Kiehl's Original Musk EDT

Kiehl's Original Musk EDT


129 reviews

63% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Grey

I would not buy this again. It was $51 on eBay & I was told it was 1.7oz of OIL so I was deceived becoz I wouldn't have bought this knowing it was edt probably. It was a blind buy sort of. I have bought the oil 2X & I loved it so I was like ok 1.7oz of this "love oil" for $47.99 perf since I paid nearly $40 for an 0.25oz rollerball of oil. Sadly I got edt! I opened it curiosity got the better of me & egads I think I got a bad bottle. This smells like acrid cigar smoke at the opening. But it does settle down a bit but the oil is 10000000X nicer! I barely recognized this as being the same scent. I'm addicted to the oil. But the edt I started a claim w the seller as I specified OIL & this greedy person was desperate to make the sale (took photos of back where it tells love oil story; not of top of box where it says 1.7oz EAU DE TOILETTE!) to me this is a consolation prize in comparison to the Kiehls 1921 Musk Oil. PS: I love y'all's posts. Y'all come up w clever metaphoric fodder. "give a man a fish.....and you will have one less fish."

on 10/30/2016 2:20:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

My husband, who knows as much about fragrance as I do about how to split an atom keeps harping about this Musk. Out of the blue, suddenly, he's an expert on this scent. I can only assume either he's found his feminine side, thinks it was developed by Elon Musk or his newest whore wears it. My money is on the whore. He wants to buy me a bottle. I like it but do I want to smell like the wildebeest he meets for lunch. Hmmmmm. Damn, why can't he bang someone who wears Eau de Soir or Vintage Chanel.

on 1/16/2016 12:16:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I am NEVER without a back up bottle of this. It's an interchangeable musk, and by that I mean that depending on hormones or skin chemistry, this one can go from innocent cuddly to horny tramp on the prowl in no time.

I find it deeply soothing and comforting, to me it smells like warm, soft skin, inviting and gentle.
But somehow, sometimes, it grows a mind of its own and morphs into the secret SO you never want your family to find out about.

I could see toting this around as a go to scent... Just think twice before you put it on before meeting his parents: It *could* stay nice, clean and PG rated... But it might not.

I find it more interesting than SL Clair de Musc, miles nicer than SL Musc Koublai Khan (which does reek of Eau de Goat Molester on me) and far beyond the league of most generic musks.
I wear the EDT or the Oil, depending on mood.
The oil will stay closer to the skin with much less sillage, though.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

on 12/21/2015 10:52:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Medium, Cool

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have many more expensive perfumes but I bought this because it was love at first sniff. I'm not a huge musk fan, but this one just seemed to have greater depth and a certain wild quality that I found hard to resist. I love wearing it to bed in winter - it is a scent that keeps me warm and soothed, like a cashmere wrap. For some reason I don't often feel like wearing it in the day, but for bedtime it is just perfect. It is pretty long-lasting too, sometimes I can still smell it on my wrist in the morning.

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on 9/11/2015 9:45:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Other, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I tend to wear cologne for men as I am not a fan of anything floral. I also prefer a base of sandalwood. This is a heavier scent and maybe most would not like. There is almost no floral base (which I love) but others may not be able to handle the depth. The reviews here have made me laugh at all the references to the 60's and 70's but it is true. This scent would have been found in the crystal shops of the past however it still fits in today's time. It does last long but I use sparingly. I also use throughout the year. I will probably not repurchase since I like to try many different kinds of scents for men and the deeper, stronger women's scents like Boucheron, which is my HG. it is a 1.7 oz and about the typical price for cologne/perfume in the mid-40 range. I love that it is "Made in the USA". The label calls this a "love oil" but unless your partner adores the scent, it could go either of luck.

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on 8/25/2015 9:44:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Musk with a slightly naughty edge ...a bit of growl from civet perhaps.
Simple and actually once the slight dirty edge smooths over, this is quite enticing and sexy .
I like it .

2 of 3 people found this helpful.

on 8/11/2015 11:19:00 AM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Best Actress Oscar-winner Julianne Moore ("Still Alice") says in the Sept 2015 InStyle, "I've worn this scent forever. It smells really clean, and I've never gotten sick of it." It's on page 363, among her "must-haves" -- with a photo of Kiehl's Original Musk Eau de Toilette (1.7oz is $43, I think it said) -- and some make-up & skin products Julianne uses as well.

