I hate white musk, but I like this one. Unlike most white musks, White Musk For Men doesn't smell like laundry detergent. White musk oil by itself smells powdery and dull, and it takes a talented perfumer to be able to augment it with other notes to make it interesting but also keep its musky quality. Whoever composed White Musk For Men did just that.
The fragrance has great
longevity, and you never forget that it's a musk scent. This is a clean synthetic musk, not an
animalic stink bomb. Rather than going
the easy route and smelling clean in a soapy way, this fragrance is clean in
the way I like it: dry, green, woody and spicy.
Although the white musk is
always front and center, you can tell there's a lot more than just musk in this
perfume, even though you may not be able to distinguish the individual
ingredients in it. That's because they
were added to the musk in a delicate, careful fashion, so that nothing
overwhelms the musky character of the fragrance. My guess is that there are very light touches
of vetiver, cinnamon, sandalwood, mint and moss added to the musk. Whatever other ingredients there are, they
all combine beautifully to add an aromatic crispness to the musk. Trust me, there's more to this than just
musk. I've smelled pure white musk oil,
and it doesn't smell like this.
What especially impresses me
with White Musk For Men is that the longer you wear it, the fresher and greener
it smells! How many perfumes actually
smell more fresh in the drydown? I can't think of many.
If you're looking for a
complex musk, however, this may not be for you.
There are almost no top or middle notes in it; when you spray it on, you
get a quick spray of citrus and green notes, but they're gone in about a minute
or two, at which point the fragrance kicks immediately into the drydown. There is no middle stage. This is a pretty linear scent.
This is going on my very
short list of musk fragrances that I actually like, would purchase and wear,
along with Muscs Koublai Khan and Kiehl's Original Musk. It's that good.
MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: The Body Shop