Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I’ve said it before that the AERIN line by Estee Lauder confuses me. I don’t get why they didn’t make it a separate line that has nothing to do with Estee Lauder. When I get past this, I still don’t really “get” the line, but that’s because the brand isn’t really for people like me. This aesthetic, like that of Jo Malone London, just doesn’t appeal to me. But, that doesn’t mean that I dislike the brand or anything like that. It just isn’t one that “speaks” to me.
Amber Musk opens with roses and a green coconut. And like so many of the other AERIN rose perfumes, this one has a bergamot/citrus component that gives it brightness. The rest of this perfume wears soft and sheer. It’s like a sweetened white musk with a vanilla steamed milk. Sometimes I pick up on a distant, sheer jasmine. It doesn’t come across as sweet as much as it does “foamed” or airy/soft. It wears like a thin, soft cardigan and provides a little warmth without making you sweat like so many wool sweaters (AKA big ambers and musks). It’s sheer but has enough “umph” to be worn in cooler weather.
I hate to say it, but Amber Musk reminds me of Coty Wild Musk but marketed as bougie. It has such a “youth in the early 80’s/late 70’s” wearing Jordache jeans thing going on AKA selling me the sex appeal of an era that I can’t remember. It’s actually quite funny to see this sort of perfume marketed in aspirational packaging and not something I see thrown on the drugstore endcap in blister packaging. Granted, the AERIN one smells slightly more expensive than Coty but that’s only because Coty has cheapened themselves so much throughout the years. Back in the day Wild Musk would smell expensive compared to a lot of designer perfumes of now! Anyway, I like Amber Musk because it’s easy-to-wear. I put it on and really don’t think about it. But, I don’t see myself ever buying a bottle of it (However, I must admit that if they made this in an oil format, I’d be tempted).
Notes listed include ambrox, coconut water, rose, benzoin and musk. Launched in 2013.
Give Amber Musk a try if you like floral musks. Or perfumes like Coty Wild Musk for Women, AERIN Tangier Vanille, Le Labo Jasmin 17, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rose Explosion and/or Parfums de Coeur Skin Musk. Don’t try Amber Musk if you are looking for an amber perfume. It’s just not really there and you’re going to be disappointed if you take its name seriously.
Projection and longevity are average.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Rose and vanilla-musk. I have oddly been having an urge to buy a bottle of Coty Wild Musk…
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from the brand. Cheryl Tiegs pic from fanpix.net. Post contains affiliate links. Thanks!