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on 6/18/2016 10:38:00 PM
More reviews by FrenchToast
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
Notes: Civet, Natural Musk, Ambrette, Amber, French Labdanum, Rose, Patchouli, Caraway, I recently tried a very fresh sample of Koublai Khan for the first time. It is indeed intensely animalic. In fact, I truly did not fully understand what animalic meant until I smelt this fragrance. I mainly detect the civet, musk, and spices. I can detect a tiny bit of rose if I close my eyes and inhale deeply. I am unable to pick out the other notes very well, though. I would not describe it as powdery at all. I expected this to be more of an Oriental despite its label as a chypre, and if it can be labelled an Oriental, it is not the type of Oriental with which I am familiar.I know many parfum lovers eschew the notion that scent has a gender, but I think Koublai Khan definitely leans very far toward the masculine. This is not to say that the right woman could not pull this off, but to my nose, this is a very masculine scent. I think it would smell quite sexy on the right man. In fact, sex is the first thought that came to my mind as the top notes began to quieten down. This is the smell of intensely sweaty, musky, bodily fluid SEX that lingers on one's body and sheets after copulation. Upon first spray, it really filled the room. It was big and bold which I had not expected at all. It had great projection and sillage. After a while, it began to quieten down to a moderate+ projection and moderate++ sillage. Longevity is moderate++. There is no doubt that it is a high quality fragrance, and it is unlike anything else I have ever smelt before. If you are a woman, definitely try a small sample of this before you invest in a full bottle for yourself, especially if you tend to favour very feminine parfums. I like it for what it is, but I would not wear it. I do not think I could pull this one off. I doubt very many women could wear it, and because there are other men's fragrances that I think are much nicer. I would not recommend this to either men or women. Sorry.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 11/8/2014 12:29:00 PM
More reviews by shushkin2
Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
OMG! I know this scent has a BAD reputation and hek, it is well deserved. The top notes hit made me keel over and I wanted to scrub the stuff off asap. You have to be patient apparently and so I took a deep breath to calm myself and waited half an hour to dare and sniff this monstrosity once more. Ok, now we're down to the middle notes and its no where near as bad. So anamalic. So used undies! A case of what ever rocks your boat. It certainly does not rock mine.
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on 9/30/2014 9:08:00 AM
More reviews by Aimbl
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
Edit: It's cold today and I put a tiny dab of Chergui on one wrist, tiny dab of MKK on the other, and touch them together. The MKK, although powdery itself, does cut the powderiness of Chergui nicely. Even two tiny dabs -- much less than a spray -- is powerful, so apply sparingly. I also like a dab of MKK and a dab of vintage Ungaro Diva. ------For my own curiosity I have been wearing and comparing musc Kublai Khan to other musc orientals in my roster to get a better sense of what they're like and how they differ. I think atomizer spray almost always spews out too much, and I don't like silage. Dabbing a perfume is a very different, more skin scent experience. One dab off the stopper. after 5-10 minutes, I smell primarily animalic musc skin scent sweetened by rose. At this point, I don't recognize much oriental amber or patchouli, though I know it's in the accords. After thirty minutes (relatively quickly), MKK becomes a honeyed amber musc with faint amber rose undertone. Soon, the rose is gone. I smell animalic amber which is sweet and powdery. I could easily wear this in any weather and use a little tea rose to punch up the rose note when I am in the mood. By the way, if I wear this in the intense heat of summer, I get mainly musc that is softened by amber, no rose, even at the beginning. I know many reviewers compare MKK to FM Musc ravageur, but on my skin they are different. I have a 10 ml from the original assortment of coffrets, now discontinued, which has muted top notes from age. I also have a newer 5 ml from a newer coffret assortment. The newer 5 ml manufacturers vial is spicier, sharper (almost Lavander sharp) like Lutens fourreau noire somehow. The older MR 10 ml with muted top notes is, well muted. But I like it because it's easy to wear - no initial blast. Older MR is similar in gentle opening to a sample I have of kurdjian's cologne Pour le soir (not the absolute, which from reviews sounded like too much animalic raunch for me to handle). From the PLS cologne, I get gentle spiced sandalwood (I think the sandalwood is 'gentled' or softened by amber, but no rose. The dry down is almost play doh like and the musc recedes. MKK also does not read as indolic on my particular skin chemistry, no urinous notes or traces of body odor or other objectionable scents. Note: my husband is not fond of musk on me. He has a very good sense of smell, arguably much better than mine, and thinks Khiel's musk rollerball smells flat and one dimensional and reminds him of his fathers soap on a rope by mennen. So I haven't asked him to sniff my wrist with MKK. However, I do like a dab of MKK and an adjacent dab of LHB extrait which I combine by touching my wrists together. LHB was originally more animalic. The MKK adds back this dimension and reduces the modern powderiness of LHB. I do use the khiel's to great success layered with SL Encens et Lavande. EL opens with a citrus note that I liked and khiel's seems to amplify that and reduce the powderiness. I discovered after the fact that if musk is not your note of choice, there is no need to have both khiel's and MKK.
