Black Musk is headshop-ish. This is my disclaimer. It’s also why I probably I like it. I have this soft spot for nag champa oils and unlabeled musk oils one would find in any esoteric shop sprinkled across America. These places were my first introduction to personal fragrance, so I have nostalgia for these sort of fragrances.
Black Musk opens as a balsamic cough medicine with what may be called “opium musk” from your favorite mystic shop or a fly Ethiopian corner market. It’s a balsamic, slightly spicy incense. It becomes sweeter, more balsamic and verging on effervescent cherry cola at moments. It reminds me of cherry cola musk (from aroma to the dark juice in the bottle). Black Musk wears a sweet, 70’s style patchouli-musk for the rest of the wear…which could be for the rest of eternity as this stuff is the longest wearing perfume on the planet.
Even though I really enjoy Black Musk, I don’t think I’d ever buy it. I know I can get this sort of thing from a handful of local shops dealing with imports. This smells and wears like one of those musk oils that you can pick up after you get your aura read or when you pick up dry herbs. Or when you buy calling cards. You know the sort of places that I’m talking about.
I think Black Musk is a great fragrance but it has a sort of incomplete feel, like it should be layered. And I’m sure it’s absolutely stunning layered over white florals or ouds, but at this price I expect for a fragrance to feel “complete”. Honestly, I’m just being picky because of the price. I really do enjoy wearing the fragrance, but I feel the price asks for me to be more contrary than usual. If it were $50, I’d be saying much nicer things.
Notes listed include black tolu, opoponax, tonka, patchouli, incense and musk. Launch date 2011. PERFUMER – Michael Bodi
Give Black Musk a try if you like hippie-style musks. Or if you like perfumes like YOSH Omniscent, Nag Champa perfume oil and/or any “musk” labeled oil. If you are a really wealthy hippie, then try Black Musk.
Projeciton and longevity are above average. This is one of the longest wearing fragrances that I’ve ever tried. This adds to the headshop-y vibe of this. I think Black Musk could survive a summer festival. It seriously will linger on your skin for days…even with a shower.
The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $225 at Henri Bendel.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A really loud, strong balsamic musk. I have to thank Black Musk for reminding me of how much I like cheap headshop smells that come in genie lamp like bottles.
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