Everything to say about this EDT has already been said (side note: man, MUA fragrance reviews can get downright poetic!), but I just wanted to add my 5 lippies to the record. I was in the market for a new fragrance to wear on my wedding day, and as usual I had a set of laughably contradictory criteria: earthy but airy, light but kind of dark, etc. I was already at Kiehls buying lotion, and gave this a sniff and it was PERFECT. A week later, I've been wearing this every day and wondering where it's been all my life. On me it's a light, powdery musk with a slight floral edge to it. Smells very classic, but somehow avoids "grandma" territory. Also it lasts longer than any other perfume I've ever worn, and never turns sharp or sour after a full day, like some other scents do. I love it. I can't wait to smell gorgeous on my wedding day in this stuff. And at $43 (not even on sale), this is the most affordable EDT I own. Go figure, since Kiehls is usually a splurge.
I was at the Kiehls store to look at their skin care and decided for the sake of it to spray this perfume on. Now let me tell you I am definately not a big musk fan, finding them far too strong/migraine inducing. This one however was love at first sniff. It is not horribly strong like how I find YSL's Opium, the musk seems to be balanced somewhat but not overpoweringly so by soft floral notes which soften the musk somewhat. It lasts all day on me and it is relatively cheap (I think about $90 nzd? Not too sure you'll have to look it up yourself!)
It reminds me of the 1920's during prohibition. Like a beautiful dark haired flapper girl at night walks to an underground gambling den where it is filled with wonderfully scented cigars, beautifully dressed gangsters and illicit moonshine. The reason it reminds me of this is because the scent has a masculine smell (I don't know why cigars remind me of men, they just do!) and is offset somewhat by a soft floral (the scent worn by the flapper girl).
Love it! Such a classic, mature scent. I love to layer it with something super girly and sweet to create a complex contrast. It really makes my other perfumes more rich and nuanced when layered together.
I know that this is so darn sexy on the right person. However, with my body chemistry it turns into resinous dung. Sad.
I bought this a few years ago when I was temping in Palo Alto. I had come in for some skincare and saw the bottle. Once the sales lady described it as "your BO but better" I had to try it. I don't have a perfumers palate, nor a wealth of experience with musk-based perfumes, but to me this is a very gentle musk. Clean-smelling in the dry down, lasts a long time, and perfect for layering (maybe with Lush's The Olive Branch, por ejemplo). A good basic when you want to feel boho-hippie-chic, that everyone should try at least once. And the bottle...come on! Gorgeous stark lines.
This is the only perfume I've been followed for. I was walking around the grocery store and a man in his late forties/early fifties was following me. I gave him a dirty look before he came up to me and explained, "my wife wants to know what perfume you're wearing!", at which point I finally saw the middle-aged lady smiling at me. Try it and see who follows you!
This fragrance is pure, unadulterated musk. If you dont like musky scents or you prefer girlish, floral fragrances then you need to step away from this one as I guarantee you wont like it. It goes on very very strong- I get an immediate whiff of a masculine barbers shop- testosterone mixed with old spice, mingled with brylcreem. So far, this probably doesnt sound too appealing but give it time. It dries down to a very warm, sexy, sensual, almost adulterous, musk. Its powerful, sexual and dark. I would almost go so far as to say skanky. There is a definite undertone of skank to this, which I personally love, but I can see how others might find this fragrance just too overpowering, too glandular and dominating to sit with it comfortably. Its meant to be a unisex scent and I would agree with this- its musky enough for a man to wear and yet, its warmth and murky sweetness lends itself easily for women to wear. If you enjoy warm, musky, spicy notes then I am quite sure you will love this- it is the epitome of everything musk should be.
I ADORE this fragrance for nostalgic reasons. It reminds me of my childhoods spent in a small snowy and festive Oklahoma town at Christmas and surrounded by my entire family. In other words, it puts me in a good mood. The nostalgia probably has more to do with the time period than the location since I keep reading others say that it reminds them of the 1970-1979 period as well. My older cousins wore Estee Lauder perfumes at that time and my grandmother collected every fragrance Avon ever made. Therefore I am not sure why this particular Kiehl's scent brings it all back, but it certainly does.
I love this so much for the above reasons that I don't like to water down the memories by wearing it too often. If it weren't for that I probably would, because it's lovely. It has a very classic clean and spicy scent and would be great for everyday casual wear.
This was my signature scent for quite a long time, and I still use it once in a while for nostalgic reasons. I love this on the dry down far better than when I first put it on. I just love the style and color of the bottle
i don't like this stuff, because i do not like true musk scents by themselves. but if you're looking for a true musk, this is it. i am going to keep it to concoct my own "fragrance recipes."
I tried this today and wow, what a 180. I was waiting for the salesgirl to come back from getting toner in the back and basically got bored and started picking up stuff just to smell and look. So I picked this cute dark bottle up and couldn't smell anything coming from the pump. There were no tester strips so I basically said what the hell and sprayed it on my wrists. I immediately thought omg, I now have to walk through the mall smelling like cheap musk. I started grabbing at cotton balls trying to rub it off. The salesgirl returned and then I just forgot about the musk. I didn't smell it so I just didn't think about it. Thirty minutes later I'm in my car reaching up for something and caught a whiff. Oh my!! I love this stuff now! It has a soft, powdery, sensual smell on me, even now, hours later. There's a hint of something else I smell...it reminds me of a flavored cigar I had in New Orleans. I can't place it, but I love it!