did). Honestly, I’m so glad I didn’t purchase this thing at full price, because even though it wasn’t a bad scent per say, it was nowhere near what I was expecting (I wanted a spicy, black tea scent, but ended up with a fresh orange juice scent instead), which was disappointing. Between Elie Saab Girl of Now (Shine) and Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme and Givenchy Ange ou Demon, I ended up with three new perfumes that I’m not in love with… and they weren’t exactly budget-friendly either.
If you’re interested, here’s the ad for Givenchy Ange ou Démon