It was very difficult to choose just a few from the Musk Collection because they all looked so wonderful! I’m still interested in the Book Store Musk, but that will have to wait, unfortunately.
First I chose Poetic Musk with notes of vanilla, lotus, amber, cream, soft mandarin, and a touch of cocoa absolute. In the vial it is a sweet amber-y floral. The cocoa absolute is visible in the perfume and the bottle would likely need to be rolled and combined before worn. However, on my skin I cannot smell any of the cocoa (which is good because I’m not typically a chocolate fan though I have a few exceptions). Ooh, the mandarin gives a bright feel to this scent. It’s very vanilla and cream with mandarin to brighten and lotus and amber to soften. Very pretty, almost languid. Unfortunately, it’s fading fast from my skin. How sad because it’s really pretty!
Baroque is one I was excited about! Its notes consist of a showy white musk with heliotrope, vanilla, citrus, amber and wood. The oil is beautiful with a pink hue. In the vial I get the citrus and heliotrope. On my skin the vanilla comes in to sweeten the edges of the citrus. The white musk and amber make this blend glow while the wood gives it a good base to settle on. There is something of a classical feel to this, but updated. It’s bright, clean, and very nice. Where Poetic Musk disappeared, Baroque is lingering softly and warmly.
Orchid is one of my favorite flowers so it’s no surprise I picked up Vanilla Orchid Musk whose notes are exotic vanilla musk with notes of orchid and stephanotis. In the vial this is soft and powdery, on my skin the vanilla isn’t overly sweet, but more of a woody vanilla. The orchid is sweet and soft. The longer the orchid is on my skin, the more of that hot house scent comes to the fore. There’s something bright and almost citrusy without that slightly acidic note that citrus can get – I think this is the stephanotis. This is a beautiful scent. Definitely unique and summery.
Next up is Sugared Musk whose notes are warm musk with sugar and a touch of vanilla. If you’ve ever walked into a candy store, then you know that scent of pure sugar on the air – that’s what this smells like in the vial. On my skin the musk comes out and somehow gives a white chocolate feeling. Smooth, creamy sugar is all this is. I’m getting a toothache just from sniffing it! It’s so different from my usual fare that I kinda like it just for being different. However, the longer this sat the more the warm musk came out and made this just a sweet and cozy little scent.
Librarian Musk! The book lover in me may have let out a little squeal of excitement as, I’m sure, actual librarians did when they saw this scent. The notes are as follows: bookish, sexy warm musk with black tea, cedar, and sandalwood. I’m not a tea fan, like at for drinking of smelling, but maybe it’s really well blended! In the vial it’s a blast of cedar, however, on my skin it warms up and I get a definite bookish feel about it and a touch of leather, without any actual leather in the blend. It’s got a touch of that almost bitter smell so many books in one place can get, but it’s in the background and only adds to the reality of the scent. So evocative!