Hey Happy Huffers,
Portia coming at you from AustralianPerfumeJunkies and thrilled to be here. Last week we did a giveaway of Parfum d’Empire’s latest Limited edition offering Musc Tonkin. I thought it might be nice for you to read a gang of views from the makers, sellers and some of my favourite bloggers and then my experience of it too.
Musc Tonkin by Marc-Antoine Corticchiato for Parfum d’Empire 2012
From Parfum d’Empire
The Chinese have prized it since antiquity for its aphrodisiac virtues. The smell was considered so heavenly by Islam it was blended into the mortar of some mosques so they would exhale it in the sun. It wasa so penetrating that ships loaded with tea would refuse to carry it for fear it would impregnate their cargo.
Tonkin Musc, produced by a breed of Himalayan deer, was one of the most precious ingredients of the perfumers palette.
From Lucky Scent where they have a SOLD OUT sign hanging
All we can say is that this gloriously feline scent seems like an emanation of love-drunken skin: fatty, saline, dusky, with hints of leather and amber under a cloud of powder… And that we will not be held responsible for its deliciously wicked side effects. Although on second thought, we’d kind of welcome a thank-you note.
Patty here on Perfume Posse
Nice job, Corticchiato, you manged to do it. Parfum d’Empire Musc Tonkin opens like a cat in heat, leaving nothing but a gasp for just how rank this thing is. That would have been enough because I love diving into skanky, rank, feral perfume, but it doesn’t stop there, it evolves into something as feral, but more knowing, more sophisticated, showing more of itself it you just work your way past all the things that are either distracting or off-putting.
Parfum d’Empire often gives us statement fragrances and Musc Tonkin is no different. If you find Muscs Kublai Khan to be over the top there’s little chance that this fragrance will sit well with you. Lovers of massive musks, though, will most likely adore it and lament the limited distribution.
M. Corticchiato has recreated the smell of true musk by using a mix of many things. The reality of Musc Tonkin is so seamless I have to work very hard to get hints of what is here and even then it is more impressions of things than any belief I have that I know the secret formula behind Musc Tonkin. The heck with Coke this is a formula I would love to know. There are some highly indolic white flowers here, there is some strong resin and perhaps some myrrh, there is a bit of ozonic saltiness, there is an inky blackness, and there are other things I just am not sure of…
What do I think? I think it opens with caramel cat, dark and dangerous. I smell salty brine and warmth. It makes me feel like cinnamon in my coffee makes me feel. Warm, cuddly and as if my blood is on fire. It is an outrageous opening that certainly got my attention and I can’t wait for the rest of the ride. As an hour passes Musc Tonkin becomes a whisper of itself, a warm skin scent that is both interesting and alluring, according to TSO Jin. After two hours I am completely anosmic to it and feel sad and let down. Ah well, can’t win them all. I will now go back to my MKK and spritz with abandon.
What is your favourite musk? Did you try Musc Tonkin? How did it go on you?
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