Narciso Rodriguez has just released For Him and Musc for Him. They aren’t listed separately, but I presume both were designed by Francis Kurkdjian. I’ve been pretty meh about the For Him, and I’ve kept playing with it and have come to the conclusion that it has THE NOTE that I’m a little anosmic or misanosmic too. I’ve finally picked up the faint whiff of alcohol in the background that is the sure sign that… it’s me, not him. I’m thinking it’s the type of musk that is the culprit because I’m not generally musk anosmic. So I really can’t review the EDT at all. Without the alcohol smell, I like what I get quite a lot, though it’s difficult to just turn off that part enough to get a good read on it. I’m anxious to have someone else review it to see what I’m missing.
For whatever reason, though, the notes in Musc for Him come in loud and clear, so perhaps it is the alcohol of the edt mixed with that note that just blows it up for me, and that just doesn’t happen in the musk oil. The Alcohol smell isn’t there, and the Musc for Him is perfection. With notes of violet leaf, patchouli, amber and musk, it goes on just a little sharp from the violet leaf, but within minutes blends into the musc and softens, but continues to add interest, so it’s not as purely musky and skin-like as the women’s musc is. I had hoped to compare it to the women’s musc, but the women’s version blends into my skin so well, after about 10 minutes, I can’t pick it out. It’s like my skin, but better, which isn’t a bad thing at all, but I prefer the men’s because it’s like wearing my husband’s skin, but not in that Buffalo Bill “It Puts the Lotion on its Skin” freaky hide tanner kind of way.
The Musc for Him drydown continues to soften throughout the day, retaining the fougere quality in a very soft, enchanting way. It stays pretty close to the skin, and it’s definitely an intimate scent.
also, Vijay at Suravi is selling off his remaining stock. To see what he has available, go to Perfume Critic,