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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Kiehl's Original Musk

By Tom

Every so often someone on one of the boards at MUA or Basenotes will as the question "Is Kiehl's a substitute for Muscs Kublai Khan?"

The short answer is "no", but that's also doing a disservice to Kiehl's. Although it was created years before, it's more of a "Princess Bride" of a musk, with the flowers at the fore and the musk more winking and far less dark than Mongol menace of the Lutens. Kiehl's Original Musk is almost impossibly cozy, with roses, lily and ylang-ylang and powder and just a hint of dirtyness in the patchouli musk finish.

Comparisons aside, Original Musk is a pretty scent, easy to wear and easy to love. It's also easy to get, at $39.50 wherever Kiehl's is sold, along with shower gel and lotion at $15.50 and $19.50 respectively.

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Blogger Beth Schreibman Gehring said...

Yumm...I actually love this stuff and it does love me back:) I keep the little roller thingy with me at all times for moments when I want just a little extra Bam!

12:03 AM EDT  
Blogger rosarita said...

A staple in my collection. I use Kiehl's as my all purpose musk for layering; it adds a little depth to all kinds of scents.

4:28 AM EDT  
Blogger Louise said...

I much prefer the "Original" in the oil formulation (have only seen that in the small rollerball). It's far deeper, nastier, and long-lasting than the edt spray. Not a flowery number at all on my skin.

6:10 AM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Louise mentions deep and nasty, and I must say that is my experience of this stuff. I have been so puzzled for so long at other people's experiences and descriptions... Is it possible to be hypernosmic to a musk instead of anosmic? (Is that even a word? It should be, don't you think?)

11:29 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I have to try the roller thingy in Musk- I really like it in their coriander scent

12:30 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I'll bet it does some fine layering!

12:31 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


As i wrote to beth, I think I must try that strenght!

12:31 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I think anythings possible; I know that I tend to neuter musk scents.

12:32 PM EDT  
Anonymous bella said...

this is always one of my staples! it is soft and subtle and doesn't scream "Perfume"

12:52 PM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

I love layering this w/ their vanilla - perfect comfort scent. Am really curious about the Chinese Flower scent they've rereleased now. Am thinking it might also layer really well w/ their musk.

1:09 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


It is a nice staple, and it's so nice to have something so nice at an affordable price!

1:20 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I'm going to have to investigate the Chinese flower one!

1:21 PM EDT  
Anonymous Joe said...

I almost went to Nordstrom last weekend to sample this and, if I liked it, I intended to buy the roller-ball thingy (I also want to try the Coriander). Now I really have to try it.

Louise & Alyssa say the rollerball is skanky; that might be good. I'm starting to appreciate musk since falling in love a couple months ago with Musc Ravageur.

1:31 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I love it, I want to love it, but alas, it doesn't love me and I won't betray myself.....


5:56 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I think you will enjoy this, especially at $25 for the roller thing. I really liked the Coriander one as well.

6:32 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Sorry to read that- it's the way things go sometimes, yes?

6:33 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the way things go and thankfully so otherwise we'd all be the same and that would be boring :-)


8:49 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

I need to try this again sometime - I always thought it was much too sweet for me, was that my imagination?

10:47 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Running late on reading as always these days but had to pipe up. I'm anosmic to many musks but not this. No, this I can smell. And on me it smells like cat pee. So not good. But you tell truth about the cuddly because that's where it goes on my good friend B. On me? Pee.

11:36 PM EDT  
Blogger Tania said...

I've got an older bottle of the oil, a little brown bottle with black and gold label. It's not flowery on me, not skanky by any means, but I don't get the flowers.

9:50 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Truer words were never written!

12:38 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


It's sweet, but I think it's not too much. But then again I like Rahat Loukoum, which others (cough- March) find to be toothache inducing

12:39 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Pee? that's 50MLs of not good..

and my word verification is "pitti" so clearly blogger thinks so too.

12:41 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I think the flowers show up a lot more in the EDT. Now I really must try the roll-on!

12:42 PM EDT  
Blogger Tammy said...

Hypernosmic works for me, Alyssa...cuz I AM when it comes to musk. I amp it to the extreme, and it stays with me for days. This osunds so lovely but I am sure my skin will ruin it!

4:09 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


If there's a store in your area that carries it, it's worth a test!

8:59 PM EDT  
Anonymous faizanjax said...

A surprisingly good musk, both the edt and the oil. Musky with animalic undertones, made with good materials. Underrated and under appreciated.

1:40 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I agree. I think too many want to compare it to others when it should be judged on it's own merits. On all levels, it's a marvelous scent.

11:56 PM EDT  

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