Well, first off, welcome to Autumn. We are still getting warm days here (with Santa Ana’s returning later in the week) but the evenings are wonderfully cool and crisp and there’s even a vicious rumor that we may even get some rain. It’s to be hoped not gobs and gobs of it so people don’t have to sandbag and houses don’t go slip-sliding down hills, but slow, steady, and between the hours of 2 and 5AM would be very nice.
So once the temps dip I do start gravitating to some of the heavier hitters in the cupboard that I wouldn’t dare spritz on in the summer months. Musks are ones that I reach for. I was cruising through somewhere on the interwebs and someone (I forget who, if it was you please chime in) mentioned this one. Looking it up on Amazon and seeing that it was under $8 I figured, how wrong could it be?
Well, there was a hiccup- the package arrived with a crushed box and no product. The Amazon people and site are of little help (why am I paying you for Prime again? So Bezos can have a mini-yacht to go from his huge one to his DeathStar-sized one?) however the seller was immediately attentive and sent a new one right away. So kudos for their customer service.
So how is it? It’s a nice, if synthetic smelling musk. To me that is; for all I know it could be all-natural, but I would need the Hubble Space telescope to read the ingredients, the type is so small. It is a little more than a skin scent- it’s not clean sheets. It’s a lot less that the barnyard, scare-the-horses, take-me-you-brute-you kind of thing that people have ascribed to ones like Muscs Kublai Khan (FYI- back to that name and available at the Lutens website.) I do get something a bit soapy in there, as if they had managed to distill Kiehl’s musk body wash and add it into the oil. It wears close to the skin and smells.. good. A bit like that cashmere sweater, but one that’s been worn a few times. Not enough that you would send it to the drycleaners holding it with tongs, mind you, but definitely as if it had had a few wearings. Nice, in other words.
I tried it layered under a couple of Neil Morris’ Flowers For Men and liked it- it added a bit of “oomph” onto them that wears well in cold weather. On it’s own it stays fairly close to the skin and is neither overpoweringly drrrty nor wan and underpowered. I find oils project less, and this is one of those.
They have a bunch of other scents, all under $10 and a sampler of 6 different oils in this roll-on size for $22 with tax. Of course I ordered, so look for another Cheap and Cheerful coming soon to a Posse near you..
Photos are mine, Pexels and Wikimedia Commons. I purchased my bottle at Amazon