[ASIDE: Years ago in another magazine, I also read that actress Kyra Sedgwick (from The Closer; she's Kevin Bacon's wife) wore Kiehl's Original Musk Oil, and she said that even after she couldn't smell it on herself any more, people would tell her she smelled good.]

So anyway ... inspired by Julianne Moore (I'm a huge JM fan), I pulled out and am wearing my Kiehl's Orig Musk EDT today. I've owned both my EDT and oil for several years.

Same conclusion as ever. I'm sorry, but I've never found this musk to be "clean" -- at ALL -- although other reviewers have said it's clean also, not just Julianne. Quite the opposite, I'd even call it "dirty". I find many other musks far cleaner (White Musk & Egyptian Musk, for two examples). Being a musk lover, I seem to own them all.

Kiehl's is a soft woody musk -- similar base to Coty Wild Musk, in my humble opinion -- mostly sandalwood, to my nose -- but with a light animalic note to it (think State Fair, barnyard, horseback-riding). And mine hasn't gone "bad" either -- both my oil & EDT have always had that animalic note, even brand new. It's the characteristic that polarizes Kiehl's Orig Musk, and you see that note referred to in many reviews, both for the perfume oil and the EDT formulations -- they both have it.

However, I do find this scent to be extremely soothing and calming to wear -- and somehow flashback-y too -- reminiscent of the musk oils I wore during my early 70's college years -- which are no longer available now. It makes me feel grounded, natural, and rather boho-chic.

It has a comforting, relaxing scent to me -- very basic -- sort of a hippy or a primal "back to nature" musk -- reminds me of camping & hiking (earthiness) -- or something an artist might wear. It's almost an anti-establishment, basic human animal scent -- and I can feel my nerves unwinding with every whiff. Ahhhh.

But I've always felt conflicted about wearing this scent in public, and that's why I've barely made a dent in either my oil or my EDT bottles. I'm self-conscious & insecure when I wear it around others -- due to that animalic note -- but since I've never gotten any feedback at ALL from people (it would help if I had) -- neither good nor bad -- I don't know how others are reacting. I enjoy that the scent puts me in almost an "ommmmm" state. That's my favorite aspect of wearing this scent -- the relaxation it gives my brain.

To my nose, the musk oil is exactly the same scent as the EDT, only richer and longer-lasting.

ADDENDUM: Per People magazine Feb 8, 2016, this is the signature scent of Gina Rodriguez (star of Jane the Virgin), who says, "This scent smells delicious on girls and guys!".

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on 7/10/2015 3:14:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Musk fornicates with fungal infected sweaty male crotch. Kiehl's Original Musk is born! Male prostitute serial killer scent. Trouble in a bottle. You've been warned.

on 3/30/2015 7:36:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have purchased this scent a few times. It's absolutely fantastic. Quite sexy. I moisturize my neck and decoletage prior to spraying it. I think it lasts longer.

5 of 7 people found this helpful.

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Other, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Green

Just ordered my second bottle. I own many beautiful, rare scents but when I wear this I am guaranteed multiple compliments. I don't smell it on myself throughout the day, but yesterday the old turkish warehouse guy passed me at work (doesn't speak to me normally) but he came back to me, smiled and told me my perfume was beautiful! The secretary in my office is quite stand-offish, bordering on rude. I wore Kiehl's musk a few months ago and as I approached her desk to drop off some paperwork she looked up from her computer and said, "your's good!" Massive compliment!!! ;) Strangers stop me repeatedly to ask what I'm wearing and my daughter loves hugging me when I'm wearing Kiehl's musk. It must work well with my chemistry. It is slightly masculine, but not cloying. It melds well with the skin and smells instantly warm. I have tried many musks in the past, but this is the only one that garners compliments and actually smells like clean human skin. I like it year 'round, but in the winter it smells divine when you take off your coat and the scent wafts up. Very comforting without the typical syrupy vanilla in so many cold weather fragrances. Definitely a scent to try.

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