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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Perfume Review: Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur

Musc Ravageur was created for Frederic Malle’s Editions de Parfums by Maurice Roucel, the creator of Hermes 24 Faubourg, Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist, Rochas Tocade, Gucci Envy, Shalini, and a legion of other scents. The Editions de Parfums site promises that there will be “no flowers” in Musc Ravageur, “just a refined and exalted skin scent”. As much as I like certain floral notes in perfume, a scent with “no flowers” will always find a special place in my floral-mostly-hating-heart. As will a warm, deep, sensual, spicy scent with a hint of little something dirty-animalic.

Musc Ravageur starts with a series of tiny fragrant explosions on my skin. First there is a starry firework of bergamot, then cinnamon enters the scene with a bang, “like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the sky." (Jack Kerouac) Then suddenly there is a short period of warm, enveloping darkness of wonderfully animalic musk. And then the ravageur stage is all over and done with and we step into a cozy, candlelit world of vanilla and amber and sweet spices. I smell cardamom, saffron and (sometimes) ginger at this point, with cardamom being especially prominent on my skin. From that stage on, Musc Ravageur is a like a comfortable loving embrace, like snuggling with your loved one, feeling warm, secure, adored and darn sexy, all at the same time.

This is undoubtedly one of my most favorite and often-worn scents. I find Musc Ravageur wonderfully versatile, it can be worn on dressed up and /or romantic occasions, to seduce and conquer, and it can be worn “just for yourself”, to comfort, soothe and warm, all with equal success.

Musc Ravageur is available at Editions de Parfums, €80 for 50ml or €120 for 100ml, or at Barneys, $155 for 50 ml, $230 for 100 ml.

*Image of Fireplace at Night is from sxc.hu
*Tomorrow- Nectarine Blossom & Honey by Jo Malone

35 Comments:

Blogger Christina H. said...

You summed up my thought of Musc Ravageur so perfectly.Starts out intense,vibrant and ends in such a soft,comfortable,cozy scent that I would feel lost with out it!A true beauty that is one of my holy grail fragrances!Thank you for a wonderful review on the beloved Musc Ravageur!

9:09 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Christina,
It is one of my Holy Grails too, quickly acquiring the status of the Holiest :-)
I've worn it to bed every night for the last couple of weeks. Just because it is so very cozy and warm.

9:13 AM EST  
Blogger marchlion said...

Hahahahaha! I did the same one today. Of course your review is, um, more professional. Among other things. I have really fallen for this one. It's naughty. I am fascinated by your comfort scent take; I find it more animalic and sensual. This and Bal are my dirty non-Guerlains.

9:22 AM EST  
Anonymous anna said...

i have to give it a try...i have several samples.
one i like from Malle is Angeliques sous la Pluie from Jean Claude Ellena...and i have no idea why i grew to like it.
thanks

11:02 AM EST  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

I loved this first for me, then I really, really loved it my dh!! Its awesome on him. yummy!

It is the perfect scent for wearing to bed.

{Hi :-) sorry I haven't popped by for awhile}

11:19 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

March,
You did MR today too? Will read asap. It's MR's lucky day :-)

See, I must have strange idea of comfort, because Bal a Versailles is also extremely comforting for me :-)

11:26 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Anna,
I am wanting to re-try Angeliques, I know I've tried it before, but I don't remember it. I am very much into angelica note right now. :-)

11:28 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

L,
Hi! *waves*
I can only imagine how wonderful MR would be on a man. My DH is not very much into trying scents on. Boo...

11:30 AM EST  
Blogger Patty said...

I am musk challenged. I *love* the name of this, it just sounds so...sooooo..... "take me now, big boy," but it just doesn't do it for me, it becomes a scrubber. I think it's just me and musk. I never did like deer much.

1:15 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Patty,
Aww, I am sorry it doesn't work on you. Which one is your favorite Malle scent? Did Noir Epices work?

1:20 PM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

Your evil fragrance twin, just signing in to say: blech.

2:01 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

R,
(((Evil Scent Twin)))
What is your favorite Malle scent? Eau d'Hiver? En Passant? I am guessing those two, simply because I like them the least :-)

2:08 PM EST  
Anonymous Chelsea said...

You have hit the nail on the head with this review!It's absolutely one of the most enchanting fragrances that I've yet to purchase. Grrrr Thank you so much for this review and adding another leg to my lemming! :)

2:58 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

(((C)))
Always happy to enable! MR is especially lemming-worthy!

3:06 PM EST  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

Robin is my evil scent twin too- :-) She's ok for someone with such bad taste in perfume

bwahahahah!

4:22 PM EST  
Blogger boisdejasmin said...

I love this fragrance, but I find that the ravageur part is maintained till the very end. I do not get dominant vanilla and amber out of it. They are there, but as accents to musk. A friend of mine who smelled real musk tincture swears that the best representation of it is MR.

4:24 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

L,
That's what I think too :-)
bwa ha ha

5:12 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

V,
I think the most prominent note on me is cardamom. Do you get much or any of that here? I am really enjoying that note in MR.
And gosh, I would have loved to smell real musk tincture!

5:15 PM EST  
Blogger boisdejasmin said...

