This year has been an interesting and trying time, pulling me inward until I was so sick of myself that I could scream and then forcing me to live more outwardly than I had in a long time, finally ridding myself of my more curmudgeonly and misanthropic traits. Every day that I go to yoga class, I know how much more I have to do to finish opening myself up and releasing, well, everything. My taste in perfume over this time has changed and shifted with my moods and, er, challenges.
Finally I have in my hands a perfume that fits exactly who I am at this moment. Those clever boys at Le Labo say they made this for Los Angeles, but they really made Musc 25 for me. Tom reviewed it already, and I completely ditto everything he said. The open on me is a little more aldehydic and bubbly in the way Dallas’ Aldehyde 44 (which I adore) is, not nearly as sparkly, though, but bellowing up under that is a delicious, sensuous musk. Now, as a word of warning, I don’t find CB’s Musk Reinvention skanky in the least – it just seems like a nice, mellow skin scent to me, so if you find it really rank, well, you’ve been warned, my nose just doesn’t perceive musk as rank most of the time.
The notes for Musc 25 are aldehydes, civet and muscone. It’s pretty much everything a musk should be for me – my skin, but sparkling with sun and a little leftover sex, and not just your run of the mill sex, some really luxurious smutty sex on Pratesi sheets. It shimmers like some impossibly beautiful thing while remaining incredibly human. I adore it.
As much as the Le Labo City Exclusives have vexed me in trying to get ahold of them, I have to say that they have been outstanding, and I have adored them all. From the effervescently melancholy Aldehyde 44 to the incense powerhouse of Poivre to this gorgeous musky creation, they have done a really outstanding job of making these special perfumes.
So… let’s do a drawing for a couple of samples for this great perfume. Just drop a comment in, and I’ll draw two winners of a sample.