on 10/22/2013 2:17:00 PM
More reviews by WentworthRoth
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
Notes: vegetal musk, costus, labdanum, ambergris, vanilla, patchouli, ambrette seeds and rose.Opens with a heady blend of musk and ambrette seed. Dewy rose, animalic ambergris and smooth vanilla enhance the musky core accord and create a warm and sophisticated fur impression with shimmering honeyed and soapy facets. Patchouli and various resins add a dark vibrato to the scentâ€™s base, enhancing its air of dangerous glamour. Muscs Kublai Khan is remarkably well-behaved on me, radiating warmth and sensuality without any off-putting nuances. The seemingly delicate floral notes are in fact very successful in balancing their resinous and animalic counterparts. Once these are vanished bit by bit, the composition is dominated by rose and amber-infused musk until the dry-down.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 8/22/2013 2:50:00 PM
More reviews by mig
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
This smells like just like a old lades bad cigarettes breath. Nothing sexy at all. I`m not that kind of woman that just like fresh light perfumes though "Jicky" is the most wonderful fragrance int the world. But MKK is awful!!!
on 12/1/2012 12:21:00 AM
More reviews by windkey
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm
This was my "test case" after a number of disappointing experiences with musk. After this, the Musk Monster, I can confirm that for my nose, vegetable musk does indeed smell like wet Ivory soap.In MKK, the musk floats around in what strikes me as an old-fashioned, heavy, slightly manly "perfume smell", with just a hint of sweat (which is I assume the civet or the cumin or both).The effect is of an old Mediterranean taxi driver just beginning his shower. It's not terribly shocking, certainly not sexy to my nose, and only the heavy perfume layer is particularly overwhelming. After washing off, nothing lasted but the powerful soap smell, leaving me with Detergent Accord.One day, maybe, I'll try a perfume that actually does smell "animalic" in a genuine way. Maybe I should get a little sample of the legendary Secretions Magnifiques. Knowing my weird skin and nose, it'll probably remind me of cheap room freshener or something.
on 11/9/2012 5:39:00 PM
More reviews by tecumsum
Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm
Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse
This is the only fragrance that I was actually afraid to put on once I received the newly acquired bell jar from an E-Bayer. This is definitely NOT the behemoth that others say it is. I found it to be very distinct in its animalic qualities, somewhat sweet in the drydown. Smells incredibly earthy and downright sexy. Love it, but still prefer Malle Musc Ravageur to it. Fortunately, it agrees with me...yippee!! Only drawback for me is the price and that it doesn't seem to last long on me...I fear reapplying though as I don't want to overdo it. Those who haven't tried this one based on reviews (and boy, they are so graphic and scary), do yourself a favor and give it a try. I'm glad that I did. Surely worthy of another bottle when this one is finished, but since it is so strange, I doubt that I will ever need to venture into getting another bottle.
