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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Montale Musk to Musk

By Tom

As most of you know I have a love of musks, even though I tend to suck the life out of them. On others, Muscs Koublai Khan is mind-blowingly unwashed, on me it's a pussycat. Annick Goutal Musc Nomade is a glorious skin scent, SIP's Musc Botanique is a glorious take on verdant dirrtiness and CB I Hate Perfume Musk is akin to porn-berries jubilee. I am always on the lookout for the next thing and I was happy to find that Montale's Musk to Musk fit the bill.

Luckyscent writes of it as spicy and resinous, but on me it doesn't much go there: there is a whisper of nutmeg and woods but nothing that can be called overly spicy. Tamara points out in her blog that it starts with Montale's trademark Aoud. It does, and even if I wrote in a comment of that this one died on me when I tried it, this one that's an argument to always try, try again. I'd dismissed it because amongst the others I'd tried when sampling this it was rolled over by something stronger; it's quietly silky-smooth beauty can't stand up to some of the, let's say louder things at ScentBar. The aoud whispers along with the spicy woods that results in something that makes me think of clean whiteness; not the dreaded clean sheets accord nor even clean skin. There's enough in there that this is identifiable as perfume that's wholly wonderful. So much so that I am almost dreading falling more in love with the Montale line, especially since Kelley has let me know in no uncertain terms that his are under lock and key...

Musk to Musk is available at all places that sell Montale, $90 for 50ML

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10 Comments:

Blogger Flora said...

Tom, it's too late, you WILL fall in love with the line, or most of it anyway. (my only holdouts are Chocolate Greedy and Mukhallat.) Resistance is futile!

1:54 AM EDT  
Blogger Anita said...

I bought a decant of this not long ago and I like it more with every wearing. One of my favorite aspect of the Montale line is it's lasting ability; a boon for us scent-eating skin people. Nice review as always.

4:53 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Donna-
Arrgh!

7:39 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

anita--


It is very long lasting without being overpowering. A trait that I admire

7:40 AM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

I can't believe I have completely missed even sampling this. Hadn't even heard of it. Am going to order a sample immediately, but my luck w/ musks recently has *not* been good. CB's and MKK are beloved staples of mine, but I'm very sadly anosmic to the musk in Musc Nomade and in Musc Botanique. Very, very dismayed about the Musc Botanique as I'm such a huge SIP fan and it sounds like it's amazing on everyone else. Anyway, maybe my string of expletives deleted musk blind nose will redeem itself w/ the Montale. Hope springs eternal.

11:52 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

elle-

Please me you didn't order any of those...

5:54 PM EDT  
Blogger Kelley said...

Tom, did I mention that I now have two guard dogs as well as the lock and key? Just kidding (for the most part). Hey, did I mention I am moving back to the US? I am tired of being so far away Saks and Barney's among all the others. I will keep you up to date on the move.

8:52 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

kelley! Nice to read. Guard dogs, eh? I'll stock up on the Valium-flavored kibble....

8:39 AM EDT  
Blogger Divina said...

Tom I am so glad you like this! It's one of my favorite Montales and the second full bottle I got from them. I adore it in winter and love how it plays its tune changing from warm to cool all the while.

9:43 AM EDT  
Anonymous nassim haramein said...

It is very long lasting without being overpowering

7:59 AM EST  

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