Last week I was muttering about musks and commenter rosarita mentioned Coty Wild Musk. I’ve never smelled it but I am a sucker for A) musk and 2) the phrase “practically free online” so I was off to the races.
Coty Wild Musk (CWM from now on) was created in 1972, just in the middle of what must have been a very musky era in perfumes. It was the tail-end of the hippies and the beginning of the disco years. The Godfather, The Poseidon Adventure and What’s Up Doc? were the top three at the box office, but a little movie called Deep Throat was number seven and the far more mainstream but for it’s day shocking Cabaret would rack up a few Oscar wins and position number 6.
I don’t know if Coty, which was founded in 1908 was ever considered the top echelon of fragrance houses. While today the company is responsible for scents from Tiffany, Gucci, and Burberry it also owns Cover Girl, Sally Hansen Nails, and James Bond fragrances. I think in 1972 it was not exactly Guerlain, but it wasn’t (fill in name here) either. There are still people who talk about Coty Chypre (which I have never smelled) so the brand does still have some cachet. The Coty website doesn’t even acknowledge CWM’s existence, soooo…
So how is Coty Wild Musk? It’s very nice. It starts off on me with an odd metallic zing! that, were it amped up to 11, could pass for a Sheldrake/Lutens creation. But it’s not, so it just comes across as a little odd. Luckily this passes over quickly and it becomes an ambery, vanillaed skin musk. Not as clean as some but nothing that’s going to cause people to wonder if you’d stepped in something or are moonlighting at the stockyards. Just a nice, slightly, shall we say “human” kind of musk. Sort of a third of the way from Clair de Musk to Kiehl’s, more on he airy, clean side. I like it. And at this price point (less than $15 at Amazon) what’s not to like?
Anyone else want to chime in on their faves?
For MizChris- you turned me on to Memento Mori. a review is coming.
Edit: All your comments got me to looking at Surrender to Chance: there’s a whole world of forgotten Coty! I ordered samples of Emeraude, Wild Musk, l’Aimant and Chypre. I ordered a bottle of present day Emeraude from Amazon ($14) and have l’Aimant already. So there will be a Coty fest coming soon..
Coty Wild Musk is indeed “practically free” online- I purchased my bottle from Amazon. Photos are from Pexels and my iPhone