Yes, I notice cardamom in the top notes, but it fades by the time the fragrances reaches the middle stage. Cardamom is usually the top note, but the spicy effect trails beautifully throughout, complimenting the other aspects of the composition. By the way, if you like the EDP, try the lotion (and oil). Both are amazing, as other FM body products.

I have never smelled real musk, but how would I love to do that!

5:52 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Lotion and oil are on my most urgent wishlist, thank you, V!

6:26 PM EST  
Blogger Patty said...

Carnal Flower, Lipstick Rose I like tons, Iris Poudre right behind it. En Passant I think might one day make the ranks, though. Noir Epices I liked, but a note in there just made me insane, it had to go.

Robin and I seem to agree, she is the *GOOD* Scent Twin!

7:23 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Well, I love Lipstick Rose too. Iris Poudre is lovely. The other two are no-no for me :-(

8:41 PM EST  
Blogger Trina said...

MR is one of my HGs too! And now that I have a bottle of the oil, I'm sure I'll be boring the frag world with my raptures over it :~D

It's funny, b/c as out-and-out sexy as it is, I especially love wearing it at home by myself. It's like lazing in bed all day - comfy and cozy, but a little dirty (b/c of the whole not-leaving-the-bed thing).

Excellent review, as always! And yes, I'm wearing it today too! LOL!

8:50 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Trina,
Absolutely the same thing here. I find it a sexy, sensual, etc., etc., scent, but it works perfectly as a comfort fragrance "just for myself". And it's very easy to wear too. Total HG :-)

PS how does the oil compare to the EDP? just as good? :-)

9:42 PM EST  
Blogger lilyofbp said...

Just want to add (somewhat late)how much I love this--it's definitely one of my HGs, though I think it may be a bit less cozy on me than some; I was wearing it the other day, and was struck (again) by how much it smelled like sex! And DH simply refers to it a "the sexy one." But I do enjoy wearing it just for myself, too.
Going back a day, on Shalini: I too find it beautiful, but beyond ridiculous in price. For some reason I have been trying scents in this category lately (Doblis is another). I guess I must want to drive myself crazy:)

7:36 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Judith,
"The sexy one"- I like that! :-)

And, yes, why must we torture ourselves so? Shalini, Doblis...why can't we stay away from thess kind of unattainable and/or astronomically priced scents? *sigh*

8:36 AM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

Of course! En Passant, Hiver, but also Vetiver, Carnal Flowers, and Therese.

8:49 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

I love, worship and adore Therese. Not such an *evil* twin after all :-)

9:04 AM EST  
Blogger Cait Shortell said...

You chose great images, added lyrical poetry, and a very true to smell description of this one. My favorite part of MR is the spice. It's a monolithic musk to me. Frankenmusk.

2:55 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Cait,
Frankenmusk. That is a good one!!

3:10 PM EST  
Blogger rodlarod said...

i'm a guy and i love wearing this scent. i thought i was casually scamming a squirt when i was at Barneys and I headed for the elevator to leave, then i smelled it on me and had to turn around and go back to ask the price, etc. I hadn't planned to spend $ on perfume that day, so I tried to leave again, but I couldn't. I was impaled on this sensation. So, I went back to the counter and the guy there had already bagged it up for me, knowing I was hooked and would come back. I was going to an event, and I happily realized that this smell would make up for the new shirt I didn't buy and the haircut I didn't get. It felt HANDSOME, and so did I. So...I got in the car and was driving, and for a moment, I fretted that I smelled like a granny. Only one person has commented that it smelled like a womans perfume, but several have said it's sexy. It is very powdery (for a guy with a hairy chest and beard). But...I wear it every day, I love it every day, it represents my minds idea of beauty everyday, and I can't imagine life without it. It's absolutely perfect for me.

9:37 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

R,
It is a handsome scent and I think it smells fantastic on a man!

9:15 AM EST  
Anonymous Fragrant Moments said...

I absolutely love this creation. It definitely opens with a bust but settles in nicely. What I like is that it has staying power. On my skin, it doesn't change to much. Its just an incredibly warm sensual creation.

11:25 AM EDT  
Blogger Jimmyfresno said...

I would have to call this fragrance "dusty." It almost smelled unfinished to me, and yes, I know it's supposed to be a "skin scent but better," but never really needed to have such a thing.

I imagined if you let go of the deoderant for a few days, this would blend with the nice cumin-y smell and give this fragrance something nice to work with. I also have some real dear musk tincture and goat hair tincture concentrate that might give more of a "dirty" theme" for this incomplete, but interesting, fragrance.

4:01 AM EDT  
Blogger Jimmyfresno said...

I would have to call this fragrance "dusty." It almost smelled unfinished to me, and yes, I know it's supposed to be a "skin scent but better," but never really needed to have such a thing.

Close to the nose, I do get the vanilla, but in a strange metallic form I am not used to, like a stainless steel pump that has been used to pump vanilla syrup buw was washed and feintly retains the scent. The vanilla also almost takes on a carroty nuance in this fashion.
I imagined if you let go of the deoderant for a few days, this would blend with the nice cumin-y smell of armpit and give this fragrance something nice to work with. But as it is, I am very on the fence as to whether I needed to plunk down $230 for this.

4:11 AM EDT  

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