Heaven scent: the original Angel gets an edgy new look

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The world's first gourmand fragrance has been given a 2015-ready update

Chanel No. 5. Yves Saint Laurent Opium. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. All iconic perfumes that are just as popular today as they were when they launched. Thierry Mugler's Angel belongs on that same list - the world's first gourmand fragrance (not to mention the first to be shaped like a star), its scent, shape and Source (more on that later) are all instantly recognisable.

French fashion designer Thierry Mugler has always sought to do things differently, so when he launched his first perfume in 1992 it should have come as no surprise that it was a massive game-changer. Why? Because unlike most of the fruity florals on the market, Angel has notes of vanilla, caramel, chocolate and patchouli - food notes instead of flower. Sweet tooths were smitten and it inspired a completely new fragrance category, as well as a cult following.

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Mugler capitalised on the global Angel obsession by steadily releasing new bottle designs (above), each a play on his unique multi-faceted, glittering blue star theme. The latest, Gravity Star, is a 3D marvel of modern glass-making, casting beautiful light effects and defying the laws of gravity as it can rest on any one of its multiple surfaces. Like all of Mugler's bottle designs, it's refillable - eco-friendly refills are available to order or you can take your empty bottle into counters to refill from the Source - vats of Angel fragrance found at David Jones. The new Angel Gravity Star Refillable EDP is $170 and hits counters this week. 

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