on 10/25/2012 6:57:00 AM
More reviews by kerriki
Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm
This is very close to real wild musk pod which is unforgettably haunting and sweet, but from a passionate amateur perfumista's viewpoint it is pushed over from the musky animalic to the all too human homeless/unwashed/ dirty old MAN...I find it is intensely masculine, yes ball sweaty ; I end up in a sort of schizo-conflicted zone where I don't know what gender I am supposed to identify in the wearing of it... I want to attract the man, but not smell like him...yet I must have a little of this around, because it is so magically powerful.
on 9/25/2012 12:05:00 PM
More reviews by SmellyFaerie
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan is notorious for its colorful (and sometimes, hilarious) reviews. If you are reading this one, you have probably already read a few scary and laughable descriptions. So, I will spare you from that.First of all, I have to admit that when I tried this one, I was already aware of its bad reputation. But the fact that I have a weird skin chemistry, which turns tea into “wet dog” and outrageous amounts of skank into “fluffy pink bunnies”, gives me enough reasons for trying “difficult” perfumes. When I picked up the tester, the SA asked me if I was sure and, after I spritzed it on my skin, she said: “oh, I wish this could smell this good on me”. I fell in love immediately, despite my husband’s puzzled look (something tells me he is not a big fan of this one) and left the store with a bottle, of course.As the name says, it is a musk scent, and if you want to find out who was Koublai Khan, just check the Wikipedia. Let’s concentrate on the “Musc” part of the name then. Musks can be divided in two big groups: clean or animalic. This said, I must warn you that this one is definitely animalic. If you are looking for a clean detergent type of musk, you won’t find it here. But if you are looking for a musk with claws, this may be right up your alley.The list of notes for Muscs Koublai Khan includes: civet, castoreum, costus roots, cumin, labdanum, moroccan rose, ambergris, ambrette seeds, beeswax, vanilla and patchouli. The funniest thing is that, despite its awful reputation among perfumistas (due mainly to the animalic musk note), it is pretty tame on my skin.Muscs Koublai Khan opens with an outrageously high dose of “skank”: civet, castoreum and cumin. I guess this is what gives it the bad reputation. But these notes are very well balanced, sweetened by honey and amber. It smells warm and sweaty, as in “unclean”, but without smelling exactly dirty, as in “fecal”. But, again, my skin chemistry is weird and your mileage may vary.As it steps further in the drydown, the skank combo recedes a little, just enough to give the other notes a chance to shine. There is definitely some rose, but it is not a fresh and crisp rose. It is more like a rose petals potpourri, beside a burning incense stick. It keeps on changing throughout the day: one moment I get only the skank notes and, when I least expect, the rose-incense combo steps out. Then, all of a sudden, I detect some powdery leather, like a very well worn saddle. It’s never boring.Muscs Koublai Khan is a unisex scent. The silage is big (translated as: apply with caution) and the lasting power is outstanding (translated as: this stuff can survive showers). It may be too rich for hot summer days, when the heat keeps the rose and incense aspects barely noticeable and highlights the honeyed skank.As a least word, my confession: I love this one, but don’t wear it as much as I would like to around other people. It is far too personal (like Miller Harris L’Air de Rien), and I can never be sure if other people will mistake my perfume for “unwashed body parts”. It is not how it smells to me, but just to be on the safe side, I wear mostly when I am alone at home.
16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.
on 8/25/2012 7:29:00 PM
More reviews by monstercat
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I think this is a scent that various with individual body chemistry. After reading so many divergent reviews I ordered a sample. I am the type of person that scents disappear on after about 30 minutes, especially those citrus and fresh air ones. Currently I use Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle.. Also the older Opium by YSL. I love musk in general and it tends to last on me.At first it seemed a little strangely sweet but soon softened to a very musky dry smell. The longer it was on the more interesting it became. Never experienced the skanky effect.My husband asked it I had on a new scent and loved the patchouli smell he was experiencing(yes, he was correct, it does have patchouli). He thought it was one of the most pleasant and distinctive scents he had smelled. I had him read some of the reviews and he just started laughing. Never noticed any "socially unacceptable smell".I will definitely purchase a bottle.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
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